These are the go-to tracks, albums and reissues of the 1BTN massive as we head into the month of March. Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.
From the Vivid Underscores album (1977), a driving 5/4 rhythm, beautifully written brass parts, super-tight beats. Library music at its best.
Glyn Bigga Bush (Bigga’s Big Dig)
(Throne of Blood Recordings)
This is a nice slice of some left field magic. Electronics and live instrumentation seamlessly interwoven with mathed-out vibes of angular tension as a familiar, chugging gallop corrales a soundfield of unpredictably pleasant bleeps and nice jagged bits. The cover art is killer.
DJ Tommy Castro (Our Starry Universe)
All For Me (Alma Negra Remix)
If Jack had a jazz groove this would be it, a track that lifts the soul with every play. Scan 7 gets my adoration this March as Heist deliver yet another annual Roundup EP that guarantees my love affair with them continues year after year.
Queen Josephine (The Wildblood and Queenie Show)
Nino Nardini & Roger Roger
Jungle Obsession, published in 1971, was commissioned by the French label Neuilly and presents itself as their own musical vision of The Jungle Book. In the early seventies, exotica had long since gone out of fashion, but Nardini and Roger were to compose one of the masterpieces of the genre, offering exotic and refined pop that was conducive to the most overflowing imagination.
Burda Pellet (All Around The Globe)
Dreams Fulfilled ( Fradinho Remix )
(Acid Jazz Records)
For this remix Fradinho has recreated the original (album version) keyboards on his own harmonic terms, taking time to step and stop into every single chord change and play them one by one. A delightful slice of Jazz Fusion that sits somewhere between St Germain, Yonderboi and 4hero… already lined up as dance- floor post lock-down ‘re-opener.’
Lee Bright (Tangential Music Show)
Beyond the Struttosphere
Super sick sped up chug with acid lines and a killer baseline. Whats not to fall for?
The Spaces Between ft Harry Dennis
Ghosts (Black Science Orchestra Remix #1)
Massive new house track for Spring/Summer from house don Terry Farley, producer Wade Teo and author Ian ‘Snowy’ Snowball with killer remixes by the legendary Black Science Orchestra aka Ashley Beedle, Rob Mello & Darren Morris. LARGE.
Jim Lister (Version)
Gardna, Charli Brix, Selecta J-Man & Tom Spirals
Catchy reminder from Gardna and friends to check in on your friends and family. All proceeds go to Tonic Music For Mental Health – Donate Here: justgiving.com
Kris Venum (World A Reggae)
Ready In LED
TMO (Lovelock remix)
Our favourite track from an EP also featuring tracks remixed by Gerd Janson, Prins Thomas and Kenneth Bager.
A delicious, Babii treat. The track pops with nods to UKG and 2-step and the industrial, metallurgic video is a right old visual feast!
Anya Lux (Anya Lux)
Rare, Forever (LP)
Ex Brighton resident Leon Vynehall returns with a new album and a distinct new direction judging on the tracks available to hear so far. String laden beats, dark and psychedelic and incredible production. Cannot wait to get this album.
Murray Scott (UBIK)
BADBADNOTGOOD and MF DOOM
The Chocolate Conquistadors
New music from the updated Grand Theft Auto Online radio stations has come to streaming services, including a new cover from BADBADNOTGOOD and MF DOOM of Johnny Hammond Smiths Los Conquistadores Chocolates. GTA Online recently received an update called The Cayo Perico Heist. The addition will feature the Music Locker, an “underground nightclub and social space” that has Moodymann, Keinemusik, and Palms Trax as the resident DJs.
James (Vision On)
Baby I Love You So feat. Kassia Zermon
Beautifully sweet but matured vocals from none other than Resonators’ Kassia Zermon float perfectly at the surface of this delicious new dub track (a take on the Jacob Miller classic) from Richie Phoe one of Brighton’s finest producers . This is why we cannot wait for the clubs to re-open, this stuff needs big phat speakers and no curfew.
Beautiful, hypnotic album exploring the fusion of acid-like basslines with dub techno, ambient & more, definitely one I’m gonna have on repeat this week!
Altalenanti ft Fabrizio Mammarella
The first single to be released from Lauer’s forthcoming LP ‘Answers 2 Trouble’ out on the mighty Permanent Vacation. A glorious, Italo disco-tinged track which leaves you wanting more.
Clara Suess (INTER-MISSION)
Jack Of Fools
There’s not many London born pedal steel players to be found plying their trade in Nashville right now. There’s even less who have the ability to create gorgeous psyche folk music like this.
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights)
Crazy Kind of Feeling
Nice reissue from Emotional Rescue, the 2nd instalment of their new Disco Reggae Lovers series. 101 Band were the in-house project of Jamaican producer Haile Maskel’s Opulence (Sound) label and Crazy Kind of Feeling is a stoned reggae/disco/lovers (like it says on the tin!) bomb.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
(T4T LUV NRG)
Taken from She’s Calling, the third EP in Octo Octa’s two-year exploration of the connection between music and ritual, Goddess Calling is a gloriously old school sounding dance banger that connects the listener to the dancefloor mentally and spiritually during a time when we can’t be there physically.
Kerry Jean Lister
Proper dark room late night house feelings with a haunting Greg Paulus golden horn and a loose Laroye live percussive shuffle. One for midnight 21st June….
Mike Bradbury (Balearic Ultras)
Another beautiful release from Glasgow label 12th Isle. Taken from his Horizontology album and a nod to the great Chris Morris’ Brass Eye, Shatner’s Bassoon sounds like it should be the soundtrack for the recent spacecraft landing on Mars. Otherworldly, ethereal beauty in under 4 minutes.
Paul McCardie (The Awful Hand)
Not Going Out (Balearic Ultras Rave Again Remix)
(Higher Love Recordings)
Love every version on this killer release but it’s the halcyon days of rave inducing remix from 1BTN’s very own Balearic Ultras that I can’t wait to drop at parties this summer. Absolute dancefloor weaponry!
Feel The Real – Micky More & Andy Tee Classic Mix (Radio Edit)
Written By David Bendeth and extracted from the album: Incognito Play Funk Jazz Classics; Feel the Real is dominated by a seriously snappy bassline and a steady four on the floor beat. A good edit and mixdown made by Italian masters Micky More & Andy Tee, lets you hear all the instrumentation: incredible horns sections, jazzy keys and the warm lead vocal of Imani. A MUST HAVE!
Rhythm In Your Mind
Superb Brit Funk for 2021 – the LP is due to drop anytime soon – great video too – absolutely ESSENTIAL.
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio Show)
The title track from Irish producer Stephen Richards’ latest EP is a mid-tempo funk groover with an extraordinarily low slung growly bassline punctuated by loosely cascading piano, hummy mumbly vocals and wonderful fuzz pedal fed keys. It all seems to come together and sounds fantastic.
Tim Walker (Love is the Message)
Originally heard on LTJ Bukem’s Essential Mix back in 1996, this previously unreleased gem got lost in the wash (literally). Its not quite the original (bar one pad or string), though its damn close enough. The ASC remix on the flip is strong too…
Leon Ricciardi (Jazzology Radio Show)
(International Extraterrestrial Music).
First release from a new label started as an online community. Lovely chuggy breaks, bongos and beats.
Sometimes you need something extra special to blow the winter lockdown blues away and this epic baseline disco-infused beaut is just the fuel for a spring takeoff. A tune destined to ensure a corking countdown till we can disco together again.
Kate Wildblood (The Wildblood and Queenie Show)
(Self Released – Bandcamp)
Brand spanky new wavey business from one of my favourite producers of the last 10 years. The whole album is great but track one kicks off the fun beautifully.
Nick Subtle (Cereal Killers)
Aria (disco mix)
Fabrizio Esposito is back on Parlesia with another round of funkified house business.
Steve KIW (BAOL)
Do Yourself Some Good
This is a heavy slab of chugging uplifting goodness from the inimitable James Lavelle, reworking Barry Wights classic into a late night shoulder shrugging uplifting stomp. Essential.
Another big track from Serum. This one has been described a girthy squelcher with smooth textures! Sounds right to me.