The big tunes being broadcast from the 1BTN Bunker as we enter the month of November 2020, as selected by our DJs. Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.
Music Shall Live ft Lee Scratch Perry
(On-U Sound label and Evergreen Recordings) This track is first on her excellent new album This Road, a strong yet dreamy and emotional album that covers many bases including dub, reggae and trip-hop. Denise is the daughter of On-U founder Adrian Sherwood.
Adam Hill (Adam and Dan Show)
Veteran producer Sebastian Doering makes us wish we could all be on a bouncing dancefloor again with this stunning, funked-up version of People. Beautiful.
Dan Tester (Family Funktunes)
Speaking Through Broken Shells
(Flumo Recordings & Anma Records)
BIG release ahoy. A double collaboration special from Manchester based producers Contours & Yadava – droppin’ their aptly named Cosmic Echoes E.P. and fresh off the press via Flumo and Anma Records. Future jazz funk flavours with deep house heaviness.Think Tenderlonious and Kamaal Williams jammin’ with Lonnie Liston Smith and Larry Heard in deep space and you’re kinda there. Special.
(What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
(Campo Alegre Productions)
As every bone in my body aches for the late-night action of a sweaty dancefloor I’m making do with my imagination and this little slice of filth from YanniJay. Digging deep into the dirt courtesy of the Campo Alegre EP, YanniJay dishes up only the good stuff to ensure more bangs in the dark than a certain Fawkes on the fifth. And of course, by bangs, I speak of that hairstyle I’m certain to be modelling again when lockdown separates me from my beloved hairdresser. Again.
Queen Josephine (The Wildblood and Queenie Show)
Bulby York and Various Artists
Heart Crafted LP
Acclaimed Producer/Engineer Bulby York releases his 3rd album titled Heartcrafted. Bulby York’s highly anticipated album Heart Crafted features Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Charly Blacks, Rying King , Stylo G, Etana, Tifa and others.
German house veteran LoSoul returns with an object lesson in how to squeeze emotion from minimal parts. A sparse, stripped back dub influenced groove gradually builds momentum without ever needing to throw the kitchen sink at it. Like all his releases, essential.
Andy Mac (Under One Groove)
(Good Morning Tapes)
Alexis Le Tan and Joakim are behind this highly limited vinyl only mini-LP. So many samples / references / reworkings of early 90s tracks all given a spot-on rub down with Hippy-Dippy trippy oil imported from Goa!
Murray Scott (UBIK)
Rhauder & Paul St. Hilaire
Dub techno has proven to be a genre of unexpected longevity. Whilst some of its inventors (Mark Ernestus & Moritz Von Oswald particularly) stepped out of its confines long ago, others have kept the flag flying. One such is Rhauder. This triple 12 LP collects his excellent cuts for Ornaments with go to dub techno vocalist PSH alongside versions of same. Solid woofer rattling business.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
2012, o Ano Bege
As the days get shorter, an amazing release from Brazilian artist Arthur Melo. Translating to ‘2012, a year beige’ this is a beautiful melancholic song.
Jif (Sounds of Eighty Six)
This brand new slice of Brit Jazz Funk from Giles Peterson’s Brownswood label. You wouldn’t be wrong in being reminded of cuts like Atmosfear’s classic Dancing In Outer Space, it’s as funky as it comes. They are working on an album, and if this, and their next track are anything to go by, it’s a guaranteed winner. Simply lush.
Saul Guud (Rockit Soul)
Dancehall Anthems is a new take on a set of classic Reggae and Dancehall Anthems from the golden era of the 70’s and 90’s. Produced by the legendary Jeremy Harding featuring artists like Sean Paul, Kabaka Pyramid, Agent Sasco, Beenie Man and much more.
L-Side & GQ
Big drum and bass vibes from Brazils L-Side with the UK veteran MC GQ on vocal duties. Boom.
Dense & Pika feat. Matthew Dear
It’s a total chunker…it’s hard, relentless and pounding. I can’t wait to (finally) hear it out.
Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski and Jonathan Meiburg come together for their second release. The album that emerged is gently spectacular – a vivid work whose light touch belies its timely themes of solitude, impermanence, and finding light in deep darkness.
GLU (thejointventures attic)
Joyful Spirits of the Universe
Strong return from Manchester’s answer to Miles on a very limited 500 only vinyl pressing with beautiful artwork by The Designers Republic. They went quick! New album Salute To The Sun drops 20 November.
Jim Lister (Version)
Miki Gonzalez, Dengue Dengue Dengue
Spanish Peruvian musician and producer Miki Gonzalez and Dengue Dengue Dengue, a bass duo also from Peru collaborate on this futuristic sounding electronic track. With latin sounding guitar threaded through the whole thing, the musicians’ roots are not forgotten however abstract the layers of sound become.
From Hell With Love 2
(Lumberjacks in Hell)
Marcel Vogel’s ridiculously on-point Lumberjacks in Hell deliver another smorgasbord of cutting edge Disco-inspired music for dancing parties. From smooth groovers to B-Boy bangers, every track’s a winner, particularly the poly-rhythmic, throbbing bass and cool vocals of Austin Ato’s opening track.
Cool Out Son feat. Lindy Layton & Seanie T
(Sunday Best Records)
Remake of Junior Murvin’s all time reggae classic on the real rock riddim. Taken from the brand new Addict album by the mighty Dub Pistols.
Kris Venum (World A Reggae Show)
Simo Cell & Abdullah Miniaway
Pending the Pattern
Top release that plunges its ways through bass, trap and dub with incredible vocals from Abdullah Miniaway.
(Time Spun Records)
Epoch, the new album from The Way Way Out’s host Wyndham Earl is a great representation of what you can expect to hear when you tune in to his excellent 1BTN show. Psychedelic cinematic beats are the order of the day with this track in particular possessing a yearning autumnal melancholia that right now feels especially timely.
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights)
Todd Terry ft Robin S
All That I Got
Todd Terry is back with a vocal house banger featuring the vocal stylings of the iconic Robin S. Reminiscent of those feel-good vocal anthems from the early 90’s, this feel-good track gives you feelings of nostalgia whilst also having a fresh sound. Put your handbag on the floor and have a dance!
Sophie (Our House with Sophie Paul)
Angels and Demons
Amazing new work from the first studio album in twenty years. The Arkestra is now headed up by the legendary Marshall Allen and this is the lead track. Essential new jazz for these times.
Chris (6ft Stereo)
They say never touch a classic but Jordan Rakei has hit the ball out the park on this one. Covering the Donald Byrd / Mizell bros sublime Wind Parade from 1975, Rakei has updated and revisioned the song beautifully for 2020. Essential.
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio)
Jitwam & Folamour
Sun After Rain
(Studio 54 Music)
With lockdown life ensuring I have nothing better to do than beard-stroking (this peri-menopausal lass really needs to invest in some new tweezers) Jitwam and Folamour are thankfully keeping me seriously distracted from reality. Jazz infused funked-up disco vibes that bring nothing but sunshine when the world is seemingly full of rain socked COVID blues. Thanks, boys. Consider us healed.
Kate Wildblood (The Wildblood and Queenie Show)
Serious business from our man mosca. The crying baby sample in the drop might spook the more tweaked punter, but me, I don’t mind a bit of paranoia in the rave. That beat and simple synth motif is a certain club smasher. Get it on his Bandcamp.
Evil Tom (the evil tom show)
Virtual Lover (Jordan’s Nocturne Edit)
As Phantasy reaches its landmark 100 singles, Nadia Ksaiba’s 2013 track gets remixed by Belfast Producer, Jordan. Virtual Lover still sounds fresh, with glitchy Italo and disco to make us yearn for the dance-floor.
Clara Suess, INTER-MISSION
The Twilite Tone
(Stones Throw )
From the Stones Throw release, The Clearing, Chicago based producer Anthony Christopher Khan aka The Twilite Tone turns it on again!!!!
Chris Lewis (Turn On Tune In)
This Is The Kit
Off Off On
Following a spell playing with The National, Kate Stables has rallied her co-conspirators for the eagerly anticipated follow up to 97’s Moonshine Freeze. Quality songwriting, as to be expected, and sensitive accompaniment from all concerned as they continue to carve out their unique folky/indie niche. For those who have ears to hear TITK are one of the finest UK bands of the last decade.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
The man like Chris Read is back along with production partner James Curry with their long awaited second Suburban Architecture E.P. – Alternative Futures. Droppin’ deep mid 90’s flavoured DnB – with the Bukem inspired New Horizons being the pick of the bunch. Cosmic.
Chewy Beatwell (What’s Wrong With Groovin’)