Tracks and mixes

Tuxedo – ‘Do It’

 

It’s Thursday, it’s nearly the weekend and I’m going to get over this bad cold by tomorrow. Let’s celebrate.

Tuxedo’s silky smooth throwback has been given fitting visuals after the track was released last year. Who can resist a dance circle headed up by one of the coolest valets, who happens to work with Mayer Hawthorne, around? Not me.

Watch out for more from Tuxedo (who may or may not be Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One) in 2015.


Weekend house vibes

Sy Sez feat. Phoenix Pearle – ‘Send Me High’

 

Sy Sez Dub Mix is my fave.

Aside: It’s really easy to miss the ‘z’ on this keyboard and press ‘x’ instead. So I’ve nearly written Sy Sex several times.

Soul Clap feat. Robert Owens – ‘Misty’ 

 

Really loving this package. At a push, the Louie Vega Roots NYC Mix is the one for me.

Have a good weekend, everyone x


Prepping for Berlin

I’ve booked a last-minute trip to the German capital and I’m pretty excited. When I get the chance to travel, I grab the opportunity with both hands.

Top of my to-do list, of course, is clubbing. House nights to be precise. I might be a bit stuck seen as, according to every travel guide I’ve read, techno is the dominant genre in the city. I don’t mind a bit of it here and there, especially Detroit style, but it’s just not my go-to. I mean, I could just go to a night to ‘experience’ it. But as I’m meeting with up with a friend who’s independent and may have other plans apart from seeing me, the debauchery isn’t exactly suited.

It’s apparent that, after doing a little more research, Berlin’s music scene doesn’t begin and end with techno. I’ve already found 2 deep house nights taking place on the night I arrive.

J.A.W , Floating Points, Sadar Bahar and Andrew Ashong are playing at basement club Prince Charles, while Deep Fried hosts Jovonn and Arnaldo (from Manchester!). Even Berghain, the club many consider to be the utopia of techno, is showcasing dub gods The Bug and Mala while I’m there.

I’ve heard that Salon-Zur wilden Renate is a good club to go to for less techy vibes from Berlin-based DJs. It’s good to check out the local talent and I love this mix from Couleur, who appears to play there quite regularly. If this is anything like what’s in store when I visit Berlin, I’ll be more than happy. Get me there, now.


Introducing: Tanzlife

 

Ahh Stockholm, the home of lots of beautiful things and even more beautiful people. It’s also got a pretty nice party scene going on and Local Talk is a leading name.

I’m loving their latest mix, courtesy of Polish DJ, promoter and producer, Tanzlife. So nice. A great way to keep the house vibes alive after my extended weekend of partying at Southport Weekender’s Camelot party.

Want more? Check out Local Talk and Tanzlife on Soundcloud.


Wednesday Woe: Silk Rhodes – ‘Pains’

 

Melancholy mid-week vibes from Silk Rhodes, a two piece consisting of vocalist Sasha Desree and producer Michael Collins.

This soulful, stripped-back debut single epitomises the whole concept of beauty is pain, in my opinion. Or is that pain is beauty?

It’s just been released on vinyl by Stones Throw Records.

Find out more about Silk Rhodes, here.


Seven Davis Jr. – ‘Friends’

 

My Monday so far:

Dropped a pot of yogurt on the kitchen floor.

Bad hair.

Demanding individuals.

But it’s all okay. Because I can’t stop listening to ‘Friends’ from Seven Davis Jr’s latest LP, out on Classic Music Company. I think almost everyone can relate to his tale of friendship.

The 3 track release is pretty solid in my opinion, check it out on Soundcloud.


Video

Chuck D feat. Mavis Staples: ‘Give We The Pride’

 

Talent without compromise. It’s a rare occurrence these days but I’m glad these two amazing artists have it nailed with ‘Give We The Pride’.

Chuck D’s observations are on point (as usual) while the legendary Staples’ vocals take it to another level.

It’s a great track. I hope it gets the recognition it deserves.


This weekend I would most like to… celebrate the life and achievements of Maya Angelou

 

I’m going to use the time to consider what Angelou has done for women, her culture and literature this weekend.

I wanted to post a deep mix of  the recently departed poet Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Women’, which I had on a mix tape some years ago.

I came across this instead. ‘Still I Rise’, over Butch’s ‘Sweet In The Morning’. Very nice.

R.I.P to a truly phenomenal lady.

 


Theo Parrish – ‘Footwork’

 

The bit with the car.

The beetle.

The reflections and shadows.

And Theo at the end.

LIFE.

From Theo Parrish’s upcoming album, American Intelligence, out on Sound Signature now.


The tracks I’ll be listening this weekend are…

Rosie Lowe – ‘Games’

 

Murkage – ‘Of Mystics & Misfits’ 

 

Screw the gross interlude track, though.

 

C-Major Sa, Ceboh – ‘Amazing’ (Afro Mix)

 

Doug Lazy – ‘Let It Roll’

 

Nick Monaco – ‘Sample Your Soul’ (Louie Vega Remix)

 

Enjoy and have a bank holiday nice weekend, whatever your plans are x