I saw Chance finish his 2014 European Tour at the Forum in London last night. It was fucking incredible. His band, The Social Experiment were tight as fuck and a really talented bunch, while the 21 year-old knew exactly how to grab the crowd by the balls: throwing himself around the stage, effortlessly conducting the band, commanding huge singalongs of ‘I Love You!’ (which, in a building full of Londoners is a lot more difficult than you might imagine) and then holding them in rapturous silence as the band launched into ‘Paranoid’. Whilst Acid Rap rarely leaves my ear drums, 10Day isn’t something I’m too familiar with, but ‘Brain Cells’ is a perfect example of his tongue twisting rhymes. He looked genuinely surprised and emotional when the room of London kids rapped back every word to him.
I can’t recommend him enough as a live artist, he ticked every box for me; fun, honest, talented. Go see him next time he’s around.
It’s the start of week and everyone needs to wake the fuck up. And what better way to do that than with a slice of luridly coloured happy hardcore-meets-footwork-meets-house at 170bpm. It’s intense.
Rockwell is one of those amazing producers that works loosely within the framework of Drum & Bass, but warps it into entirely his own style and influence, pulling in everything from Disco to Trap and making something that sounds unlike anything else in that realm. Shogun Audio have a lot to answer for with this one.
I’ve almost certainly extolled the virtues of Jai Paul’s songwriting and producing on here. ‘Jasmine’ still sends shivers down my spine, and his album-that-wasn’t-an-album is magnificent. While this is a collaboration between a wonderful and relatively unknown singer, Nao, and Jai’s brother A.K. The 2 brothers work together closely and it’s obvious here from the lo-fi production style and wonderful guitar stabs. It’s neo-soul for the 31st century.
Ok, it’s been far too long since I’ve been here, and I’m super sorry. I’ll make it up to you, I promise.
For now, though, I just had to share this. It’s a breathtaking slice of electronic house/pop *hopefully* coming soon on Method Records. The vocals from the wonderful Lianne La Havas are beautifully gospel, shivers-down-the-spine, hands-in-the-air stuff, over this skippy beat that never empowers the rich voices that fill the room. This is going to be HUGE. Take it to church, Lianne!
Jay Electronica - better in tune w the infinite feat. LaTonya Givens
When ‘Act I: The Pledge’ dropped a few years ago, it floored me. Along with most other music and hip hop lovers. It was something unique, lyrically astounding and just as musically intelligent. Since then, it’s no secret how sporadic Jay has been with his music, and how frustrating it is to want more and never be rewarded. And I don’t think this will be the calling for that mythical ‘Act II’; it did leave my jaw wide and my hairs on end though. That similar cinematic formula that worked so well the first time round is repeated with aplomb here, but with the beautiful addition of LaTonya Given’s stunning vocals. It’s late night listening and it’s wonderful. I’m not going to shout at Jay to release more, he’ll give it to the people when he’s goddamn good and ready. But this will tide me over for now.
If you’ve read any of this blog so far, you know what a sucker I am for the funk. And it seems that 100s is dragging that real West Coast G-Funk shit into the 23rd Century. It’s all raw, low-riding beats, with just a hint of Dirty South in there; neon purple strip joints coming straight through the headphones. Go cop the whole tape, IVRY, it’s dope as fuck.
You’re going to hear a LOT more of Kwabs over the next few months. I first heard ‘Spirit Fade’ as part of Annie Mac’s ‘Free Music Monday’ months ago, and it’s stuck in my mind ever since. His incredible voice and intuitive songwriting is backed up by wonderful production; the weighty keys of the organ that segues into the gentle acoustic picking in the chorus just feels so distantly tender, and his emotive voice is just blindly captivating. The Wrong Or Right EP is a must buy.
Songs in the internet era often have a short life span. There’s an abundance of them. They’ll appear, people will talk, people will listen, people will move on. Here, I’ll be throwing down just one track that I’ve been listening to that day. Sometimes it’ll have context, sometimes it won’t. Sometimes it’ll be a new track, hot off the press, sometimes it will be a long lost forgotten gem. It will cover all genres. You might like some, you won’t like others. But they’ll be here, waiting for you to lend an ear if you wish. Records rule my life, and this is where I’m at.
Freddie Patchwork Slaughter
DJ, Producer, Writer, Music Lover
Member of Chemikal Recipe
Records, songs, tracks, mp3s, tunes. One song, every day.