You might be skeptical to hear that a cover of Hudson Mohawke has seen its contagious synth hook replaced by horns, flutes and a saxophone, but fear not. We might even be bold enough to say that Ye Mighty’s version tops the original…
It’s always great to see musicians doing something different, as is the case with North London singer Szjerdene. She’s been elegantly fusing Soul, RnB and Jazz vocals with Glitch-Hop backdrops; drawing clear parallel’s with the Future-Soul sound that has come out of L.A. in the last few months via OFWGKTA sub-group The Internet. Leila’s Tale has her beautiful tones sprinkled generously over a rework instrumental from Swiss-born producer Dimlite. A match made in heaven, we can’t wait to hear more!
It’s safe to say that Aphex Twin, known as the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music today, has had a pretty interesting 2011. Kanye West sampled the track Avril 14th off the 2001 drukQs album to make a melancholic love joint with John Legend called Blame Game. Now, Dutch-born RnB/Neo-Soul singer Mar (of Full Crate & Mar) and North London counterpart Szjerdene have collaborated to showcase their version of the famous piano track. It is in keeping with Mar’s Variation project, which has him reinterpreting old songs in his own style, accompanied by some very cinematic videos. The video for Avril 14th is a bit heavy, (it might even be a homage to Aphex Twin’s notoriously messed up music videos) but we love the new interpretation – AAAAND it’s a free download which you can get here.
Like the Brit School, London’s Goldsmiths has a nack for producing Stamp The Wax favourites. Following in the footsteps of James Blake, Anthony Joseph and Damon Albarn is a hefty task, but we think a current student has talent worth shouting about.
This year, Bristolian rapper Buggsy has added a vibrant injection of new talent into the UK Hip-Hop scene…
…including tracks by Broken Social Scene, Calibre, Nujabes, Incubus and many more!
An exciting new voice for UK soul with just the right about of reverence to the US greats.
Melodic breaks on a mini album for Secretsundaze.
Soothing jungle-influenced breaks on South Londons YAM Records.
80s Japanese synthpop on Jazzy Couscous’ second Kumo No Muko compilation.
A spontaneous space rock improv from the project of Mystic Jungle and Rico Milord.
Heavy drum programming, swirling toms and groove-fuelled rhythms on Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme.
The man behind the Strangelove Music label explores the junctures between organic and synthetic.
Swedish ambient jazz, 2003 reggae electronica and soothing Japanese new age.
Homegrown Celestial Lovers Rock from the Emotional Rescue, Response and Especial head.
Recline through Napoli-via-Berlin jazz-funk, L.A. boogie-RnB and downtempo soul.
A mix of “tropical / not-so-tropical” finds from the founder of Brussels’ Crevette Records.
Emotional Saharan vocalism, 70s US funk and new Nigerian-American neo-soul.
Walking us through the stunning Indian Ocean island…
Hong Kong mix, plus interactive map and favourite spots around town.
Showcasing Bulgaria’s rich heritage and vibrant present from a DJ who counts Zip as a fan.