The Busy Twist
After a quiet 2013 in terms of creative output, The Busy Twist enter 2014 with news of a new EP. Labadi Warrior, will be dropping 24th February on TBT’s own label The People’s Ear, which we’re told will be the hub of a lot of activity this year. Gabriel and Ollie will also be going back to Ghana to record music and soak up more influences for their infectious brand of Afro-Bass. There are lots of shows to be announced, the first being Kartel’s 1st Birthday, this Friday at Plan B, Brixton.
Damiano von Erckert
If we’d done an end of year list for albums and EPs last year, Damiano von Erckert would’ve made the cut for his outstanding Love Based Music, aptly described by RA as “a whirlwind tour of everything from forgotten funk to super sweet soul via dishevelled disco”. Hailing from a city known for the techno output of Kompakt Records, Damiano and his buddies from ava. Records (including Funkycan, Murat Tepeli, Tito Wun and Marcus Worgull) are changing the perception of Cologne house music. If we linked all Damiano’s stuff we’re into at the moment, there wouldn’t be space for anyone else, so try our favourite from Love Based Music, free to download at XLR8R. For more music check our Soul Tracks of 2014 and post on Damiano’s Murat Tepeli remix. He’s already made a great start to 2014 with a remix of Casino Times (below), and there are rumours of a second part to Mr. Pink, what have you been smoking?, a collaborative release with Tito Wun. We’ll wait impatiently.
Seven Davis Jr
SDJ is a Los Angeles-based musician who made quite a stir last year. His unique fusion of jazz, funk and soul made its way onto many critics’ end of year list, while his appeal has been equally as strong from DJs like FunkinEven and Kyle Hall. Next up is the five-track P.A.R.T.Y EP, out on 3rd March via FunkiEven’s Apron Records. We asked Sev to give us the low-down on the EP and how it fits in with his body of work to date: “Where One had somewhat of a love story behind each track, P.A.R.T.Y is more like a really good night out on the town. When you put the records together in order of when the music was made they are like a movie: The Lost Tapes is the beginning, One is the sequal and P.A.R.T.Y continues where One left off.” For more music, check out our Soul Tracks of 2013, and the opening of Jay L’s Bristol Spotlight mix for us, which was made RA Mix of the Day. On the live front, Futureboogie are now looking after SDJ’s his bookings so expect him landing in Europe very soon.
Not content to be part of just one blossoming musical outfit in The Busy Twist, expect to see Gabriel Benn pick up plenty of attention in 2014 under his Tuesday Born moniker. Following two brilliant African-infused releases in 2012 (Kwabena and Mockingbird EP), the soulful productions of Singing In The Dark EP picked up plaudits from Lefto and Gilles Peterson last year; the latter also signed Sleep With Stars to his Brownswood Bubbler 10 compilation). This year, four singles are on their way that will form part of an EP that we’re told will be finished in the next week or two. Two very high profile labels are interested, which we’d love to reveal but could get in a lot of trouble. Slightly less secretive but equally exciting, we’ll be premiering a new free giveaway from Tuesday Born in the next week so keep an eye out for that. For the time being, check his latest remix and the mix he did for us last year, one of our favourites of the Stamp Mix series.
Yumi & The Weather
If there’s one artist on this list we think could make the Radio 1 playlist, our money would be on YATW. She put together a great Monday Morning Mixtape for us (below) after her debut EP, All We Can, blew us out of the water. You may have missed its vinyl release on Christmas Eve, but you can grab a copy, each one unique and hand-designed by YATW’s Ruby Taylor, from Bandcamp. If it’s just visual appreciation you’re after, there’s talk of an exhibition emerging in Brighton soon for all the album artwork. As far as new music is concerned, a remix of new Angel Haze material has been finished, and the foundations of a debut album has been recorded from Ruby’s bedroom. The next step is to link with a full band, engineer and producers (including Felix Joseph and Ben Esser) to record the new singles. Live appearances will be put on hold for the time being, to give time to build an ambitious visual show; we can tell you they’re confirmed for The Great Escape in May though. An exciting 2014 lays ahead, that’s for sure.