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Feiertag – Roots [Sonar Kollektiv]

Joris Feiertag, aka Feiertag is a dutch based drummer/producer from the Netherlands. “Roots”, his third release on Sonar Kollektiv is a fresh concoction of tasty uptempo electronic grooves laced with live instrumentation. There’s a number of talented vocalists on board lifting the compositions to greater heights. “Keep Your Head Up” percolates with warm percussive rhythms aligned with the falsetto vocals of Noah Slee. UK Poet Nego True appears on two tracks, the laid back “Love Hills” and the infectious banger “Feel Me”. “Law Of Attraction” has a slow burning lovers rock kind of vibe that features Oshun. Fellow labelmate Pete Josef adds his golden voice to the joyful “Give A Little”. Although the lineup is impressive it’s Feiertag’s array of creative compositions that ignite this disc. This is a joyful listen throughout that’s worthy of your attention.


Session Victim – Low Key, Low Pressure [Night Time Stories]

“Low Key, Low Pressure” is the fifth album from the German duo known as Session Victim. Hauke and Matthias have delivered countless house tracks for labels such Rhythm Section, Toy Tonics among others. With this release on the London based label Night Time Stories, they slow the tempo down and deliver eleven tracks ranging from down-tempo dub to elements of tripped out ambient vibes. Among the highlights are “Mycellum Dub”, a trippy ethereal down-tempo gem that emanates calm vibes. “The Hidden Trail”, is an up-tempo tune featuring a hypnotic guitar accompanied by tight rhythmic synth textures. “Porchless” is another winner with warped chords and lush vocals. The first half of the disc is ideal to relax to while the tempo steadily builds along the way. This is an engaging lp worthy of repeated listens.


Vince Watson – Another Moment In Time [Everysoul]

It has taken nearly twenty years but finally we’ve been treated to a new full length release from DJ/Producer Vince Watson. “Another moment in time” glides with rich heavenly chords and sublime house rhythms. “Rendezous” is a ten minute cascade of ambient melodies and seductivee rhythms. The track first appeared on Carl Craig’s Planet E label in 2006. “Piece of Mind” is another floor burner aided by the sweet piano rhythms from Detroit’s own Jon dixon. With Dixon’s gentle touch and the unrelenting house rhythm, you’ll no doubt get swept away. “Lost in the Deep” is exactly what title implies. It’s seven minutes of gorgeous synths and atmospheric chords certained to transport you to another moment in time. Watson’s marvelous release takes you on a cosmic journey. The grooves are infectious and the chords will warm your soul. All along the way your feet will never stop moving.


VA – Luke Una Presents É Soul Cultura Vol.2 [Mr Bongo]

Manchester based DJ Luke Una delivers another impressive compilation for the premiere global label Mr Bongo. “E Soul Cultura Vol 2” is laced with obscure yet superb recordings found in dusty record shops across the globe. Una, like many promiment DJs frequent these record shops and always manages to come away with an assortment of hidden gems. “Ile De Mes Amours” is a soul jazz gem from Guadeloupean singer percussionist Erick Cosaque. “Lost Children” is a mid-tempo synth laden 80s soul number with a Northern Soul vibe from Gospel vocalist Veronica Mickie. “Logun Ede” is a strip down late seventies Brazilian soul jazz gem from Eloah. House music is represented here as well with a scintilating dub remix of Mr Scuff’s “Giffin” courtesy of Speechless. Una picks up where he left off with Vol 1 by delivering another quality compilation in all manner of styles. Vol 1 was quite impressive and this one is no exception.


Kuna Maze – Night Shift [Tru Thoughts Recordings]

“Night Shift”, the debut album from Brussels based producer Kuna Maze captures the essence of night clubbing. The thirteen track disc is busting loose with infectious broken beat and jazz infused funk grooves. Maze picks up where his last project with Nikitch, “Back and Forth” left off. Both releases merge electronica alongside live instrumentation that exude warm vibes. “Broken Light” pops with tasty synths and wicked bass riffs. “Don’t Drop Dead” is another burner filled with spacey synths and soft drums. “On The Way” displays a jazzier side. The tempo downshifts a bit but the energy remains the same. Maze has demonstrated that he can manipulate space and create atmospheric soundscapes that will heighthen your mood. Whether you’re clubbing or simply want to nod your head to good grooves, you need this.


Emile Londonien – Legacy [Naïve Records]

Emile Londonien is a trio from Strabourg, France who have emmersed themselves in London club culture. “Legacy” captures the essence of their sound by merging jazz rhythms with soul and broken beat grooves. The disc begins with the title track, a lo-fi instrumental with a simmering horn section courtesy of trumpeter Antoine Berjeaut and saxophonist Leon Phal. They shift gears on “Make it Easy”, a percolating tune ignited by house grooves and sublime vocals from Lara Issa. Although “House Party” is under two minutes it’s a live performance filled with infectious energy, providing a taste of what they’re capable of on stage. “londonien” demonstrates that this trio can jam in all manner of styles. An impressive release certainly worth checking out.


13th March 2023

The Basic Soul Show
The Basic Soul Show
13th March 2023

On 14th March 1993 I hosted my first show on Dream FM in Leeds. Here’s 2 hours of music that set me on my musical journey for the last 30 years…

Pet Shop Boys – West End Boys [Parlophone]
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy [London Recordings]
Yazoo – Situation [Sire]
Joyce Sims – (You Are My) All And All [London Records]
Freeez – Southern Freeez [Beggars Banquet]
Level 42 – 43 [Polydor]
Sade – Hang On To Your Love [Epic]
Stevie Wonder – As [Motown]
Marvin Gaye – I Want You [Tamla Motown]
Michael Jackson – Human Nature [Epic]
Herbie Hancock – Gettin’ To The Good Part [CBS]
Womack & Womack – Baby I’m Scared Of You [Elektra]
Aretha Franklin – Jump To It [Arista]
Freda Payne – Band Of Gold [Vintage Champagne Records]
De La Soul – Me Myself And I [Tommy Boy]
EPMD – Strictly Business [Fresh Records]
Public Enemy – Public Enemy No.1 [Def Jam]
Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype [Def Jam]
RUN DMC – It’s Like That [Profile Records]
Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight [Sugar Hill Records]
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray [Warlock Records]
Orbital – Chime [FFrr]
X-Press 2 – Muzik Xpress [Junior Boy’s Own]

Kevin Reynolds – A Certain Circumstance [Yoruba Records]

Kevin Reynolds had the fortune of growing up in the musical oasis of Detroit where he absorbed a variety of sounds. As a kid he loved hip-hop but the trajectory of his life was changed when he attended his first underground electronic party. From there he has ascended to becoming a premiere producer of soulful elctronic music. Reynolds full length debut, “A Certain Circumstance” is evidence of that. Released on Yoruba records, the thirteen track lp is awash with deep house grooves and atmospheric mid tempo gems. The opener, “Abandoned” emobodies the yoruba sound with infectious percussion rhythms and warm keys. “Para Ti” is another floor burner that features fellow Detoit native Paul Randolph. Yoruba records has been delivering potent recordings for some time now. Reynolds release is no exception.


VA – 13 Years Later Part 1 [Local Talk Records]

Ever since they premiered in 2010, Local Talk records has become one of the premiere labels in essential house music. The Stockholm based label, started by Mad Mats and Tooli consistently delivers the kind of house that resonates with you years after it’s release. Some of your favorite DJ/Producers have dropped a track or two from Opolopo and Kyodai to Soulphiction among others. “Local Talk – 13 Years later” demonstrates why they’re held in high regard with nine potent tracks certain to grip your hips and move. “Come Back To Me” is a soulful house number from veteran DJ/Producer Alex Attias. “Open Destiny” is hypnotic deep house from Dan Tenor City and Tom Funk. “Where You Come From” is a soulful lounge number from Rawson And Jackson. This compilation just scratches the surface of the Local Talk vault but it’s still a great place to start. After you finish enjoying this release you should head over to their bandcamp page as well. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy hours of essential house music.


Cody Currie – Lucas [Toy Tonics]

East London born multi-instrumentalist Cody Currie makes a splash with his full length debut “Lucas”. Now based in Berlin, Currie’s debut is coming out on Toy Tonics. The Berlin based label is well known for infectious House grooves. “Lucas” delivers instant party vibes while blending a touch of house, funk and Disco grooves. In addition, Currie has some very talented friends on board here starting with vocalist Jitwam on the infectious boogie tune “Red Hot”. Ziggy from the Austrailian band Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange injects their brand of jazz infused funk grooves to the track and also on “Deja Vu”. Other highlights include “Night Sky”, another percolating dance track featuring vocalist Eliza Rose. A number of burning house flavored tracks round out the disc. Currie eschews sampling and adds live instrumentation that adds warmth. You’re certain to have happy feet with this impressive release.


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