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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

Basic Soul
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.


Nate08 – Furaha [Needwant]

Hailing from Mumbai, bassist/producer Nate08 demonstrates that he has a flair for the good groove on his new release “Furaha”. The eleven track lp packs plenty of bounce, lush arrangements and gorgeous chords certain to keep your body in motion. The title track kicks off with sparkling percussion and sublime guitar melodies. “Sunrise Sunfall” embodies many of the tracks on board here; crisp drums, deep bass lines and gorgeous melodies. Nate08’s vocals are the icing that rounds out this tune. “Want You” is another up-tempo burner that’s enhanced by the blissed out vocals from Megan Murray. No wonder Nate08 has become a fixture in the Indian independent music scene. A marvelous collection of spacey instrumental dance tracks along with infectious vocal tunes filled with good vibes.


Guinu – Palagô [Razor-N-Tape]

Brazilian musician/producer Pedro Guinu debuts with the samba flavored “Palego” The title is a homage to Lapa, a neighborhood in downtown Rio. the place to be for night life, good food and good music. The album reflects that vibe with an array of simmering tunes. “Haja Fe” is layered with infectious polyrhythms, lush vocals and sunny chords. “Amanha” is a mellow samba instrumental slow burner. “Joana Joa” kicks off with a lovely flute melody that sets in motion the laid-back North West Brazilian rhythms. A marvelous record that effortlessly highlights Northern Brazilians music and the pulse of the community. If you dig the sounds of Marcos Valle and Joao Donato then you’ll certainly enjoy this one.


Divorce From New York – Sausalito [High Praise Edits]

Producer Alvaro Granda aka Divorce From New York returns with his sophomore LP “Sausalito”. You may be familiar with Granda as one half of San Sebastian based production duo Reykjavvik606. They’ve worked with the likes of Tenderlonious and Ishmael Ensemble among others. “Sausalito” is filled with rugged broken beat rhythms layered with mind bending chords and harmonies. The opening track “Sausalito” kicks off with euphoric chords before easing into a sparse, edgy hypnotic rhythm. “Paralelo66” erupts with heavy bruk rhythms and wobbly synths. “Last Day of Sunset” oozes with infectious Summertime energy and good vibes. The pulsating Disco rhythms make this a worthy highlight. “Mapacho River” is a sonic journey aligned with a rough edged drum kick and jungle rhythms. Short and sweet with only seven tracks, Granda delivers a banger with each track packing a big punch. Granda is someone to keep an eye on. With beats like these I can’t wait to hear what he does next.


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