May 14, 2015

Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Where Are You Now Ep (Timmion records)

Alongside New-York (home of the Daptone Records crew & many affiliated artists), Finland has been establishing itself as another sure spot for high-quality old-school afro/soul/funk/jazz productions these last few years.

Producer/musician Jimi Tenor is of course one of the major reason behind this soulful nordic wave, as is the excellent Helsinki label Timmion Records.

His wife Nicole Willis is now back on the label with her band The Soul Investigators, for a couple of beautiful new singles, a promising teaser of their new LP, Happiness In Every Style, to be released next October.

Snippets below:

May 11, 2015

Mac DeMarco - Let My Baby Stay (V4YS Rework)

Mac DeMarco is one of my favorite indie artist, I can't get enough of his inimitable laid-back indie/folk sound. 

Here is a slo-mo housy take of Let My Baby Stay I've been working on recently. The original song is part of his highly recommended 2014 LP Salad Days, which is included in our 2014 Favorites selection. 

Hope you'll enjoy it.

April 13, 2015

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty Records)

Warning! Talkin' about a true masterpiece here!

Named after his late mother & stepfather, American songwriter's Sufjan Stevens new LP is an absolute folk wonder.

Who needs drums and bass, when an acoustic guitar, a few vintage keyboard lines, and finely crafted lyrics can weigh so much?
Pared down to the core, Carrie & Lowell strikes right to the heart. It even borders on  the sublime, courtesy of Sufjan's graceful singing, turning sadness and melancholia into a deep feeling of humanity.  "I wanna save you from your sorrow" he hums at some point. Well, he's found a way.

Attention, chef d'oeuvre. Je n'aime pas galvauder ce terme, mais c'est le seul qui me vient à l'esprit pour qualifier cette merveille folk de Sufjan Stevens.
Message d'amour pour sa mère disparue en 2012 et son beau-père, Carrie & Lowell  transforme tristesse et mélancolie en une incroyable sensation d'humanité. Nul besoin de batterie ou de basse pour frapper droit au coeur. Une guitare acoustique, quelques notes de claviers vintage, des textes intimes mais universels, et une interprétation vocale confinant au sublime font très bien l'affaire.
"Je veux te sauver de ta tristesse", fredonne-t-il au passage. Il a trouvé un bien joli élixir.

Assurément mon disque favori de ce premier trimestre 2015, devançant les très jolis albums de Beck (Morning Phase) & Chassol (Big Sun).

April 8, 2015

Amarillo - Tomorrow We'll Be Long Gone EP (Microqlima Records)

More sunny spring sounds, courtesy of Paris-based Microqlima label, which brings us this rejoicing debut hippie/folk EP from French band Amarillo.

Get ready for some seriously cool 70's California-flavored vibrations!

On reste d'humeur printanière, avec ce premier maxi réjouissant du groupe parisien Amarillo. Sorti sur le label indépendant Microqlima (dont le fondateur veille aussi sur l'excellent groupe electro/pop Isaac Delusion), cet EP très bien produit fleure bon l'hippie/folk façon 70's California.

April 7, 2015

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#29 - Spring House

Here comes a new mix tape full of deep & funky house vibes.

I hope you'll enjoy the trip!

Streaming & dwld link below:

March 19, 2015

MarcosValle - On Line (Vibes4YourSoul Edit)

Here is a new edit, where I  revisited of one of my darling samba track, from the one and only Marcos Valle.

March 18, 2015

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#48 - Jurassic 5 - What's Golden (Casual Connection Boogie Funk Remix)

To me Jurassic 5 are almost an eponym of Hip-Hop's golden age. They're one of my favorite bands in the genre, alongside the likes of Tribe Called Quest, Jay Dilla, Digable Planets and a few more.

Here is a hot edit of their 2002 What's Golden track, from Australian producer Casual Connection, whose regular edits are always a DJ's delight.

Streaming & download below:

March 13, 2015

Pole Jam Vinyl Records - Lady Leopard EP

Always an outfit to watch, UK/German label Pol Jam Vinyl is releasing another slo-mo house treat with this new EP gathering tracks from Cassara, Darko Kustura and Benny & Gain.

My favorite extracts below:

March 2, 2015

Brett - Vacation / Dance Hall Days EP (Cascine Records)

Let's move back to the 80's, with Washington DC-based band Brett splendid covers of two overlooked tracks from The Go Go's & Wang Chung.

Is it me being too french, or will you also feel a parallel with Etienne Daho's classic song Tombé pour la France in their version of Dance Hall Days?

Anyway, enjoy this great contemporary synth pop EP with the streaming below:

Petit détour par les eighties, version pop, avec ce joli maxi du groupe américain Brett. Ils y reprennent deux titres oubliés de The Go Go's & Wang Chung pour l'excellent label Cascine.
Suis-je trop franchouillard lorsque je perçois des échos du Tombé pour la France dans leur cover de Dance Hall Days?

February 26, 2015

Auntie Flo & Esa - Highlife World Series - Cuba

Here is an ambitious and exciting new project led by Indian (but London resident) producer Auntie Flo & UK DJ & producer Esa Williams.

Inspired by Gilles Peterson & Mala's Havana Cultura project, they will release a series of EP blending their electro background with local live music scenes.

Starting the fun with the Cuba EP, before heading to Kenya and Uganda, their Highlife World Series has to be monitored closely.

My favorite extracts below:

Inspiré par l'épopée musicale de Gilles Peterson et Mala à Cuba (Havana Cultura Project), le producteur indien (mais résident londonien) Auntie Flo et le DJ & producteur britannique Esa Williams se sont lancés dans une aventure musicale excitante, intitulée Highlife World Series.
A la clé, une série de maxis, reflet de voyages et de rencontres avec une multitude de musiciens locaux. L'épopée commence par Cuba, via ce premier EP, avant de se poursuivre au Kenya, puis en Uganda.

February 21, 2015

Vallis Alps - Vallis Alps EP (self-released)

Here is a beautiful electro/pop Ep from Australian duo Vallis Alps, evocating the recent productions of Californian band Rhye.

Released last month, it blends beautiful guitar-led melodies, ethereal synth waves to bewitching vocals. Deepness guaranteed!

Full streaming below:

Petite perle electro/pop du duo australien Vallis Alps, ce maxi n'est pas sans rappeler les productions récentes des californiens de Rhye. Superbes mélodies de guitare, joli travail sur les nappes de synthé, et vocals envoûtants. Deepness garantie!

February 20, 2015

The Doors - Peace Frog (Vibes4YourSoul Edit)

Peace Frog has always been my favorite Doors song, alongside Riders On The Storm.

Here is a slightly spiced-up, DJ-friendly edit I made to enjoy even more the funkyness of this classic track. Hope you'll like it!

February 18, 2015

Cuttlefish & Asparagus - Hang On It There EP (Kalakuta Soul Records)

A label borrowing from Fela Kuti's legendary republic's name cannot disappoint.

Cologne-based Kalakuta Soul nicely takes up the challenge, with some promessing soulful releases, such as this new one from Cuttlefish & Asparagus.

From the afrobeat-inspired Drum Song, to the boogie pearl Hang On It There, this EP is groove-proof.

Un label qui emprunte au grand Fela le nom de sa République rêvée ne peut pas décevoir. Basé à Cologne, les allemands de Kalakuta Soul Records relèvent le défi avec ce nouveau maxi. 
Cuttlefish & Asparagus y distille un groove classieux, entre les accents afrobeat de son Drum Song et le boogie impeccable du superbe Hang On In There.

February 11, 2015

Monsoonsiren - Falstrati Ep (Project Mooncircle)

Here is a sweet new downtempo release coming from Bengalore, India, courtesy of producer Monsoonsiren.

Released on the always prescient German label/collective Project Mooncircle, this 4-track EP transports us in a maze of samples, abstract beats and ethereal vocals.

An intriguing combination of melancholy and mistery!

L'excellent collectif/label berlinois Project Mooncircle dévoile une perle downtempo de plus avec ce Falstrati EP, qui nous vient de Bengalore, en Inde.
Le producteur Monsoonsiren y joue avec les textures sonores, les samples et une galerie d'abstract beats pour aboutir à quatre titres à l'atmosphère mélancolique et mystérieuse.

February 6, 2015

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#28 - Balearic Feeling (Part3)

Here comes a new mixtape, full of deep slo-mo & housy sounds...made to chill.

In the same spirit, you can also check out our previous Balearic Feeling mixes, part 1 & part 2.


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