October 21, 2014

Ned Doheny - To Prove My Love (Vibes4YourSoul Edit)

Here is a little edit I made of this classic 70's disco/rock song from American songwiter Ned Doheny.

I've been enjoying this song for a long time, and was looking to give it a nudisco's touch in a "DJ-friendly" format.
Hope you'll enjoy it, feedback welcomed!

Streaming below, dwlnd link here.

October 17, 2014

Erlend Øye - Legao (Bubbles Record)

From the sweet folk sound of Kings Of Convenience, to the deep electro/pop of Whitest Boy Alive, or his own solo adventures, I'm always on he hook for more Erlend Øye's surprises.

My favorite Nordic dandy troubadour is finally back with Legao, a rejoicing LP blending his pop songwriting talent, to the soulful sound of Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar
Soothing melodies, gentle lyrics and an irresistible tropical feeling makes this record the perfect companion to bravely face the upcoming short and cold winter days.

Side-note: if you're lucky enough to have Erlend and his live band The Rainbows play anywhere near you, don't miss them. Their Paris gig, yesterday night was simply the best gig I've been to so far this year...groovy sound, lots of humor, and a guaranteed lasting smile on your face afterwards.

Extracts below:

Depuis le folk délicat des Kings Of Convenience en passant par l'electro/pop de Whitest Boy Alive, ou ses propres pérégrinations en solo, je guette toujours avec émotion les nouvelles douceurs sonores concoctées par Erlend Øye. Mon dandy troubadour nordique préféré est enfin de retour avec une nouvelle perle, Legao, album solo enregistré à Reykjavik, où il dilue avec bonheur son talent d'écriture pop au son ensoleillé du groupe reggae islandais Hjálmar.
Mélodies apaisantes, refrains doucereux, et ambiances parfois tropicales font de cet album le compagnon idéal pour se faire à l'idée des jours qui déclinent et de l'hiver qui approche.

P.S.: si vous avez la chance, comme moi cette semaine à Paris, de le surprendre sur scène dans les semaines à venir, vous succomberez à coup sur au cocktail d'humour, de groove distingué et de joie de vivre qu'il essaime avec ses compères des Rainbows.

October 14, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits #46 - George Jackson - Aretha (Shoes Slow Soul Flow Edit)

If you're into smooth & warm Soul gems, then check out US digger Earwig and his Shoes crew for regular moments of editing grace.

Case in point with this little loop exercise on George Jackson warm and lovin' Aretha song.

I highly recommend his sweet Slow Soul Flow mixtape too!

Streaming and free dwlnd below:

October 13, 2014

Lucas Chambon - Instinct EP

Some electro joy from sunny Aix-en-Provence, with a young underground producer's splendid debut EP.

Already spotted these last few months for some great deep-house remixes, Lucas Chambon spreads some nudisco magic around with this ultra-deep 4-track release. Irresistible!

Streaming and free dwlnd below.

October 5, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#27 - Groove Station

Here comes a new Vibes4YourSoul mixtape!

Back to the groove side of things this time, with a selection of disco/boogie classics, that got the right edit/nudisco's touch. 

I hope you'll enjoy it!

Streaming below, dwnld link here:

September 22, 2014

The Kooks - Listen (Mercury Records)

Listening to The Kooks' new LP feels like some kind of time traveling experience.

Somewhere between 70's Liverpool and 2014 digital London, from old-school British indie rock to very contemporary electro/pop sounds, Listen switches between the times...but also between rhythms, alternating between dancefloor-proof anthems and melancholic ballads.

Let Luke Pritchard energetic vocals guide you through this shining indie music kaleidoscope!

My favorite extracts below:

A l'écoute du nouvel album des Kooks, on a l'étrange impression d'un voyage spatio-temporel. Départ du Liverpool 70's et son bon vieux rock/pop british, arrivée dans le Londres digital de 2014 et des sonorités electro/pop très dans l'air du temps.
Listen surfe entre les époques, mais aussi entre les rythmes, alternant les hymnes euphorisants et les ballades mélancoliques. Bref, un kaléidoscope chaleureux de tout ce qu'on aime dans le rock indé.

September 18, 2014

Bing Ji Ling - Sunshine For Your Mind

A Ny-based underground producer/songwriter, Bing Ji Ling is responsible for a series of overlooked self-produced LPs filled with many soulful folk gems. In his latest musical journey, he revisits a wide range of pop/soul classics with his rejoicing solo guitar-led style.

Timeless tunes from  the likes of Sade, Maze, Prince, Donna Summer, Ned Doheny, Tears For Fears get a brilliant 70's-flavoured folkish relooking. Simply irresistible!

My favorite cuts below, album available on his Bandcamp page.

Producteur & songwrriter new-yorkais méconnu, Bing Ji Ling essaime depuis quelques années les albums auto-produits peu avares en perles folk fleurant bon la soul. Dans le nouvel épisode de ses pérégrinations musicales, il revisite avec sa guitare acoustique une série de classiques d'artistes pop/soul comme Sade, Prince, Donna Summer, Ned Doheny...Dur dur de résister à ce délicieux lifting aux accents folk seventies!

September 16, 2014

Guts - Hip-Hop After All (Heavenly Sweetness)

Appearing as a guest in Hip-Hop After All, legendary MC Grand Puba states: "I stay true to the thing they call Hip-Hop, for 30 years straight and I doubt if I stop". This could pretty much be the perfect mantra to describe Guts' musical philosophy.

In his best album to date, the French beatmaker delivers a true old-school fireworks, from jazzy "Dillesque" cuts, to soulful moments, or west-coast-flavored tracks. Spiced-up by an impressive line-up of guests, this new LP is a groovy love letter to the Golden Age of Hip-hop.

"I stay true to the thing they call Hip-Hop, for 30 years straight and I doubt if I stop". Cet extrait du titre Forever My Love, rappé par le légendaire MC Grand Puba, pourrait être le leitmotiv de Guts.
Depuis ses premiers faits d'armes musicaux, aux débuts des années 90, jusqu'à ses pérégrinations sonores plus récentes, le producteur n'a eu de cesse de déclamer son amour pour cet âge d'or du Hip-Hop, qu'il fait revivre avec brio dans son meilleur album à ce jour, Hip-Hop After All.
Entre passages groovy très "Jay Dill-esque", titres plus soul, ou morceaux fleurant bon le son "west-coast" de l'époque, Guts passe ses classiques en revue, bien aidé dans son entreprise par un casting de guests haut de gamme (Grand Puba, Masta Ace, Cody Chesnutt, le jeune trompettiste Leron Thomas...). Ruez-vous dessus!

September 10, 2014

V4YS Concert Review - Jazz à La Villette, Year 1959 Tribute - Eric Legnini & Friends vs Ray Charles - 060914

Sandra Nkaké, 060914 - Photo Vincent B.

"Jazz is not dead" is this year's Jazz à La Villette festival mantra. Well, "Groove ain't dead either" , judging by the massive gig closing this "Year 1959" special day in a packed Cabaret Sauvage.

After Miles and Coltrane, 1959s funky side was effectively on display, with belgium pianist Eric Legnini vision of Ray Charles' early works, especially his What'd I Say album.

As much as I enjoy Eric's jazz productions, I get even more excited when I see him letting his piano aside to focus on a Rhodes. I got even more excited when I realised he had invited two of the funkiest singers around to join him, Sandra Nkaké and Alice Russel.
Add to this a red-hot band and the talented young flutist/singer Elena Pinderhugues, and you have a recipe for some serious fun.

Sandra Nkaké, Elena Pinderhugues, Alice Russel - Photo Vincent B.

Setting the pace with his uber-groovy Rhodes lines, Eric Legnini let ample space to his vocal guests, who litterally turned the Cabaret Sauvage upside down.

Special mention to Sandra Nkaké, who once again blew me away, not only with her powerful voice but also her enthusiasm, humor and energy. I truly believe she's currently one of the most overlooked soul/funk female singer.

No Artelive recording for this one, but get a quick grasp of the atmosphere with this little video of their hot Ray Charles' Talkin' Bout You cover:

Thanks to my friend Vincent for the beautiful pics!

September 9, 2014

V4YS Concert Review - Jazz à La Villette, Year 1959 Tribute - Omar Sosa vs Miles Davis / James Carter vs John Coltrane - 060914

Bringing Jazz/Funk legends on stage is the bread and butter of large Jazz Festivals. Challenging artists to offer special experiences through specific themes or encounters is much harder to set up. This is where Jazz à La Villette's artistic direction thrives, and that's why this festival has become my personal favorite over the last few years.

Among the many interesting events this year, an intriguing "1959 special" Saturday, to bring us back to this exceptionally rich calendar year in Jazz history.

First appointment of the day, a journey with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa to share his personal vision of one of 1959 many gems, Miles Davis's timeless Kind Of Blue.
Originally set-up in 2009 for the Barcelona Jazz festival, released as an album last year with the help of The Afri-Lectric Experience sextet, Eggun is the title of this project.
Get ready for an exotic "Kind Of Many Shades", courtesy of Omar's latin/world influences. Joy & happiness guaranteed with this ArteLiveTv streaming available only for a few weeks. 

Second part of the day, to check out if saxophonist James Carter could fit in John Coltrane's 1959 Giant Steps.
Well...he could and even more! In a trio format with Gerrard Gibbs (organ) & Leonard King (drums), James blew one of the best Jazz hurricane I ever saw live. More than 2 hours of Coltrane's furor, mixed with some of his own compositions. Sweet, harsh, soft, aggressive, funny, emotional, groovy...in a word free! A symphony of atmospheres to also enjoy courtesy of ArteLiveTv for a few weeks.

September 7, 2014

Issac Delusion - Isaac Delusion

This one was released just before the summer, but has only been flowing like water on my decks these last few weeks. Better late than never to recommend it to you on the blog, as it's definitely one of my favorite release in the indie/electro/pop space this year.

Poetic, delicate, melancholic, energetic...French band Issac Delusion first self-titled LP is effectively all this...and more.

Surfing on Jules, Nicolas & Bastien warm electro/pop sound, Loic's ethereal Patrick Watson-like voice brings the project one step further. From modern folk atmospheres to housy moments, a truly cohesive album you should not miss out!

Full streaming on Deezer, extract below:

Sorti juste avant l'été, le premier album du quatuor français Isaac Delusion tourne seulement depuis quelques semaines sur mes platines. Mieux vaut tard que jamais pour vous le recommander, puisqu'il est un de mes gros coups de coeur 2014 dans la catégorie indie/electro/pop.

Poétique, délicat, mélancolique, énergique...le disque est tout ça à la fois, et bien plus en fait. Surfant sur l'impeccable son electro/pop de Jules, Nicolas et Bastien, la voix aérienne du chanteur Loic, très Patrick Watson-esque, propulse le projet dans une autre dimension, pleine de grâce. Entre passages "modern folk", et moments fleurant bon une deep house chaleureuse, l'album ne lâche jamais un fil directeur rêveur. A ne pas rater!

Streaming intégral via Deezer, extrait ci-dessus.

August 25, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#45 - Wally Badarou - Chief Inspector (Buzz Compass Edit)

Here is a great edit/remix of an 80's classic boogie track from French/Benin musician & producer Wally Badarou.

Loving the slo-mo house feeling added by Russian producer Buzz Compass, regularly guilty of issuing great edits.  Out soon on Glenview Recordings.

August 24, 2014

Kindness - World Restart (feat. Kelela & Ade)

Back home, and lots of stuff in my musical inbox to check out. Starting with this new pearl from Kindness, as a teaser for Otherness, one of this autumn LPs I most eagerly await.

July 30, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#26 - Cicada Disco

Before heading for a few weeks to France sunny southern latitudes, here is a new mix with a summer feeling to it.

From loungy pearls to nudisco dancefloor killers, I hope you'll enjoy the moment and will share it around!

Streaming below, dwld link here.

P.S.: special thanks to Porquerolles island funky cicadas for their contribution to this one!

July 20, 2014

Richard Spaven - Whole Other* (Fine Line Records)

Second stop this week in UK nu-jazz scene land, with drummer Richard Spaven debut solo LP, Whole Other*, out now on Fine Line Records.

Alongside his majesty Chris "Daddy" Dave, Richard has been one of my favorite jazz/groove/beats drummer for the last few years, mainly for his brilliant contributions to Cinematic Orchestra as well as Jose James recordings, but also for his great first solo EP, Spaven's 5ive, released in 2010.

Whole Other* sounds like a kaleidoscope of this already rich musical career, wandering between abstract modern jazz atmospheres and groovier moments. If his delicate drumming style naturally leads the way, Richard also demonstrates a remarkable writing and producing talent, notably finding the right space to his high-profile list of guests musicians. Among them, let's mention Cinematic Orchestra's fascinating guitarist Stuart McCallum, but also Jose James trumpet player Takuya Kuroda, both of whom were mentioned several times on this blog.
Don't miss out on this organic dose of smoothness!

Extract below:

Second détour en une semaine par la scène nu-jazz UK avec le très joli premier album solo du batteur Richard SpavenWhole Other*, qui sort sur Fine Line Records.

Dans la lignée de sa majesté Chris "Daddy" Dave, Richard est devenu l'un de mes batteurs jazz/groove favoris ces dernières années, notamment pour ses brillantes contributions aux productions de Cinematic Orchestra et Jose James, mais aussi à la faveur d'un excellent premier maxi solo, Spaven's 5ive, sorti en 2010.

Whole Other* est un véritable patchwork de sa déjà très riche carrière musical, alternant avec aisance les moments d'abstract jazz avec les passages plus groove. Si la batterie mène évidemment la danse, on y découvre aussi un Richard Spaven talentueux compositeur et chef d'orchestre, laissant le juste espace à une série de musiciens de haute volée. On citera notamment le génial guitariste de Cinematic Orchestra, Stuart McCallum et le fantasque trompettiste de Jose James, Takuya Kuroda, deux musiciens dont j'ai déjà évoqué le travail sur ce blog.