September 2, 2015

Andrei Eremin - Pale Blue Ep

Some great melancholic vibes from down under.

In this promessing debut Ep, Melbourne-based producer Andrei Eremin blends deep downtempo atmosheres with hints of folk. A great poetic parenthesis.

September 1, 2015

Kacy Hill - Foreign Fields (G.O.O.D. Music)

A young woman from Phoenix, Arizona, Kacy Hill performed as a dancer on Kanye West recent tour, and was later signed on his G.O.O.D. Music label following a first promessing self-released single.

Here comes her first track for Kanye, and it's a pearl. Can't get enough of this beautiful piano line framing her ethereal vocals.

August 10, 2015

Elis Regina - Vou Deitar E Rolar (V4YS Quaquaraquada Edit)

More Brazilian love, editing this eternal groove written in 1970 by Baden Powell; Paulo César Pineiro for the one and only Elis Regina.

Hope you'll enjoy these sunny vibes:)

Streaming & dwld below:

July 25, 2015

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#30 - Summer House

A new mixtape for your summer, heavy in soulful tunes and cool basslines. A German feel to it as well, with several recent beautiful tracks from some of my favorite producers there (Session Victim, Alex Barck, Good Guy Mikesh, Claptone...).

Streaming & dwld below:

July 12, 2015

Zig Zag - Stop Stop stop (Vibes4YourSoul Encore Edit)

Here is a DJ-friendly edit I just made of an overlooked pearl from afro/disco 70's band Zig Zag.

Can't get enough of these funky guitar lines and groovy french lyrics!

Streaming and dwld below:

June 24, 2015

Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder Records)

Let's talk Jazz.

A 34-year old American saxophonist, Kamasi Washington rose from a difficult LA hood, to now affirm himself as one of the most promising musician of his generation, with the recent release of a debut LP that should leave a lasting mark on the long history of Jazz music.

The Epic's genesis is an intense 2011 month-long recording session with his friends from the West Coast Get Down band. From spiritual ballads, to groovier parts with vocalists to Pharoah Sanders-like furious musical riots, his sax leads a 20+ musicians pack in an almost 3-hour long journey, that takes you away, far away. And who else than Alice Coltrane's nephew, Flying Lotus, and his groundbreaking Brainfeeder label, could host such a cosmic effort? A perfect match.

So, make some room on your iphone/ipod/whatever, because, Jazz fan or not, I guarantee this fascinating one will durably eat some memory space!

Extracts below, but this one is a long-haul album experience, "single culture" freaks beware!

June 20, 2015

Roberta Flack - Compared To What (Vibes4YourSoul Rework)

A 1969 powerful politically-conscious message against Nixon's Vietnam war, and more generally about social issues of the time (still very relevant now), "Compared To What" is a beautiful jazz/soul song written by Gene McDaniels for Roberta Flack legendary first LP "First Take". The song got subsequently covered/adapted by other Jazz artists.

In this rework, I tried to keep the gospel-flavoured energy of Roberta's interpretation, while reinterpreting it with a housy rhythmic frame.

Hope you'll enjoy it!

June 15, 2015

Taxie - Rock Don't Stop Ep (Eglo Records re-issue)

Since his first splendid deep-house releases as Floating Points, back in 2009, to his remarkable artistic management of Eglo label since then, or his always inspiring eclectic DJ Sets, Sam Shepherd has been ranking very high on my musical radar.

Still in a mission to share great soulful music around, here he comes with another delightful surprise through Eglo sister label Melodies: a re-mastered version of two overlooked late 70's disco/soul absolute gems from US band Taxie.

Simply enjoy the full streaming below!

June 5, 2015

Rob Shields - Bloom

One of my favorite slo-mo/deep-housy track so far this year, courtesy of London producer & DJ Rob Shields.

Isn't this one perfect for your lazy summer beach days?

Streaming and free dwlnd below:

May 26, 2015

Roman Rauch - Heliocentric (Mini LP, klamauk Records)

Mainz-based independent label klamauk records is not the busiest outfit on the House planet, but their rare releases definitely deserve some attention.

Case in point with German producer Roman Rauch mini-LP Heliocentric, a deep jazzy house record, smelling like a good old 90's Blaze-like production.

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: