April 18, 2014

Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited (3024 Records)

It had been a while since I truly fell for a deep house record. Brighton-based producer Leon Vynehall changed that, with his new EP Music For The Uninvented, out a few weeks ago on Martyn's label 3024 Records.

Finely crafted beats, addictive short vocals chorus, looped to infinity, ultra-deep synths waves...all the right ingredients are there. As enjoyable to set the pace of a weekly run than during a "loungy" mix session, this EP actually resembles more a mini-LP, with 7 cohesive tracks of equal quality.

A couple of extracts below:







Cela faisait quelques temps que j'avais pas eu un vrai coup de coeur pour une production Deep House. C'était sans compter avec le producteur britannique Leon Vynehall et son nouveau maxi Music For The Uninvented, qui vient de sortir sur le label 3024 Records.
Des beats délicats, des samples vocaux envoûtants, "loopés" à l'infini, des nappes de synthés à vous mettre en apesanteur..tous les ingrédients sont bien là. Aussi appréciable pour dicter le rythme d'un jogging hebdomadaire, que pour s'insérer dans un mix lounge de bon aloi, le disque est en fait plus proche de l'album que du maxi, avec 7 titres cohésifs, où rien n'est à zapper.

Extraits ci-dessus.



April 15, 2014

We Are Knights - Wolf


We Are Knights are a promessing French indie band, who has been on my radar for a while. Here is a beautiful new song from them, part of a French movie soundtrack released a few days ago.

Stream here.

April 11, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Selection#25 - (More) Jazz On Earth


Let's go back to the Jazz roots, contemporary style, with this new selection of cosy NuJazz sounds and beats I feel right now.
I hope you'll enjoy the moment!

Tracklisting and streaming below, dwlnd link here.









Tracklisting:
MelanieDeBiasio - I'm Gonna Leave You
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble feat. Aloe Blacc - Deliver The World (Live in LA)
TheRoots - MakeEmNV (Dilla Tribute)
DerrickHodge - LiveToday
Paisley &T-Funk - For Nujabes
IllaJ - SoundsLikeLove (Feat. Debbie Nova)
Oddisee - Social Insecurity
ChristianScott - AlkebuLan
ZaraMcFarlane - AngieLaLa
Ilhan Ersahin's IstanbulSessions - Gece Inerken
Peshay - Kickin'ItWithThePiano
SnarkyPuppy (withMagdaGiannikou) - Amour T'es Là
ColmanBrothers - El Nino
IndigoJamUnit - Fuel For The Fire (Feat. Alicia Saldenha)


Cela faisait quelques temps que je ne vous avais pas proposé une petite balade Jazz. Voici donc un podcast consacré à la facette contemporaine du genre, avec une sélection d'artistes confirmés ou en devenir.
Tracklisting et streaming ci-dessus, lien dwlnd ici.






April 7, 2014

April 6, 2014

GoGo Penguin - V2.0 (Gondwana Records)


There are so many great sounds coming out the Uk (nu)jazz things these days!

In the wake of the mighty Cinematic Orchestra, artists like Portico QuartetSubmotion Orchestra, Matthew Halsall, Zara McFarlane or Peter Edwards have been delighting me these last few months with incredibly creative productions. Latest case in point, with Manchester trio GoGo Penguin sophomore LP, V2.0, out on the excellent label Gondwana Records.

GoGo Penguin is the meeting of a forceful rhythm machine (led by drummer Rob Turner and bassist Nick Blacka) and the soothing melodie source floating from Chris Illingworth's piano.

From classic jazz constructions, to electro/drum'n'bass-influenced architectures, this new LP is a poster child of the fascinating intensity of the contemporary Jazz scene accross the Channel.

Extract below:






La scène (nu)jazz britannique ne cesse d'essaimer les pépites. Dans le sillage de l'incontournable Cinematic Orchestra, qui ouvrit la voie il y a une dizaine d'années, des artistes tels que Portico QuartetSubmotion Orchestra, Matthew Halsall, Zara McFarlane or Peter Edwards, m'ont régalé ces derniers mois avec des productions innovantes et variées.

Dernier exemple en date avec V2.0,  le second album du trio de Manchester GoGo Penguin, qui vient de sortir sur l'excellent label Gondwana Records.

GoGo Penguin c'est la collision entre l'intense fabrique de rythmes dirigée par le batteur Rob Turner et le bassiste Nick Blacka et la douceur des mélodies du pianiste Chris Illingworth. Alternant les constructions jazz classiques et les architectures inspirées de l'electro, voir de la drum'n'bass, V2.0 est un exemple parfait de la créativité sans bornes à l'oeuvre de l'autre côté de la Manche.

April 1, 2014

Gil Scott-Heron - Nothing New (XL Recordings)

Gil Scott-Heron, Paris, 080910, photo Vincent B.
Such a great gift coming from the XL Recordings crew, who will release some precious recordings from Gil Scott-Heron for the 2014 disquaire day, on April 19th.

Recorded in 2008 in Ny, it gathers previously unreleased versions of some of his greatest songs. Judging by the first extract, a moving version of Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams), this limited edition pack should be an easy sell.





March 26, 2014

Max Bateman - A Love Odissey EP (Laruche Records)


Great nudisco EP from Max Bateman on Paris-based Laruche records.

From soulful housy sounds to a brilliant edit of Michael's I Can't Help It, this one ticks all my groovy boxes!











Streaming and free dwlnd below:

March 23, 2014

Paisley - Beach Holiday


Let's stay in sunny Sydney, simply moving to the instrumental hip-hop side of the city, to enjoy Paisley's Beach Holiday.

Cosy beats, beautiful Jazzy samples...just what I crave for! If you enjoy this one, treat yourself for more by exploring his Soundcloud page.

A few extracts below, with a nice Sade rework to finish:






On reste à Sydney, on change juste de quartier pour aller flâner du côté instrumental hip-hop de ville, avec Beach Holiday, une jolie production signée Paisley.
Beats qui grésillent juste comme ils faut, samples jazz bien sentis, on en redemande, et on est servi avec les multiples perles à retrouver sur page Soundcloud...



March 19, 2014

Woolfy - City Lights EP (Future Classic Records)


In the wake of Jagwar Ma, here come more cool soulful folkish vibes from Australian label Future Classic, with a summer-feel debut EP from Woolfy.
Sweet!


March 17, 2014

Robert Glasper Experiment - Live In Paris, La Cigale (130314)

Disclaimer: no, this blog is not dedicated to the genius of Robert Glasper and his Experiment crew, even though I acknowledge the regular posts I write to highlight their work may be misleading. But hey, they simply deserve the love!

So here is another quick post on Robert, Derrick Hodge, Casey Benjamin and Mark Colenburg to mention their latest beautiful live act in Paris last Thursday. Centered around the recent Black Radio 2 LP, this gig also gave them the opportunity to share the stage with another high profile voice of the R&B scene, Raheem DeVaughn.

If their wicked Jazz/Soul/Groove recipe is now well known, they somehow keep making it tastier. Starting with stunning versions of their brilliant studio compositions, adding some massive classic jazz/soul roots tributes (Bill Withers' Lovely Day cover), having fun revisiting some contemporary electro/pop tunes (Daft Punk's Get Lucky got jazzier once again) or offering an ultra-groovy version of Raheem DeVaughn's hit Woman.

So I'm afraid I'm not done harassing you with the Glasper galaxy anytime soon...but I'm sure these little video extracts will help explain my musical obsession!

Come on, Let It Ride, and try to resist the insanely warm Rhodes lines starting around 7'30'':


Then will you get some Raheem DeVaughn magic? "Oh Yeah!"


Enough to have a Lovely Day ?





March 14, 2014

The Peter Edwards Trio - Safe And Sound


While recommending you UK jazz singer Zara McFarlane latest LP a few weeks ago, I mentioned the impressive contribution of a young pianist named Peter Edwards. Now making a name for himself, Peter's trio is releasing on March 31st a radiant debut LP, Safe and Sound.

If you're into energetic and soulful jazz, then this one is for you. Supported by a hectic rhythmic section (Max Luthert on bass, Moses Boyd on drums), Peter gives full sway to his flamboyant, albeit delicate, piano play. Get ready for some furious swings!

Full preview below, LP available on March 31st on his Bandcamp page.



Il y a quelques semaines, au détour d'un billet vous recommandant chaudement le second album de la chanteuse nu-jazz britannique Zara McFarlane, j'y soulignais notamment la contribution remarquable du jeune pianiste Peter Edwards. Je ne savais alors pas qu'il nous réserverait rapidement d'autres très jolies surprises! Fin mars sortira en effet Safe And Sound, premier album rayonnant, en formation trio.

Si vous appréciez le Jazz soulful qui swingue, alors ne passez pas à côté de ce petit bijou. Soutenu par une section rythmique survitaminée (Max Luthert à la basse, Moses Boyd à la batterie), Peter laisse libre cours à un jeu de piano à la fois flamboyant et délicat.

Streaming du disque ci-dessus, album disponible le 31 mars sur sa page Bandcamp.


March 11, 2014

Franklin - If I Was A Wolf EP (Plug Research & Wool Recordings)


Paris-based Franklin (aka Frank Rabeyrolles and Lockhart) are responsible for this promessing electro/pop EP, that surely acts as a succesful teaser for their upcoming debut LP in May.













I'm especially hooked by this Washing track:


March 10, 2014

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Speedometer Cover)


I had lost track somehow of UK soul/funk band Speedometer these last three years. Well, no doubt they're still busy groovin' things up out there, judging by the rejoicing cover of Pharrell Williams' planetary hit they just released on their usual Freestyle Records label!



K15 - The Black Tape (INI Movement Music)


Here are some new great jazzy abstract beats from London-based producer K15.

Hazy synths layers, relaxing beats, cosy bass lines, ultra-smooth keyboards melodies, and K15' production talent make The Black Tape his most accomplished work to date.

Lost somewhere between Jay Dilla's and Flying Lotus worlds, this new EP can actually be found on Amsterdam cool alternative music platform INI Movement.



My favorite cuts below:





Sans doute la production la plus aboutie à ce jour du jeune producteur londonien K15, The Black Tape est perdue quelque part entre l'univers jazzy hip-hop de Dilla et l'abstract beat futuriste de Flying Lotus. Retrouvez-la sur la page du label d'Amsterdam INI Movement et laissez-vous bercer par sa rythmique apaisante et son exquise atmosphère jazzy.




March 6, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#40 - Michael Jackson - Rock With You (The Reflex Revision)


It's always very tricky to play with Michael's legacy...but when a talented producer like The Reflex takes up the challenge, magic can be around the corner. I'm sure you'll find some in his absolutely fantastic remake of one of my top 3 MJ songs, Rock With You.