I first heard about this project through the guys at LaidBackRadio.
A collaboration between Belgian jazz pianist/composer Pierre Anckaert and producers Monkey Robot (previously known as Infinitskills), the album is made up of 4 original tracks composed by Pierre Anckeart and performed by his trio, and then the 4 tracks re-worked by The Monkey Robot.
An original concept, this collaboration also produces some stunning results.
Not least the amazing “Same Dream Again” featuring the vocals of Ahu and Miles Bonny
74 Miles Away – Same Dream Again feat. AHU & Miles Bonny by LaidBack
To top it off the album is packaged beatufully & will make a very welcome addition to your collection.
You can find out more about the project here
And you can hear tracks from the album on this week’s Trust in Dust show on Mixcloud
My first encounter with Wayne ‘Lotek’ Bennett was reading an article in Computer Music about his studio set up & working methods. Hearing he had produced tracks for Roots Manuva and was signed to Big Dada I instantly went down the record shop to dig out a copy of Lotek Hifi’s self titled mini album. I was initially interested and impressed by the warm and crisp production, but I was also quickly won over by his clever wordplay and distinctive flow.
In recent years he has relocated in Australia, produced the Brit Award winning ‘Speech Therapy’ for Speech Debelle, and finally hits us with his debut solo album ‘International Rudeboy’
Launched in time for summer in Australia, it hits the UK in the middle of a major cold snap, delivering sufficient heat to restore feeling to even the coldest of toes. Musically, we are treated to a warm, crisp blend of ska and reggae which provides the perfect backing for Lotek’s lyrical wordplay.
Highlights for me include Splendid, Rudest Dude, Dreader than Dread and Paid, but the quality is high throughout.
Don’t just take my word for it, get over to Lotek’s Bandcamp or itunes to grab your copy.
It’s no secret that I LOVE Tokyo Dawn Records. Since the release of ‘The Repeat Factor’ by Portformat around a year ago, which was easily my favorite album of last year, I took a keen interest in the label and have been amazed by their subsequent releases including the Portformat remixes, Swede:art’s ‘Emotional Colours’ and its subsequent remixes, an incredible compilation called ‘The Heart’ and now, their latest addition, Voltage Controlled Feelings’ by Opolopo.
Opolopo takes you into another world with his boogie-jazz-funk-fusion album, sounding like the music from 80’s film soundtracks such as Tron & Blade-runner bought into the 21st century.
Stand out cuts for me include ‘Kobayashi Maru’, ‘Waiting’ ft Farah and the closing opus of ‘Ballad For Amalia’ but I could easily list more. You can check the album out now on Tokyo Dawn’s site. I suggest you do that & get your order in now!
Another classic release from Tokyo Dawn. Quality Guaranteed.
So this album is getting a lot of buzz at the minute & I must say it’s worthy of the hype.
Coming out on the fantastic Tokyo Dawn Records, Swede:art has produced a cracking set of futuristic bumps. Predominantly instrumental tracks of wonky bass, electronic bleeps & dirty soul claps they whole album sounds quite unlike anything else.
The few vocal offerings are choice & work particularly well. Brooklyn’s finest ‘Pursuit Grooves’ sounds amazing on ‘Embrace the Chill’, and Stray delivers a gorgeous soul voice on ‘Linguistics’ plus there are solid contributions from Blacktronics, duktus & Caits Meissner.
This is a great summer album, booming out to sountrack BBQs or thumping out of your car stereo with the windows down.
You can hear several of the tracks on the latest Trust in Dust Radio show here
Nice one Tokyo Dawn, you’ve done it AGAIN!
This is a gem of an album for the beat generation.
I first heard of DZA when the wonderful ‘Shifty’ appeared on Oscillations Part 1. Wonky but warm & listenable, it was one of my instant favourites from that album (have a listen here)
So when Error Broadcast sent out the promo of the DZA album I was intreagued and excited to hear the whole thing.
Right from the off, the warm & fuzzy ‘Naiads at Play’ sets the tone, drawing you into DZA’s world. A world of wonky jazz samples (Cold as Hell), 8-bit game soundtracks (Dabi Trabi), Blade Runner stylings (Out of Time), & some deeply moving & trippy beats (Homeparty, DZA’s Theme, Downtown Honeymoon, Softgram, Uproar in Heaven)
There’s a great variety of beats here but they all hang together really well & provide a really rewarding listen.
Full marks to DZA and Error Broadcast on this one.
***(TiDRadio 20 will feature 4 tracks from this as our Album of the Week, check the mixcloud page from Wednesday 26th May for the show)
So I’ve been a very vocal supporter of Portformat’s amazing ‘The Repeat Factor’. It has proven to be a very apt name for me as I’ve been continuously playing that album for the last 6 months or so.
As a result of my love for that album, I was very resistant to the idea of remixes. I was thinking “Why ruin it? it’s perfect!”, but then I had to think to myself that Tokyo Dawn don’t put out bad music, so there must be some serious quality remixes on there or they wouldn’t have put it out.
And I was right. The remixes all take the tracks in a very different direction to the album, with a range of styles & tempos that make it a very different listen to the original album. There are many highlights on the record, including (but not limited to)
Opolopolo’s remix of Mothership ft Georgia & Dudley, which goes off on a major west coast funk trip
Resound(of the Metalheadz) remix of Knock Knock going darker & heavier
Dandario’s wonky as hell remix of U$
Swede:art’s remix of It’s On
And Ronnie Vindahl (Boom Clap Batchelors) boogie remix of Fairy Child
I have to be careful here or I’ll be listing out every track!!
So overall it’s definitely worthy of your attention & purchase, so don’t sleep, get over to Tokyo Dawn & order your copy NOW! You won’t regret it.