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Album of the Week: 74 Miles Away

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



#albumoftheweek – @wayneLOTEK ‘International Rudeboy’

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.

#AlbumOfTheWeek ‘Voltage Controlled Feelings’ by @Opoloposweden on @TokyoDawn Records

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.


Trust In Dust on #InvaderFM 023

Coming up to 6-months now that I’ve been part of Space Invader Radio crew and the latest installment is a particular favorite of mine, packed with loads of great new music, I was really feeling this one. You can listen to the show here

Album of the Week from Opolopo called Voltage Controlled Feelings, out soon on the fantastic Tokyo Dawn label (Review to follow soon)

Plus new EPs from Montgomery Clunk on Error Broadcast) and SBTRKT.

The show kicks off with a great band based in Dublin called Holy Roman Army, covering a Pixies track in their own style, amazing track, and the quality continues in the form of the Greymatter remix of Stac’s ‘Glory’ and a host of other top tracks from Paul White, Fantastic Mr Fox, Grillo, Pursuit Grooves, Space Dimension Controller, Jamie Woon & Lukid.

#nowplaying @BBE_Records @Mixcloud Competition Mix

Strangely enough, just after I’d done the Grand Central Session mix, Mixcloud announced this competition to make a mix from the BBE Records back catalogue.

(hear the mix HERE)

I’ve been a huge fan of BBE for many years now so it sounded like my idea of heaven. I spent hours digging through my BBE records which left me with the difficult job of narrowing down such an unbelievably long list of great tracks into a mix that would fit onto a CD.

I was having to chose from some of my all time favorite tracks off some of my all time favorite records such as

J Dilla – The Shining
DJ Spinna – Here to There
King Britt – Adventures in Lo-FI
D’Nell – 1st Magic
Million Dollar Orchestra – Better Days
Osunlade – Aquarian Moon
Visioneers – Dirty Old Hip-Hop

I settled on the following track listing (hear the mix HERE)
Tracklist / Chapters
The Million Dollar Orchestra – Dontcha Wanna Get Down
Katalyst – How About Us Ft Steve Spacek
D’Nell – This Thing
King Britt – Transcend Ft Bahamadia
Dj Spinna – Love Is Sold
Rokstone – Soon Come(Several Small Fury Bugz Cooperating In The Attic Mix)
Osunlade – Aquarian Moon
Pete Rock – Pete’S Jazz
Dj Jazzy Jeff – Da Ntro
Will.I.Am – Lay Me Down (Ft. Terry Dexter)
Roy Ayres – Brand New Feeling
Madlib – The Way That I Live Ft Stacy Epps
Visioneers – The World Is Yours
Dj Jazzy Jeff – We Live In Philly
J Dilla – Won’t Do
Nicolay – Memory Lane

I trust you will enjoy the mix as much as I enjoyed putting it together, so please give generously, hit the favorite / LOVE button, leave a comment, tweet about it, and please spread the word!!

(hear the mix HERE)

#nowplaying Emotional Colours by @swedeart on @tokyodawn

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!


Album of the Week >>> ‘DZA – FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT’ on @ErrorBroadcast by @sashadza

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)