Been on a housey/techy/dancey tip of late, oontsz from 9-5 and then during dinner and in my dreams. Despite the very real danger of burning out and needing a good week or two on no music/ambient stuff, I've decided to strike while the iron is hot. Some interesting stuff in there amongst some classics.
As we've all come to expect from Clone's Jack For Daze imprint, 4 straight up dance-floor burners that bang like no tomorrow. First up on the A side is the title track, in classic jackin' house style melody is thrown to the wayside and in its place, every nook and cranny is crammed with heaving sequenced drum kicks, claps and hats. Where the song really comes into its own is through Legowelt's re-imagining of the track; which should come as no surprise given Legowelt's legendary status as a producer of some of the tumpinest cuts out there. Moody strings and vocal snippets take the tune to the next level, giving it purpose and direction, sure it still fits the four to the floor mould pretty tightly but there is a bit more ebb and flow to it which I'm sure we all can appreciate.
The B side starts off with the Acid Dub of In The Body a tune that if anything is timely given the recent re-imagining of the TB303 from Roland. Whilst the bass line hits in all the right places, I'm not completely satisfied with the working of vocal sample; in parts it does feel like your old flogging of the dead horse. Sure, the right combination of people and drugs might make it less noticeable, however sometimes restraint speaks louder than playing a sample from the same cue point a million times.
Rounding tings off is the Vin Sol's remix of the same track. Whilst the tempo is kicked up a notch, Vin Sol has chosen to give the arrangement a lot more breathing room, the squelching acid bassline is nowhere to be heard apart from a few points. There doesn't seem to be too much going on apart from bringing certain tracks in and out, however every release needs its lowpoint and unfortunately this one is it.
That said, still a solid release, will be rinsing the Legowelt remix for weeks to come.
On a roll, big tings, big tings. This time we take you on a journey through the natural world, not much else to be said but enjoy the hell out of it!
Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard
Dinosaurs - Bonobo
Caffeine Holiday - Nasty P
Strut Reprise - 30/70 Collective
4am - Big Wave & Carter
Gapu (Tidal Mix) - Yothu Yindi
Induction - DJRum
Lam San Ra - Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band
Bump Bump - Selvy
Interstellar Love (Young Marco's Trybal Dub) - Sultan Shakes
Somewhere Else - Crackazat
TA - Storm - Nu Guinea & Tony Allen
Houran (Percussion Mix) - DJ Sotofett meets Abu Sayah
Foliage (808 Sax Mix) - DJ Sotofett
Siddartha - Jacob Groening
Orgoned - Kiasmos
Breezin' - Boris Gardiner Happening
Second Story Man - Chocolate Sunday
Flowers - Andrew Ashong & Theo Parrish
Did You Hear That Sound - Abdullah Ibrahim
Space Lion - The Seatbelts
Awesome second installation to the Paz e Futebol compilation series. Once again it covers output from Brazil that doesn't stray too far from jazz and soul. Kicking things off nicely is Raffaela Renzulli's 'Asking Eyes', a musical sunrise if ever I'd heard one. Darkness, in the form of spaced out jazz blues, suddenly turns into bright sunshine, you can picture yourself on the beach, smooth rhythms in the background and coconut in hand. From there it doesn't take long for things to warm up, Minas' 'Calma Mulher' and Quarteto Uai's 'Marcas' bring some funk into the equation if only for a brief moment as the following two tracks swing the shift back towards traditional Brazilian sounds.
Like the first instalment of Paz e Futebol, Jazzanova have managed not only to source the best of Brazil with the likes of Ed Motta and Eumir Deodato, but have extended their vision to the rest of the world with the likes of Hardkandy from England and Nathan Haines from New Zealand also featuring. Thus, the compilation is able to, and does, oscillate between new and old, familiar and strange, the whole way through.
For highlights its hard to go past songs that I already knew and loved before listening to this compilation like 'Daqui Pro Meier', however I'll certainly be going back to listen to 'Marcas', an infectious pop/funk tune made for listening on your way to, or at the beach. I'll also be coming back for the laid back jazzy groove 'Boa Noite Meu Filho', 'Dia De Furar Onda No Mar' for its unique marriage of Italian film score with Brazilian rhythm and finally Fafa de Belem's 'Naturalmente', a fierce groove that screams protest song thanks in no small part to Fafa's driving delivery that builds and builds, single handedly carrying the rest of the ensemble through energy alone.
Overall, its another solid compilation from Sonar Kollektiv, there's something for you no matter how far your journey into Brazilian music is. Just a reminder that if you do enjoy it, to first, make sure to check out Volume 1 of Paz e Futebol. Secondly, have a listen to our latest episode of Soundsweekly Radio where we covered world music. It features a great deal of Brazilian magic plus goodies from other corners of the globe, a mix that is sure to please!
Serious vibes. We haven't played much music of the worldly variety in the last few radio shows so we figured what better way to make up for it than a whole show full of exotic goodies. Narrowing down the track list to a reasonable length was difficult, with the first recording totalling a solid 3 hours and featuring more variety than a pack of Assorted Creams. However, in the interest of listenability, we've refined it to its absolute best, all tumpers, no fat, with a more coherent vibe through-out as well. So without further a-do, its time to grab your passport and head for your boarding gate, next stop ... the world!
Amir - Henri Texier
Amigo Lindo Del Alma - Mateo y Trasante
Deixa Eu Dizer - Cláudia
Mezare Israel - Jazz Work Shop
Song For Maltan - Hassan Ben Jaafar & Friends
Wings of Love - Tsvia Abarbanel
Esperar Pra Ver - Evinha
Flor De Cumbión - Banda Conmoción
Seriado - Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai - Tenório Jr. E Seu Conjunto
I Faram Gami I Faram - Mulatu Astatke
Ethereal feat. Phil Kelan Cohran - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Rage of Love - Keith Hudson
Heavy Duty - Herman Chin Loy
Take it Easy My Brother Charles - Jorge Ben Jor
I Got The ... - Labi Siffre
Chapita - Dick Khoza
Sintayehu - Hailu Mergia
Make It Fast, Make It Slow - Rob
Se Até As 11 - Ed Motta
Bimoko Magnin (Pigmalião Rework) - Super Djata de Bamako
Shichangani - Penny Penny
Niv - Geju
Camino Del Sol (Todd Terje Remix) - Antena
Destruction Special - Watson
Margarida - Fatnotronic
I Love Fela-Fel - Unouzbeck
Asa-Sa (Danny Massure Edit) - Fred Fisher Atalobhor And His Ogiza Dance Band
Varsovia Marimba - SLG
Cantos A Ochun Et Oya (Juan Valentine Re-edit) - Osunlade
We're about to take you on a world wide trip in the next episode of Soundsweekly Radio, so what better way to get into the groove of things than 12 slices of mysterious, exotic, and above all, groove heavy sounds. Pack your bags 'cos we're taking you on a ride.