QUANTIC & NIDIA GONGORA - CURAO
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! Quantic's working here with Colombian singer Nidia Gongora – whose voice really gives a strong focus to the kind of territory that he's explored on other records – at a level that really elevates the music past any sort of underground expression, and may well allow Quantic a bigger bridge into a the world of contemporary Latin music! Yet the set's hardly Latin pop, either – as all the rich textures and complicated elements we love from Quantic's production are still very firmly in place – providing a rootsy vibe and funky currents alongside the fantastic lead vocals. Titles include "Ojos Vicheros", "Amor En Francia", "Se Lo Vi", "E Ye Ye", "Que Me Duele", "Dub Del Pacifico (version)", "Dios Promete", and "Un Canto A Mi Tierra (version)". ~ Dusty Groove
DELIA DERBYSHIRE APPRECIATION SOCIETY – ST TROPEZ 1966 REMIXES
Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones are two pioneering electronic music composers who individually have collaborated with artists as diverse as Bjork, Sly & Robbie, Killing Joke, The Art Of Noise, the Orchestral Pink Floyd project, Julian Cope, Carla Bley & Chris Boti among many others. In addition Garry is the co-founder of popular Six Degrees act, Bombay Dub Orchestra. The duo’s collaborative debut album as Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society has captured the imaginations of listeners around the world, with pioneering ambient artists like Killing Joke’s, Youth declaring it an “ambient masterpiece” & Banco De Gaia’s Toby Marks praising its "gorgeous electronic ambience” and “retro yet timeless feel.” One of the album’s stand out tracks “St Tropez 1966” has now been remixed in a variety of styles and moods by artists as diverse as “electro-swing” mastermind The Real Tuesday Weld & Garry Hughes' other project Bombay Dub Orchestra. In addition Axel Toben brings some minimal tech flavors to the track while Faltso Mortale & Harvey Jones (with his Brigitte Bardot Remix) embrace the warm, ambient sounds that Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society are becoming so well known for.
JUKKA ESKOLO - SOUL TRIO
A fantastic full length set from trumpeter Jukka Eskola and his Soul Trio – a combo with a strange sort of name! The group here is actually a sextet – as the core combo gets guest help from Timo Lassy on saxes, Magnus Lindgren on flute, and Ville Herrala on bass – who really expand the trio's wonderful groove – a mode that's partly soul jazz, but with very rich flavors of its own – hardly any sort of easy copycat of old American modes! Teppo Makynen – aka Teddy Rok – plays drums, alongside Mikko Helava on organ – and while the album shows all the respect for soulful jazz traditions that we've heard in previous music from Rok, Eskola, and Lassy – the sound is also very different, fresh, and quite original! Titles include "Hong Thong", "Railyard Boogie", "Subterranean Variations", "For Anne Lee", "Sweet Honey Bee", "Introducing The Trio", "Soft Drop", and "Jumpin Punkins". ~ Dusty Groove