Thursday, 24 May 2007

Karen Ramirez - Troubled Girl (Masters At Work Remix)

This sounded particularly good again today in the sunshine. A quality Bossa-esque MAW remix of Karen Ramirez's debut 1997 single. Whatever happened to her after 'Looking For Love'?

Karen Ramirez - Troubled Girl (Masters At Work Remix)

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Fourtet - A Joy (Ali's Re-Edit)

Already a wicked track made even better by this excellent re-edit. If you like this then please go visit their blog ( for more brilliant re-edits, remixes and rarities. Strictly limited download - available for seven days only.Enjoy:

Fourtet - A Joy (Ali's Re-Edit)

Monday, 21 May 2007

Hip to the Hop Part 2

Couple of new leaked tracks from what should hopefully be three great forthcoming albums (links swiped from elsewhere)

Common - The People (feat. Dwele)

Lupe Fiasco - Bottom, Top

Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

Various Artists - Computer Incarnations For World Peace

The Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Journey Of The Dragons track has reminded me of a recent track from the superb Jazzanova compiled 'Computer Incarnations For World Peace' on Sonar Kollektiv. It's another track from Jean-Luc Ponty where you can hear it's 'proto-techno' sound and you can also definitely hear the influence it has had on 'Journey Of the Dragons' in particular. The whole compilation is one of the best releases of 2007 - the 'Special Touch-Garden Of Life' track being another personal favourite from it.

Jean-Luc Ponty - Computer Incarnations For World Peace

Special Touch - Garden Of Life

Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Hi Tech Jazz/Journey Of The Dragons

Here's two more of my all time favourite tracks that I've recently had on constant repeat again. Both are 'techno' classics from the legendary 1993 'Galaxy 2 Galaxy' EP on the Underground Resistance label. In my personal opinion these are the two standout cuts but many would agree that the EP as a whole is definitely one of electronic music's most important and groundbreaking releases.

Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Hi-Tech Jazz

Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Journey Of The Dragons

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Jaguar Skills feat. Lupe Fiasco and Sway - We Love You

Two lesser known Lupe tracks you may or may not have heard before. The former coming from a wicked Jaguar Skills mixtape from last year called 'Who Is He??!!'. The latter a remix of a song you will no doubt recognize straight away (the title alone gives it away) also coming from a mixtape, still sounding good with some pretty poignant lyrics:

Jaguar Skills feat. Lupe Fiasco and Sway - We Love You

Lupe Fiasco - Muhammed Walks

Friday, 18 May 2007

Dizzee Rascal - Pussyhole

Track from the forthcoming 'Maths & English' LP. Turn it up...

Dizzee Rascal - Pussyhole

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Frankincense

Heres two tracks from an excellent LP by a group called the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.This video clip gives a much better idea about them and saves me writing anymore.Enjoy the tracks:

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Frankincense

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Jupiter

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Basement Jaxx - Betta Daze / Fly Life

Heard this again today for the first time in ages and thought it still sounded pretty good. From the 1999 EP of the same name. Also more easily available on the Atlantic Jaxx Vol 2 compilation.

Basement Jaxx - Betta Daze

As a bonus here's a classic jungle anthem and remix from back in the day:
Basement Jaxx - Fly Life (Roni Size Flyzs Mix)

Monday, 14 May 2007

Shakes - Disneyland (Vacation)

Here's something a bit different - a track that definitely has roots in the whole LCD Soundsystem style dance-punk thing but with a slightly bigger & dancier sounding production. Not to everyones tastes but I like this a lot.

Shakes - Disneyland (Vacation)

Field Music - In Context

Keeping with the random nature of posts & music genres on this blog here is a track I particularly like from the 'Tones Of Town' LP that came out at the beginning of the year. A really good album from a band that deserve a lot more exposure than they seem to get.

Field Music - In Context

Candie Payne - All I Need To Hear

A nice little track from Liverpool singer Candie Payne who has a new album out the moment - this is one of the better tracks however. A useless fact but she's also the kid sister of the Zutons drummer.

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Stevie Wonder - Black Man (PhDJ Eugene & Joe Mojo Edit)

Happy Birthday Stevie. 57 today. The term legend gets used a lot but he is only one of a few who without a question of a doubt actually deserves the title. Heres a hard to find wicked little edit. Turn this one up:

Prince - Anotherloverholenyohead

Since I purchased my tickets the other day for one for his London O2 concerts I've found myself listening to his back catalogue. I'm particularly feeling this track again, an absolute classic:

Friday, 11 May 2007

Abdulaye Diabate - Foronto (Llorca Mix)

Continuing the African-themed remixes, heres another one of my personal favourites from 2000 by the French producer Llorca. Excellent stuff.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Salif Keita - Moussoulou (Yoruba Soul Mix)

Heres a really nice Osunlade remix of a Salif Keita track from 2004. Its from the 'Remixes from Moffou' LP and is definately one of the stand out cuts.

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Paul Hardcastle - Rainforest (Remix)

Whilst I'm on the subject of my all time favourite tracks, here's another one for you. An original b-boy electro classic. I personally prefer this remix to the original from the same LP.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Vangelis - Let It Happen

Heres a Balearic classic which is currently having a bit of a revival. This tune would easily make my top 100 of all time.

As a bonus, heres the excellent Beatfanatic remix from earlier this year:

Monday, 7 May 2007

Rhythm is Rhythm – Strings of Life (Christian Prommer Remix)

Heres a superb jazz cover of Derrick Mays seminal 'Strings of Life'. A track I don't think that I will ever get sick of, no matter how many times it has been played/sampled/covered etc. There have been some dodgy versions, this one is quality though. Enjoy:

DJ Jazzy Jeff - The Return Of The Magnificent

A track off Jeff's new album out on the ever excellent BBE records. Always been a big fan of Jeff and never really thought he gets the props he deserves. An excellent DJ who can comfortably mix a variety of genres as well as being a quality producer.

Why not, heres another track of the LP.This one brought a smile to my face. Good production on it too:

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Loney, Dear - Le Fever

Something completely different for today, a real change of mood from my previous post. Quite a dark & contemplative track from the excellent Loney, Dear:

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Jorge Ben - Para Que Digladiar

Whilst I am on the subject of Marcos Valle, heres another well known gorgeous summery tune from his Brazilian compatriot Jorge Ben. Enjoy:

Marcos Valle - Velhos Surfistas Querendo Voar

Another track that sounds wicked in this lovely weather. It comes from Marcos Valles 1981 album 'Vontade De Rever Voce' which was co-produced by the great Leon Ware. Turn this one up:

Ben Westbeech - Get Closer (Lovers Mix)

I'm really feeling this track again from a couple of months ago. Perfect for playing loud in the car on a sunny day like today. Also check out the LP that the originals from 'Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life'. Recommended.

Jean-Luc Ponty - In The Fast Lane

The track that caused Gilles Peterson & Paul Murphy to coin the infamous term 'Acid Jazz' back in 1989. Still can't believe how fresh this sounds, almost detroit techno-esque. Wicked tune.