1. Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake Remix)
This song slaps me in the face again and again… It’s more than a simple remix, it’s a perpetual build up with an incredible feeling, full of soul and instinct. It has been a big personnal inspiration since the first time I heard it.
2. Emma Jean Thackray – Red Bush
The perfect track for a breakfast in your home, sensual and simply beautiful. This track from my arranger and trumpeter EJ is a perfect slow burner.
3. De La Soul – Stakes Is High (J Dilla Remix)
Weird chord progressions and high level of MCing. I can listen this beat for ages! The detail of the soft trumpet in the background when the chorus comes… So high!
4. Dizzee Rascal – 2 Far (feat. Wiley)
And every tracks from Boy In Da Corner, this song and others (Stop Dat, Wot U On, Hold Ya Mouf, I Luv U, Liv O…) has raised a real awareness. Londonian youthfulness, violent lyrics, weird synthetic instruments, raw slang and rhythm from another space. Still fascinating.
5. Skye – Ain’t No Need
One of my favorite soul/funk track. I’ve discovered this song few years ago in Dimension Festival, during a Theo Parrish’s set. Joy and happiness. A good pill to forget your problems.
6. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Tremendous track. It’s one of my first love in the rock music and I play it each time I’ve got the opportunity.
7. Ahmad Jamal – Swahililand
Hard to speak about it and don’t give a word on Jamal Plays Jamal, one of the best album of all time. And this song is so cinematographic. When I listen to it properly, I have some pictures on my mind of an explorer discovering a mysterious country in Africa. Lit!
8. Theo Parrish – Smile
Loving too many tracks from this avant garde artist, not easy to make a choice. Lost Angel, Paradise Architecture, Children Of The Drums, Falling Up, Carpet People, Make No War, Solitary flight, Love Is War For Miles… and many others! When I discovered the house world and the house dancers in 2013, I was impressed by this music, nobody thinks or produces music with guts like him. I can’t hide the large legacy and respect than I have for this man.
9. Son Of Scientist – Keep It Burning
Just another nervous track from the master, IG Culture on his side project SOS. Like Theo Parrish hard to make a choice! But this one can burn every dancefloor, even for an after! Bad Man Ting!
10. Makaya McCraven – Slightest Right
This release just change my perception of the jazz music. Hard to find the perfect balance between a jazz album and smart production. You have few albums/projects which find it out (Culross Close or Madlib’s Shade of Blue for example). But this one got something more spontaneous, a big gut feeling.
Neue Grafik has been building a strong rep for himself over the past few years, releasing records previously on labels such as Rhythm Section, 22a and Wolf Music. His sound is a hybrid of jazz, house, broken beat and hip hop, all with his unique geographical flavours of African ethnicity, Parisian roots and a love for London thrown into the mix.
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