Be Aright (Gumbo unplugged) – PJ Morton ft. The Hamiltones and BJ the Chicago Kid
Favourite track from my favourite live performance of last year. Incredible musicianship and an atmosphere which you can feel.
Watch we dance – Tom Misch
I first heard Tom performing at Secret Garden Party in 2017 and instantly loved his sound. Spent 6 months trying to find everything he’d done. The strings and those skippy drums get me every time.
Flying Lotus ft Anderson Paak – More
Need I say more? Just heard this and mind blown…but hey it’s Flylo and Paak…what did i expect?
Mr Jukes ft BJ the Chicago Kid – Angels/Your love
My favourite track from the incredible album ‘God First’. Heavy drums and horns with BJ’s voice soaring over the top…I can’t sing for sh1t but can’t resist joining in.
A good friend recently introduced me to Anomolie who I can only describe as making futuristic jazz. Incredible production and exquisite keys playing.
Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire
For about a year I was obsessed with Hiatus Kaiyote just trying to work out how they put songs together in the way they do. By Fire is no exception…how do they make the time signature 10/4 sound so natural? Must be voodoo.
Louis Cole – Thinking (Live Sesh)
Louis is the King of dope viral music videos and Thinking is my most revisited track. Filmed live in his house he manages to fit a big band horn section in his dining room with other band members scattered around the house.
Cinematic Orchestra ft Roots Manuva – All Things To All Men
Quite an oldie now but the marriage of Cinematic Orchestra’s atmospheric harmony and Roots’s deeply profound lyrics has remained a very visceral experience every time I hear it.
Don Blackman – Never Miss A Thing
Early 80s boogie track which rarely leaves my record bag. Badass rhythm section and not a sequencer in sight…or should that be earshot?
Leanne la Havas – Unstoppable
Swaggy drums and bass, ethereal harmonic layers and the dusky tones of Leanne. Absolutely stunning track proving love songs can be uplifting and not just soppy.