“Here’s a selection of tracks I would be likely to play once the party has ended up back at mine. Depending on the route the night has taken my track list would definitely vary: in this situation I’m thinking low lighting, big sofas and some ice cold rum and mixer…
With late night music it’s the use of space (what the artist doesn’t say rather than what he/she does say) that draws me in most.
These are in no particular order.
King in My Empire ft. Cornell Campbell – Rhythm & Sound Black hole bass, the tenderest of vocals from Cornell Campbell and a healthy dose of deep techno stabs, dub echoes and tape hiss.
Rain On Me – Planas ft. Ed Thomas From my forthcoming album, The Long Game, I love what Eddie did with the vocals.
Gutted – Burial I remember hearing this on Kode 9’s first Burial mix and being totally blown away by the atmosphere of his tunes.
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix Jimi was one of my earliest influences and I think Little Wing captures his ability to write, sing and play beautifully. His unique voice and the sound of the band take me back to when I first started playing guitar and wanted to be a rock star.
What You Need – The Weekend The ultimate after dark tune, Abel Tesfaye sounds unbelievable and the backing track is pure sex.
Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine (Jay Dee remix) – D’Angelo Two of my favourite artists collaborate. The combination of D’s vocal harmonies and Jay Dee’s unique swing make this early hours head nod material.
Angel Eyes – Submotion Orchestra Submotion are very close to my heart both as musicians and as friends. For me this is them at their sublime best.
Lotus Feet – Remember Shakti This quintet play with so much feeling it hurts. The interaction between the musicians is almost telepathic. I love the version from “Remember Shakti Live 1&2” because it features Hariprasad Chaurisia on Bansuri (flute). I can imagine everyone falling asleep to this one, it’s so peaceful!
Oblique (feat. Frank Carter III) – Sabre, Stray & Halogenix The most soulful slab of drum and bass I’ve heard in a long time. Elegantly restrained with a minimal but perfectly executed vocal.
All Is Full of Love – Bjork When I first heard this it took me to another place altogether. Bjork sounds like an angel, the balance between electronic and acoustic elements is perfect, and those harp runs give me shivers every time
New Single: Planas featuring Ed Thomas ‘Breathtaking’
On April 2nd 2012 Exceptional Blue records present the sublime bass music of ‘Breathtaking’, the new single by Planas AKA Toby Davies, adorned with the dulcet vocal tones of Ed Thomas. It precedes the release of debut album ‘The Long Game’ later this year.
Planas live Planas live is the four-piece band incarnation of Planas. They are Toby, plus Ed Thomas (synths/vocals) who also featured on the Author album (Tectonic), Claudia Georgette (vocals/percussion) who featured on Planas’ first Exceptional release, ‘Merry Go Round’ and Niall Lavelle (drums/percussion) who also plays percussion/synths for Gentleman’s Dub Club.
Dates Monday 12th March: Manchester w. Submotion Orchestra Tue 13th March: Sheffield – Tuesday Club w. Submotion Orchestra Tickets Wed 14th March: Leeds – The Wardrobe w. Submotion Orchestra Tickets Thurs 15th March: London – Scala w. Submotion Orchestra Tickets Fri 16th March: Brighton – Concorde 2 w. Submotion Orchestra Tickets Sat 17th March: Bristol – Bristol Fleece w. Submotion Orchestra Tickets