01. Grace Jones – Island Life
A classic that every music lover should have in his collection. It is timeless.
02. Royksopp – Melody A.M.
This album changed my perspective and approach to electronic music. The space-funky-disco formula was something very special when it came out. A huge reference every time I start making a new album.
03. Nightmares On Wax – Smokers Delight
The best downtempo album of all times. It was on heavy rotation for many years since it was released back in 1995. And it still is from time to time.
04. Beastie Boys – The In Sound From Way Out!
No words are needed about the Beastie Boys. This album is special because it was not typical for a group of rappers from the USA in the 90’ to perform as an instrumental trio supported with funky organ by legend Money Mark. It is a collection of previously released instrumentals beautifully gathered together as an Afro – Cuban – Jazz – Funk album.
05. Herb Alpert – Rise
Love the way Herb plays his trumpet. Unpretentious, not too abstract, not too complicated. Loving his style and I admire the catchy trumpet themes that he wrote in his rich career.
06. Squarepusher – Hard Normal Daddy
Another very special album. Breakbeat – Jungle – Jazz – Funk madness. Drum programming and light-speed fretless bass noodling. This guy is unique. Much respect to Tom Jenkinson.
07. Videosex – Videosex
This came out when I was nine. It was definitely something completely new in Yugoslavia in the year of 1984. Synths and drum machines and the beautiful voice of, at the time 20 years old, Anja Rupel. The best thing is that this record still sounds futuristic.
08. Air – Premiers Symptomes
Another great downtempo record that is ranked close to the Nightmares On Wax album that I have mentioned before.
09. Bill Evans: I will Say Goodbye
I love Bill Evans. I listen to solo piano music often at home. Nice dinner, a bottle of good red vine and this record. Never a mistake.
10. Mediterraneo – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
One of the best movies of all time in my opinion. It would never be so good without this music. Pure magic.
Ichisan – Harmona (Gouranga Music)
‘Harmona’ is the first single from Ichisan’s fourth studio album, which is due soon on Gouranga Music. It comes with two remixes by Dan Tyler of Idjut Boys and a brand new video created by illustrator Meta Wraber and director Anna Boberg, who has worked with the likes of The Chemical Brothers. By now, Ichisan is a well-known talent in the world of disco house. The Slovenian is a skilled guitarist and brings his musicality to bear in all his tunes. He counts the likes of Prins Thomas and Pete Herbert as fans and has released numerous EPs and LPs on labels like Nang, Bordello A Parigi and Eskimo. The fantastic ‘Harmona’ is a Balearic disco jam with a filtered Moog-style melody, a funky synth bassline and lush flanger-strings. It overflows with colour and charm and is the sort of dance floor dynamite that always takes things to the next level. Remixer Dan Tyler of Idjut Boys is well known for cooking up left of centre and dubbed out house with plenty of disco influences. Firstly, he adds his wonky tape delay and signature flange over the main theme to take it in a new direction. He also offers an Acid Casualty mix that is more gnarly and perfect for darker dance floors. The accompanying video sees the watercolour paintings of Meta Wraber brought to life by Anna Boberg. Meta is Ichisan’s partner, and a successful illustrator. Anna is a wizard with after-effects and a notable animator – a dream team for this blissful track!
Out now…Ichisan – Harmona (Gouranga Music) Cat No: GRNGA_08 Format: Digital, vinyl