Jensen Sportag - Rain Code
It’s been raining a bit here in LA. While many appreciate the rain for their own reasons, I like to think that the rain acts as a natural reset for this city of concrete and steel. This sultry tune from group Jensen Sportag is hard to decipher, but matches the ambiance of stay-inside weekends.
hear a remix by Fennesz.
SOIL&“PIMP”SESSIONS - Suffocation
Off of 2005’s Pimp Master.
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions are a Japanese jazz combo who play music inspired by the sound and style of classic bebop, Latin jazz, and cool jazz, but with a funky undertow and the passion, aggression, and force of rock & roll. The group features five musicians — Josei on piano, Tabu Zombie on trumpet, Motoharu on sax, Akita Goldman on double bass, and Midorin on drums — as well as Shacho, credited as “agitator and spirit,” who prowls the stage as the group performs and occasionally offers gravel-voiced encouragement.
Ikonika - Beach Mode (Keep It Simple) (featuring Jessy Lanza)
Sweater Beats - Make A Move (Branchez Remix)
New York producer that should be on everyone’s radar. Great flip of this single.
Snakehips - On & On (Kaytranada Remix)
If you ever have the opportunity to catch a Kaytranada set, do it. Best hip-shaking, party thumping experience you’ll have yet.
Nico Segal - Callie (featuring Vic Mensa)
Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival - Love Affair
I’ve had it pegged that I would never enjoy Mac Miller. Then I hear something like this. Everyone has another side to them, and I’m suddenly reminded of that Bill Nye quote.
TL;DR - lower your expectations of others.
Sampha - Too Much
Many will say that Drake’s “Too Much” is one of the more emotional songs he’s released, and it helped put the artist he sampled/featured, Sampha into the spotlight. Today, Sampha released his own version of the song, featuring the same melody but his own interpellation and improve. If you’re a fan of Drake’s “Too Much” then Sampha’s version won’t fall to far from the tree.
Darondo - Didn’t I
A mystery to most, Darondo records are high on the wants-lists of many collectors. He is spoken about in hushed-tones by other Bay Area musicians. Back in the day he was seen cruising around town in a white Rolls Royce (with a “Darondo” license plate). He opened-up for James Brown and lived a colorful lifestyle hanging with folks like the notorious Fillmore Slim. Take a listen to these tracks, released for the first time together on an album, and you may agree that he could have been the next Al Green or Sly Stone.
Black Yaya - Paint A Smile On Me (Breakbot Remix)
Crunchy, funky chorus.
New Order - Ceremony
Was gonna post Lou Reed. But I love this song, and this video, and it is how I feel. See ya Lou.
Dirg Gerner - Vicious Cycle
The alias for producer fLako, Dirg Gerner’s self-titled EP off Hotep Records is a six track whirl of soul boogie.