Midnight in Peckham – Chaos in the CBD

Bradley Zero’s Peckham-based Rhythm Section label has been nailing it over the last decade. No surprise then that they picked up two beaut Jazz/House fusion EPs from Kiwi brother-pairing Chaos in the CBD. Let their smooth brass and beats drift over you.

They are playing one UK night tonight with Percolate at Hangar. Don’t miss.

Bonus track: could they go deeper? Could they go smoother? You betcha.

KiNK

Lucky reader, I have 3 of the highest quality house tracks going for you today – all courtesy of KiNK. Strahil Velchev is the face of the Bulgarian electronic music scene. In my mind he is almost uniquely talented in taking massive, experimental steps in his production and yet still making music that is super listenable. No, I want to go further than that – he makes unfamiliar music that reaches out and grabs you, lifts you onto its shoulders and takes you on a wild beautiful ride. That’s what I hear anyway – let me know what you think.

First up Pocket Piano.

And now Dusky’s remix of Perth, followed by a KiNK remix of Jimpster.

Casino Times

Two utterly colossal tracks today from UK duo Casino Times. Both released in 2012, they are slow-building house numbers – based on yearning vocals, shimmering synths and (eventually) a warm thudding bassline.

First up, I Wanna Know.

Secondly, That’s The Truth. A beautiful re-imagining of De La Soul’s All Good. A huge shout out to James Prescott for the recommendation and playing it outside my room at all hours of the night.

Air Valley – James Welsh

Some super glidey electronic from Yorkshire producer James Welsh. This was his breakout EP on Losing Suki from 2012 – it feels fresh and smooth in a way not many artists manage.

My highlight is Talk, where the bass takes a backseat to a simple soulful sample (Baby I’m For Real by Motown group, The Originals). Top marks.

Bonus track: since this EP James has released music on a pretty A-list set of electronic labels (WOLF, Hypercolour, Futureboogie) but he has moved towards a stripped-back darker style that I think loses some of the charm of his earlier work. Having said that, I am a fan of this Lancelot-y number. Enjoy

Wayward

This UK duo have popped up from under the radar to be one of my favourite producers of 2018. They’ve released a load of beautifully trance-inducing, goosebump-raising electronica. The music sounds like an embrace. Think of them as a bit like Four Tet’s housier/trancier cousins.

This EP on SilverBear has a whole bunch of gems.

Bonus track: I couldn’t help myself. Orissa is simply stunning. It is named after an Eastern state of India, and uses a beautiful chanting sample. I’ll say it again, stunning.

Photo credit: Nathan Greenwood

Time For Us – Nicolas Jaar

I could have posted any number of Nico Jaar tracks but this single from 2010 on Wolf + Lamb takes the biscuit. He specialises in slightly unsettling, deep electronica with long builds and deep drops – and this has to be the best example: Time For Us drops at 75 BPM. 75 BPM! Now that’s some slow house. Feel it soak your bones. Mi Mujer is a bit more upbeat and exotic to boot – influenced by his Chilean roots. Get your Latin hat on and groove out.

Bonus track: there has to be a bonus track with Nico doesn’t there. Make no mistake, the man has a deep discography for someone born in the 90s. This is the album Nymphs from 2016 – the first two tracks in particular are subtly, and heartbreakingly beautiful.