When Matthew Herbert wants to do something weird, he becomes Herbert. And boy does he do it well.
Bodily Functions is his album from 2001. It’s all somewhere between jazz, electronica and house. It’s slinky. Highlights are It’s Only (made famous by DJ Koze) and my favourite, down at track 14, is The Audience.
And by the way, this guy does zero sampling and uses zero drum machines or synths. AND all of these tracks include samples of the human body. Crazy.
Bonus track: I Hadn’t Known (I Only Heard) and it’s only from 1998! It has just been re-issued and it sounds as fresh as you like.
Some top quality beans from 2010 to bring in the weekend. It’s the Brit-from-Zim Tinashé (not to be confused with Tinashe) with TEED on the remix treatment. A tasty last track of the Summer indeed.
A dollop of tuneful 90s Parental Advisory rap for you today. Plinky piano and tight bars from Jeru. He’s a Brooklynite, and his real name is Kendrick Jeru Davis – which is pretty cool. A master of the album artwork game and a decent rapper too. First some solo work.
But what really set me onto this guy is this absolute classic by none other than Groove Armada. A different style, a little sweeter, but no less impact. Let this one have its way with you – you won’t regret it.
Originally released in 2004, (2004!) What’s a Girl To Do is a supreme slow-burning, night-ending track. It has Scarlett Johansson musing on her existence, a sample from Lost in Translation, and it’s really pretty great.
It makes all the sense in the world, and also no sense at all, that this track popped up out obscurity into the mainstream in 2015. Give it a spin, and pay attention to how it makes you feel. Lovely.
Want something with a drop? I’ve got it for you. It’s the Bulgarian master Kink with Chorus. It builds, it bubbles, it crashes, and then at around 3:30 it speeds and rotates until you think it can’t build anymore, and it does, and then at 4 minutes it’s full peak dropness. Love it. Turn it up to full beans for full benefit.
Did you enjoy this? Did you? Here’s some of my other favourite Kink tracks.
This is one to get a deep wonk onto. Take a mushroom trip back to 2007 with Justin Martin. He was a co-founder of Dirtybird and it’s got that characteristic funky tech house feel. But this one is just that bit more twisted than most.
Shout out to the dogs playing tongue hockey this weekend
“It’s going to be alright. Tonight. Oh my. It’s going to be alright. Oh yeah. Come on Baby. The sun is going to keep on shining. Brighter days on the horizon. My love for you will always keep on rising.”
And then those pianos. Those fucking pianos. God it’s gorgeous.
Dreamy vocals. It’s just a pure gold nostalgic banger. Throw your hands up in the air.
Top iconic Positiva album cover thrown in for good measure there.