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.
This is a drifty and slightly disorientating Todd Terje edit of Paul Simon’s seminal hit Diamonds. There’s a lot to like about this one; I’m going to let it do the talking.
This track is another from Greg Wilson’s Top 10 Best Reworks and Edits. You can find the full list here.
This guy is. For. Real. He’s probably best known for his work with Chet Faker (aka Nick Murphy), but Marcus is so talented that he can pretty much produce a hit in any genre, and play most of the instruments as well. As if that’s not enough, he’s one of the most respected DJs in the game, playing the top of Berlin’s scene.
Having bigged him up, his releases are actually a bit hit and miss – probably because he plays with so many genres and influences. So what I’ve done is picked two of his darker numbers for you. First up we have Pleasure Moon – a rolling, percussive, sexy trip through the night.
And second it’s Gerd Janson’s take on High Times. It comes firing straight out of the blocks; it’ll grab you by the scruff of the neck and not let go for another 7 minutes. So I hope you like!