Superego – Harvey Sutherland

Harvey Sutherland makes music like a man who lives in perma-Summer. It must be the Aussie in him. Anyway, a couple of months ago he foretold our weather by releasing a typically upbeat funky single, Superego. It’ll tick a lot of boxes.

Bonus track: Superego is nice, but nothing on his classics. Know this one?

Bonus playlist: if you like your tracks house-y and and your instruments piano-y then I have the perfect playlist for you. Bloody hell I want to go out.

Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix) – Emmanuel Jal

Happy New Year crew.

Boy do I have a treat for you today. I actually cannot believe I haven’t posted this one before. It’s Henrik Schwarz remixing Emmanuel Jal’s Kuar and it’s a stonker. It was the first track I heard this decade, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. Shout out to Philou Louzolo for a big New Year’s set at De Marktkantine.

So this track is massive in its own right, but I just read a bit of the back story of Emmanuel Jal and it is nuts. He was a child soldier in Sudan before he was rescued and smuggled out into Kenya. He then went on to forge a successful career across music, film and social causes. Read about him here.

Finally, as an extra special New Year’s treat, here is a playlist I put together on a similar vibe.

Big love for the new decade.

so. candy – so. mind

A lo-fi house EP coming at you by a pretty obscure German artist called so. mind. It all reminds me quite a lot of James Welsh – which is no bad thing.

Three tracks: Candy Groove eases you in; Callin For Ya gives you the jump-up piano riff you didn’t know you needed; and Preaching Life drops a touch of acid into the equation. Tasty.

Bonus track: a sweet, funkier groove (also happens to be the only other track on Spotify…)

If you’re keen on brass-laden house like this, and you’re on the hunt for a playlist to soundtrack your Summer, look no further.

Modal Soul – Nujabes

*GUEST POST*

Nujabes is my go to escapism music. His floating, uplifting beats interspersed with punchy guest lyrics take you away. He’s attributed with having had a big influence on the Tokyo hip-hop scene – he ran a couple of record shops and was a prolific producer and performer before his untimely death in 2010 – and his material sounds as good now as it did a decade ago. Modal Soul showcases the range of his production and collaboration, and is truly timeless stuff. Tanoshii.

Al

Message from Harry: like what you hear? You can find Nujabes and tonnes more of my favourite rap on this playlist called, Favourite Rap.

Best of 2018

Happy New Year music fans. I’m really excited to bring you a load of new music this year, but before I do, let’s have one final post on 2018. Here are my most played tracks of the year courtesy of Spotify. You’ll find some new ones, some old ones, some quick ones and some slow ones. Pop it on shuffle and enjoy.

Quick note – there are a couple of albums on here that I’ve rinsed for chilling out. So any tracks on there by Bibio or by Marconi Union are liable to send you to sleep. You’ve been warned.

Sacrifice – Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep

Find the best speakers you can and turn this one up loud. Do it right and this track will demand your full attention. SMD & Bicep recorded it during a joint jam session, direct onto analogue tape, and you need to hear it properly. So yeah, loud – I’m not joking.

If you’re liking these deep sounds then check out this playlist I put together. A bunch of house tracks full of thick noises to smother yourself in.

Too Much Information (Laolu Edit) – Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra

It’s no longer November! The freedom! The joy! Here’s some Afro house from 2002 to heat up your Winter.

https://open.spotify.com/track/1mHdnrcPMlhwFqMrsS9Kbx?si=B-PU2Sj1QdOclWLtL3TBgg

Like what you hear? Well crank up the thermostat and get your teeth into this playlist of like-minded tunes

https://open.spotify.com/user/browneh/playlist/4TflgbhinqGI3abGJ28txn?si=72bZfmEsRLCtG6m_CCUbGQ

70s & 80s funk selection

I’m growing a moustache to raise money for the Movember Foundation. So this month I will be honouring some of the best moustaches in music. You can donate to my mo here: https://mobro.co/harry-mo

Moustaches were so. hip. in the 80s. They were so ubiquitous that today I have not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 artists to present to you. It is almost the end of the month after all!

First up, funk anthem. Sex symbols. Paragon of facial hair. Saying what you were all thinking. It’s the late, great Errol Brown as Hot Chocolate.

Next, a ‘get yo’self to the dancefloor’ number from The Brothers Johnson, Stomp!

Smoothness from Keni Burke. Just look at the fella. Old-school pimp.

Though this guy remains in relative obscurity, you’ll know this funky number from it’s samples. Ronnie Hudson and his ‘tash coming at ya.

Finally, maybe the biggest of them all, Wild Cherry, with Play That Funky Music. You know the one.

If you loved this post and you are thirsting for some more 80s goodness. Check out this playlist for 4.5 hours-worth: