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.
Message from Harry: like what you hear? You can find Nujabes and tonnes more of my favourite rap on this playlist called, Favourite Rap.
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.
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.
It’s no longer November! The freedom! The joy! Here’s some Afro house from 2002 to heat up your Winter.
Like what you hear? Well crank up the thermostat and get your teeth into this playlist of like-minded tunes
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:
A confession. A huge amount of the new music I post, comes from this show.
If you like what you see on here, do yourself a favour and check out Turned On. A weekly hour of the best new electronic and house, curated by producer, DJ and Monologues Records label boss Ben Gomori.
You can hear Ben play live at Farbfernseher in Berlin next month. He is also the founder of Pitchblack Playback – a cool set of events where an album is played in full, in complete darkness. Recommend. http://www.pitchblackplayback.com/
Today sees Manchester-based record label Gondwana Records turn 10. Founded by Matthew Halsall in 2008, it has brought contemporary jazz into the mainstream in a classy way. Artists include Portico Quartet, GoGo Penguin and Mammal Hands. To celebrate they are taking over the Roundhouse for a bit of an extravaganza. Big. See you down there.