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Oh me, oh my, oh hot damn…
There are few times when beats can sound sexy like a bubblebath. But somehow, on almost every of Springfield Ohio’s StewRat’s productions, I get warm and gooey on the inside and feel all fuzzy and excited and joyous at the same time. I am thanking Paul Lester of the Guardian on hands an knees for sharing this man’s gloriousness with all of us. And I totally think that ‘doing a StewRat’ (i.e., “to compulsively download and/or purchase every single last piece of music you can find on the net by someone you’ve just discovered, even though you can ill afford it”) should be adopted into the English vernacular.

On ‘Disagreements’, StewRat chops up Barry White & the luscious strings of Love Unlimited & makes them sound more gorgeous than ever:

Check out his bandcamp, where you can download a huge amount of his work at low cost (some of his albums go for only $5).
Or, if you’re as obsessed as I have become, take a wander around his soundcloud page, which he uses as his sketchbook.

(via The Guardian )

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I never knew that brass & synth would go so well together…

(via Jonas Vorwerk)
Order the 7″ vinyl here

For lovers of St. Vincent & Tom Waits, as well as the Alan Lomax collections, I give you Cold Specks. Warm, vintage ‘doom soul’, as the songstress has dubbed it herself, that in this cold, cold weather feels extremely appropriate. A bit of Armatrading, a lot of blues & drama… She’s played on Jools, and is supporting St. Vincent on her Canadian tour. And anyone that starts her song with ‘Rotterdam, Goddamn’ has me sold.
Enjoy on this cold, crisp winter morning:

and then go and check her Facebook page for more…

(via Knack Single Top 5)

I heard Michael Kiwanuka a few months back through either the Guardian site, or Rollo & Grady, or both, and was, I have to say, blown away. For someone who grew up listening to Van Morrison and later learned to appreciate legends such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding & Bill Withers, this British Soul Singer is a trip down nostalgia road without making you feel like your head’s being bashed in with the retro-ness of it all. Michael sounds authentic, and sympathetic, kind of shy, like someone just coming out of his shell.
Even if it’s slightly frustrating that he has only released a few EP’s up till now, and that this next release is also an EP, it seems like the record companies are taking their time with this one, realizing full well that good things come to those who wait.
Here’s hoping he actually is…

(via michaelkiwanuka.com)

Today I heard the news that Universal will most probably buy EMI. If they do, that means Music On Vinyl (a vinyl label I do promo for) can get their grubby little hands on the rights of one of the best albums of all time, D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ and re-release it.
I hope they do, because this album is too good not to have in my collection and I am too poor to buy it on eBay or Discogs…

If you have been reading my blog, you might have noticed my adoration for James Blake. In about a month, R&S Records will be releasing a current (or former?) Benji B exclusive on a beautiful 12″, ‘Love What Happened Here’. A seemingly stop-motion type of song that, like clay animation, never loses its flow and is wonderful in its imperfections:

Love it…

Aaah… Floating Points…. Electronic music that is so mellow I use his seminal ‘Love Me Like This’ for my alarm clock in the weekends, and yet there is a vibe to his music that makes it impossible not to move. The organic sounds that transcend beyond the dancefloor and make drugs unnecessary flow and grab you like nothing else. It might have something to do with the fact that he has a PhD in neuroscience – and therefore has studied brainpatterns and I imagine would know what makes us tick – that makes his music sounds so effortless and at the same time so very textured. I can almost taste it.
Sais, from the Shadows EP (out on Eglo Records) is another gem in his small but amazing repertoire. Video is by Will Hurt, who has created a max/msp patch which studies drum machine & synthesizer activity to generate visuals in real-time. Check it out here:

(via nalden.net)

Erykah Badu is one of my all-time favourite artists, ever, in the entire world. I always manage to sneak her into my sets, and love to hear any new remixes of her songs.
I remember when I heard ‘I Want You’ for the very first time. It was shamefully late of me, as the album ‘Worldwide Underground’ had come out in 2003, but I didn’t hear the song (or listen to the album) until 2006. I was at a Strange Fruit party at the REMF Festival in Rotterdam, Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators were about to go on stage when either Lucky Dubz or Thelonious played it, and I was hooked. Ever since that moment this song has ranked amongst my top ten Badus, and I actually have a very nice Henrik Schwarz-like remix of the song on vinyl. But when Rob Manga posted this mix on facebook, and, as you do, I had a listen, I was not prepared for such voluptuous beats… I was not aware that someone could make this song sound more sumptuous, but Rancido Deep Journey’s remix does it with an ease that is outstanding. Now available for download, please check this out & keep it on your playlists til eternity:

(via DJ Manga)

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