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LDBK Hotlist #31

Another mix of dope tracks hand-picked by LDBK for your listening pleasure. Hotlist 31 is stacked high with the latest hip-hop and instrumentals from artists spanning the globe as well as a sought-after reissue from one of Brazil’s most famed Tropicalia groups, some winsome dance tracks and remixes, Finnish surf-rock (WHAT?) and more.

Liner notes

M.A BEAT! – Inner Circle
M.A BEAT’s three track mini EP, Age of Wonder is available for a price of your choosing on their bandcamp here and promoted through France’s Black Milk Music label. A pleasing blend of sampling and organically recorded instruments teem throughout the three tracks and it’s well worth checking out some of their other work via their Soundcloud.

Romare – Work Song
From Romare’s first full-length, Projections – out on Ninja Tune. Romare expertly layers samples (Romare’s name is an homage to famous collagist Romare Bearden) to create a veritable feast of musical moods, all danceable to, and all awesome. Projections pays tribute to many aspects of US and African-American culture and this joint is an homage to the tradition of the work song.

Dalindeo – Take the line 8!
Next up we wrench you away from our regular programming for some surf guitar. Dalindeo are actually a six piece Jazz outfit from Finland but I wouldn’t be mad at them if they decided to only make surf rock. The style’s found an unlikely proponent in musicians from Finland. Described in their bio as “cinematic jazz reminiscent of the ambience of movies by Finnish great Aki Kaurismäki mixed with a Tarantinoesque vibe of danger and suspense.” Having seen a few Aki Kaurismaki films, we’d have to agree. His films left-field whimsy and dry wit are perfectly suited to this style. Initially released in 2013 in Finland, their album Kallio (an homage to the Kallio district in Helsinki) is coming soon via BBE.

Os Brazões – Tao Longe De Mim (re-issue of the month)
Monuments to Brazilian psychedelia and Tropicalia, Os Brazoes’ self-titled debut album from 1969 has been re-released by Mr Bongo which is great news for anyone not wanting to pay upwards of €200 for an original. Plenty of heavy fuzz and wah on the guitars and a vivacious garage energy allied with equally energetic percussion. This one is a revelation if you’ve not heard it before.

Spastiks – Jazzspormers
DJ Rahdu is a musical tastemaker from Birmingham, Alabama who runs the BamaLoveSoul website and whose On Deck series has captured worldwide attention of fans of new and old soul. From the third in the series, we’ve taken the unambiguously named UK duo Jazz Spastiks track, Jazzspormers featuring some boom bap drums over a soothing jazz xylophone sample. You can grab a copy of On Deck 3 from BBE on 23rd March.

Little Beaver – Groove on (Dj Vas & Soulist Re-Edit)
The two guys behind a previously featured LDBK Hotlist track, Latimore’s Out To Get’cha, are back again with another remix and equally as dance-worthy track, Groove On. Cop a listen of the original from Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale in case you have any doubt as to how good these two are at producing dope remixes. Tight! This one’s a freebie.

Squeaky Lobster – Moving Off feat. Jeanne
Belgian beatmaker and Vlek affiliate, Squeaky Lobster has been releasing a series of ‘postcards’ via his Soundcloud of late. Featured vocalist, Jeanne, perfectly compliments Lobster’s popping funk bassline and leaning percussion.

Fashawn – Something To Believe In feat Nas and Aloe Blacc
Fashawn’s sophomore album, The Ecology has finally dropped – a mere five and a bit years since his first; Boy Meets World. He’s now signed to Nas’ Mass Appeal Records and this one features the man himself and Aloe Blacc sharing mic duties with Fashawn. Fashawn is cut from the same skilful storytelling cloth as Nas so the two compliment each other to great effect.

PRhyme – Dat Sound Good feat. Mac Miller and Ab-Soul
PRhyme (aka DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9”) are joined by two of L.As finest and weirdest lyricists, Mac Miller and Ab Soul. It’s a classic Premier beat full of rhythmical stabs and interspersed with a vocal chop from Joell Ortiz’ Project Boy – also produced by Prem and a bumpin’ ode to keeping hip-hop real.

Mark Ronson – Daffodils (Featuring Kevin Parker)
Daffodils is a funky, spacey yet almost melancholic track from synth aficionado and lover of the past, Mark Ronson. Here he employs Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on vocals so that you can imagine what Tame Impala might sound like if they switched from making heavy guitar-driven psych rock to early eighties disco. Many of the lyrics from Ronson’s tribute to early eighties funk and disco tracks were penned by novelist Michael Chabon and this one particularly tells the tale of an eerie night pretty effectively.

IAMNOBODI – Mr. West
From Berlin’s Jakarta Records the Winter in Jakarta compilation – available here for free download – we’ve taken Mr. West by IAMNOBODI. Sampling the Charlie Wilson hook on Kanye’s Bound 2, IAMNOBODI’s dance track is just one of the many choice picks for the comp featuring artists like ODDISEE, Suff Daddy, Mura Masa, GUTS, Stwo and many more.

Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin (ft. Melanie De Biasio)
London’s Ghostpoet has departed from the sparse electronic beats of his previous releases to break bread with live instrumentation. His familiar syrupy voice and pensive words are back however as he meditates on homelessness on Shedding Skin, his new album’s title track, which features Belgian Jazz singer, Melanie Di Biasio. Grab the album here.

Prefuse 73 – Infrared (feat. Sam Dew)
Prefuse 73, the longtime Warp label disciple, has opted for a long stay at Temporary Residence where he will deliver his fans two EPs and album in 2015. This track is taken from the new album, Rivington Não Rio, due to drop on May 12. Infra Red is somewhat removed from the experimental, glitch and hip-hop inspired beats we’ve come to know Prefuse for. Instead, opting for a laidback (how we like it) approach with Sam Dew’s vocals complimenting the understated pops and clicks and shimmering xylophone melody.

Ibeyi – Ghosts
Wow! That voice. This piano-pop ballad by sister’s Lisa-Kaindé Diaz (on vocals and piano) and Naomi Diaz (on cajon and Bata drum percussion) is full of heart. Ibeyi (meaning Twins in Yoruba language) are the daughter’s of Cuban musician and member of The Buena Vista Social Club, Anga Díaz. There’s so much to be thankful for on this album and one can almost imagine this track as part of a musical.

Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin (ft. Melanie De Biasio)
London’s Ghostpoet has departed from the sparse electronic beats of his previous releases to break bread with live instrumentation. His familiar syrupy voice and pensive words are back however as he meditates on homelessness on Shedding Skin, his new album’s title track, which features Belgian Jazz singer, Melanie Di Biasio. Grab the album here.

Asagaya – Elusive / Delusive Ft. Lorine Chia (prod by GUTS)
From Japanese-Parisian, Asagaya, this soulful track is an absolute earworm thanks to his catchy production and Lorine Chia’s captivating voice. His debut album Light of the Dawn is out on March 30th.

Tricky by Tian

Credits:
Selected by Julien Mourlon
Words by Luc Steinberg
Mixed by dj_TØm∑™
Jingles by Vincent Perez & Bongholio Iglesias
Cover picture: “Tricky” by Tian

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Luc Steinberg
Posted on March 7th, 2015 by
Brussels based Australian with a love of music, culture and the web.