totem by Oli-B


LDBK Hotlist #32

For this Hotlist LDBK have a swag of joints from artists as far-reaching as Canada, France, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Brazil, the US and New Zealand. There are house and EDM driven remixes from Fakear, Clap! Clap!, Souleance and The Gulf Stream, crafty instrumental compositions from Christoph el’ Truento, Chassol, STUFF, M.A Beat, IIndman and Fabiano do Nascimento’s virtuosic guitar tribute to Brazilian folk music. We have some soulful tracks from Frameworks and NxWorries, hip-hop from Red Pill, and of course we would be remiss if we didn’t give you a track from Kendrick Lamar’s latest, To Pimp A Butterfly.


Liner notes

Melanie De Biasio – I’m gonna leave you (Clap! Clap! remix)
Belgian jazz singer Melanie De Biasio has been gifted a swag of remixes as Gilles Peterson called upon some of the world’s best producer’s including; No Deal, EELS, The Cinematic Orchestra, Hex, and Seven Davis Junior, among others to remix songs from her recent album “No Deal”. No Deal Remixed is available on iTunes. This remix by producer Clap! Clap! turns the bass up and furthers the already swinging jazz feel of the track.

Andreya Triana – Gold (Fakear Remix)
London singer Andreya Triana’s new single “Gold” gets some percussion-busy treatment from French producer and Hotlist regular, Fakear. Turning Gold into more gold, Fakear vastly alters the original by doing what he does best and adding a chilled deep house finish to it.

Esta – Only One
Soulection celebrate their milestone of reaching 200 thousand followers on Soundcloud – no small feat – by releasing a compilation of Sade remixes, Love is King. Taken from the compilation, we have Esta on remix duties providing some laidback sensations and house flavours. The free compilation is available at Soulection.

M.A BEAT! – Lise (exclusive)
It’s easy to hear why we keep featuring M.A Beat on LDBK hotlists. Available soon through Black Milk Music, Lise is another typically great example of their layering of strings, textures and live instruments. You should grab their EPs Pushing Forms and Age of Wonder on their bandcamp for a price of your choosing if you haven’t already.

STUFF. – Event Horizon
From Ghent, Stuff are hard to pin sonically. Many of their tracks soundscapes would be right at home on sci-fi film score as Event Horizon’s title and sound seem to testify. Beautifully arranged with live instruments and sampling, they were lucky enough to be afforded a mastering from owner of Alpha Pup Records and creator of L.A’s famed producer’s club Low End Theory, Daddy Kev. Check out LDBK’s feature on STUFF. here.

Christoph el’ Truento – Every Dies Dog Body
From New Zealand producer Christoph el’ Truento’s upcoming release. There is a lot of genuinely playful experimentation between live instrumentation and sampling on the project and the track we have chosen for you is great representation of that. 

Kendrick Lamar – These Walls feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
There’s not a lot I can say here that hasn’t already been said. Kendrick’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly has been pored over by critics and fans alike, praising its ambitious and angsty reflection on the black experience and layered lyrical moments. Featuring the little-known Anna Wise on vocals and Soulquarian member Bilal as well as bassist Thundercat – who appears on a few of the album’s tracks and adds a boatload of funk.

Red Pill –  Look What This World Did To Us
Detroit rapper Red Pill goes in over a self-produced beat featuring a simple but effective piano chord progression. Trading on honest lyricism, he’s sounding at once defiant and triumphant on the title track of his new album, Look At What The World Did To Us, released through Mello Music Group.

Quiet Dawn – Golden Moments feat. Sarah Gessler (Souleance Remix)
Fulgeance and Soulist aka Souleance are Hotlist regulars and here they remix Quiet Dawn’s (former co-host of the French Toast series on LDBK) track “Golden Moments” – a track aided by the versatile jazz voice of Sarah Glesser. “Golden Moments” features on Quiet Dawn’s album “The First Day” on First Word Records and Souleance add their trademark club production stylings to breathe new life into an already well-crafted cut. Check the original and remix.

IIndman – La Bella Vita
Iindman is a South African beatmaker with a lot going on – a producer and accomplished graphic designer. Inspired by a love of Erykah Badu and J Dilla , IIndman pitches everything down on title track La Vita Bella, creating a soupy bowl of interesting sonic textures. La Vita Bella is a free download.

NxWorries (Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge) – Suede
Both talented Stones Throw artists, r&b crooner Anderson Paak  and prolific beatmaker Knxwledge join forces to create duo NxWorries. Anderson half-sings half-raps over Knxwledge’s perfectly lazy beat. Anyone not already familiar with Knxwledge’s production should check his Anthology release through Leaving Records and Stones Throw of over 50 hip-hop instrumentals.

Chassol – Mario, Pt. II
French composer, Christophe Chassol has forged an enviable career as a composer after a scholarship at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. Last year’s Indiamore was praised for it’s innovative take on Indian-inspired jazz-funk and his new release Big Sun is a welcome and sophisticated addition to his oeuvre. This composition brings to mind 70s funk-filled film scores. Quality! Out through Tricatel.

Fabiano do Nascimento – Foro Brasil
Fabiano doesn’t let his technical guitar playing overshadow the beauty of the music. Inspired by the experimental traditions of Hermeto Pascoal and Baden Powell and  joined here by Airto Moreira – an equally virtuosic Brazilian percussionist – his new album Danca Dos Tempos is out through Now Again Records and features some awesome reinterpretations of classic Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian folk songs.

Bet.e & Stef – I’m There (TGS remix Extended version)
Canadian duo The Gulf Stream show their appreciation for Brazillian’s Bet.e & Stef’s bossanova lullaby “I’m There”. They prove to be deft hands at remixing and take this joint places it was never intended to go with rolling mid-tempo percussion all whilst retaining the character of the original. Free download.

Frameworks – Old Friend feat. J P Cooper
The second release from Manchester producer, Frameworks. The title track involves fellow Mancunian, J.P Cooper lending his pipes to Frameworks rich string-heavy production. Available over at Kudos records.

Selected by Julien Mourlon
Words by Luc Steinberg
Mixed by dj_TØm∑™
Jingles by Vincent Perez & Bongholio Iglesias
Cover picture: “Totem” by Oli B.

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