Riccio – Lil Boy
This is the lead track off Jungle Way EP, put out on a great little London label called Fly By Night Music. Part Balearic jam, part Steely Dan guitar riffs, part instrumental hip-hop and part chopped up soul, it makes for one of our favourite tracks of 2013 that we didn’t actually include in our end of year list.
J Dilla – Workinonit
With it being Dilla month, it only seems right to include one from him. This was one of Moodymann’s many curveball selections during his set at Just Jack’s 8th Birthday. For more Dilla love on STW, check out our Top Five soul-glazed J Dilla productions.
East Court – As She Stands There (feat. Donga)
A killer breakbeat take on the Crystal Waters 90′s classic, from Brighton’s iconic and now retiring Well Rounded Records. They’ll be missed, but with releases like this they’ll not be forgotten in a hurry. We shot the footage for this video at a recent Well Rounded party - needless to say things got a bit silly when Donga dropped this one.
Yusuf Lateef – Three Faces of Balal
It’s crazy to think this was made in 1961. Minimal Techno two decades before the term had even been coined. Further proof that Yusuf Lateef was a true pioneer and a big loss to music following his death late last year.
Lee Stevens & Le Sale – Luvsick
Over in Vienna one loved-up label are putting out some great disco-indebted house music. They’ve got a great family feel to the operation, and have put on some crazy parties at Berlin’s Wilden Renate. This one’s nearly two years old, but hasn’t aged at all. Great Balearic sun-riser.
Ann Sexton – You’re Losing Me
Another song from Moodymann’s set I keep coming back to. Shame it’s so short but that voice packs quite a punch. Also featured on one of our Monday Morning Mixtapes.
Seven Davis Jr – All Kinds
This guy is really hot property at the moment. It might be because we included him in our Ones To Watch for 2014(or probably not), but since then he’s been confirmed for Dimensions Festival and is about to embark on a European Tour – stopping off in Bristol for a night with Donuts. This futuristic brand of soul also transfers really well to the dancefloor, as Outboxx demonstrated in a recent set.
Dan Shake – 3am Jazz Club
Continuing the Moodymann obsession for this month’s selection, here’s a new one from the Mahogoni catalogue. Dan Shake is part of the team at Dimensions and when backstage at last year’s festival, he handed a demo to Kenny who then signed two tracks up. Great story and equally great production from the man who made his UK debut at Flux last month.
Olsen – Together (feat. Mark Borgazzi)
Part of the Transmission Collective, Olsen was one of my finds of 2013. His debut album, Totero, was put out very quietly by Raffertie’s Super imprint and is bursting full of jazz-influence electronic compositions. This new one, like much of Totero, immediately draws comparisons with Floating Points and Olsen’s unusual use of vocals works really nicely.
Mix of the Month
We recently welcomed Bristol DJ and Piff-associate Harri Pepperto the STW family as a new resident. This mix is part of his new Monthly Mix series for us and is what won us a spot at Farr Festival. Harri will also be supporting Medlar at our party at Sportsmans Social Club this month, so quite a topical mix all round! One for when the sun is shining.
If you like what you just heard from Harri, check out his latest mix for STW.