Halfway through my opening DJ set for Echo & the Bunnymen, I worked in “Get the Message” by Electronic, the 1991 collaboration between Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr.
Rachel Row’s “L Square” and the KiNK Mix are quality deep dance cuts with an accessibility that could easily see it’s way to the mainstream. The song really shines with hard breakbeats banging away under a floating ethereal atmospheric vibe.
I first heard Duke Dumont’s techno megaton bomb “Slow Dance” in early 2013, but it is only now seeing the light of day…
The Black Eyed Peas started out as a respectable rap group, turning out albums of inventive alternative hip-hop. The throwback vibe of the “Joints & Jam” single from their 1998 debut album Behind the Front gets an updating from Navy Shade, bringing the song right up to the present day.
Your going to want your headphones for this one. “Crystalline” by the east London duo Subway is the kind of song that really should be listened to with your undivided attention.
“Mother, Mother” by Fat Freddy’s Drop is a sublime bit of electro afro-beat with the dub reggae DNA that informs most of the band’s sound. The album Blackbird reveals new bits of brilliance with every listen.
9 Lives does a really classy and great rework of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Sexual Healing” that does the original justice while doing something new and fresh with it.
Some nasty Italian acid jazz funk for you. “Say It Again” borrows heavily from the gut funk of “Good Good Feeling” by War and lays it on with vocals by none other than CeCe Rogers, psychedelic guitar riffs and live instrumentation that keeps it loose and oh so funky.
Brazilian funkster Di Melo’s 1975 classic “Kilario” gets a beat-heavy rework from the Shaka Crew.
After a long absence, Death From Above 1979 released a brand new single titled “Trainwreck 1979.” Their follow-up LP is due in September.