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Digging The Blogosphere

Various Artists

Heavenly Sweetness
HS037 | 2012-03-09  
This compilation is a chance for us to share with you some of our finest net discoveries and lend some support to these new wizards of sound: the child beatmakers of Mo’Wax, Prefuse 73, DâM-FunK and Flying Lotus, post-dubstep fiddlers, jazz 2.0, MCs who have picked up on certain ideas about hip-hop, and future soul brothers. These are our absolute faves, the tracks that sent a tingle of delight down our spines. We hope they have the same effect on you. This is “Heavenly Sweetness Digs The Blogosphere”.There was a time (not so long ago) when, if you wanted to discover new music, you had to listen to the radio (often late at night), read (the right) magazines, watch the (rare) music programmes on TV or spend hours and hours in record shops. If you were skint or particularly inquisitive, you had to get up (very early) on Sunday mornings to scour the flea markets, second-hand stalls and jumble sales for unknown records at knockdown prices – and thus satisfy your hunger for novelty. Now you no longer have to do any of that, because a standard computer and a good Internet connection bring hours and megaoctets of music from all over the world to you. Yep, Internet may have revolutionised the world of music, but the promise of seeing budding geniuses appear and become stars by sheer force of talent and the hope of not missing the new Beatles or a burgeoning Miles Davis didn’t last very long. In fact, music-lovers are so swamped by the ocean of music files, promising artists, legal and illegal websites, YouTube videos and mixes to download that they no longer know where to click or which blog to follow. There are very few artists who have managed to set themselves apart and earn success and recognition on the Internet by themselves. Which leaves the same artists that are flooding our airwaves and TV screens in pole position on the web too. However, music fans have never had it so good. Never has so much music been produced, so many tracks been available and so many artists broadcasted their work directly to listeners. But you have to look for it, surf for days on end, leap from Mixcloud to Bandcamp, and listen to hours of music before you come across the track, the little gem that makes your ears prick up, your head nod and your hair stand on end. Your long and thrilling quest has led you to this. This compilation is a chance for us to share with you some of our finest net discoveries and lend some support to these new wizards of sound: the child beatmakers of Mo’Wax, Prefuse 73, DâM-FunK and Flying Lotus, post-dubstep fiddlers, jazz 2.0, MCs who have picked up on certain ideas about hip-hop, and future soul brothers. These are our absolute faves, the tracks that sent a tingle of delight down our spines. We hope they have the same effect on you. This is “Heavenly Sweetness Digs The Blogosphere”. 1. AbJo – Kalimba Song The kalimba (also called the senza or the thumb piano) is quite simply one of Heavenly Sweetness’s favourite instruments (cf. “We People” by Doug Hammond and “Caminey” by Monnette Sudler). AbJo combines the dulcet tones of the kalimba with finely crafted rhythms to create an intoxicating intro. This producer, who originally hails from San Diego, is a protégé of the Soulection team and has quickly become a major figure in the field of future beats. 2. ERIMAJ – Conflict of a Man If you read this band’s name back to front, you’ll find the name of its leader: Jamire Williams. Many musicians, from Lonnie Smith to Christian Scott to Gretchen Parlato and Robert Glasper, have called on this star drummer of the new New York jazz scene. As leader of his own band, he made this 21st-century soul hit with Chris Grant on vocals. 3. Buddy Sativa – Una Peripecia You’d think this track was straight off an imaginary soundtrack; the famous cocktail scene, but not in the 1960s - in the 2060s. This is futurist Morricone from a beatmaker and keyboard player we first heard alongside Onra. He has recently revealed a new dimension of his work on the album “Deus Ex Machina”, a cosmic and meditative jazz marvel in which the piano takes centre-stage. 4. BUG – Journey Through The Mind It is in London, in the heart of the throbbing British capital, that Benjamin Oluonye, aka BUG, hones tracks that bring together hip-hop and future funk. “Journey Through My Mind” could be the soundtrack to an imaginary meeting between DâM-FunK and Michel Legrand. It is taken from a wonderful EP, “Mechanical Soul”, which came out a few months ago on the online label Jus Like Music. Simple and funky, some might say. 5. Shigeto – Self Compassion Zach Saginaw has adopted his grandfather Shigeto’s name and is continually forcing back the boundaries of his art. Glitch-hop, bass music, electronica and, as here, jazz are just some of this Brooklyn-based drummer and producer’s favourite musical playgrounds. Shigeto is more than just a revelation; he is clearly one of the most exciting artists around today. 6. Chet Faker – No Diggity Chet Faker! As well as having the most brilliant pseudonym in this collection, this producer, keyboard player and singer from Melbourne has succeeded at the often tiresome game of making an off-beat cover. “No Diggity”, a 90s R’n’B classic, deserved a makeover from one of post-dubstep generation. This is a really smooth version that has kept all the mischief and freshness of the original. 7. Guts – What Is Love When this hip-hop beatmaker unplugs his MPC and opens up his heart, the result is a simply irresistible love song. A bright, radiant hymn to love under the blessed patronage of Roy Ayers. We liked it so much we decided to release the album! 8. Mo Kolours – Drum Talking It just goes to show that you can let the drum do the talking without going off on interminable thumping solos. His first EP was one of the shocks of 2011. This drummer and singer of Mauritian origin blends the influences of soul, dub, abstract hip-hop and percussion beats reminiscent of sega music. Yet, in the final analysis, Mo Kolours sounds like no one else and this was one of the best surprises of these past few months. So when are we going to see a second EP on the excellent One Handed Music label? 9. Bobby Blunt - Grandma Some old-school hip-hop! “Grandma” is taken from an EP that came out two years ago and which Bobby Blunt dedicated to Petey Green, a cult Afro-American figure who was a pioneer of talk shows. This producer, MC and singer is no slack at futurist soul either and should be back in the news soon with Huey Neutron’s project, “Hip Hop You Don’t Stop”. 10. Badbadnotgood – Fall In Love The first time we heard this track, we found ourselves listening to it over and over again. Badbadnotgood’s jazz is so powerful and refreshing, we kept it on repeat for several days. The trio made its name covering tracks by Tyler the Creator and his crew. On this track they took on a cover of Slum Village. Cue Internet buzz and three budding stars. 11. Krts – Hold On For the last 10 years, the Berlin-based label Project Mooncircle has been a laboratory for a whole host of enlightened producers with a mixture of abstract and glitch-hop, electronica, bass culture, organic music and…. After Robot Koch and fLako, we present Krts, a producer from Brooklyn, who was brought up on The Art of Noise and Weather Report by his father. 12. Opolopo – Voltage Controlled Feelings Opolopo recently exploded onto enlightened dancefloors everywhere with his remix of Gregory Porter’s irresistible “1960 What?” But he has also released a laidback album saturated in keyboards and reverb in the fine tradition of Bernie Worrell, Herbie ‘Sunlight’ Hancock and Joe Sample. Future mellow jazz. A new gem from Tokyo Dawn Records’ catalogue. 13. Colman Brothers – On A Better Day The Colman Brothers have made Peter Herbolzheimer’s legacy pay and reminded us of Bristol’s place on the jazz map in 2012.

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