Summer hasn’t really reached us but that won’t stop us from offering great music. To hell with the rain – we have some sunny vibes running through this selection. So, sit back and relax and listen to some great tunes.
The EB Office team is: Carlos de Brito (CDB), Gareth Owen (GO), Kazim Rashid (KR), Ari Stein (AS) and Marc Zedler (MZ).
Ratatat – We Can’t Be Stopped
(Taken from the album LP4 (2010) on XL Recordings)
A lovely short instrumental to get you in the mood for summer. Ratatat have been bubbling underneath the surface for quite some time, in fact for more than three albums. Only now, I think they have hot their charming stride. Jon Brion, eat your heart out.
Soul Clap – Extravaganza
(Taken from the 12inch R&B Edits (2010) out on Wolf + Lamb Music)
The Wolf + Lamb camp has totally got me. In March I couldn’t get Nicolas Jaar’s ‘A Time For Us’ out my head, now it’s Soul Clap’s housed-up rework of Jamie Foxx’ ‘Extravaganza’ that totally got me. The Boston duo is on a roll, and all cuts on this genre-blurring 12inch R&B Edits are a corker and well worth hunting down.
Listen to ‘Extravaganza’ (starting at ca. 9:45 min) and other Soul Clap beauties in their top notch Boston Mix for XLR8R magazine. (CDB)
Grooveman Spot – Affection (feat. Ahu)
(Taken from the album Change Situations (2010) out on Planetgroove)
Here is another brand new tune from me for this month. New music is so good at the moment. This tune comes courtesy of Japan’s Planetgroove, an offshot from the Jazzy Sport founders. Grooveman Spot features Ahu, who is a girl who can do no wrong in my opinion. (KR)
Kariya – Let Me Love You for Tonight (House Club Version)
(Taken from the 12inch Let me Love You For Tonight (1988) on Sleeping Bag)
Oooh my gosh. Probably one of my favourite early (ok anoraks, late period) house tracks. Laden with emotion and longing, I could dance to this all night long. (GO)
John Daly – This Is A Lonely Beat
(Taken from the album Sea & Sky (2009) out on Wave Music)
Irishman John Daly is a deep house artist based in the sleepy coastal town of Galway. Known for sublime mixes and intoxicating tracks, John is an artist who deserves much more attention. With so much emotion thrown in, ‘This Is A Lonely Beat’ resonates as the epitome of a good deep house track. Also, his song ‘Sea And Sky’ made it on our top tracks of 2009. (MZ)
Ultraviolet – Kites (Fantasy Flite Part One)
(Taken from the 12inch Kites-Remix (1990) on Big Life)
OK, so this is ground zero. The ultimate. I don’t even mind admitting that the one time I have ever heard this in a nightclub, I actually did cry (Peach, Camden Palace 1998, if you must know). Made famous on Sasha & Digweed’s legendary Northern Exposure Vol. 1. (GO)
LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit
(Taken from the album This Is Happening (2010) out on DFA)
I’m still not sure what my feelings are on James Murphy’s latest LCD Soundsystem album. I wonder if it will hit me anytime soon or if Sound Of Silver from 2007 will stay in my book as my favourite LCD album. Nonetheless, ‘Pow Pow’ and especially ‘You Wanted A Hit” are two outstanding songs, the latter has it all: a cosmic intro, a nice build-up, a catchy hook – a perfect pop song. I guess I just wanted more of these kind of hits. (CDB)
Midnight Star – Operator
(Taken from the LP Planetary Invasion (1984) on Solar Records)
Operator, this is an emergency… People are cheering, dancing and acting silly. While at a house party, a techno DJ dropped this boogie beat and no other track brought greater joy. To see the whole room flip, was awesome to this fresh 80′s beat. (MZ)
Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
(Taken from Cosmogramma (2010) out on Warp)
Quite possibly my favourite tune from Flying Lotus ever. I demand you, listen to it on a proper sound system to fully appreciate the sonic quality of it. This song is so special. (KR)
Dadawah – Zion Land
(Taken from the album Peace and Love (1974) on Dug Out)
This is seminal stuff! Total weed-out music, 10 minutes of bliss. Dadawah came out of the rasta community at St. Mary’s, Jamaica, Peace and Love only just reissued, after remaining in obscurity for so long, it was already album of the week at Bookmat. Totally spellbinding stuff. (AS)