George Benson - El Mar 
Musikladen Extra, Radio Bremen, Bremen, Germany 1978 George Benson (Guitar, vocals) Jorge Dalto (Keyboards, piano) Ronnie Foster (Keyboards) Stanley Banks (Bass) Dennis Davis (Drums)
‘Say The Words To You’ is the lastest collaborative effort from James Curd and Luke Million and it’s available now on Curd’s own imprint, Mr. Kim’s Records. When you tack on the original vocals from Nah Man! plus a host of remixers such as Yolanda Be Cool, DCUP and option4 (reviewed here)… the level of talent on this release is so stacked that it might be difficult to handle, as was the case for me.
The mix that stuck out most to me was option4′s, if you’ve been reading this blog recently, you might have noticed that we’re absolutely daffy about him here in the DB offices. His remix take a stronger, more tech-infused approach to the tune with a confident bounce and and a gangster-whine that harkens back to the golden days of Compton’s g-funk era. Things don’t stop there, as with all of option4′s productions, there are many twists, turns and surprises abound.
Dig in and go cop the release here.
…and Sue would like to hear him: so please, d’you think we could have some?
Mystery podcast, as normal no track list available so play name that tune in the comments box.
Summer mixtape in anticpation of his upcoming Bromance release from the man, the myth, the legend known as Sam Tiba. Full on vibes on this one.
Ahead of his appearance at this year’s Dour festival in Belgium, Surfing Leons has put together a brand new DJ Mix which we’re happy to premiere today. “This is the second mix I’ve done in a new series called Swell,” Mathieu Fonsny says. “A swell being a long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking, I think that kinds of sums up the vibe here.”
Catch Surfing Leons at Dour Festival, running from the 17th to the 20th of July.
01. Lawrence Le Doux – Astre
02. Lone – Vengeance Video
03. Locked Groove – The Tale of the Blind Goat
04. Breach – Ode Oshi
05. Omar S – Romancing the Stone
06. Erol Alkan – A Hold on Love (Tom Trago’s Tokyo mix)
07. Bicep – NRG106
08. Shadow Child – Steak Fingers (medium rare)
09. Chez Damier – Can you Feel it (original mix)
10. Audiojack feat. Kevin Knapp – These Days (Jimmy Edgar Implication)
11. Boston Bun feat. Piu Piu – Time Bomb
12. Sirkuz Sirkuz – Rave on (Don Rimini remix)
13. Steve Murphy – Jesolo di Notte
14. Lando – Love/Play (original mix)
15. Claude Vonstroke – Lay it Down Re-Smoked feat. Dj Nehpets (Jimmy Edgar remix)
16. MikeQ & dj Sliink feat. Miss Jay – The Bitch
17. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts (Recloose remix)
18. Fabrice Lig – Meet U in Brooklyn
(art is by Michelle Lanter.)
Though this blog cut its disco teeth on the mean streets of Brighton, gosh, it actually has been a bit of a while since we actually gave you lot a heads up about any hometown sounds.
(My theory about this is that because of the way thinks work now, it actually takes a much more concerted effort to limit your output to one population, whether its a geographic, ethnic, or even subcultural population group. Sure, in 2004 we might have known who all the cool bands in Brighton were, but in 2014 we and everyone reading this blog are just as likely to know who the cool musicians from Bhutan are. Music disseminated via the virus of social media is like dark secrets looking for light.)
But Brighton – it’s been a while since national magazines were touting it as “the new Seattle”, largely off the back of Electrelane and Eighties Matchbox and British Sea Power relocating here.
The things that have happened since have been small, and few and far between. This is not a bad thing. Because the stuff seeping through now is genuine and musical and bravely unscene.
There is Collectress.
Collectress make super-special chamber pop. Consummately played, poetic, and perfectly-pitched – it’s not overly-decorative, twee or muso, which I think is sometimes what people assume when they see the phrase “chamber pop.” It’s just gorgeousness. Sometimes slightly ominous gorgeous. That cello a dark, circling undertow. Their songs are like little tone poems that map the psychogeography of Brighton – the violin even approximates the hated squeak of seagulls sometimes!
Collectress’ members have played with Bat For Lashes and Mary Hampton, and bolstering the Brighton connections, their excellent debut album Mondegreen was recorded by Rob White of Demons Are Real records and Joe Watson formerly of Stereolab.
If you like them (and you will) then you will also like Timbre Hollow, the sole album by Threnody Ensemble, released in 2000.