Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist – 31/10/2015


So, it looks like all I did in October was listen to the radio – here’s 95 (!) selections from this month’s programming.

As such, there’s a pretty eclectic mix here – some Afrobeat from Rim Kwaku Obeng, Elecronica grooves from the likes of Nao and new Aphex Twin, downtempo grooves from folks like Warmth and Morcheeba, a fantastic return from Roots Manuva (and Guy Garvey’s new track really gets down and dirty!), Jazz Music (Kamasi Washington Jr. ftw),  Roots Reggae, Hip-Hop, old favs… it’s all over the place, so feel free to stick it on in the background and let it wash over you.

Six Neglected Drummers Who Deserve Recognition | BBC Culture Online

Though singers and lead guitarists are celebrated by the hundreds in rock annals, drummers are often turned into punch lines

– read the full article @ bbc.com/culture

Stumbled across this piece by Auntie Beeb (or more accurately, BBC journo Greg Knot) celebrating the much maligned backline-beats laid out by drummers. And rightly so!

Despite the fact that this article fails to even mention the pure slice of uncut Funk that is session legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (the ‘Hitmaker’, or ‘The World’s Most Recorded Drummer’ – his groove is impeccable, as demonstrated in one of my favourite videos of all time), this article does go some way in helping the reader think with their feet and give the drummer some well-deserved props – as well as demonstrate some nice little rhythmic chops for your listening pleasure.

Owen Jones goes into the Lion’s Den | Tory Party Conference | Owen Jones


This week has seen overwhelming levels of smugness and [somewhat higher than usual levels of] vitriol present in Manchester as the annual Conservative Party Conference is underway. Whilst some less-subtle people, perhaps misguided, perhaps overwhelmed by the gravity of reality caused a bit of scene outside which undermined the legitimacy of the actual protests, spry Socialist Owen Jones has ventured through the looking glass to get a first-hand feel for the people behind the generalised establishmentarian misery.

Which is great. Good for him for seeking the other side of the argument for the sake of a balanced conclusion. It is true that we sometimes forget that behind the labels are individual people with the power of reason. I however, have reasoned that a lot of Tories are either scared of change, too comfortable to envision a different way, too influenced by the media, too short-sighted to look at a bigger picture or too ignorant to care (my possibly harsh generalisation) – and I would imagine that Mr. Jones agrees with me. Based on the conversations he’s had with these attendees, they seem to just have different values, of status and position and impression and stuff. Personally, all these transient things are not to be valued.

The guy at 3:36 obviously didn’t expect to be interviewed, but whatever he’s on he seems to be at the conference for a jolly. And that tells me a lot about his attitude, at least.

 

Do It All Night – The Story of Prince’s Dirty Mind | Pitchfork

“When I brought it to the record company, it shocked a lot of people,” Prince told Rolling Stone of Dirty Mind. “But they didn’t ask me to go back and change anything, and I’m real grateful. Anyway, I wasn’t being deliberately provocative. I was being deliberately me.” 

via Pitchfork – click here for the full article

Even if you know the stories, have heard the album, know about His Royal Badness’ bitter history with the “King of Punk Funk” Rick James (bitch) and dig the context, this great Pitchfork article from their next ‘review’ issue is still a great and insightful read. A lot of people who don’t know much about Prince always peg him as a power-balladeering short guy – who might be gay. Which is hugely selling short the notion of a black artist coming out of (traditionally in the mainstream) white Minneapolis, blending R&B, Rock n’ Roll, New Wave and (Post?) Punk into a truly crossover music, with a mixed-race, mixed-gender band and a deliberately ambiguous omni-sexual image with religious overtones in the lyrics? In the early ’80s?!

Read the article. 😀

Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist – 30/09/2015


I swear, I’m tagging so many tracks from 6 Music that I can’t keep track of potential doubles in these playlists? But it’s cool – it’s all good listening!

Some Really Heavy Grooves this month, too many to mention – T.S.S. Groove, Gary Clarke, Jr., Tuxedo, Kate Tempest, The Souljazz Orchestra… Plus some heritage tips from the likes of Shuggie, Sly, Liquid Liquid and Jimi, and the Theme from The Warriors to celebrate the gang coming out to play in Coney for one last time earlier in the month Even some reggae thrown in for good measure 😀

Enjoy. Stick it on in the background, and try to stop your toe tappin’.

 

WOKE = FlyLo x Thundercat x Shabazz Palaces (+ George Clinton) | Prog-Soul Supergroup | The Fader

“Lavishments” comes together around a deep bass groove and a staggered hand-clap

via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2015/09/28/flying-lotus-shabazz-palaces-thundercat


To call the coming together of this lot a “Supergroup” is something of a misnomer, as it’s hardly the first time they’ve worked together, but then again perhaps it is an accurate description of the level of potential energy on offer. In the official coming together of  Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces as WOKE, the gang could be seen with reference to featured regular Grand Old Man George Clinton as a future-Funkadelic in terms of the accumulating of musicians, experimentation and the openness to cross-contamination on each other’s output.

This single is 17 of 19 singles from Adult Swim, which helped break FlyLo using his instrumentals for their ad break seagues. Check out their other annual singles collections all the way back to 2010, which contain some equally tasty breaks and moods to sit inside.

I think it’s great to have such interesting cats around these days – playing such progressive music but also paying homage to the progenitors and the roots of Soul Music (as an umbrella). Plus they’re crazy, on-the-level people to boot. Also – I have no idea why Adult Swim has such a big involvement in pushing stuff like this but I’m not complaining – the programming block is how I discovered both FlyLo and Trigun. Which shouldn’t make sense, but has happened.

Prince drops new single “FREE URSELF” exclusively on Tidal | OkayPlayer

…perhaps this is Prince telling me and the world to, in fact, free ourselves from the streaming bubbles we’ve been confined to.

via OkayPlayer: www.okayplayer.com/news/prince-free-urself-mp3.html

tidal.com/track/51844380 – 30 sec clip for non-subscribers


It increasingly seems that His Royal Badness has staked his claim to the next generation of online music distribution, releasing this new track exclusively on Tidal after limiting his past Warners catalogue and some relatively rare NPGMusicClub releases to Jay-Z’s service. Whether this is a shrewd move – from the man who helped pioneer online music during it’s relative infancy – is moot. Personally, for someone who previously declared the internet “over” it seems to sit somewhere between putting all is eggs in one basket and a transparent attempt to keep up with the latest trend in an attempt to reach a wider audience – but then Prince is the kind of person with the longevity and the kudos to pretty much get away with anything, even in a musical sense.

As for the track? I managed to find my own copy outside of Tidal (shh!) and it stands up pretty well – more old-skool Prince in pop mode with a real Funky tag, less by-numbers than a lot of his recent stuff, including what I’ve heard from HITNRUN PHASE ONE that I’ve managed to hear without subscribing to the service (I’ll surely buy a physical copy when I have enough pocket-money 😀 ). I actually really like it!

Just as a side note, you can find my own stuff on Tidal here, soon including the Strange People EP. Dig if you will, and if you want to support direct, grab a copy on Bandcamp.