Best of the Week: 14 February, 2015
It’s been a most exciting week in music and this Saturday’s Best of the Week is a reflection of that. I think this might actually be my favourite Best of the Week ever – the All Time Best of the Week so far. There’s not one entry that I’ve included just for the ratings sake of it and this makes me extremely happy.
I really think this one is for the fellow desperately devoted music lovers so if you’re one of them, let’s go!
1. Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Blacker The Berry’
Yes, I’m starting with the most controversial track to come out in the last couple of days because it’s probably one of the most important tracks to come out period. While it’s extremely tempting to go into a full blown essay about the goose bumps ‘The Blacker The Berry’ gives me, I won’t because it’s pointless and because The Atlantic already did it.
I’m just going to say that listening to this song several times on repeat while following the lyrics reminded me of the first time I read the lyrics to Mos Def’s whole ‘Black On Both Sides’ or the first time I read Gil Scott-Heron poetry.
2. VIDEO: Romare – ‘Motherless Child’
Romare is my current favourite producer and one who makes me extremely excited about the present and the future of intelligent, conceptual, perceptive, spiritual, imaginative electronic music.
‘Motherless Child’ is from Romare’s upcoming album on Ninja Tune (where else?) and of the video he says:
‘There are two tributes running through the song. One is to John Lennon and the other is to the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child”. The two are related as John Lennon’s mother was killed when he was young, so I thought I would juxtapose moving images to explore this relationship.’
3. RADIO: Flying Lotus BBC Radio 1 Residency
One of the most enjoyable things to happen to BBC Radio recently. The ongoing most enjoyable thing being, of course, God Gilles Peterson’s existence on Radio 6.
I’m also looking forward to Jon Hopkins’ second residency show which will be on February 20th, at midnight.
Now let’s listen to FlyLo’s second residency show with a guest mix from Lapalux and a world premiere of a new Squarepusher track – thanks to Core News Uploads!
4. Underworld, Pete Heller, Terry Farley – ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ (Frankie Knuckles Cover Tribute)
One of the most surprising events of the week but what a great surprise in deed! A group of dance music legends honour the memory of one of dance music’s original legends – the undisputed pioneer that is the late Frankie Knuckles.
What’s more, all proceeds from the single will go to the Frankie Knuckles Fund which is part of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Buy the new cover of ‘Baby Wants to Ride’ here.
Meanwhile, Bestival just revealed Underworld as part of the 2015 line-up during the first wave of festival announcements and I bought a Weatherall-Heller-Farley 1991 Boy’s Own record for two quid at a vinyl sale. Wins all around.
5. Mak & Pasteman – Oh Baby (Mella Dee Remix)
Mella Dee is a name I learned recently but one that I’m already quite the fan of. Throwback golden-days-of-UK-rave sounds with a fresh and thrillingly gritty touch – love it.
6. VIDEO: Jungle – ‘Julia’
‘Julia’ was one of my favourite tracks on Jungle’s self-titled debut album and I’m glad it got a video. As all Jungle videos do, there’s an abundance of great choreography, great performances and great direction and cinematography.
7. Maribou State – ‘Rituals’
Cue long daydreaming session.
‘Rituals’ is from Maribou State’s debut album ‘Portraits’, which is to be released on June 1st 2015 and which you can pre-order here.
8. Stwo & ELHAE – ‘Oceans’
Do not end your long daydreaming session, for this is another track that will go perfectly with it.
Stwo teamed up with ELHAE for this Valentine’s Day special – all that’s left for you is to get the flowers and the candles.
9. Dizzee Rascal feat. Giggs – ‘Nutcrackerz’
I can’t say I’m an expert on Dizzee but I am a longtime fan of Tchaikovsky and the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ is one of the best pieces of ballet music ever written. If that damn fairy was from East London, you bet she’d be doing her dance to grime.
And if the fairy were a 60s femme fatale with a questionable occupation, she’d sound like the classic Duke Ellington interpretation – ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’.
10. Jimmy Napes – ‘Making Of Me’
Jimmy Napes is a guy who is just about to release his very first EP but he also just won four Grammys. You read that correct.
Napes is the guy behind Disclosure’s biggest hits, behind Sam Smith’s insane success and the devastating ballad perfection that is ‘Stay With Me’ and that I am not ashamed in the least to be a fan of. He also produced Mary J. Blidge’s ‘London Sessions’ and was part of the funky smoothness that was the Nile Rodgers-Disclosure-Sam Smith-Jimmy Napes tune ‘Together’.
Well, Napes is about to the take a more front stage place with an upcoming solo EP on Method Records.
Listen to ‘Making of Me’ produced by the inimitable MJ Cole.
BONUS. MIX: Kevin Saunderson at Awakenings Eindhoven (31-01-2015)
Awakenings Eindhoven uploaded this set by techno legend Kevin Saudnerson’s a couple of days ago and we, of course, have to highlight it here.
I sincerely hope every next week from now on is that musically exciting cause I’m gonna need the delight in compiling this Best of the Week to be repeated soon!
I hope you – the two people who saw that post and who are going to be Nev and my wife – enjoyed it as much as I did!
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