Loose Joints is a podcast where we talk to a guest and play music they like new and old. True to the name, the podcast features a loose collection of tunes, tied together by very little logic, just like our chats. Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon are your hosts.
This month’s chat includes the tunes below, wild garlic pesto, Daniel O’Donnell, social media influencers, the reaction to the DAMN. artwork, we find out who wrote that McDonald’s jingle, what our rap names are and the scampi fries that will change your life.
Ships – Where We Are Oluko Imo – Praise Jah Kendrick Lamar – Fear Digable Planets – Dog It Kamasai Washington – Truth Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley UMFANG – Weight Mix & Fairbanks – Girls Henry Wu – Deep in The Mudd Holm CPU – Fotspor (Bobby Spice remix) Davy Kehoe – Storm Desmond
Daire Carolan is the founder of the Dublin label First Second, he’s a DJ and he works with All City. The next First Second 12″ is due out in the new year and will be distributed by Lobster Distribution. You can catch him supporting Helena Hauff, one of his picks below, this Saturday in the Buttoner. Here are his top ten tracks of the year.
1. Japan Blues – ‘Spurned My Colour’ (Berceuse Heroique)
‘Spurned My Colour’ by Japan Blues definitely sneaked into my top ten this year as it literally only came out a few weeks ago on Berceuse Heroique. Japan Blues is a project by Japanese record collecting expert Howard Williams. Known by some Londoner’s for working behind the desk at Honest Jon’s but known by others for putting some slick Japanese inspirational cuts together. I couldn’t really pick one tune out of his but this is the one that was playing when I wrote this. So definitely worth checking out all his stuff… aaannnd why not check out his All City mix why you are at.
2. Henry Wu – ‘Croydon Depot’ (Rhythm Section)
If you are a regular in All City records I’m sure you are very used to seeing a fine selection of Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Sections label in the shop. With solid releases from the likes of Al Dobson Jr, Prequel, Retiree, Choas in the CBD and more in the back catalogue it seems to have been a good year for them. For me personally, the Henry Wu that came out not too long ago is by the far the stand out. ‘Croydon Depot’ is just vibes, just a really nice swing to it or something.
3. Project Pablo – ‘Always’ (1080p)
Project Pablo is another one of the many artists popping out of Canada. There is so much good stuff coming out of there at the moment be it Pender Street Steppers, Jack J, Cloudface, Minimal Violence, Jock Club and so on. This record is definitely a perfect example of that. Having been originally released on tape then re-released on a 12” soon after , I Want To Believe is such an exceptional record but if I had to pick one tune on there it would have to be ‘Always’.
4. Herva – ‘Pressure Bumps’ (All City Records)
Herva has had one solid year for sure. After releasing How To Mind Your Own on All City at the start of the year he went on to release an album on Delsin, do a few records on Bosconi, remix Nick Hoppner on Ostgut Ton and topped it all off with another album just out now on Planet Mu. The chap’s output is insane and I’ve a mad amount of respect for him. ‘Pressure Bumps’ is a driving broke up techno beat which definitely shows off Herva’s many talents as a producer and I’d highly recommend checking out that entire record.
5. Helena Hauff – ‘Spur’ (Werkdiscs)
Helena Hauff has gone from a residency at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel to being one of the most talked about DJs and producers in the underground electronic scene. ‘Spur’ is one of the hands down standout tracks on her debut album Discreet Desires which was out sometime in the Autumn on Actress’ Werkdiscs imprint. It kind of reminds of some very retro electro or something. Definitely been giving it the rinse in any of my sets as of late.
6. Huerco S – ‘Rushing To Paradise’ (Proibito)
“Chilled out music you can dance to,” is probably the best way I would describe ‘Rushing To Paradise’ by Huerco S. Its such a perfect record to open a set with at a festival in the summer time or something. It has this building energy to it. So good.
7. Galcher Lustwerk – ‘Parlay’ (Galcher Lustwerk)
Galcher Lustwerk is just vibes. I got to play with him sometime ago last year and I thought the way he would be just mixing and doing these slick vocals over his set on the mic was the coolest thing. One stand out part of that gig was when he started singing ‘Parlay’ which I sadly couldn’t find anywhere months after then this year he dropped it out on his own Galcher Lustwerk label… I’ve been playing it religiously since.
8. MB – ‘A Well Oiled Party’ (no Label)
Listen to the Wino Boys.
9. The Cyclist – ‘Hot House’ (Music Is For Losers)
Andrew Morrison aka The Cyclist is one of those producers who just has his sound down/ I’ve been very lucky to work with the man over the last few years helping put out his excellent Buz Ludzha 12” as well as his killer album Flourish last year on All City records. ‘Hot House’ has a very oldskool mixtape house sound to it. It could be something that was made years ago – that’s what I really like about it. Can’t wait for his next 12” on 100% Silk to drop too.
10. Laurel Halo – ‘Focus I’ (Honest Jon’s)
Laurel Halo has to be one of my favourite producers at the moment. Ever since I heard her Chance Of Rain album on Hyperdub in 2013 I had it on repeat for months. Honest Jon’s have just put out her latest offering In Situ which is a mix of funky, dubby, broken beat techno if thats what you can call it. ‘Focus’ is a really nice warm up track on the record. Definitely one to play at the Bernard Shaw or something or for an opening set. The whole album is good in general. Highly recommend it.
Cork DJ Colm K is known for his considered sets of soul and house music as well as his own electronic productions. A former RBMA attendee, Kenefick is working away on new music for next year and DJ-wise, you can find him at residencies at Sunday TImes and So What! in Gulpd Cafe, Cork. Here are his tunes of the year.
Max Graef – ’No 5 The Gym’
Mac Graef has had a great year musically. His debut LP, Rivers Of The Red Planet, showcased the broad palette of sounds and influences that he uses in his music. However, this non album track appeared on 12″ only. No. 5 was huge for me this year. It has everything- chopped breakbeats to begin, nice jazzy stabs and then rests on a bumping house groove with a catchy vocal snippet.
Marvin Gaye – ‘Where Are We Going’
‘Where Are We Going’ is part of wonderful re-issue released in conjunction with Record Store day back in April. It is a previously unreleased version of the Donald Byrd track that Marvin Gaye recorded with the wonderful Mizell brothers. The EP consists of four tracks shared evenly amongst Marvin Gaye and Donald Byrd, but this is the pick of the bunch. A perfect mid tempo soul record.
TR One – ‘AfroDiscoBeatDown’
This track was given to me by the amazing Irish producers that are TR One. Not out yet officially, it definitely got lots of spins from me this summer. I played it on Rinse FM as part of a guest mix for Alexander Nut’s show [about 17 minutes in] and the feedback was instant, with lots of heads looking for details about it. A cheeky Tony Allen sample flipped into a hypnotic house paced groove coupled with some warm pads makes this a perfect summer record. Maybe it’ll see the light of day by Summer 2015.
Brief Encounter – ’Human/Total Satisfaction’
This is another re-issue that came late in the summer courtesy of the Sounds Of The Universe record store in London. I was after this for a very long time but never saw an original copy for under the €170 mark. Beautiful soul music that everyone needs to hear.
D’angelo - Black Messiah LP
Finally! The return of D’angelo. A different record from Voodoo, which is refreshing. The last thing we wanted was D’angelo’s third LP showcasing an attempt to top one of the best LPs of all time. As soon as I heard ‘Betray My Heart’ I was hooked. D’angelo with strings? Yes, please! Personal favourites to date include, Tutu, Betray My Heart, and Another Life. Unfortunately, we have to wait until February 2015 for the double LP.
Henry Wu – ‘Talk About It’
Over the last 12 months there’s been a great scene developing in South London.A bunch of like-minded artists, including Henry Wu, Jean Bassa, Mo Kolours, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Al Dobson Jnr, and Tenderlonious have been producing some very interesting takes on soulful music spanning all tempos. One outlet for these releases is 22a, a record label set up and run by the same crew. The distribution is taken care of by Sounds Of The Universe so you don’t see these 12″s everywhere, but, if you do, be sure to check them out. The track I chose is from the label’s second release and this featured heavily throughout all my sets this year. Henry Wu has an EP coming shortly on Alex Nut’s Ho-Tep record label, which I’m really looking forward to checking as well.
Yellow Memories is an amazing debut from Fatima. This LP has lots of highlights for me, such as ‘Biggest Joke Of All’, ‘Circle’, ‘Do Better’, and ‘Talk’. Production wise, Fatima’s enlisted quite an all star cast: Floating Points, Scoop DeVille, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), Theo Parrish, and Flako. I heard a few of the singles early in the year but, for me, it was some of the album tracks themselves that made this one of the best of the year. The dreamy, dark ‘Talk’ springs to mind, as does the sparse but grooving ‘Biggest Joke Of All’. Taylor McFerrin’s Early Riser LP is worth mentioning when considering soul music from 2014. His debut on Brainfeeder included some killer tunes; ‘Florisa’ and ‘Already There’ were both in heavy rotation throughout the summer.
Jack J - ‘Something On My Mind’
I was lucky enough to get a tip about this one as soon as it dropped. Since then, it’s become quite the tune. xlr8r rated it first in its best of 2014 listing. I’m not so sure about it ranking that highly for me personally, but it’s quote the groover. The drum track sounds almost live, surrounded by warm chords progression and airy brass samples. Jack J’s other work with the Pender Street Steppers is also well worth checking out.
Renee Geyer Band – ‘Be There In The Morning’
Athens of the North is a great new imprint run by Euan Fryer for re-releasing modern soul and disco music. This year saw AOTN re-issue some of the most sought after 7″s from the Modern Soul and Disco era (saving me a fortune on buying originals). Bileo’s ‘You Can Win’, The Split Decision Band’s ‘Watching Out’ and Nohelani Cypriano’s ‘Lihue’ are just a few personal highlights that came courtesy of AOTN this year. Another notable re-issue came courtesy of Tom Noble when he released the super rare Mystic Pleasure ‘Back Door (Getting Down)’, which is a straight disco banger with an amazing arrangement and vibe throughout.
K15 – ‘Yellow’
I was late to this one but it proved to be one of the best house pieces I heard this year. It has a very interesting arrangement and the drums really hit hard. This is certainly the highlight of the EP. Other notable mentions on the house front include both EPs from the always consistent Floating Points, namely ‘King Bromeliad’ and Nectarines both of which were super inspirational. Another LP worth mentioning here is the wonderful debut from Leon Vynehall.