Various Artists – Stylin’ 600
Presented by Ennio Styles
Free download via www.heardandfelt.com from 2 August 2013
Jazz Juke Beats Boogie Bass Brass D&B R&B Hip Hop House Soul Skweee Techno Gospel Funk
‘Some great shit here! Amazing work as usual.’ – Gilles Peterson (BBC/Brownswood/Worldwide Festival)
While Heard and Felt Music is preparing to jump soon into the world of artist releases, main man Ennio Styles couldn’t resist slipping out another compilation to follow the globally acclaimed three-part opus that was ‘Stylin’ 500′. As with that previous collection, Stylin’ 600 includes many unreleased, unavailable and undiscovered tracks, lovingly selected by the DJ recently described by Gilles Peterson as one of his ‘musical consultants’.
Two years have passed since Stylin’ 500 and Ennio’s show Stylin’ on Melbourne’s iconic 3RRR-FM is set to hit episode #600 on 2 August, hence the release date of this album. Over those last 100 episodes, Stylin’ has featured some heavy in-studio guests for DJ mixes, live performances and interviews including Mad Mike Banks/Underground Resistance, Robert Glasper Experiment, Flume, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carl Craig, Cashmere Cat, Soul Clap, Thundercat, Bilal, Vakula, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Jose James, Swindle, Rustie, Kirk Degiorgio, AraabMuzik, Julien Dyne, Billy Hoyle, Funkineven, Max Crumbs, Tamil Rogeon, Mike Gurrieri, Edd Fisher, Lapalux, Taylor McFerrin, Jumps, Samuel Yirga, Prequel, Girl Unit, Red Rack’em, Octave One, Omar, Mark Flash, Wouda, Silkie, Pablo Valentino, MFP, Hugo Mendez, Lance Ferguson/Menagerie, Jorge Montiel, Osunlade, Miles Bonny, Lefto, Oddisee, Olivier Daysoul, Move D and Mark de Clive-Lowe.
You might say 600 is not much of milestone to celebrate, and you’re probably right, but why argue when the result is 30 incredible tracks for free? Now before you see the words ’30 tracks free’ and reach for the delete button, you should know that this is not another collection of leftover beats from flavour-of-the-month bedroom beatmakers. These are artists that have assembled 17-piece big bands, maintained vinyl-only record labels pressing only the tiniest quantities, toured and recorded with the biggest names in jazz for over 40 years, produced chart hits, composed for Breaking Bad and maintained simultaneous careers in classical, jazz and hip hop.
The undeniable passion, skill, dedication and independent spirit of these artists is matched by 3RRR-FM, Australia’s best-known community radio station, which is largely funded by listener contributions. The annual Radiothon starts on August 9th so please spread the word to help keep RRR independent, non-playlisted and on air for another year.
Thanks to the artists and labels who have contributed generously to this project, and to those who continue to provide music to Stylin’ every week.
TRACKLISTING WITH COMMENTS
1. Daniel Crawford – The Awakening Intruth
(Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop) LA beat maestro and multi-instrumentalist known for his Dilla, Fela and MJ tributes gives us a majestic taste of his forthcoming jazz album. Also look out for his collaborations with Amp Fiddler and Vikter Duplaix.
2. Ghost Mutt – Sweat Mode
(Bass/Juke) Repitched R&B vocals ride a futuristic juke-tempo groove. From the on-point UK label Donky Pitch.
3. Slavic Soul Party! – Taketron
(Brass/Balkan/Gypsy/Funk) Rapid fire Balkan horn and accordion madness from NYC with a blazing trumpet solo.
4. Heavy – Can’t Be the Way
(Funk/Rock) Nicky Guiland and Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) would be pop superstars in a perfect world. This funk rock track from their rare self-released EP takes the Betty Davis sound into the 21st century.
5. Blum – I’ll Always Be in Your Heart
(House/Jazz) ‘Give me a song with a beautiful melody’. Producer/violist Alex Blum does just that, enlisting vocal contributions from Anna Wise (Sonnymoon) and Kelton Nicholas Blackshear (Monroe).
6. Dessy Di Lauro – Mysterious
(Soul/Neo-Ragtime) Dubbing her new sound ‘neo-ragtime’, the LA diva drops a swinging finger-snapper that should appeal to fans of Lina, Andre 3000 and anyone who wished ‘electro swing’ had more soul.
7. Isaac Maya – You Make Me Cry
(Drum & Bass/Reggae) D&B with added Jamaican sunshine via a Mexican producer and Russian label (Liquid Brilliants).
8. Trian Kayhatu – Kumiko (Spend the Night)
(Beats/R&B/Synth Funk) R&B vocals with a cosmic future funk groove from a Dutch producer with plenty more heat to come in 2013.
9. Danny Byrd feat Xavier – New Day
(UK Garage) Known for his drum & bass productions, Danny here updates the early 00s Wookie garage sound (remember ‘Battle’?), mixing soul vibes with rough beats and rave basslines.
10. Cydara – Starship
(Future Soul/R&B) A soul classic blasts into hyperspace with a hi-tech R&B treatment for fans of Prince and Janelle Monae.
11. Sampha – Rainstars (instrumental)
(Beats/Synth Funk) Known for his collaborations with SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake and Koreless, Sampha came into Stylin’ last year and played two heartbreakers with only his keys and voice. Here he goes uptempo, flexing pure production and keyboard chops.
12. Kira Neris & Vax1 – Weeping Willow
(House) French producer Kira Neris, a long time Stylin’ favourite, teams up with Vax1 on this previously unreleased track. If Motor City Drum Ensemble made music for summer festivals it might sound like this.
13. Chip White – Afternoon in Mombasa
(Jazz/Afro) The veteran NYC drummer (and poet) has been leading some heavy sessions in recent years, including this jazz dance bomb featuring the likes of Randy Brecker, Steve Wilson and Patience Higgins.
14. Bryan Beninghove – Hear Me Now
(Jazz) The New Jersey saxophonist’s organ trio takes it back to the gritty 60s sound of Jimmy Smith and Larry Young on this firing uptempo number.
15. DuFrayne – The Tooch
(Synth Funk/Boogie) Sometimes he’s Dufrane. Sometimes he’s Jimmy Dufresne. Sometimes he remixes Hiatus Kaiyote. Here he hypnotises the crowd with a slo-mo boogie funk headnodder.
16. Xavier León – Croak
(Bass/Juke) Finding melody in mutilated vocals and pizzicato strings, the Montreal producer (half of Sibian and Faun) then pulls it all apart with a heavy bass drop.
17. Peder – Monoglukose
(Soundtrack/Downtempo) This Danish producer’s credits include work for Ubiquity, Mo’Wax and Grand Royal. Hearing this tune it won’t surprise you to know that he also does soundtracks. Imagine Arthur Lyman remixed by DJ Cam.
18. Brandee Younger – Breakfast with Adrianna
(Jazz) When she’s not not working with Common and Drake, the New York harpist is invoking the spirit of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby on tunes like this previously unreleased piece with her trio.
19. Dakota Suite – Cataluña
(Jazz) The Leeds purveyors of cinematic moodscapes give us a strolling jazz-tinged piece propelled by brush drums, a hooky double bass line and gentle piano ripples.
20. Kekko Fornarelli – Room of Mirrors
(Jazz) Smoky Italian trio jazz reflecting a place somewhere between Esbjörn Svensson, Bugge Wesseltoft and Cinematic Orchestra. This might be what the MPS label would sound like today.
21. ChromadaData – Closer
(Beats/Soul) US beatmaker ChromadaData gets intimate with the talkbox. Like Roger Troutman teaming up with Dilla for a slow jam.
22. Kevin Hayden Trio – Dilla Esq
(Jazz/Hip Hop) Milwaukee drummer Kevin Hayden, who recently shared a stage with Robert Glasper, pays jazz tribute to a hip hop legend.
23. DA-10 – Respirator
(Electronic/Synth Funk) Making electronic music the old way, strictly hardware, is one thing. You’ve still got to be able to write a good bassline! Fortunately this UK duo can do both.
24. Juxtpose – Marshall
(Techno) Starting off in dubbed-out ‘deep space’, but don’t get too relaxed, this track hits an asteroid field later on! Melbourne producer Juxtpose will shortly front one of the first artist releases on Heard and Felt.
25. Luke Eargoggle & Johan Inkinen – The Tribute Electroniq
(Electro/Techno) Like Komarken Electronics (Stylin’ 500), it seems much of the best electro right now is coming out of Scandinavia. If only Kraftwerk made a new record like this.
26. Daniel Savio – False & Slimey
(Skweee/Electronic) Staying with Scandinavia and its native ‘skweee’ sound here, represented by one of the genre’s standout artists. Daniel continues to put the bleeps in all the right places on this track. As Carl Craig said on Stylin’, ‘it’s all techno to me’!
27. Kirkis – Willywonkka
(Beats/Jazz) Recently supporting Thundercat with his full band, Melbourne bassist/producer Kirkis makes ‘surrealist future jazz’ from a world of pure imagination … and Wonder.
28. Baby Jaymes – Soulfinger
(Soul/R&B/Funk) Hailing from Oakland like his mentor and sometime collaborator Raphael Saadiq, Baby Jaymes here gives us a funky R&B party jam that sounds just as good now as it did in 2004.
29. Emanuel Johnson II feat GIWU – GIWU
(Gospel/Soul) Detroit gospel with spine-tingling harmonies, especially when the group find ‘freedom’ halfway through.
30. Jamie Davis – If You Want Me to Stay
(Jazz/Big Band) The big band swings, but it’s Jamie’s rich baritone that steals the show on this version of Sly’s classic.
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