Another trip to Paris, due to you know who, and this time around I spent a couple of days in the UK. Of course, no trip to the UK is complete without a visit or two to a record shop. This trip's haul includes...
Da Lata - Serious (Palm Beats)
If these guys had just repeated "Songs From The Tin" (an awesome record BTW, rush out and buy a copy,) I guess I would have been a little disappointed. But they didn't. Where SFTT was a straight-up and authentic sounding Brazilian effort, this is much more modern and "West London" sounding - but for some reason, on the first pass, this isn't pressing my buttons.
Luke Vibert - Yoseph (Warp)
Vibert had definitely gotten into a groove with Wagon Christ albums like "Musipal" and "Big Soup", but it's been a couple of years since he's put out a release, and he's come back with something completely different. This is very squelchy 303-based stuff. It has a track on it called "ILoveAcid". On the other hand, the beats are definitely still coming from LV's hiphop sensibilities rather than being house-based, so it's definitely not 1989 all over again. Which will probably come as a relief for most people - who wants another two years of Thatcher, FFS?
V/A - Out Patients 3 (Hospital)
The Hospital/London Elektricity guys really can't do anything wrong, and this is more evidence. There have been a few tunes from the last two Out Patients collections that have gone on to be long term favourites (Lianne Carroll's "The Trap" being one great example) and I have a feeling the same will be true here. That said, I am feeling a bit more single-mindedness in terms of sound on this one compared to the previous collections, where all of the possibilities seem to be converging on a kind of borderland between drum & bass and two-step. That's not a bad borderland for now, but it'll be interesting to see where OP4 goes.
V/A - The Wonder Of Stevie (Harmless)
This is a collection of Stevie Wonder covers and Stevie compositions recorded by other people, compiled by DJ Spinna and Bobbito. I had a few of these, and had heard some of the others, but there are quite a few things here I had no idea about - and it's all good stuff. Apparently these guys do a club night in NYC every year on Stevie's birthday, where they play these tunes. Maybe every city should have a night like that.
V/A - Life:Styles compiled by 4Hero (Harmless)
This compilation, while not billed as such, is a great survey of the sort of jazz fusion and rare groove stuff that I used to hear via the pirate radio stations in London in the early 80s. Quite a few tunes I've heard before, and quite a few that I feel like I must have heard before, but can't be sure. It's not a surprise to find that the 4Hero guys like this sort of thing, as it's been plainly evident in their work for a while (especially in Marc Mac's productions) - and that's one of the reasons I like their stuff so much.
Looks like Harmless are a label to watch for compilations - the next BBE, maybe?