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July compilation 2015 this [2015-07-27]

Almost strictly r&b but not the modernist kind this time. A couple of big albums out recently. First, The Internet is likely one of this year's best albums. I like this kind of quirky and quiet neo-soul with over-extracted scenes, 'about the peaks and pitfalls of love and sex' as Pitchfork writes. Highly recommended. Faze action are UK brothers Lee, with their blend of jazz, soul but mostly disco. A must for your Balearic travels. Dornik is another UK soul example, with hints of MJ in the polished studio sound. Jill Scott and Maysa, both with new albums out. I once got burned, reviewing Masya and one album sounding a bit (I thought) too grown up and got disappointed comments from Maysa herself... not a good day for a fan. Dego is out with a short but fine EP. I need to get back to the broken beat genre. Are there any bands left doing broken?

  1. The Internet Girl
  2. Faze action Heartbeat
  3. Dornik Drive
  4. Nao Apple cherry
  5. Jill Scott Prepared
  6. Maysa Unforgettable
  7. Bilal Open up the door
  8. Dego & Kaidi Carrots & sesame
  9. Dego Shine a light
  10. Dego Keep it moving right
  11. Future News or somthn
  12. Ciara Lullaby
  13. Tinashe w/Iggy Azalea All hands on deck (remix)
  14. Ty$ w/Future & Rae Sremmurd Blasé
  15. Tyrese w/Snoop Dogg & Black Ty Dumb s**t
  16. Stacy Barthe In the meantime
  17. The Internet Get away
  18. Janet Jackson No sleep
  19. Tyrese Leave

Preview: 20 seconds from each song.

June compilation 2015 this [2015-07-05]

Ok, I cheated on the selection of a couple of the videos. I had to, when there's not even cover or fan video versions of the songs (check out the great clip by Bara Bröst!). It's nice to finally have something new to play even if it's a bit on the dark side (summer and all). I recommend the EP by Nao - pretty nice. Miguel's new album, of course. Howling, pure gold and it's weird this is half of the tech house band Âme. Jaako Eino Kalevi is the best thing out of Finland since... Nuspirit Helsinki?

  1. esta U know I need ya
  2. Trey Songz About you
  3. Kehlani Runnin (stwo remix)
  4. Bryson Tiller Sorry not sorry (esta remix)
  5. SIVIK U got (XXYYXX remix)
  6. Nao Inhale exhale
  7. Alessia Cara Here
  8. Allie X Tumor (Icterine remix)
  9. HVOB Azrael
  10. Miguel w/Wale Coffee (f***ing)
  11. Jaako Eino Kalevi Hush down
  12. Howling Sings
  13. Róisín Murphy Exploitation
  14. Bara bröst Workaholic
  15. Klangkarussell Berlin

Preview: 20 seconds from each song.

May compilation 2015 this [2015-05-16]

The Zero7 track is fine as is, but the drum&bass remix gives it a real lift; reminds me of London Elektricity (a good thing). Blur's Terracotta heart is sad and beautiful, but stunning live with Jools'. It is a bit strange Howling sounds like this organic given that Frank Wiedemann is half of tech house band Âme, responsible for my favourite house tune ever. Some tracks (all?) are improved by a video. This is very obvious for the Snoop and Chemical brothers tracks; a real boost.

  1. Zero 7 w/José González Last light (C41 bootleg)
  2. Blur My terracotta heart
  3. Howling X Machina
  4. HVOB Ghost
  5. Etienne de Crécy w/Tom Burke Sunset
  6. Snoop Dog w/Stevie Wonder California roll
  7. Teddybears w/Baby Trish What's your problem
  8. The chemical brothers Go
  9. Boy next door Living a lie (Oliver Koletzki remix)
  10. Hot Toddy Mutha sucka
  11. Klangkarussell Sonnentanz (Oliver Koltzki remix)
  12. Leftfield Universal everything
  13. Swedish house mafia Greyhound
  14. Nero Satisfy

Preview: 20 seconds from each song.