Friday, January 18, 2013

VA - Brownswood Bubblers Nine (2012)

“Brownswood Bubblers provides a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. The series distils the stream of exciting new artists that have become semi-permanent fixtures in Gilles’ playlists and DJ sets of late to create a suite of perfect bumps.”

Gilles Peterson comes correct with his ninth instalment in the much-loved Bubblers series. Shining a spotlight on under-the-radar talent the world over, Bubblers returns with a line up as diverse and exciting as the record bag from which they came; a musical barometer to gauge the sound and stars of 2013.

Truth & Soul’s Lady (featuring Terri Walker) get things rolling, setting the tone with ‘Money’, bursting with sunshine while effortlessly marrying modern R&B and hip hop to 60s soul. The Melbourne-based quartet Hiatus Kaiyote are next up with ‘Nakamarra’ on a deliciously soulful tip, living up to the hype bestowed by fans including Erykah Badu and Questlove. The Hics slow things down with a spellbinding duet - ‘Lines’ - cementing their status as a hotly-tipped band set to break through in 2013. Elsewhere, Trio Tekke nod to traditional Cypriot folkloric styles via ‘InDa’; Memotone swerves into eerier landscapes ruled by glacial low-end and ramshackle percussion; Romare arrives by way of Africa and Chicago, translating tribal rhythms into a footwork riddim; and The White Lamp and Hackman lead the charge to the dancefloor with the oh-so infectious ‘Make It Good’ and ‘Forgotten Notes’.

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