STUFF – Strata

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STUFF is a five piece instrumental band from Antwerp, Belgium. ‘Strata’ is the first track from the band’s second album old dreams new planets due out April 28th.

The song vacillates from broken jazz before weaving into a funky, electronic jungle. Says the quintet’s SoundCloud page, “it makes you doubt whether you’re at a rave or at a fusion jazz concert in some late 80’s basement.”

If you like the cross-genre hybrid, peep Christian Scott or The Peter Franks Group.

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Sarathy Korwar – Bhajan

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Sarathy Korwar is an American-Indian producer and drummer. While born in the United States, he spent most of his childhood growing up India where he listened to American jazz records in local record shops.

‘Bhajan’ is the first song on his debut album, Day To Day, which weaves together both Indian folk and jazz music into a unique sound that Korwar can call his own.

’Day To Day’ is an exceptional debut by this multi-percussive artist fusing jazz, electronic and Indian harmonics.” — Gilles Peterson

Duke Hugh – Butterflies

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Duke Hugh is a Dutch electronic producer. South London record label Rhythm Section International just dropped his debut album entitled Canvass.

While latin-beat ‘Butterfliesis a Gilles Peterson track favorite, the entire album grooves to put you in a dreamy state of mind. From his Bandcamp page:

Each song has its own essence, there is absolutely no filler and the entire double pack sits together as a perfect whole. Flirting with aspects of broken beat, Jazz, hip hop and dreamy electronica – Duke Hugh winds together a most idiosyncratic release equally at home on the peak time dancefloor as it would be for a long road trip. Canvas is a big statement from an artist who’s here to stay.

Mieux – Rust

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Chris and Felix are Mieux

Mieux is an electronic duo from Vienna, Austria. Their new single ‘Rust’ will appear on their forthcoming Music is Pain due out later this month.

I featured the fun, uptempo track on my weekly playlist last month and included the band’s track ‘Rush’ from their album Are You Happy last year on my Best of 2015 playlist. Gilles Peterson is also a big fan of the two man band.

Download ‘Rust’

 

Watch DJ Gilles Peterson record the soundtrack to the Rio Olympic Games

Originally recorded in 2014 during the World Cup, DJ Gilles Peterson went down to Rio to make a documentary on Brazilian music and to record an album entitled Sonzeira which paired old and new Brazilian superstars like Elza Soares and Seu Jorge.

He also visits the birthplace of samba in the Rio favelas and goes crate-digging in local record shops, on the hunt for a copy of Jose Pirates “Tam Tam Tam” (stream it below).

If you’re interested more of Gilles’ projects, check out his Rumba project in Cuba and his extensive discography as well.

RA: Playing Favourites: Gilles Peterson – Interview

Gilles Peterson on playing what he wants without hubris.

I’m not into just throwing stuff in just to shock people, either. I like to have a flow and to be able to build something beautiful with my music, in a way. I think there is an art. It’s not just about chucking it out there and being eclectic and cool. I don’t agree with that theory. I think that it’s about having finesse and refinement about how you create a DJ set. I can find a connection between Lonnie Liston Smith’s live version of “Welcome To My New World” and DJ Rashad cutting up some old Roy Ayers bits. It’s all joining the dots, basically.

His mixes are indeed little pieces of art.