MAGIC MIX

hip hop . r'n'b . trap

WEEK STARTING 17 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of Getting Late by Yakul.

Yakul

Getting Late

    Yakul are a four-piece neo soul band from Brighton, UK, influenced by the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, with a growing reputation within the rapidly growing new soul and jazz movement coming out of the UK at the moment.

    Yakul released their critically-acclaimed debut EP ‘Getting Late’ in August 2019, picking up key radio support from tastemakers Gilles Peterson (6Music), Jamz Supernova (1Xtra) and KCRW (LA), alongside Spotify and Deezer official playlist support including Jazz UK and Soultronic. They released a new single ‘Holidays’ in November 2019. The EP features collaborations with leading players from the burgeoning London jazz and soul scene - Louis VI, Sheila-Maurice Grey and Charlie Stacey.
    'Blossoming' off the EP has been nominated as the Track of the Year at the prestigious Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards 2020, winners to be announced in late January 2020.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: The modern UK jazz landscape continues to impress as yet another emergant act display their wares. Picturesque, languid and belly-warmingly soulful; Yakul, from Brighton demand that all important Sunday afternoon slot on your player.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Pale pink coloured vinyl

    Dead Prez

    Hip Hop / Hip Hop (instrumental)

    Re-issued. The debut album by dead prez, Let's Get Free, had plenty of head nodding beats, but none quite matches the nerve grinding effect of their single "Hip-Hop". Produced by the duo, "Hip-Hop" was a record that immediately caught fire on both College and Commercial Radio mix-shows. A call to arms, “Hip-Hop" just sounds like a revolution, and is to be heard loud! Surprisingly enough, this song's legacy may be most defined by its use as the bed for Dave Chappelle's entrance music for his show on Comedy Central. But beyond that, this song remains as one of the greatest Hip Hop songs of all time.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: ANTHEM! That's the word that springs to mind. A neck-napping head nodder with a KILLLER B-line and lyrical content with glides between the conscious and the streetwise. Buy it now!

    Releasing her first solo singles as Nardeydey at the tail end of 2018 and start of 2019, Shirley Tetteh signaled the emergence of a singular and complex songwriter-artist from a guitarist of renown in London’s new jazz scene. As well as playing in fast-rising collective Nérija (Domino), spiritual jazz ensemble Maisha (Brownswood), and also in the Mercury Music Prize 2019 nominated Seed Ensemble, Shirley now opened up to reveal her deeply personal and remarkable songwriting, pulling together myriad influences from folk, pop, jazz, soul, gospel, electro-pop, afrobeats and beyond. All written and self-produced, the tracks are deeply original, wearing her guitar virtuosity lightly in creating inexplicably perfect trans-genre pop songs.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Love! Nérija member Shirley Tetteh's solo work as Nardeydey condenses flavours of jazz, gospel, Afro-beat and synth into a soulful and shimmering pop sound which we are all about right now. RIYL Sinkane, Naytronix, ALlysha Joy

    Werkha hails from Manchester originally and released his debut EP back in 2012. Following early praise from Gilles Peterson and the like, he we went on to release a series of records for Brighton-imprint Tru Thoughts, including an album in 2015, 'Colours Of A Red Brick Raft', and co-writing / producing Bryony Jarman-Pinto's debut album in 2019. He's provided remixes for Quantic, Marcos Valles, Dutch Uncles, Andrew Ashong & J-Felix, toured across Europe with Bonobo, Mr Scruff & Chet Faker and is working with poet / singer Keisha Thompson, additionally to composing music for documentaries.

    So to the EP, and we set off with the delectable synth-boogie of 'Generation X', laden with strings from Simran Singh. Next up is the 4/4 low-slung head-nodding funk of 'The Key' featuring the vocal talents of Berry Blacc, before we head into some mid-tempo clavinet-lead hip hop vibes on 'Swing Thru'; lush strings again ably complementing and contrasting the bass-weight within the track. 'In Sunny G' follows next, picking the tempo back up a touch with a soulful vocal hook from Ellen Beth Abdi delivering blissed-out sun-glazed sonics, as the title would suggest. This 5-track opus closes out with 'Favourite Corner'; similarly to the EP opener, this is more playfully groovy breakbeat, laced with strings, a swagged-out guitar lick and assorted arpeggiated keys.

    As to the meaning of the title 'The Rigour', Werkha says…

    "Music is work. In all its different ways, it's a craft that I apply myself to and exist by. As much as that is about love, it's also about pouring in time, effort, patience & rigour. This record is about reflecting on my process and the identity of Werkha as a part of my life."

    "These tracks were selected from a much larger bunch of ideas. The tracks that made this EP are the ones where the process was playful. Play in music is so important and these tracks are the ones that best personify play and curiosity, in both their sound and in their process. They all go through the rigor of being played with, pushed and pulled in different directions…"

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: MCR's own Werkha lands on Piccadilly favourite First Word with a fresh five tracker moving between uptempo bruk, squelching boogie, head nod hip hop and breakbeat, all imbued with a futuristic jazziness which looks to push things forward.

    Various Artists

    Piccadilly Records Compilation 2019

      Do not adjust your sets / swap your reading specs, we’ve gone and done another record! After the success of last year’s inaugural Piccadilly vinyl, we’ve worked our magic once again to bring you another compilation LP, jam packed with musical magic from our top 20, as well as the gold medallists in the reissue and compilation categories. 

      Buckle up as we blast off into the sonic stratosphere with the ‘Piccadilly Records Compilation 2019’.

      W.H. Lung get things off to a flying start with the existential motorik and art pop perfection of ‘Second Death Of My Face’, a soaring combination of searing synthwork, sophisticated lyrics and propulsive rhythm which segues perfectly into the psychedelic throb and shoegaze shimmer of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s ‘Líneas En Hojas’. The tempo settles into a riverbank lilt for the haze of Vanishing Twin’s summertime serenade ‘Magician’s Success’, before coasting through the orchestral beauty of Prefab Sprout’s ‘Sleeping Rough’ and Shana Cleveland’s nuanced acid folk. Closing out the A-side perennial Piccadilly favourites Moon Duo take an arp out of Apta’s book and walk us through the cosmos with the optimistic space disco of ‘Stars Are The Light’.

      The spaced out synth tones remain for B-side opener ‘101FM’, a stomping coming of age cut from fierce MC Little Simz, who hands the baton to a lovelorn Cate Le Bon for her swooning ‘Daylight Matters’, a songwriting masterclass if ever I’ve heard one. Our own modular maestro Apta enters the fray next, working the filters for a beatific Balearic rework of Horsebeach’s ‘Trust’, before fellow knob-twiddler Andrew Wasylyk picks a path between Air (French band) and Air (Japanese Ambient imprint) with the evocative and pastoral beauty of ‘Journey To Inchcape’. Continuing the theme of cinematic and serene, Portico Quartet tug at each one of our heartstrings with the immersive electro-acoustic nocturne ‘Gradient’, a perfect precursor to Ghia’s end of night anthem ‘You Won’t Sleep On My Pillow’, a stand out track from the exceptional ‘Proper Sunburn’ compilation.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies.


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