Monday, 24 December 2012

Volume 50

Playing With My Friends - MASTERS IN FRANCE - from the EP Inhale
They may be Masters in France but they are actually from Bangor in Wales. Around since 2009, this EP is the first fruit of their labours. They are an indie rock band but, like many of their contemporaries, the influence of dance music is there for all to hear. One of my tips for 2013, this track has an excellent groove to it

Bosphorus - BRAZZAVILLE - from the album In Instanbul
An album that has actually been around for about three years, but seems to be cropping up on a number of playlists again at the end of 2012. The band are led by David Brown, who featured prominately as saxophonist on both Odelay and Midnite Vulture albums by Beck.  There is a definite Beck influence at work here, but I am also reminded of the rather excellent Tindersticks
The Rain - REEL PEOPLE - from the album 10 Years of Soulful Bliss
The album title tends to give away the fact that this lot have been around the block a couple of times. It also give you an accurate idea of what kind of grooves you'll find in the grooves. A mix of very cool soul, funk and jazz, this is an excellent overview of the band to date. Sounding as if they should originate from the sunny climes of California, they are actually based in the suburbs of London. Fans of Maze and Incognito will love this album

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