south londoner jessie ware has already cemented herself as one of the freshest talents to emerge from the uk underground. the last couple of years have seen jessie collaborating with some of the most respected producers on the electronic spectrum. jessie caused waves throughout the scene in 2010 when she lent her vocals to masked producer sbtrkt for his fantastically catchy and squelchy track nervous. this year she melted hearts with sampha on the hauntingly romantic track valentine and most recently worked with bristol dubstep producer joker on his ominous and thunderous lead single the vision
nice price deal !!! the third release from the pmr stable showcases another precocious young talent in the shape of vocalist javeon mccarthy, whos teamed up with fellow bristolian julio bashmore to serve up a slo mo future-soul burner. booming subs, cowbells and analog synths provide a brooding, dubbed out, 100bpm backdrop for mccarthys plaintive vocals. theres nothing stagey here though – its the restraint that delivers the emotion. think chicago after the party. meanwhile, brey of die barbie musik kollektiv flips it into a percussive, height of the night monster on the b-side. radio one – played by mistajam, annie mac, nick grimshaw, ronnie herel.
>lost in love< is the first single to be taken from l-vis 1990s forthcoming debut album, neon dreams. continuing a collaborative partnership which began on last years >forever you< single, breakthrough bristol-based vocalist javeon mccarthy once again takes centre stage here. through its melodious analogue synths, infectious vocal hooks and sub-4 minute running length, >lost in love< in many ways serves as the ideal entrée to neon dreams. this is the sound of l-vis 1990 revisiting the routes of his dance music love affair. picking up his own theme from the original—the classic french bassline—l-vis 1990s neon dreams club mix pushes the low-end triumphantly to the fore. club is certainly the operative word here, feel the remixs bangalter-esque bassline drop and your minds eye fixes instinctively upon an undulating dancefloor. the night slugs allstars — l-vis 1990, bok bok, jam city — also take the floor on their version, albeit via the neon-tinged scenic route. much like the label itself, their remix is replete with colour, difficult to define and relentlessly innovative.
introducing jesse james solomon with his debut ep jesse from se. weve been waiting for a release from this guy for a couple of years and now its finally here. you may remember the name from a couple of tunes with crave moore and rejjie snow that have been floating around online for a long while now, if you dont then todays a great day for you. this swift little ep is a great insight in to what jesse is about. his music is chilled out, his flow is super smooth and theres a nice little feature from rejjie in there too. hopefully this is the starting gun for a continuous stream of music from the south london rapper. the release of this ep has been a long time coming and its flicking all the right switches, so heres to hoping were not waiting too long for the next installment.
following on from his releases pain & love & feelings within eps t returns with his latest offering – shake that. this is ts 3rd ep to be released on pmr records & leans more towards the dance floor. no featured vocalists on this one just straight bangers.
featuring eliza doolittle on vocals, the new single from their debut album that went to #1 in the uk. doesnt include the original, but it does include banging remixes from baauer (of harlem shake fame), bicep, and toro y moi!
disclosures new single >latch< stormed out of the blocks and has racked up almost half a million plays across soundcloud since going online last month and we now have the video courtesy of recent collabrators bullion (they produced disclosures first video for their track >control<) which has received over half a million plays since going live on 10th october. latch feat. newcomer sam smith marks the first single for their new label home pmr records (jessie ware, two inch punch, julio bashmore). the brothers recently announced their first london headline show at plan b on december 6th, which sold out almost immediately, with this the boys have lined up their debut national tour culminating in a show at heaven in london which is also sold out.
two inch punch is from west london. he describes himself as a frustrated soul / rnb singer, with an ear for harmony, melody & a love for dub, rap and soul. inspired heavily by beatles short love-songs, sam cookes heartfelt melodies and donny hathaways incredible vocal tones. this is an incredible debut from someone destined for big things. you heard it here first
neon dreams is the debut album from london-based producer and night slugs co-founder james connolly, aka l-vis 1990. across 15-tracks and 55-minutes, james distils a lifetimes worth of musical influences and experiences while conveying the story of the last 12 months in his life through vocalists samantha lim and javeon mccarthy. 2010s *forever you* single, which featured mccarthy, was a key jumping off point in establishing the overall vibe of neon dreams. the track features here as a slimmed down, 3.5 minute version. this length represents approximately the average track-duration across the entire lp, and is indicative of james long-held desire to proffer an album in very much the traditional sense of the term. further vocal turns come from co-founder of the sound pellegrino imprint and french hip-hop outfit ttc, teki latex.
it might seem counterintuitive for a producer to detach themselves from one of the planets most thriving music scenes, but in the case of matthew walker, aka julio bashmore, thats exactly what he did growing up in bass music hotbed, bristol. you see, julios first love is house music. and operating just on the peripheries of the citys scene has allowed him to quietly cultivate a take on the genre unlike any other.
following white hot releases for dirtybird, ten thousand yen and soul motive this is bashmores first new material of 2011