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Joy Orbison

Twenty-two-year-old Pete O’Grady from Croydon, who goes by the name Joy Orbison, is one of the hottest dance producers around. Yet he still works as a “dogsbody” in a mail room, saying he prefers music to be a relief from work, rather than work itself. O’Grady has been DJing since the age of 12 and his sound is a lovingly-crafted late-night evolution of house and UK garage, with soft bass, hypnotic home-made percussion and distant chopped-up vocals.


 At the age of 12 he took up DJing and eventually moved into production, beginning with Fruity Loops-crafted 8-bar grime loops before shifting into headier territory that combined his love of house, disco, and dubstep with the atmospheric fuzz of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Josef K, and The Beach Boys. His debut single “Hyph Mngo” has become the forward-thinking dubstep/2-step tune of 2009, and was followed by “BRKL CLLN” on O’Grady’s own Doldrums label, which he runs in tandem with partner Impey.


September 5, 2010 Posted by | Downtempo, Dubstep, Electro, Funk, Garage, House | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Buena Vista Social Club

One of the all-time great group of musicians of our generation. The legendary Cuban ensemble has blasted music fans with irresistable magic since the release of their first studio album in 1997.

The release of their album in 1997 consisted of over 20 musicians, including the better known names including, Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Manuel ‘Gaurjiro’ Mirabal, Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa. Many of these 20 are signed to the record label ‘World Circuit’, a record label that specialises in Cuban and West African music.

Buena Vista have also famously released the live album, ‘ Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall’, the group performed in 1998 in New York to great critical acclaim. The only other live concert performance the group has played was at The Carre theatre in Amsterdam. The group still maintain that they don’t know how they made it commercially, as they had no intention of creating the success that later formed, but they remain adamant that a love and solidarity for Cuban music was the key.

Buena Vista Social Club are one of those acts that even if you’ve never heard of them you can always bet your bottom dollar that you’ve heard one of their bigger tracks (such as Chan Chan, or Ay Candela) …they’re that familiar throughout the music world.

check them out for yourself further here – http://www.buenavistasocialclub.com/

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Funk, Jazz, Soul | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eddie Floyd – Big Bird

1968 Stax Records classic soul and rhythm & blues hit. It’s amazing, an absolute tune, with so much energy and life, just a single click on play, and for 3:16 try to contain yourself from moving along to the beat, it’s impossible. Eddie Floyd was born in 1935, and is most notoriously known for his hit single ‘Knock on Wood’, which can be seen below. Floyd enjoyed and still enjoys a hugely successful career, working with some of the biggest names in soul and r&b during the 60’s and 70’s including work with Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MG’s and many more. The song “Big Bird” (seen above, featuring Booker T. Jones on organ and guitar, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, and Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass) was written while Floyd waited in a London airport for a plane back to the United States for Otis Redding’s funeral. Although not a US hit, it became an underground favorite in the UK, and was later covered by The Jam, and also was featured on the video game, Test Drive Unlimited. In 2008 Eddie Floyd rejoined Stax records to release his first new album in six years named ‘Eddie Loves You’, and it went on sale in July 2008.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Funk, Rythym & Blues, Soul | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kutiman – ‘Thru-You’

Israeli producer and genius Kutiman stormed onto YouTube in 2009 with his album Thru-You. Ophir Kutiel as he’s known offline, cleverly blends YouTube videos together to form an album you can to listen to from start to finish whilst moving from song to song with contrasting moods and styles. The album was released on March 7th 2009 on YouTube, contains 7 tracks, and an about section, where Kutiman talks briefly about his work. From the first track on the album, where there’s 22 different sampled YouTube videos featuring, you can immediately tell how much time and work have gone into the production of Thru-You. Kutiman’s painstakingly sifted through thousands of YouTube videos of the American Public singing, and playing instruments, and then cropped parts together , every part of every song is entirely made up of videos found on YouTube . The credits on the album allow you to find the original sampled video on YouTube that Kutiman himself has found.

You can check the whole album here; http://www.thru-you.com/. If you want to hear more, there’s some other quality stuff on his Myspace; http://www.myspace.com/kutiman.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Funk | , , , | 1 Comment