Random Movement supplies us with his promo picks as he digs through his inbox and shares his top choices for week 24.
So I managed to talk the folks here at DNBVault to give me a soapbox to shout about awesome music to all of you. The tunes I’m going to be sharing with you are a snapshot of my favorite tunes I’ve received on promo for that week. The music I’ve selected here will be released within the month, if the songs haven’t been released already. (Hint: google it!) Chances are if I’m writing about a tune in this section, its because it deserves to be spoken about. You aren’t going to read a whole lot of bad reviews here. I don’t like to write about stuff that doesn’t interest me, so if a track is mentioned here, its because I like it and plan on playing it out regularly. To hell with the rating systems too… You’ll know if its a 10 out of 10 or not when you give the tunes a listen. – Random Movement
DJ Marky – My Heroes – Innerground Records
Marky is the reason anyone ever paid any attention to anything I ever did as a musician, so expect this review to be a gusher of a love story. I would be nowhere without him, and that is a fact, and to be fair, so would none of the rest of you; his influence is that widespread. Over the years we have seen him dominate nearly every line-up in terms of his unstoppable talent, infectious energy, and uplifting tune selection, and now its as if that whole package is coming to shape in “Heroes”. This album is a true-to-form representation of everything Marky stands for as an artist, with hard-driving tracks like “Your Love Is…” and “Feeling Fine (featuring A-Sides & Fats)” into smooth uplifters like “Roundabout (featuring Makoto)” and “Those Moments”. He brings in the vocal talent of Collette Warren in the rough and tumble “Be With You” and Adrienne Richards in the “Getaway” tune (but I’m pretty biased on this one). A number of ventures into house music all over this album, all following that unmistakable sound. “Silly” is still the tune for me, and gets everyone out there going with big smiles. Love is the message. What a piece of work, truly everything that is the Brazilian tornado we know as DJ Marky. Buy the whole thing ffs.
Various Artists – In Our City Vol. 1 – Inner City Dance
I have slept on this label for far too long, and this release is proof. What a cast of artists on this release, doing things I wasn’t expecting, starting with the tune “In Pursuit” track by Artifice. The tune takes us on a high speed chase thru the rough side of town with its big horn blasts and 70s french-connection-style vibe throughout. The vibe gets mysterious with Dcision, Rms & Shotz “Arrival”, creeping us out with atmospheric fear and a mechanical cudgel pounding the walls. “Streetlights” gives us that late night drive thru the city after-hours with Hungry T’s smoothed out style. “Slave” gives us a gnarly rough bass that cuts thru those amen’s like a strip miner. This release hits all the marks for my “Kick-ass” report card.
A-Sides & Makoto – Aquarium Dreams – EastSide Records
Lets talk about two of the main reasons I keep coming back to this music, year after year: Makoto & A-Sides. I knew they were up to another melodic powerhouse of an album, but HOT DAMN GUYS you brought the funk. Undeniably some of their best work as a duo to-date, “Aquarium Dreams” does not disappoint in any way. The ongoing maturation of their sound is prevalent throughout this release with tunes like the smooth vibes of “Jupiter (featuring Robert Manos)”, the off-beat chord progressions of “Searchin”, and the guitar/rhodes driven circle-of-fourth’s tones of “Envision”. I can’t choose a favorite song, this is such a strong release. I love “You Sexy Beast” for its melodic heat and use of classic samples and Riya’s voice on “Where Do We Go” really helps drive the track to stardom. Marky remixes “Searchin” in only the way that Marky can, giving it that latin jazz/samba/brazilian/just-plain-badassed sound he’s so well known for. Buy this entire release.
Rowpieces – Paradigm Shift – The Present LP – Fokuz Recordings
For the past several years I have been regularly rinsing nearly everything from the artist known as Rowpieces. I already have strong opinions about the guy, so this review is totally biased, and rightfully so. I’m huge on my jazz theory, and this guy hits the mark so often with his use of modal scales, unexpected knuckballs and counterpoint melodies that, frankly, I’m jealous. “Paradigm Shift – The Present LP” is further proof of his non-stop attention-grabbing licks and truly creative sound. High points on the album for me are tracks like “New Stage Of Life” with its unpredictable baseline and subtle melodies, “From Another Star” for bouncing us along with those rhodes likes, and the “Just 4 Love (featuring Kryptomedic)” tune for being the smoothest damn thing on the album, and it’s not drum and bass. Hats off to Fokuz on a truly impressive work of art bound to stand the test of time.