Named for The Relatives track at the end, and exactly how I felt over March.
Phife – Dear Dilla
We lost Phife in March, and the outpouring of great music on social media was a brilliant bit of sunshine in horrible circumstances. Dear Dilla was his ode to Jay Dee, and the video is even more sad than it was now. I spoke to him last year.
Brilliant new, kick-up-the-arse Manchester hip hop.
Mayer Hawthorne – Lingerie & Candlewax
Post-Tuxedo Mayer from his new long player.
The Relatives – Rational Culture / Testimony
Brilliance from Ubiquity’s Luv & Haight imprint. This album is so good I had to sneak a vocal track on at the end (and keep it inconspicuous by naming the podcast after it). Here’s another:
Charles Bradley – Changes
Although this single was released back in December, the full album of the same name is out this week on Dunham / Daptone records. It’s a Black Sabbath cover, and funks all over the original.
Jalen N’Gonda – You Got What You Deserve
Jalen blew us all away with his warm-up act for KING last week. Hailing from Maryland but an adopted scouser, he oozes old school R&B in a way that will see people comparing him to Leon Bridges when they should be comparing him to Otis.
Kendrick Lamar – untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.
One of the strongest tracks from his recent release, sessions collated from the last few years which he couldn’t be arsed naming. Kendrick dropped into our fair city recently for this.
Paper Tiger – Weight In Space with Shafiq Husayn (Radio Edit)
I had to play out with one from the album We Are KING, which I’ve had on rotation the past few weeks in prep for their Manchester show. The Minneapolis-trio were nurtured by Prince a few years back, and have just released their debut LP on their own label.