Rick Poppa Howard - "Can Your Love Find Its Way" (club vocal)
Stone - "Girl I Like The Way That You Move" (dub)
Fred P - "On This Vibe"
Creative Swing Alliance - "Don't Forget Your Keyz"
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - "Black Woman Experience"
Philippe Sarde - "Le Cortege Et Course"
Robert Hood - "The Pace"
Loose Joints - "Pop Your Funk" (vocal version)
Arts & Crafts - "I've Been Searching" (Walter Gibbons 12' mix)
Motor City Drum Ensemble - "LOVE (DJ Kicks)"
Aphex Twin - "Actium"
Recloose - "Cardiology" (Isolee mix)
Latecomer - "Cosmic Cart"
Timo Lassy - "African Rumble"
James Mason - "Sweet Power Your Embraced"
Review: Like the best instalments in the long-running DJ Kicks series, this mix from Motor City Drum Ensemble man Danilo Plessow gives a far better insight into his musical inspirations than his own productions ever could. While there are, naturally, great deep house moments included (Tevo Howard, Mr Fingers, Latecomer etc), these largely take a back seat to Plessow's other musical passions. So, we get soft-focus electric jazz (Sun Ra), dub wise explorations (Tony Allen, Basic Channel), sweet soul (Peven Everett), dusty afro-funk (Geraldo Pino), urgent leftfield disco (Loose Joints, Walter Gibbons) and even a dash of instrumental jazz-funk (James Mason). That it all makes sense musically, flows brilliantly and is effortlessly entertaining is testament to Plessow's skill as a DJ.
Review: Strut take the initiative from last year's critically lauded Inspiration Information collaboration between Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics by pairing the latter up with another engrossing figure in Lloyd Miller. Born into the pulsing environment of 1938 New Orleans and raised on a diet of jambalaya and jazz, a move to Iran in the late 50s sparked what has become a lifelong obsession with the music of Persia and Eastern Asia. Miller has previously collaborated with drummer Catto and bass player Ferguson from the Heliocentrics on the Jazzman released Lloyd Miller Trio EP and this album marks the onset of a blossoming musical relationship between all. It is "Electricone" which previously featured on that EP that opens OST in such mesmerising form with the strains of wood wind and taut percussion preparing your ears for a hypnotic journey through subtle eastern jazz arrangements tinged with a soft edge of psychedelia. Miller's appearance behind the microphone on "Lloyd's Diatribe" dukes it out with the pensive guitar flavour of album closer "Sunda Sunset" for the highlight of an all round impressive listen.
Review: Peace and football: not only the best compilation album title of 2006 (and possibly every year since) but also an immaculate collection of Brazilian folk, funk, disco and soul by Sonar Kollektiv champs Jazzanova. Ten years on and the SK dons are back with a second edition of Paz E Futbol, compiled with just as much care as an homage to football's spiritual home as that debut record. To adopt the football parlance, the band's digging duties score goal after goal after goal; the smoky Simoneisms of Ary Lobo, the heavenly vibraphonics of Skymark, the slippery time signature and almost cosmic bossa of Lucas Santana, the raw jazz soul of Nathan Haines, the list goes on. Peace out.