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Gilles Peterson – Sunsplash mix

Something a little longer, a little more louche, a little more leisurely for you now.

Kicking off a series of Guardian Travel mixes, Worldwide and Brownswood head honcho Gilles Peterson has done a mix previewing his slot at Turkey’s Sunsplash festival next week. The founder describes it as summing up the “soulful, bubbly baselines, uplifting vocals, deep rolling beats, a hint of jazz and overall positive atmosphere.”

Sounds good, right?

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Auntie Flo – Theory of Flo

Auntie FloThe long-term Huntleys & Palmers stalwart Auntie Flo (guy on the right) is getting some serious heat right now. And rightly so. He – Brian d’Souza to his nearest and dearest – released his new album ‘Theory of Flo’ just last week and we’re writing this to say it’s good. Really good.

Recorded in London, Glasgow and Havana, it features collaborations with The Noisettes’ lead singer Shingai Showina, Ghanaian singer Anbuley and Esa Williams. The latter (guy on the left) plays a vital role in the Auntie Flo live set and has regularly DJ’d alongside him at their Highlife nights, a party that was spawned by Huntleys & Palmers’ domination of the Glaswegian club scene.

H&P’s penchant for combining world music with electronic sounds seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves. The Guardian waxed lyrical over their ability to take world music into the future, their regular Rinse FM slot is thriving and Auntie Flo himself’s got an exciting London schedule of late, taking down Rough Trade, Corsica Studios and the Bussey Building. Lead single from his new album ‘So In Love’ premièred recently on Boiler Room and just this week Annie Mac featured it on her Free Music Monday service:

There’s a lot more where that came from too. ‘Theory of Flo’ is full of hypnotic looped samples that are destined to stick in your head. There are slow-paced, contemplative moments in ‘Dreamer’ and album-closer ‘For Mihaly’, but ultimately the whole album keeps your toes tapping. ‘Dance Ritual I & II’ pack a punch with the back-to-back steel drums and euphoric piano combo, and the tribal calls on ‘Hewal3’ and ‘Waiting For A (Woman)’ are totally infectious. The latter’s been an HD fave since Gilles Peterson featured it a while back:

For the Londoners amongst you, the good news is you don’t have long to wait to see him play. Most notably, he’s doing an album launch party at the whopping Free Rotation x Gottwood x Field Maneuvers party this Saturday at the Bussey Building. Not only are all profits going to the Red Cross Refugee Crisis Fund, there’s an excellent line-up to boot – including Blawan, Christian S and Medlar’s Tony & The Waves. It looks real juicy; you can see all the details here. But be hasty as we hear tickets are running low.

Oh yeah, and go buy ‘Theory of Flo‘ as soon as.

Acid Arab – Hafla (Instrumental)

We consider ourselves fans of Gilles Peterson and his Worldwide series here at HD, not least because of the associated festival that takes us down to the south of France every year. It came as no surprise then to greatly enjoy this latest exclusive:

Acid Arab began life as a Facebook group and now spans compilations, EPs and parties. The first solo EP from founders Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho is called ‘Djazirat El Maghreb’ and celebrates North African influences, specifically Algerian on ‘Halfa (Instrumental)’. Algerian keyboard artist Kenzi Bourras features on the track too and the EP’s out late September on Versatile.

Omar Souleyman is the easy reference point but we feel there’s a more substantial low end to this one. But what does it matter what we think? You decide for once.

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Mixes

Mixes, mixes everywhere. If you’re keen for a longer listen, here are some of our recent faves. There’s a hefty amount here so take your pick:

The fantastic Gilles Peterson plays tribute to Nelson Mandela in a special one off mix.

Second in the series, another mix from Tensnake that is jam packed with house stompers:

Seasons greetings from one of our faves US producers, Lane 8 – apparently to be enjoyed with a nice cup of tea, this one:

When Pete Tong met Eats Everything in this b2b mix celebrating 20 years at the Warehouse Project:

HD alumnus Clancy gives off vibes-a-plenty in this recent mix he did for Earmilk:

Two excellent uploads from Mixmag recently – an 80s disco and funk-inspired selection from Medlar and a relentlessly fun-filled ‘In Session’ by Grum:

Urulu sets one up for Brooklyn-based label Let’s Play House:

Vondelpark release a collection of unreleased demos for your listening pleasure:

And lastly, this is a lot of fun – Skream’s recent Boiler Room at the Bussey Building (great tee).

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Ady Suleiman, Hejira & Andrew Ashong

HD was lucky enough to join Gilles Peterson last night for the first in 2013’s Autumn Culture Series at guilt-free members club House of St Barnabas, and it was a delight.

Playing acoustic sets in the House’s chapel (look up ‘intimate’ in the dictionary for further details) were 20 year old Notts singer Ady Suleiman, new Accidental Records signing Hejira, and producer cum singer Andrew Ashong.

All three turned in top performances but watch out for Ady in particular. It came as no surprise to hear that there is a major label bun-fight for his signature. He’s got quite the pair of lungs on him.

We should also give props to House of St Barnabas, which is a not-for-profit private members’ club that supports London’s homeless back into employment through its Employment Academy. It’s also totally lush.

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Troumaca – Layou (LV Remix)

Morning all.

A name you’ll know, and one you’ll know very soon. That’s Hyperdub beatmakers LV and new Brownswood signing Troumaca summed up for ya.

The LV lot have pulled out and blown up the Caribbean feel to Troumaca’s next single from their upcoming ‘The Grace’ EP. It works. Here’s the original, and the totally fun ‘The Sun’, for a more relaxed start to Monday:

Expect a fair few Gilles Peterson-themed posts over the coming week as HD gears up for a jaunt to Sete for his Worldwide festival this weekend. Excited doesn’t cover it.

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Rhye – The Fall (Little Dragon On Rhye)

Los Angeles duo Rhye are record-holders at Human Drizzle. No fewer than three different remixes of their lovely single, ‘Open’, appeared on these pages earlier this year – the most of any track ever. No doubt spurred on by this prestigious accolade, they’re back with ‘The Fall’, featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano on vocals. People got very excited when Gilles Peterson played this ‘Little Dragon on Rhye’ version of the track on his 6music show recently, and with good reason. How different it is from the original version which has been knocking about for 8 months now becomes something of a moot point once you start enjoying its frankly charming strings section. Lovely stuff.

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