I love, love, love this time of year. Digging out the mittens, embracing the chill and stoking the fire that is clubbing in the winter. Yes the smoking terrace maybe freezing and the coat check queue enormous but my, the tunes are hot.
I’ve had so many genius albums popping into my inbox this month it’s hard to pick one out for special treatment. So here instead are many must-haves. Each a November treat. First up is the soul warming ‘The Shakedown’ from Speedometer on Freestyle Records. It’s hard not to love its funk roots and soul credentials as Speedometer turn the up the heat. Bringing a welcome reminder of summer ‘The Afro Sound Of Ibiza Vol.1’ by Afribiza on New World Africa Records, compiled by DJ Stan-ley & New World Africa Records, realigns the dance position of our favourite island with some 21st Century African dance that’ll blow your bikini / Speedos / long johns off. * Delete as applicable.
Fabric deliver with the truly inspiring roots and reggae of ‘FabricLive 55: David Rodigan’ whilst Leo Zero‘s ‘Disconnect’ on Strut will keep every disco aficionado happy in their beats. DJ Mark Farina’s ‘Mushroom Jazz Vol 7’ is simply adorable with its hip-hop jazz infused grooves whilst Ernesto Ferreyra’s ‘El Paraiso De Las Tortugas’ multi-tasking kinda electronica on Cadenza is a diamond.
See, told you there was a shit load of good stuff about this month. As for the best of the November best? The Layabouts’ deliver a ‘stop what your doing and listen’ moment with their exquisite ‘Deep InEN5’ longplayer on Papa Records. If you don’t feel the opening track ‘Perfectly’ I’d check you still have a pulse. Seriously delicious stuff. Defected’s global adventures continue with the wonderful ‘Defected ITH Tokyo 11 Studio Apartment’ and ‘Defected ITH Tokyo 11 Rae’. Loving their vocal favour and house faith. Again. As for my November sparkler? It has to be ‘Kitsuné Maison 10 The Fireworks Issue’. Never has one album demanded the dance such as this. Perfection. Enjoy.
Wildblood’s November Naughty but nice Ten.
1. The Layabouts ‘Perfectly’ (The Layabouts Vocal Mix) Reel People Music
A simply amazing tune, this will pull at every string you have.
2. Nicc Johnson & Beatmaster G ‘The Boogie’ The Flavor Saver EP Vol. 5 Salted Music
Jackin’ mother funker that insists, no demands, you “get down and boogie!”
3. Mark Reeve ‘Two Shots of Manilow’ (Original Mix) Seamless Recordings
Progressive wonder that delves deep and bassy till you drop.
4. Belezamusica ‘All This Love That I’m Givin’ (Sean McCabe Love Groove Vocal) Soul Love
Sound rework that ignites every fire a soulful house head could wish for.
5. Den Ishu & Superlounge ‘Neo 9’ (Phonique Remix) Soulfooled
Love, love, love this rumbling progressive number. Body swaying? Body slaying? Who cares? It works.
6. Nick Tcherniak & Steve Thomas ‘Deep Water’ (Hifi Sean Psychedelic House Dub) Sorry Shoes
Hifi Sean and the boys deliver with this Latin fuelled number. Impressive, very impressive.
7. DJ Roland Clark ‘You Lie’ (RC Brown Eyed Buddhist Remix) Global Records
Big room wonder that requires you shake that arse.
8. Chris Coco & Captain Bliss Harmonica Track (Sergio Fernandez Remix) Toolroom
Huge tune that keeps it soul intact whilst demolishing the knowing dancefloors.
9. Pirupa ‘House Feeling’ Snatch!
Bass. House. Bass. House. Bass. House. House. Music. Repeat. Over and over.
10. Paul James ‘You Are’ The Flavor Saver EP Vol. 5 Salted Music.
Feel for this like the romantic fool I can be. Bass and love. There’s a theme going on here.
Catch Wildblood at Wild Fruit, Rebel, Big Love, Sit On My Bass and anywhere the bass is funky.