Monday, 24 December 2012

Floating Lotus

Three of my favourite artists Flying Lotus, Floating Points and singer Fatima. Featuring Fatima tracks produced by Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points. Flylo tracks from the great Radio 1 Maida Vale session which included many top quality musicians, particularly Stephen Thundercat Bruner my favourite bassist of recent times. It ends with three great Floating Points tracks but doesn't include the one that has the same name as me (Faruk), that'll be in the next Zentrip mix. 

Fatima - Cinnamon
Flying Lotus - Tea Leaf Dancers ft. Andreya Triana (BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session)
Dirg Gerner - Rubies and Diamonds ft. Fatima
Floating Points - Shangrila
Flying Lotus - Drips (BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session)
Flying Lotus - MmmHmm ft. Thundercat (BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session)
Fatima - Mind
Floating Points - Truly
Floating Points - Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub)
Floating Points - Peoples Potential

Monday, 17 December 2012

Zentrip 15: Tribute to Ravi Shankar


My tribute to the great Ravi Shankar. It features some music by the man himself as well as his daughter Anoushka and nephew Ananda. It covers a range of different styles largely based on Indian classical sounds by some of the artists inspired by him.

Bob Holroyd - a different space
Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale - ghost story
Nitin Sawhney - Tere Khayal ft. feat. Prasad Khaparde & Ashwin Srinivasan (Coke Studio live recording)
John Coltrane - Crescent
Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale - Oceanic Pt 1 ft. Ravi Shankar
Nitin Sawhney - Nadia ft. Nicki Wells & Ashwin Srinivasan (Coke Studio live recording)
Ananda Shankar - Renunciation
Trilok Gurtu - Shangri la
Ananda Shankar - Cyrus
Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale - Oceanic Pt 2 ft. Ravi Shankar
Musafir - Ninderli
Ravi Shankar & Alla Rakha - Dhun

Monday, 26 November 2012

Zentrip 14

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Mountains - add infinity
Amon Tobin - el wraith
Cabaal - Tarot House
Polica - wandering star
Grimes - dream fortress
Ulrich Schnauss - gone forever
Lucy and the Daze - anavrin
EMA - marked
Art Tatum - aunt hagar's blues
O.V Wright - lost in the shuffle
Ariel Pink - Can't hear my eyes
Beirut - Cliquot
Grimes - Rasik
Steve James - rolled and I tumbled
Bill Withers  I don't know
Kenny Neal - fred's worried life blues

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Thursday, 11 October 2012


Psychedelic pop,cosmic,jazz,hip hop sounds to float with among the autumn leaves.

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John Lee & Gerry Brown - Deliverance
Animal Bodies - Thought and Consequence
Caribou Band - Hendrix with Ko
Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra - Roses on the disco floor
Polar Praxis - Music for fireworks pt 1
Lamashtu - Pazuzu
Epsilon - Eridani
Caribou Band - Brahminy Kite
John Coltrane - Consequences
Up, Bustle and Out - Dominoe Boys
The Roots - Boom!
Black Star - RE: DEFinition
The Roots ft Black Thought - Hard Times (J.Period Remix)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Happy Birthday Mr Monk your music is greatness.

Live in 1966.


Piano: Thelonious Monk. 
Tenor Sax: Charlie Rouse. 
Bass: Larry Gales.
Drums: Ben Riley.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Black Thought bangers

The Roots emcee Black Thought is one of the most underrated emcees of all time in my view. My view is a widely held one hence posting 10 of this best to stream or download from Soundcloud for his 42nd birthday.


1. The Roots – “Silent Treatment (Black Thought’s 87 You & Yours Mix)”
2. Ghostface Killah ft. Black Thought – “In tha Park”
3. The Roots ft. Mos Def – “Double Trouble”
4. The Roots – “Proceed V” (Da Beatminerz Remix)
5. The Roots ft. Bahamadia – “Push Up Ya Lighter”
6. Big Punisher ft. Black Thought – “Super Lyrical”
7. The Roots – “Thought At Work” (Original Version)
8. Black Thought – “Tony Touch Freestyle”
9. The Roots – “Table Of Contents (Part 3)”
10. The Roots – “75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)”

Monday, 24 September 2012

John Coltrane 23 September

Yesterday the 23 Septem
ber was the anniversary of the legendary John Coltrane's birthday. To celebrate this fact the talented Blackclassical released another epic mix dedicated to the great man. I posted his last effort released in 2010 which I still regard as the best mix/podcast I've ever heard.

Listen to it on mixcloud or download from here :

Build an Ark Introduction
Webster Lewis Saturday Night
William Parker Moholio
Julius Hemphill Lemon’s Warm Life Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson From Sun to Sun Blues
Massimo Urbani Quartet Dedications
Blind Lemon Jefferson Lemon’s Holy Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson Lemon’s New World Blues
The Descendants of Mike And Phoebe Coltrane
John Coltrane The Sun
John Coltrane Lord, Help me to be
Third World Quintet Concitism
Harriet Blumet Nano-polarity
Blind Lemon Jefferson Lemon’s Etched In Halved Moon Blues
Alice Coltrane Huntington Ashram Monastery
Sarah Webster Fabio Chromo
Sonny Sharrock Black Woman
Marion Brown/Gunter Hampel …And Then They Danced
Sarah Webster Fabio Dialogue Between Two Messengers of Peace
Kanai Hideo Ode To Birds
Kain Constipated Monkey
Brother Ah Transfiguration
Dave Lee Jr Mystic Sound
Brother Ah Transcendental March (Creation Song)
Abbey Lincoln Africa
Cossi Anatz Hortus
Hannibal Movement 3. Prayer
African American Musical Roots Revisited Images
Albert Heath Dunia
Last Poets Two Little Boys
Carl B Stokes / Oliver Nelson Black Suite for Sting Quartet & Jazz Orchestra
Last Poets Invocation
Last Poets Black Rage
The Jihad Form Is Emptiness
Dollarbrand African Space Program
Dollarbrand Tintiyana, First Part
Sarah Webster Fabio A Lesson Twice Learned The Drum Roll Funk
Selah Celestial Infinity
Sarah Webster Fabio A Mover Place In the Sun
Ahmed Abdullah They Plan
Ahmed Abdullah East of Uz
Dollarbrand Asr
Milt Ward and Virgo Spectrum Morning Glories

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Zentrip 13

spacek - how do i move
vivek - motherland
lapulex - the hours
geskia! - requiem for genome (aus remix)
bat for lashes - pearl's dream
horrid red - this joy inside
sbtrkt - hold on live
grimes - swan songs
how to dress well - ocean floor for everything
marques toliver - charter magic
lianne la havas - don't wake me up
spacek - how

Friday, 14 September 2012

Morning Sunrise

This is one of my all time favourite songs ever. I mean I can listen to it forever on a loop favourite. Its so uplifting and positive, works every time. It's also my alarm clock song - what better way to encounter the day.

Don Blackman on vocals and keys
Marcus Miller on bass 
Omar Hakim on drums 

Friday, 7 September 2012

Curtis Mayfield at Montreaux

From 1987

He's legendary, I don't really need to say much more except here's the tracklist and praise be to Youtube.

Track Listing:
1. Ice 9 (instrumental) 
2. Back To The World 
3. It's Alright 
4. Gypsy Woman 
5. Freddie's Dead 
6. Pusher Man 
7. We Got To Have Peace 
8. We've Only Just Begun 
9. People Get Ready 
10. Move On Up 
11. If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go 
12. When Seasons Change

Monday, 13 August 2012

Thievery Corporation

This is a mix of Thievery Corporation tracks because they are one of my favourite acts because of their international flavour. The music is interspersed with interview snippets to give you a little picture of the guys behind the music. 

Thievery Corporation hail from Washington, D.C and consist of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton and a broad range of contributing artists. They are known for the eclectic range of styles and languages they incorporate, dub, reggae, acid jazz, bossa nova, Indian classical, Middle Eastern and Brazilian all feature. As does English, Portugese, Hindi and French. So if you'd like to know more about them have a listen. 

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Thursday, 9 August 2012


Back with a slab of funk for you to get down on the one in the sun! A whole lot of deep funk from some masters Tower of Power and The Nite Liters. A bit of swing from Buddy Rich, electrofunk from Cro Magnon, Ozone and Teena Marie and plenty bass and drums workouts too. 

Get up, get down and get on it! 

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Listen | Flying Lotus - Lovers Melt 3

Flying Lotus has once again given us a lovers mix for the summer, the third of his Lovers Melt mixes. He says:
“Another mix for your summer
some things you know
some things you may not

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To be honest the first Lovers Melt I don't think is that great. Mostly because a lot of the tracks are well known to me and I listen to regularly. Most though its a bit rambling and doesn't really have a flow which is a major problem if your going for the lover thing. The second one is a bit better but I wasn't too fussed with that either because, again it was a bit rambling. To be honest if he wasn't Flylo these mixes wouldn't get any coverage, but hey that's how it goes. In terms of summer mixes, Jazzy Jeff's summertime mix series is top of the pile for me. Enjoy.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Zentrip 12

Number twelve, this is one has dreamy mood. It starts off cosmic and then is a bit different to the usual with a fair helping of synthpop/blade runneresque sounds. It then goes all jazz/swing, I hope you drift away and make sure to check the Roswell Rudd number, fantastic stuff. This mix is indebted to the inventively written and musically insightful 20jazzfunkgreats blog.

lunar miasma - expanded dimension
orakel - the gate (ft dwight trible)
digit - eight long years
golden birthday - start swimming
rxgibbs - proxy
cosmez - gozmez land
wim mertens - maximising the audience
shadow shadow - riviera
austin peralta - capricornus
yesterday new quintet - master wei's tune
roswell rudd - suh blah buh sibi
flako - relief
flako - the answer ft dirg gerner
floating points ensemble - radiality
grant windsor's 3 five blind - 3 five blind
orakel - the beginning of the end

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Watch | Grimes Live

Grimes has been on my radar for a while, I listened to Halfaxa a while ago and quite liked the sound. I like the washed out, layered sound with her beautifully delicate and abstract vocals. It has a melancholic depth to it I appreciate . Weird thing is I came across this half hour video of her playing live in a studio for the Vancouver radio station KEXP and it sounded new to me - love it when that happens. 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Watch How To Dress Well Perform With New Live Band

Potholes In My Blog » Watch How To Dress Well Perform With New Live Band

Thanks to the excellent Potholes In My Blog site (linked above) here's a video of How To Dress Well playing a song off his forthcoming new album with a live band in Vancouver.

Incidentally, have you heard the one time only orchestral EP Tom Krell released on this day last year? It comprise orchestral versions of the three Suicide Dream tracks and Decisions off his first album. Its beautiful stuff made in memory of his best friend who died in August 2010. Its available on 10" and digitally. $1 dollar of every 10" sold will go to a mental health charity.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Simmer Gently

A bit of a house mix.

cottam - sunrise sunset
the revenge - night flight
dj romain presents darryl d bonneau - its the spirit
kim ann foxman - creature
strand - strandalicious
little dragon - precious
sbtrkt - when doves strike
phlash and friends - minefield
marijata - mother africa
questlove - ludwiggy
minnie ripperton - reasons (theo parrish edit)

Monday, 11 June 2012


This comes from the excellent site. Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie have, for the third year in a row, put together a summertime mixtape. Get the vibes at the link:

D'Angelo at Bonnaroo

As you may know already D'Angelo made a surprise appearance at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival with The Roots and had a jam. You will also probably be unsurprised to know everyone on stage was most definitely on the 1 and with that line up how could they not be!

Questlove – drums 
Kirk Douglas – guitar 
James Poyser – keys 
Frank Knuckles – percussion 
Pino Palladino – bass 
Eric Leeds – saxophone 
Jesse Johnson – guitar 
Kendra Foster – vocals 
D’Angelo – vocals, guitar, keys

Anyways someone helpfully recorded it and stuck it up on Soundcloud with a download option too. Here's the tracklist:

Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) [Jimi Hendrix] 
Superman Lover [Johnny Guitar Watson] 
Go Back 2 The Thing 
Pride And Vanity [Ohio Players] 
Players Balling (Players Doin’ Their Own Thing) [Ohio Players] 
Funky Dollar Bill [Funkadelic] 
Hit It And Quit It [Funkadelic] 
What Is And What Should Never Be [Led Zeppelin] 
Babies Making Babies [Sly & The Family Stone] 
Hollywood Squares [Bootsy Collins] 
??? Chicken Grease (teases) ??? (reprise) 
Power of Soul [Band of Gypsys] 
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window [The Beatles] 
My Summertime Thang [The Time] 
Jam (including Fire [Ohio Players] & other teases)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Floating Points Ensemble

I wanted to listen to this the other day but only had a recording of the whole Maida Vale session which included the interview bit which I didn't want to hear. So I thought I'd carve it up into the three individual tracks and make them available on my blog - here you go!

Recorded | 15 August 2009

1. Radiality
2. Mind
3. Post Suite

Voice - Fatima
Trumpet/Flugel - Freddie Gavita
Alto Sax - James Bateman
Violin - Tsze Yenn Yong
Violin - Mariko McTier
Viola - Matt Kettle
Cello - Magda Pietraszewska
Cello - Michelle So
Guitar - Billy Adamson
Bass - Olly Buxton
Keys/Composition - Floating Points
Drums - Josh Blackmore
Percussion/Vibraphone - Chris Marshall

Monday, 23 April 2012

April Showers

This one's a mixed bag. It starts with a bit of jazz funk, onto some hip hop Mos Def style. It then mellows out a bit, including a cover of Little Dragon's Stormy Weather and my favourite Saul Williams spoken word number (check it out on Def Poetry Jam - epic). Things then get heavy with the help of two epic tracks from the incredible BBNG2 album and James Blake. 

John Lee & Gerry Brown - Infinite Jones
Mos Def/Ronnie Jordan - Brighter Day
The High 7 Mighty, Mad Skillz, Mos Def w/Lee Fields and The Expressions - B Boy Is King
Dela - Dizzy
Fat Freddy'S Drop - The Raft
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Seeds
Guts - Pura Vida
Columbia Nights - Stormy Weather
Ariel Pink - Among Dreams
Little Dragon - Place to Belong
The Weeknd - They Party & The After Party (Sango Remix)
Saul Williams - Coded Language
Deerhoof - Behold a Marvel in the Darkness
Badbadnotgood - CHSTR
James Blake - We Might Feel Unsound
Badbadnotgood - Flashing Lights
Moodymann - U Ranaway
Alice Russell - All Alone

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Zentrip 11

You drift into consciousness, the sensation of motion – you’re on a journey. It’s vast, unknown and wondrous. You’ll experience vast beautiful soundscapes of many colours, feelings and sensations, at once soothing, epic and inspiring. Afterwards things might just be a little clearer - at the very least you will have been there and had the experience. 

Zentrip 11 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Andesmas - AM
Moon Gangs - Sea
Rene Hall - Lighthouse Marvel
Lapalux - Time Spike Jamz
Demdike Stare - Ishmael's Intent
Lid Emba - Iscariot
IFEEL Studio - Watching Stars Over The Rubicon Beltway
Sepalcure - I'm Alright
Salva - Obsession ft. B.Bravo
Two Inch Punch - Luv Luv
Cliff Martinez - Wrong Floor

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Monday, 5 March 2012

subterranean adventures in space

After months of job stuff keeping me away I've managed to put together a mix! Enjoy.

Deep Earth - House of Mighty II
Mirror Mirror - Interiors (Jamstation Exteriors Remix)
Ricardo Villalobos - Easy Lee (Monolitium Recrunk)
Peaking Lights - All the Sun that Shines
Blondes - Business
People Get Real - Mariana
Carl Craig - The Climax Bootleg
Zombi - DE3
D/R/U/G/S - Connected
Michna - Real Hero
Azari & III - Reckless With Your Love
College - Critical Mass
M83 - Midnight City

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Monday, 13 February 2012

Zentrip 3

Here it is Zentrip 3 for Mixcloud. I did over a year ago, when Mixcloud wasn't around so thought I'd repost. I listened to the mix recently and I'm quite proud of it. It's a psychedelic, cosmic guitar, laid-back vibe.

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1. Husky Rescue - Good Man
2. Mum - Green grass of tunnel
3. Husky Rescue - New light of tomrrow
4. Mouse on Mars - Download Sofist
5. AIM - The girl who fell through the ice
6. Roberta Flack - Killing me softly with his song
7. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Mysteries
8. Yann Tiersen - La valse d'amelie (orchestra version)
9. Pink Floyd - come in number 51, your time is up
10. Jerry Garcia - Love scene
11. Pink Floyd - unknown song
12. Fink - pills in my pocket
13. Cinematic Orchestra - Burn out
14. Michael Andrews - Philsophy of time travel
15. Four Tet - Castles made of sand
16. Jimi Hendrix - Rainy day dream away