12 songs, 53 min, 3 min reading time.
Last minute Christmas playlist submitted by guest Greystones, please see the accompanying notes below!
1) “Don’t Sweat The Technique” – Eric B. & Rakim
My son introduced me to this as part of his campaign to educate me in hip hop. I reintroduced it to him in the kitchen on Christmas Eve. Seemed to go down okay.
Album: “Gold” (2005)
Label: Universal Music Enterprises
2) “Mace Windu Riddim” – Ezra Collective
Simply the best track of the year. Intelligent, simultaneously modern and retro and so funky. It helps that the band are consummate musicians. I would urge anyone to see them live if at all possible – awesome! Failing that, dancing in the kitchen also works for this one.
Album: “Samuel L Riddim” (2018)
Label: Enter The Jungle Records
3) “5 dollars” – Christine & The Queens
Lovely quality pop . Moving lyrics. Cool dancing too. What’s not to like?
Album: “Chris” (2018)
Label: Because Music
4) “So Far to Go” – J Dilla
Album: “The Shining – the 10th Anniversary Collection” (2016)
Label: BBE Music
5) “1 Thing”- Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Apparently it’s a pop cover… I hope it makes you grin and jump around like it does me.
Single: “1 Thing” (2018)
Label: Big Crown Records
6) “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)” – A Tribe Called Quest
Another part of aforementioned hip hop education programme. Let’s call it a work in progress…. But I love this track. Fabulous sleezy rhythm.
Album: “Midnight Marauders” (1993)
Label: Zomba Recording
A very classy 2018 track from some very good London jazzers. Quality in every way. Thank you guys.
Single: “Love Is the Message” (2018)
Label: Cashmere Thoughts
8) “Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy” – Terry Allen
Off-piste interlude but I hope you will share it with me. Great musicians, great voice and funny as well?
Compilation: “A Beginners Guide To Classic Country Guitar” (2014)
Label: X5 Music Group
9) “Screens” – Photay
Hard to say why this so brilliant- it just is. Subtle yet impossible not to dance to.
Album: “Onism” (2017)
Label: Astro Nautico
11) “Ratio – Edit” – Floating Points
Ditto basically. I hope everyone else agrees.
Single: “Ratio (Radio Edit)” (2017)
12) “Abusey Junction” – KOKOROKO
Another great new London jazz tune. Gorgeous subtle rhythm and lovely guitar.
Compilation: “We out Here” (2018)
Label: Brownswood Recordings
13) “Love Me Like You” – The Magic Numbers
Included this oldie just because it was playing in the pub when my other son bought me a Christmas pint and is therefore a forever treasured seasonal moment.
Album: “The Magic Numbers” (2005)
Label: Parlophone Records