Gilles Peterson visits Tokyo to discover how the youth of Japan are responding following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
He spends time in Tokyo and speaks to local musicians including Goth Trad and Anchorsong. He also finds out about the local clubbing culture; tries some local food; goes record shopping; learns about a controversial piece of art that was a reaction to the disaster; and discovers why a manga comic was banned. Plus, we catch up with musicians vistiting Toyko - Sinden, SBRTRK and Robert Glasper; and find out about the battle between K-Pop & J-Pop.
Gilles also visits the Sendai region, which was near the epicentre of the earthquake in March 2011 and badly hit by the tsunami which followed, seeing the level of devastation for himself.
Budamunk — Waterfall Meditation
Fumio Itabashi — Watarase
Goth-Trad — Man In The Maze (Deep Medi)
Goth-Trad — Anti Grid
Goth-Trad — Babylon Fall (feat Max Romeo)
Robert Glasper — Move Love (feat King)
Kara — Hip Dance
Anchorsong — The Blacksmith
Anchorsong — Plum Rain
Shuya Okino — Sun Will Rise (Boogie Mix)
Sick Team — Turn It Up
indigo jam unit — Fuel For The Fire (feat Alicia Saldenha)
Masterpiece brings you legends from the world of music that have one unique story to tell through their own influences and inspirations. A collection like no other that really holds its creator in serious high regard.
Gilles’ passion and enthusiasm is unfailing and deeply infectious and this is why Ministry of Sound is very proud to have him deliver a Masterpiece.
1. Finn Peters – Purple
2. Mr Beatnick – Synthetes
3. Scuba – So You Think You’re Special (Joe mix)
4. Mic Newman – The Fidelity
5. Roman Rauch – Can’t Get Enough (SoulPhiction mix)
6. Bassfort – Moon Shadow
7. Prommer & Barck – Sleeping Beauty
8. Mr Raoul K – The African Government
9. Bjorn Torske – Langt fra Afrika (Todd Terje mix)
10. Mo Kolours – Biddies
11. King Coya – Villa Donde
12. SBTRKT feat. Sampha – Hold On
13. Koreless – MTI
14. Kode9 & The Spaceape feat. Cha Cha – Love Is The Drug
15. Jacques Greene – Another Girl
16. Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz – Kammermusik
1. Wagon Christ – Mr Mukatsuku
2. Peaking Lights – Hey Sparrow
3. Locussolus – Throwdown (Vocal)
4. Arthur’s Landing – Love Dancing
5. Tyrone Evans – Rise Up
6. Ish – Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
7. Gatto Fritto – Hex
8. Discodeine – Falkenberg
9. Owiny Sigoma Band – Wires (Theo Parrish mix)
10. Dinosaur L – Go Bang!
11. Virgo Four – It’s A Crime (Caribou mix)
12. Phuture – Acid Tracks
13. Art Department feat. Seth Troxler – Living The Life
14. Hot Natured feat. Ali Love – Forward Motion
15. Julio Bashmore – Batty Knee Dance
16. Four Tet – Pinnacles
1. Incognito – Summers Ended
2. Cameo – The Sound Table
3. Roy Ayers – Evolution
4. Light Of The World – Time
5. Freeez – Southern Freeez
6. Tom Browne – Come For The Ride
7. Soul II Soul – Fairplay
8. Leena Conquest – Boundaries
9. Charlie Winston – In Your Hands
10. NYCC – I’ll Keep A Light In My Window
11. Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend (For Me?)
12. The Meditation Singers – Trouble’s Brewin
13. Teena Marie – Portuguese Love
14. RAMP – Daylight
15. Young Disciples – As We Come (To Be)
16. Terry Callier – Dancing Girl
17. The Royal Jazz Trio – Various Kicks Grand Battement Walks
In June of 2010, Gilles Peterson’s mighty Brownswood collective (specifically Peterson’s assistant Alex Stevenson) hand-picked artists to form a compilation that represented the multi-dimensional, kaledescopic landscape of the label’s musical interests. A tight, bright roundup of bass music at that sliver of time, ‘Brownswood Electr*c’ bred a new wave of producers and paved the way for a new sound, capturing the beats and personalities of then-up-and-comers (now game-changers) George Fitzgerald, Mount Kimbie, Mosca, Rockwell and Pearson Sound, among many others. The collection found fans in DJ Mag (nominating it for their ‘Best of British’ Awards that year), Martyn and Hemlock’s Untold, who aptly summed it up: “It’s a really spot-on snapshot of the grey area of “dance” music that keeps getting messier.”
Messy or delightful chaos (your choice), the grey area hidden between the frayed splinterings of microgenres is perhaps where the most unexpected colours form. It’s where imaginations are freed, and artistic expression lies abound: no confines, no uncomfortable boxes to tick nor adjectives to hold on to. Taking in the relentlessly malleable state of electronic music of late, what’s considered ‘future’ today may very well be tagged ‘post’ within a handful of months. The naysayers and genre-enthusiasts may argue otherwise, but to Mr. Peterson and his Brownswood family, the music world couldn’t be in a more fruitful and exciting place as a result.
Sound system culture moves so fast. Forging onwards, but simultaneously zig-zagging through its past, picking up sonic references which appear as quickly as they disappear. With the ‘Brownswood Electr*c’ series we’re simply attempting to highlight the depth and breadth of the electronic space…and the exceptional quality within.
‘Brownswood Electr*c 2’ stands tall as a wisened lesson in subjectivity and experimentalism, taking in a new league of artists that revel in sonic possibilities within the low-end territory. Between the 14 producers, with ideas that cross continents (UK, USA, Germany, Australia, Japan) as much as genre boundaries, the variety is pristine and entirely unpredictable. Joy-laden 8-bit dreamworlds (mfp – ‘Future Hopes’) are met with emotive 2-step swings and detailed walls of sound (Jack Dixon – ‘By My Side’), and tearing drum workouts lined with echoey chambers (DJG – ‘Automatic’) storm up alongside the toughly beautiful rhythms of Monky. Perth’s Ta-ku leans on call-and-response chants to fuel his heavy bounce on the enthusiastic headnodder ‘Hey Kids,’ whereas Synkro & Indigo dive deep into soul-searching with their tight, mesmeric roller ‘Knowing You,’ and DJ Dials’ ‘Pillowforts’ is a heartbreakingly sublime encounter with arpeggios. Beastly pitch-bent complexity (HxdB – ‘Savage Pets’), meanwhile, contrastingly bumps up against ethereal atmospheric escapes that serve as a lesson in simplicity (Jus Wan – ‘Miles Away’). With sounds flitting across a wide spectrum, the underlying theme that cohesively ties them all together is innovation.
01 Ta-ku – Hey Kids
02 Monky – Drunkerdz
03 Anenon – Shifts
04 DJG – Automatic
05 Frederic Robinson – Mood Swings
06 Synkro & Indigo – Knowing You
07 mfp – Future Hopes
08 Jus Wan – Miles Away
09 DJ Dials – Pillowforts
10 Funk Ethics – Step In
11 Jack Dixon – By My Side
12 HxdB – Savage Pets
13 Stray – Break Your Legs
14 AEED – Under The Alps
"I started the Steve Reid Foundation to keep his memory alive. Steve Reid was an amazing drummer with a long and illustrious history that stretched from working with James Brown, Miles Davis and Fela Kuti through to his own Steve Reid Trio and more recently working with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). He died from throat cancer in the US in April 2010 without the money for treatment that could have saved his life.
The Steve Reid Foundation will work closely with other charities such as the Musicians Benevolent Fund to aid the plight of struggling musicians, especially those with long-term and life threatening health problems. A career as a musician may sometimes seem glamorous, but more often it is a struggle and health-related issues can often be the final straw.
To train for the marathon I've been running between 5 to 10 miles a day, changed my diet, gave up a lot of things, and even turned down DJ gigs. Once I cross that finish line, all of this will be worth it.
Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s
Here we go - Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) bring you this amazing new deluxe hardback 12" x 12" book, 200 pages, 100s of stunning absolutely killer Bossa Nova sleeves from Brazil plus loads of historical, cultural and social text as well as biographies on loads of the artists!
This is the first ever collection of bossa nova record cover artwork, featuring stunning modernist and revolutionary designs that reflect the radical and exciting idealism of Brazil at the start of the 1960s.
As Brazil developed into an urban society, with ‘apartment living’ and consumer goods, bossa nova projected an image that was modern, sophisticated and cool.
Bossa Nova music arrived in Brazil at the end of the 1950s with an optimism and modernism that parralleled the arrival of the new Brazilian president, Juscelino Kubitschek, who promised 'fifty years of progress in five' in his election campaign and announced the building of a new capital city, Brasilia, deep in the heartland of Brazil. The city was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, a man who had just designed a new musical theatre production in Rio of a play written by Vinicius de Moraes and with music written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. These two, along with the singer João Gilberto were about to make Bossa Nova, the first modernist Brazilian art form, the most succesful Brazilian export since coffee.
This book is a unique collection of the cover art of Brazilian bossa nova music, containing hundreds of record covers complete with a history of bossa nova, biographies and essays on many of the artists involved in the movement.
The book follows on from our previous cover art book on Jazz called Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, also edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker.
To coincide with the book, there is also a separate CD album, 'Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s' (released in January 2011), also released on Soul Jazz Records.