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DTGcast003_Summermalade_Michel Rolland
Time-length-icon 1h 10m
Publish-date-icon July 2, 2009
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Summer comes and my mind travels to a different reality. A time for soulspiration, daydreaming, memories from the future and birth from the past. Everything turns natural and innocent: but we are not. Our mind continues with the recurrent flow of music and thought, and we look ahead for some precious time for detail listening. Headphones on, brains clicked in and open hearts.

This selection blows out like a watermelon jam, hopefully in order and taste. Present and past connected by “dog-knows” what: probably only me. These are a bunch of songs I would take with me with a certain sense of a playlist, or a beachside suite (note I avoided the obvious chill out, reggae, cocktail house tracks).

From the amazing favorite Danish locos Analogik and their must have live album, we sail through tasty French waters in the savoir faire hands of Chinese Man and Dj Cam: two excellent examples of why hip-hop does not suck in France. And 40 winks push on with the European edge: clean instrumentals which do not sacrifice quality aspirations. And I am the first one to amaze myself linking to the Kruder & dorfmeister remix of Beanfield to finally detach ourselves from the downtempo gardens. How? Cut to the amazing Suite For Ma Dukes’ EP created by Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood. Strings and pure emotion to open a certain interlude in our walk.

I’m a big fan of the big band (although that line sounds like a joke). Bob Mintzer has dedicated a big chunk of his career to build a sound of pure brass and funk with his big band. “Minuano”, a classic by Pat Metheny is translated into words and voice by Mister Kurt Elling –what a vooooice -. Then comes another slice of European mastery: Jimi Tenor. And although his new project with Kabu Kabu is a sort of cosmic afro scapade his heart remains rooted in Sun Ra and fun dark jazz.

So, how do I move from Finland to forro lover Dj Dolores in Brazil? Contrast and my poor altered mind. But I truly adore Dolores’ global taste for bastard Brazilian music away from easy samba. His tracks seem to be perfedct for any session or list where you need to change tone radically. And so funny! So for a moment a lay down a couple of smooth mixes with my latest sunny soul track: “The Difference” from 2009’s discovery, Smoove & Turrell. And then Leon Ware from his overlooked latest album Moon Ride.

Time for the last push: Greyboy’s track leads the way to a sort of suburbia jazz, soul and rap finale. Jazzliberatorz are one of the top jazz&rap recipes who have remained true to the original sound with such delicacy and style that few others have achieved. And dirty Diggers with Nostalia 77 are just mad and funny: bad boys with brass.

The end to the sound of miles Davis’ “So What” in the original result created by the guests in bob Belden’s project miles From India.

Pass me the marmalade honey!

  1. Analogik - “The Beat” - (from the album Klunserbeats)
  2. Chinese Man - “Eight y Cinco” - (from The Groove Sessions)
  3. Dj Cam - “Summermadness” - (from Lost & Found)
  4. 40 winks -“Winks Jazz” - (from The Lucid Effect)
  5. BeanfieldRichard Dorfmeister belvedere dub” - “Planetary Deadlock” - (From K&D Rarities)
  6. Carlos Niño& Miguel Atwood - “Antiquity” – (from Suite For Ma Dukes)
  7. Bob Mintzer Featuring Kurt Elling - “Minuano” - (from Swing Out)
  8. Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu - “Triple Helix” - (from 4th Dimension)
  9. Dj Dolores - “J.p.s.” - (from 1 Real)
  10. Smoove & Turrell - “The Difference”- (from Antique Soul)
  11. Leon Ware - “From Inside” - (from Moon Ride)
  12. Greyboy - “Ruffneck Jazz” – (from 15 Years of West Coast)
  13. Jazz Liberatorz + Fatlip
    + Tré Hardson + Omni - “Easy My Mind” – (from Clin D’Oeil)
  14. Dirty Diggers feat Nostalgia 77 - “So Grown Up” - (from One Offs Remixes and B Sides)
  15. Miles From India - “So What”

- Artwork: Ram0n3 Graphics

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