After a month off, OUA’s resident music nerd is back again, here to provide you with all your study playlist needs. As always, we’ve included youtube links for your convenience, but please respect the artists and buy the albums – or stream through a service such as Spotify.
King – We Are King (2016)
King are a trio from the U.S. who make music that’s simultaneously R&B, ambient, and dream pop. Their music harks back to a time when R&B had soul, without coming across as ‘retro’. Best of all, they write and produce their own music, unlike the manufactured pop of Rihanna and Beyoncé (ahem, not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Their first EP dropped way back in 2011, so to say the full-length album was ‘highly anticipated’ is a bit of an understatement. They certainly haven’t disappointed.
Here they are with the official film clip for ‘The Greatest’:
Broadcast – The Noise Made By People (2000)
Here’s a factoid for you: The band were chosen by Simpsons creator Matt Groening for the ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ event he curated in the UK in 2010.
Broadcast’s melodies and use of vintage synths bring to mind psychedelic acts of the late 1960’s such as the Presidents of the United States of America. It’s like pop music created for a non-existent movie soundtrack.
Unfortunately we won’t be hearing any new music from them as Trish Keenan tragically passed away in 2011 (after a tour in Australia no less), but they leave behind a legacy of six classic albums, including this one:
Andres – II (2009)
Detroit has long been at the forefront of cutting-edge of soul music – from Motown, to house, techno, and hip-hop – you can basically trace the history of modern black American music from that one amazing place.
Andres, sometimes known as DJ Dez, knows that history well. You can hear it coursing through the music he produces, which happens to be a very happy medium of all of the above styles.
Andres’ album ‘II’, as the name implies, his second full-length, and probably his best so far. However he has dozens of EPs and singles if you want to explore his fantastic back catalogue. Enjoy!
Nuyorican Soul – Nuyorican Soul (1997)
Nuyorican Soul was a one-time side-project of New York house music production maestros, Masters At Work. Comprised of DJ Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzales and DJ Lil’ Louis Vega, Nuyorican Soul showcases another side of their musical heritage with fantastic covers of Latin American-flavoured soul, funk, and disco from the 1970s.
The album features musicians and vocalists from the era, such as George Benson, Roy Ayers and Tito Puente. There isn’t a bad track on the album, so press play, bliss out, and enjoy the sublime sound of Nuyorican Soul.
Recloose – Cardiology (2002)
Hailing from Detroit (seeing a pattern here?), Recloose AKA Matt Chicoine, is best known among electronic music aficionados as the guy who slipped his demo tape into the sandwich of techno wizard Carl Craig. He got the man’s attention, and was signed to Craig’s record label ‘Planet E’.
We couldn’t locate the entire album, but here’s easily the stand-out track, and one of my favourite all-time tracks, ‘Get There Tonight’. It’s chill-out music, but certainly not of the bland Café Del Mar variety.