washed out

Future Funk in Paris

Future funk from Onra’s new album Long Distance! Soooo good!

Check out “High Hopes” featuring the vocals of Reggie B. When listening to the album, I can’t help but think of Onra as a mix between Dam-Funk and Washed Out, as well as other soul/funk producers like Jay Scarlett and Robin Hannibal (Quadron, Boom Clap Bachelors, Owusu & Hannibal) . The soul/funk music coming out on the fringes of popular radio that guys like Garth Trinidad tend to rep are some of the most exciting sounds I’ve been hearing in awhile. Throw some female vocals over a moody beat and that’s always enough to perk my interest as a listener.

A great compilation that promotes the soul/funk of the future is Circulations and Jay Scarlett Present New Worlds which was released in Japan in late ’08 that is fourteen tracks of quality from as many producers. If you are interested then hit me up or post a comment and I’ll get it to you!

Onra – “High Hopes”




Been listening to lots of different stuff in the last few days and I have a few here for your ears to indulge in. The selections from Mike Slott and Floating Points are just nice beat heavy tracks – can’t wait to pick these up on vinyl. Beats like these just get me in all the right spots and my tastes have been moving more in this direction as of late.

Also included a new one from Yeasayer off of the new LP Odd Blood, who from the last album sound like they went raving, dropped lots more acid, and bought a shitload of new electronic gear to tinker with. I feel its a huge departure from the standouts from the last record (2080, Wait for the Summer) but at the same time most of it is growing on me. A drastic departure is the kind of leap I like to see on a second record — you can’t really say they played it safe on this one.

I know Panda Bear has been out for awhile, but his record Person Pitch is seriously amazing! Bros, the third track off the album is pretty long, but it morphs into like three songs along the way so you won’t even notice!  The Ruby Suns, shorter in duration and pleasant on the ears, is a band from New Zealand that was featured on a Dublab EP I picked up at Fingerprints recently. The bassline that anchors the track is really nice, but this one also takes a few different twists and turns along the way. I particularly love the breakdown at 2:23, which reminds me of “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes and the Beach BoysHeroes and Villains” melding together, but maybe I’m trippin’! Either way, so many bands these days seem to be really expressing that Brian Wilson influence — from Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, and maybe even the Dirty Projectors based on those crazy harmonies they are playing around with. It’s about time he gets his due and what better way than other artists re imagining that sound through their own.

This group Washed Out I don’t really know too much about, but I’m really enjoying the Life of Leisure EP. Nice vibe all across this one! Last track I’ll include is this heavy piece of goodness from the new Massive Attack record Heligoland! The bass line and the snap of the snare just set you up for a sweet ride and then Horace Andy’s sweet wail tops it all off.

Mike Slott – Knock Knock (ysi)

Floating Points – Love Me Like This (Nonsense dub) (ysi)

Yeasayer – O.N.E. (ysi)

Panda Bear – Bros (ysi)

The Ruby  Suns – Kenya Dig it? (ysi)

Washed Out –  Feel it all around (ysi)

Massive Attack – Girl I Love You (ysi)