Velanche’s Album Picks for 2012

Having ended my Urban Landscapes radio show one year ago this month, much has since happened. I’ve rebooted presenting music last January in a guise of a new podcast, only to get back into radio later in the year. Though I have no regrets about taking a break to try and do my own thing, I also have no regrets returning to the airwaves.

As I mention each and every year, I would not be doing what I do, year-after-year, without the terrific support of the labels, producers and artists, and various music promoters among others. I came to realize that these are very hard-working people who are just as passionate about the music they promote as I am in presenting it. I’m sure that they seem to choose me as a trusted musical ambassador just as carefully as I tend to choose them, and the results are that the vast amount of quality music that I receive each year is an abundance of riches.

It should also be said that I have a very loyal fan base of listeners worldwide, and it gratifies me that I can be heard in a car stereo, a cafe, the living room, and through a pair of headphones. This coming year, I hope to get to know more about my audience, as well as the providers whose music you hear each week.

And once again, the album pickings are numerous in quality. It’s just too much to try and narrow down to a “top 10-or-whatever” list, so I’ve decided this year to break it down by categories so that you can hone in on one or more style that might be close to what suit you, and then you can check out these great talents at your leisure. Also, I did not create a singles/EPs list like I’ve done in the past….just far too numerous in the short time window. I hope to start charting these monthly again very soon, and that should make those releases far easier to work with.

Thanks for checking these out, and I do hope you once again give your support to these fine talents. Happy New Year to you, and I’ll be back with a new dance mix this week. Peace.

The Greg Foat Group – Girl and Robot with Flowers – Jazzman
Alex Puddu – The Golden Age of Danish Pornography – Schema
Andrea Balducci – Bloom – Schema
Ceaar’s Salad – The Latin Beat Vol. 2 – Perfect Toy
Deep Jazz – The Meeting – Perfect Toy
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society – Heads Up International
Henri Pierre Noel – Piano – Wah Wah 45s
Jessica Lauren Four – Jessica Lauren Four – Freestyle
re:jazz – Kaleidoscope – Infracom
That’s Why – The Best of That’s Why – Jazzman
V/A – Spiritual Jazz 3: Europe – Jazzman

Stefan Goldmann – 17:50 – Macro
Christo – Patterns – Superficially Deep
Chymera – Death by Misadventure – Serenades
Eric Ericksson – Selected Works – Swedish Brandy
V/A – The Future Sounds of Jazz Vol. 12 – Compost
Matthias Tanzmann – Matthias Tanzmann Remixes: 2002-2012 – Moon Harbour
Roberto Rodriguez – Dawn – Serenades
Sasse – Third Encounter – Mood Music
Submotion Orchestra – Fragments – Exceptional

Future Soul (+ house, broken beats)
Yannah Valdevit – Equilibrium (Zed Bias Presents…) – Tru Thoughts
Andy Compton – Compton’s Soul – Peng
Positive Flow – Flow Lines – Tokyo Dawn

Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers – A Hill of Feathers – Record Kicks
Jazzanova – Funkhaus Studio Sessions – Sonar Kollektiv
V/A – The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club – Freestyle
The New Mastersounds – Out on the Faultline – One Note

Visioneers – Hipology – BBE
Blaktroniks – Ready Set Blow – Tokyo Dawn
DJ Vadim – Don’t Be Scared – BBE
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib – Seeds – SomeOthaShip Connect
Pitch & Scratch – Together – Légére
Portformat – Entropy – Tokyo Dawn
The Bas Lexter Ensample – Tres Greatful Amigos – Deja-Tunes
V/A – Brownswood Bubblers Eight – Brownswood

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis – PIAS
Dead Capo – Sale – Lovemonk
Leo Gandelman – Vip Vop – Far Out
Mala – Mala in Cuba – Brownswood
Nickodemus – Moon People – ESL
The Shaolin Afronauts – Quest Under Capricorn – Freestyle
Son Yambu – La Maravilla – Apollo Sound

World (Vintage)
V/A – Nicola Conte Presents Viagem 4 – Far Out
V/A – Saoco: The Bomba & Plena Explosion in Puerto Rico 1954-1966 – Vampisoul
V/A – Skanish Sounds – Vampisoul
V/A – Jukebox Mambo – Jazzman

Adventurous Electronic
Laurel Halo – Quarantine – Hyperdub
Bee Mask – When We Were Eating Unripe Pears
Jimmy Edgar – Majenta – Hotflush
Ital – Dream On – Planet Mu
Me Raabenstein – All These Precious – Nonine

Hollie Cook – Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook in Dub – Mr. Bongo
The Resonators – The Constant – Wah Wah 45s
The Cactus Channel – Haptics – Hope Street

Other Albums of Note
The Cinematic Orchestra – In Motion Vol. 1 – Ninja Tune
Part-Time Heroes – Lightfalls – Wah Wah 45s
Quantic & Alice Russell with Combo Barbaro – Look Around the Corner – Tru Thoughts
Loretta Heywood – The Boy Across The Road – Far Out
The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Form & Control – Tummy Touch
Double Yellow – Life in the Slow Lane – Here & Now
Hey, Rube! – Can You Hear Me, Mutha? – Steel Tiger
Hilton Felder – The Best of Hilton Felder – Jazzman
The Beauty Room – The Beauty Room II – Far Out
The Cutler – The Best Thing in Life Aren’t Things – Steel Tiger
The KDMS – Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories – Gomma


Velanche’s Recommended Music of 2011 – Part Three: Singles, EP’s, Remix Albums & Compilations

If you’ve been following the lists of top music from 2011 so far, here’s the last one.

Happy New Year, folks!

Recommended Compilations & Remix Albums of 2011

Moonstarr – The Archive – Public Transit
The Bahama Soul Club – Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky Remixed – Buyu
Brownswood electr*c 2 – Brownswood
Nicola Conte Presents Viagem 3 – Far Out
Beyondjazz Vol. 4 – Beyondjazz
Martinez – The Paradigm Shift Remixes – Moon Harbour
The Big 3 – Exchange Bureau
Brownswood Bubblers Seven – Brownswood
Opolopo – Mutants – Tokyo Dawn
The Boogie Vol. 2 – Tokyo Dawn

Recommended EP’s/Singles of 2011

The Planty Herbs – Output EP – Wax On
Quintus Project – Night Flight EP – Derwin
Elektro Guzzi – Extrakt EP – Macro
Sven Tasnadi – Petit Four EP – Cargo Edition
Quantic & His Combo Barbaro – Caliventura EP – Tru Thoughts
DJ Oli – Plute/Massive Lord/Burn It Up EP – Fluid Ounce
Munk – Rue De Rhome EP – Gomma
Art Bleek – Supplied Artwork EP – Loungin’
Zoe Xenia – You Got Me Started EP – Suara
Marlowe – Sleepwalking No More EP – Room With a View
Andre Lodemann – Don’t Panic EP – Room With a View
Hudson Square – Homework EP – Exploited
Dustyfruit – Now You Understand EP – Rebel Hill
Alfabet – C/D EP – Rush Hour
Doc Link featuring J. Paul Ghetto – Freedom EP – Liberate
Captain Planet – The Ningane EP – Bastard Jazz
Li’ll Bo Tweak – Musics Hypnotising EP – Loungin’
Recloose – Saturday Night Manifesto EP – Rush Hour
Mecca:83 – The Life Sketches EP – Futuristica
Roots Panorama – Threee EP – Versatile
Ze – Hello World EP – Nylon Trax
V/A – The Lightning Power of Awareness EP – Tommy Touch
Moullinex – Sunfare EP – Gomma
Kyoto Jazz Massive – Mystery of Ages featuring Bembe Segue: Moonstarr Remixes – Public Transit


Velanche’s Recommended Music of 2011 – Part Two: My Choice Songs for 2011

There were many, many fine tracks that have graced my ears during 2011, but ultimately for me it comes down to those ones that stuck with me in an instant. On balance, I somehow return to these tracks again and again, and that’s a clue to what helps a track make a cut…compelling vibes, deep production, and pushing the soul sounds and beats.

The tracks are not in any particular order, so no “Top” this-or-that.

Have a listen, and please give these fine producers and labels your support by buying their music so that they can continue to be motivated so that they can usher in further greatness.

And with that, here we go…

Little People (Sascha Dive Remix) – Matthew Dear – Spectral Sound

You Lift Me Up – Mercury – Gomma

Nano Kids – Freak Seven – Rush Hour

La Dolce Vita (Fred Everything Remix) – Bran Van 3000 featuring Freddie James – Lazy Days

Close Your Eyes (Deetron + UNER Remixes) – Miguel Migs featuring Meshell Ndegeocello – Om

Basement featuring Daniel Wilde (Matthias Tanzmann Remix) – Adam Port – Moon Harbour

In My Life (featuring Geraldine Rich) – AFMB – Drumpoet Community

Animales de la Manana (Stella Edit) – Christopher Groove – Moon Harbour

Angel-A – Music in My Head (Piranhahead’s Mashup Mix) – Liberate

Satori (Jon Convex Remix) – Etienne Jaumet – Versatile

The Day – Mark E. – Spectral Sound

C Minor – Jesus Pablo – Headtunes

TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos – Birthday featuring Nicolette (Pitto Remix) – Compost

Guten Tinen (Luke Solomon Analogue Funk Mix) – Woody McBride – Full Flava

Dee & Deaf (Pezzner Redo – Giom Reversion) – Michelle Owen – Lost My Dog

Winter (Who’s Teach Mix) – Melon – Patio/Rush Hour

DJ Pierre – What Iz House Musik (2011 Mix) – Afro Acid Digital

Jazzanova – I Can See featuring Ben Westbeech (Dima Studitsky Remix) – Sonar Kollektiv


Velanche’s Recommended Music of 2011 – Part One: The Albums

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve ended the long-running Urban Landscapes show, and I’m feeling very confident about doing so. There haS been some who have questioned my decision; that’s fine, and it’s appreciated. In the end, I feel that my decision is good, and right. And since this isn’t the end of all things sharing music, I can honestly say that it’s just one chapter closed, and a new one opening.

So it is that this, 2012, begins that new chapter. Look for my new bi-weekly music podcast, Velanche’s Playtime, in about a week’s time. It’ll be all that you’ve expect from me, but in a bi-weekly format. For now, the show will be available via the Urban Landscapes feed. Otherwise, do subscribe to the podcast if you wish to stay current.

Meanwhile, it’s time to go back to 2011 one more time. Though I’ve ended the show, it’s good to share the music that I’ve been feeling this year with you. As usual, there’s plenty of fine choices. In the end, thee are the standouts that, I feel, set the bar; this is especially true for the singles/EP’s, as well as the songs of the year I’ve chosen (the latter is the first year I’ve decided to do such a list).

The music presented are in no particular order, so do check them out when you can and support these fine artists and labels. This post will feature the albums, and the next will feature…everything else!

Thanks, as ever, for your continued support of quality music from around the world. Look out for the second post, and stay tuned for more news about my new show, as well as new musics, charts, and on and on…


Velanche’s Most Recommended Albums of 2011
(in no particular order)

Artist – Album – Label
Slimline Mutha – All Said & Done – Broadcite
Amalia – Art Slave – Tokyo Dawn
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Renegades – Tru Thoughts
Art Bleek – Art Supplies – Loungin’
Jazz Chronicles – Jazz Chronicles II – Futuristica
SoulParlor – Evoluzion – Tokyo Dawn
Freddy Kruger & Anthony Mills Presents Wildcookie – Cookie Dough – Tru Thoughts
Rise – Messages – Futuristica
Zara McFarlane – Until Tomorrow – Brownswood
Raf Vilar – Studies in Bossa – Far Out
David Minor – Lush – Nonine
Dwight Trible – Cosmos – Katalyst
Speedometer – This is Speedometer Vol. 1 & 2 – Freestyle
Makossa & Megablast – Soy Como Soy – Luv Lite
Owiny Sigoma Band – Owiny Sigoma Band – Brownswood
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – From Africa with Fury: Rise – Knitting Factory
Ray Lugo & the Boogaloo Destroyers – Mi Watusi – Freestyle
Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Havana Cultura: The Search Continues – Brownswood
Mauricio Maestro & Nana Vasconcelos – Upside Down – Far Out
U-Man – Folk Riddims – Down the Bush
Afrikan Sciences – Means & Ways – Deepblak
The Echocentrics – Sunshadows – Ubiquity
Deep Street Soul – Look Out, Watch Out – Freestyle
Smoove & Turrell – Eccentric Audio – Jalapeño
Basement Freaks – Something Freaky – Jalapeño
Rime – Our Kingdom – Infracom
Scrimshire – The Hollow – Wash Wash 45
Brandt Bauer Frick – Mr. Machine – !K7
Joash – Fear It, Don’t Fight It – Compost
Frootful – Colours – Freestyle
Prommer & Barck – Alex & The Grizzy – Derwin
Orchestre Poly Rhythmo – Cotonou Show – Strut
Rick Wilhite – Analog Aquarium – Still Music
Mark E. – Stone Breakers – Spectral Sound
John Tejada – Parabolas – Kompakt
Tom Trago – Iris – Rush Hour
BMG & Sal P. – Credit Card – Interdimensional Transmission
Gary Reader – Moja – Superficially Deep
Sqaramouche – Tutu – Nonine
The Lady Blacktronika – Future Blues – Your Only Friend
Landslide – Peak – Fresh Rotations
Lyric L. – Amazed – Fresh Rotations
Demarkus Lewis – Mental Notes – Grin
Orakel – When Time Doesn’t Know Itself – 4Lux
Gaby Hernandez – Sweet Starry Night – Disques Corde
Andre Zimma – The Calm & The Turbulence – Swedish Brandy

Velanche’s Soundscapes
April 2011

(in no particular order)

Artist – Title – Label
U-Man – Folk Riddims LP – Down the Bush CD promo
TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos – Black Label #77 EP – Compost
V/A – KAT 007 + KAT 008 7″ (Ole Smokey Edits) – KAT promo
Dave Minor – Lush LP – Nonine promo
The Echocentrics – Sunshadows LP – Ubiquity promo
Romanowski – The Instigator/Sol Cumbia single – Bastard Jazz promo
Mop Mop – Ritual of the Savage Remix EP Part 2 – Infracom
Munk – The Bird & The Beat LP/Keep My Secret EP – Gomma
Homework – Hudson Square EP – Exploited
Space Ranger – Nightmoves EP – Lovemonk promo
Richard Earnshaw featuring Imogen Ryall – Cry Me a River EP – Groovefinder promo
Stefan Goldmann – The Grand Hemiola EP – Macro promo
V/A – Nicola Conte Presents Viagem 3 LP – Far Out CD promo
Azymuth – Aurora LP – Far Out CD promo
V/A – Beyondjazz 4 LP – Beyondjazz
Guido Manusardi – Blue Train LP – Rearward/Schema
Afrikan Sciences – Means and Ways LP – Deepblak
DJ Oli – Plute/Massive Lord/Burn It Up EP – Fluid Ounce promo
Galaxaphone – Monomania/Mirror/The Other Side EP – Fluid Ounce promo
The Owiny Sigoma Band – Wires EP – Brownswood promo
Agoria – Impermanence LP – InFine
Zoe Xenia – You Got Me Started EP – Suara
Scallymatic Orchestra – Freedom EP – Flyin’ High