Back with another late roundup of the finest tunes I stumbled across last month. Almost 40 new audio delights in a handy Whyd playlist (above) or Soundcloud (bottom of page) if thats your preference.

Here’s a few highlights from the long list, starting as usual with a tune that doesn’t feature on the playlists as it’s only available on Bandcamp.

JEAN GRAE – Joker

I first heard Jean Grae – or What? What? as she was then known – rapping on a Herbaliser track in 1997. Since then she’s been many things, a screenwriter, author and of late blogging about food for Jezebel so its fair to say she’s ridiculously multitalented but her musical output remained steadfastly excellent.
For her latest #5 EP Grae has paused her MCing duties and muscled in on R Kelly’s baby making music territory although obviously it’s slightly offensive to tag R’n’b as R Kelly and Grae’s singing voice has been heard on other tracks before now.

BENJAMIN BOOKER – Slow Coming

“Slow Coming”, from Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album out now on ATO Records.

STURGILL SIMPSON – Turtles All the Way Down

According to the ever useful Genius site, Country singer Sturgill Simpson says this song sprouted not only from experimentation with hallucinogenics, but from a combination of life experience, “heady reading” — French philosopher/Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature, and hallucinogen expert Dr. Rick Strassman’s The Spirit Molecule.


ALVVAYS – One Who Love You

2014 has been a big year for Toronto based Alvvays (pronounced Always) and Rolling Stone magazine has their album in the Top 50 of the year.

DE LA SOUL FEAT CHUCK D – ‘People’

“The People” features the legendary Chuck D from Public Enemy together with De La Soul and you can download it for free.

How De La explain the track “The idea for the song came from a couple of samples, and the track’s vibe is earnest and has a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences… and trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race, and as individuals. Lyrically Chuck brings a sense of authority and urgency. The power in his voice demands your attention. With Chuck on the track this is a dream come true for us.

Originally “The People” was suppose to drop in June around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Peter Rosenberg situation took place. We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires. Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally the Ferguson tragedy took place, and more recently the non-indictment verdict. Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times.

JESSE FUTUREMAN – Chilltern Hill

Most naked dude in the changroom/loser at squash –
soundcloud.com/jessefuterman

HUGH – One Of These Days (Slugabed remix)

Ninjatune’s Slugabed gets his hands on Hugh’s “One of these days”.
Be sure to also check “I Don’t Like You” from the bands 2nd EP.

OL’ DIRTY BASTARD – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Gummy Soul Remix)

It’s been 10 years since Ol’ Dirty Bastard passed on, so in tribute, Gummy Soul decided to do a remix in his honor. Dirty celebrated life, and they wanted to capture his essence, so Instead of making the track dark and “Wu-ey,” they went for a fun disco vibe.
Rest In Peace brother Russell.
BUY

STORMIN – Hindu Kush ft Black Steve


CLAP! CLAP! – Kuj Yato

Taken from Clap! Clap! album ‘Tayi Bebba’ – 2×12″ & digital (with full colour Tayi Bebba Map)

SLY JOHNSON – EVRBDD (Everybody Dancin’)

FREE DOWNLOAD STREET TAPE

Sly Johnson A.K.A. The Mic Buddah, Bubu, Sly Jizzy, DA BEATBOXOLOGIST, TAGi (the french dude) presents ‘RUFFDRAFT’.


SOUNDCLOUD TOP TRACKS OF THE MONTH PLAYLIST