Thu 24/04/14

Zara McFarlane performs ‘You’ll Get Me In’ Trouble on Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Two. Be sure to check out ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ this friday at 23:15 on BBC Two to see her performance of ‘Police & Thieves‘.

“Zara McFarlane has set about the business of changing the industry’s standard with a bar-raising aesthetic.” - okayplayer

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Digital
iTunes
Boomkat
Brownswood Bandcamp

Vinyl
Rough Trade
Brownswood Bandcamp
HHV
Amazon

CD
Amazon
Rough Trade

Wed 23/04/14

In it’s ninth summer edition and its third World Cup! Just like every summer in Sète, there will be plenty of crazy moments to match the excitement over in Brazil. From 30 June through to 6 July, Gilles, Brownswood and the WF team will once again be invading Sète and its unique venues for another unforgettable week.

The first confirmed artists are: LITTLE DRAGON live, SETH TROXLER, EBO TAYLOR live, CONNAN MOCKASIN live, CHASSOL live, MOXIE, KAROL CONKA live, MORPHOSIS, Toshio Matsuura presentsHEX live, SPECIAL REQUEST, MO KOLOURS live, THEO PARRISH live, MAGA BO, DJ RKK, SWINDLElive, RAINER TRUBY, KUAGE live, FOUR TET, FLOATING POINTS, ZARA MCFARLANE live, MICHAEL KIWANUKA live, WERKHA, ANDREW ASHONG live, OSUNLADE, SHIGETO live, JONWAYNE live, JOHN WIZARDS live, SADAR BAHAR, GILLES PETERSON, LEFTO, SIMBAD, GARFLD and many more to come.

For the first three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) after its trademark live shows, the Théâtre de la Mer will be transformed into an open air clubbing paradise, while the St Christ venue (clubbing area) will once again be covered head to toe in lights down by the town’s magnificent lighthouse from Thursday to Sunday, not to forget the opening party at the Paul Valery Museum (Monday) and the Street Party on the cobbled quayside just in front of the CRAC (Regional Modern Art Museum). During the day (Wednesday to Sunday), the Sète beach huts will as usual be the special congregation points for all WF festival goers.

The line-up for the whole week will be revealed in full in the next few weeks. Platinum and St Christ passes are now available. Just like last year, the Platinum pass gives you access to all events at the festival. The St Christ pass gives you access to all events from Thursday to Sunday. NB: The St Christ pass also provides access to the different shows taking place during the day between Thursday and Sunday (beach, aperitifs …)

Don’t sleep get you TICKETS before they go!!!

 

 

Wed 23/04/14

GILLES  is back in Paris for one of his infamous all day long dj set at the Bellevilloise!

Retour de Gilles Peterson à Paris pour un nouvel épisode de la TEA-TIME, son unique résidence française!

Pour célébrer son retour comme il se doit et quelques semaines avant la sortie de son nouveau projet autour du Brésil, Gilles a décidé de se soumettre a un exercice qu’il affectionne particulièrement (mais pas autant que nous) : passer toute l’après midi aux platines et nous faire voyager, le temps d’un dimanche, a travers tous les styles et les continents… Pour se faire il sera épaulé par un invité mystère, dont nous vous dévoilerons l’identité bientôt…

Start : 17h
End : 02h

Paf : 12€ en préventes / 15€ sur place
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LA BELLEVILLOISE
19-21 Rue Boyer
75020 PARIS

 

Wed 23/04/14

A couple weeks back Belgian songwriter Stromae came down to the Brownswood studios in North London to meet Gilles. We decided to film the conversation where the two talk about Stromae’s musical beginnings, early influences such as Congolese rumba and salsa, as well as the role music videos play in his songwriting, discussing the ‘Tous Les Memes’ and ‘Papaoutai’ videos.

Stromae also discusses his cross-generational appeal as well as his future plans, incorporating new influences into the follow up to his sophomore album, ‘Racine Carree’.

Tue 22/04/14

Ahead of the fourth installment of the Brownswood Electr*c compilation, we catch up with the artists through a series of questions about themselves. Here we have for you, Novis Jr.

What are you up to today?

Getting my computer fixed//wiped … cause … you kno… life happens sometimes. ANd uh….. goin on the hunt for some Dollar slices in Chelsea… yea.

Who is your ultimate electronic pioneer?

Flying Lotus

What did you want to be when you were little?

The President

Describe your music in seven words?

i am sofa king we todd ed

What’s your favourite studio snack? 

pizza. no… wait… um….. peanut butter + jelly or maybe….. umm fruit. yea definitely fruit… like pineapples, mangos, strawberries, apples, kiwi…… fruit.

If you could go in the studio with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

in no particular order i would have to say
Peter Tosh
Cecil Taylor
Mono/Poly
Tweet
Micachu
Little Esther
Earl Sweatshirt

Where can people go to hear more from you?

To hear more music;
Soundcloud
Bandcamp

To see my true thoughts
norvisjr.tumblr.com
facebook.com/norvisjr

and im on all those band tracking things to see when i playin live shows.

Tue 22/04/14

Gilles is back in the studio for another Saturday afternoon mix up selection, joining the musical dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica, jazz and beyond in his own inimitable style. This week Gilles is joined in the studio by legendary record producer Howie B, to talk about his new album, Down With The Dawn.

Howie has been an influential figure in electronic music for twenty years, producing the likes of Bjork, Tricky and U2. He has also released twelve albums and worked on countless movie soundtracks; Howie’s latest piece of music – co written with Robbie Robertson and Matthew McConaughey – was used on the end titles of Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street.

Listen Here!

Chassol – Ultrathéka No. 1, Pt. I – (Tricatel)
Zakir Hussain – Balinese Fantasy (Aspen)
Jungle – Drops (Pedestrian Edit) (B3SCI Records)
Dub Phizix and Skeptical – Deeper Love (Original Mix) (Metalheadz)
Sam Binga & Redders – Lefdem (Critical Music)
Avishai Cohen – On a Black Horse / Linearity (Parlophone)

S.O.S. Band – High Hopes (Tabu)
Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You (Tabu)
Fatima – Ridin Round (Sky High)

Todd Terje – Alfonso Muskedunder (Olsen Records)
Chassol – Two Lines (Tricatel)
Chassol – Ultrathéka No. 1, Pt. II (Tricatel)
Taylor McFerrin – Decisions feat. Emily King (BrainFeeder) (03’28)

Osunlade – Your Love – (Yoruba Records)
Darondo – Didn’t I (Dave Allison Rework) (Juno Records)
DJ Saturn & Annabel Lee – Afterlife (Further Out)
Quasimoto – Broad Factor ( Stones Throw Records)

The Animated Egg – Sock It My Way (Alshire Records)
Michael Anthony – New Mecca (Young Pals Music)
Sun Ra – India (Impulse)
Chassol – Dosidomifa, Pt. II (Tricatel)
Bugge Wesseltoft – Sharanagati ( Jazzland Recordings)
Moresounds – Deux Mille (Runtime Records)
Alix Perez x DJ Rashad x DJ Spinn – Make It Worth (Exit Records)
Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) Part 1 (Rhino)
Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) Part 2 (Rhino)

Words & Music from Howie B

Howie B – Authentication (HB Recordings)
Pascal Comelade – Love Too Soon feat PJ Harvey (Pascal Comelade / Because Music)
Marvin Gaye – “T” Plays It Cool (Instrumental Soundtrack Version) (Motown Records)
Dobie – Cloud 98 3/4 Original (Playfoot Records)
Howie B – Summers Flower (HB Recordings)
Fela Kuti – Upside Down (Barclay)

Lionel Benjamin – Melodie (Chancy Records)
Manfredo Fest – Jungle Kitten (Bluebird)

Too Many Zooz – Get Busy (Candid Music Group)
Jose Prates – Maracatu Elegante (Polydor)
Matthewdavid – In My World ( Ninja Tune)
Ivy Lab & Hydro – Make It Clear feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika (Original Mix) (Metalheadz)
Jullian Gomez – Love Song 28 (feat. Bobby) (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix) (Atjazz Record Company)
S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time Do It Right (Tabu Records)
Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love (Joey Negro Yacht Disco Mix) Records)

Tue 22/04/14

Jools Holland presents BBC Two’s flagship music show, with legendary musicians and brand new acts from around the world, all performing live.

And this evening he will be catering for the like of Paulo Nutini, Royal Blood, Neil Finn, Joan As Police Woman, Lucius and our very own Zara Mcfarlane.

Tune in to Jools Holland this evening on BBC2, 22:00 sharp!

Tue 22/04/14

Anushka‘s Distorted Air EP is now available for pre order via bandcamp, along with a very limited run of screen printed sleeves from Done London!

Thu 17/04/14

This Saturday, April 19th Brownswood Recordings and designer menswear brand Oliver Spencer are teaming up to contribute to the Record Store Day celebrations.

Appropriately, Brownswood are sending their most dapper and debonair representative, William Adamson, to perform live at the Oliver Spencer shop in Berwick Street, Soho from 13:30 – 14:00. Armed with a 4 string, sampler and a mic, William Adamson will be performing a one-man show featuring music from last year’s Under An East Coast Moon alongside new material.

A selection of Brownswood Recordings vinyl will be available, and customers making in-store purchases will receive a download code for an exclusive 9-track Brownswood Recordings sampler compilation. Plus, a beautifully crafted and specially commissioned cotton twill Oliver Spencer tote bag will be available in store! 

You can find the store right in the middle of the Record Store Day activity at:
81 Berwick Street
London
W1F 8TW

See you Saturday!

Thu 17/04/14

Ahead of the fourth installment of the Brownswood Electr*c compilation, we catch up with the artists through a series of questions about themselves. Here we have for you, Deft – listen to his track “Breakdown” below.

What are you up to today?

I am meant to be working, but I’m just watching videos of people who are reeeally good with After Effects..

Who is your ultimate electronic pioneer?

Vangelis is one my favourite composers, and he’s definitely pushed things into highly sophisticated, strange and interesting places with synthesis and electronic music. Combined with his general outlook on life, he really helped to shape the a lot of contemporary sounds and attitudes towards music.

What did you want to be when you were little?

Depends on how far we go back.. lol. But the first I can remember wanting to be was a Teacher, and I can tell you that I 100% don’t want to be that now.

Describe your music in seven words?

Percussive /bottom heavy, dynamically diverse, sometimes energetic.

What’s your favourite studio snack?

You know, I dont really snack in the studio, I do drink a lot of tea though. So lots of that.

If you could go in the studio with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Barry White, I don’t know what would come out, but it would be so crazy, haha.
With someone who is still with us now, I’d have to say Vangelis, I reckon we would make some high powered, immersive music.

Where can people go to hear more from you?

http://deftmusic.com is where you’ll find most my social networks and musics but just incase..

Facebook
Twitter
Soundcloud

Wed 16/04/14

Shortly after the release of Blank Project Neneh’s new album, featuring Rocket Number 9 and Four Tet on production duties. Neneh returns to London for a special Brownswood Basement X Boiler Room session.  Live broadcast from 14h30 – 16h00.

 

Tue 15/04/14

Fourth. is a live music event that is based in Peckham, South London. Founded at the beginning of this year, The first ’Fourth’  event was somewhat of a Worldwide Family X Brownswood special with DJ sets from Brand New Wayo & Gilles Peterson, as well as a live performance from Diggs Duke.

Aesthetically the Fourth. events and The Worldwide Family are nicely suited with the events being vinyl only and free entry. Head on down and indulge in pizza, alcohol and good music!

Like the Facebook page and look out for the upcoming events this summer. 

Tue 15/04/14

Zara McFarlane – Open Heart
Swindle, Diggs Duke & Alex Session Remixes
Brownswood Recordings
Released Digitally 28th April
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Echoes of Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald shimmer at the margins, along with the sound of a rising talent claiming new ground of her own. LA Times
An understated yet dazzling second album AllMusic.com
(Zara) constructs a kind of black music that descends from Nina Simone and Pharoah Sanders: serene, post-folk, post-soul, mystical. New York Times
If You Knew Her is poised to be one of 2014′s breakthrough jazz albums USA Today
If You Knew Her is a strong showing from this gifted artist Downbeat

The second single from Zara McFarlane’s highly acclaimed second album ‘If You Knew Her’, ‘Open heart’, is released digitally on the 28th April. In this track, that opens the album, Zara has crafted a beautiful and deeply personal track about love lost with lyrics that evoke both sadness and redemption. Accompanying Zara’s voice is the unique hang drum, played by virtuoso musician Manu Delago. ‘Open Heart’ instantly grabs the listener with its sparse arrangement and hypnotic chorus.

Flipping the script, Swindle (Deep Medi Musik) takes ‘Open Heart’ to new directions, adding his trademark sound that has seen him transcend the worlds of grime & dubstep with his jazz inflected keys, sub-heavy riddims and raw percussion.

Brownswood’s Diggs Duke adds his own twist to ‘Open Heart’ through his deft use of keys and double bass. Having released his debut album ‘Offering for Anxious’ in December last year to critical acclaim, Diggs Duke is a man on the rise. His musicianship unquestionable, the 28 year old from Washington DC deftly rearranges the original, adding Rhodes and double bass licks to meditative effect.

Finally up and comer Alex Session brings elements with house, garage and a myriad of UK bass and urban flavours – his fusion of the past and the present is winning him plaudits from the likes of Radio 1 and 1Xtra lynchpins Annie Mac and Mistajam.

Open Heart Official Video
Open Heart Soundcloud Stream
Zaramcfarlane.com
@zaramcfarlane
www.facebook.com/zaramcfarlane

Tue 15/04/14

“My Town” is a brand new feature where in friends and family from around the world give us the lowdown on their home town – favourite bars, restaurants, record shops and more. Forget Time Out – this is the only city guide you need.

Hip Hop Vinyl proudly present to you, Berlin.

Ronald & Dave are longtime members of team hhv, running the shops vinyl branch and giving their unique touch to a lot of hhv related things as the in-house label and the upcoming series of beatmaker compilations called KEATS. They are Berlin natives from day one and oldschool buddies from the carefree days of pickup basketball and graffiti writing in the late 90s.
Being always hungry during a busy day at the office they go on a tour to visit a few food staples in the district of Friedrichshain where the new hhv.de Store, office and warehouse is located. After being a residential area for the working class during the 20th century, Friedrichshain exploded to be a premier spot for tourists of all kinds but still has a few nice long-established spots to get a quick meal in a relaxed atmosphere.

The day usually starts with a roll or two from Vollkornbäckerei Hartwich at Warschauer Str. 72. The best bakery in the area, hands down! Try Apfelbrötchen, you will get addicted!

Just before climbing up the stairs to the office you can grab all the small thing to get through the day from Grünberger Markt at Grünberger Str. 49, usually a Club Mate or two and some fruits. You can get everything from spices to batteries to electric flycatchers. Having a chat with the Asian owners is priceless..

There are a few spots with tradition to get a good snack for lunch and an uncountable number of new spots opening every week. Oldschool spots like the Sudanese Nil Imbiss in Grünberger Str 52 and 3 more spots in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg serve Afro-european delights. Long running Hot Dog Soup in Grünberger Str 69 serves fresh soups (try Mulligatawny!)and hot dogs. Good Arabaian food can be found in Sanabel at Gabriel Max Str 16 and Ali Baba at Krossener Str. 17.

To avoid hypoglycemia in the afternoon you have to visit Kaffeehaus Kuchenrausch at Simon Dach Str. 1. Cheese Cakes galore and a hot Ovomaltine always work well. They also have a small bakery at Wühlischstr 15-16 a few minutes away.

After all the work is done the favored spot to get the daily record-fix is the sparkling new hhv.de Store in Grünberger Str. 54. 2.500 records are in stock along with a big selection of streetwear and sneakers. The preferred method for Berlin’s office owls is the Store Pick Up. You can order from the huge range of records at the hhv.de online shop and pick up everything casually at the store the next day. Easy!

Looking for bars and pubs? You can not find NO place to have a drink in Friedrichshain. So why don’t just sit at the median strip of busy Warschauer Straße next to the dead center of Friedrichshain (marked by an ugly artificial rock) and have a Fußpils? You might try Stereo 33 at Krossener Str 24 or the Cassiopeia Sommergarten for another Pils. Maybe you are lucky enough to catch Donald & Rave along with DJ G-Cut at their monthly vinyl only Vinyl Club night there. If you want to leave tourist drenched Friedrichshain and take a trip to Wedding, you can find a few fresh lokations like Panke at Gerichtsstr. 23 and Humboldthain at Hochstraße 46 where talented people like the Project: Mooncircle crew, Figub Brazlevic’s Old School Future Tribe or Ecke Prenz run cosy parties.

Photography by V.Raeter

Mon 14/04/14

Rockwell house Roof Garden
Saturday 3rd May
Tickets: £12.50, 15.50
Times: 2PM – MIDNIGHT

There’s only one way to celebrate being in London in the summer. Outside in the sunshine, on a rooftop in the heart of East London with a drink in your hand and some of the UK’s top musical talent to nod your head and shake a leg to! We are excited to announce a series of parties at Dalston’s rooftop and Rockwell house where we’ll be inviting an eclectic selection of the best in up and coming live music and DJs, not forgetting some of our Soundcrash favourites as well. Roll on summer 2014!

On May 3rd, the first of a series parties will take place at Rockwell House, Shoredtich. Its ladies first with Katherine DeBoer (formerly of Belleruche), Bitter Ruin, Anushka (Brownswood), Vaitea (BBE), Sonia Stein and much more. Join us for Live Graffiti, Brazilian BBQ, a Cocktail bar and some top quality music! - Soundcrash

Line up:

Katherin DeBoer (live)
Bitter Ruin (live)
Anushka (live)
Sonia Stein (live)
Vaitea (live)
Howson’s Groove (DJ set)
9000 Ears (DJ set)

Mon 14/04/14

Ahead of the fourth installment of the Brownswood Electr*c compilation, we catch up with the artists through a series of questions about themselves. Here we have for you, D Tiberio – listen to his track “All That’s Torn ft. Natasha Agrama” below.

What are you up to today?
Just working then going to Low End to see Teebs play.

What did you want to be when you were little?
When I was in second grade I wanted to be a comedian but a classmate said I wasn’t funny. So that was that.

Describe your music in seven words?
I’m not sure, maybe a bit moody.

If you could go in the studio with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Arthur Russell would be cool.

What’s your favourite studio snack?
Mint Tea and Hi-Chews

Who is your ultimate electronic pioneer?
Aphex Twin

Where can people go to hear more from you?
Soundcloud

Mon 14/04/14

Gilles is back in the studio for another Saturday afternoon mix up selection, joining the musical dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica, jazz and beyond, in his own inimitable style.

This week he is joined by singer and multi-instrumentalist, Rosie Lowe, for a live session. Originally from Devon, Rosie now lives in London. Her debut EP, the Dave Okumu and Kwes produced “Right Thing”, arrived at the tail end of last year and was supported across 6 Music by Gilles, 6 Mix and Lauren Laverne.

In this programme she is joined by her live band and performs two live tracks and also chats about what’s on the horizon.

Stray – Fragile (White?)
Machinedrum – Aeolia (Bleep10/Ninja Tune)
Gil Scott Heron – The On Off Swit
Todd Terje – Svensk Saas (Olsen Records)
Sky Ferreira – You’re Not The One (Cid Rim Remix) – Capitol Records

Quartette Tres Bien – Voo Doo Man (Royal Tone)
Too Many Zooz – To The Top (Bandcamp)
T-Ski Valley – Catch The Beat (Tuff City)
Kool Mo Dee And The Treacherous Three – Feel the Heartbeat (Enjoy)
Mr Scruff – We Are Coming (Ninja Tune)

Rosie Lowe – 10K Balloons (Adventures)
Nikitch – Moods (Dub)

Al Dobson Junior – Garifuna (ISWID)
Al Dobson Junior - Everyday (ISWID)
Herbie Hancock with Bobby McFerrin – Round Midnight (CBS)
Al Dobson Junior - Inner City (ISWID)
James Tilman – Love Within (Shangri LA EP/Self-Released)
Eska – Shade Of Blue (Earthling Recordings)
Visioneers – Mystic Brew
Sonzeira – A SOUTHERN FREEZE (Talkin’ Loud/EMI)
Tom Misch – You Got Me Flying (Omniverse Records)
Gene Harris – LatinFunkLoveSong
Nosaj Thing – Particles Aligned

Olga Bell – Krasnoyarsk Krai (New Amsterdam)
Tony Rubio – Bass In Action (Fannon)
Marcus Belgrave – Space Odyssey (Tribe)
Flying Lotus – Arkestry
Hank Mobley – The Morning After
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Meta Meta – Orunmila (Mais Um Discos)
Roland & Luiz Antonio – Chica Chica Boom Chic (RCA)

Magic Number – Song For Sophia
Djrum – The Miracle Part 1
Heidi Vogel – Turn Up The Quiet (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)

ROSIE LOWE IN SESSION
Rosie Lowe – Right Thing (BBC Session Track)
Taylor McFerrin Feat. Nai Palm – The Antidote (Brainfeeder)
Rosie Lowe – Me & Your Ghost (BBC Session Track)

Evan – Fall In Love Pt 1
Georges Edouard Nouel – Merci Bon Dieu
Percussions – Blatant Water Cannon (TEXT)
Ossie – Heartbeating (Heavenly Mix)

FaltyDL – Quiera 2 (Ninja Tune)
Harvey Anderson – Jivaro (Senor Charro)
Oliver The 2nd – Mocassins (Self-Released)

Kelis – Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix)
N.E.R.D – Everybody Here’s A Star (BBC Radio 1 Session)
Eberhard Schoener – Gam-bang
Tirzah – You
Der Kran – Boozoo Bajou
TS Monk – Candidate For Love (Kon re-edit)

Mon 14/04/14

Ahead of the record store day release Anushka have dropped a track entitled ‘Blessing’ from their upcoming EP ‘Distorted Air’.

Thu 10/04/14

Ahead of the fourth installment of the Brownswood Electr*c compilation, we catch up with the artists through a series of questions about themselves. Here we have for you, Nikitch – listen to his track “Radiated Light” below.

What are you up to today?

I’m just finishing a new remix for an electronic band of friends called “Tambour Battant” for now. Once this one is done, I return on other new tracks in the making… I’ve got this bad habit to multiply projects and songs I’m working on, so I’m most of the time trying to finish stuff I just dropped on ableton quickly. Then if I have enough time in the day I’ll go digging music ..

What did you want to be when you were little?

Now that’s a good question… Honestly I wasn’t very concerned about my future as a child, as long as nobody stops me from doing what I liked.. Detective of Firefighter shit, quite usual for a kid tho.

Describe your music in seven words?

Spontaneous, Colourfull, Intense, Harmonic, Chord-driven, Soft and quite Simple music I think.

What’s your favourite studio snack?

I’m not very difficult… The only law is to keep clean hands for the studio stuff ! But most of the time I’m trying to get a true break time for eating.. Then I can rest my ears and brain before go back to work.

Who is your ultimate electronic pioneer?

There’s so many… I could tell you Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer, La Monte Young… The one I’ve been listening the more so far is Terry Riley. He was playing during entire nights without a piece a silence, making himself uniques instruments based on Yamaha Organs, Saxophones, and selfmades Tape Delay.. My dad has some vinyls of him, and he was listening them when I were a boy. It didn’t notice it at this time, but as an teenager I felt back on this stuff while digging some music.. Then I realized the importance of it.

If you could go in the studio with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

I think I’ll be glad to share some studio with Dorian Concept, or Machinedrum. They’re both putting strongs musical ideas in their production, whithout taking really care of how the people will react to this or that.. Wich make their productions more uniques and interesting to me.

Where can people go to hear more from you?

You can find more music from me on my Soundcloud and more Infos and Gigs Anouncements on my Facebook

Thu 10/04/14

“My Town” is a brand new feature where in friends and family from around the world give us the lowdown on their home town – favourite bars, restaurants, record shops and more. Forget Time Out – this is the only city guide you need.

Up next, DJ IAMRISHA and Radio broadcaster of ‘A Worldwide Thing’ takes us through the hidden delights of Delhi

Party:
Hauz Khas village is a little rough around the edges, but down the tight alleys it houses some of the best party spots. One of the most soulful nights in town is ‘The Grind’ at Raasta that spins old and new skool hip-hop and funk. For live music TLR is the place, an intimate affair with a solid sound-system. And if you’re looking for a real underground party, Grime Riot Disco always wins.

Chill out:
Lodhi gardens in the center, is a haven away from the city’s chaos. It’s spread over 90 acres and hosts Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, other 15th Century Afghan ruins and a gorgeous lake. I’ve lost count of the number of afternoons spent soaking up the sun; and there’s always a good vibe with lots going on – laughing yoga, picnics, kids running around the tombs (myself included) and cricket matches.

Eat/drink:

This is a hard one to narrow down, but here are a few favourites…

Kebabs – Karim’s Seekh Kebabs are the shizzle. Located in the heart of Old Delhi, the 100 year-old restaurant serves the juiciest ones around town.

South Indian – The South Indian pancakes, Dosas, are served best at Carnatic Café. I’d recommend the ‘Malleshwaram 18th Cross,’ not just because it has the best name on the menu, but the gunpowder spice they use is pure magic. Finish it up with the frothy filter coffee which the region is famous for.

Himalayan – The moment you enter Yeti you feel like you’re in the mountains. Tibetan flags, rustic wood and the smell of Nepali spices are everywhere. Hard to single-out one dish, but the fried spicy spinach served with the Tibetan steamed bread, Tingmo, will sort you out nicely…together with a few swigs of the local Old Monk rum.

Andra Bhavan Canteen – This place is more a cultural experience. Think the streets, the stations, the markets of Delhi packed into one canteen. Your eyes are everywhere. And it’s not surprising there’s an army of guys just managing the queue of people. It’s fun. And the food is delicious, cheap and unlimited. But be warned, there’s no limit to the butter ghee so expect to pretty much do nothing post-this-meal.

Best place to buy music:

For rare vinyl that includes Old-skool Bollywood and Ghazals, New Gramaphone House is the place. Originally established in 1930′s Lahore, the store moved to Chandni Chowk, Delhi during the time of partition. Housed above a toy slash sandal shop, it stands as the last vinyl store in the city and is a crate-diggers paradise.

What’s the local expression / saying:

The head wobble always wins. It’s a mystery and is used as a response to something which could mean anything from Yes, No, Good, Ok to I understand.

Sum up your town in three words:

Historic. Horns. Real.

What is the best radio show / station:

I’ll be sounding biased if I say Radio 79 Delhi, but it’s truly the only station that airs independent sounds. Local group the Reggah Rajahs do a great show called ‘Pressure Drop,’ plus the mid-week Special Agents show allows local talent to takeover. Then of course, let’s not forget A Worldwide Thing

What’s the best local delicacy / street food / snack?

Masala chai and aloo ka parantha. A parantha is flatbread made on a tava, a large flat griddle, and can be stuffed with anything you like – my favourite is boiled potato ‘aloo’ and coriander. It’s best served rolled up and dipped in tea, setting you back about 50p.

Who is the best local talent in your area?

EDM dominates the scene and there are few experimental producers, but a couple to watch out for include Frame / Frame and Pippin. In the space of deep house, Hamza has put out a good new album called ‘Gitano’ and for modern jazz Tarun Balani Collective are great live. On the mic, it’s hard to touch Delhi Sultanate and the best DJ collective is no doubt The Grind.

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Thu 10/04/14

With over 880 episodes so far, Gilles’ internationally syndicated radio show is broadcast every week on stations across the globe.  2014 takes the Worldwide show to new territories so let us know if you’d like to hear the show on a station near you…

Expect musical selections that connect the dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, latin, electronica, jazz and beyond, featuring exclusive interviews and guest mixes from luminaries such as Radiohead’s Thome Yorke, Brainfeeder’s Flying Lotus, soul legend Bobby Womack, Worldwide Awards winner Jonwayne and synth magician Débruit to name but a few.

The guest mixes are so good that we have decided to give them a home of their own – for your listening pleasure! Check out the Worldwide Family Mixtape series here.

This week we have a guest mix courtesy of the man behind Spacebomb Records and last year’s Big Inner album on Domino Records, Matthew E White.

The Worldwide show is lovingly brought to you every week by Mistral Productions.

To keep up to date with the Worldwide Show and Mistral Productions follow us on twitter: @WeAreMistral

 

 

 

Tue 08/04/14

With the sunshine gracing London today, we’re sure that for many people the question is ‘what festival are you going to?’ “The biggest little festival in the world” seems to have it all! Soulful, sunny music, across a multitude of genres, from jazz, funk, roots, disco and boogie to house, afrobeat, samba, world and electronica, with parties on the beach and parties under the stars!

All this coupled with beautiful gardens, yoga zone, outdoor workshops, beach front stage and even an ancient Byzantine bath house which will host acoustic workshops and seminars.

Check out last years video for a taster of what’s to come…

SunSplash Festival Teaser 2014 from SunSplash Festival on Vimeo.

To kick start your summer buy your tickets here .. For full line-up details see here.

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Mon 07/04/14

THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS LAUNCH JOHN’S STORY

HELP RAISE £15,000 TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF 25 OF LONDON’S HOMELESS THIS SPRING

TEXT ‘JOHN20 £5′ TO 70070
WATCH THE FILM
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On 31 March 2014, Our homies at the House of St Barnabas, a homeless charity and the first not-for-profit private members club, will launch its first ever digital campaign to raise vital funds needed to run their Employment Academy, supporting those who have been affected by homelessness or social exclusion get back into work.

It costs the charity £3,000 per participant to attend the Employment Academy, complete its training and mentoring programme. Today, the House of St Barnabas is asking 15,000 people to give just £5, which would enable another 25 people to attend the Academy and help them to transform their lives.

In Spring 2013, acclaimed Scottish actor Brian Cox (currently starring in The Weir in London’s west end) visited The House of St Barnabas and filmed an interview with one of the charity’s success stories, John Smallshaw. John is a former heroin addict who had been homeless on and off for 40 years. The film follows John from Academy graduate to one of the club’s employees.

The House of St Barnabas operates a unique charitable model, running a not-for-profit private members’ club from its Grade I listed home in the centre of Soho. The charity integrates an Employment Academy into the heart of the club, providing work experience and training for those affected by homelessness. The membership is a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, social innovators and creatives. Our goal is to work together to close the gap on social and cultural exclusion.

What can you do to support;

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Change a life with @HoStBarnabas by donating £5.
Watch John’s Journey to find out how & TEXT ‘JOHN20 £5′ to 70070

Mon 07/04/14

Ed Motta the Brazilian MPB, Rock, Soul Music, Funk & Jazz musician will be performing at Union Chapel for a very special performance one off London show.

Tickets Available Here.

Check out Ed’s outstanding performance in the Brownswood Basement

To see the rest of Ed’s gig listings click here

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Union Chapel, Islington, London  

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 at 7:00PM

Mon 07/04/14

Zara McFarlane has announced her first Paris shows with this mini-residency at Duc Lombards in Paris:
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Zara’s album “If You Knew Her” is out now. Her next single “Open Heart” including the massive Swindle Remix is available to pre-order now on iTunes!