Three Nu-Jazz Experts Top 12” Picks
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Looking for some hot leads for your record crate or digital playlist? XLR8R polled tastemakers to see what tracks are doin’ it in the nu-jazz, broken-beat, and leftfield clubs and radio shows. On board for this discussion are New York DJ Tyler Askew, from Rude Movements and Straight No Chaser magazine, Chicago’s Josh Ferguson, of XLR8R and Groove Distribution, and the UK’s DJ Nick Matthews, from Best Kept Secret booking and promotions.
Roland Appel “Changes” (Sonar Kollektiv)
One half of Fauna Flash, Roland Appel comes with something dark ‘n’ heavy, and perfect for the dancefloor. These boys know how to adapt with the times. Check his partner Christian Prommer's Drummelsson project, also out on SK.
Broki “Brukeaton (Simbad Remix)” (Key)
Broki is Puerto Rico's Emilio Velez (a.k.a. Local 12), and on "Brukeaton," he's teamed with PR MC Lisa M (think of here as the island's answer to Lady Sovereign) for a reggaeton inspired, bass-fueled, broken-beat stonker. Adding fuel to the fire, London's Simbad turns out a delicious remix, making this possibly the best broken-beat single I've heard in the past six months.
Tony Allen (pictured above) with Carl Craig “Kilode” (Honet Jon’s)
Absolutely the killer bomb right now. Lagos to the nocturnal desert via Detroit, for a soulful spine tigler. Simply perfect.
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