Podcast 281: Leon Vynehall
- Words: Shawn Reynaldo
Leon Vynehall only released two records last year, but the Brighton-based producer undeniably made his presence known in 2012, even as he refused to reveal his true identity. His last record, "Gold Language" b/w "Don't Know Why," had quite an impact—it prompted us to profile Vynehall as part of our Bubblin' Up series—and now he's followed it up with another strong effort, the three-track Rosalind EP, which is currently streaming in full on XLR8R. Given Vynehall's ascendant trajectory, we figured now would be a good time to invite the UK beatmaker to participate in our podcast series, and he responded with a mix that quite possibly raises more questions than it answers. Don't get us wrong; the mix is good—very good even. The surprise is that it finds Vynehall digging a lot deeper than we expected, as much of his podcast consists of vintage funk, soul, and disco. He does find his way into house territory eventually, but even then, the cuts are deep and the sounds largely eschew the sound palettes currently dominating the UK landscape. Furthermore, Vynehall doesn't stop at flexing his skills as a selector, as the man also displays some serious mixing chops over the course of this hour-plus podcast. It seems that there's a lot more to Leon Vynehall than we initially suspected, but we're happy to sit back and listen as he continues to reveal himself, one bit at a time.
01 Malcom Cecil "Gamelian Dawn" (Unity)
02 Sabu Martinez "Hotel Alyssa-Soussie, Tunisia" (Grammofonverket)
03 Elijah John Group "Keep a Little Love for Yourself" (Key)
04 Nightlife Unlimited "Peaches & Prunes (Ron Hardy Re-Edit 1)" (Muzic Box Classics)
05 Willie Hutch "Easy Does It" (Whitfield)
06 Mike Dunn "Da House Spot Edits 1" (white)
07 Gisele Jackson "Love Commandments (Goya Beats)" (Waako)
08 Laszlo Dancehall "Manley Harrison" (ManMakeMusic)
09 Appointment "Track 1" (Appointment)
10 Roger S "Deep" (Narcotic)
11 Palace "Touch Me (Rough)"
12 Leon Vynehall "Brother"
13 Laszlo Dancehall "Flute Worx"
14 Bleak "Down" (Deeply Rooted House)
15 Unknown "Unknown"
16 Doc Severinsen "Be with You (DJ Harvey Edit)" (Doc84)
17 Odyssey "Don't Tell Me, Tell Her" (RCA)
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