London producer Oriol sports quite the musical pedigree—the man studied saxophone for four years at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. But even with all that academic training, he couldn't be stopped from jumping on the computer and trying his hand at beatmaking, an effort that eventually resulted in last year's stellar debut on Planet Mu, Night and Day. In a way, his music successfully updates '70s soul and '80s electro-funk, and that trend continues on his installment of the XLR8R podcast series. We're told that as a non-DJ, Oriol doesn't normally assemble proper mixes, but here he's done an admirable job combining new cuts from the likes of FaltyDL and Jacques Greene along with a few of his own tracks and some vintage selections from jazz legends like Quincy Jones and John Coltrane. It's a different sort of listening experience than many of our podcasts, but the breezy, soulful sounds within are an appropriate companion to Oriol's headphone-friendly productions.
01 FaltyDL "Play With My Heart" (Planet Mu)
02 Oriol "Night And Day (Edit)" (Planet Mu)
03 Jacques Greene "The Look" (LuckyMe)
04 Santos "Time Of Our Lives (Atjazz Love Soul Mix)" (Yoruba)
05 Oriol "Untitled"
06 Quincy Jones "Somethin' Special" (UMG)
07 Funkadelic "Oh I" (Warner Bros)
08 Leon Ware "Don't Stay Away" (Elektra)
09 Oriol "Fantasy For N" (Planet Mu)
10 Michael Franks "Island Life" (Warner Bros)
11 Oriol "Solar" (Planet Mu)
12 John Coltrane "Wise One" (Impulse)
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