Quietly taking over the world: LeFto

20 10 2009

His taste in music is cut from the same eclectic cloth as Gilles Peterson, he’s a Nike sneakerhead, a resident DJ at  GP’s Worldwide festivals and a Brownswood regular, a radio show host at StuBru and quietly making a name for himself internationally: LeFto.

Bubbly, delightfully obscure ditties

25 08 2009

I’ve been anticipating the release of Brownswood Bubblers 4 for quite some time now and here it is now, available on Brownswood and iTunes. De-lish.

Forging ahead with the Bubblers series, Brownswood Recordings are proud to present another awe-inspiring assortment of delightfully obscure ditties and underground heaters that have been clogging Gilles’ record bag and radio playlists of late. Kicking off with the honey-coated Motor City soul vibes purveyed by Mayer Hawthorne on ‘Maybe So Maybe No’ and weaving a path through to Lone’s lush, widescreen beatscape ‘Sea Spray’. This is Gilles Peterson in his element – flitting between Oumou Sangaré’s soaring African melodies, Maryland beatmaker yU’s coarsely chopped hip hop soul, El Michels Affair reworking classic ODB material for the jazz headz, New Look’s spine-tingling electro pop, and the rich sub low cinematics of Floating Points.

More from Gilles Peterson at KSPACE.TV. Also recommended: Lefto’s mix.

‘Best of Bubblers’ A Brownswood Mixtape

11 08 2009

This puts a smile on my face. A Brownswood mixtape, all Bubblers, available on Soundcloud. Clever way to promote the upcoming release of Brownswood Bubblers Vol. 4. Recommended, especially if you’re new to Brownswood and Gilles Peterson’s taste in music.

1. Soundspecies – Can We Call It Love (with Ahu) [BB4]
2. Simbad feat. Steelo – Soul Fever [BB1]
3. Bullion – Get Familiar [BB3]
4. NSM – The Hype [BB2]
5. Katalyst feat. Steve Spacek – How Bout Us [BB3]
6. Cornish Waters feat. Duchess – Walking [BB2]
7. Ayak & First Man – Can We Go Back? [BB1]
8. DJ Day – A Place To Go [BB3]
9. Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No [BB4]
10. Iman – Who Was I Trying To Fool [BB1]
11. Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers [BB2]
12. New Look – Everything [BB4]

Brownswood Bubblers Vol. 4

28 07 2009

On 24 August 2009 Brownswood is set to release their annual “assortment of delightfully obscure ditties and underground heaters that have been clogging Gilles’ record bag and radio playlists of late.” Ladies and gentlemen, start your Google search engines. Here is the tracklist. Worldwide flavor.


1. Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So Maybe No
2. Souleance – Mañana
3. yU – Fine
4. El Michels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
5. Lisa Papineau – Rene Thomas
6. The Misled Children & Odean Pope – Dadadun
7. Kafka – The Kafka Anthem
8. Oumou Sangaré – Iyo Djeli
9. Jam Da Silva – Dia Santo
10. Keaver & Brause – Awake
11. Sound Species – Can We Call It Love (with Ahu)
12. New Look – Everything
13. Floating Points – Peroration V Ft. Fatima
14. Lone – Sea Spray

Brownswood Bubblers Vol. 4

28 05 2009

This has been on my mind for some time now: when will the good people at Brownswood Recordings turn out another Brownswood Bubblers compilation? Apparently, it’s in the works and Lisa Papineau’s Rene Thomas (listen on her MySpace) will be one of the tracks on the album. I needed this news.

Source: lisapapineau.blogspot.com

Artist of the year: José James

28 12 2008

Brownswood certified, dope live performances, a stellar debut album, a unique hip hop infused jazz sound and flavor galore; José James made quite a splash in 2008. That’s why he’s my inaugural Aloxe Corton artist of the year. Congrats, José.

Promise and potential always tantalize

23 12 2008

Now that’s a line-up: Worldwide Live

5 12 2008

Jaw-dropping line-up at Het Depot: Gilles Peterson, Nicola Conte, Jazzanova and Lefto. And it get’s better, still: tickets cost only 10 euros. 13 February 2009. 8:00pm. Brownswood descends upon Leuven.

Milk is chillin’, Gizmo is chillin’
What more can I say? Top billin’

Gilles Peterson by Damian Rafferty, flickr.com

Am so going. Are you?

16 01 2008