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Morning team. This is my ear-worm today, so it’s only fair that I make it yours, too. On this fine Wednesday, I trust you’re all well, enjoying a bit of Joe Wicks, and generally keeping as sane as possible. Maybe this’ll help a little. Love ya.

From the description:

Led by Saxophonist Rob Mitchell, Abstract Orchestra have been a consistent presence on the u.k. music scene, touring constantly in promotion of their debut LP “Dilla” and follow up 45 “New Day feat. Illa J”, steadily building a loyal and supportive fanbase. Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures, breathing new life into familiar material.

The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets and trombones and features the cream of the north of England’s jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.

“Madvillain Vol. 1” takes the template of their debut LP “Dilla” and applies the same approach to the collaboration of MF Doom and Madlib, aka MADVILLAIN and their albums MADVILLAINY and MADVILLAIN 2. Sampling the likes of Sun Ra, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, George Duke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder gave the albums a jazz oriented feel and ethos which in turn lend themselves perfectly to the deconstruction and re-imagining of Abstract Orchestra. As with their debut, all the tracks were recorded live in the studio with very few overdubs.

Released November 2nd, 2018

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Calm Jams For The Times Of Now Vol. 3

The third instalment of Kevin Drew’s isolation playlist is here. I don’t know about you, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these playlists. Chilled, thoughtful, and moving. Exactly what I’ve needed to get through my never-changing days at the moment.

From Broken Social Scene’s Facebook page: “Volume 3 takes you to the isolation airport. Movements for the pick me up’s and the “hold on” way of living. Enjoy xo”.

Let’s hear your own isolation playlists, folks. Send them over and we’ll feature them; we should spread some cheer while we’re all in lockdown mode.

Love, etc.

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Calm Jams For The Times Of Now Vol. 2

Morning folks. Volume 2 of Kevin Drew’s isolation playlist is here for your enjoyment. From Broken Social Scene’s Facebook page:

“On Vol.2 you’ll find tunes that take you with them. It has a subtle urgency that feels accurate. Put this on and keep going”

That sounds alright by us. Keep on keeping on, gang.

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Calm Jams For The Times Of Now Vol. 1

Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene is busy crafting some delicious playlists during these times of lockdown, quarantine and self-isolation. This first one embraces the ambient compositions of some of his favourite artists. I’ll continue to post his updates over the coming days. Enjoy, and stay safe.

Peace and love.

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AUDIO: Tom Vek – A Chore (Tom Vek Re-edit)

Tom Vek has remixed… himself. It’s just the thing I needed to bring me out of my funk this morning – hopefully it’ll help you likewise. Courtesy of Soundcloud and Island Records.

 A Chore – Tom Vek’s RE-EDIT by tomvek