The track is from Rhye’s latest album, Spirit. There I was watching a football match and the incidental music at the end reminded me of a Rhye song. Then I remembered they had a new album out, so I gave it a spin. And it was literally what I needed. Great segue. Needed is a cut off the album, entitled “Spirit”, and it is gorgeous….

The RKZ/Handbook partnership serves up an “Impossible” delight with guest vocalist Sonni Mai. Understated imagery is a beautiful art form. The concept fuelled decades of art in the mid-20th century and minimalism is all the rage today. When RKZ and Handbook weave their musical threads, the finished product is indicative of that style. But with added colour. And that’s what shines through. You listen with your…

Noah & Shagabond keep it wavy with their collaborative effort, Arouse. “We decided to meet up in Toronto for some studio time last September. I had a bunch of beats I had been working on over the summer that I was really excited to show Noah, but only one really stood out at the time. During an overnight session at a low-key studio in Toronto’s…

Facebook sucks but sampling groups offer well-needed gems such as ross & clement’s coastin. coastin is a smooth R&B meal with all the 90s-style trimmings. Groove is the main ingredient helped by the sample, Soul II Soul’s Back To Life. There’s a sense of indulgence too, with rich textures and a slow syrupy tempo. Actually, I take it back; this R&B meal has three courses…

Long-time friend Theo_Huxtable drops a mix “for all the Justines in the world”. When you’re feeling someone’s aesthetic, you’ve gotta get a collab in and that’s what we did. We asked Theo_Huxtable if he’d be down for a mix and this is the result. JustineMix is a half hour of dope cuts inspired by Justine Phillips, the real Theo Huxtable’s girlfriend. According to “our” Theo,…

Cali artist Caleon Fox declares his love and admiration for his durag on The Durag Song. A big shout out to Corey aka @theo_huxtable1. Caleon Fox is an artist from Oakland making music with all the chill and, seemingly, no chill at all. The Durag Song is exactly what the title suggests and the video is as stoopid as you’d expect for an ode to…

UK producer D e e D O N T C A R E flips Joyce Wrice’s Good Morning. Another Reddit find. D e e D O N T C A R E hails from Birmingham and his brand of bouncing R&B slots right into the summer aesthetic. For this flip, Dee chose Joyce Wrice’s Good Morning mixing her airy vocals with a crisp uptempo rhythm…

We interviewed Aria Jay about her latest release, Growth. Pink isn’t at the top of my favourite colour list but it’s starting to grow on me thanks to Aria Jay. The pastel rose hues of her Instagram are a perfect accompaniment for a brilliant musician. Aside from her visual aesthetic, Aria is a beautiful vocalist and we caught up with her about her latest EP…

Leo Napier gets the remix treatment by Le Wanderer on latest single Before I Go Away. A move from the US to Ladbroke Grove may puzzle some but there’s no mistaking Leo Napier’s vocal qualities. The US-born London-based singer has made a bit of a name for himself, lending his talents to Gramatik’s Native Son and now he looks to embark on his solo career…

This Prince mix was made exclusively for the 11th annual Soul Slam in San Francisco. I can’t believe it’s been a year since Prince passed away. Time really does fly. DJs King Most and Proof put together this mix of covers, remixes, classics and rarities for the Soul Slam event in San Fran and they came nice with it.