Brownswood Bub­blers 10

Com­piled by Gilles Peter­son Brownswood Record­ings

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

SINCE Gilles Peter­son formed the Talkin’ Loud label with fel­low tastemaker Nor­man Jay MBE in 1990, the Bri­tain-based Swiss national has been syn­ony­mous with mu­si­cal ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­ery. His World­wide ra­dio show on BBC Ra­dio 1 was, un­til its ces­sa­tion in 2011, ground zero for those want­ing to im­merse them­selves in the sounds of Brazil, Cuba, Africa and be­yond. Peter­son’s cur­rent pro­gram on the Beeb also demon­strates his ap­petite for mu­sic of ev­ery ori­gin and tempo. The 10th edi­tion of Brownswood

Bub­blers con­tin­ues the se­ries’ and Brownswood Record­ings’ run as a depend­able source of the over­looked mu­si­cal master­pieces that too of­ten fall through the cracks. Tak­ing a typ­i­cally eclec­tic ap­proach to the track list­ing, Peter­son has mixed jazz, bro­ken beat, tribal ele­ments and elec­tronic sounds with worldly per­cus­sion and in­stru­men­ta­tion to great ef­fect. Good­night, the open­ing track by Copen­hagen-based singer­song­writer Philip Owusu, sets the scene, pit­ting a soft, breezy vo­cal with laid-back per­cus­sion and pi­ano. Dean Blunt’s Flaxen, mean­while, with its re­lent­less harp, key stabs and oft-bizarre vo­cal, is a nice pre­cur­sor to Paul Hill’s warm and up­beat

Need Me Some U, it be­ing in­dica­tive of Peter­son’s ear for a swing­ing groove. Sidestep­pin’, courtesy of Werkha and fea­tur­ing Bry­ony Jar­man-Pinto, steps things up via a more ur­gent elec­tronic base, while Brazil­ian Joao So­bral con­trib­utes the mel­low, acous­tic gui­tar-driven Meio Nublado.

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