Brownswood Bubblers 10
Compiled by Gilles Peterson Brownswood Recordings
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.