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Hello, my name is Ninja Bob, and for my blog I thought I would share a few of the things which I am currently listening to, and rate really highly!

1. Onra – Chinoiseries 3

Discovered this guy on the House of Verse trip to brighton… An exceedingly helpful record shop worker (bongo records btw) pointed this out and within about 30 seconds of listening to it I was hooked! The story goes that the guy went round Asia collecting records and other forms of music which he then digitised and sampled using an MPC.. Classic beat making and a great finish.. If you like J Dilla or Madlib I bet you will like this!

Best time to listen to this:

When you need some inspiration

Fav tracks:

Pearl Song

 

The Storm

 

 

2. Souljazz presents new york noise:

This album is a classic example of a vinyl collectors travails.. I bought this over 6 months ago from waxworks vinyl shop on queens road on a whim and it sat unopened for the best part of those 6 months! When I finally opened it I found an incredible collection of early/mid 80’s new wave/post punk tracks (think talking heads and poss a bit of LCD soundsystem). The bass lines on some of the tracks where so funky that I felt like I had been possessed by “old greg with his magical box of funk”

Best time to listen to this:

Getting ready to go out to a gig

Fav tracks:

Liquid Liquid – Optimo

 

Bush Tetras – Can’t Be Funky

 

 

3. Age of L.u.n.a:

Not got a fav album as they haven’t done one yet! But I have a great deal of respect for this Hip hop group hailing from London, their style is very much in the mould of ATCQ and other conscious Hip hop groups of the 90’s which is complemented by a beautiful female singing voice from Daniella-Louise Thomas. Not sure if they will ever make it big but it’s great to see a modern day uk act putting out this style of Hip hop.

Best time to listen to this:

Saturday afternoons

Fav tracks:

Blow Me Away

 

Feels So Good

 

 

4. Mr Jukes:

Found this gem on amazon when I was searching for funky/soulful stuff in the mould of childish Gambino and Anderson Paac. While it’s not as good as either of those albums (tbh not much is!!) the album I discovered was a patchwork of interesting ideas, great collaborations and funky grooves.. It’s an odd album in that it’s done by Jack Steadman from Bombay bicycle club, and includes Charles Bradley, De La Soul, Lianna La Havas, Bj the Chicago Kid and a few other guests! And it covers all sorts of genres ranging from Hip hop through jazzy electronica to funk and soul but it works which is all that counts!

Best time to listen to this:

Anytime.. It’s a classic all rounder

Fav tracks:

Angels / Your Love feat BJ The Chicago Kid

 

Someone New

 

(The original is actually better than this live version but i couldn’t find a link to it 🙁 )

 

Guilty pleasure:
Bruno Mars: That’s What I Like

Play this at the basement a lot, and everytime it gets me bopping.. I don’t care.. I LAV ITTTT!!!!!!

Fav banger:
Gotta be Phantasy & Macky Gee – Transition 

Starts off bouncy then gets even bouncier!

P.s.

I know I’ve neglected the indie/psych/shoegaze stuff on this list but I ran out of time, to redress the balance i will leave you with this this little number..

P.p.s.

Can’t do this blog without mentioning Too Many Zooz.. I supported them last week and they totally blew me away. It was like being at a rave, and they had the crowd completely spellbound for a full 90 minutes. Have so much respect for those guys and what they are doing.. There sister band Lucky Chops is rather good as well.. Check out this vid from them.

 

Much love to everyone. 🙂

 

Ninja Bob.

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