Tracklisting and full mixtape download after the jump. And the first track has one of our favorite men in the business on it…
Sometime around their non-Cali debut in Austin for SXSW, Rehes sat down with another Bay Area group on the rise: Grillade and even brought us an album sampler for download.
Grillade [gree-YAHD] presents the very delicious mixture of Bay Area based rhythm section The Park, San Francisco dwelling producer Keelay, and Portland bred songbird Ragen Fykes. Some of my favorite artists from the west coast have joined and I just about can’t hold it together any longer.
The group blends soul, hip-hop, and funk with The Park’s trade live band groove that leaves you yearning for more. And more, and more, and…yeah.
Talent abounds. Ragen’s voice, while sweet and soothing, still carries a control that lets you know she can be bad as she wanna be. The Park approaches music with a very natural and communal ideology, making you feel like it’s everyone on stage having a party. Keelay’s humble genius provides the backbone with tight production that just makes you want to clap your hands, even if it’s Wednesday.
Also, just in knowing these folks as down to Earth as hell and extremely eager to create and grow, I already see the beginnings of an incredible chemistry brewing.
This same chemistry left Ragen feeling herself and raging at one SXSW performance so hard that she might have forgotten who she was for a little second. Or a long second. We forgot who we were too – shit. Homegirl got it in. I haven’t seen The Park or Keelay get lost in the music like that before either – and I’ve seen those fools hella times. Explosive.
So how’d these folkers get started anyway? Like, who? What? Where in the frick did they come from and how do they even EXIST?
Answers and MP3 After the Jump
This week on GPWW, Gilles starts off with Majestik & Steve before he gets into The Head Hunters, Sun Ra, a Grace Jones remix by Mala, Calibre, Benga, Madlib, plus a fantastic live “Poem,” read by Steve Reid at the 2008 WW Awards. Later Kyle Hall, an 18-year old producer from Detroit whose tracks also appear on some recent GPWW tracklists, provides the mix for end of this week’s show.
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2 years ago, Gilles Peterson visited Cuba for the first time on a reconnaissance mission to check out the new generation of Havana-based artists. The fruits of his labor culminated in the album he presented, Havana Cultura, which was recently released, but now his Brownswood Recordings imprint is preparing the release of Havana Cultura Remixed out on June 7th, enlisting remixes from the likes of Louie Vega, Carl Cox, Seiji, Marc Mac of 4Hero, and many more. The 2 disc album also features a bonus DJ mix courtesy of Gilles Peterson himself that neatly weaves together the disparate threads that make up a typical Peterson DJ Set. From the stirring percussion and meandering groove of Louie Vega’s marathon Latin workout to the hi-octane Bengua-esque skank delivered by Carl Cox and the lazy ebb and flow of Michel Cleis‘ magnificent shuffling houser, this is Gilles in his element.