Album of the Week: 11-15 November
Simbad presents Collections Volume One [BBE Music] Worldwide FM’s album of the week comes from our family, monthly host Simbad, “Simbad presents Collections Vol. 1” out on BBE Music. London production hero and DJ Simbad (aka SMBD) joins forces with BBE Music for retrospective album ‘Collections Vol.1’. Despite having produced a stellar series of remixes…
Simbad presents Collections Volume One [BBE Music]
London production hero and DJ Simbad (aka SMBD) joins forces with BBE Music for retrospective album ‘Collections Vol.1’.
Despite having produced a stellar series of remixes for the label and countless of releases on various prestigious labels over the years, ‘Collections Vol.1’ is Simbad’s debut on BBE as an artist, so he’s brought a few friends along for the ride.
The album features guest vocals from Lulu James, LaAerial, Steelo, Entek, Byron The Aquarius, Rae Rae, Claudia Smith and Miryam Solomon, all deftly framed by Simbad’s distinctive, warm, jazz-infused production.
Although a constant traveller, Simbad’s affinity with the UK, and in particular London, has placed him at the centre of the city’s music scene for many years now; with influences and inspirations flowing in both directions between him and his adopted hometown.
Says Simbad: “I came to London end of the 90’s with my saxophone for a summer & ended up staying. This is the place where my music journey as a DJ & a producer truly began. The culture of this island hit me hard & deep. And because most of the stuff I’ve done is still unreleased (and I never stop making music where ever I go) I am absolutely delighted to share this collection of tunes featuring some of the most talented singers (and friends for life) that I had the pleasure to work in these last 10-15 years, recorded in my London studio sanctuary throughout the years. And hopefully even the old songs still stand the ground…”
1. Paradigm Message 0718
2. Day by Day feat. Lulu James
3. Elevate feat. LaAerial
4. Oozing (Instrumental)
6. Royal feat. Entek
7. Get Your Sh Together feat. Byron The Aquarius
8. Good To You feat. Rae Rae
9. IF U
10. Circles & Motions feat. Claudia Smith
11. Innit Dub
12. Thankful feat. Miryam Solomon
13. Rainin Luv
Album of the Week: 4-8 November
HECTOR PLIMMER – NEXT TO NOTHING [ALBERTS FAVOURITES] Our album of the week is Hector Plimmer’s ‘Next To Nothing’ out on Alberts Favourites on the 25th of October. Born and raised in South London, Hector Plimmer is a multi-faceted producer, composer and DJ whose sound is drenched in tribal rhythms and beautifully crafted bass. Influenced…
HECTOR PLIMMER – NEXT TO NOTHING [ALBERTS FAVOURITES]
Born and raised in South London, Hector Plimmer is a multi-faceted producer, composer and DJ whose sound is drenched in tribal rhythms and beautifully crafted bass. Influenced by beat-makers like Flying Lotus and Theo Parrish, but with the subtleties of the classic Metalheadz era drum and bass, his second album ‘Next To Nothing’ is released on 25th October 2019. The album features guests Ego Ella May, Emma-Jean Thackray, Andrew Ashong, Pie Eye Collective and Alexa Harley.
After featuring on Brownswood Bubblers 11, curated by Gilles Peterson, Hector proved his talent when he was selected as a winner of the PRS Steve Reid InNOVAtion award. At a performance at ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ Record store, Hector caught the attention of Albert’s Favourites’ label heads Adam Scrimshire & Dave Koor. A conversation was started which led to the transfer of almost a whole album’s worth of material and resulted in his debut full length record ‘Sunshine’.
‘Sunshine’ was met with rapturous acclaim. The record went on to be awarded Gilles Peterson’s album of the week on his BBC 6 Music show and was championed by both Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft on the station as well as Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2. Its success on the airwaves transcended to streaming with the inclusion in the top 50 viral US chart on Spotify.
“This album has been a real labour of love. I spent the most part of a year trying to make music I thought would be fitting to follow my last album, whilst not actually knowing what that might sound like. ‘Sunshine’ had been received way more positively than I had anticipated and although praise is a lovely thing, it was the cause of much anxiety when the time came to start on this record. I put a lot of pressure on myself to produce music and kept going down routes that felt forced or just didn’t click for me, in hindsight I realise this was me making music not for myself, but for what I imagined other people might want to hear. In a way ‘Next to Nothing’ is my first real album, ‘Sunshine’ was more like a collection of four to five years worth of music compiled into the shape of one. This is my first dedicated attempt at creating a cohesive project, something that shows who I am right now and what got me here.”
– Hector Plimmer
As a DJ Hector has a monthly slot on NTS radio. He has played alongside the likes of Gilles Peterson, Kutmah, Alexander Nut, MNDSGN, Onra, Dego, Kaidi, Max Graef & Glenn Astro; Hector finds himself in the good company of those talented selectors who play genres across the spectrum of Hip-hop, Beats, Funk, Soul, Disco, Afro-beat, House and Jazz.
Last year saw the launch of his live performances. Flanked by Dave Koor and Tim Doyle on keys and percussion, with Vocalist And Is Phi heading up the quartet. Recent performances have included supporting Nightmares on Wax, Amp Fiddler, Yussef Dayes and Flako. Key festival performances include Glastonbury, The Great Escape and Brainchild.
As a composer Hector was selected by Google to test and compose the inaugural piece on their open source AI synth, the ‘N Synth Super’. His tracks have been synced to date by the likes of WACOM, Nike, i-D, Zandra Rhodes & Kitty Joseph.
1. Next To Nothing feat. Ego Ella May and Emma-Jean Thackray
2. Sonnet 17 feat. Ego Ella May
3. Still Here
4. Somebody Else feat. Andrew Ashong
6. Stack feat. Pie Eye Collective
7. Before The Sun feat. Ego Ella May
9. Joyfulness feat. Alexa Harley
11. 2 Minute Switch feat. Pie Eye Collective
12. Wall Street feat. Andrew Ashong
13. Communication Control
Album of the Week: 28 October – 1 November
Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia [Ropeadope] Our album of the week is Yazz Ahmed‘s ‘Polyhymnia‘ out on Ropeadope on the 11th of October, 2019. “This album is a celebration of female courage, determination and creativity. In 2015, the Tomorrow’s Warriors commissioned me to write an extended work, to be performed by members of their Nu Civilisation Orchestra,…
Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia [Ropeadope]
“This album is a celebration of female courage, determination and creativity. In 2015, the Tomorrow’s Warriors commissioned me to write an extended work, to be performed by members of their Nu Civilisation Orchestra, for a concert at the Women of the World Festival, in London’s Southbank Centre, on International Women’s Day.
Whilst gathering ideas for my composition, I came across the character of Polyhymnia, the ancient Greek Muse of music, poetry and dance: a Goddess for the arts. Perhaps inspired by her, I conceived the form of a suite of movements, each dedicated to women of outstanding qualities, role models, with whom I felt a strong connection. Whereas La Saboteuse, the embodiment of my inner-destroyer and the catalyst for the creation of my last album, could be viewed as my anti-muse, maybe Polyhymnia herself became my Muse, inspiring an intense period of creativity, which resulted in the six pieces on this album.
Since its conception, composed and arranged over the six weeks leading up to the first rehearsal for the premiere, the music has evolved and expanded. During the recording process I began incorporating new elements and drawing on a wider pool of artists, including members of my own Hafla band, alongside some of my favourite musicians working on the London scene.
By sharing my musical response to the stories and achievements of these exceptional women, and celebrating the creativity and talents of my co-contributors, I hope to inspire others, in the words of Malala, “to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves and realise their full potential” – Yazz Ahmed
Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer. Through her music, she seeks to blur the lines between jazz, Arabic folk and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.
1. Lahan al-Mansour
2. Ruby Bridges
3. One Girl Among Many
5. Deeds Not Words
Alcyona Mick – piano & Fender Rhodes
Alex Ridout – trumpet
Becca Toft – trumpet & voice
Camilla George – alto sax & voice
Carol Jarvis – trombone, bass trombone & voice
Charlie Pyne – double bass, bass guitar & voice
Chloë Abbott – trumpet
Corrina Silvester – percussion & voice
Gemma Moore – baritone sax
George Crowley – bass clarinet
Helena Kay – alto sax & voice
Johanna Burnheart – violin & voice
Josie Simmons – baritone sax & voice
Naadia Sheriff – piano
Noel Langley – trumpet, flugelhorn & voice
Nubya Garcia – tenor sax & voice
Ralph Wyld – vibraphone & glockenspiel
Rosie Turton – trombone & voice
Samuel Hällkvist – guitars
Sarah Tandy – piano, Fender Rhodes & voice
Sheila Maurice-Grey – voice
Shirley Tetteh – guitar & voice
Sophie Alloway – drums & voice
Tori Freestone – alto flute, soprano sax & tenor sax
Yazz Ahmed – trumpet, flugelhorn, Kaoss Pad & voice
All tracks composed and arranged by Yazz Ahmed
One Girl Among Many features extracts from the 2013 UN speech by Malala Yousafzai
Produced by Noel Langley and Yazz Ahmed
Mixed by Tom Jenkins
Mastered by Robin Morrison
Worldwide Rotations: October
We’ve updated our regular Worldwide FM playlist with upfront and reissued music from around the world. Listen throughout the month on air, or to enjoy on the move, subscribe or follow the playlist Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud. October Rotation 30/70 – Backfoot [Rhythm Section] Afriqua – Turner [R&S Records] Akira Kosemura – Romance [Schole…
We’ve updated our regular Worldwide FM playlist with upfront and reissued music from around the world. Listen throughout the month on air, or to enjoy on the move, subscribe or follow the playlist Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud.
30/70 – Backfoot [Rhythm Section]
Afriqua – Turner [R&S Records]
Akira Kosemura – Romance [Schole Records]
Andi Otto – Amahamba [Shika Shika]
Annie Pleasure – Text Me [Royale Records]
Ashley Henry Ft Binker Golding – Battle [Sony]
Athlete Whippet & Olugbenga – All At Once [Sony Music CG]
BaBa ZuLa – Haller Yollar (Ways & Circumstances) [Glitterbeat Records]
Ben Vince & Jacob Samuel – fig 1 [First Terrace Records]
BirdWorld – Chimes [Self-Released]
Blind Mic – Really On [Future Bubblers]
Brad Mehldau – Striving After Wind [Nonesuch Records Inc.]
Brijean – Fundi [Native Cat Recordings]
Bullion – Heartbreak Road [DEEK Recordings]
Call Super and Parris – Majenta [CANUFEELTHESUNONYRBACK]
Colm K – Lady [Tiff’s Joints]
Connie Price and the Keystones – Turn It Loose (feat. Doug Lucas) [Fat Beats Records]
D Double E & Watch The Ride – Original Format [Gutterfunk UK]
Da Lata – Thunder Of Silence [Da Lata Music]
Dave Aju – Yulia [White Label]
Dayme Arocena – Nangareo [Brownswood Recordings]
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Pacos (feat. Prisma) [Enchufada]
Dia.L – Everything Is Everything [ETC Records]
DJ Tess – Watch How Mi Dweet (ft. Logan) [More Time Records]
Doon Kanda – Nastasya [Hyperdub]
EARTHGANG – Blue Moon [Dreamville]
Ego Ella May – How Far [Tru Thoughts]
Elusive – Midnight Tokes [Alpha Pup Records]
Eri Yamamoto & Choral Chameleon – Goshu Ondo Suite (pt4) [AUM Fidelity]
Gaijin Blues – Puff-Puff [Shapes Of Rhythm]
Gang Starr – Family And Loyalty (feat. J. Cole) [Gang Starr Enterprises]
Goldie – Demonz (Martyn Full Circle Remix) [London Music Stream]
Greentea Peng – Mr. Sun [Different Recordings]
Heliocentrics ft Babs – Nuclear War [White Label]
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – House [White Label]
Ill Considered – Sorry to hear your parcel didn’t arrive [ILL CONSIDERED]
Jacky McKayten – Come Girl [Fortuna Records]
Jaimie Branch – Nuevo Roquero Estéreo [International Anthem]
Jamael Dean – Eledumare [Stones Throw]
Joe – Get Centred [Cómeme]
John Coltrane – Village Blues (Take 2) [Impulse!]
Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel (LCO) Feat. Xantone Blacq – Give Me The Night (Extended Rework) [Imagenes Recordings]
Jungle – Come Back A Different Day [XL Recordings]
Kin Kai – P & C (Ft. Saffron Grace) [White Label]
Kneebody – The Trip [Edition Records
Koichi Sakai ft. Afla Sackey – Wono (Pocz Remix) [Olindo Records]
Kojey Radical – Hours [Atlantic Records]
Kuba Wiecek Trio – Multitasking [WM Poland]
Levi John – S-O-C-A [Soundway Records]
Little Simz – Therapy [AGE 101]
Lucas Santtana – Brasil Patriota [No Format!]
Lunch Money Life – Unlimited Ice Cream Palace [Kaya Kaya Records]
Mac & Party – Zandale [Afro7]
Makoto – Tokyo ’96 feat. S.P.Y [Hospital Records]
Mansion of Snakes – Boom For Real [Mansion of Snakes]
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Oneness [Gondwana Records]
Michael Kiwanuka – You Aint The Problem [Polydor Records]
Midnight Ravers – Sarala [White Label]
Miyasaka + 5 – Dog’s Dance [BBE Records]
Mopo – Jauzaa [We Jazz Records]
Nahawa Doumbia – Tjefouroule [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
Natty x Mala x Zephaniah – Word & Sound [I&I]
Neue Grafik Ensemble – Voodoo Rain (ft. Nubya Garcia) [Total Refreshment Centre]
Nutribe – Sittin’ On Me Step [Future Bubblers]
Ohnesty – Vortex [YesterdayOnceMorePro]
Panda Bear – playing the long game [Domino Recording Co]
Penya na familia ya Zawose – Heyyeh [On The Corner Records]
Peter Britto – I Want Your Love [Soundway Records]
Poly – Sage Ft Mean Bacjarach [HIT+RUN]
Pyjæn – Nah [DeepMatter]
Rapsody – Whoopi [Jamla Records]
RHI – Plain Jane [Tru Thoughts]
Robert Glasper – Gone [Loma Vista Recordings]
Roberto Fonseca – Aggua [Wagram Music]
Romare – Gone [Ninja Tune]
Salami Rose Joe Louis – Love the Sun [Brainfeeder]
Salut – Why Why Why Why Why [White Label]
Sam Pills – Juls On The Radio [White Label]
Sam Wilkes – Alma [Leaving Records]
Santana – ParaÃsos Quemados [Starfaith]
Saul – No Fuss No Fight ft. Brother Portrait [Rhythm Section International]
Sault – Living in America [White Label]
Sergio Mendes – Magalenha (OOFT! Edit) [White Label]
Sessa – Infinitamente Nu [Tratore]
Seu Jorge + Roge – Meu Brasil [Unreleased]
Shigeto – MCW [Ghostly International]
Skinny Pelembe – My Love Is Burning, Up [Brownswood Recordings]
SPAZA – Five Rand Airtime nama-eveready: 4000 degrees [Mushroom Hour Half Hour]
Sun Ra Arkestra – Children of the Sun
Tamera Romeo – Romeo [Enterplanetary Koncepts]
The Alchemist, Action Bronson – Tropical Storm Lenny [ALC Records]
The Four M Company – Live To Be Someone [Family Groove]
Tomeka Reid Quartet – RN [Cuneiform Records]
Tyson – White Clean [White Label]
Vanishing Twin – KRK (At Home In Strange Places) [Fire Records]
Waajeed – Abracadabra [Deviation Music]
Waq Waq Kingdom – Gift From God [Phantom Limb]
Wilroy – 4F3D63 Hex [Future Bubblers]
XOA – Only One Thing feat Ruby Wood [Five Easy Pieces]
Yelfris Valdes – Aceleyo Aña [Música Macondo]
Zeb Samuels – Lost In My Dreams [Deep Heads]
Album of the Week 21-25 October
NOAH – THIRTY [FLAU MUSIC] Worldwide FM’s album of the week is Noah‘s ‘Thirty’ out on flau music. Tokyo is everything all at once. It’s this image of Japan’s capital that Noah draws inspiration from for her latest album, Thirty. From the sweeping, mystical feel of the intro – like a portal into the world of…
NOAH – THIRTY [FLAU MUSIC]
Tokyo is everything all at once. It’s this image of Japan’s capital that Noah draws inspiration from for her latest album, Thirty.
From the sweeping, mystical feel of the intro – like a portal into the world of the city – to tracks like ‘Melting Blue’ that clank deliciously with ‘80s Hong Kong pop minimalism, Noah’s tracks also feature a mellow Chinese taste.
Following a trip to Chinatown, Tokyo’s next-door neighbour, she noticed the bustling feel of the place, its life and its noise, and for her it became a microcosm of Tokyo: an associated image. Thirty is named for the age around which Noah was making these tracks and is a culmination of three years living in Tokyo.
Noah is originally from the snow and ice of Hokkaido. Tokyo is another world for her, somewhere that clinks with decadent vaporwave majesty and glitz, but equally somewhere cluttered with people and their dreams. Urgency runs through Thirty, whether it’s the panic of ‘愛天使占 (lovelyghostwriter)’, the analogue electro-disco feel in ‘像自己 (xiangziji) alternative ver.’, or the rapid-fire hi-hats that typify many of the tracks, sufficiently summoning city life.
But, like the faded neon of the past and vaporwave of inspirations, the draw to Noah’s Tokyo is idealised, both in its grit and in its glamour—take the late-night romance of ‘夢幻泡影 (mugenhouei)’, for example, or the slow, decayed collage of beats and synth in ‘風在吹 (wind blowing)’.
With her ghostly vocals weaving their way through everything, Noah tells us the story of the Tokyo she wanted to inhabit with a diary of lo-fi, synth-soaked songs pockmarked with drum machines and all the chaos and nostalgia the city has to offer.
Noah grew up in Hokkaido, an idyllic snowy place and Japan’s northernmost island. The environment, as it would, had a deep impact on Noah—and it’s her surroundings that inform her music to this day. Her smoke-hazed voice weaves like a phantom through her music, always varied: a product of her environment and all the years leading up to its moment of creation. Whether it’s delicate childlike piano, an R&B feel with looping beats, or the lo-fi nostalgic of vaporwave, her tracks resound with energy and beauty.
Noah has also worked with the likes of LA-based producer SELA., Constellation’s French-Canadian producer Joni Void and British glitch extraordinaire Kidkanevil. Currently, after a stint of living in Nagoya, she resides in Tokyo.
9. 像自己 alternative ver.
Worldwide FM return to Amsterdam for ADE 2019, to broadcast across two full days with our friends and family. On Thursday, we take over the legendary Rush Hour Records Store from 12pm CEST / 11am BST, with programmes featuring DJ Tennis, African Acid Is The Future, Margie, Low Jack, Jayda G and Charlotte Adigery, all…
Worldwide FM return to Amsterdam for ADE 2019, to broadcast across two full days with our friends and family.
On Thursday, we take over the legendary Rush Hour Records Store from 12pm CEST / 11am BST, with programmes featuring DJ Tennis, African Acid Is The Future, Margie, Low Jack, Jayda G and Charlotte Adigery, all hosted by Worldwide FM’s Mari*.
On Friday, we venture to emerging destination Radio Radio broadcasting from 1pm CEST / 12pm BST, with Kompakt’s Michael Mayer and Kolsch, Arp Frique, Paula Tape, Axel Boman, Jamie 3:26 and J Rocc, all hosted by Worldwide FM’s Global Roots.
You can catch up with every show at wrldwd.fm/ade2019