Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM’s Top 10 – April 2017

Selected by Gilles Peterson, this month’s Worldwide FM top 10 flies you from the Swiss Alps to Norway to New Orleans in just one hour. Let Gilles take you through some of his highlights from April, and read on below to get more insight into his choices.

Tracks of the Month:

  1. Nick Hakim – Green Twins (ATO Records) // USA

Green Twins is a soulful, psychedelic ride from East Coast singer-songwriter Nick Hackim from his forthcoming album Green.

Album of the Month: 

2. Lord Echo – Just Do You (Soundway Records) // New Zealand

Reggae, rock steady, disco, African soul and spiritual jazz combine on this wide-ranging album from New Zealand producer Lord Echo. His third long player and first for Soundway features Toby Laing from Fat Freddy’s Drop and Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle.

Live Sessions:

3. Jono McCleery – Angola, Louisiana (Live Worldwide FM Session) // UK

To celebrate what would have been Gil Scott-Heron’s 68th birthday, The Invisible bandleader Dave Okumu presented a two hour show, accompanied by poet Lemn Sissay MBE and singer-songwriter Jono McCleery, who performed a live cover of Angola, Louisiana.

4. Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas – Bobletekno (Live Worldwide FM Session) // Norway

Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft welcomed two of Norway’s most influential and long-standing DJs, Strangefruit and Olle Abstract, and space-disco originator Prins Thomas in Norway’s cultural hotspot Kulturhuset, where they recorded this world-exclusive live set.

5. Laura Misch – This Road (Live WorldWide FM Session) // UK

Young London saxophonist, singer and producer Laura Misch first visited the Worldwide FM office joining Emma Warren’s show for a live set. Her unreleased This Road sent tingles down our spines.

Moments of the Month:

6. Penguin Cafe & Cornelius – Bird Watching At Inner Forest (Penguin Cafe Mix) (Erased Tapes) // UK

To celebrate ten years in the game, avant-garde classic label Erased Tapes took over the Brownswood Basement for a four hour broadcast. Its founder, Robert Rath, looked back on his favorite releases.

7. Nia Andrews – From Here (Live Worldwide Festival Session) // USA

This March Worldwide Festival Leysin took place in the Swiss Alps, hosting Mark de Clive-Lowe, Steve Spacek, Lefto, Eddy Ramich, Tommaso Cappellato, Red Greg, Simbad and Nia Andrews. One of the festival’s most memorable moments was Nia Andrews playing From Here live.

Best New Music:

8. Slowthai – T’n’Biscuits (Bone Soda) // UK  

Slowthai is a Northampton-based wordsmith and producer, recently signed to Skinny Macho’s Bone Soda imprint. His new track, T’n’Biscuits, is part of his slowitdown EP.

9. Osunlade – Same, Same (Yoruba 45s) // USA

Osunlade is a DJ, producer, label boss of Yoruba Records and band conductor with the Yoruba Soul Orchestra. He’s recently set up a new offshoot label, Yoruba 45s, dedicated to 7” releases. With a Prince-like funk to it, Same, Same is its first release.

Special Mention:

10. Nicholas Payton – Jazz Is A Four Letter Word (Paytone-Ropeadope) // USA

The American trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton is a Grammy Award winner and member of The Blue Note 7 collective. Jazz Is A Four Letter Word is a deep and soulful journey from Payton’s recent album Afro-Carribean Mixtape.

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