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Die Vögel - The Chicken

This is as good as music gets as far as I'm concerned. German producers Die Vogel start B-side "Mesmerize" very smooth, a gentle four on the floor rhythm, a subtle bass line, soft beautiful brass. The track is utterly gorgeous, with a brilliant, subtle use of dynamics, and suberb understated flourishes – a clap here, a new part there, all coming and going like the breeze – they make it all sound so effortless, but judging from the quality of this track, it was anything but. Mellow house music...

Math and Physics Club - Long Drag

Twee, you used to be so innocent, so cute, the kind of music that, to misuse Rick James, you _could_ take home to mother. Now you're all grown up, and taking long drags of god knows what. Where did we go wrong? In all seriousness, Math and Physics Club are a twee band that _have_ grown up, to some extent. I first became a fan some eight years ago; their sound isn't so radically different but the b-side of their Matinee Records _Long Drag_ 7-inch does feature mandolins and perhaps som...

Various Artists - Afrobeat Airways 2

I know what you're thinking: compilations of obscure African funk, psychedelic, and beyond are a dime a dozen these days. Let me tell you, though, it's a testament to the quality of music on offer in _Afrobeat Airways 2_ that, despite the proliferation of similar compilations, this one more than holds its own. The Afrobeat Airways series got its start when Samy Ben Redjeb checked his passport in his luggage and ended up stranded in Ethiopia and ended up on an unplanned holiday in Ghana...