bubblers 11

Release: Brownswood Bubblers Eleven 
Label: Brownswood 
Genre: Dance / Beats and Breaks 

Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings return with the latest instalment of the much loved Bubblers Series… Brownswood Bubblers Volume 11. 

Known as something of a musical clairvoyant Gilles Peterson has built an unparalleled reputation for unearthing hidden gems and new and exciting talent over the course of his amazing career. 

Bubblers has established a great reputation over the years for providing a platform emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. 

Bubblers Alumni include …Flying Lotus, Tall Black Guy, Mayer Hawthorne, Lone, Bullion, Floating Points & Fatima, New Look, Dam Funk, Jamie Woon, Electric Wire Hustle, Flako, Nick Mulvey, Submotion Orchestra and many many more…

We have created an exclusive playlist on RDIO with the best picks off all the Bubblers series, click here to listen.


Release: Music from Planet Earth: A Soundway Collection
Label: Soundway Records 
Genre: World 

‘Music from Planet Earth’ is compilation of music selected from some of Soundway Records’ current roster of active artists. More than ever in 2014 the moniker ‘world music’ seems redundant. A term used to lump everything that isn’t from a certain place or sung in a dominant language into one category that receives less attention from nearly all mainstream music media is an unhelpful one to say the least.

Soundway Records aims to support new (and old) music that doesn’t always fit into a convenient genre. That could be a band based in London formed of musicians from 6 countries making hybrid pop music sung in a Nigerian dialect. It could be music made in South Africa by five people of completely different age, race and background. It could be synth-funk sung in Spanish and English by a New York native of Cuban heritage. It could be made by an English producer who hooked up with purveyor of psychedelic cumbia from Bogota and put together a super-group of Colombian session players. Or an Angolan-born Portuguese producer based in Lisbon working with MCs, dancers and musicians from Nairobi, Luanda and Newcastle. A collective of Aucklanders with backgrounds as diverse as Nigeria, Trinidad and Sudan rocking crowds and making music in New Zealand. Surrealist Electronica with Arabic vocals from Brittany by way of Brooklyn or Spanish / Sri Lankan experimental sound textures forged late at night in Camden Town.

Call it anything, we might not have the answers just please stop calling it ‘world music’.


Release: Zen Classical 
Label: BnF Collection 
Genre: Classic

We selected for you the best of relaxing music that will make you enjoy a moment of grace. Find the most beautiful pages of zen music from the French National library recordings.









havana cultura
Release:  Havana Cultura Mix: The Soundclash
Label: Brownswood Recordings 
Genre: World

In 2009, there was ‘Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura’ followed by a remix album. After that ‘The Search Continues’ (2011) and then ‘Mala In Cuba’ (2012). Now we have ‘Havana Cultura Soundclash!’, a compilation of collaborations between Cuban vocalists/musicians and unsigned artists from around the world. 

All projects have brought musical exchanges to Cuba – with its illustrious yet traditional music scene – a nation where rhythms (salsa, rumba) exist as the lifeblood of its people; where access to new music is limited, barely any broadband internet service and decent home studio technology is rarely affordable. Despite this, Havana boasts a solid homegrown hip-­hop scene and vibrant nightlife ruled by reggaeton, with house, techno, EDM, dubstep, trap and moombahton breaking through. 

Besides, cultural exchanges are the essence of electronic music. Cuban rhythms (especially Afro-­Cubano) trace back to the heart of dance music – from disco through to Chicago house and beyond – cross-­pollination is what keeps it moving forward, so what’s wrong with bringing electronic music to a nation that in a way helped birth it? 

This is what ‘Havana Cultura Mix -­ The Soundclash’ is all about. After sieving through thousands of entries to a remix competition, 10 artists from all over the world (UK, Germany, Hungary, Holland, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Chile and Cuba) were selected by Gilles and his Brownswood production partner Simbad to travel to Cuba to work in the studio with hand-­picked singers, rappers, percussionists, brass and key players to put together an album. 

The result is 12 tracks that not only shine a spotlight on electronic artists to watch, but showcase untouched talent within a tropical, vibrant place such as Cuba; a rare window into this enchanting country with a slow economy characterised by rum, vintage cars and cigars. 

Shining through on the album from Cuba is the spine-tingling star quality of Daymé Arocena and the ferocious rap quality of Barbaro and El B. Elsewhere there are stunning diva harmonies from Sexto Sentido and the supple male vocal chords of Los Niches, while a range of ambidextrous Cuban instrumentalists, from collectives like Interactivo, can be heard spilling rhythms and spraying melodies all over each and every record. 

From the electronic side, there’s the UK funky touch of Rukaiya Russell and footwork soul of Russia’s Raumskaya; the refined production sensibility of Chillum Trio (Hungary) and rambunctious riddims of South Africa’s Seu Seppie as well as house, trip-hop, trap, minimal tech funk, distorted dubstep and more from noi5er (Chile), Teipah (Chile), Kerkstra (Holland), DJ MonoKey (Germany), Merlin Cornu (Switzerland) and Kike Wolf (Cuba). 

In combining these two worlds – the preservation of Cuba and the innovative realm of electronic music – Gilles, Havana Cultura and their artists not only twist traditional forms to create something new, they give musical evolution a little nudge forward in the process.