The Needle 047: Jungle Fire, a Pampa Records compilation, #rnb feels and more.

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For the week of April 24th, 2016

Fill me in…

#disco-_-funkyness has been steady for the past two weeks so it’s finally time to give credit where it’s due. A few years ago in Los Angeles, 10 guys got together and decided they wanted to make afro-latin funk. Not too long after, the likes of Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, NPR, Cut Chemist and more decided they were really good at it. Juno Records (UK) even let the people know that “each Jungle Fire jam blazed the [dance] floor with real power”. And last week, @velvor put us on to them. Introducing...Jungle Fire.

Jungle Fire - Tropicoso

Can’t ignore the activity in #electronic this past week. @jessie put us on to a compilation released by Pampa Records “and it’s fucking great”. Pampa Records was founded by DJ Koze and Marcus Fink and is based out of Hamburg. As a label, they aim at putting out “club music that's seriously danceable without recourse to the tried and tested ingredients.” That’s definitely true of their complication release, DJ Koze Presents Pampa, Vol. 1, which contains an awesome Ada song entitled “You and Me”:

Ada - You and Me

What else is going on?


For streaming services, DJ sets have faced many financial and legal hurdles for obvious reasons. It’s why we haven’t really seen DJ sets make a large splash on Spotify and Apple Music, but that may be changing due to a deal Apple Music made last month. NPR has the full story here.

Also, Radiohead is disappearing.

Don’t sleep on…


Snoh Aalegra. She got her first deal with SONY right before she turned 14 and works with some of the best artists in the business (Common, Killer Mike, James Fauntleroy, etc); but in case you’re not yet woke to Snoh, this is for you. Sweden born and raised, relocated to LA, she knows exactly what sounds she’s going for. If you live in the around the southwest of the US, you might be able to catch her on tour with JMSN this month. Her most recent release was a little less than a month ago as an EP entitled Don’t Explain, where you’ll find the song @davehawkins dropped on #rnb for us. If you dig Charleville 9200, it’ll be in your best interest to dive into the EP.
Snoh Aalegra - Charleville 9200 (Audio) ft. James Fauntleroy
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