2 things. I want to download this so bad. And I wish I could be in Brixton this weekend.
This Saturday 19th November at Electric Brixton Gilles Peterson celebrates the release of the latest instalment in his Havana Cultura album series, recruiting none other than Masters At Work legend Louie Vega to headline the DJ bill. Louie will be spinning a special Nuyorican Soul set not heard in the UK for many years! What’s more, Gilles is importing an all-star Cuban live band featuring Roberto Carcasses, Danay Suarez, Osdalgia, Alexey (El Tipo Este) from Obsesion, Edrey from Ogguere and Julito Padron to inject some authentic Latin flavour and raw Cuban rhythms.
It’s the first time that Gilles and Louie have played together in years and in honour of the occasion, Louie has pieced together a special Nuyorican Soul x Havana Cultura DJ mix to set the vibe up right. Check it!
Listening to Gilles Peterson’s Radio 1 show yesterday there was a track that caught my attention but which I didn’t follow up on. I then got a DM from Simon Andrew thanking me for tweeting the jazz/Wu Tang mash-up and suggesting I might like this. And guess what? Gilles & Simon are both right.
Gilles Peterson is leaving Radio 1. Which is a shame, and a minor travesty, as he had the makings of their next John Peel - a man as in love with music in his middle-years as when he was a child, and one who proved that being young shouldn’t be a mandatory for a youth station.
Still, they obviously didn’t appreciate him, as the ever more ridiculous slots they gave him proved. So if leaving Radio 1 means he gets a slot at a decent hour (8-10pm on a Sunday, on 6Music?), so he can do what he’s been doing for 25 years, then this might just be a good thing.
As this show from 25 years ago shows, Gilles shares something else with Peel - a voice that appears to have changed beyond recognition over the years.