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8 Nov 13

Thelonious Funk Sessions #187 (TF's Label Of The Month Mixtape: Opal Tapes)



It's been a few weeks since my last weekly show due to getting ready for the Year End Review but here goes. For this week's show we start off with some ambient beauty by Koreless on Young Turks. I have music from the albums of Jessy Lanza, Forest Swords, Four Tet, Laurel Halo, Roberto Bosco & Kirk Degiorgio. I have a new collaboration from Pev & Asusu on Livity Sound. Amir Alexander does nice rerub of De Slue Vos. I have a couple of tracks by Hakim Murphy & Chris Mitchell from the Plan B Compilation. New music from Kassem Mosse collaborator Mix Mup on Joy Orbison & Will Bankhead's Hinge Finger imprint. Darkster gets remixed by Motor City Drum Ensemble on Warp Recordings while I have more big tunes from Joe, UE LI, Dense & Pika and Funkineven to round off the first part of the show.

The second part of the show is all about Opal Tapes founded by Stephen Bishop AKA Basic House. His purpose was to put out the music he loved on cassette tapes. Very interesting concept. This is a label I found out about towards the end of last year but the music from the label was certainly represented in the Year End Review. They certainly did not disappoint this year either. In 2013 they have had over 30 releases & 17 of those releases were albums. Such quality some of these albums are as well. So for the mix I included have music from Stephen under his Basic House moniker. I have a few tracks from the albums of NYC producer Patricia & Portuguese producer IVVVO. UK Producer DJ Ford Foster is in the mix with music from his album & the No Lotion Compilation. I also have music from Nikolai's album that was mysteriously pulled after it's was originally released on the Bandcamp page. Huerco S remixes 51717 along with cuts from PHORK, Naka Naka & man of the moment Anthony Naples. I also heard that there will be an sublabel will lauched come December for the vinyl lovers. The first release on the Black Opal imprint will be the reissue of brilliant album by Patricia which I think is one of the best releases yet from the Opal Tapes catalog. Be sure to check it out the label's releases on Discogs & their interview on Resident Advisor.

As you know the Year End Review is approaching in a few weeks so I might be able to sneak a show or 2 in before that approaches. In the meantime...

Enjoy the music,

Henderick AKA Thelonious Funk


Part 1
1. Koreless "Last Remnants"(Young Turks)
2. Forest Swords "The Weight Of Gold"(Tri Angle)
3. Jessy Lanza "5785021"(Hyperdub)
4. Four Tet "Buchla"(Text)
5. Laurel Halo "Ainnome"(Hyperdub)
6. Pev & Asusu "Surge"(Livity Sound)
7. De Sluwe Vos "O.G Anthem"[Amir Alexander's Guerrilla Soul Re-werk](Albion)
8. UE LI "Luv"[Remix](Russian Torrent Versions)
9. Joe "Slope"(Hessle Audio)
10. Chris Mitchell "Chaotic Elements"(Plan B Recordings)
11. Darkstar "A Day's Pay For A Day's Work"[Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix](Warp)
12. Mix Mup "Copa Jams"(Hinge Finger)
13. Hakim Murphy "ES2"(Plan B Recordings)
14. Dense & Pika "Colt"(Hotflush)
15. Roberto Bosco "State of Mind 1"(Applied Rhythmic Technology)
16. Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek "Vidigal"(Far Out Recordings)
17. Funkineven "The Joker"(Broadwalk Records)

Part 2
TF's Label Of The Month Mixtape: Opal Tapes
18. Basic House "Etymology Of"(Opal Tapes)
19. Cloudface "Acid Fades"(Opal Tapes)
20. Patricia "Andal"(Opal Tapes)
21. Bleaching Agent "Crent"(Opal Tapes)
22. Boya "Furrow"(Opal Tapes)
23. Nikolai "Opal"(Opal Tapes)
24. √Ďaka √Ďaka "004000"(Opal Tapes)
25. Patricia "Josephine"(Opal Tapes/Black Opal)
26. Nikolai "Two Ways"(Opal Tapes)
27. 51717 "L.K.I.X."[Huerco S Remix](Opal Tapes)
28. Patricia "Waiting For Alexis"(Opal Tapes/Black Opal)
29. PHORK "Collective Delierium"(Opal Tapes)
30. IVVVO feat. Chainless "Aqua Regia"(Opal Tapes)
31. Patricia "Plural"(Opal Tapes/Black Opal)
32. Basic House "No Lotion"[No Fuck L.K. Mix](Opal Tapes)
33. IVVVO "No Matter"(Opal Tapes)
34. DJ Ford Foster "Corridor"(Opal Tapes)
35. Anthony Naples "Beacon"[Instrumental](Opal Tapes)
36. DJ Ford Foster "Bust Chops"(Opal Tapes)
End Of Mix