Merry New Year!

I site the film Trading Places a bit too much on this blog but whenever I think about wishing happy new year to people I think of Eddie Murphy on that weird fancy-dress overnight party train to Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve, dressed as a student from Cameroon and wishing everyone Merry New Year while offering them beef jerky.

So we’re all back from hols and coping with the work routine and not technically being allowed to get drunk pre-midday any more (although I’m leaving Tate next week after six years, so if anyone can, I can). Uncle Pete’s done what he does best and sensed that we’re all a little delicate and given us a soothing hunk of an Essential Mix from French Express. Label-heads Jonas Rathsman and Perseus have mixed it, and given us a load of lovely deep house with pretty vocals, some P.M. Dawn (it’s never not a good time to include P.M. Dawn) as well as the ultimate hangover cure in the form of any records from Chris Malinchak. So relax. Enjoy.

French Express Essential Mix 05.01.13
Track List:
1. Underworld – Jumbo (Francois K & Rob Rives Remix) [Junior Boy’s Own]
2. Chris Malinchak – If U Got It [French Express]
3. Julio Bashmore – Au Seve [Broadwalk]
4. Jonas Rathsman – Bringing You Down [French Express]
5. Round One – I’m Your Brother [Main Street]
6. A Guy Called Gerald – Humanity (Ashley Beedle’s Love And Compassion) [!K7]
7. Sloth & Dormant – Here And Now (EBE Remix) [URS]
8. Maya Jane Coles – Easier To Hide [I Am Me]
9. Isaac Tichauer – Devotion [French Express]
10. Lee Foss & MK & Anabel Englund – Electricity
11. Jeremy Glenn – New Life (Perseus ‘Summer Of 83′ Remix) [Future Classic]
12. Spandau Ballet – True [Chrysalis]
13. P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss [Polygram]
14. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter (Moon Boots Remix)
15. Aaliyah – One In A Million [Atlantic]
16. Aaliyah – One In A Million (Danny Daze & Young Edits Bootleg)
17. Isaac Tichauer – I Forgive You [French Express]
18. Perseus – Love In Zanzibar [French Express]
19. Jakwob – Electrify (Sega Bodega Remix) [White]
20. Barry White – Love’s Interlude/Good Night My Love [A&M]
21. Stewrat – Disagreements [French Express]
22. Kenton Slash Demon – Sun [Tartelet]
23. The White Lamp – It’s You (Ron Basejam Remix) [Futureboogie]
24. Last Magpie – (Who Knows) Where Love Goes [Hypercolour]
25. Hot Toddy – Mutha Sucka [Smoke N’ Mirrors]
26. SLG – Goat Cheese [Studio Barnhus]
27. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train [Virgin]
28. Staffan Lindberg – Art Of The State [Dolly Dubs]
29. Frank B – Chain Of Fools
30. Andrés – Skate This Way [La Vida]
31. FCL – It’s You (Will Azada Improperly Heated Rework)
32. Ralph Falcon – Whateva [Nervous]
33. Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt – No Other (Instrumental) [Riotvan]
34. Jonas Rathsman – Since I Don’t Have You [French Express]
35. Zac Toms – Bring Me Down (Stanton Warriors Remix)
36. Youan – Must Be Love
37. Shadow Child – 23 [Food]
38. Lister – What Can I Do [Orange Groove]
39. Jonas Rathsman – Just You [French Express]
40. Nick Nikolov – Come Down [Liebe Detail]
41. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me [French Express]

So Good To Me

You know when you’re really tired and working all the hours under the sun and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere, and your back aches and you got rained on? That’s always the time that when I take five minutes out of the chaos to have a look around the web someone somehow understands and offers me a ray of sunshine.

Chris Malinchak‘s records are always a thing of soulful beauty or a nice bit of disco-funk, and he gives most of them away for free on his French Express label, alongside Jonas Rathsman and Perseus among others. Bloody talented AND kind.

This is completely lovely. I mean, just listen to that vocal. Kinda sends goosebumps doesn’t it? Have I mentioned that it’s completely lovely and beautiful? THANK YOU Mr Malinchak.

Oh and PS, once you feel all warm and fuzzy from that beaut, dust off the cobwebs and listen to this little rave-up.