Damian Wilkes

UK Vibe 2018 Top 20

1. Spirit Fingers – Spirit Fingers (Shanachie)
Review here

2. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange (Wax Museum)

3. Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RR Gems)
Review here

4. Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – The Shakedown (22a)

5. Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Review here

6. James ‘Creole’ Thomas – Omas Sextet (22a)

7. Jaron Lamar Davis – My View Through The Lens Of Music (Self-released)

8. Web Web – Dance Of The Demons (Compost)
Review here

9. Butcher Brown – AfroKuti: A Tribute to Fela (Self-released)

10. Menagerie – The Arrow Of Time (Freestyle)

11. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines EP (The Vinyl Factory)

12. Darkhouse Family – An Extra Offering (First Word)

13. Mabuta – Welcome To This World (Afro Synth)

14. Yazmin Lacey – When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees (First Word)

15. Rogério Boccato Quarteto – No Old Rain (Red Piano)

16. Kamaal Williams – The Return (Black Focus)

17. Chip Wickham – Shamal Wind (Lovemonk)
Review here

18. Marquis Hill – Modern Flows Vol. 2 (Black Unlimited Music Group)

19. Maisha – There Is A Place (Brownswood Recordings)

20. Medline – Solstice (My Bags)


DJ SET CHART 2018:
1. Àbáse – Align feat. Wayne Snow (Cosmic Compositions)
2. Moodymann – Pitch Black City Reunion (KDJ)
3. Fatima – Only (Eglo)
4. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines (The Vinyl Factory)
5. Children Of Zeus – Vibrations (First Word)
6. Auntie Flo – Havana Rhythm Dance (Brownswood Recordings)
7. Menagerie – Escape Velocity (Freestyle)
8. Kaidi Tatham – But You Bring It Up (2000 Black)
9. Ashley Henry & The RE:ensemble – Pressure (Silvertone)
10. The Lewis Express – Cancao De Momento (ATA)
11. Souleance – François (First Word)
12. Butcher Brown – Benin City (Self-released)
13. Web Web – Sandia (Compost)
14. The Stance Brothers – Minor Minor (We Jazz)
15. Chip Wickham – (Soul) Rebel 23 [Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix] (Lovemonk)
16. The Expansions – Transcoso (Albert’s Favourites)
17. Mabuta – Log Out Shut Down (Afrosynth)
18. Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – SV Disco (22a)
19. Makaya McCraven – Suite Haus (International Anthem)
20. Mark Kavuma – Into The Darkness (Ubuntu Music)

UK Vibe 2017 Chart

1. Tony Tixier – Life Of Sensitive Creatures [Whirlwind Recordings]
2. Ludere – Retratos [Blaxtream]
3. Web Web – Oracle [Compost]
4. Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse – Morphogenesis [Pi Recordings]
5. Makaya McCraven Quartet – RAWS:LA [Grown Kids Radio]
6. Nicole M. Mitchell & Haki R. Madhubuti – Liberation Narratives [Third World Press]
7. Charles Lloyd New Quartet – Passin’ Thru [Blue Note]
8. Thundercat – Drunk [Brainfeeder]
9. Kazumi Kaneda – Hard Light [Inner Ocean]
10. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over [ECM]
11. Moonchild – Voyager [Tru Thoughts]
12. The Heliosonic Tone-tette – Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1 [Sciensonic Laboratories]
13. Pó De Café Quarteto – Terra [?]
14. Camilla George Quartet – Isang [Ubuntu Music]
15. Chip Wickham – La Sombra [Lovemonk]
16. Jaska Lukkarinen Trio – Origami [We Jazz]
17. Ross McHenry Trio – The Outsiders [First Word]
18. Ambrose Akinmusire – A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard [Blue Note]
19. Nduduzo Makhathini – Ikhambi [Universal SA]
20. Kyoto Jazz Sextet – Unity [Extra Freedom]

UK Vibe UK Biz 2017 Vinyl Chart – In no order

1. Ill Considered – ‘Ill Considered’ LP [Ill Considered Music]
2. Dego & Kaidi – ‘A So We Gwarn’ LP [Sound Signature]
3. Darkhouse Family – ‘The Offering’ LP [First Word]
4. Wildflower – ‘Wildflower’ LP [White Label]
5. Abstract Orchestra – ‘Dilla’ LP [ATA]
6. Nubya Garcia – ‘Nubya’s 5ive’ EP [Jazz Re:freshed]
7. Courtney Pine – ‘Black Notes From The Deep’ LP [Freestyle]
8. K15 – ‘Speed of Life’ EP [Wild Oats]
9. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – ‘Idiom’ EP [YAM Recordings]
10. Ruby Rushton – ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volumes One & Two’ [22a]
11. Henry Wu – ‘Deep in the Mudd’ EP [Eglo]
12. Don Leisure – ‘Shaboo’ LP [First Word]
13. Omar – ‘Love in Beats’ LP [Freestyle]
14. Children of Zeus – ‘The Story So Far’ EP [First Word]
15. Funky DL – ‘Marauding at Midnight: A Tribute To The Sounds of a Tribe Called Quest’ LP [Washington Classics]
16. Kaidi Tatham – ‘Hard Times’ EP [First Word]
17. Sampha – ‘Process’ [Young Turks]
18. Nu Era – ‘Geometricks’ EP [Omniverse]
19. Eric Lau ‎– ‘Examples’ LP [First Word]
20. Crackazat – ‘Rainbow Fantasia’ LP [Local Talk]

Damian Wilkes’ Best of 2016:

1. Sarathy Korwar – Day To Day (Ninja Tune / Steve Reid Foundation) [Vinyl] Review here

2. Theo Croker – Escape Velocity (Okeh) [Vinyl] Review here

3. Kaytranada – 99.9% (XL Recordings) [Vinyl]

4. Josef Leimberg – Astral Progressions (World Galaxy)

5. Sampology – Natural Selections (Soul Has No Tempo) [Vinyl]

6. Myele Manzanza – OnePointOne: Live at the Blue Whale (First Word) [Vinyl]

7. Jordan Rakei – Cloak (Soul Has No Tempo) [Vinyl]

8. Potatohead People – Big Luxury (Bastard Jazz Recordings) [Vinyl]

9. Uyama Hiroto – Freeform Jazz (Roph Recordings)

10. I, Ced – What Are We Looking For? (Move Next Media)

11. Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions (Computer Ugly) [Vinyl]

12. Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits (Ropeadope) [Vinyl]

13. Louie Vega – Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII (Vega) [Vinyl]

14. Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus (Brownswood Recordings) [Vinyl] Review here

15. Thandiswa – Belede (Universal)

16. Jamila Woods – HEAVN (Closed Sessions)

17. LNDFK – Lust Blue (Feelin’ Music)

18. Jimetta Rose – The Light Bearer (Temporary Whatever)

19. Pavel Dovgal – The Aura (Project Moon Circle) [Vinyl]

20. Nosizwe – In Fragments (So Real International) [Vinyl]

Damian Wilkes’ Best of 2015:

1. Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder) Review here

2. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) Review here

3. The Internet – Ego Death (Odd Future)

4. Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (International Anthem) Review here

5. Moonchild – Please Rewind (Tru Thoughts)

6. Ludovico Einaudi – Elements (Universal)

7. Crackazat – Crescendo (Local Talk)

8. Tuxedo – Tuxedo (Stones Throw)

9. Bastien Keb – Dinking In The Shadows of Zizou (One-Handed) Review here

10. Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (ECM) Review here

11. Sons of Kemet – Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do (Naim)

12. José James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) Review here

13. The Cookers Quintet – Vol. 2 (Do Right! Music)

14. The Robert Glasper Trio – Live at Capitol Studios: Covered (Blue Note)

15. Pamela Samiha Wise – Kindred Spirits (Wenha/Tribe)

16. Eberhard Weber – Encore (ECM) Review here

17. Illa J – Illa J (Bastard Jazz)

18. Massive Suits Quartet – Full Moon Wizard (Private Press)

19. Slum Village – Yes (Ne’Astra Music)

20. Boney James – Futuresoul (Concord)

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