TOTD // 04/05 // Nebraska

Published: May 4, 2017, words by John Carter

Part of the Peckham Rye Music Festival takeover


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Peckham resident Ali Gibbs, aka Nebraska, has earned a place at his local festival for reasons other than his residential status. 2016 was a particularly strong year for the experienced artist, with two acclaimed releases under highly commendable labels – his first appearance on Detroit Swindle‘s Heist Recordings and his second appearance on Mister Saturday Night. Besides this, he made the small feat of launching his own label, Friends & Relations, with his Stop Playing With My Heart EP. Nebraska’s schedule was particularly notable last year, seeing him play live across Europe with the Heist Recordings crew and at one of South England’s most renowned dance festivals, Farr.

2017 has seen Nebraska off to a flying start having already released two EPs: his second on his own imprint and “a three-tracker of soul-laden sampley goodness” on Brooklyn’s Razor-N-Tape. Both releases present themselves in his usual style, akin to that of hip-hop production, following a heavily sample-based approach that utilises funk, soul and jazz as its foundation. This is a formula that, although not particularly revolutionary, never fails to deliver grooving, accessible dancefloor numbers.

His next gig this year is at Peckham Rye Music Festival’s opening weekend, Saturday 13th, and it will be his relatively new-found live show. Ahead of this night, he’s shared with us some soulful festival favourites from four talented artists.

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Laurence Guy

Love & Be Loved

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Beautiful track that’s somehow reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s mid 70s collaborations with Leon Ware. I first became aware of Laurence’s work on the ever-brilliant Church label, but this is on Nachtbraker’s Quartet imprint.”
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Skylevel

Dreaming

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“As soft, warm and comforting as freshly-baked bread, this is blissful re-edit gold from the mysterious Skylevel. What is a skylevel anyway? Is it like a spirit level?”
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Frits Wentink

Child Of The Universe

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This guy makes such distinctive stuff: melodic yet off-kilter; structured but loose and idiosyncratic. Also, though some of his stuff feels like it has a strong UK garage influence, this seemed to be a coincidence when I asked him about it. If such a thing exists, track down a YouTube video of him on piano – he can properly play!”
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Mahavishnu Orchestra

You Know You Know

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I got into this tune in the early 90s via Massive Attack, who sampled it on their first LP. For me it’s about the interplay between Billy Cobham on drums and Jan Hammer (yep, the guy who did the Miami Vice theme) on Fender Rhodes piano. And the space – they let notes trail off…”

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