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Stylin' first aired on 3RRR-FM in July 2001, and has occupied the Friday 12-2pm timeslot ever since. 10 years and 500 shows later and Ennio Styles has featured many of the artists here as guests of the show as well as others like Q-Tip, Carl Craig, John Legend, Hudson Mohawke, Terry Callier, Juan Atkins, Dam Funk, Mad Mike (UR), The Bamboos, Mark Pritchard, Roy Ayers, Fat Freddy's Drop, Jazzanova, Gilles Peterson, Seiji, Common, Mulatu Astatke, The Pharcyde, Outkast and Bugge Wesseltoft. If you like any of these artists, there will be something for you on Stylin' 500.
Part 2 explores the electronic side of Stylin' with techno, dubstep, broken beat, future beat science and other synth-heavy hybrids.
Canada's Sekoya kick it off with an ambitious tune that sounds like Weather Report remixed by IG Culture, with Laurie Anderson on jazz vocals. Sekoya's vocalist Amalia recently released her solo album on Tokyo Dawn Records. Crumbs, Electric Sea Spider, Plutonic Lab and Indelible are Australian beatmakers who rise above a crowded and mediocre beat scene with creativity and depth. Parisian MPC-whiz Fulgeance has long been a Stylin' staple with his 'smartbanging' mix of club-friendly energy, hooks and synths with intricate compositional and production twists.
Tempo Perdido is RRR-fam Rambl and Declan Kelly teaming up with James Cecil (Super Melody) for a unique tune that somehow manages to combine blaxploitation funk, techno and bossa nova! Komarken Electronics (Sweden) and Arcanoid (Spain) are two of Stylin's favourite recent techno producers. The former ventures into cosmic Drexciyan territory while the latter sounds here like a lost piece from Carl Craig's Landcruising album.
With 'Fly or Die', NZ saxophonist and syntheologist Lewis McCallum channels P-Funk and Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Salva gives a San Franciscan translation of Joker's synthy 'purple' dubstep sound. Ex-drum & bass producer Motive's unreleased track sounds like Seiji doing a midtempo double bass jam. Meitz and Opolopo are two of Europe's answers to Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock, and here they get into the more electronic side of nu jazz and broken beat, the latter coming off like Azymuth on crack. Melbourne's Harmon and synth collector Hanna Silver close things on a dreamy note, with touches of Air and Stereolab.