Roots X aims to shine a spotlight on music from around the globe that may not have had the exposure it deserves.
For our tenth in the series, this is a special extended playlist... There are so many highlights in this one - where do I start?
We kick off with Muyei Power - unknown outside of Sierra Leone, but one of the country's biggest bands.
I’ve tried not to go too obscure, so I've thrown in some LL Cool J; the piece from 1990 is one of his lesser-known tracks, but still highly influential and you can clearly hear its influence on N.E.R.D’s music.
I've also included Pomo’s recent tasteful remix of Daryl Hall & John Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), which seems to have gone under the radar. It stays true to the original but brings that fresh Kaytranda-esque swing to the groove.
Link Wray may not be a household name in the Rock ’n’ Roll scene, but his influence must not be under-estimated! In a nutshell, he was one of the first to use the power chord in rock n roll. Pete Townshend said "He is the king; if it hadn’t been for Link Wray and 'Rumble’, I would have never picked up a guitar.".
Another highlight for me is The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose's 'Too Late To Turn Back Now', a very under-exposed soul track until now, as it features in such a beautifuly crafted moment in the BlackkKlansman film.
The playlist aims to build a bridge across Rhumba, Hip Hop, Trap, Jazz, Footwork, Post Punk, Soul, African Disco, Highlife, Rock n Roll, Reggae, Gospel and make the world feel like a smaller place. Enjoy.