Kate Hutchinson is a freelance culture journalist, broadcaster and DJ, writing for The New York Times, the Guardian, Observer New Review, Mixmag, The Sunday Times and more. Her monthly radio show on Worldwide FM focuses on outernational club sounds and has featured guests like Seun Kuti, Stewart Lee, Novelist and Floating Points. In 2019 she launched a podcast series called The Last Bohemians, profiling maverick women in the arts like Cosey Fanni Tutti and Pauline Black.
Hot Chip > Flutes
They are consistently one of my favourite live bands and it’s easy to forget how many hits they’ve had until you’re flailing about in front of their show. I saw them play at Village Underground recently and can confirm that they also have an excellent cover of Beastie Boys’ Sabotage in their repertoire, which made me mosh for the first time since 2005.
Fat White Family > When I Leave
Malevolent erotica from south London’s nastiest! I’m obsessed with the sustained Kratfwerkian blip in this track – it’s practically the same note for the entire thing and is annoyingly brilliant, much like the Fat Whites themselves. The whole of their new album, Serf’s Up!, is great – luxuriant pop suits them.
Liquid Liquid, Optimo > Optimo - Optimo Remix
Optimo remix the track they take their name from, originally by punk-funk geniuses Liquid Liquid, and thus one of the greatest dancefloor destroyers is born with the best use of cowbell you’ve ever heard. I try and play this in every DJ set; I love it.
Ibibio Sound Machine > Wanna Come Down
I was always on the fence about ISM and then they released their new album this year, Doko Mien, which sounds a bit like 70s Zamrock band Witch and Grace Jones throwing a disco in Lagos. It’s weird, funky and brilliant.
KOKOKO! > Malembe
I’ve been following these guys for a while – they’re from the Democratic Republic of Congo and make super gnarly, super futuristic dance music that manages to be jubilant and shadowy at the same time. I can’t wait for their album.
Toro Y Moi > Say That
One of the most underrated producers there is, I think! Why he isn’t producing for Solange and Kendrick yet I don’t know, but he does appear on Flying Lotus’s forthcoming new album. I adore his gently complex melodies.
Octo Octa > I Need You
Ambient breaks are the sound of the summer, someone told me recently, and Octo Octa is the best of the lot. This track is a spectral rush of romanticism.
DJ Python > Quito - Arsene Wenger Tribute Mix
I do love a folkloric chime sound! This is from the 2018 compilation from Moxie’s fantastic label On Loop, which underlines why she is one of the most exciting tastemakers in the UK today.
James Blake ft. Rosalía > Barefoot In The Park
This will come as a surprise to no one. I interviewed Rosalía for The New York Times last year and have been obsessed ever since. It’s great to see her make such a massive dint in global pop music.
Baloji > Peau de Chagrin - Bleu de Nuit
J’adore Baloji, particularly his visuals for this track, set in the Congo, which are some of the most incredible I’ve ever seen. It will be interesting to see whether his live show matches up.
Little Simz > 101 FM
2019 is the year that Little Simz finally gets her dues – she’s finally nailed a unique and very London-feeling sound, especially on this track, dedicated to the heady days of pirate radio. I’m pretty sure the host that talks at the end is supposed to be Gilles Peterson.
Ezra Collective ft Loyle Carner > What Am I To Do?
Another London band that I’m thrilled to see do so well. Jazz lads Ezra Collective are all about friendship, positivity, supporting each other, DIY spirit, working hard, bigging up their female peers – all messages that I’m glad we have among young people in music at the moment.
Princess Nokia > Tomboy
You can’t get a more sublime chorus to shout along to in a field.
Yves Tumor > The Feeling When You Walk Away
A fitting end for the playlist, I think. Tumor is one of the most out-there artists on the All Points East bill and his last album was fire – but I love the gauzy funk of this older tune of his, which sounds like it’s slipping out of reach into the darkness. A bit like that hot guy you spotted at the festival and lost to the crowd at night.