It’s the first 3 for free of 2013, welcome! Having breathed a sigh of relief that we made it to 2013 – neither the apocalypse nor the heinous amounts of Christmas pudding managed to finish us off – we thought it only fitting to start on an experimental note given that the possibilities in this post-apocalyptic, post-pudding world have been blown wide open. The internet’s having quite a year already; what with Angel Haze and Azealia Banks’ beef and the whole #cut4bieber debacle, there’s no hanging around this year, so let’s get straight to it.

Stubborn Heart make electronic soul music. They’re also pretty handy behind the knobs, giving tracks their own whirring, soulful glaze as they have done with this one from Lianne La Havas. You can catch them next Saturday at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards, and we’re adamant: if it’s good enough for Gilles, it’s good enough for us.

When Karriem Riggins isn’t producing, DJing and making hip-hop music, he’s a jazz drummer. Basically, he’s as cool as cats come. He’s produced for J Dilla, Talib Kweli, Common, The Roots and a bunch of others, and is signed to Stones Throw Records,who we love. It’s no surprise then, that we’re quite fond of this – ‘Matador Posse Cut‘ – that he’s giving away for nothing. What a guy.

We scanned over the description that accompanied this track by Mo Kolours, which reads “… he explores the rhythmic possibilities of his mix of soul, dub, hip hop, the Sega music of his homeland, and various electronic styles,” and had a little double-take. Sega music?! Like, Sonic and Tails? Well, not exactly, thank god. A quick Google reveals that Sega music is the regional music of the Mascarene Islands. Now we know that, this track’s overturned a bit of our ignorance, taught us something, and now with a little (just a little) more knowledgable about world music, we’ve become quite into it’s slow, wubby rhythms. Every day’s a school day; never stop learning.

Stubborn Heart, sleepy eyes