Bokeh Versions’ Miles Opland leads a wild dub journey, and Uganda’s Hakuna Kulala label is under the spotlight.
Every week on Top Flight, journalist Chal Ravens selects the best new tracks from the world of bass, tracing the connections from gqom to grime, ballroom to B’more, dancehall to jungle and beyond. On this episode, the boss of one of the UK’s most idiosyncratic labels joins Chal to introduce the outernational dub philosophy of Bokeh Versions. As well as guiding us through the Bokeh universe, home to Seekersinternational, Jay Glass Dubs and Mars89, Bristol’s Miles Opland delivers a Top Flight guest mix packed full of exclusives and curios. Next, Chal puts the spotlight on Hakuna Kulala, the fledgling sublabel of Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Tapes. Launched last year to showcase the finest new heavyweight club trax from East Africa, the label has already introduced the world to talent like Slikback, MC Yallah and Rey Sapienz. On top of that, Chal selects the week’s essential new tracks including music from Bristol’s Ploy, NYC mood conductor Beta Librae, and Montreal’s Jaymie Silk.