Compiled by the great Gilles Peterson, this double-CD, BBC Sessions
features a diverse range of contemporary talent with tracks from the likes of Matthew Herbert, Amp Fiddler, Zero 7 and Roots Manuva, plus Jamie Cullums rendition of Pharrells "Frontin"
Veteran UK DJ/taste-maker Gilles Peterson has long been a champion of all things leftfield, independent and jazzy/soulful. His BBC Radio One Worldwide show has been a landmark event for this type of music, showcasing a variety of sounds and artists from veterans to newcomers and attracting listeners from all around the globe. The BBC Sessions
is a collection of recordings made by some of Petersons many guests on the show over the last five years. Most of these tracks were aired just once or twice at the time then left to gather dust in the BBC archives, but Gilles has unearthed a typically eclectic selection and compiled them for posterity. The subsequent double CD features covers, jams, versions and collaborations by artists from the worlds of jazz, pop, folk, soul, hip hop and electronica (including Zero 7, Beck, Amp Fiddler, Nitin Sawhney, Jamie Cullum, Björk, Roots Manuva, Beth Gibbons and many other equally hip and revered names), to create a stylish anthology and a wonderful snapshot of innovative music from around the world. --Paul Sullivan