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Crush
Crush (CD)
Cat: ZENCD 259. Rel: 18 Oct 19
  1. Falaise
  2. Last Bloom
  3. Anasickmodular
  4. Requiem For CS70 & Strings
  5. Karakul
  6. LesAlpx
  7. Bias
  8. Environments
  9. Birth
  10. Sea-watch
  11. Apoptose (part 1)
  12. Apoptose (part 2)
Review: A new album from Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points is always cause for celebration, but even by his standards "Crush" is rather special. Largely eschewing the ambient jazz soundscape shuffle of 2017's "Reflections - Mojave Desert", it sees the Shepherd showcase his musical dexterity in stunning fashion via cuts that wrap shimmering neo-classical strings around what sound like modular electronics and rhythms that variously touch on broken beat, off-kilter experimental D&B and Autechre-style IDM. Of course there are ambient and experimental soundscapes showcased, but it's the fact that the album contains a swathe of formidably dancefloor-focused cuts in the style that first made him standout that pleases us most. Highlights include recent single "LesAlpx", the dreamy "Anasickmodular" and the "People's Potential" style deep house intricacy of "Last Bloom".
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Beautiful Vinyl Hunter
Cat: 190758 91582. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. STAR CHILD (feat Judi Jackson)
  2. Realisations
  3. Between The Lines (feat Kenyon Harrold & Sparkz)
  4. Introspection (feat Theo Croker)
  5. COLORS
  6. Cranes (In The Sky)
  7. I Still Believe (feat Milton Suggs)
  8. Elipsis (interlude)
  9. Sunrise
  10. Dark Honey (4TheStorm) (feat Makaya McCraven)
  11. Pressure (instrumental)
  12. Ahmed
  13. Lullaby (Rise & Shine) (feat Judi Jackson)
  14. Battle (feat Binker & Moses)
  15. THE MIGHTY (feat Ben Marc)
Review: South London pianist and composer Ashley Henry is a versatile musician who can move between all niches within his musical realm: hip hop, broken beat, jazz and fusion flows from his finger tips and all characterise his expansive and expressive new album "Beautiful Vinyl Hunter". Stellar collaborators Makaya McCraven, Judi Jackson and MC Sparkz amongst others all help enrich this album as it flows from post-bop to classic jazz to neo-soul in thrilling fashion. Rooted in tradition but with a distinctly London edge that soars to new heights, this record sets a new benchmark for the contemporary scene.
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Little Ghost
Cat: TRUCD 383. Rel: 02 Sep 19
  1. Wise Women
  2. Too Much To Ask
  3. The Other Side
  4. Sweet Love
  5. Strength
  6. Everything I Need
  7. Money
  8. Nova
  9. Get To Know It
  10. What You're Doing
  11. Come Over
  12. Onto Me
  13. Whistling
  14. Still Wonder
Review: Moonchild are one of the many jewels in the Tru Thoughts fam. Their mellifluous sound melts jazz chords, angelic neo-soul vocals and broken beats to cathartic effect, and "Little Ghost" marks the LA-based band's third album on the label, fourth overall. There are no great deviations from their signature formula here, but that's not a problem: there will always be space in anyone's collection for the golden late night grooves of "Too Much To Ask," twinkling keys of "Sweet Love" and romantic Sunday morning sounds of the enchanting "Strength," amongst many other highlights.
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Atlantic Oscillations
Cat: TRUCD 370. Rel: 20 Jun 19
  1. Divergence
  2. Incendium
  3. September Blues
  4. You Used To Love Me (feat Denitia)
  5. Atlantic Oscillations
  6. Now Or Never (feat Alice Russell)
  7. Orquidea (feat Sly5thAve)
  8. Tierra Mama (feat Nidia Gongora)
  9. Motivic Retrograde
  10. La Reflexion
  11. Is It Your Intention
Review: Since he's such a prolific collaborator and creator of bands, it's easy to overlook the fact that Will Holland hasn't released a solo album as Quantic for almost five years. "Atlantic Oscillations", then, is a welcome return - particularly since Tru Thoughts boss Robert Luis thinks it's Holland's "most cohesive and intricate album to date". It's certainly a strong collection, with Holland wrangling multiple styles, tempos and musical influences to create cuts that defy easy categorization. While there are downtempo moments, "Atlantic Oscillations" includes more bona-fide club cuts then he's delivered in recent years, with sun-kissed disco cut "September Blues", Cuban disco-funk workout "Atlantic Oscillations" and Afro-Latin house bumper "Motivic Retrograde" standing out.
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Dreaming Is Dead Now
Cat: BWOOD 193CD. Rel: 24 May 19
  1. Gonna Buy A Car Today
  2. No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish
  3. Dreaming Is Dead Now
  4. Spit/Swallow
  5. Without A Doubtful Shadow
  6. My Love Is Burning, Down
  7. Ten Four, Good Friend
  8. I'll Be On Your Mind
  9. Laxmi Flying
  10. Blood Relations
Review: This debut album from Jo'burg via Doncaster's Skinny Pelembe comes with a weight of expectation. The distinctive soul maverick has been turning heads with his output on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings for the past two years, and now he's come good on the promise of those singles and EPs with a wonderful, many-sided LP that oozes personality, depth, and a dusty, hand-wrought musicality that hits on an instinctive level. There are flurries of broken beats, low slung wood-carved percussion, rugged neo soul and weather-beaten funk aplenty, with the lines between organic and electronic beautifully blurred. This album deserves to be huge, positioning Pelembe as a vital new talent in the vanguard of UK soul music.
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Turn To Clear View
Cat: BWOOD 207CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Asheber)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow)
  3. Gnawa Sweet
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Coming From
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia)
  8. Self:love (feat Obongjayar)
Review: Joe Armon-Jones has been a driving force in the resurgence of contemporary jazz and now makes something of a victory lap with this new album on the always essential Brownswood. It's a very modern mix of bass and dub, du jour club culture and his own jazz styles featuring peers like Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia. Frankly, the whole record is silky, starry-eyed and sublime and the excellent artwork also hist at the cosmic subtleties of this album, but our picks of the bunch are the neo-soul, summery stroll through the park vibes of "Yellow Dandelion", "Gnawa Sweet" which glows with mellifluous Rhodes chords and the uncompromising yet accessible sax and big brass action of album highlight "You Didn't Care".
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Heaven & Earth
Heaven & Earth (2xCD + hidden CD)
Cat: Y T176CD. Rel: 22 Jun 18
  1. Fists Of Fury (Earth)
  2. Can You Hear Him
  3. Hub-Tones
  4. Connections
  5. Tiffakonkae
  6. The Invincible Youth
  7. Testify
  8. One Of One
  9. The Space Travelers Lullaby (Heaven)
  10. Vi Lua VI Sol
  11. Street Fighter Mas
  12. Song For The Fallen
  13. Journey
  14. The Psalmnist
  15. Show Us The Way
  16. Will You Sing
  17. The Secret Of Jinsinson
  18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  19. My Family
  20. Agents Of Multiverse
  21. Ooh Child
Review: There's a growing feeling both inside and outside jazz that Kamasi Washington could well turn out to be one of the style's all-time greats. He's certainly making all the right moves, delivering thought-provoking concept albums of eyebrow-raising length that simply refuse to settle on one sound, rhythm, style or sub-genre. Heaven & Earth, his first album for almost three years, continues this trend, comprising angry instrumental answers to America's growing issues with class division and racism, Rotary Connection style workouts, Sun Ra-esque spiritual workouts, funk and soul-influenced burners, spiraling choral and orchestral affairs, and electric fusions of rubbery synth-funk and mind-altering jazz-blues. Typically, the results are never less than sublime, with Washington's virtuoso saxophone playing taking centre stage throughout.
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Oneness
Oneness (CD)
Cat: GONDCD 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  1. Life
  2. Oneness
  3. Stan's Harp
  4. Loving Kindness
  5. Distant Land
  6. Stories From India
  7. The Traveller
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Back To Mine
JUNGLE/VARIOUS
Back To Mine (2xCD (CD 1 mixed, CD 2 unmixed))
Cat: BACKCD 30. Rel: 18 Oct 19
  1. Barbara Moore - "Steam Heart"
  2. Inflo - "No Fear"
  3. Merle - "Fannie Likes 2 Dance"
  4. Manuel Darquart - "Birds Of Paradiso"
  5. Drumtalk - "Red Haze"
  6. Admin - "Space Cadet"
  7. Mocky - "How It Goes"
  8. The Marias - "Carino"
  9. Sly5thAve - "Super Rich Kids"
  10. Kamaal Williams - "High Roller"
  11. Sam Evian - "Next To You"
  12. BadBadNotGood - "Lavender" (feat Kaytranada)
  13. Jungle - "Come Back A Different Day"
  14. Mansur Brown - "Shiroi"
  15. The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn NY - "Live On"
  16. Sault - "Masterpiece"
  17. Paul Cherry - "Like Yesterday"
  18. HNNY - "Sunday"
  19. Barbara Moore - "Steam Heart"
  20. Inflo - "No Fear"
  21. Merle - "Fannie Likes 2 Dance"
  22. Manuel Darquart - "Birds Of Paradiso"
  23. Admin - "Space Cadet"
  24. Mocky - "How It Goes"
  25. The Marias - "Carino"
  26. Sly5thAve - "Super Rich Kids"
  27. Kamaal Williams - "High Roller"
  28. Sam Evian - "Next To You"
  29. BadBadNotGood - "Lavender" (feat Kaytranda)
  30. Jungle - "Come Back A Different Day"
  31. Mansur Brown - "Shiroi"
  32. The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn NY - "Live On"
  33. Sault - "Masterpiece"
  34. Paul Cherry - "Like Yesterday"
  35. HNNY - "Sunday"
Review: The best editions of the long running "Back To Mine" series tend to be those where the chosen selector offers up a varied but loosely linked mix of surprising and lesser-known tunes. On their edition, Mercury Prize nominated duo Jungle has done just that. Beginning with the bluesy late night lament of Barbara Moore's "Steam Heart", the pair takes us on a warming and eye-opening journey through Afrobeat (Inflo), glassy-eyed wind-down deep house (Manuel Darquart, Admin's brilliant "Space Cadet"), skewed pop (Mocky), string-laden jazz-funk (Kamaal Williams), Serge Gainsbourg-esque chanson (Sam Evian), drowsy Balearica (Mansur Brown), and loved-up 1960s style dream pop (The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn NY, HNNY).
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To Believe
Cat: ZENCD 226. Rel: 15 Mar 19
  1. To Believe (feat Moses Sumney)
  2. A Caged Bird/Imitations Of Life (feat Roots Manuva)
  3. Lessons
  4. Wait For Now/Leave The World (feat Tawiah)
  5. The Workers Of Art
  6. Zero One/This Fantasy (feat Grey Reverend)
  7. A Promise (feat Heidi Vogel)
Review: Given the rise in popularity in new school jazz in recent years, it seems a fitting time to welcome back Ninja Tune stalwarts The Cinematic Orchestra. "To Believe" is not only their first album in some seven years, but also one of their strongest releases to date. Opening with the poignant neo-classical/soul fusion "To Believe", the set sees Jason Swinscoe and company attractively saunter between jazz-electronica fusion (Roots Manuva collaboration ("A Caged Bird/Imitations Of Life"), pastoral jazz epics (the sunset ready epic that is "Lessons"), gentle downtempo songs ("Wait For Now/Leave The World"), ambient jazz ("The Workers Of Art") and slowly unfurling dancefloor workouts (killer closing cut "A Promise"). In a word: stunning.
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Black Sands
Cat: ZENCD 140. Rel: 25 Mar 10
  1. Prelude
  2. Kiara
  3. Kong
  4. Eyesdown (feat Andreya Triana)
  5. El Toro
  6. We Could Forever
  7. 1009
  8. All In Forms
  9. The Keeper (feat Andreya Triana)
  10. Stay The Same (feat Andreya Triana)
  11. Animals
  12. Black Sands
Review: Black Sands, the eagerly anticipated fourth album from Simon Green AKA Bonobo, is no revolutionary change from his signature sound but does come with perhaps even more subtlety and complexity than his previous offerings. Having constantly instilled a degree of integrity and value back into chill out music following the influx of Cafe Del Mar and Coffeeshop compilations, Green once again displays a musicianship that sets him apart as a true artist and producer amongst a sea of downtempo and chillout DJs.
His undeniably clear understanding of composition and arrangement of live instruments has enabled Green to make an album that reaches out through diverse styles, taking influence and inspiration from wherever possible. On Black Sands, Green delves into electronic music and bass more than he did across Animal Magic, Dial "M" For Monkey or Days To Come but does so with enough subtlety and finesse to refrain from causing a radical shift in his product. Tracks like "Kiara," "We Could Forever" and "All In Forms" all utilise beats and bass in a more contemporary outlook than we are used to with Bonobo. Of course the instrumental feel is still there for all to see. Title track "Black Sands" takes this position for almost seven minutes of a horn infused waltz whereas "Kong" assumes the traditional soul-jazz Bonobo take and "Animals" lets delicate drum patterns guide us through pleasing tempo shifts.
The instrumental vibe is highlighted further in the album's approach to vocals. Unlike his last album, Days To Come which was littered with vocals, Black Sands houses only three tracks that contain vocals. The breathy vocals of Andreya Triana complete tracks like "Stay the Same" and "The Keeper" turning them in more traditional songs. Black Sands is another loving crafted offering that uses orchestral arrangements but this time merged with more of a dance aesthetic. As he continues to make chillout more credible in his experimental way, it's no wonder that Bonobo is one of the biggest artists to come from the excellent Ninja Tune.
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Ma Fleur
Ma Fleur (CD)
Cat: ZENCD 122. Rel: 05 May 07
  1. To Build A Home
  2. Familiar Ground
  3. That Home
  4. Child Song
  5. Music Box
  6. Ma Fleur
  7. Prelude
  8. As The Stars Fall
  9. Into You
  10. Breathe
  11. Time & Space
Review: "Ma Fleur" is the first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra since 2002's "Everyday". The record was written as the soundtrack to a specially commissioned screenplay for an imagined film (which may or may not be made). Shortly after finishing "Everyday", a piece of music which achieved great critical and commercial success, Jason Swinscoe relocated from East London to Paris. Here he began work on the instrumentals which would form the basis of his new record - more moods than finished tracks, a series of sketches or diagrams of directions to follow. Having completed a rough version by early 2005, he gave this to a friend who disappeared for three weeks and came back with short story scripts in which each scene represented a story of a different time in life, expressing the emotions which underpin the journey from birth to death. Jason then took this and worked some more on the tracks, and in turn gave this back to his scriptwriter, the two aspects of the project developing alongside one another. Gradually, Swinscoe recruited suitable vocalists for the atmospheres and themes he wanted to deal with. The remarkable Fontella Bass, who is now sadly in frail health, is the woman behind both legendary soul number "Rescue Me" as well as some of the Art Ensemble of Chicago's finest moments, had worked on "Everyday" and was an obvious choice to voice the parts of the elderly protagonist that Swinscoe envisaged. Mercury-nominated Lou Rhodes is not only a fantastic singer but a young mother and so perfect for the "mid-life" singer. The as-yet unheralded Patrick Watson, a remarkable vocalist from Montreal, became the youngest of the trio.
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Nothing Is Still
Cat: ZENCD 249. Rel: 15 Jun 18
  1. From The Sea/It Looms (Chapters I & II)
  2. Movements (Chapter III)
  3. Birds On The Tarmac (Footnote III)
  4. Julia (Footnote IV)
  5. Drinking It In Again (Chapter IV)
  6. Trouble (Chapter V) (part I, II & III)
  7. Envelopes (Chapter VI)
  8. English Oak (Chapter VII)
  9. Ice Cream (Chapter VIII)
  10. It Breaks (Chapter IX)
Review: You have to admire Leon Vynehall's ambition. Although he built his career by delivering atmospheric, otherworldly club music, his first set for Ninja Tune is a sprawling, largely ambient - or at the very least hazy and horizontal - concept album inspired by the story of his parents emigrating to New York. Thus, the ten tracks that make up the album - crafted from a combination of field recordings, sound effects, orchestral instrumentation recorded at Konk's studio in New York and his own sublime electronics - were produced and sequenced to tell a story. It's epic stuff, all told, but crucially also incredibly good. It proves, without any shadow of a doubt, that Vynehall is a producer with talent to match his widescreen vision.
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Until The Quiet Comes
Cat: WARPCD 230. Rel: 28 Sep 12
  1. All In
  2. Getting There (feat Niki Randa)
  3. Until The Colours Come
  4. Heave(n)
  5. Tiny Tortures
  6. All The Secrets
  7. Sultan's Request
  8. Putty Boy Strut
  9. See Thru To U (feat Erykah Badu)
  10. Until The Quiet Comes
  11. DMT Song (feat Thundercat)
  12. The Nightcaller
  13. Only If You Wanna
  14. Electric Candyman (feat Thom Yorke)
  15. Hunger (feat Niki Randa)
  16. Phantasm (feat Laura Darlington)
  17. Me Yesterday/Corded
  18. Dream To Me
Review: Pitched somewhere between the gritty, propulsive beats of Los Angeles, and the exploratory jazz of Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus's fourth album, Until The Quiet Comes is arguably the most delicate record he's ever produced. Described as a "collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies", it steers away from bigger moments, choosing instead to present an understated patchwork of breezy jazz samples, dusty hip-hop beats smeared vocals seemingly inspired by DMT hallucinations. While previous efforts were wildly futuristic at times, Until The Quiet Comes is confidently classicist - and seals Flying Lotus's position as one of our generation's visionary producers.
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 in stock $7.55
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Atemporal
Atemporal (CD)
Cat: FVR 148CD. Rel: 30 May 19
  1. Papos Desconexos (part 1)
  2. Papos Desconexos (part 2)
  3. AEIOU (album mix)
  4. Muhler Instrumento (part 1 & 2)
  5. Canto Da Yara
  6. Kilario (2019 version)
  7. Linhas De Alinhar
  8. Verso E Prosa
Review: This time last year, French combo Cotonete joined forces with Brazilian singer Di Melo to deliver what became one of the sleeper hits of last summer - the Latin disco/jazz-funk fusion of "A.E.I.O.U.". Here they continue their partnership with a first collaborative full length. It's a quietly impressive outing, with Di Melo's distinctive vocals rising above cuts that variously doff a cap to sultry Brazilian disco-funk, Azymuth-esque jazz-funk, soundtrack-friendly cinematic soundscapes, Astrud Gilberto style sweetness and humid salsa-funk (standout "Kilario (2019 Version)". It's a warm, loose and hazy set that feels authentically South American despite its Parisian roots.
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Onda Nova
Onda Nova (CD)
Cat: FVR 143CD. Rel: 13 Feb 19
  1. Dragoes E Tigres
  2. Perdidos E Bobos
  3. What I'd Do For Love
  4. Onda Nova
  5. Heaven's In Your Arms
  6. Soulshine
  7. Dois Naufragos
  8. Depois Do Sol
  9. What I'd Do For Love (Portuguese version - bonus track)
Review: On his previous albums for Favorite, Brazilian Lucas Arruda has proved adept at adapting a range of vintage sounds from his home country - most notably 1970s MPB, jazz-funk and jazz-fusion, as well as 1980s boogie - into tasty new songs. He's at it again on "Onda Nova", his first album for four years. This time round, he's added a little blue-eyed soul, AOR and West Coast jazz-rock flavour into the mix alongside his usual breezy blend of ear-catching Brazilian style (check, for example, the Michael McDonald-ish vibes of English language cut "What I'd Do For Love" and the guitar solo-laden smoothness of "Heaven's In Your Arms"). It's a blend that guarantees glassy-eyed and loved-up thrills throughout.
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Chaos Theories
Cat: STRUT 208CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
  1. Charlie Foxtrot
  2. Police The Police
  3. House Of Cards
  4. Boat Rockers
  5. Sky High
  6. War Games
  7. General Strike
  8. Slumlord
  9. Well Runs Dry
Review: Canadian collective The Soul Jazz Orchestra's latest studio album is a cheery tonic for our troubled times. That's not to say it doesn't engage you with some thought-provoking moments along the way (the pay gap, dodgy landlords, police brutalities, the current US administration) but generally the musicianship is uplifting and hypnotic. The album draws on funk, jazz and soul with Latin, Caribbean and Afro twists that make it work on the dance floor as well as home stereo. Anthems like "General Strike" exhibit some 2 tone swagger and "Sky High" is pure disco dynamite.
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From The Archive Volume 2
VOLCOV/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBECD 399. Rel: 07 Sep 18
  1. Carleen Anderson - "All That Glitters"
  2. Collective Peace - "Let The Music Play"
  3. Ruth Koleva - "Turn It Around" (Eric Lau remix)
  4. The Rebirth - "Caterpillar"
  5. Ron Trent - "Ori Space"
  6. Ian O'Brien - "Spiraling Prism"
  7. Intuit - "Planet Birth" (feat Andy Bey - Xantone Blacq remix/Volcov edit)
  8. Quentin Kane & Simon Sheldon - "The Blue Room" (feat TK Blue - Kaidi Tatham's Shokazuku remix)
  9. Numbers - "Moonblood" (IG SOS mix)
  10. Honey Sweet - "I Put A Spell On You" (feat Cindy Mizelle)
  11. Skymark - "Finding The Peace"
  12. Harry Whitaker - "The After Life" (part 2)
  13. Tony Williams - "Lawra" (Volcov edit)
Review: Two years ago, Volcov set our pulses racing with From The Archive, a superb selection of killer cuts from the depth of his notoriously impressive record collection. Volume 2 is equally as inspired, though the focus is a little different. Whereas Volcov previously chose to concentrate on soul, funk and disco, this edition is far more widescreen in scope. So, we get soaring soul-jazz bliss (Collective Peace's "Let The Music Play"), head-nodding hip-hop soul (Eric Lau remixing Ruth Koleva), futurist jazz-funk (Ron Trent's wild but brilliant "Ori Space"), soul-fired broken beat (Volcov's own re-edit of Xantone Blacq's vintage remix of Intuit's "Planet Birth"), impeccable soundscape jazz ("Lawra" by Tony Williams) and much more besides.
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LillyGood Party!: A Selection Of  Really Really Good Grooves
Alex ATTIAS/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 449CCD. Rel: 11 May 18
  1. Kathy Kosins & Paul Randolph - "Could You Be Me?" (Theo Ss translation)
  2. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks - "Cascade"
  3. Cotonete - "Earth Overshoot Day" (Hugo LX remix)
  4. Cro-Magnon - "Midnight Magic" (feat Roy Ayers)
  5. Freeeze - "Stay"
  6. Grooveman Spot - "Do The Dance"
  7. Root Soul - "My Dream Came True"
  8. Kip Hanrahan - "Her Boyfriend Assesses His Value & Pleads His Case"
  9. Nicole Willis - "Curiosity" (Zanzibar remix)
  10. Velvet Hammer - "Party Hardy" (Alex Attias edit)
  11. Material With Nona Hendryx - "Over & Over"
  12. Sunaga T Experience - "It's You" (Disco Alert mix)
  13. Paul Johnson - "Better Than This" (Soul Talk remix)
Review: Veteran Swiss DJ/producer Alex Attias has long been one of Europe's more versatile and open-minded DJs, so it's fitting that BBE have given him a chance to flex his curatorial muscles. LillyLillyGood, which shares its name with a monthly party and label Attias runs, was inspired by Attias's desire to present "really good grooves that people want to dance to or listen to or home". He's done just that, whizzing through an unmixed selection that giddily flits between trippy, polyrhythmic acid madness (Grooveman Spot), jaunty jazz-funk (Freeeze, Cro Magnon's ultra-deep hook-up with Roy Ayers), synth-fuelled broken beat business (Tatham, Mensah, Lord and Ranks), deliciously spacey deep house (the Zanzibar remix of Nicole Willis's "Curiosity") and killer disco (Attias's own edit of Velvet Hammer's "Party Hearty").
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Ondatropica (Deluxe Edition)
Ondatropica (Deluxe Edition) (2xCD + 52 page booklet)
Cat: SNDWCD 045X. Rel: 19 Jul 12
  1. Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazon
  2. Punkero Sonidero
  3. I Ron Man
  4. Suena
  5. Locomotora Borracha
  6. Remando
  7. Ska Fuentes
  8. 3 Reyes De La Terepia
  9. Libya
  10. Gaita Tropica
  11. Rap Maya
  12. Dos Lucecitas
  13. Cumbia Especial
  14. Swing De Gillian
  15. Bomba Tropica
  16. Linda Manana
  17. Traigan La Batea
  18. El Caiman Y El Gallinazo
  19. Mi Negra
  20. Curro Fuentes
  21. Descarga Tropica
  22. Papi Shingaling
  23. Mambo Loco Especial
  24. Donde Suena El Bombo
  25. La Tranca
  26. Cien Anos
Review: Conceived by Colombian musician Mario Galeano and English producer Will Holland, (better known as Quantic), Ondatropica brings together Colombian legends and young musicians alike and mixes up Columbian styles such as cumbia and champeta with beatboxing, hip-hop and funk. Although the project is undeniably audacious, the results are hugely impressive, with classical styles going hand in hand with all manner of analogue squiggles and experimental dub. Highlights are too numerous to mention, but include the dubbed out weirdness and live instrumentation of "Punkero Sonidero" and the live beatboxing and copious effect mangling on "3 Reyes De La Terepia". The CD version also comes with a 52 page booklet telling the fascinating story behind the project.

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Sound Sculptures Vol 1
Cat: SSLPCD 4. Rel: 20 Feb 08
  1. Try This
  2. All Yours/Who Is Adam?
  3. Black Music (I Love You) (feat Craig Huckaby)
  4. Nitedrive/I 94w
  5. Take A Ride
  6. I 94e/No Joke
  7. They Say (feat Monica Blaire)
  8. Love Triumphant
  9. Reckasto/Strange Change
  10. Stomp Yo Feet (part 1)
  11. Still Love Still Happiness/Whowhohehe
  12. Satisfunktion
  13. Sundown Town
  14. Track 14
  15. Uppitynegronomics
  16. Goin Downstairs/Music?
  17. The Rink
  18. Programming/Unauthorized Procedure/Criminal Drug Evasion
  19. Soul Control/Quarter Run (feat Alena Waters)
  20. Synthetic Flemm
  21. Galactic Ancestors
  22. Flotation Device/Fear Or Laziness?
  23. Laziness (feat Amp Fiddler)
  24. Fear
  25. Usually Suspected/The Quest (feat Amp Fiddler)
  26. Second Chances (feat Monica Blaire)
  27. Space Cowboys & The Interplanetary Gangster Edit
Review: Theo Parrish's masterful Sound Sculptures Vol 1 on triple LP format gets a timely repressing!! In total here there are 9 of the 27 tracks from the full double CD version but these still run the gamut of Theo's inimitable talents, from rough and tumble disco edits to saccharine soul, raw beatdown and leftfield esoterica. Be sure to check the Omar S- featuring "Synthetic Flemm" and long time Juno favourite "Flotation Device". If ever there was a selection of tracks that fully showcased the incredible breadth of production talent this man has, this is it. Not to be missed!
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A So We Gwarn
Cat: SSCD 12. Rel: 05 Oct 17
  1. See & Blind, Hear & Deaf
  2. Treasure Beach
  3. Too Much Ginger
  4. Sista's Love
  5. Nyabinghi Warriors
  6. Decide What You Choose
  7. Maroon Strategies
  8. The Sorrell Sweet
  9. A So We Gwarn
  10. 18.1096 N 77.2975 W
  11. Shy Makku
  12. The Rockers Rebel Step
  13. It's All For Us
  14. Don't Put Your Hat Where Your Hand Can't Reach
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a collaborative debut album (on Sound Signature, no less) from London broken beat veterans Dego and Kaidi Tatham. As with their previous joint releases on 2000 Black, Rush Hour, Eglo and, of course, Sound Signature, it's the duo's love of rich, jazz-fuelled musicality, sun-kissed melodies and loose, languid rhythms that shines through. There are naturally nods towards disco, boogie, jazz-funk, Afrobeat, hip-hop and classic "bruk", with a stellar cast list of guest musicians and vocalists swinging by to lend a hand. If Herbie Hancock decamped to Ladbroke Grove and made an album with Bugz in the Attic, it would probably sound like this. In our book, that's a very good thing indeed.
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Starting Today
Cat: BWOOD 177CD. Rel: 08 May 18
  1. Starting Today (feat Ras Asheber)
  2. Almost Went Too Far
  3. Mollison Dub
  4. London's Face (feat Oscar Jerome)
  5. Ragify (feat Big Sharer)
  6. Outro (Fornow)
Review: Building on his Brownswood debut earlier this year - "Go See" on the label's deep-digging We Out Here collection - Ezra Collective's pianist and composer lays down his most expansive and expressive body of work to date. Weighing in at near album size, it's a powerful experience from the off as Afrikan Revolution's Asheber sets a political framework and sense of freshness and unity on the title track. Elsewhere we're treated to hazy bluesy hip-hop on "Ragify", raw freeform fizz on "London's Face" and soul-soothing narratives in the form of "Mollison Dub". Stunning.
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 in stock $7.58
24
First Class
SMOOVE/VARIOUS
First Class (unmixed CD)
Cat: JAL 141. Rel: 11 Oct 12
  1. Brenda Boykin - "Hard Swing Travellin'" (Smoove remix)
  2. Dilouya & Smoove & Turrell - "The Way It Goes" (feat Sandra Nkake)
  3. Electric Empire - "Baby Your Lovin'" (Smoove remix)
  4. The New Mastersounds - "Witness" (Smoove remix)
  5. The Juju Orchestra - "Kind Of Latin Rhythm" (Smoove remix)
  6. Charlie Funk, Afrika Bambaataa & King Kamonzi - "It's My Funk" (Smoove P Funk Disco remix)
  7. Kraak & Smaak - "Call Up To Heaven" (feat Lex Empress - Smoove remix)
  8. The Third Degree - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (Smoove remix)
  9. The Bahama Soul Club - "Nassau Jam" (Smoove Funky Jam remix)
  10. Da Wiesel - "Boogaloo Stomp" (Smoove remix)
  11. Una Mas Trio - "Son Montuno" (Smoove remix)
  12. Nick Pride & The Pimptones - "Waitin' So Long" (Smoove remix)
  13. Kojato & The Afro Latin Cougaritas - "Like A Gypsy" (Smoove remix)
Review: For years now, Newcastle-based funk/breaks fusionist Smoove has been one of Jalepeno's most decorated artists. His particular brand of party-starting groovery continues to be popular with dancefloors - hence the rather large amount of remix requests he gets. First Class gathers together 13 of his favourite remixes to date, offering a string of soulful, floor-friendly reworks that verge from the boisterous (the heavy percussion of his New Mastersounds tweak) to the banging (a hectic revision of The Third Degree's "Can't Get You Out of My Head"). There are sweaty moments by the armful, too (check the Bahama Soul Club re-make) and toe tapping jams aplenty (Brenda Boykin). Funk fans will love it.
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Forevernevermore
Cat: PF 095CD. Rel: 15 Dec 10
  1. Meanwhile Back At Home
  2. Wednesday Night People
  3. The Set Up
  4. Track 4
  5. Don't You Want My Love
  6. Your Sweet Lovin
  7. The Thief That Stole My Sad Days (Ya Blessin Me)
  8. Tribute
  9. Forevernevermore
  10. empty track
  11. empty track
  12. Various Mixed KDJ Rarities (hidden track)
Review: A super hot reissue of Moodymann's Forevernevermore album on Peacfrog. This was Kenny Dixon Jnr's third album (following the seminal Silentintroduction and Black Mahogani), released back in 2000. The pleasing thud of "Tribute" and idiosyncratic deep strut of "Your Sweet Lovin" linger long in the ears, whether you're hearing for the first time of the 100th. Indeed everything here is dripping with MPC brilliance; jazzy samples, crackly Detroit atmospherics and the occasional recording of Moodymann's own distinctive croaky voice, making it an utterly essential purchase for Detroit cognoscenti who missed it the first time round.
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Mount Pleasant
Cat: JAL 274CD. Rel: 28 Jun 18
  1. There For Me
  2. You're Gone
  3. Something Better
  4. Hate Seeking Missile
  5. Billie
  6. A Deckham Love Song
  7. I Feel Alive
  8. Mr Hyde
  9. Flames To Feed
  10. Love That Kinda Lie
  11. Small Town
Review: UK funk and jazz band, Smoove + Turrell, are back on the unstoppable Jalapeno Records with their fifth studio album for the label, making them the imprint's star residents. Alongside the deluge of releases on Jalapeno, the outfit have dropped countless singles, each one of them showcasing one strand of funk and soul. Mount Pleasant is an undeniably festive collection of tunes, primed and ready for the summer months, full of zest and life for the dancers. The main ingredient is funk and jazz, but the power behind this memorable release is the band's pop sensibility, coming through in everything from the vocals to the arrangements, creating a selection of tunes that are instantly memorable and painfully hummable. Is this the rise of the underground coming through above the line? Only time will tell, but we think these guys are the real deal.
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Push On
Push On (CD)
Cat: JAL 248CD. Rel: 27 Jul 17
  1. Intro
  2. Love That I'm In (feat Andy Cooper)
  3. Since You've Been Gone
  4. Entitled To That
  5. Get Down On You
  6. Push On
  7. Main Event (feat Andy Cooper)
  8. Hold You Close
  9. Buzzsaw (feat Andy Cooper)
  10. Allergic Interlude
  11. It Won't Be Me (feat Andy Cooper)
  12. Funky Feeling
  13. Remedy (feat Dr Syntax)
  14. Get On The Floor
Review: Don't be fooled by the smoky jazzy horns on the intro: The Allergies are still at the front of the party queue! They were just lulling us into a false sense of security before hitting us with a precision range of big soul swingers and dynamite party killers; both "Hold You Close" and "Since You've Been Gone" pop with big beat bangs, "Entitled To That" stamps and sweats like Wigan Pier is still holding the best dances in the country, "Main Event" parps and pumps while long-standing affiliate Andy Cooper reminds us who's boss while "It Won't Be Me" (also with Cooper) is coded with so much horn and guitar powered gusto you could be fooled into thinking Ugly Duckling are back. Yet another triumphant album from one of Jalapeno's most exciting acts.
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It's A World Before You
Cat: FW 174CD. Rel: 05 Jul 18
  1. Joyous
  2. Your Dreams Don't Mean A Thing
  3. Sweet Kinch
  4. Cold
  5. Out Here On My Own (feat Children Of Zeus)
  6. Bien
  7. 2Tone
  8. It's About Who You Know
  9. Outta Audah
  10. Soon Come
  11. It's A World Before You (feat Dego)
  12. Cupid (feat Uhmeer)
  13. Unique
Review: The word 'legend' gets banded about rather a lot, but it is certainly applicable to West London scene stalwart Kaidi Tatham. Further confirmation of this elevated status can be found throughout "It's A World Before You", a staggeringly good album that marks the musician-producer's first solo set for some seven years. While rooted in the kind of warm, rich and life-affirming jazz-funk-fuelled broken beat workouts with which Tatham is most readily associated (and they're naturally superb), there's plenty of killer diversions dotted throughout. These include a couple of spacey, soul-flecked ambient rubs, a sublime collaboration with hip-hop/modern soul fusionists Children of Zeus, and a fine head-nodding hip-hop jam featuring rapper Uhmeer. In a word: essential.
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While You Were Sleeping
Cat: 377877 1. Rel: 09 Jun 14
  1. Angel
  2. U R The 1
  3. Were Sleeping
  4. Anwhere U Go
  5. Bodhisattva
  6. 4 Noble Truths
  7. Dragon (feat Becca Stevens)
  8. Salaam
  9. Without U
  10. Everything
  11. XX
  12. Simply Beautiful (feat Takuya Kuroda)
Review: Hot on the heels of his No Beginning No End album, Jose returns with yet another arresting tale of modern day soul. His distinctive baritone humming with raw emotion he covers a broad soundscape that includes contemporary off-beat fracturisms ("U R The 1"), dreamy psychedelia ("Were Sleeping"), heavy bluesy rock ("Anywhere U Go") and Bonobo-style string drama ("4 Noble Truths"). Far-reaching, arresting and delivered with real authenticity, Jose's repertoire is as spotless and creative as it was when Giles Peterson first signed him 10 years ago.
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Outro Lugar
Cat: SCCD 419. Rel: 15 Mar 07
  1. Outro Lugar
  2. Litoral
  3. Zum Zum
  4. Assuntos Banals
  5. Bom Motivo (feat Rosalia De Souza)
  6. Samba Noir
  7. Barracao
  8. Voz Da Lapa
  9. Guarapiranga
  10. Contradicao (feat Coralie Clement)
  11. Simples
  12. Foolish Samba
Review: "Outro Lugar" is Toco's second album. Born Tomaz Di Cunto, Toco is a Brazilian songwriter from Sao Paulo who, despite his young age, is a passionate connoisseur as well as admirer of original bossa nova from the 60's. He absorbed the archetypal characteristics of the harmonies and the rhythms of that genre to offer them again in his own personal, contemporary style.
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Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol 14
VARIOUS
Cat: COMP 515.2. Rel: 07 Sep 18
  1. Basil Hardhaus - "Breezin'" (Compiled By Benjamin Frohlich)
  2. JTC - "Gallup"
  3. The Abstract Eye - "I Feel It In My Forehead"
  4. Tee Mango - "Into The Wild"
  5. Marvin Horsch - "Pace"
  6. Matt O'Brien - "Flourish"
  7. Aubrey - "Dot 3" (Russ Gabriel remix)
  8. Marcellus Pittman - "A Mix"
  9. Herzel - "Devoid"
  10. David Goldberg - "Part Bells" (Benjamin Frohlich remix)
  11. Claude Rodap - "Hiwa"
  12. Jose Padilla - "Lollipop" (I:Cube Casiotone reprise mix)
  13. Jex Opolis - "Mt Belzoni"
  14. Move D - "Beyond The Machine" (Compiled By Tom Bioly)
  15. Pierre Bastien - "Snide Dins"
  16. Vanishing Twin - "Under The Water"
  17. Yussef Kamaal - "Ayla"
  18. Roman Flugel - "Song With Blue"
  19. Luke Abbott - "Dumb"
  20. Machine Woman - "I Can Mend Your Broken Heart" ((Kassem Mosse remix)
  21. The Stowaway - "A Suspicious Passenger"
  22. New Jackson - "Let The Freak Come Out At Night"
  23. Isolee - "In Our Country"
  24. Albinos - "Palazzo"
  25. Cobblestone Jazz - "Midnight Sun"
  26. Sirconical - "Jambon Mama"
  27. TB - "Unskinny Dub"
  28. Slowdive - "Sugar For The Pill" (Avalon Emerson Gilded Escalation)
Review: It's all change on the 14th edition of Compost's long-running Future Sounds of Jazz series, with the baton being passed to two new curators: Permanent Vacation bosses Benjamin Frolich and Tom Bioly. It was perhaps a wise move, because the duo - compiling a disc each - have taken a much more liberal approach to "jazz" as a concept. The result is a hugely entertaining two-disc trawl that variously takes in immaculate deep house (Isolee, Marcellus Pittman), inspired electronica (The Abstract Eye), acid-flecked jazz-funk/house fusion (Tee Mango), hypnotic techno and spacey tech-house (Matt O'Brien, Aubrey, Herzel), synth-Balearica (Jex Opolis, I:Cube remixing Jose Padilla), ambient (Move D, Luke Abbot) and, of course, proper contemporary jazz (Yusuf Kamaal, Roman Flugel).
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Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas
  1. Furuberget
  2. Norte Do Brasil
  3. Sin Tempo
  4. Bar Asfalt
  5. Epilog
Review: Norwegian jazz pianist and composer Bugge Wesseltoft rose to prominence in the late 1990s on the back of a string of records that joined the dots between jazz, techno and hip-hop. Since then he's collaborated with many electronic producers - Laurent Garnier and Henrik Schwarz included - so it's little surprise to see him joining forces with Scandolearic hero Prins Thomas. The eponymous set was recorded at Oslo's legendary Rainbow Studio, where the pair improvised for a couple of days before editing down the results. There's much to admire, from the spaced-out brushed percussion and sorrowful piano of "Sin Tempo", liquid ambient vibes of "Norte Do Brasil" and wonky kraut-jazz bubbler "Bar Asfalt", to the slowly building brilliance of 16-minute opener "Furuberget". File under "ambient jazz".
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Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol 13
VARIOUS
Cat: COMP 4922. Rel: 02 Feb 17
  1. Van Hai - "Dernier Armour" (Ripperton No Love Lost Reshape)
  2. FaltyDL - "Some Jazz Shit"
  3. Mr Raoul K - "Sene Kela" (feat Sona Diabate - Mr Raoul K & Laolu version)
  4. Gabrielle Poso - "Roots Of Soul" (Atjazz remix)
  5. Karim Sahraoui - "Father's Legacy"
  6. Rancido - "The Encounter" (feat Kems)
  7. Montezumas Rache - "Wu Du Wu"
  8. Matanza - "Existencia" (Acid Pauli remix)
  9. Peter Kruder - "Memento"
  10. Marsmobil - "Saan"
  11. Butch & C Vogt - "The Infamous"
  12. Chaos In The CBD - "Digital Harmony"
  13. Axel Boman - "Nokturn (Grand Finale)"
  14. MLIR - "Spanish Lo-Life"
  15. Tribilin Sounds - "Negroide"
  16. Tony Allen - "African Man" (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer remix)
  17. Manuel Tur - "Ela"
  18. Lagerfeltz - "Uitaar"
  19. Jonny Faith - "Dapple City"
  20. Bing Ji Ling - "Twilight"
Review: In the early-to-mid 2000s, when nu-jazz was at its' peak, Compost Records' annual Future Sounds of Jazz compilation was always essential listening. This surprise 13th edition appears five years after its' predecessor, re-introducing the series to a whole new generation of listeners. Happily, its' every bit as essential as the series' earliest installments, and draws together all manner of jazz-leaning productions. You'll hear a string-drenched broken house gem from Falty DL, some Afro tech-jazz from Mr Raoul K, a supremely Balearic rework ofMatanza's "Existencia" from Acid Pauli, an epic electro-jazz throw down from Butch & C Voigt, and an essential remix of Tony Allen by Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer. Throw in fine contributions from Peter Kruder, Axel Boman and Chaos In The CBD, and you've got an essential collection.
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Raw & Cooked
Cat: AR 67CD. Rel: 08 Feb 16
  1. Luvlite (feat Bajka)
  2. High Heels (feat Omar)
  3. His Footlocker
  4. Tap On The Backdoor (feat Greg Blackman)
  5. Soulosophy (feat Bajka)
  6. Kimberley Hotel (feat Anthony Joseph)
  7. Walzer
  8. Nardis
  9. Lush Life (feat Tim Hollingsworth)
  10. Luvlite (instrumental version)
  11. Luvlite (feat Bajka - Jon Kennedy remix)
  12. High Heels (feat Omar - Lack Of Afro remix)
Review: Proudly pushing their music through Germany's Agogo imprint, the Hidden Jazz Quartett have always released stunning jazz music with a nod to the classics of the past, but with also an inherently modern twist to the sounds, arrangements, and mood. Their latest album, Raw & Cooked, is as smooth as silk, and instantly gets you in a soulful kind of mood with the sultry "High Heels", powered by the deep and luscious vocals of Omar. Tracks like "Tap On The Backdoor" are livelier, feature organs and push the jazz into funk territories, but then there's also plenty of downtempo via cuts such as the mighty "Kimberley Hotel", verging gracefully onto hip hop with the help of Anthony Joseph. All in all, this is the right kinda joint for those looking to get down, and zone out to some stone-cold future soul. Beautiful.
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Nevertheless
Cat: AR 121CD. Rel: 07 Jun 19
  1. Lemon Squeezers
  2. Big Fish
  3. Another Day (Going In Too Deep)
  4. Nevertheless
  5. Hot Wired (feat Donnie Numeric)
  6. Light Me Up (feat Clair Fallows)
  7. En Route (feat Urda)
  8. Then & Now
  9. Don't Break My Love (feat Afrika Fuentes)
  10. Hands & Hands (feat Bedos Mavanubu)
  11. Set Me Free (feat Jon Kenzie)
  12. This Journey (feat Kemi Ade)
Review: David Hanke's Renegades Of Jazz project has been relatively successfully in achieving its initial aims, namely "bringing the jazz back to the dancefloor". After a three-year hiatus Hanke and company are back with a new album, "Nevertheless" - a funk-fuelled romp through bustling breakbeats, elastic double bass, fuzzy Stax style horns, jammed out piano lines and groovy guitar riffs. Hanke has roped in a number of guest vocalists and collaborators to put their stamp on the set, with stellar contributions from rapper Donnie Numeric (the hip-hop/jazz/funk fusion of "Hot Wired"), soul singer Clair Fallows (see the punchy floor-rocker "Light Me Up") and Afrika Fuentes (check the tropical funk brilliance of "Don't Break My Love").
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World Of
World Of (CD + stickers)
Cat: HS 127CD. Rel: 30 Apr 15
  1. Hands For Silver
  2. Above The Water
  3. Last Broken Bones
  4. Matanza
  5. Love Me
  6. Mahayana
  7. Work
  8. World Of
  9. Beggars
  10. Only One Stand
  11. Every Little Things
  12. Seed Balls
Review: Welcome to the World Of Blundetto, stick around and familiarise yourself with the delightful charms of this third album from Frenchman Maxime Guiget. With a sound spanning reggae, Latin, African, Jazz and more established on the first two Blundetto albums, World Of... finds Guiget expanding this vision for perhaps his finest work to date. Vocals naturally play a big part in World Of... with some of France's foremost Reggae voices like Biga Ranx and PupaJim featuring amongst the 12 tracks, whilst Marina Peloso's contribution to "Last Broken Bones" marks it out as an album highlight. Look out for the cover of Bob Marley's "Work" too which features New York rapper Jahdan Blakamoore and Ubiquity's ubiquitous Shawn Lee.
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People Of The Sun
Cat: HS 185CD. Rel: 02 Oct 18
  1. Milligan (feat Ella Andall)
  2. Sans Souci (Totem) (feat Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe)
  3. Bandit School (feat 3 Canal)
  4. Suffering (This Savage Work)
  5. Dealings (feat Brother Resistance)
  6. Incense Taxi
  7. Dig Out Your Eye
  8. He Was Trying
  9. On The Move
  10. Jungle (feat Meena Joseph)
  11. People Of The Sun (feat John John Francis)
Review: Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as 'the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain'. For his latest outing, he presents an album that had long lurked inside his mind. He formed a band in Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain (the aptly named Caribbean Roots) and they began recording - soaking up the intense effervescence of the local music - past and present. They locked themselves in a house that they converted into a studio in the earlier part of 2017, where among them were practitioners of the steelpan, soca and rapso right, alongside lovers of more contemporary R&B, soul and rock flavours. The steelpan's metallic overtones are the album's guiding musical thread throughout, helping to highlight Joseph's political lyrics, social commentary and conscience of black identity. The grooves are strong and they bring both the players and listeners together in a collective trance. People Of The Sun is sure to push Trinidadian music to new listeners, far beyond its sandy shores.
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Esja
Esja (CD)
Cat: GONDCD 030. Rel: 04 Apr 19
  1. Eden
  2. Sun
  3. Hawaii Oslo
  4. Pour Trois
  5. Biesy
  6. Luka
  7. Glass
  8. Today It Came
  9. Esja
  10. Now, Run
Review: Since launching a few years back, Matthew Halsall's Gondwana Records has released some terrific albums from a string of talented but often little-known artists. This brilliant set is another. It comes from Hania Rani, a pianist, composer and producer better known for her collaborative work with the likes of Christian Loffler, Dobrawa Czocher and Hior Chronik. "Esja" is Rani's solo debut and sees her sashay between atmospheric, often poignant pieces that put her impeccable piano playing at the heart of the action. It's exceedingly elegant and picturesque, with Rani's subtle use of field recordings and crackling background noise only enhancing the listening experience.
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Thee Album
Cat: R2CD 26. Rel: 02 Mar 16
  1. It's Your Life
  2. Boy
  3. Quiet Places In My Head (part 1)
  4. Renegade Ha
  5. Do It
  6. Nice Mutha
  7. I Say
  8. Never Go
  9. Dust Yourself Off
  10. Ain't No
  11. Quiet Places In My Head (part 2)
  12. Holy (Let's Not Play)
  13. Forever Grateful (For Walter & Andre)
  14. Now I See
  15. What?
  16. Nothing (Really)
  17. State We In
Review: Baltimore house legend Karizma steps forth with his debut album as Kaytronik, which continues his long running association with UK label R2 Records. At 17 tracks long, Thee Album is somewhat conservative compared to Chris Clayton's last Karizma outing, 2013's 39-track Wall Of Sound, but canvasses the full spectrum of his widely lauded production talents. Leading out with some vintage string heavy boom bap, the Kaytronik sound unfolds to encompass classic US house, tougher DJ tools, jagged brukked up rhythms, jazzy beatdown and everything in between. In simple terms Thee Album is a true master at work. Don't Sleep!
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Reflections: Mojave Desert
Cat: RE 1CD. Rel: 30 Jun 17
  1. Mojave Desert
  2. Silurian Blue
  3. Kites
  4. Kelso Dunes
  5. Lucerne Valley
  6. Reflections: Mojave Desert (DVD)
Review: Since releasing his first Floating Points record back in 2009, Sam Shepherd has constantly surprised. Predictably, he's done it again with Reflections: Mojave Desert, an album created from impromptu recordings of his live band made during a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Inspired by their surroundings and the natural environment, Shepherd's ensemble have created a five-track set - and accompanying Super 8 film, shot and edited by the band's traveling visual artist - that's as atmospheric as anything the producer has released to date. While a unique proposition with its own distinctive vibe, the tracks variously touch on ambient, new age, spiritual jazz, woozy electronica, post-rock and the kind of Stockhausen-inspired experimentalism explored on Ragnar Grippe's recently reissued "Sand".
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Played by: Scratchandsniff
 in stock $8.24
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Hard Rain
Hard Rain (CD)
22a
Cat: 22A 028CD. Rel: 25 Jun 19
  1. Casey Jr
  2. Buffalo Gurl
  3. Hard Rain
  4. GU22
  5. Low Tide
  6. Another State Of Consciousness
  7. Aesop Thought
  8. Love You
  9. Workin' Me Out
  10. Almost Time
Review: Given that he's been rather busy with 22a's jazz house band Ruby Rushton, it's quite a surprise to discover that Tenderlonious has found time to record another solo album, his first full-length solo effort for three years. It's a deep, woozy and atmospheric affair, with the storied Peckham producer flitting between jazz-funk-fuelled deep electro ("Buffalo Gurl"), lapsed lo-fi deep house ("Hard Rain", "Casey Jr"), blunted beats ("GU22"), sparkling ambient jazz ("Low Tide"), wonky futurist synthesizer grooves ("Another State Of Consciousness"), and cuts so deep, jazzy and off-kilter that they defy definition ("Aesop Thought", where his distinctive flute playing takes centre stage).
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Ironside
Ironside (CD)
22a
Cat: 22A 027CD. Rel: 03 Apr 19
  1. One Mo' Dram
  2. Where Are You Now?
  3. The Target
  4. Return Of The Hero
  5. Eleven Grapes
  6. Lara's Theme
  7. Prayer For Grenfell
  8. Ironside
  9. Triceratops/The Caller
  10. Pingwin (Requiem For Komeda)
  11. Lara's Theme (alternate take)
  12. Where Are You Now? (alternate take)
Review: Tenderlonious' prolific explorations of contemporary jazz continue unabated with this new album from his supergroup, Ruby Rushton. With Mo Kolours and Yussef Dayes (formerly of Yussef Kamaal) amongst the highly skilled players in this ensemble, the quality spilling out of their fourth album need not be questioned. The band leader's signature flute stylings skip and twirl across the top of the music, with the overall brew striking that elusive but oh-so-sweet balance between loose, free-wheeling expression and rock solid groove. Fresh and satisfying at every turn, this is proof of why the modern jazz scene is so vibrant right now. Ruby Rushton can do no wrong!
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Built On Glass
Cat: FCL 107CD. Rel: 10 Apr 14
  1. Release Your Problems
  2. Talk Is Cheap
  3. No Advise (Airport version)
  4. Melt (feat Kilo Kish)
  5. Gold
  6. To Me
  7. /
  8. Blush
  9. 1998
  10. Cigarettes & Loneliness
  11. Lesson In Patience
  12. Dead Body
Review: It's hard to exactly place the sound of Australian singer-songwriter-producer Chet Faker. He pitches himself as an "electronica" artist, but there's much more to his aural worldview than that - as this highly anticipated debut full-length for Future Classic proves. Warm, woozy, sun-kissed and off-kilter enough to appeal to the heads, it mixes tactile guitars, tumbling electronic melodies and curious rhythms with his distinctive vocals. The results are rarely less than impressive. The album's best moments are arguably those of a more horizontal bent, with the hazy, sax-laden "Lesson in Patience", slo-mo soul of "Dead Body" and spine tingling "No Advise (Airport Version)" standing out.
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Ancestral Recall
Cat: RAD 462CD. Rel: 22 Mar 19
  1. Her Arrival
  2. I Own The Night (feat Saul Williams)
  3. The Shared Stories Of Rivals [KEITA] (feat Saul Williams)
  4. Forevergirl (feat Chris Turner & Mike Larry Draw)
  5. Diviner (Devan)
  6. Overcomer
  7. Songs She Never Heard (feat Logan Richardson)
  8. Ritual (Rise Of Chief Adjuah)
  9. Prophesy
  10. Before (feat Elena Pinderhughes)
  11. Double Consciousness
  12. Ancestral Recall (feat Saul Williams)
Review: New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah returns with his first album in almost two years, an essential set of spiritually conscious Afro-jazz that wraps his bold, mesmerizing and memorable trumpet solos around a variety of skittish tribal rhythms, Mariachi style horn riffs, soulful vocal arrangements and 21st century jazz instrumentation. It's a unique and thoroughly absorbing signature sound, with the assembled guests - most notably Saul Williams, Elena Pinderhughes and Logan Richardson - adding much to Scott aTunde Adjuah's intoxicating sound soup. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the slow burn soundscape of "Diviner (Devan)" and wonderfully percussive "Ritual (Rise Of Chief Adjuah)", to the intergalactic drowsiness of "Prophecy" and breezy "Double Consciousness".
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Shiroi
Shiroi (CD)
Cat: BFR 002CD. Rel: 23 Nov 18
  1. The Beginning
  2. Shiroi
  3. Godwilling
  4. Me Up
  5. Mashita
  6. Back South
  7. Flip Up
  8. Simese
  9. Straight To The Point
  10. Motions
  11. Hands Tied
Review: If you don't yet know Mansur Brown, you soon will. Previously best known for playing guitar on Yussef Kamaal's "Black Focus" album, Mansur is a 21 year-old prodigy with a huge future ahead of him. For proof, just check "Shiroi", his debut album. Built around his virtuoso guitar playing - a fusion of the psychedelic intensity of Jimi Hendrix and the smooth bliss of jazz greats like George Benson and Pat Metheny - the set's eleven sparkling tracks variously mix and match elements of dub, instrumental hip-hop, broken beat, jazz-funk, beat-free soundscapes and hazy, suitably horizontal downtempo grooves. The results are uniformly excellent.
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Channel The Spirits/Propechy (Special Edition)
  1. The Prophecy
  2. Space Carnival
  3. Journey Through The Asteroid Belt
  4. Nand
  5. New Age
  6. Slam Dunk In A Black Hole
  7. Cosmic Dust
  8. Star Furnace
  9. Channel The Spirits
  10. Deep Within The Engine Deck
  11. Lightyears (feat Joshua Idehen)
  12. End Of Earth
  13. Neon Baby
  14. Star Exploding In Slow Motion
  15. Do The Milky Way
  16. Cosmic Serpent
  17. Final Days Of The Apocalypse (feat Joshua Idehen)
  18. Slammin
  19. Transmission
  20. Closing Credits
Review: If you missed The Comet is Coming's brilliant debut album, Channel The Spirits, first time around, help is at hand. Happily, the Leaf label has decided to reissue the Mercury Music Prize nominated album, expanding it to two discs via the addition of 2015's similarly sublime Prophecy EP and a trio of previously unheard wig-outs. The genius of the London combo's music lies in their unique and eccentric approach to musical fusion. While their roots lie in fusing spiritual jazz and freaky psychedelic rock, keen listeners will hear a myriad of other influences and inspirations seeping into their distinctive instrumental compositions, from spiraling electronica, Afrobeat and skewed funk, to ambient, dub, drum and bass, Roots Manuva and low-slung industrial funk.
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Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  1. Because The End Is Really The Beginning
  2. Birth Of Creation
  3. Summon The Fire
  4. Blood Of The Past (feat Kate Tempest)
  5. Super Zodiac
  6. Astral Flying
  7. Timewave Zero
  8. Unity
  9. The Universe Wakes Up
Review: With their penchant for off-kilter psychedelic explorations, deep-rooted spiritual jazz excursions and cacophonous, otherworldly workouts, The Comet Is Coming is undoubtedly one of the most groundbreaking and essential jazz combos of recent times. It's for this reason that "Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery" - their first outing on legendary jazz label Impulse - feels like an event release. It is another stunning album, with the inspired trio flitting between sweaty, dancefloor-ready tracks soaked in psychedelic electronics and more melodious, laidback numbers that sail closer to traditional jazz pastures. Throughout, the level of imagination, creativity and uniqueness remains dizzyingly high.
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The Order Of Time
Cat: RE 3771202. Rel: 10 Mar 17
  1. Long Lonely Road
  2. Love You Once Made
  3. Shakedown
  4. If &
  5. Man Done Wrong
  6. The Front Door
  7. Astral Plane
  8. Just In Time
  9. With You
  10. Slip Slide On By
  11. Two Hearts
  12. Got Soul
Review: Valerie June is one of the musical success stories of the last few years, with 2012 full-length Pushin' Against A Stone turning the previously unknown singer/songwriter into a genuine global star. So far, critics have also heaped praise on this delayed follow-up. It's a far more eclectic set than her heartfelt debut, offering nods to both exotic musical styles - think African rhythms, intergalactic electronica, modern soul - and those more associated with her native Tennessee (bluegrass, folk, country). Throughout, her lyrics remain raw and emotional, and are delivered with genuine feeling. It's a combination that's rarely less than hugely appealing.
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 in stock $6.27
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Where Future Unfolds
  1. Statement Of Intent/Black Monument Theme
  2. Sounds Like Now
  3. Solar Power
  4. Rebuild A Nation
  5. Which I Believe It Will
  6. Which I Believe I Am
  7. The Colors That You Bring
  8. The Future?
  9. Power
  10. From A Spark To A Fire
Review: African-American consciousness is the primary theme of this 10-track collection from Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, a 15-piece musical collective headed up by eponymous improvisational artist Damon Locks, who's based in the Windy City. Sampled Civil Rights-era speeches, Afro-gospel harmonies, heavy 909 kicks and found sounds all find their way into freeform jazz excursions, providing the primary ingredients for a musical stew that defies easy categorisation. If you're looking for soothing, lounge-y vibes you're in the wrong place, but if you like your music 'challenging' both rhythmically and intellectually, this is an album that's worth investigating.
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 in stock $11.51
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This Is DJs Choice Vol 3
Cat: UNIQ 231CD. Rel: 25 Apr 19
  1. J Rawls presents The Liquid Crystal Project - "A Tribute To Troy"
  2. Sons Of Time - "Before Sundown" (feat J-Live)
  3. Sam Krats - "Revive Rap" (feat El Da Sensei & Gee Bag - Jim Sharp remix)
  4. Space Invaders - "Done It Again"
  5. Melvin Sparks - "If You Want My Love" (with Jimmy Scott)
  6. Smith & The Honey Badgers - "The Billionaire Strut"
  7. Laura Vane & The Vipertones - "Man Of Your Word"
  8. Osaka Monaurail - "No Trouble On This Mountain" (feat Shirley Davis)
  9. Ann Sexton & The Baltic Soul Orchestra - "You're Losing Me"
  10. Marc Gregor - "Mabusso"
  11. Benjamin & The Dreamdancers - "Not One More Tear"
  12. Djar One - "The Get Down" (feat Andy Cooper)
  13. Misumani - "Prove Your Love" (feat First Touch)
  14. Skyy - "Call Me"
  15. Hollie Cook - "Postman"
Review: In 2008, German label Unique asked crate-digging party starters Soulinus and Pun to put together the first volume in their "This is DJs Choice" compilation series. Only one further instalment - with tracks selected by Keb Darge and Lucinda Slim - appeared before the series was shelved. Happily, Unique has decided to re-launch it, with Marc Hype and DJ Suspect in charge of the track list. They've done a bang up job, all told, offering up a sizzling, 15-track selection that giddily sprints between steel band reggae (Hollie Cook), soul-jazz (Melvin Sparks), heavy funk (Smith & The Honey Badgers, Osaka Monoaurail), boogie (Skyy), Afro-latin heaviness (Marc Gregor) and head-nodding hip-hop (Sons Of Time, Benjamin & The Dreamdancers).
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