Review: Emancipation Avenue is Karega Ani and Swatara Olushola, a pair who pay tribute to the history and tradition of proper r&b with a first release on Music and Power. And they sure make a real impact with "Old School Song", which is built on a kinetic broken beat, with wooden hits and squelchy bass forming a dynamic groove while gorgeous neo-soul vocals soar high above. Informed by the classics but at the same time sounding thoroughly contemporary, it's a real gem. The flipside remix is a steamier and more humid deep house track that is intensely emotive and washes over you in waves.
Review: Lavish soul feels from the one and only Trent right here. Having told us about the scientific art of storytelling many years ago, here he returns with his own beautiful yarn about the legend that is Johnny Hammond. Other tales include the sultry, dusky Balearic jam "The Tone" where fretless bass and fluttering brushed drums are the order of the day. Finally "The Place Inside" takes us right out to shore with soft vocal harmonies, light keys and a sense of sunset magic. Salinas crew this one's for you.