Review: Roberto Aglieri is a noted Italian flutist and composer, and his 1987 album Ragapadani stands as one of his finest achievements. Archeo Recordings are ever hip to the finest treasures hidden away in the folds of esoteric music, Italian or otherwise, and have done a great service in reissuing the album so that it might reach a wider audience. Aglieri's flute sounds haunting and evocative over the range of delicate synth treatments, largely orbiting the minimal realm but with a naive charm that makes the music wholly accessible at the same time. Soothing, thoughtfully crafted music for tender times.
Review: Bruno E has plenty of history in the field of future jazz and downtempo, and now he's been snapped up by D3 to deliver some of that cold-chilling lounge business with some interesting remixers on board. Pat Van Dyke is up first, creating a blissful version of "Ventos De Outono" that feels as cosy as a warm fire and a glass of whisky on an autumn evening. The original version of the track is actually a peppier affair with a broken beat lilt that wouldn't sound out of place alongside the Dego and Kaidi Tatham crew. Kirk Degiorgio is a natural fit for another remix given his jazzy roots, and his swirling techno treatment is the perfection lotion to pour over Bruno E's excellent original ingredients.
Review: Since springing back to life last year, original disco-era funk label Al & The Kidd Records has delivered a string of fine singles featuring previously unheard cuts from the Washington D.C-based imprint's seemingly bulging vaults. Their latest must-have 45 features two delights from Michael Orr, an obscure funk/soul artist best known for his 1975 collaboration with Casey Harris, Spread Love. In fact, B-side "Afterawhile" - a sumptuously loose and laidback affair featuring some superb keyboard solos from Orr - is taken from that sought-after set. Arguably even more thrilling, though, is A-side "Wonder Woman (Super Lady)", a previously unreleased, synth-heavy space funk jam recorded in 1983.
Review: You'd be forgiven for not knowing the story behind Phrydderichs Phaelda - after all, the short-lived band only ever released one album in 1981, and that was a ridiculously limited, private-press affair. To fill you in, the jazz-fusion/jazz-rock four-piece was the brainchild of West German schoolteacher Friedrich Schepers, who roped in fellow teachers and students to play alongside him. Reissued here for the first time, "Bruchstuecke" is an extraordinary collection of tracks - a breezy, positive and hugely entertaining romp through loose-limbed fusions of off-kilter jazz rhythms, fizzing double bass, Pat Metheny style guitar solos and excitable electric piano lines. In other words, this is an essential new edition of one of jazz's most obscure buried treasures.
Review: This Fenno-ethno prog classic from 1975 gets a much warranted reissue as Piirpauke's influence continues to grow. The band were real pioneers who were only founded a year before by Sakari Kukko. They immediately set to fusing traditional Finnish folk styles and ideas with a vast array of influences from Latin, Caribbean, Arabic and Asian scenes. This self-titled debut is a gorgeous album that will uplift and mesmerise in equal measure across 5 soaring suites of worldly jazz. "Legong" is particularly triumphant and enchanting, "Cybele" explores some psyched-out rock and "Konevitsan Kirkonkellot" is almost as epic as Alice Coltrane.
Review: DJ Deep and Roman Poncet first launched their collaborative project Sergie Rezza back in 2015 on Desire Records, and now the project makes a welcome return with another dose of utterly stellar deep house concoctions that go beyond the average while maintaining a sense of classicism about them. "Envole" is a sumptuous blend of snaking rhythm, spacious pads and cosy keys, all draped in exotic garms that make this a transcendental house cut to treasure. There are also more adventurous trips into percussive territory on the focused and deadly "Le Reveil," crafty jazz diversions to be soaked up on "Max" and poised ambient pieces "Eclipse" and "Procession" to seal the deal.
(Whats So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding
The Prize Is Not Worth The Pain
Can I Change My Mind?
Review: It truly is amazing that Candi Staton is still putting out albums in 2018. The 78 year-old singer is an absolute force of nature, never content with the status-quo and famed for reinventing herself on every LP. Her last appearance on vinyl was on 2008's Who's Hurting Now?, out through London's own Honest Jon's Records, and that was a much deeper, more sensual affair that touched upon many elements of soul. Here, on Unstoppable, Staton revisits her Alabama roots, coming through with ten tracks that add a little rock sensibility to the soulful aesthetic of her voice, making the whole LP a sort of modern rendition of blues. There is also a cover of Patti Smith's "People Have The Power", among other beauties which we're sure you'll enjoy.
Review: As a member of Stepak-Takraw, Yoichi Takeuch has spent much of his career crafting material heavily influenced by 1970s Afrobeat. On this debut solo single he takes a different approach, crafting warm, sun-kissed and blissful grooves with the benefit of what sounds like an MPC workstation. Check first A-side "Nightrunning", a dreamy and decidedly Balearic affair where chopped-up vocal snippets and guitar motifs rise above a hip-hop-goes-polyrhythmic groove. There's a slightly jazzier feel to flipside "Omo", whose slack, post Tony Allen drum break is layered with chanted childrens' vocals, sun-bright guitar flourishes and toasty, head-in-the-clouds chords. It's hard to describe, but really rather good.