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Back Catalogue: Broken Beat/Nu Jazz

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Colors (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: GOND 12002. Rel: 23 Aug 18
  1. Colors (2:44)
  2. The Creator Has A Master Plan (5:21)
  3. Love Is Everywhere (4:26)
  4. You've Got To Have Freedom (6:25)
Review: Matthew Halsall's Gondwana label is seeing a busy August what with the imprint flooding our jazz charts with reissues and, of course, new releases such as this wonderful collaborative effort from The Gondwana Orchestra and Dwight Trible. Trible's voice is like silk, running up and down the delicate waves of melodies from the collective, with "Colors" and "The Creator Has A Master Plan" both capable of making the toughest of audiences feel utterly uplifted. On the flip, "Love Is Everywhere" shines bright amid a flurry of flutes and intricate drum percussions, while "You've Got To Have Freedom" rides off a much smoother, deeper sort of vibe that's got a little funk at its core. Wicked.
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Journey In Satchidananda (reissue) (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: GOND 12001. Rel: 23 Aug 18
  1. Journey In Satchidananda (6:44)
  2. Blue Nile (8:19)
Review: Manchester's Gondwana Records, run by Matthew Halsall, has been a constant source of good vibes and inspiration. Leaning on a jazz note, most of the material is centred away from the dance floor and yet there is always plenty of movement and joyous rhythm, particularly from Halsall's appearances. Here, we have a reissue of 2015's "Journey In Satchidananda", a majestic wave of jazz flutes, seductive piano keys, in what is an altogether dreamy sort of setting, which is further evolved on the supremely euphoric waves of the unbeatable "Blue Nile". At last, some contemporary jazz on 12" that has left us blown away..!
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Flicker (12")
Cat: GONDEP 029. Rel: 06 Dec 18
  1. World Of Spheres (4:55)
  2. Flicker (5:07)
  3. Mousehold (5:09)
  4. Night Swimming (5:10)
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Albums
Cat: GONDLP 009SEBLK. Rel: 16 May 18
  1. Murmuration (4:11)
  2. Garden Dog Barbecue (3:42)
  3. Kamaloka (5:19)
  4. Fort (3:17)
  5. One Percent (5:34)
  6. Home (5:15)
  7. The Letter (6:08)
  8. To Drown In You (6:22)
  9. Shock & Awe (3:08)
  10. Hopopono (3:53)
  11. Break (4:26)
  12. In Amber (5:46)
  13. Wash (3:36)
Review: Before landing a privileged spot on the legendary Blue Note label, Manchester's GoGo Penguin had released a string of LPs, through Gondwana Records, that have become notoriously difficult to find. Moreover, they are respected by the very best of the contemporary DJs, including Worldwide FM's ever-present Gilles Peterson. This deluxe edition of V2.0, the ensemble's second studio album, will provide you both with a decently-priced copy of the vinyl edition, along with plenty of added bonus takes and interludes that were missing from the original cut. Thanks to subtle waves of electronica and improvisation, GoGo Penguin are putting the "contemporary" into jazz and, along with that, providing us with an LP that is changing conceptions of the genre for younger audiences. An RSD 2018 special.
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Oneness (3xLP)
Cat: GONDLP 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  1. Life (9:46)
  2. Oneness (11:18)
  3. Stan's Harp (7:34)
  4. Loving Kindness (9:30)
  5. Distant Land (8:29)
  6. Stories From India (9:28)
  7. The Traveller (6:45)
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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Cat: GONDLP 005. Rel: 02 Jun 16
  1. Music For A Dancing Mind (8:54)
  2. Song For Charlie (7:01)
  3. The End Of Dukkha (6:41)
  4. Samatha (9:13)
  5. The Journey Home (6:57)
  6. The Move (5:29)
  7. Only You (bonus track) (6:35)
  8. Singing Everyday (bonus track) (8:16)
  9. Breathless (bonus track) (6:58)
Review: Matthew Halsall is without doubt one of the brightest young talents in the British jazz scene. Since 2008, the man has been adding a fresh and playful tone to a very grounded musical genre, and at the same time carrying through the dynasty of jazz legends such as John Coltrane or Pharaoh Sanders. On The Go is his album from 2011, repressed this week by Gondwana Records, who have been very impressive since their first releases back in the mid 2000's, and the LP is one for the tasteful connoisseur. The mood is meditative and the air is smoky, where Halsall's trumpet travels gracefully across a space made up of striking piano solos, broken waves of drums, and an altogether peaceful sort of outlook.
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Cat: GONDLP 013. Rel: 22 Oct 15
  1. Only A Woman (feat Josephine Oniyama) (3:45)
  2. As I Walk (feat Josephine Oniyama) (3:25)
  3. Dawn Horizon (1:07)
  4. Badder Weather (feat Josephine Oniyama) (4:10)
  5. These Goodbyes (2:45)
  6. The Land Of (5:00)
  7. Longshan Temple (3:18)
  8. Cushendun (1:25)
  9. Into Forever (feat Josephine Oniyama) (3:34)
  10. Daan Park (6:18)
  11. Jamais Vu (feat Bryony Jarman Pinto) (3:30)
Review: Following 2014's When The World Was One, Halsall and the Gondwana collective continue their spiritual jazz adventure with another immaculate narrative. Now with much more vocal prowess, singer Josephine Oniyama plays a lead role in the story, adding consistency and personality to the Halsall's swooning, cinematic odysseys. Highlights include the Hathaway-style half spoken/half sung "Badder Weather", the frenetic double bass and brushed drum crescendos of "The Land Of", the (lark) ascending strings and oriental scales of "Cushendun" and the smoky, faraway Coltraneisms of the title track. Modern jazz doesn't get any more authentic than this.
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Icaros (LP + insert)
Cat: GONDLP 020. Rel: 07 Dec 17
  1. Azimuth (5:50)
  2. Moments (3:50)
  3. Same Sun Will Rise (3:29)
  4. Midas (3:55)
  5. Dreaming (part 1) (1:46)
  6. I Feel (4:03)
  7. Golden Claw (4:31)
  8. Fly (3:53)
  9. This Time (2:54)
  10. Dreaming (part 2) (2:49)
Review: Gondwana Records is an Independent record label based in Manchester, UK. Founded by Matthew Halsall in 2008, the label has gone on to release music by Dwight Trible, John Ellis, Mammal Hands, Nat Birchall, Phil France and Portico Quartet. The label has won a legion of fans across the world and acclaim from the likes of tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, DJ Shadow, Mr Scruff and Bonobo. Now they present Noya Rao, a Leeds based electronic-soul quartet. Purveyors of lush, enigmatic dreamscapes and grooving electronica, they're led by producer Tom Henry with vocalist Olivia Bhattacharjee, bassist Jim Wiltshire and drummer Matt Davies. Said to be influenced by the Sub Dub nights at Leeds West Indian Centre, it joins the dots between soul, pop, jazz, R&B and electronica. For fans of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic/danceable electronica: look no further.
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Memory Streams (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: GONDLP 034. Rel: 03 Oct 19
  1. With, Beside, Against (4:11)
  2. Signals In The Dusk (5:32)
  3. Gradient (4:29)
  4. Ways Of Seeing (6:01)
  5. Memory Palace (1:32)
  6. Offset (4:29)
  7. Dissident Gardens (5:09)
  8. Double Helix (7:08)
  9. Immediately Visible (5:50)
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Cat: GONDLP 018. Rel: 24 Aug 17
  1. Endless (4:25)
  2. Objects To Place In A Tomb (5:24)
  3. RGB (4:32)
  4. Art In The Age Of Automation (4:55)
  5. S/2000S5 (0:39)
  6. A Luminous Beam (6:01)
  7. Beyond Dialogue (6:41)
  8. Rushing (6:17)
  9. Current History (6:06)
  10. Mercury Eyes (1:37)
  11. Lines Glow (3:49)
Review: Matthew Halsall founded Gondwana Records in 2008. An independent label based in Manchester, it's gone on to release music by Dwight Trible, GoGo Penguin, Nat Birchall and Halsall himself. The label has won acclaim across the world and can claim the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Bonobo as fans. Next up are the Mercury Prize nominated Portico Quartet with their powerful new album Art In The Age Of Automation: where they're now rebooted as a quartet after a brief spell as the three-piece Portico. They have always been an impossible band to pin down; taking in aspects of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism but the group have undoubtedly crafted their own singular sound. There's the dashing and cinematic bliss of "Objects To Place In A Tomb" and the hypnotic live drum and bass of "A Luminous Beam" amongst other highlights.
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Cat: GONDLP 022. Rel: 10 May 18
  1. Double Space (2:49)
  2. Index (3:51)
  3. Unrest (5:16)
  4. In Where We Meet (1:23)
  5. View From A Satellite (5:10)
  6. Celestial Wife (3:56)
  7. Reflected In Neon (2:20)
  8. Dust (4:45)
  9. Berlin (2:04)
Review: This has sort of taken us by surprise but, yes, here you are, a' new Portico Quartet album! The British outfit have grown and grown since their early releases back in 2006, seemingly ahead of their time at every turn, and a new release from them is always seen as a breath of fresh air around Juno HQ. Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Keir Vine return to Matthew Halsall's Gondwana Records, out of Manchester, with the trippy, explorative sounds of Untitled (AITAOA #2). Jazz doesn't really describe it fully enough, and ambient is way too loose a word for this smart and complex medley of harmonies, but those are precisely the first things you hear when Portico Quartet hit you speakers. Plenty of rhythm, energy and even a little bit of dread go into making this an experience from start to finish. Recommended!
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Esja (heavyweight vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: GONDLP 030. Rel: 04 Apr 19
  1. Eden (4:52)
  2. Sun (5:19)
  3. Hawaii Oslo (4:14)
  4. Pour Trois (3:12)
  5. Biesy (4:13)
  6. Luka (5:02)
  7. Glass (4:24)
  8. Today It Came (2:33)
  9. Esja (4:17)
  10. Now, Run (6:32)
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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