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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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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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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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Played by: Alma Negra
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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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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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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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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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The Mood (CD)
Cat: CDMM 0001. Rel: 02 Aug 19
  1. The Mood
  2. On My Way Home
  3. Intimate Transitions
  4. Stand Up (feat Talib Kweli)
  5. Moroccan Dancehall
  6. Shenanigans
  7. Capricorn Rising
  8. Journey Exotique
  9. Serendipity
  10. Destination Hope (feat Chris Turner & J Ivy)
Review: He's perhaps best known as a member of Tedeschi Trucks Band, with whom he won the 2011 Grammy for Best Blues Album, but trumpeter, composer and producer Maurice Brown is also a successful artist in his own right, and here he presents his fourth solo album. Soul-jazz and hip-hop influences predominate, with the album moving inexorably into smoother territory as it progresses, and Talib Kweli making a guest appearance on 'Stand Up'. Bound to be big with support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Snowboy, 'The Mood' is never less than an engaging listen.
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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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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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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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  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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  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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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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  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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Cat: 7K 8CD. Rel: 06 Apr 18
  1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box
  2. Pyramid Song
  3. You & Whose Army?
  4. I Might Be Wrong
  5. Knives Out
  6. Morning Bell/Amnesiac
  7. Dollars & Cents
  8. Hunting Bears - Like Spinning Plates
  9. Life In A Glasshouse
Review: Brussels-based Echo Collective is an extended crew of classically trained musicians helmed by Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant. While they've been active for some time and worked on countless projects, Plays Amnesiac - a re-imagining of Radiohead's 2001 album of the same name - marks their full-length debut. It's an undeniably impressive collection, with Thom Yorke and company's glitchy, heavily electronic original songs re-cast as neo-classical pieces rich in arresting clarinet and oboe lines, jazzy live drums, cut-glass violins and gentle orchestration. Occasionally projects like this can feel a bit gimmicky, but Plays Amnesiac simply oozes class from start to finish. There are no cheesy gimmicks here, just sublime, classical-jazz fusion cuts that dance from the speakers like the soundtrack of a film we've yet to see.
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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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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
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Late Night Tales (mixed CD)
Cat: ALNCD 52. Rel: 29 Mar 19
  1. Sarah Davachi - "Track 1" (live In Portland - Excerpt - Exclusive track)
  2. Carlos Walker - "Via Lactea"
  3. The Rationals - "Glowin'"
  4. William S Fischer - "Chains"
  5. Max Roach - "Equipoise"
  6. Abu Talib (Bobby Wright) - "Blood Of An American"
  7. Sweet & Innocent - "Express Your Love"
  8. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls - "A Message Especially From God"
  9. The Defaulters - "Gentle Man"
  10. Alain Bellaiche - "Sun Blues"
  11. Alain Bellaiche - "Sea Fluorescent"
  12. Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Moments In Love" (Excerpt)
  13. Azimuth - "The Tunnel"
  14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Milk" (Excerpt)
  15. Toshimaru Nakamura - "Nimb#59" (Exclusive track)
  16. Floating Points - "The Sweet Time Suite" (part 1 - Opening - Exclusive Kenny Wheeler Cover version)
  17. Lauren Laverne - "Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)
Review: Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points has long been known as a producer, DJ and selector with a staggeringly good record collection. It's for this reason that his edition of "Late Night Tales", a series dedicated to the joys of post-club home listening, has been so eagerly anticipated. The resultant mix is a triumph, with Shepherd showcasing a largely rare and obscure mix of new age ambient, high-grade jazz, sumptuous folk-soul (see Abu Talib's impeccable "Blood Of An American"), psychedelic soul weirdness, intergalactic jazz-funk, Satie-style piano movements and the drowsy, liquid electronics of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The set also includes a handful of exclusive tracks, including a wonderful new Floating Points cover of Kenny Wheeler's "The Sweet Time Suite (Part I - Opening)". In a word: essential.
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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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Cat: HCB 005. Rel: 06 Jun 19
  1. Mm Mm (feat Angelique Kidjo & Roundhouse Choir)
  2. Snowfire (feat Bugge Wesseltoft)
  3. Ricochet (feat Dennis 'Funkybone' Rollins)
  4. Why Yellow (feat Rob Auton)
  5. Hypothetical (feat James Taylor)
  6. Netsanet (feat Mulatu Astatke)
  7. Without You (feat YVA)
  8. Crushing Lactic (Comp Tom Rogerson)
  9. What's Gone Before (feat Pete Wareham)
  10. Climbing Up My Own Life Until I Die (feat Rob Auton)
  11. Derashe (feat Mulatu Astatke)
Review: Famed for their New Orleans style brass band covers - most notably a riotous Prodigy medley and tasty takes on Toto's "Africa" and Blackstreet's "No Diggidy" - the Hackney Colliery Band has decided to do things differently on their latest full-length excursion. As the title suggests, "Collaborations Volume 1" sees them join forces with a dizzying array of artists from the worlds of jazz, soul, funk, Afrobeat and hip-hop. The results are uniformly excellent, with highlights including the Afro-gospel brilliance of Angelique Kidjo and Roundhouse Choir hook-up "Mm Mm", the sunrise Afro-jazz breeze of Netsanet (featuring Mulatu Astatke), and the urgent stomp of percussion-laden workout "Crushing Lactic" with Tom Rogerson.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DJ Kicks (mixed CD)
K7
Cat: K7 285CD. Rel: 02 Jul 11
  1. Sun Ra - "Door To The Cosmos"
  2. Electric Wire Hustle - "Again" (Scratch 22 remix)
  3. Rhythm & Sound - "Mango Drive"
  4. Tony Allen - "Ariya"
  5. Peven Everett - "Stuck" (original)
  6. Bad Jazz Troupe - "Breakdown Treat"
  7. Mr Fingers - "The Juice"
  8. Rick Poppa Howard - "Can Your Love Find Its Way" (club vocal)
  9. Stone - "Girl I Like The Way That You Move" (dub)
  10. Fred P - "On This Vibe"
  11. Creative Swing Alliance - "Don't Forget Your Keyz"
  12. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - "Black Woman Experience"
  13. Philippe Sarde - "Le Cortege Et Course"
  14. Robert Hood - "The Pace"
  15. Loose Joints - "Pop Your Funk" (vocal version)
  16. Arts & Crafts - "I've Been Searching" (Walter Gibbons 12' mix)
  17. Motor City Drum Ensemble - "LOVE (DJ Kicks)"
  18. Aphex Twin - "Actium"
  19. Recloose - "Cardiology" (Isolee mix)
  20. Latecomer - "Cosmic Cart"
  21. Timo Lassy - "African Rumble"
  22. James Mason - "Sweet Power Your Embraced"
Review: Like the best instalments in the long-running DJ Kicks series, this mix from Motor City Drum Ensemble man Danilo Plessow gives a far better insight into his musical inspirations than his own productions ever could. While there are, naturally, great deep house moments included (Tevo Howard, Mr Fingers, Latecomer etc), these largely take a back seat to Plessow's other musical passions. So, we get soft-focus electric jazz (Sun Ra), dub wise explorations (Tony Allen, Basic Channel), sweet soul (Peven Everett), dusty afro-funk (Geraldo Pino), urgent leftfield disco (Loose Joints, Walter Gibbons) and even a dash of instrumental jazz-funk (James Mason). That it all makes sense musically, flows brilliantly and is effortlessly entertaining is testament to Plessow's skill as a DJ.
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Back To Mine (2xCD (CD1 mixed, CD2 unmixed))
Cat: BTM CD1. Rel: 25 Jan 19
  1. Children Of Zeus - "Fear Of A Fat Planet" (feat LayFullStop)
  2. Ladi6 - "Ikarus"
  3. Creative Principle - "Caught In The Middle"
  4. Bosq - "Step Into Midnight (Disco Stepper)" (feat Induce)
  5. Massimo Vanoni - "Exciting Groove"
  6. Nightmares On Wax - "Good Ship" (feat Steve Spacek)
  7. Dim Zach - "Innocence"
  8. Ladi6 - "Royal Blue" (Silent Jay, Sensible J & Leigh Fisher remix)
  9. Chieftain - "Out Of My Life"
  10. Steve Cobby - "Lefthanded Books" (feat Danielle Moore)
  11. Soulphiction Presents SBM - "Gotta Have It"
  12. Nightmares On Wax - "Look Up" (feat Andrew Ashong & Sadie Walker)
  13. Fat Freddy's Drop - "Russia" (Nightmares On Wax remix)
  14. Children Of Zeus - "Fear Of A Fat Planet" (feat LayFullStop)
  15. Ladi6 - "Ikarus"
  16. Creative Principle - "Caught In The Middle"
  17. Bosq - "Step Into Midnight (Disco Stepper)" (feat Induce)
  18. Massimo Vanoni - "Exciting Groove"
  19. Nightmares On Wax - "Good Ship" (feat Steve Spacek)
  20. Dim Zach - "Innocence"
  21. Ladi6 - "Royal Blue" (Silent Jay, Sensible J & Leigh Fisher remix)
  22. Chieftain - "Out Of My Life"
  23. Steve Cobby - "Lefthanded Books" (feat Danielle Moore)
  24. Soulphiction Presents SBM - "Gotta Have It"
  25. Nightmares On Wax - "Look Up" (feat Andrew Ashong & Sadie Walker)
  26. Fat Freddy's Drop - "Russia" (Nightmares On Wax remix)
Review: If you've ever wondered what you might hear if Nightmares on Wax man DJ E.A.S.E. invited you back to his Ibiza villa for a post-club crack on, this edition of the long-running "Back To Mine" series has all the answers. It's a fine mix, all told, with the Warp Records stalwart running through a range of soulful head-nodders (Children of Zeus, Ladi6, Creative Principle), and sun-kissed good-time grooves (Bosq, Massimo Vanoni), before gently upping the tempo via Dim Zach's Imagination-sampling nu-disco, the simmering jazz-funk of Chieftain, and the NYC proto-house style goodness of Soulphiction's SBM project. Naturally, you'll find a clutch of the Leeds-raised artist's own productions and reworks dotted throughout, including a wonderfully loved-up, string-laden house version of "Russia" by Fat Freddy's Drop.
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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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Dancers (CD)
Cat: MFR 086CD. Rel: 30 Oct 13
  1. Golden Ratio (feat Georg Levin)
  2. Rain (feat Coco Solid)
  3. Outback, Stones & Vinyl
  4. Minireich (feat Sex Judas & Rupert Cross)
  5. Disco Ellipse
  6. Unsung Deaf Hero
  7. The Grip (feat Ben Shemie)
  8. You'll Never Know
  9. Extreme Nails
  10. Heaven Parking (feat Sex Judas)
  11. Backseat Reflexion (feat Forrest)
Review: Despite a career that stretches back to 2004 and has included 12" releases on 20:20 Vision, Battle and Souvenir, Dancers is, rather surprisingly, Tim Paris's debut album. For those used to his techno and electro-tinged house sound, the content may come as a little surprise. Paris has used the opportunity provided by a full-length to deliver tracks in a wide range of styles, from the strobelight disco-tech of "Minireich" and fuzzy punk-funk of "Rain" and "Golden Ratio", to the slo-mo new wave oddness of "You'll Never Know", and sun-bright Balearic blast of "Extreme Nails". Throughout, Dancers is stylish, impeccably produced and constantly surprising. In other words, it's an unlikely triumph.
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Cat: GONDCD 022. Rel: 11 May 18
  1. Double Space
  2. Index
  3. Unrest
  4. In Where We Meet
  5. View From A Satellite
  6. Celestial Wife
  7. Reflected In Neon
  8. Dust
  9. Berlin
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cat: JRF 0017CD. Rel: 16 May 19
  1. Bradbury Street
  2. Nursery Rhyme
  3. Under The Skin
  4. Timelord
  5. Light/Weight
  6. Snake In The Grass
Review: Jazz Re:freshed has a knack of snapping up rising stars of British jazz at just the right time. They're at it again, here, offering up the debut solo album from Sarah Tandy, a pianist best known for her work with Camilla George and SEED Ensemble. "Infection In The Sentence" is a hugely vibrant and colourful affair, with Tandy and her musical collaborators jauntily dancing through a sextet of bustling original compositions. There's a rich, warm and sunny feel to the meandering trumpet solos and twinkling pianos of "Nursery Rhyme", while "Bradbury Street" and "Under The Skin" are high-octane workouts full of sweaty thrills and spills. Arguably best of all, though, is "Timelord", a silky jazz-funk number that sits somewhere between Bob James and Tenderlonious' Ruby Rushton band.
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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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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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Drank (CD)
Cat: BFCD 067. Rel: 16 Mar 18
  1. Rabbot Ho (Chopnotslop remix)
  2. Drink Dat (feat Wiz Khalifa - Chopnotslop remix)
  3. Lava Lamp (Chopnotslop remix)
  4. Weakstyle (Chopnotslop remix)
  5. Show You The Way (feat Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins - Chopnotslop remix)
  6. Where I'm Going (Chopnotslop remix)
  7. Tokyo (Chopnotslop remix)
  8. Uh Uh (Chopnotslop remix)
  9. Inferno (Chopnotslop remix)
  10. Them Changes (Chopnotslop remix)
  11. I Am Crazy (Chopnotslop remix)
  12. 3AM (Chopnotslop remix)
  13. Jethro (Chopnotslop remix)
  14. The Turn Down (feat Pharrell - Chopnotslop remix)
  15. Walk On By (feat Kendrick Lamar - Chopnotslop remix)
  16. Day & Night (Chopnotslop remix)
  17. A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite II) (Chopnotslop remix)
  18. Jameel's Space Ride (Chopnotslop remix)
  19. Captain Stupido (Chopnotslop remix)
  20. Friend Zone (Chopnotslop remix)
  21. Bus In These Streets (Chopnotslop remix)
  22. DUI (Chopnotslop remix)
  23. Blackkk (Chopnotslop remix)
  24. Drunk (Chopnotslop remix)
Review: Under the Chopstars alias, DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C have become famous for delivering pitched-down, chopped-and-screwed versions of albums by Drake and Little Dragon, amongst others. Now the Houston duo has given Thundercat's brilliant 2017 set Drunk the same treatment, and it may well be their finest work to date. Their method was simple: radically slow down each of the album tracks, add their own production touches and re-cast the notoriously eclectic album as a blazed, loved-up journey through smooth soul and '70s style "quiet storm" R&B. It's a relatively radical departure - in the case of some tracks, at the very least - but works magnificently well. Remarkably, it's almost as good as Thundercat's original - and that's saying something.
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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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  1. Change
  2. High Noon
  3. LM II
  4. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
  5. Kitty Bey
  6. Brown Paper Bag
  7. Do The Astral Plane
  8. At Les
Review: This brilliant album sees United Future Organisation co-founder Toshio Matsura re-imagine a string of influential and classic club cuts with the assistance of Sons of Kemet maestro Tom Skinner and some of Britain's best young jazz musicians. Thrillingly, for the most part the resultant covers are remarkably radical, offering brilliant interpretations of very well known records. For example, Flying Lotus's "Do The Astral Plane" is re-cast as a cheery jazz-funk workout, Carl Craig's "At Les" becomes a blissed-out chunk of Philip Glass style synthesizer minimalism and Roni Size Reprazent's "Brown Paper Bag" resurfaces as a creepy jazz standard. And that's before we get to the inspired jazz-rock wig-out that is the group's version of Rotary Connection standard "I Am The Black Gold of the Sun".
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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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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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We Out Here (unmixed CD)
Cat: BWOOD 0175CD. Rel: 09 Feb 18
  1. Maisha - "Inside The Acorn"
  2. Ezra Collective - "Pure Shade"
  3. Moses Boyd - "The Balance"
  4. Theon Cross - "Brockley"
  5. Nubya Garcia - "Once"
  6. Shabaka Hutchings - "Black Skin Black Masks"
  7. Triforce - "Walls"
  8. Joe Armon-Jones - "Go See"
  9. Kokoroko - "Abusey Junction"
Review: We Out Here, Brownswood Recordings' latest compilation, was born out of a desire by label boss Gilles Peterson to capture the essence of London's contemporary jazz scene. To ensure a sense of there "here and now", Peterson invited some of the city's brightest young bands and musicians into the studio in August 2017, recording the results over three action-packed days. The resulting never-heard-before tracks are, for the most part, joyous and thrilling, and range from trad jazz, jazz-funk and Latin jazz to acoustic-electronic fusions and groovy, guitar-laden downtempo explorations. It feels like a glimpse of a scene on the rise, and we wouldn't be surprised if many of those involved become modern British jazz greats in the years to come.
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