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Kokoroko
Kokoroko (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: BWOOD 199. Rel: 08 Mar 19
  1. Adwa (5:56)
  2. Ti-De (6:14)
  3. Uman (5:13)
  4. Abusey Junction (7:04)
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CVR 003
CVR 003 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CVR 003. Rel: 10 Jun 19
  1. The Serpent (5:37)
  2. Serpentine (bonus beats) (5:34)
  3. Divinity (5:13)
  4. Divine (bonus beats) (4:33)
Review: Stunning stuff here from the mysterious but utterly intriguing West Loop Chicago, an outfit only known for two previous releases on City Volt and nothing else. Taking cues from the broken beat and jazz scenes, this new record is a force to be reckoned with, not least as "The Serpent" comes wheeling in with a skittering drum funk and bugging synth lines to send you pinging into the cosmos. On the flip, "Divinity" has a more organic feel with Rhodes keys and piano dancing across the rhythms - these aren't specifically billed as edits, but given the project's background in disco re-rubs it's safe to assume these are two soul jazz bombs buffed up for your wild card spinning pleasure. There's even bonus beats for each track included - how considerate!
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Spiritual Fluff EP
Spiritual Fluff EP (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CVR 0002. Rel: 23 Apr 19
  1. Knocking On The Door Of The Cosmos (5:29)
  2. Theme For Chicago (4:55)
  3. Bonus Beats (2:44)
  4. Son Of Equinox (7:05)
  5. Payback (5:32)
Review: The West Loop Chicago collective reportedly span continents, pooling soul-soaked talents into some truly powerful dance music. "Knocking On The Door Of The Cosmos" doffs its cap to Sun Ra with some crafty samples, but the musical vibe is more in line with the likes of Andres, Dego or other such masters of irrepressibly funky house music. "Theme For Chicago" takes an iconic Roy Ayers jam and gets wild with the filter, "Son Of Equinox" trips down a loose and limber jazz funk pathway and "Payback" whips up some tightly clipped samples into a pumped up peak time belter. From start to finish this EP oozes class and authenticity - a serious grip for any self-respecting Midwest heads.
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Excess Baggage
Cat: FW 195. Rel: 30 May 19
  1. Vibrations (Short album edit) (4:18)
  2. Vibrations (Zed Bias remix) (6:59)
  3. Slow Down (Zed Bias remix) (6:04)
  4. 10 Toes (feat HMD) (3:25)
  5. Ghost (3:19)
  6. No Sunshine Tomorrow (Sunset version) (3:14)
  7. I Want You (4:18)
Review: If you've yet to succumb to the charms of Children of Zeus - and there can't be many out there who haven't - then this "odds and ends" LP offers a neat introduction. Five of the seven tracks have been plucked from the Manchester crew's previous full-length excursions, while the other two - seductively soulful two-step garage reworks of "Vibrations" and "Slow Down" by fellow Manchester resident Zed Bias - have previously been almost impossible to get hold of. Setting aside the club-ready remixes, what "Excess Baggage" proves is that Children of Zeus are one of British music's most essential outfits right now, delivering sensual and life-affirming cuts that brilliantly blend the best aspects of hip-hop, R&B and modern soul.
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Velvet House On Sackville Street
Velvet House On Sackville Street (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: AHR 007. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Grapefruits (4:49)
  2. Heart Strings (6:21)
  3. Camomile Samba (6:47)
  4. Go Slow (5:03)
Review: Yadava made a sterling debut appearance last year with the fully realised "It Rains Here" album on Church, and now he's following up that strong start with this equally excellent four tracker for Ad Hoc. The Manchester-based artist leads in with the natural bump and flex of "Grapefruits" and his jazzy chops are plain to hear throughout. "Heart Strings" lets spiritual strings and plenty of reverb shape out a misty mood that it's impossible to resist, while "Camomile Samba" brings a more uptempo feel to his honey-coated production. "Go Slow" finishes the record off on a supremely mellow beat down for those oh-so-sweet chill moments after the party.
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Icy Roads (Stacked)
Cat: BWOOD 211. Rel: 28 Jun 19
  1. Icy Roads (Stacked) (5:00)
  2. Aquarius (bonus track) (2:31)
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Squaredancing
BBE
Cat: BBE 454SLP1. Rel: 01 May 19
  1. Derrick Carter - "Squaredancing" (DC Nu Vox dub) (4:59)
  2. George Alexander - "Promised Land" (feat Big John Whitfield) (3:23)
Review: This tasty release is the first instalment of BBE and Soul Clap member Eli "Bamboozle" Goldstein's "House On 45" series. The basic idea is to offer up rare and hard to find house cuts that have only ever been released on seven-inch singles. To kick things off, Goldstein has selected Derrick Carter's 2017 "DC Nu Vox Dub" of his 2002 classic "Squaredancing In A Roundhouse", an insatiable version of a killer cut rich in bluesy samples, bumpin' beats and scat vocals. Equally as impressive is George Alexander and Big John Whitfield's 2009 cover of Joe Smooth classic "Promised Land", a warm and musically expansive affair that adds superb new flute and electric piano parts to one of house music's most celebrated songs.
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Nobody Else
Cat: COOP 005. Rel: 23 May 19
  1. Nobody Else (6:59)
  2. Nobody Else (Danvers remix) (6:16)
  3. Somebody Samebody (4:14)
  4. Somebody Samebody (IG Culture remix) (4:58)
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Conceptual Stuff EP Vol 1
Conceptual Stuff EP Vol 1 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CVR 0001. Rel: 17 Dec 18
  1. Everybody's A Star
  2. Give You More
  3. Miami Rice & Peas
  4. Five Soul Chords
  5. Which Way Is Detroit ?
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Oba Lata
Oba Lata (12")
Cat: DLM 002. Rel: 30 Apr 19
  1. Oba Lata (4:44)
  2. Oba Lata (Namebrandsound remix) (5:56)
  3. Dakar (3:08)
Review: Long before digging South American and African music became popular, Patrick Forge and Chris Franck were serving up club-focused jams that drew heavily on the musical traditions of both continents. It is, then, a good time for them to return from a five-year hiatus with a brand new EP. It's every bit as colourful, vibrant and floor-friendly, with all three cuts hitting the mark. Leading the charge is fantastic A-side "Oba Lata", a supremely sun-kissed Afro-beat affair rich in Africa 70s style guitars, Tony Allen-esque drum patterns and life-affirming vocals. On the flip you'll find a punchy, off-kilter broken beat revision from contemporary bruk hero Namebrandsound, as well as the deep, languid and Rhodes-laden shuffle of "Dakar", a more considered number that nevertheless leaves a lasting impression.
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The World Is Yours: 15 Years Of Real Music For Real People
  1. The World Is Yours
  2. It's Simple
Review: 4 Hero don Mark Mac's side project Visioneers gets a worthy vinyl reissue as part of the 15 years of BBE celebrations with this limited edition 45. "The World Is Yours" is a take on the Nas classic which originally (in this version) came out in 2002 on the Omniverse label. The flipside "It's Simple" turned up on the Dirty Old Hip-Hop album for BBE four years later. The Omniverse label was highly collectable at the time, so this will be a welcome release for those who missed the original 45 or just love the 7 inch format. Both tracks are a sweet hip-hop tinged instrumental ride with nice keys and jazzy vibes. Hot!
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Wu15
Wu15 (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: EGLO 48. Rel: 11 Dec 18
  1. K15 - "Love's Gambit" (4:40)
  2. Wu15 - "Space & Time" (2:18)
  3. Wu15 - "The Anthem" (5:04)
  4. Henry Wu - "Shahada" (2:53)
Review: It was only a matter of time before Henry Wu and K15 would link up with London's Eglo, and their respective prior releases for the likes of Wild Oats, Rhythm Section and 22a have earned them a spot in one of the finest house and broken beat labels around. "Love's Gambit" is a perfect example of the latter genre, a sublime blend of jazzy percussion swings and smooth melodic drifts, followed by the even more soulful bounces of the gentle "Space & Time" - one for the jazz fusion heads! "The Anthem" heads towards more housey spheres thanks to its stable beat pattern - it-s an absolute peach of a tune, by the way - but it's "Shahada" that governs the dancefloor with its rough MPC drum programming and finger-licking synth rotations. A beautiful and fitting addition to the catalogue.
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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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Push On
Push On (LP)
Cat: JAL 248V. Rel: 19 Jun 18
  1. Intro (1:08)
  2. Love That I'm In (feat Andy Cooper) (3:58)
  3. Since You've Been Gone (3:21)
  4. Entitled To That (3:43)
  5. Get Down On You (3:35)
  6. Push On (4:05)
  7. Main Event (feat Andy Cooper) (3:37)
  8. Hold You Close (3:43)
  9. Buzzsaw (feat Andy Cooper) (3:54)
  10. Allergic Interlude (1:23)
  11. It Won't Be Me (feat Andy Cooper) (4:35)
  12. Funky Feeling (3:03)
  13. Remedy (feat Dr Syntax) (3:33)
  14. Get On The Floor (3:05)
Review: The Allergies' debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping them for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn't taken long for them to deliver more of the goods on their second full-length album. As well as taking the successful formula of the first record and expanding on their sound, the band enlisted two giants of underground hip-hop to bless mics on the album as well. After a hugely successful collaboration on their debut LP, once again the dynamic lyricism and production skills of the inimitable Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) are present and correct in this new collection.
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Tried
Tried (7")
Cat: ZEN 7497. Rel: 07 Mar 19
  1. Tried (feat Little Dragon) (3:33)
  2. Tried (instrumental) (3:32)
Review: Despite not releasing all that much in 2018, Canadian nu-jazz combo BADBADNOTGOOD's reputation continued to rise. That was in no small part due to their eye-catching collaboration with Little Dragon, which resulted in the digital release of "Tried" back in September. Now the track has been given a deserved seven-inch single release by Ninja Tune. With LD lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano doing her best to channel the spirit of Minnie Riperton, "Tried" has a similarly languid, jazz/folk/soul fusion feel as some of the best works by Rotary Connection. BADBADNOTGOOD's admiration of the Charles Stepney-produced band comes through loud and clear through the choice of instruments and arrangements. For further proof, check the accompanying flipside instrumental mix.
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Played by: Vito lalinga
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EP 2
EP 2 (12")
Cat: EGLO 42. Rel: 18 Dec 18
  1. Black Is Key (7:24)
  2. Man Made (4:21)
  3. Orbiting Uhura (6:13)
  4. The Vault Descends (5:27)
Review: UK legend Dego and killer keys-man Kaidi Tatham have been in a rich vein of form of late, dropping brilliant EPs on Eglo, Sound Signature and Rush Hour (the latter under their 2000Black alias). Here, they return to Eglo with four more slices of warm, rich, soul-flecked fluidity. As with previous outings, much of the material has a laidback jazz-funk feel, particularly "Orbiting Uhara" and the delicious "The Vault Descends" (think bustling bruk rhythms and darting boogie synths). They also offer up some tougher, synth-laden bruk-funk in the shape of "Man Made", while "Black Is Key" sees them unfurl a head-nodding vocal roller.
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Redmo Reworks
Cat: FTR 001. Rel: 05 Sep 14
  1. Bob Marley - "Is This Love" (Redmo acoustic takedown)
  2. Redmo - "Sadi Soul"
Review: Sam Redmore has quietly been doing his thing in hometown Birmingham for some time, crafting soul-soaked re-edits, bootleg remixes and mash-ups that tend towards the tasteful end of the spectrum. Having previously built up a solid fan base via his own Bandcamp page, he's finally made it onto wax. The two cuts featured here are amongst his best. The A-side revision of Bob Marley's "Is This Love" is particularly potent. It strips out the drums, thus emphasizing the genuine sweetness of Marley's original. Flip for "Sadi Soul", an upbeat, headnodding rework of a vibraphone and double bass-laced jazz-funk jam with added hip-hop swing.
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On My Way To Harlem
Cat: GP 712013. Rel: 25 Jun 13
  1. On My Way To Harlem (Jazz & Cole edit)
  2. 1960 What ? (Jazz & Cole edit)
Review: A modern day Scott-Heron, without the myriad of demons on his back, Grammy-nominated jazz singer Porter has such a distinctive voice, charm and band command. He clearly lends himself well to edit culture (as proved by the huge success of the many "1960 What?" versions in recent years) and this 7" from Expansion is no exception. "On My Way To Harlem" is straight up narrative jazz with fantastic attention paid to the subtle samba and solemn horns. "1960 What?" speaks for itself; far more authentic to the original than the other versions that have popped up, if you've not already got a favourite edit - Jazz & Cole have the answer.
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I Predict A Riot
Cat: TRU 7362. Rel: 16 Jan 19
  1. I Predict A Riot (3:43)
  2. I Predict A Riot (instrumental) (3:42)
Review: Rob Luis clearly enjoys an unlikely but inspired cover version; over the years, his Tru Thoughts imprint has served up surprisingly good funk, jazz, reggae and brass band covers of everything from Roni Size's "Brown Paper Bag" and Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing", to Max Sedgley's "Happy" and the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army". It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that Luis snapped up this vibrant South American cover of the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict A Riot" by Brazilian MPB revivalists Carolina Lins and Os Plantos. It's truly brilliant, with Lins' bold Portuguese vocal simply soaring over the band's samba-soul groove and fuzzy horn lines. As cover versions go, it's a bit of a doozy.
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Love Saves The Day
Love Saves The Day (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: LMNKV 104. Rel: 30 Nov 18
  1. Love Saves The Day (6:36)
  2. Love Saves The Day (Rahaan remix) (8:00)
  3. Love Saves The Day (Percussion Jam) (5:33)
Review: Casbah strikes again with a powerful homage to the NYC foundations with this juicy, insatiably funky piece of disco soul. Driven by a belting vocal from Angela Goode, there's a strong sense of timelessness, honesty and raw funk that smacks with authenticity and one of the funkiest slap-bass breakdowns you'll hear all year. Chicago's Rahaan takes the remix duties with a pumping contemporary disco cut while Casbah strips things back himself for the essential DJ tool that is the percussion edit. Feel the love.
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Nobody Wants To
Cat: SNDW 7021. Rel: 14 Jun 16
  1. Nobody Wants To (3:09)
  2. Nobody Wants To (instrumental) (3:10)
Review: Bouncing his time between Antibalas and his Marcos Garcia and Chico Mann projects, Chico returns after several years of silence with a sweet slice of lolloping broken soul. With its soft padded synths and cotton wool hug of Kendra Morris's vocals, there's a delicate tumble to proceedings as we nod and slide into a sound that's remained in its own soul universe since emerging almost 20 years ago. When done as well and with as much authenticity as this, it's timeless.
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Clay
Clay (12")
Cat: SHNT 7. Rel: 10 May 19
  1. Old Friends (3:39)
  2. Responsibility (3:32)
  3. Behind Closed Eyes (4:39)
  4. Clay (3:49)
  5. Puppet (4:45)
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Meghalaya
Meghalaya (12")
Cat: SHNT 5. Rel: 29 Mar 19
  1. Meghalaya (4:41)
  2. They Call Me (2:41)
  3. Georgia's Track (4:36)
  4. Bitterness (3:07)
  5. Nuketown (3:59)
  6. Whole Lotta Shine (4:59)
  7. Good Things (2:54)
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Reset EP
Reset EP (12")
Cat: WAP 228. Rel: 29 Sep 07
  1. Tea Leaf Dancers (feat Andreya Triana)
  2. Vegas Collie (feat A Sample From Natvralism's Nanoloop)
  3. Massage Situation
  4. Spicy Sammich
  5. Bonus Beat
  6. Dance Floor Stalker
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How's That
How's That (12")
Cat: YT 098. Rel: 06 Sep 13
  1. How's That
  2. Papi Pacify
  3. Water Me
  4. Ultraviolet
Review: Given the critical reception rightly afforded to Tahliah Barnett's superb debut album as FKA Twigs, it makes perfect sense for Young Turks to rustle up a swift reissue of FKA Twigs, the four track 12" that announced her to the pop music world last year. This EP was the first instance of Barnett's ethereal vocals weaved in amidst production work from Arca that was at times floating, others crushingly pressurised. Naturally the effects of the music are heightened when combined with Jesse Kanda's mind bending videos ("Water Me" especially) but late comers to the magic of Twigs will be all over this. Do check "Papi Pacify" as Arca is on some "Cry Me A River" era Timbalaand tip.
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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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Mount Pleasant
Cat: JAL 274V. Rel: 28 Jun 18
  1. There For Me (4:25)
  2. You're Gone (3:41)
  3. Something Better (3:44)
  4. Hate Seeking Missile (3:50)
  5. Billie (3:17)
  6. A Deckham Love Song (4:09)
  7. I Feel Alive (3:13)
  8. Mr Hyde (4:46)
  9. Flames To Feed (4:02)
  10. Love That Kinda Lie (3:32)
  11. Small Town (3:25)
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 LPs that they've released for 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 LP 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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Shamal Wind: Remixed
  1. Soho Strut (Max Graef Bongo mix) (5:18)
  2. Soho Strut (Max Graef Bass mix) (4:20)
  3. (Soul) Rebel 23 (Reginald Omas Mamode IV remix) (3:30)
  4. Snake Eyes (Ishmael Ensemble remix) (8:11)
Review: If you've not yet got your ears around Roger 'Chip' Wickham's sensationally sunny, jazz-fired "Shamal Wind" mini-album, we suggest you check it out post-haste. In the meantime, Lovemonk has reminded us of its magnificence via a new set of reworks from some seriously hot producers. Max Graef handles side A, first serving up a chugging, mind altering and heavily percussive "Bongo Mix" of "Soho Strut", before reaching for the sub-bass and fizzing, juke-tempo jazz rhythms on the bonkers but brilliant "Bass Mix" of the very same song. Over on the flipside, Peckham beat-maker Reginald Omas Mamode IV serves up a dusty, Rhodes-laden take on "(Soul) Rebel 23" featuring his own soulful vocals, before Gilles Peterson favourites Ishmael Ensemble mix live jazz instrumentation with rolling house beats on a sublime revision of "Snake Eyes".
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Morning Sun (DJ Spinna remixes)
  1. Morning Sun (DJ Spinna Galactic Funk remix) (3:51)
  2. Morning Sun (DJ Spinna Galactic Funk remix - instrumental) (3:55)
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Love Will
Love Will (12")
Cat: OR 091. Rel: 03 May 17
  1. Love Will (main mix) (6:05)
  2. Love Will (instrumental mix) (6:06)
  3. Love Will (Ancestral Soul mix) (5:25)
  4. Love Will (Ancestrumental mix) (5:29)
Review: Boddhi Satva is a Central African hi-tech (though he'd call it Ancestral) soul merchant via Belgium who has featured everywhere from Innervisions, Yoruba, BBE and of course Vega: which he's sure known as a staple of. "Love Will" (main mix) is darkly restrained yet seductive futurism: the kind of track that Derrick May or Dixon would play mid set for some life affirming moments on the dancefloor. The instrumental version up next forgoes Bilal's spiritual vocals to let those rusty spitfire rhythm patterns and sparkling synths do the work. The Ancestral Soul mix goes for more of an Afro sound with its tribal elements accentuated by some brilliant bongo and steel drum action.
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Played by: Lola Allen
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The Angry One
Cat: OTCR 0702. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Collocutor - "The Angry One" (2:45)
  2. Tamar Collocutor Vs Magnus PI - "The Angry One" (2:48)
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Groove Curse
Cat: SHNT 001. Rel: 05 Sep 14
  1. Street Light (feat Gwen Bunn)
  2. Shaclackclack The Puppet
  3. A Tribe Called Government
  4. Alright
  5. Add The Bassline
Review: Soul Has No Tempo present Groove Curse, Jordan Rakei's long-awaited follow up to highly-acclaimed debut EP Franklin's Room, his modern take on reggae-infused soul music. Groove Curse takes an evolved turn, with a sound Rakei describes as "raw, vocal-driven, groove". With the first single off the EP, Street Light featuring Berklee College of Music Alumni Gwen Bunn (vocalist and producer of Schoolboy Q's Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar), the release celebrates the skills of upcoming young musicians who are writing, self-producing and taking full advantage of their vocal and multi-instrumentalist talents.
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Make Believe EP
Cat: COOP 004. Rel: 28 Feb 19
  1. Make Believe (feat BB James) (6:17)
  2. Swing For Life (feat Jay Phelps) (5:43)
  3. U Got To (Cengiz remix) (5:08)
  4. U Got To (NameBrandSound remix) (5:47)
Review: Since launching a year or two back, the nascent CoOp Presents label has delivered a trio of tasty singles from up-and-coming stars of the revivalist West London broken beat scene. Their fourth release continues this trend by offering up a debut single from former EVM128 collaborator Oliver Night. BB James lends a hand on brilliant opener "Make Believe", where clipped piano notes, heavy sub-bass, dubbed-out synth riffs and echoing vocal samples ride a crunchy, Seiji-style bruk-up groove. The EP's other hugely impressive moment also features a guest artist, Jay Phelps. He helps ensure that "Swing For Life" is a deliciously dubby and spaced-out chunk of late night deep house bliss.
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Dego & Kaidi
Cat: EGLO 32. Rel: 16 Jan 14
  1. Ankle Injury (3:30)
  2. Acting Up On That Shit Don't Count (6:08)
  3. Don't Remain The Same (5:19)
  4. Carrots & Sesame (3:59)
Review: Yes Eglo! Alex Nut and crew turn to two elder statesmen of London beat science in Dego and Kaidi Tatham for a killer induction into the art of crafting 'broken beat bullets'. For those who don't possess the necessary knowledge, Dego is the most familiar handle of Dennis McFarlane, founding member of 4Hero and responsible for so much good music over the years, and Tatham has an equally important role in the whole Broken Beat movement, being an integral member of the Bugz In the Attic collective. The pair have worked together previously on numerous occasions and they are on top form here with lead track "Ankle Injury" demonstrating a perfect balance of melody and crafty rhythm. Imagine Theo and Floating Points collaborating and your heads in the right spot to enjoy this track and "Acting Up On That Shit Don't Count" which is the sort of music you could imagine RAMP to be making if they were on the rise today. Do check the sumptuous piano and Rhodes vibes on final cut "Carrots & Sesame"!!
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Perpetual Rhythms Welcomes: Hanna (Part 2 of 3)
Cat: PERP 011. Rel: 05 Feb 18
  1. Lake Shore Dr (7:03)
  2. Parallel (6:10)
  3. Gold Coast (6:29)
  4. Khords 1 (4:32)
Review: Warren Harris did a sterling job on his first outing for Perpetual Rhythms as Hanna, and he's back for round two. Things are just as deep as you would hope and expect, with Harris' unique take on the Detroit house formula present and correct on the cleverly executed "Lake Shore Dr." "Parallel" finds him exploring his penchant for snagged, off-kilter rhythms matched with deep house delicacy, and "Gold Coast" takes things into lounge territory without ever sounding insipid. Therein lies the magic of Hanna, and beautiful experiment "Khords 1" is on hand to finish the EP off as a statement of just how special and unique Harris' music is.
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Udacha 13
Udacha 13 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: UDACHA 13 . Rel: 24 Oct 16
  1. Legli Tumanom (7:33)
  2. C - Music (6:48)
  3. Wind Shaped Tune (8:59)
  4. Aerial Dance (6:19)
Review: Surely one of the finest record labels operating out of Russia right now, Udacha welcomes Gamayun back for a second time to admirably dive into the particular spirit that surrounds the label. Somewhere between loose-fit soulful house grooves you might hear on Downbeat and a more mystical, far-out spirit, this mysterious producer is a dab hand at weaving a particularly enchanting spell. The jazzy fluidity of "C-Music" could easily sit alongside some of Vakula's more wayward works, while "Aerial Dance" pirouettes off into an abstract rhythmic space that truly stimulates even as it confuses. Records this fresh-sounding don't roll around every day.
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 in stock $8.28
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No Summer Days
Cat: VF 003V. Rel: 12 Apr 19
  1. No Summer Days (feat Trailer Limon) (4:25)
  2. Stimulate (feat Trailer Limon) (4:34)
 in stock $7.52
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Foreign Wind EP
Cat: BRR 003. Rel: 19 Jun 19
  1. Melody (7:17)
  2. Aqua (5:37)
  3. Sumire (7:04)
  4. Light & Darkness (6:17)
Played by: Blair French
 in stock $9.59
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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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Tell It To Me Slowly
Cat: STRUT 198S. Rel: 21 Nov 18
  1. Tell It To Me Slowly (feat Nick Richards) (4:12)
  2. Sugar Cane (feat Nubiya Brandon) (4:20)
Review: 12-piece improvisational outfit Nubiyan Twist made a big impression with their 2015 debut album (also called "Nubiyan Twist"), a set that gleefully joined the dots between Afrobeat, jazz, hip-hop, soul and much more besides. Here they make their debut on Strut Records with two more reasons to be cheerful. A-side "Tell It To Me Slowly", featuring guest vocals from Nick Richards, is particularly good, with soulful male and female vocals rising above a loose-limbed broken beat rhythm, warm electric piano riffs, jazzy guitar solos and Afro-tinged horns. Nubiya Brandon joins in the fun on flipside "Sugar Cane", a lolloping, head-nodding slab of hip-hop soul/dub fusion that's as delicious as a Michelin-starred meal and a fraction of the price.
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 in stock $9.07
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Roots That Talk
Cat: SS 069. Rel: 14 Jul 17
  1. Julion De'Angelo - "Chase The Summer" (7:02)
  2. Thomas Xu - "Alottochewon" (5:01)
  3. Julion De'Angelo - "Pocketfull" (5:55)
  4. Thomas Xu - "Acceptance" (6:44)
 in stock $8.28
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Love Is War For Miles
Cat: SS 072. Rel: 12 Dec 18
  1. Love Is War For Miles (8:46)
  2. 7 Bar Thing (9:52)
Review: Back in 2016, percussionist Myele Manzanza impressed with a killer live album - recorded at famed Los Angeles jazz spot Blue Whale - on DJ Gilla's First Word Records. Almost three years on he returns to the spotlight via a surprise release on Theo Parrish's lauded Sound Signature imprint. Like its predecessor, it sounds like both tracks on "Love Is War For Miles" were recorded live. The A-side title track sets the tone, with pulsing, increasingly intense drums and piano working their magic around an unrelenting, two-note bassline. Flipside "7 Bar Thing" is a little more relaxed in feel, but no less percussive, as Manzanza showcases his drumming versatility on a cut rich in funk-fuelled double bass and swelling, decidedly intergalactic synths.
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Moderno Primitivo
 in stock $9.85
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Kind Of Sunshine
Cat: SCEP 382. Rel: 01 Oct 04
  1. Kind Of Sunshine
  2. Impulso
 in stock $9.85
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Pepe Bradock Mixes
Cat: HJP 14. Rel: 04 Jun 04
  1. Do Your Duty (Erectus rework) (8:20)
  2. Evidence (Reconstruction A Rebrousse Temps) (2:40)
  3. Evidence (Sweet interludes) (2:53)
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Opara (Ashely Beedle's Afrikanz On Mars remixes)
  1. Opara (Ashely Beedle Afrikanz On Mars remix) (6:22)
  2. Opara (Ashely Beedle Afrikanz On Mars Galactic Flute mix) (5:18)
  3. Opara (Ashely Beedle Afrikanz On Mars instrumental dub) (6:21)
Review: Currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Brazilian nu-bossa frontrunner Sabrina enjoys a clutch of versions from Ashely Beadle. Channelling his Afrikanz On Mars spirit, he gives her the disco treatment she deserves with lavish percussion, sweeping synths and a sleazy but slinky bassline. Complete with a Galactic Flute remix and an instrumental, Far Out have created a winning package to match their previous Theo Parrish outing earlier this year.
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The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam
Cat: BF 055. Rel: 19 Feb 16
  1. Hard Times (1:12)
  2. Song For The Dead (2:48)
  3. Them Changes (3:06)
  4. Lone Wolf & Cub (5:29)
  5. That Moment (0:42)
  6. Where The Giants Roam/Field Of The Nephilim (2:44)
Review: The third album from Brainfeeder soul man Thundercat gets the coloured vinyl treatment. His haziest, softest and most consistent set so far, his falsetto dulcets wrap around a whirlwind of styles that are tailor made for vinyl. Sloping and sliding into each other all the way, from the slippery wah-wah guitar disco of "Them Changes" to the Plantlife-style funk of "Lone Wolf & Club" to the trippy ambience of "That Moment", we're gradually moved slowly, softly and sweetly throughout.
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Journey In Satchidananda (reissue)
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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 in stock $9.32
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Simmering
Simmering (12")
Cat: 2041 BLACK. Rel: 13 Jul 17
  1. Simmering (4:59)
  2. Private Life (3:31)
  3. Long Climb In The Sun (4:15)
Review: It would seem we're back on the Christmas card list... 2000 Black supergroup comprising the likes of Dego, Mensah and original Bugz members Lord and Tatham have been slowly ramping up their releases again and this year has seen their largest output yet. Following "Two Way Here One Way Go", "Simmering" proffers three more sublime and silky instrumentals from deeply decorated foursome. "Simmering" is a tight jazz funk jam with a sprung guitar groove spine and a blissful switch into soothing flutes midway, "Private Life" flips for a sunnyside digidub, all spacious and rippling with its breezy keys while "Climb The Sun" brings us back to the funk root note but with rising synth insistency that's bruk to the bone. Simmering now, boiling tomorrow...
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