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On Another Planet
On Another Planet (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: JB45 001. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. Jorun Bombay & The Espressolites - "Peas In An Alternate Universe" (4:22)
  2. Jorun Bombay - "Mister Magic" (A Jorun Bombay edit - alternate version) (3:19)
Review: When it comes to delivering party-starting funk and soul 45s, Jorun Bombay has an impressive track record. His latest seven-inch is rather fine, too. On the A-side he joins forces with a trio of musicians to offer up "Peas In An Alternate Universe": a riff on JBs classic "Pass The Peas" that layers extended organ and trombone solos over a groove dominated by crunchy breakbeats and virtuoso bass guitar. Flipside "Mister Magic" is a deeper, warmer and more laidback affair, with tidy electric piano parts, toe-tapping drums, occasional string-laden disco samples and warm bass being joined by a simply wonderful new vibraphone solo.
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 in stock $16.30
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Back To Black
Cat: 1734128. Rel: 24 May 07
  1. Rehab
  2. You Know I'm No Good
  3. Me & Mr Jones
  4. Just Friends
  5. Back To Black
  6. Love Is A Losing Game
  7. Tears Dry On Their Own
  8. Wake Up Alone
  9. Some Unholy War
  10. He Can Only Hold Her
  11. Addicted
Played by: Juno Classics, Aliwud
 in stock $12.61
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The Shark
The Shark (12" repress)
Cat: FTC 02. Rel: 04 Jun 20
  1. Shark (3:30)
  2. Vexed (5:45)
  3. Distant (5:04)
  4. Slam Deep (6:14)
  5. Channel & Transmission (2:00)
Review: For his first outing of 2020, Kyle Hall returns to the label he founded last year, Forget The Clock, with a suitably strong five-track missive. Check first languid opener "Shark", a splash around in crystal clear waters where simmering chords, luscious pads and glassy-eyed melodic motifs stretch out over bubbly, Latin-tinged drum machine beats and a dubby bassline. Hall makes bolder strides towards the dancefloor on lo-fi house cut "Vexed", before doffing a cap to Larry Heard and Ron Trent on the gorgeous deep house positivity of "Distant". Elsewhere, "Slam Deep" joins the dots between Steve Poindexter and the 2000 Black style of jazzy broken beat, while "Channel & Transmission" is a skewed skip through wonky deep house/jazz-funk fusion.
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 in stock $17.36
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What Kinda Music
What Kinda Music (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: 281212 3108. Rel: 24 Apr 20
  1. What Kinda Music (3:50)
  2. Festival (4:43)
  3. Nightrider (feat Freddie Gibbs) (5:00)
  4. Tidal Wave (4:10)
  5. Sensational (1:25)
  6. The Real (2:40)
  7. Lift Off (feat Rocco Palladino) (5:20)
  8. I Did It For You (4:01)
  9. Last 100 (4:01)
  10. Kyiv (3:28)
  11. Julie Mangos (3:19)
  12. Storm Before The Calm (feat Kaidi Akinnibi) (3:01)
Review: As fast-rising underground stars in their own right, you'd expect any collaborative album from soul-fired South London singer/songwriter/beat-maker Tom Misch and prolific jazz drummer Yussef Dayes (best known for his now long-running collaboration with Kamaal Williams) to be rather good. "What Kinda Music" is, with the pair mixing and mangling elements of soul, jazz-funk, electronica and jazz, a set that defies easy categorisation. Both musicians exceed themselves throughout, with tipsy electronics, sweeping strings, bass, effects-laden guitars, woozy synth lines and Misch's heartfelt, soul-flecked vocals offering a perfect foil for Dayes' loose-limbed, headline-grabbing drumming.
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 in stock $22.36
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Modal Soul
Modal Soul (gatefold 2xLP) (1 per customer)
Cat: HOLP 004. Rel: 05 Mar 20
  1. Feather (feat Cise Starr & Akin From CYNE) (2:56)
  2. Ordinary Joe (feat Terry Callier) (5:01)
  3. Reflection Eternal (4:13)
  4. Luv (Sic) (feat Shing 02 - part 3) (5:33)
  5. Music Is Mine (4:19)
  6. Eclipse (feat Substantial) (3:22)
  7. The Sign (feat Pase Rock) (4:35)
  8. Thank You (feat Apani B) (4:10)
  9. World's End Rapsody (5:41)
  10. Modal Soul (feat Uyama Hiroto) (4:36)
  11. Flowers (4:00)
  12. Sea Of Cloud (3:02)
  13. Light On The Land (3:54)
  14. Horizon (7:18)
Review: Before his tragic death in a car accident in 2010, beat-maker Nujabes was renowned as one of Japan's best exponents of hip-hop/jazz fusion. He released numerous albums in this style, with 2005's "Modal Soul" being widely accepted as the finest example. Here it gets the reissue treatment, remarkably appearing on vinyl for the very first time. Featuring some notable collaborations with both rappers and vocalists (see Terry Callier's re-recorded vocal on Nujabes' cover of his "Ordinary Joe"), the album blends both live and programmed beats (some hip-hop, others looser and jazzier) with impeccable jazz instrumentation, drowsy electronics, deep samples and more intricate musical touches than you can shake a stick at. In other words, it's a genuine fusion classic that has arguably long been overlooked.
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 in stock $44.17
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Frank
Frank (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: 1776241. Rel: 17 Aug 08
  1. Stronger Than Me
  2. You Sent Me Flying (Cherry)
  3. Know You Now
  4. F**k Me Pumps
  5. I Heard Love Is Blind
  6. Moody's Mood For Love (Teo Licks)
  7. (There Is) No Greater Love
  8. In My Bed
  9. Take The Box
  10. October Song
  11. What Is It About Men?
  12. Help Yourself
  13. Amy Amy Amy (outro)
 in stock $12.61
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The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs: Disc 3 Of 4
The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs: Disc 3 Of 4 (7" + MP3 download code) (1 per customer)
Cat: CIRCUIT 7 3. Rel: 15 Jun 20
  1. Kontraband (6:49)
  2. Little By Little (7:00)
 in stock $18.92
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Tomorrow Comes The Harvest
Cat: 677863 0. Rel: 26 Sep 18
  1. Locked & Loaded (7:46)
  2. Altitudes (7:03)
  3. On The Run (8:07)
  4. The Seed (7:11)
Review: Back in 2016, legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen approached techno pioneer Jeff Mills with the idea of working together. A series of live gigs and off-the-radar studio sessions followed, with the first fruits of their joint efforts finally appearing on this must-have 10". As you'd expect, the duo's collaborative work combines Allen's traditional Nigerian polyrhythms, traditional Afrobeat instrumentation, and the far-sighted, sci-fi inspired electronic futurism that has always marked out Mills' work. The result is a quartet of cuts that could arguably be described as retro-futurist Afro-tech - all delay-laden beats, basslines and organs subtly sparring with gentle acid lines, Motor City electronics, beguiling deep space textures and shimmering, 31st century motifs. It's arguably Allen's stylistic contributions that dominate, but that's no bad thing.
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Temarasa
Temarasa (12")
Cat: GAMM 145. Rel: 24 Jun 20
  1. Temarasa (5:36)
  2. Chor Gway (4:43)
Review: When it comes to the jazzier, more Latin-focused side of GAMM's output, much of the best material has always come courtesy of Sugarloaf Gangsters - the re-edit alter ego of carnival house maestros Spiritual South. Here they return to the Swedish imprint for the first time in 14 years with a two-tracker that's every bit as sweaty and celebratory as their previous work. Check for example A-side "Temarasa", a brilliantly tweaked and subtly touched-up revision of a heavily percussive Brazilian workout laden with sizzling samba horns and heavy funk guitars. Equally as potent is flipside "Chor Gway", an epic African style drum track peppered with dub style electronic noises underpinned with a deliciously weighty, sub-heavy bassline.
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Kick Drunk Love
Kick Drunk Love (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: MATE 007. Rel: 11 Jul 16
  1. Sidewalks
  2. Where's Ralf?
  3. No Grace
  4. Pigmy
  5. Stage Left
  6. Leaving
Review: Dave Aju, Alland Byallo, Kenneth Scott and Marc Smith joined together as KAMM, resulting in a mini-album called Kick Drunk Love for marcel Vogel's Amsterdam based label Intimate Friends.iDescribed in a press release as being influenced by the artists' "love of early '90s MoWax era laid-back beats," it features Barrite on lead vocals (with Byallo and Scott also contributing vocals), Smith on guitar, Byallo on trumpet and Scott on Moog synth. There's a couple guest appearances as well: Damian Schwartz plays some bass on "Sidewalks" and Eureka provides "a hell of a [vacuum] rev" on "Stage Left."
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 in stock $1.05
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We Rollin' For You
We Rollin' For You (blue vinyl 7")
Cat: FCM 089. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. We Rollin' For You (5:06)
  2. We Rollin' For You (Max I Million & Ion Zaar remix Medley) (5:01)
Review: Terrel Wallace AKA Tall Black Guy's previous release was a delicious deep house rework of a classic Chaka Khan cut. Here he returns to his hip-hop roots with a track dedicated to the memory of legendary Swedish beat-maker DJ Devastate. In its original form, "We Rollin' For You" is a sparkling chunk of rolling, loose-limbed instrumental hip-hop rich in crunchy, off-kilter MPC drums, stirring stream samples, and brilliantly chopped and re-arranged heavenly vocals. On the flip you'll find a more experimental, sharply edited "remix medley" - in effect a series of short takes with barely time to breathe in between, which together form a coherent suite - from Max I Million and Ion Zaar.
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 in stock $15.25
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Dummy
Dummy (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: 828 5221. Rel: 13 Mar 18
  1. Mysterons (4:59)
  2. Sour Times (4:13)
  3. Strangers (3:58)
  4. It Could Be Sweet (4:12)
  5. Wandering Star (4:51)
  6. Numb (3:58)
  7. Roads (5:07)
  8. Pedestal (3:39)
  9. Biscuit (4:49)
  10. Glory Box (4:54)
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Lothar
Lothar (limited white vinyl 7")
Cat: MTDSERIES 03. Rel: 29 Jun 20
  1. Lothar (5:16)
  2. Bad Bad Puma (4:15)
Review: The people behind the Made To Dance re-edit series keep their cards close to their chest, offering up little information about their identities or aims other than some admirable words about drawing on "different musical traditions going beyond classifications". It would be nice to know a little more, because their occasional releases - and this tidy "45" in particular - are really rather good. A-side "Lothar" sees the mystery scalpel fiends make merry with a Latin jazz number, to which they've added squelchy acid lines and a little more dancefloor weight. Arguably even better is percussive and funky flipside "Bad Bad Puma", a tooled-up disco-jazz number that cleverly blends glistening guitar solos, wild Hammond organs, loose-limbed drum-breaks and locked-in, house-style kick-drum patterns.
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 in stock $11.56
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In Search Of Hope (reissue)
Cat: FW 208LP. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. In Search Of Hope (part 1) (0:58)
  2. Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid) (5:03)
  3. Do What You Gotta Do (2:53)
  4. Could I Ever Know? (4:31)
  5. He Laughs She Cries (3:54)
  6. So Amazed (3:51)
  7. I'm High (3:19)
  8. Simiya (4:35)
  9. On A Vibe (4:33)
  10. These Things Will Pass (4:03)
  11. In Search Of Hope (part 2) (1:53)
Review: When this album was initially released way back in 2008, it was Kaidi Tatham's first under his given name (previously, he'd released solo records as Afronaught and appeared on all manner of collaborative releases). Since then, he has of course gone on to greater critical and commercial success, but as this timely reissue proves, "In Search of Home" still hits home hard. Like much of his work, it deftly showcases his Herbie Hancock-like jazz and jazz-funk keyboard skills within tracks that variously join the dots between broken beat, hip-hop, deep house, Latin fusion and sumptuous slow jams. Colourful, rich, jazzy and impeccably performed throughout, the album remains one of the high points of Tatham's career and is well worth adding to your collection.
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 in stock $24.46
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Annwn
Annwn (LP)
Cat: BPLP 004. Rel: 25 Jun 20
  1. The Ministry Of Universal Redemption (7:43)
  2. Rebels On The Way (5:24)
  3. The Dogs Of Annwn (5:39)
  4. You Started (5:35)
  5. A Little Bit Of Real (7:28)
  6. The Uncanny Valley (6:51)
Review: The latest album from Bristol's increasingly eclectic Banoffee Pies label is an intriguing proposition. It comes from long-time Leif collaborator and Freerotation member Tom Ellis, who has joined forces with deep house producer Mark Hand, saxophonist Michel Renger, and experienced live performer Dave Elson to form a new jazz-focused band, Soulstate Jazz. With the help of numerous other artists connected to the Freerotation-related Malt Barn studio, Ellis and chums have created a set of musically rich, life-affirming tracks that fuse live jazz drums and instrumentation with elements of jazz-funk, deep house, ambient and downtempo grooves. It's kind of a house-head's take on the contemporary jazz sound of Ishmael Ensemble, and that's a very good thing indeed.
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GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin (limited gatefold clear vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 878915. Rel: 12 Jun 20
  1. 1_# (1:50)
  2. Atomised (4:22)
  3. Signal In The Noise (6:00)
  4. Open (4:45)
  5. F Maj Pixie (5:48)
  6. Kora (5:34)
  7. Totem (3:51)
  8. Embers (2:59)
  9. To The Nth (4:32)
  10. Don't Go (3:29)
Review: Just how much can be done with a mere three musicians at play? In the case of GoGo Penguin, here on their fifth album and with one Mercury Music Prize nomination under their belt, the answer seems to be 'as much as those three musicians want'. This new collection of jazz-electronic-classical work again showcases how commanding and innovative the trio can be. Combining Chris Illingworth's keys, Rob Turner's percussion and the mournful double bass of Nick Blacka, this self-titled outing is a genuinely epic journey that makes transitioning between styles seem easy, seamlessly nodding to post-rock, ambient, movie score and more. Technically phenomenal, conceptually innovative and destined to transport listeners with each and every note, if you've not explored these guys before now's the time to get involved.
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The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby
The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby (limited 180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: JDETR 99110. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. Down In The Village (4:33)
  2. Trenton Place (5:36)
  3. Raga (4:47)
  4. In The Night (5:05)
Review: For reasons not fully explained in the accompanying press release, 22a regular Tenderlonious is now the proud owner of the half-size "piccolo" flute once owned by legendary British jazz man Tubby Hayes. That piccolo is naturally the dominant feature of "The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby", a fine EP of Hayes covers from the Ruby Rushton founder. "Down In the Village" is a high-octane big-band jazz style affair that includes some superb drumming and piano solos aplenty, while "Trenton Place" is a wonderfully emotive slab of downtempo jazz bliss. Tenderlonious's piccolo playing takes pride of place on the tango-tinged flipside opener "Raga", but is even more prominent on the superb EP closer "In The Night", a classic-sounding affair that's probably the pick of a very strong bunch.
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 in stock $22.08
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Kokoroko
 in stock $9.20
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Jazz N Palms 01
Cat: JNP 01. Rel: 16 Jun 20
  1. Coastal Highways (5:32)
  2. Going East (5:13)
  3. Chica (5:31)
  4. 1492 (4:05)
  5. St Martin (4:20)
  6. Strings Of Spring (3:56)
Review: DJ crew Jazz 'N' Palms are probably best known for their association with Ronnie Scott's in London, where they can regularly be heard warming up for bands. Their new vinyl venture explores the more Balearic side of their musical personality, with EP one featuring re-edits of tracks often played poolside at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. That means a mixture of languid, Pat Metheny-ish Mediterranean jazz-fusion ("Coastal Highway"), Latin-fired jazz-funk ("Going East"), sumptuous Rhodes-laden soundscapes ("Chica"), humid Afro-Cuban jazz ("1492"), afternoon-fresh Flamenco-jazz fusion ("St Martin"), and the kind of relaxed, louche fare that Bob James would probably enjoy ("Strings of Spring").
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 in stock $11.31
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Runaway Galaxy
Runaway Galaxy (LP limited to 150 copies)
Cat: TLP 002. Rel: 01 Jul 20
  1. Bosa With Guitar (4:10)
  2. 78 Universe (4:28)
  3. Galaxies (4:11)
  4. La La La (3:08)
  5. Skip To My Lou (4:41)
  6. Swing Town (4:00)
  7. New York Nights (3:26)
  8. Feeling Right (4:03)
Review: Unstoppable house machine Javonntte is the second signing for Ten Lovers Music, and he's changing tack and bringing forth a mini-album of luscious jazz inflected grooves to be savoured as an album as much as a collection of DJ cuts. The vision and scope on this record is impressive to say the least - just cop the advanced chord progressions powering the wide-open vistas of "78 Universe", or the wild expression of every instrument coursing through "Galaxies". This is Javonntte going full-flight on his artistry and it sounds impeccable - not one to be missed.
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 in stock $15.25
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Can You See What I'm Trying To Say
Can You See What I'm Trying To Say (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: JMANLP 121. Rel: 18 Jun 20
  1. Empty Streets (4:56)
  2. Adrianna (0:49)
  3. Gutkind's Dream (0:28)
  4. Acting For Liberation (part 1) (11:02)
  5. Law Of The Universe (0:36)
  6. Can You See What I'm Trying To Say (3:52)
  7. Acting For Liberation (part 2) (1:29)
  8. Persia & Cornelius (3:26)
  9. The Glory (4:40)
  10. Soul Fire (3:05)
  11. Twelve Wire Byrd (0:59)
  12. Only In A Dream (7:46)
Review: Lascelle 'Lascelles' Gordon is the creative powerhouse behind Vibration Black Finger, and once again here he excels on a second album that furthers his magnificent jazz sound. Obscure spiritual sounds of the 70s are the melting pot from which he mostly draws, with plenty of like-minded collaborates all contributing their own skills to the mix. Collective empowerment and personal development all enrich the album and its progressive message, and it was all put together from old ideas on tapes and DATs that he had worked on over the years. Instrumental segues stitch together the thoughtful vocal pieces and moments of real gusto help it stick long in the memory.
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 in stock $18.67
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The Tony Allen Experiments: Afrobeat Makers Series Vol 3
Cat: COMET 072RE LP. Rel: 10 Jun 20
  1. Prelude (2:55)
  2. Howls (3:59)
  3. Open Paths (4:37)
  4. NG Theme (3:28)
  5. Stasis (Calm Before The Storm) (3:11)
  6. TA-Storm (4:41)
  7. The Birds Rejoice (3:57)
  8. Phunkhysteria (2:27)
  9. The Sun Returns (3:59)
Review: Italian duo Nu Guinea has previously proved adept at creating humid, sultry deep house and tropical-infused electronics. Here, they focus a little more on the latter with a concept album based around the distinctive Afrobeat rhythms of legendary drummer Tony Allen. With his blessing, and that of the Comet label on which he's been releasing since the 1980s, the Early Sounds Recordings pair has cut-up and re-constructed Allen's drums, combining them with their own steamy electronics, vintage synthesizer lines and classic drum machines. It's an intoxicating and hugely entertaining blend that sits somewhere between their previous outings, Danny Wolfers' material under the Nacho Patrol guise, and the dreamy late '80s/early '90s work of forgotten Italian producer Mr Marvin.
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Friendly Pressure
Cat: MC 040. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Friendly Pressure (From Midnight mix) (6:05)
  2. Friendly Pressure (Into The Sunshine mix) (5:49)
Review: In 1998, fast-rising UK garage star Ceri Evans AKA Sunship was enlisted by the Dorado label to remix Jhelisa's sun-kissed 1994 samba-soul/trip-hop anthem "Friendly Pressure". His versions were hugely popular at the time and are here given the reissue treatment courtesy of the always on-point Mint Condition. The A-side boasts Evans' much-played "From Midnight Mix", which brilliantly cuts up and loops Jhelisa Anderson's vocal over a weighty bassline, skipping two-step beats, short slap-bass samples, darting synth sounds and more summery positivity than your average Croatia-based music festival. Over on the flip the "Into The Sunshine Mix" is a 4/4 garage affair that takes the Grant Nelson UKG template and smothers it in feelgood sounds, classic organ riffs and reggae style synth stabs.
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 in stock $10.52
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DJ Kicks
DJ Kicks (2xLP repress)
Cat: K7 046LP. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. Small World - "Livin' Free" (Soundtrack mix) (7:27)
  2. Aquasky - "Kauna" (7:30)
  3. Hardfloor - "Dadamnpheaknoizphunk?" (dubdope) (9:03)
  4. JMJ & Flytronix - "In Too Deep" (7:59)
  5. Shantel - "Bass & Several Cars" (4:36)
  6. Tango - "Spellbound" (6:10)
  7. Thievery Corporation - "Shoalin Satellite" (7:38)
Review: To get away from the 'one track after the other' compilation concept K&D checked in at Havlis Super Sound where their man Alex (don of the echo chambers) has a secret dub-laboratory. There K&D did a dub session on the selected tracks to inject some dynamics and life into it. They took two bottles of Highland Park whisky and their old dub-echoes from the cellar and did a smoked-out dub echo-orgy.
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 in stock $23.14
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Elaenia (Love Record Stores 2020)
Elaenia (Love Record Stores 2020) (limited LP + art prints + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: FPLP 1LRS. Rel: 02 Jul 20
  1. Nespole (5:01)
  2. Silhouettes I - II - III (10:57)
  3. Elaenia
  4. Argente (4:40)
  5. Thin Air (3:56)
  6. For Marmish (5:34)
  7. Peroration Six (5:11)
Review: In honour of the Love Record Stores promotion Sam Shepherd has decided to offer up a new edition of his 2015 debut album as Floating Points, "Elaenia". While the bonus art prints included in the package are rather nice, it's the quality of the album - still one of his best solo releases, and that's saying something - that makes this edition a "must-have" for those who missed out first time around. Featuring a mixture of Tangerine Dream-inspired analogue synthesizer works, blissful ambient excursions, contemporary jazz compositions and hard-to-pigeonhole instrumentals that add deep electronic influences to this heady musical melting pot, it's an album that sounds as immersive, intoxicating and fresh on the 100th release as it does on the first. Basically, you need this in your life.
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 in stock $20.51
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Sun Khosi
Sun Khosi (limited 7")
22a
Cat: 22A 035. Rel: 24 Jun 20
  1. Sun Khosi (3:55)
  2. Chrysalis (3:13)
Review: Touchingly, the A side of latest single from Ruby Rushton is a tribute to de facto bandleader Tenderlonious' father, who spent many years working in Nepal. Entitled "Sun Khosi", the track is a brilliantly summery blast of percussive, Afro-fired jazz fusion laden with sweat-soaked horn blasts, snaking Latin trumpet lines, deep Rhodes notes and inspired alto flute solos from Tenderlonious. B-side "Chrysalis" was composed by keys-player Adrian Shepherd and was influenced by the style of one of his inspirations, jazz pianist John Taylor. It's up-tempo, bold, hugely enjoyable, electric piano-heavy and sits somewhere between jazz-funk and the kind of jazz-fusion fare made famous by Azymuth.
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 in stock $11.84
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KEARL
KEARL (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: MEL 005. Rel: 14 Apr 20
  1. New Visions
  2. Propel Ahead
  3. Take Fight
Review: Earl Jeffers has been doing some sterling work over the last few years, pushing a soul-enriched house sound from his own drops to collaborations with the likes of Byron The Aquarius and Henry Wu. He's back on his own label Melange, this time alongside the mighty K15, and as you can expect it's a record bursting with musicality, spirituality and boundless broken beat delights. From effervescent lead track "New Visions" to the sultry downtempo lull of "Propel Ahead" and on to the club-ready bump of "Take Flight", this is an EP that places both artists at the forefront of contemporary funk-laced, soulful house music.


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Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
Cat: AOTNLP 010. Rel: 01 Jul 20
  1. Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand (6:12)
  2. Lullaby (4:49)
  3. The Solar Winds (& Cadenza) (4:15)
  4. A Long Way Home (2:42)
  5. End Song (4:37)
  6. All Washed Up (11:45)
  7. How The Nights Can Fly (7:55)
  8. End Song (reprise) (1:56)
Review: This release marks something of a departure for Athens of the North, a label predominantly known for reissuing ludicrously rare funk and soul sevens. For starters, it's a brand new album, written, performed and produced by jazzman Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire, who's best known for being a member of The Bees. Then there's what it sounds like. While there are nods to the organic, immaculately produced soul of Rotary Connection, for the most part Galaxies Like Grains of Sand is a luscious fusion of hazy, Cinematic Orchestra style jazz, folksy downtempo compositions, and the blissful, head-in-the-clouds bliss of new age influenced ambient. Surprising or not, it's an utterly beguiling album
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We're New Again: A Reimagining By Makaya McCraven
  1. Special Tribute (Broken Home) (part 1) (0:40)
  2. I'm New Here (4:10)
  3. Running (2:08)
  4. Blessed Parents (1:06)
  5. New York Is Killing Me (5:16)
  6. The Patch (Broken Home) (part 2) (1:13)
  7. People Of The Light (2:53)
  8. Being Blessed (0:16)
  9. Where Did The Night Go (2:35)
  10. Lily Scott (Broken Home) (part 3) (1:02)
  11. I'll Take Care Of You (3:25)
  12. I've Been Me (0:38)
  13. This Can't Be Real (1:26)
  14. Piano Player (0:35)
  15. The Crutch (2:32)
  16. Guided (Broken Home) (part 4) (1:57)
  17. Certain Bad Things (0:14)
  18. Me & The Devil (4:52)
Review: February 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album "I'm New Here", a set that was later brilliantly reworked by Jamie XX in 2011 ("We're New Here"). To celebrate the album's tenth birthday, XL Recordings has decided to offer up "We're New Again", a fresh "reinterpretation" of the Richard Russell produced set by contemporary jazz hero and beat-maker Maya McCraven. His vision is loose, languid, deep and jazzy, with languid jazz drumming, tight hip-hop beats, soft-touch instrumentation, liquid jazz solos and funk-fuelled basslines combining beneath Scott-Heron's gravelly spoken word vocals. It's an inspired re-invention all told and one fully in keeping with the essence of Scott-Heron's own work. In other words, it's a must-have.
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The Dreaming Jewels
The Dreaming Jewels (LP repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: AOTNLP 033. Rel: 22 Jun 20
  1. Sapphire Dreams (5:15)
  2. Eric's Breakdown (3:05)
  3. The Door Into Summer (4:56)
  4. Not That It Makes Any Difference (5:14)
  5. Lake Kussharo (4:11)
  6. Kushiro River (3:02)
  7. This Is Not Necessarily My Answer, But... (5:39)
  8. The Dreaming Jewels (6:08)
Review: After spending so much of their career to date releasing on Jazzman, it's interesting to see The Greg Foat Group make their way over to Athens Of The North for this cool and deadly new record. "The Dreaming Jewels" keeps the grooves simmering low down - all the sweeter to sink into. Just lock in on "Eric's Breakdown" and ask yourself if the track needs any more than that sweet conga flex. "The Door Into Summer" is a beautifully mellow jam too, all sultry Rhodes and sax to signal the start of lazy days. There are more tender moments and some breezier affairs, but the vibe remains chilled throughout this wonderful set from an accomplished band.
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Smile Now Cry Later
Cat: BCR 070. Rel: 22 May 20
  1. The Shacks - "Smile Now, Cry Later" (3:00)
  2. Brainstory - "Runaway" (3:00)
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Information Travels Through EP
Cat: AOM 001. Rel: 24 Jun 20
  1. Music That Excites Me (4:00)
  2. 6 Minutes (6:25)
  3. Alive In The Future (1:39)
  4. Moral Of My Story (8:17)
  5. Patient For Now (2:20)
Review: It's early days for Meftah, who you may have spotted remixing Amp Fiddler on Mahogani Music alongside Jahn Cloud, but this low key 12" highlights him as a serious talent to keep tabs on in the Detroit music community. There's no hiding his musical roots and influences, as dusty keys, live bass and loose, expressive percussion intertwine in a mellow, bluesy haze. This is cut from the same cloth as Kenny Dixon Jr, Theo Parrish, Jay Daniel and scores of others, but Meftah has his own mellow mood to impart on these five addictive, seductive trips through deepest jazz-inflected house.
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Project X
Project X (LP)
Cat: BLACKLP 006. Rel: 23 Apr 20
  1. S-Kai (1:18)
  2. Grape Juice (6:42)
  3. Q To Start (3:09)
  4. The Lost Words (2:33)
  5. Psych (2:23)
  6. The Recovery (2:51)
  7. Brave Games (4:10)
  8. Song For Patrice (3:00)
Review: The 2000 Black crew is keeping tight-lipped about the details surrounding this release, describing the previously unknown Project X as, "a non-partisan group primarily operational in the late 20th century" whose "only confirmed action was creating and compiling previously unreleased music to highlight various events of the time". So far, so mysterious. Whatever the identity of those behind the project, the album is well worth a listen. Its shadowy creators flit between high-octane dancefloor jazz ("S-Kai", "Q To Start"), organic downtempo grooves (the sun-kissed "Grape Juice" and samba-soaked warmth of "The Lost Words"), synth-sporting takes on the heady Rotary Comnection sound ("Psych") and giddy jazz-funk ("The Recovery"). The real stand out though is "Brave Games", which sounds like a thrill-a-minute fusion of Batacuda, jazz-funk and dancefloor jazz.
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Shamal Wind
Cat: LMNK 60LP. Rel: 24 May 18
  1. Shamal Wind (8:41)
  2. Snake Eyes (6:30)
  3. Soho Strut (4:14)
  4. The Mirage (feat Matthew Halsall) (8:26)
  5. Barrio 71 (6:24)
  6. Rebel No 23 (6:08)
Review: Chip Wickham, who usually goes by the first name of Roger, returns to Madrid's excellent Lovemonk label with a mini LP to inaugurare the start of summer, which means a start to some pretty killer shades of balearica! In fairness, however, this album and the man's sound are much more in line with the jazzy end of the spectrum, breaking beats and forming new, forward-thinking arrangements. For instance, the opening "Shamal Wind" is a wonderful excursion into dreamier realms of the flute, while "Snake Eyes" picks up the tempo and makes way for an album thy can be plaid on your headphones, out on the car speakers, and most certainly in the dance! A wonderfully composed piece of music from a rising talent of true broken beat.
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We Do It
We Do It (7")
Cat: FIAR 052. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. We Do It (DJ Spinna remix) (3:49)
  2. We Do It (Jazz Spastiks remix) (3:11)
Review: A decade has passed since Slum Village jumped on a KVBeats instrumental and delivered "We Do It", a warm, sweet and bass-heavy number full of the Detroit act's usual on-point rap flows. Here the track is given a 2020 makeover courtesy of hired hands DJ Spinna and Jazz Spastiks. Spinna naturally opts for a distinctively "Golden era" vibe, laying the Motor City crew's raps over a relaxed, head-nodding beat rich in jazzy double bass samples, crunchy snares and woozy electric piano chords. The jazz Spastiks up the tempo on their flipside version, delivering a revision that's closer in tone to Slum Village's original while offering all manner of subtle differences and dancefloor-focused touches.
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The Jazzy Edition
Cat: GAMM 140. Rel: 09 Oct 19
  1. The Light Of You (Al Kent edit) (8:29)
  2. Sing A Song (Al Kent edit) (7:28)
Review: Glaswegian disco overlord Al Kent is particularly fond of dusty, hard-to-find records that combine great grooves with the kind of sugary, flowing orchestration that marks out some of the greatest late-'70s dancefloor records. It's these records that he tends to re-edit. He's at it again here on a surprise two-track GAMM outing. Check first A-side "The Light Of You", a peak-time ready Stevie cover version disco cut that adds a myriad of instrumental solos to a heavily orchestrated backing track originally recorded by latin disco soul outfit LaSo. It's rather good, all told, as is the wild flipside Latin jazz-funk workout "Sing A Song". It's pretty sweaty and even boasts some serious eyes-closed guitar solo action (along with tons of authentic South American percussion).
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This Is What You Are
Cat: SC 721. Rel: 16 May 19
  1. This Is What You Are (feat The High Five Quintet - radio edit) (4:21)
  2. This Is What You Are (The Brazilian Rime) (4:53)
Review: "This Is What You Are" is undoubtedly Mario Biondi's most celebrated work. He first sung it for original composers Was A Bee in 2004, before re-recording it for his debut album (alongside the High Five Quintet) in 2006. Since then it has been reissued or remixed on numerous occasions. Here it gets reissued on a tidy 7" single, with a punchy radio edit - a swinging, Sunday afternoon style chunk of Latin soul-jazz rich in jaunty grooves, soaring orchestration and smooth vocals - being joined by the "Brazilian Rime" rework. This tasty re-recording re-casts the song as a breezy, samba-fired slab of early 1970s style Brazilian MPB. It's an inspired interpretation and could well become the definitive version of the track.
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Choose Your Weapon
Choose Your Weapon (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile pink vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: MOVLP 1422C. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Choose Your Weapon (1:33)
  2. Shaolin Monk Motherfunk (5:50)
  3. Laputa (2:25)
  4. Creation (part 1) (0:45)
  5. Borderline With My Atoms (6:03)
  6. Breathing Underwater (5:44)
  7. Cicada (0:37)
  8. Swamp Thing (5:01)
  9. Fingerprints (4:15)
  10. Jekyll (5:33)
  11. Prince Minikid (2:48)
  12. Atari (5:24)
  13. By Fire (5:48)
  14. Creations (part 2) (1:01)
  15. The Lung (4:55)
  16. Only Time All The Time/Making Friends With Studio Owl (1:05)
  17. Molasses (4:49)
  18. Building A Ladder (5:41)
Review: The music of Melbourne quartet Hiatus Kaiyote has always been fiendishly tricky to pin down, with 2015 album "Choose Your Weapon" - here reissued on shocking pink vinyl - being the most shapeshifting of the lot. While rooted in lo-fi soul, the album's inventive, colourful and eccentric tracks often also touch on everything from future R&B, jazz, ambient and samba, to alternative rock, eight-bit computer game soundtracks, broken beat, slipped reggae and the similarly mixed-up fuzziness of Hot Chip. The fact that it all makes perfect sonic sense - or at least bristles with genuine musical thrills - is testament to the band's production, performances and genuinely off-the-wall ideas.
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Boulevard: The Complete Series
Cat: F 022DLP/F 022/137002212. Rel: 01 Nov 90
  1. Deep In It
  2. Thank U Mum 4 Everything You Did
  3. Street Scene 4 Shazz (Jazz Hop mix)
  4. Easy To Remember
  5. Sentimental Mood
  6. What's New
  7. Dub Experience 11
  8. Forget It
 in stock $19.73
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Libations & Movement EP
Cat: DR 003. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Catch My Breath (feat Wilf Petherbridge) (5:03)
  2. Malaika (feat MA. MOYO) (5:21)
  3. Head Down (feat Jaisal & Slam The Poet) (4:07)
  4. Guidance (interlude) (1:46)
  5. Lay (feat Natty Wylah) (3:17)
  6. Fwd Movement (feat Will Petherbridge) (4:08)
  7. Slipped Back (feat Izzy Risk) (5:44)
Played by: Mike O'Mara, CHEZZ
 in stock $10.26
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Bias
Bias (limited 12")
Cat: ZEN 12538. Rel: 10 Apr 20
  1. Bias (Mayfield Depot mix) (10:31)
  2. Bias (extended) (6:41)
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Push On
Push On (LP repress)
Cat: JAL 248V. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  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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It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is (140 gram cream vinyl LP + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: BF 100E. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. Lost In Space/Great Scott/22-26 (1:32)
  2. Innerstellar Love (2:30)
  3. I Love Louis Cole (feat Louis Cole) (3:26)
  4. Black Qualls (feat Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington & Childish Gambino) (3:09)
  5. Miguel's Happy Dance (2:14)
  6. How Sway (1:14)
  7. Funny Thing (1:59)
  8. Overseas (feat Zack Fox) (1:28)
  9. Dragonball Durag (3:03)
  10. How I Feel (1:05)
  11. King Of The Hill (2:48)
  12. Unrequited Love (3:15)
  13. Fair Chance (feat Ty Dolla Sign & Lil B) (3:58)
  14. Existential Dread (3:13)
  15. It Is What It Is (feat Pedro Martins) (2:22)
Review: Thundercat's last album, 2017's "Drunk", is undeniably one of the greatest full-lengths of the past few years - a dizzyingly varied and mind-altering affair that mixed and matched styles to create thrilling new fusions of past and present sounds. He's at it again on this delayed follow-up "It Is What It Is", which was co-produced by Flying Lotus and includes an impressive cast-list of guests and collaborators (think Kamasi Washington, Ty Dolla Sign, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lil B and Louis Cole for starters). Musically it's impossible to pigeonhole - think rubbery 80s funk meets spiritual jazz meets reggae meets hip-hop meets experimental beats meets... you get the idea - and that makes for inspiring listening. Whether it's quite as good as "Drunk" is debatable, but it's certainly superb.
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From Joy
From Joy (CD)
Cat: WO 18KCD. Rel: 19 May 20
  1. Damn! Im Feeln Real Close
  2. Inverse Algebraic
  3. Dervenen
  4. Able 2
  5. Wake Up & Dip
  6. Strut Garden
  7. Mysterious Lake
  8. Feel Us More
Review: Available on CD for the first time outside Japan, these eight tracks come from the Kyle Hall archives, all recorded by the young producer before the turn of the decade, and is presented as a homage to where Kyle lived at the time in his father's basement on the west side of Detroit on Joy Rd. From the outset, Hall's second album is loose, melodious, heady and synthesizer-heavy, with broken beats and wild, experimental rhythms combining effortlessly with jazz, jazz-funk, boogie, soul, Herbie Hancock and '80s electro influences. It makes for thrilling and hugely enjoyable listening and offers proof of Hall's musicianship and ability to repackage a wide range of influences.
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After The Storm
22a
Cat: 22A 033. Rel: 15 Apr 20
  1. After The Storm (5:12)
  2. G Flex (5:12)
  3. D Low (4:59)
  4. Broken Hearts Club (5:38)
Review: While jazz is never far from Tenderlonious' thoughts - he is a proficient flautist and the man behind the superb Ruby Rushton combo - he has plenty of other musical strings to his bow, as last year's rather fine "Hard Rain" album proved. "After The Storm", his latest EP, treads a similar sonic path, tiptoeing between ultra-dreamy, sunrise-ready deep house (the fluttering flute solos and Larry Heard grooves of the superb title track), Kaidi Tatham style jazz-funk fusion ("G Flex"), broken deep house smoothness with added Herbie Hancock synths ("D Low"), and crunchy 21st century jazz-funk ("Broken Hearts Club"). In other words, it's business as usual for one of Britain's best.
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Saturdays
Saturdays (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: F HR 003. Rel: 13 Dec 19
  1. Pickster & Melo - "Saturdays" (110 edit) (3:48)
  2. Altered Tapes - "It's Like Butter" (3:43)
Review: Although they've been dropping gems digitally for the best part of five years, the Heat Rock Records crew only recently upgraded to vinyl. This is the cheeky rework collective's third "45" and the good news is that it's every bit as heavy and club-ready as its predecessors. Pickster and DJ Melo handle side A with "Saturdays (110 Edit)", a head-nodding, mid-tempo roller that layers snippets from classic Mighty Ryeders and De La Soul cuts over a chunky, disco style 4/4 beat. Label mainstays Altered Tapes take over on the flip and serve up the chunky hip-hop/soul/jazz fusion warmth of "It's Like Butter". It's not quite as instantly arresting as the A-side, but it's every bit as good.
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Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol 2
  1. Love Bite (5:41)
  2. Weekend Love Chant (5:48)
  3. Deeper Than Love (5:37)
  4. Lovers Carnival (6:50)
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DJ Kicks
MR SCRUFF/VARIOUS
DJ Kicks (gatefold 2xLP + insert + sticker)
K7
Cat: K7 387LP. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. Andreya Triana - "Gold" (Max Graef remix) (3:34)
  2. Sudan Archives - "Wake Up" (2:29)
  3. Tiger - "When" (12" mix) (5:47)
  4. Ding Dong - "Badman Forward Badman Pull Up" (3:18)
  5. Mr Scruff Vs CyberPunkJazz - "3001: A Space Disco Remix" (7:02)
  6. Max Graef - "No 5" (5:37)
  7. Andy Ash - "Ease Yourself" (5:16)
  8. Zongamin - "Nonstop" (4:01)
  9. GMM/Alexander Robotnick - "A Love Supreme" (extended) (4:42)
  10. Drymbago - "Chupacabra" (4:24)
  11. Paddy Steer - "Loufoque" (2:43)
  12. Emilio Santiago - "Bananeira" (2:52)
  13. Rosa Maria - "Samba Maneiro" (2:54)
Review: Although he's one of the most revered DJs in the UK with a wide following of like-minded eclectic music heads, Mr Scruff very rarely releases mix albums or compilations. It's for this reason that his edition of the "DJ Kicks" series is such a big deal. That mix itself - available on CD and digital download - is naturally superb, but his selections, which are showcased here in unmixed, DJ-friendly form, are also top-notch. Starting with the drowsy hip-hop soul of Max Graef's jazzy rework of Andreya Triana's "Gold", the Manchester veteran offers up a hot-to-trot mixture of downtempo soul (Sudan Archives), off-kilter Afro-tech (Tiger), ragga (Ding Dong), Floating Points style house (his own hook-up with CyberPunkJazz), drum workouts (Andy Ash), synth-powered proto-house (Alexander Robotnik), Latin beats and much more besides. Ace.
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What Kinda Music
Cat: 281212 4273. Rel: 24 Apr 20
  1. What Kinda Music
  2. Festival
  3. Nightrider (feat Freddie Gibbs)
  4. Tidal Wave
  5. Sensational
  6. The Real
  7. Lift Off (feat Rocco Palladino)
  8. I Did It For You
  9. Last 100
  10. Kyiv
  11. Julie Mangos
  12. Storm Before The Calm (feat Kaidi Akinnibi)
Review: As fast-rising underground stars in their own right, you'd expect any collaborative album from soul-fired South London singer/songwriter/beat-maker Tom Misch and prolific jazz drummer Yussef Dayes (best known for his now long-running collaboration with Kamaal Williams) to be rather good. "What Kinda Music" is, with the pair mixing and mangling elements of soul, jazz-funk, electronica and jazz, a set that defies easy categorisation. Both musicians exceed themselves throughout, with tipsy electronics, sweeping strings, bass, effects-laden guitars, woozy synth lines and Misch's heartfelt, soul-flecked vocals offering a perfect foil for Dayes' loose-limbed, headline-grabbing drumming.
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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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