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Four Weeks: Broken Beat/Nu Jazz

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Too Much (gatefold 2xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BLACKLP 005. Rel: 12 Sep 19
  1. A Strong Move For Truth (feat Nadine Charles) (3:19)
  2. Good Morning (feat Samii) (2:40)
  3. Remini Dream (feat Ivana Santilli) (3:46)
  4. I Don't Wanna Know (feat Obenewa) (3:21)
  5. Unknown Faults (3:59)
  6. Life Can Be Unreal (feat Sarina Leah) (3:26)
  7. Too Much (feat Sharlene Hector) (1:58)
  8. You Are Virgo (5:05)
  9. Come Of Age (3:28)
  10. Just Leave It (feat Lady Alma) (4:52)
  11. Ogawa Okasan Said Just Play (4:45)
  12. A Where Pringle Deh? (2:14)
  13. My Standards Are (Not) Too High (8:40)
Review: In our eyes, 2000 Black lynchpin Dego can do no wrong. You'll therefore be unsurprised to hear that we're huge fans of the 4Hero founder member's latest solo album, a belated follow-up to 2015's "The More Things Stay The Same". It is, of course, superbly soulful, slicky produced and wonderfully paced, moving from the heady soul sweetness of "A Strong Move For Truth", to the deep jazz-funk/broken beat vibes of "My Standards Are (Not) Too High" via 12 other warm and seductive cuts of an equally high standard. Highlights include the summery bruk-soul bliss of "Remini Dream", the toasty boogie revivalism of "Unknown Faults" and the Clavinet-sporting brilliance of Lady Alma hook-up "Just Leave It".
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Vanrock (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: FTNLP 006. Rel: 29 Aug 19
  1. Safu (7:57)
  2. Vanrock (5:45)
  3. Satan Speaks! (6:35)
  4. Luke The Ox (9:17)
  5. Tamera (4:52)
  6. Revelation Six (7:51)
Review: Is there a more genuinely eclectic producer than Kalbata operating right now? We certainly can't think of one. Over the last decade and a half he's turned his hand to everything from dub, techno, dubstep and electro to Balearic beats, downtempo grooves and inspired musical fusions that simply cannot be categorized. His latest excursion - made in cahoots with five-piece Israeli band Tigris -falls into the latter category, offering up a brilliant blend of African and Caribbean rhythms, Turkish psych-funk organ solos, off-kilter electronics, wavy ambient chords and glistening guitars. It's hard to accurately describe but brilliantly produced and hugely entertaining. Don't sleep on this one!
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Cat: OTCRLP 006. Rel: 30 Aug 19
  1. Dangerous Women (1:12)
  2. Why White Folks Can't Call Me Nigga (5:02)
  3. Bastard (3:43)
  4. The Collection (3:17)
  5. Corny Ass Poem (2:12)
  6. Madea (2:08)
  7. Peackocks & Other Savage Beasts (3:26)
  8. Again (3:46)
  9. I Dream So Loud (feat Daniel B Summerhill) (4:53)
Review: You won't hear many albums as direct, hard hitting and confrontational as this: musing on the black experience, culture, identity, love and trauma, it is a spoken word and poetic masterclass from California born Tenesha The Wordsmith with production from Khalab. Jazz, electronic dance, afro rhythms, hip hop and broken beat all make up the grooves and beautifully frame the album's thundering truths and uncomfortable realities. At times intimate and personal, at others chest beating and empowering, it is an album that makes a lasting impact. "I hope your compassion for others grows," says Tenesha of listening to it, and surely it will.
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Turn To Clear View (limited gatefold heavyweight clear vinyl LP)
Cat: BWOOD 207LPC. Rel: 20 Sep 19
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Ashber) (4:13)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow) (5:05)
  3. Gnawa Sweet (6:03)
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked) (4:17)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Comin From (5:41)
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst) (6:49)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia) (5:12)
  8. Self: Love (feat Obongjayar) (6:23)
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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Chaos Theories (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 208LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
  1. Charlie Foxtrot (4:10)
  2. Police The Police (3:49)
  3. House Of Cards (5:12)
  4. Boat Rockers (4:49)
  5. Sky High (4:21)
  6. War Games (4:07)
  7. General Strike (4:26)
  8. Slumlord (5:31)
  9. Well Runs Dry (8:26)
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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Little Ghost (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: TRULP 383. Rel: 02 Sep 19
  1. Wise Women (3:47)
  2. Too Much To Ask (3:47)
  3. The Other Side (6:09)
  4. Sweet Love (4:13)
  5. Strength (4:50)
  6. Everything I Need (3:10)
  7. Money (4:38)
  8. Nova (1:02)
  9. Get To Know It (3:46)
  10. What You're Doing (4:39)
  11. Come Over (3:27)
  12. Onto Me (4:39)
  13. Whistling (2:47)
  14. Still Wonder (3:46)
Review: Moonchild are one of the many jewels in the Tru Thoughts fam. Their mellifluous sound melts jazz chords, angelic neo-soul vocals and broken beats to cathartic effect, and "Little Ghost" marks the LA-based band's third album on the label, fourth overall. There are no great deviations from their signature formula here, but that's not a problem: there will always be space in anyone's collection for the golden late night grooves of "Too Much To Ask," twinkling keys of "Sweet Love" and romantic Sunday morning sounds of the enchanting "Strength," amongst many other highlights.
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Dotsero (7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: FNR 121. Rel: 09 Sep 19
  1. Dotsero (4:13)
  2. Starspots (2:12)
Review: Funk Night Records were quick to snap up some newly recorded material from Philly psych band Grimace Federation as soon as they heard it, and for good reason. These tracks were recorded during a weekend in a session with producer John McEntire and manage to sound raw and distorted yet seductive. "Dotsero" echoes the magic of Adrian Younge with its big horns and stirring soul, while "Starspots" is a more expansive track, with nebulous chords, busy drum playing and plenty of jazz elements making it a real cosmic voyage.
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Think Twice (hand-stamped 12" limited to 300 copies)
22a
Cat: 22A 030. Rel: 17 Sep 19
  1. Think Twice (6:22)
  2. Uncle Larry (6:42)
  3. BIG Leffe (7:26)
  4. Tru Blu (feat Dennis Ayler) (4:41)
Review: Hot on the heels of the release of his fine fourth album, "Hard Rain", Edward "Tenderlonious" Cawthorne delivers his first solo EP on 22a in three years. Opener "Think Twice", a deliciously deep, hypnotic and atmospheric fusion of locked-in house grooves and spacey instrumentation, delivers a jaw-dropping start, before Cawthorne moves towards sunny, jazz-funk influenced deep house territory on the luscious "Uncle Larry". His love of lilting space funk synth solos comes to the fore on late night MPC house treat "BIG Leffe", while Dennis Ayler swings by to add his deft musical touch to "Tru Blue", a jazzy broken house number in which Cawthorne once again proves his ability as a flautist.
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Played by: Fede Lng
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Montpelier/Rumex (100 gram vinyl 10")
Cat: TIO S3. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Montpelier (5:47)
  2. Rumex (6:19)
Review: Fresh from delving into his ambient side on the pastorally-enhanced "Loom Dream" album for Whities, Leif revives his self-manned Tio Series with another double-shot of delicate but impactful cuts outside the conventional slipstream of modern techno. The rhythms fall crooked, the synths trickle, bubble and cascade around the groove and the atmosphere remains humid and heady, especially on ear-snagging B-side "Rumex". "Montpelier" sports more explicit dubby flourishes and a spread of sonic flora and fauna in the middle distance that truly brings the track to life.
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Devotion (12")
Cat: EGLO 066. Rel: 05 Sep 19
  1. K15 (Devotion) (7:27)
  2. Patrick Gibin (Cloud Nine) (6:11)
Review: Eglo Records' 10th birthday celebrations are in full swing. They've already notched up a riotous birthday party that got rave reviews, and later in the year will release a brand new compilation of previously unheard treats. It's this collection that's being trailed here via Kieran "K15" Ifill's "Devotion", a dancefloor-focused chunk of soul-flecked broken beat that Ego co-founder Alexander Nut recently described as "music for the mind, body and soul". Over on the flip there's a vinyl-only exclusive in the shape of Ifill's remix of Patrick Gibin and Javonntte's recent jazz-funk fired soulful house workout "Cloud 9". Ifill opts for a heavy bruk-up flavour, wrapping soulful musical elements from the original around punchy, loose-limbed beats and speaker-bothering low-end pressure.
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Played by: Jake Stellarwell
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Cat: PEPITE 06. Rel: 09 Sep 19
  1. Monsieur Business (3:04)
  2. Monsieur Business (Aroop Roy rework) (4:17)
Review: In 1976, French band Edition Speciale released their debut album, "Allee Des Tilleuls". While much of the album saw them explore progressive rock and jazz-rock territory, it did contain one suitably groovy and life-affirming trip into jazz-funk territory, surprise LP standout "Mr Business". Here that cut gets a single release for the very first time courtesy of the dusty-fingered diggers at Pepite. You'll find the little-known band's languid, Clavinet and synthesizer-heavy original version on side A, with Aroop Roy's tidy contemporary rework on the B. Aroop sticks a rocket up the track's bottom end, underpinning the original song with peak-time-ready drums while wisely emphasizing his own killer bassline and catchy vocals.
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Clavinet Discourse (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: UZURI 029. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Clavinet Discourse (5:09)
  2. Talking Song (6:33)
  3. Talking Song (dub version) (6:34)
  4. Thousands Of Chimes Together (5:45)
Review: Luca Murgia is Two Thou - an alias which has seen him land intriguing releases on Burek, Fields & Forests and his own Gifted Culture label. Now he's been snapped up by Uzuri with some star-gazing cuts that straddle broken beat, deep house and something more altogether cosmic. "Clavinet Discourse" is the consummate lead track, a true showstopper with astral synth flex and a sharp, snappy beat. "Talking Song" has a more pronounced deep house bump and leads that wouldn't sound out of place on Strictly Jaz Unit - the dub version does away with the leads if you want something subtler. "Thousands Of Chimes Together" completes the set with a spiritual throwdown to invigorate any open-minded dancefloor.
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 in stock $8.83
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