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Kraksa (12" + insert)
22a
Cat: 22A 024. Rel: 19 Nov 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Kraksa (13:11)
  2. Svantetic (10:45)
Review: Those who pay attention to these things know that Poland's EABS (short for Electro Acoustic Beat Sessions) are one of the hottest jazz combos in the world right now - an accolade earned not only via their incredible playing, but also their willingness to fuse elements of classic Polish and American jazz with hip-hop, soul and funk influences. Here, the fast-rising septet joins forces with 22a regular Tenderlonious (who provides flute and soprano sax solos) for two epic workouts. A-side "Kraksa" is something of an epic; an ever-changing 13-minute jazz journey that brilliantly switches from floor-rocking goodness to horizontal bliss midway through. "Svantetic", meanwhile, wraps fuzzy rock guitars and hammered-out piano riffs around a sweaty groove that just grows in intensity throughout.
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 in stock $13.95
Meroe EP (7")
22a
Cat: 22A 016. Rel: 16 Aug 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Cerasee Doctor (3:05)
  2. Margoze (2:48)
  3. Goya (0:32)
  4. Meroe (3:40)
Review: Sample-loving downtempo fusionist Mo Kolours has yet to make a duff record, so hopes are naturally high for this dinked 7" single on 22a. Predictably, he's in fine form throughout, sauntering between seriously dubbed-out, tropical-tinged hip-hop beats (the ultra-baked heaviness of "Cerasee Doctor"), heavyweight Mauritian drum jams ("Margoze") and hard-to-define Indian Ocean funk (the fretless bass, weird noises and handclaps of quick-fix "Goya". He leaves the best till last, with the skewed hip-hop funk of "Menroe" - all wonky synth-bass, crunchy beats, sampled chants, tropical hand percussion and dubbed-out electronic stabs - hitting home hardest; he's still not made a bad record.
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 in stock $10.73
22a
Cat: 22A 013. Rel: 26 Apr 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Dancing & Drinking Tap Water (4:26)
  2. Modern Man (3:14)
  3. Tina's Mood (2:35)
  4. Soul Conspiracy (4:04)
  5. Thanos Interlude (2:15)
  6. We Are Good (feat Wayne Snow) (5:00)
Review: Following hot on the heels of label boss Tenderlonious's mini album, London's 22a introduces us to a new extended family member, Neue Grafik. Located in Paris, Neue Grafik represents a generation of artists at the forefront of electronic music. Routing his influences in a heavy 70s feel, his latest EP 'Soul Conspiracy' invites the listener to explore a fusion of live and programmed electronic music. Grafik makes good use of live instrumentation on this EP, featuring plenty of Fender Rhodes and lead synth, as well as a sprinkling of live drums and a strong guest vocal from the soulful likes of Wayne Snow. Tunes like 'Modern Man' and 'Thanos Interlude' adopt an inspired broken beat approach, reminiscent of early Bugz productions, whilst the title track 'Soul Conspiracy' has a distinct 22a quality, fusing classic house beats with a lo-fi boogie feel.
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22a
Cat: 22A 006. Rel: 08 Jul 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. An Introduction (1:07)
  2. Room With A View (7:30)
  3. Trudi Mary (4:55)
  4. Where Are You Now? (part 1) (1:24)
  5. Spritely Does It! (3:19)
  6. Two For Joy (4:17)
  7. Aidan's Song (2:45)
  8. For Her (0:40)
  9. Where Are You Now? (part 2) (2:36)
  10. Room With A View (7:15)
 in stock $15.84
FORTHCOMING
Trudi's Songbook Volume One & Two
22a
Cat: 22A 025LP. Rel: 08 Feb 19
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Moonlight Woman
  2. Elephant & Castle
  3. Trudi’s Mood
  4. Prayer For Yusef
  5. Where Are You Now?
  6. The Camel’s Back
  7. Tisbury Truckin
  8. Song For Christopher
  9. Trudi’s Mood (part 2)
  10. Charlotte Emma Victoria
  11. Together At Last
  12. Butterfly
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The Shakedown (gatefold 2xLP)
22a
Cat: 22A 022LP. Rel: 13 Jun 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Expansions (6:53)
  2. Yussef's Groove (5:49)
  3. Togo (7:04)
  4. SV Interlude (2:50)
  5. The Shakedown (6:11)
  6. Maria (4:35)
  7. You Decide (6:09)
  8. SV Disco (4:44)
  9. Red Sky At Night (9:21)
Review: The Shakedown is the debut album from Tenderlonious and it features a dream team of top talent he named the 22archestra, who he leads in explosive fashion throughout. Bear witness to the full breadth of 'Tender's technical and compositional skills, spanning masterful executions in jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin and freeform jazz. The 22archestra was conceived after he was invited to record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The whole crew was rounded up and the album was recorded during a single eight hour session - a testament to their musicianship and ability to nail a take, which has been equally honed on stage during their intense live performances.
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22a
Cat: 22 A 022CD. Rel: 14 Jun 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Expansions
  2. Yussef's Groove
  3. Togo
  4. SV (interlude)
  5. The Shakedown
  6. Maria
  7. You Decide
  8. SV Disco
  9. Red Sky At Night
 in stock $10.73
22a
Cat: 22A 017. Rel: 16 Aug 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Be Ur Friend (6:28)
  2. Bootsy (1:18)
  3. Funky Booda (3:30)
  4. Smoke (part IV) (1:39)
  5. Brick City (4pm) (2:08)
  6. Butterfly (5:16)
  7. Pepe's Walk (2:43)
  8. Ferndale Gateaux (1:17)
  9. Untitled (1:56)
  10. Brick City (4am) (3:01)
Review: Tenderlonious and Dennis Ayler first joined forces in the studio last year, with the first fruits of their combined labours (a fine cut called "Put it On") appearing on Ayler's first 7" single for 22a. They clearly enjoyed working together, because they've now laid down an entire album of collaborative efforts. Heavily rooted in jazz, broken beat and vintage Herbie Hancock material, the album's genius lies in its energetic fluidity, thrilling percussive looseness and the duo's refreshing "anything goes" approach. Listing all of the sounds and styles represented would take forever, but suffice to say it's one of the most vibrant, colourful and hard-to-pigeonhole sets we've heard for a while.
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 in stock $16.09
FORTHCOMING
Awakening
Awakening (LP)
22a
Cat: 22A 023. Rel: 25 Jan 19
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
coming soon $15.84
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