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Balance
Balance (2xLP + insert)
Cat: FW 230. Rel: 03 Jun 21
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Sunrise (1:01)
No Love Song (3:59)
I Know (3:24)
Be Someone (3:57)
I Need You
Nice & Sweet
Balance (feat Akemi Fox & Georgie Sweet) (2:35)
Cali Dreams (4:07)
42Long (3:12)
The Most Humblest Of All Time, Ever (4:17)
What I'm Seeing (3:29)
Love Again (5:28)
Sunset (3:00)
Review: Children of Zeus' sophomore LP Balance takes the blueprint of their debut and evolves it into a deeper and more refined sound. The British duo of Konny Kon and Tyler Daley hail from Manchester and incorporate soul music with hip hop, neo-soul, gospel and R&B with help from Grammy award winning producer Beat Butcha, with rising UK soul talents Akemi Fox and Georgie Sweet contributing guest vocals. The definitive sound of UK street soul in 2021.
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 in stock $23.47
Travel Light/The Story So Far EP
Cat: FW 176CD. Rel: 12 Jul 18
 
Hip Hop/R&B
The Story So Far... (2:00)
All On You (feat [KSR] & DRS) (2:00)
360 Degrees (2:00)
Slow Down (2:00)
Hoodman2manhood (2:00)
Kintsugi (2:00)
The Heart Beat (2:00)
Fear Of A Flat Planet (feat Layfullstop) (2:00)
Hard Work (2:00)
Sling Shot Riddim (feat Terri Walker) (2:00)
Respect Mine (2:00)
Daddy's Car (2:00)
Vibrations (Divine Signature) (2:00)
Still Standing (1:00)
Smoke With Me (1:00)
Crown (1:00)
Don't Say A Word (1:00)
I Can't Wait (1:00)
No Strings Attached (1:00)
No Sunshine Tomorrow (1:00)
Push On (1:00)
Elevate (1:00)
Happiness (1:00)
Rock You Internally (1:00)
I Want You (1:00)
 in stock $12.13
The Story So Far
Cat: FW 165. Rel: 17 Sep 18
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Smoke With Me (3:08)
Push On (3:23)
Still Standing (3:54)
Crown (4:54)
No Sunshine Tomorrow (3:12)
Tonight (3:40)
 in stock $10.03
Beyond The Midnight Sun
Cat: FW 283. Rel: 23 Nov 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Walk With Us (3:34)
Just Be (Free) (feat Deborah Jordan) (3:10)
The First Chant (4:30)
Beyond The Midnight Sun (3:15)
Peace Of Mind (feat Deborah Jordan) (4:24)
Crying Tiger (4:19)
Third Bass (4:06)
Review: First Word Records present a new album from Don Leisure with Amanda Whiting. Beyond The Midnight Sun expands upon ground first explored on Don Leisure's track 'All Praises Due', which also featured harpist Amanda (with Angel Bat Dawid), and featured on his previous album 'Shaboo Strikes Back'. This is a full-length project on which these two formidable Welsh artists have collaborated together. "The project is a journey down the road that was revealed to me on 'All Praises Due' on 'Shaboo Strikes Back'. I wanted to move in a different direction from the beat tape format on my previous releases while still maintaining the core Don Leisure sound, fused with live instrumentation and vocals etc". A seven-track affair comprised of delectable spiritual jazz fused with hip hop beats, psychedelic electronics and a touch of soul.

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 in stock $15.56
FORTHCOMING
The Essance
Cat: FW 291LP. Rel: 08 Mar 24
 
Hip Hop/R&B
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Peace & Harmony
Cat: FW 246. Rel: 10 Feb 22
 
Hip Hop/R&B
I Wonder (3:12)
Lilly/Apart (0:51)
Born In 98 (2:30)
CGWY (feat Children Of Zeus) (3:05)
Harmless (3:17)
Given/Summer (feat Ayeisha Raquel) (4:01)
 in stock $8.13
Midnight Crisp
Midnight Crisp (12" + insert)
Cat: FW 260. Rel: 08 Dec 22
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Midnight Crisp (5:28)
Time Coil (6:29)
It's Okay (6:14)
Dead End Dance (4:20)
Old Picture (5:17)
Choy Soda (4:46)
Review: Wonky meets jazz in this impressive new jazz mini-LP from Japan. Takuya Kuroda is a highly respected trumpeter and arranger born in Kobe, Japan and based in New York City. 'Midnight Crisp' is Takuya's seventh studio album, entirely self-produced and following 2020's highly acclaimed 'Fly Moon Die Soon'. Learning jazz in a higher education environment, he's reapplied his skills to a new solo outing here, blending with his one true loves, afrobeat and hip-hop. The ensuing album is one of myriad midnight moods, tempered by many a virtuosic and mournful piano, digitally-edited drum brush, and trilling trumpet from the mouth of Kuroda himself.
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When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees
Cat: FW 175. Rel: 21 Jun 18
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
90 Degrees (4:08)
Something My Heart Trusts (4:41)
Burn & Rise (2:40)
Heaven (4:59)
Body Needs Healing (4:59)
Review: After her magnetic debut EP for Running Circle in 2017, Nottingham's Yazmin Lacey lands on our charts with her follow-up 12", a piece of work that sounds deeply accomplished and expansive for being her second EP to date. Largely roaming within the jazzo-sphere, When The Sun Dips 90 Degress is a beautifully seductive five-tracker, with the artist's voice reigning supreme over the cascading showers of piano keys and subtle electronics, somehow tapping into the Alice Coltrane sort of vibe. There's no harp here, but plenty of soulful charisma. Fear not thy devout jazz fanatic - this can get real deep and real smooth. It's a broken beat fan's dream some true. More from Lacey is, indeed, expected in the remainder of the year. Marvellous stuff.
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These Times
Cat: FW 261. Rel: 23 Feb 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
These Times (feat Allysha Joy) (5:34)
Stand (feat Mike City) (6:36)
Hope (feat Allysha Joy & NSM Fusion Starship) (6:10)
HEAT (feat Natalie May) (5:35)
Bless (feat Mike City) (6:12)
Review: For those with intimate knowledge of the original West London broken beat scene of the late '90s and early 2000s, the return of IG Culture's New Sector Movements project is big news. Remarkably, 'These Times' contains the first new 'NSM' material in 15 years and sees IG Culture joined by a swathe of guest vocalists and musicians including Allysha Joy, Mike City, Natalie May, Wonky Logic and Alex Phountzi. Musically, it's as on-point as you'd expect, with IG Culture and his merry band confidently striding between rolling, horn-sporting future R&B ('These Times'), jazz-funk-flavoured breakbeat soul (the incredible 'Stand'), head-nodding, Latin-tinged 21st century street soul ('Hope'), Kaidi and Dego style business ('H.E.A.T') and hard-wired, sub-heavy, peak-time ready broken beat (the infectious 'Bless').
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These Times (B-STOCK)
Cat: FW 261 (B-STOCK). Rel: 01 Jan 90
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
These Times (feat Allysha Joy)
Stand (feat Mike City)
Hope (feat Allysha Joy & NSM Fusion Starship)
HEAT (feat Natalie May)
Bless (feat Mike City)
Review: ***B-STOCK: Record ever so slightly warped, otherwise in excellent condition***


For those with intimate knowledge of the original West London broken beat scene of the late '90s and early 2000s, the return of IG Culture's New Sector Movements project is big news. Remarkably, 'These Times' contains the first new 'NSM' material in 15 years and sees IG Culture joined by a swathe of guest vocalists and musicians including Allysha Joy, Mike City, Natalie May, Wonky Logic and Alex Phountzi. Musically, it's as on-point as you'd expect, with IG Culture and his merry band confidently striding between rolling, horn-sporting future R&B ('These Times'), jazz-funk-flavoured breakbeat soul (the incredible 'Stand'), head-nodding, Latin-tinged 21st century street soul ('Hope'), Kaidi and Dego style business ('H.E.A.T') and hard-wired, sub-heavy, peak-time ready broken beat (the infectious 'Bless').
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Beautiful
Beautiful (gatefold 2xLP + insert)
Cat: FW 284. Rel: 12 Oct 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Douce (3:59)
Cultural (5:04)
A Onda (3:32)
Mamae Nao Quer (feat Joao Selva) (2:57)
Out Of Touch (feat Kit Sebastian) (4:39)
Breath It (interlude) (1:00)
Koul Dan Mon Do (feat Kaloune & Papatef) (4:24)
Wiggle (5:02)
Rapsodie (4:54)
Feliz (4:23)
Lightweight (feat Jenny Penkin) (2:59)
Grosse Ambiance (interlude) (0:39)
La Fete (5:24)
Diva (1:46)
Beautiful (outro) (0:46)
Review: DJ Soulist and Fulgeance aka Souleance are a formidable French pair who serve up their impressive new album here on First Word Records in collaboration with Heavenly Sweetness. Beautiful is an apt title, too, because that describes their particular take on disco sounds with plenty of lush synth lines and sophisticated melodies all accompanied by a range of influences from jazz to Afro to funk. Some killer basslines define the likes of 'A Onda' and guests heighten grooves like the summery and laidback 'Out Of Touch' (feat Kit Sebastian) and shimmering broken beats of 'Lightweight' (feat Jenny Penkin).
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Beautiful
Cat: FW 284CD. Rel: 26 Oct 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Douce
Cultural
A Onda
Mamae Nao Quer (feat Selva)
Out Of Touch (feat Kit Sebastian)
Breath It (interlude)
Koul Dan Mon Do (feat Kaloune & Paptef - interlude)
Wiggle
Rapsodie
Feliz
Lightweight (feat Jenny Penkin)
Grosse Ambiance (interlude)
La Fete
Diva
Beautiful (outro)
 in stock $12.65
In Search Of Hope (reissue)
Cat: FW 208LP. Rel: 09 Nov 21
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
In Search Of Hope (part 1) (0:58)
Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid) (5:03)
Do What You Gotta Do (2:53)
Could I Ever Know? (4:31)
He Laughs She Cries (3:54)
So Amazed (3:51)
I'm High (3:19)
Simiya (4:35)
On A Vibe (4:33)
These Things Will Pass (4:03)
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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Serious Times
Cat: FW 196. Rel: 18 Jul 19
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Cost Of Living (2:58)
Don't Cry Now (4:36)
Sugar (4:29)
Zallom (3:10)
Review: After offering up EPs titled "Hard Times" and "Changing Times" in 2017, Kaidi Tatham returns to First Word to complete the trilogy with "Serious Times". Of course, the music contained within the EP's tightly packed grooves is as joyous, rich as intricate as ever. Check, for example, "Don't Cry Now", a samba-soaked, sun-kissed affair that wraps harmonic freestyle vocals, twinkling electric piano lines and darting jazz-funk bass around a seriously shuffling groove. Tatham's much-discussed jazz-funk influences are once again given an airing on "Sugar", while his fine piano work takes pride of place on instrumental hip-hop head-nodder "Zallom". Best of all, though, is opener "Cost of Living", which emphatically weaves together all of these strands and more besides.
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 in stock $8.43
It's A World Before You
Cat: FW 174. Rel: 30 Nov 22
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Joyous (4:52)
Your Dreams Don't Mean A Thing (5:03)
Sweet Kinch (0:51)
Cold (5:01)
Out Here On My Own (feat Children Of Zeus) (4:13)
Bien (2:30)
2Tone (6:04)
It's About Who You Know (5:14)
Outta Audah (2:22)
Soon Come (1:00)
It's A World Before You (feat Dego) (4:59)
Cupid (feat Uhmeer) (4:24)
Unique (0:59)
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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An Insight To All Minds
Cat: FW 228. Rel: 06 Apr 22
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Try N Follow (2:04)
Intergalactic Relations (5:59)
Interlude (0:24)
Carry It Mongo Man (4:13)
Chungo (feat Uhmeer) (3:59)
Insight To All Minds (3:47)
Nah Top Yuh Noise (0:23)
DSXSWC (4:38)
Rodney (5:00)
Rain (6:27)
Could It Be (3:43)
Interlude 2 (0:08)
Stro Kyat (feat Stro Elliot) (5:01)
Tek Care (4:11)
Enjoy Life (1:13)
Review: In our eyes, Kaidi Tatham can do no wrong. The long-serving keyboardist barely seems to sleep and releases a high volume of collaborations and solo records, but his quality threshold is so high that there's barely a duff track in his catalogue. Over the last few years he's developed a trademark sound that wraps Herbie Hancock style jazz-funk keys around crunchy broken beats, while also drawing influence from hip-hop, '80s electro, boogie, Latin jazz and slick deep house. An Insight Into All Minds, the veteran musician's fifth solo album, is naturally rooted in this trademark style, offering up a collection of cuts that bristle with positivity, pack plenty of punch, and are as well produced and life-affirming as you'd expect. It's a high bar, but it could well be his single best LP to date.
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The Only Way
Cat: FW 271. Rel: 20 Jul 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Reason We're Here (3:56)
The Most Wanted Puffin (Lukey Dukey) (4:00)
Criss Ting (interlude) (0:24)
The Only Way (feat Uhmeer) (4:23)
Windus McGuntus (0:42)
Confidence With Attitude (5:52)
Feels Like I'm On My Own (4:03)
Fricassee (5:06)
Alien (feat Trian Kayhatu) (3:36)
It's On (3:23)
Not Suffering (feat Matt Lord) (4:04)
Review: Kaidi Thatham remains one of the truest artists in the field of broken beat and modern jazz, and his fifth album for First Word shows no signs of slowing down. There's a certain signature you know belongs to him when those nasty Moog synth lines start flexing around the groove, but there's such depth and variety to his expression at this point in time, it feels like the possibilities are endless. From rattling neo-funk get downs to blissful downtempo reveries and on to the killer hip-hop of 'The Only Way' featuring Uhmeer on mic duties, this is an album bursting with invention at every turn.
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Don't Rush The Process
Cat: FW 252. Rel: 04 Aug 22
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Mystery Solved (1:53)
Don't Rush The Process (feat The Easy Access Orchestra) (5:06)
Just Not Right Rudi (0:48)
All I Need (1:57)
We Chillin' Out (feat The Easy Access Orchestra) (5:07)
Knocknee Donkey (3:15)
Any Flavour (2:38)
Funky Fool (1:31)
Sooretama (feat Robert Mitchell) (4:33)
Runnin' Tru (3:59)
What A Dream (2:20)
Mind Yourself (0:42)
Review: Kaidi Tatham is a master of broken beats and a widely respected figure in the London music scene. His new 12 track album takes us on a lush and louche trip through all his myriad musical skills and styles. Boogie, gospel-tinged hip-hop, jazz-funk and more all colour the futurist grooves with contributions from The Easy Access Orchestra, and pianist Robert Mitchell. This is a fourth solo album from the man and maybe his best yet, even though it has come so quick on the heels of the release of An Insight To All Minds in 2021.
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 in stock $21.62
FORTHCOMING
The Liminality Of Her
Cat: FW 292. Rel: 22 Mar 24
 
Jazz
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est. release 22 Mar 24 $20.57
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Unfathomable
Unfathomable (LP + insert)
Cat: FW 236. Rel: 27 Jan 22
 
Soul
Nebula (3:47)
Oh! (3:29)
Monsters (3:20)
Spectrum Of Light (3:43)
Those Ones (3:18)
Green (3:11)
Greetings (0:42)
How I Need You (3:34)
364 (4:51)
Unfathomable (3:50)
Exit Lyra (1:50)
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Sincerely
Sincerely (12")
Cat: FW 272. Rel: 31 Aug 23
 
Soul
Let Him Go (3:58)
Me & My Girl (3:25)
My Favourite Song (3:35)
I'ma Get Mine (3:08)
Mr Unavailable (feat Isaac Malibu) (4:03)
 in stock $12.39
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