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Notturno Italiano Reworks
Notturno Italiano Reworks (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 19006. Rel: 23 Sep 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Notturno Italiano (Daniel Maunick & Alex Malheiros vocal) (5:55)
  2. Notturno Italiano (Daniel Maunick & Alex Malheiros instrumental) (5:55)
  3. Notturno Italiano (Ron Trent dub remix) (7:28)
Review: Mario Acquaviva's 1983 jam 'Notturno Italiano' is a hugely sought after Italian boogie gem. Mother Tongue have dug it out the archives and enlisted some key names to offer up reworks and reconstructions, with Azymuth's Alex Malheiros and Daniel Maunick going first. They offer vocal and instrumental versions with life-affirming jazz Rhodes and cool, seductive rhythm sections that take you into the cosmos. Eternal deep house hero Ron Trent then does his escapist and spiritual thing on a lush and star-gazing dub that transcends genre. All three of these are irresistible.
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One/Two
One/Two (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: BLACKTONGUE 01. Rel: 11 Dec 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. One (8:26)
  2. Two (4:19)
Review: Not to be confused with the Hull-based doom metal band of the same name, Black Tongue is a debutant artist with links to Italian distributor, label and record store Mother Tongue. We're not sure who's behind the project, though both "One" and "Two" are superb. The former sits on side A and features jaunty, jazz-funk style synth stabs and spacey electronic solos rising above a retro-futurist boogie groove. It's all very warm, loose and languid and operates in similar sonic territory to some of Dego and Kaidi Tatham's productions. "Two" sees the mysterious artist turn his, her or their attention to broken beat, layering intergalactic synthesizer lines and drum machine handclaps atop a sub-heavy bassline and taught, bruk-up beats.
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Three/Four/Five
Three/Four/Five (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: BLACKTONGUE 02. Rel: 28 May 20
Deep House
  1. Three (7:59)
  2. Four (4:48)
  3. Five (5:29)
Review: Late last year Italian artist and self-proclaimed "black belt ninja" Black Tongue debuted with a two-tracker that genuinely set our pulses racing. Here the man or woman of mystery returns with an even more expansive EP, which we can happily report is full to bursting with tasty treats. A-side workout "Three" offers a fine balance between jazz-funk-fired musicality, quietly impressive musicianship and infectious grooves that make the most of some deliciously loose-limbed drumming. The producer's love of classic house is explored on "Four", where the action revolves around snappy, Chicago house style machine drums, warehouse-ready stabs and an undulating keyboard bassline, while "Five" is a colourful take on jazz-funk/electrofunk fusion that reminded us of the combined output of Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
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Butterflying
Cat: MT 1901. Rel: 29 May 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Splinters Of A Rainbow Heart (3:20)
  2. Humming Beings (2:41)
  3. Butterflying (2:54)
  4. Take-Off Land (3:01)
  5. Canvas In The Dark (3:25)
  6. Catch Me If You Can (3:45)
  7. No Flies For A Closed Mouth (4:59)
  8. Abstract Travels (4:39)
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Dreamweavers
Dreamweavers (LP in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 19007. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Mizugaki Prelude (1:16)
  2. Birds Of Prey (3:53)
  3. Strolling Down Degnan (3:57)
  4. Motherland (5:09)
  5. Natadera Spirit Walk (3:11)
  6. Volta Ao Mundo (3:56)
  7. Dreamweavers (3:44)
  8. In Answer To Your Question (3:15)
  9. Kodama Shade (2:56)
Review: Mark de Clive-Lowe is a musical maverick who now comes back to his roots with a new record that explores electro-acoustic sounds steeped in rich piano playing. Two Italians in bass player Andrea Lombardini and drummer Tommaso Cappellato also get in on the action having been constant companions on his live tours for many years. Broken beats, global grooves, the meditative sombreness of Sakamoto and jazzy soulful looseness of Ahmad Jamal all inform this record (which was made on a road trip from Italy to Switzerland) which is as good for dark winter nights as it is warm summer days.
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Dreamweavers
Dreamweavers (transparent blue vinyl 7" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 7002. Rel: 24 Nov 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Masina (2:23)
  2. Mizugaki (3:49)
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Sofea
Sofea (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 19003. Rel: 29 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Do You Really Wanna Dance? (5:02)
  2. Do You Really Wanna Dance? (DJ Spinna Galactic Funk remix) (6:39)
  3. Skyhigh (7:41)
  4. Upwind (6:00)
Review: Since debuting on Highsteppin' way back in 2009, German four-piece First Touch has delivered some of the finest revivalist boogie, electrofunk and proto-house around. Here they return to Italian imprint Mother Earth with another essential EP of synth-powered goodness. The A-side is all about "Do You Wanna Dance", a clap-happy synth-funk masterpiece that's also given a tougher, funkier and more bass-heavy tweak by DJ Spinna. Flipside opener "Skyhigh" is a breezy, piano-heavy boogie-era disco-funk affair that reminded us of Randy Muller and (New York) Sky, while "Upwind" is a deep electrofunk shuffler blessed with effortlessly emotive piano solos.
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Endless
Endless (7" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 7001. Rel: 05 Aug 20
Deep House
  1. Endless (4:03)
  2. Purple (4:04)
Review: Patrick Gibin has signed some terrific records to his Mother Tongue label, so it's no surprise to discover that the Italian imprint's first "45" is a bona fide stunner. It sees sometime Gustosa producer Gary Superfly join forces with Other Lands (AKA Gavin Sunderland, previously best known for his work as Fudge Fingaz) to offer up the kind of sumptuously warm, languid, loose, toasty and organic fare that can't quite decide whether it wants to be jazz-funk, modern boogie or especially hazy deep house. A-side "Endless" is particularly potent, with waves of kaleidoscopic synth sounds and twinkling Rhodes solos relaxing over a chunky bassline and head-nodding drums, though toastier and hazier flipside "Purple" is almost as good.
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Volume 1
Volume 1 (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 19005. Rel: 01 Jul 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. K15 - "Elemental" (7:53)
  2. Culross Close - "Intrinsic Value" (4:30)
Review: K15 has been a man on a mission since he first emerged. The London based musician and beat maker has a truly cosmic sound that leans heavily on jazz for inspiration. He's worked on vital labels like Wild Oates and Eglo and now pops up on Mother Tongue to care of one side of this hot 12". His "elemental" is a far sighted track with cosmic keys and spiritual pads layered up over tumbling broken beats. On the flip, his other alias Culross Close appears with "Intrinsic Value" which is a lush track at the intersection of house, jazz, broken beat and jazz-funk. It is stuffed with the sort of very real feelings that define all his work.
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The Aquarius Years
The Aquarius Years (LP in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 19004. Rel: 11 Mar 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Mr Johnnie Walker (4:06)
  2. GP (feat Robert Glasper) (4:38)
  3. Sexy Suzy On A Sunday 1.5 (feat Bilal) (5:04)
  4. Working Girls Suicide (Capricorn Eclipse) (feat ECUSSIONIST) (4:03)
  5. Tip Of My Tongue (3:45)
  6. You Need Me (3:49)
  7. California Dreaming (feat Robert Glasper) (4:25)
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Sexy Suzy On A Sunday (remixes)
Sexy Suzy On A Sunday (remixes) (7" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 7003. Rel: 24 Nov 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Sexy Suzy On A Sunday (Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah remix) (4:51)
  2. Sexy Suzy On A Sunday (The Forest Is Calling remix by Carlos Nino & Friends with Nate Mercereau & Jamael Dean) (4:31)
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