Review: Curiously, Anchorsong's sophomore set Ceremonial didn't appear on vinyl when it first appeared back in February 2016. Happily, Tru Thoughts has finally relented to pressure and pressed it up on wax. It remains a beguiling and beautiful set, with the Japanese producer somehow managing to create audio gold out of little more than an MPC-2500 workstation and a keyboard. While there are plenty of moments of fluid, eyes-shut beauty dotted throughout - see "Eve", "Oriental Suite", "Butterflies" and the outstanding "Monsoon" - the set also contains some crunchy beats ("Expo"), a thrillingly bass-heavy, steel-drums laden groover ("Rendezvous") and a seriously humid, tropical workout ("Last Forest").
Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmos - "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thing" (3:11)
La Frima - "Lithium" (4:12)
Hot 8 Brass Band - "Ghost Town" (4:11)
Harleighblu - "Who's That Girl?" (3:40)
Alice Russell - "I'm A Man, That Will Find You" (4:11)
Youngblood Brass Band - "Ain't Nobody" (5:36)
Fingathing - "I Feel Love" (feat Jesca Hoop) (4:48)
Review: As the title suggests, Tru Thoughts Covers 2 is the follow up to 2009's hugely popular compilation from Rob Luis' south coast label and features another wealth of intriguing cover versions that have been released and loved as album tracks, singles or one-offs in the ensuing six years. Whilst not as weighty as the full 17 track CD edition, Tru Thoughts have still managed to slip in some real pearlers on this seven track LP version. Chief among them is the opening track, The Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmos take on "Ain't Nuthin but a G Thang", and Hot 8 Brass Band's parping take on "Ghost Town".
Review: It's commonly known if you cut Will 'Quantic' Holland, he'd bleed in little Tru Thoughts logo-shaped droplets, such is the bond between the artist and label. The latest Quantic long-player for the South Coast label, A New Constellation, finds the Bogota-based musician leading a hand-picked selection of musicians called The Western Transient. Their focus? To realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. That Holland should choose to follow his last LP, the explosive Magnetica, with 10 tracks of more traditional jazz and funk proves he's still not happy to stand still as Quantic despite having a hand in well over ten long players.