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  1. Tanjah
  2. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (Rhodes version)
  3. Timbuktu
  4. In Memory Of
  5. African Cookbook
  6. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (piano version)
  7. Niger Mambo
  8. Mr Randy
Review: Cheick Tidiane Seck's latest album is something of an all-star affair. It sees a banquet's worth of guest musicians (including fellow African music legend Manu Dibango) help the Malian music maestro send "an Afro-Jazz prayer" to the late, great Randy Weston - a musician whose unique Pan-African vision influenced so many of his contemporaries. The resultant set is vibrant and alluring, with Seck and company underpinning Weston's fluid jazz piano motifs with dense, heavy, intricate and often delightfully polyrhythmic rhythms. There are some more atmospheric and intoxicating numbers present, too - the version of "Timbuktu" is stunning, as is the bluesy "In Memory Of" - but the album's greatest calling card remains it's energetic and effervescent approach.
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Cat: MSR 014. Rel: 26 Sep 19
International
  1. Si Voce Pensa (3:09)
  2. Birimbao (3:23)
Review: Matasuna Records' latest release offers up two sought-after tracks from Bossa 70, a relatively short-lived Peruvian band whose ultra-limited 1970 releases (a total of 400 copies were pressed of their sole single and eponymous debut album) brilliantly joined the dots between jazz, bossa, soul and funk. Listening to these cuts for the first time, it's easy to see why Matasuna has gone to the trouble of licensing them: A-side "Si Voce Pensa" is an inspired Peruvian funk cover of a 1968 Roberto Carlos track rich in bustling breakbeats, punchy horns and confident female vocals. Just as potent is the band's flipside cover of Baden Powell's "Berimbau", which puts a funk-soul twist on a certified bossa-nova classic.
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Blue World (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: 776265 1. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Naima (take 1) (4:31)
  2. Village Blues (take 2) (3:37)
  3. Blue World (6:02)
  4. Village Blues (take 1) (3:40)
  5. Village Blues (take 3) (3:41)
  6. Like Sonny (2:36)
  7. Traneing In (7:35)
  8. Naima (take 2) (3:57)
Review: Blue World is an album that was never intended for release. It features music commissioned for a soundtrack for a Canadian film in 1964 and showcases a quartet that was at its very best. It's made up of short tracks and alternate takes of early Coltrane material and is utterly vibrant. Catchy little ditties like "Village Blues", stripped down numbers like the title track and the mostly-improvised "Traneing In" are all testament to the enduring brilliance of Coltrane, no matter the setting in which he was playing. The clarity of the recording and richness of the bass playing also add to the overall beauty of this record.
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No No No (limited 7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAS 1006. Rel: 11 Sep 19
International
  1. No, No, No (3:52)
  2. Evil Ways (instrumental) (2:58)
Review: Originally pressed (on a limited run) in 2013, LA Latin funk troupe Boogaloo Assassins have reissued these two spellbinding cover versions again due to public demand. Still on a highly limited run, both cuts need to be in your collection: Dawn Penn's "No No No" gets a strict samba switch with lavish percussion and consistent vocal harmonies throughout while Sonny Henry's "Evil Ways" (best known from its Santana cover) gets the dreamy instrumental treatment where the horns and glocks do the narrating over a tight bed of wood blocks, shakers and liquid Rhodes. Killer stuff and Juno is one of the few stores outside of USA which is carrying the 45. Don't Sleep !
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Oneness (3xLP)
Cat: GONDLP 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Life (9:46)
  2. Oneness (11:18)
  3. Stan's Harp (7:34)
  4. Loving Kindness (9:30)
  5. Distant Land (8:29)
  6. Stories From India (9:28)
  7. The Traveller (6:45)
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Summer Madness Part 1 & 2 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FUR 7377. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Funk
  1. Summer Madness (part 1) (2:59)
  2. Summer Madness (part 2) (2:37)
Review: Ubiquity is back with another of its two part 7"s, this time from contemporary soul group The Soul Surfers. Experts at covering the greats, they recently turned their hand to a classic from The JB's, while this time out it is Kool & The Gang's classic "Summer Madness" that gets a deep-cut and sexy make over. Part 1 is a sensuous slow burner with downtempo drums and heavenly guitar playing, while part 2 has harder drum grooves and dreamy , psyched-out guitars. It's another ageless rework that you need in your life.
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Photosynthesis (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: AOTN 030. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Elementary Physiology (part 1) (2:35)
  2. Elementary Physiology (part 2) (3:36)
  3. Balloon Ride (4:39)
  4. Circadian Rhythms (3:34)
  5. Diametrically Opposed (3:23)
  6. Grockle Box (1:32)
  7. Living The Dream (4:00)
  8. Platform Game (4:44)
  9. Stacey's Theme (3:24)
  10. Photosynthesis (3:38)
  11. Chronobiology (4:14)
Review: Jazz-man Greg Foat has always been more open-minded and eclectic than many give him credit for, delivering nods to pastoral folk, movie soundtracks and library music amongst his more jazz-focused output. Even so, "Photosynthesis" is still a curveball, featuring as it does drowsy and mostly leisurely soundscapes that move from Radiophonic Workshop influenced weird-outs and mutant lounge music, to stoned horizontal grooves and post trip-hop soundscapes. Interestingly, some of the album's standout moments come laden with woozy electric pianos and the kind of hazy, slow motion guitar motifs that evoke mental images of long, drawn-out sunsets.
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Beautiful Bamboo Flute (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 214. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Kokiriku Bushi (4:05)
  2. Sado Okesa (3:54)
  3. Tairyo Utaikomi (3:16)
  4. Soma Bon Uta (2:56)
  5. Komoro Mago Uta (2:58)
  6. Nanbu Ushio Uta (3:44)
  7. Itsuki No Komori Uta (4:35)
  8. Hietsuki Bushi (4:06)
  9. Yasuki Bushi (3:36)
  10. Yosakoi Bushi (4:06)
  11. Kuroda Bushi (4:24)
Review: Hozan Yamamoto is a widely revered figure in Japan, and a true icon of the seventies jazz scene. This album from 1971 is one of this best and a seminal work that effortlessly floats through fusion, soul and big band styles and has been basically impossible to buy in original format. Trust Mr Bongo to come correct with this fully licensed version which features his trademark flute playing and finds the maestro in a soaring, uplifting mood here. Big brass adds weight to his leads while well formed grooves drive the album along. Add in subtle Japanese stylings and it all adds up to a J jazz classic.
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Cat: SC 721. Rel: 16 May 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. This Is What You Are (feat The High Five Quintet - radio edit) (4:21)
  2. This Is What You Are (The Brazilian Rime) (4:53)
Review: "This Is What You Are" is undoubtedly Mario Biondi's most celebrated work. He first sung it for original composers Was A Bee in 2004, before re-recording it for his debut album (alongside the High Five Quintet) in 2006. Since then it has been reissued or remixed on numerous occasions. Here it gets reissued on a tidy 7" single, with a punchy radio edit - a swinging, Sunday afternoon style chunk of Latin soul-jazz rich in jaunty grooves, soaring orchestration and smooth vocals - being joined by the "Brazilian Rime" rework. This tasty re-recording re-casts the song as a breezy, samba-fired slab of early 1970s style Brazilian MPB. It's an inspired interpretation and could well become the definitive version of the track.
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Cat: BWOOD 0157LP. Rel: 04 Nov 16
Jazz
  1. Black Focus (4:29)
  2. Strings Of Light (8:31)
  3. Remembrance (8:56)
  4. Yo Chavez (3:59)
  5. Ayla (0:45)
  6. OG (0:47)
  7. Lowrider (4:26)
  8. Mansur's Message (2:08)
  9. Wing Tai Drums (1:18)
  10. Joint 17 (8:10)
Review: Brownswood Recordings has high hopes for this debut album from the previously unheralded Yussef Kamaal, which brings together hyped producer Kamaal Williams (AKA Henry Wu) and fast-rising Afrobeat drummer Yussef Dayes. With such talent to draw on, you'd expect Black Focus to be rather good. Happily, it is, with the duo delivering a typically London-centric take on jazz funk. That means that they take as much inspiration from the work of Kaidi Tatham as, say, Herbie Hancock. The key to the album's success - and, yes, it is generally as special as Gilles Peterson suggests - is the fluid combination of Dayes' brilliant drumming and Williams' superb synth solos and effortlessly groovy Rhodes playing.
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Cat: JAZZR 002. Rel: 05 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Mananita Pampera (1:26)
  2. El Beto (7:56)
  3. Have You Met Miss? (9:17)
  4. El Beto II (0:41)
  5. Tunita (8:36)
  6. Carmen Pequena (4:09)
  7. Al Bebbe Guia (9:02)
Review: Jazz Room Records is the work of legendary London jazz-dance DJ Paul Murphy, so it's perhaps unsurprising that the label's first outing is an essential reissue of one of his personal favourites: Hugo Heredia's spiritually-minded 1976 Latin-Jazz fusion masterpiece, "Mananita Pampera". Although it begins with a dense and psychedelic collage of Heredia's breathy flute playing, the album's genius lies in its' combination of heavy Latin percussion, skittish jazz drums and the bright and breezy instrumentation atop (piano, double bass and Heredia on sax). Of course, there are a few slower, laidback cuts to be found dotted across the album, but for the most part it's a sweaty, excitable dancefloor excursion that's been a staple of Murphy's sets since the 1980s.
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Oneness (CD)
Cat: GONDCD 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Life
  2. Oneness
  3. Stan's Harp
  4. Loving Kindness
  5. Distant Land
  6. Stories From India
  7. The Traveller
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Cat: BWOOD 207CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Asheber)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow)
  3. Gnawa Sweet
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Coming From
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia)
  8. Self:love (feat Obongjayar)
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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BGP
Cat: BGPS 038. Rel: 29 Apr 13
Funk
  1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  2. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Review: Wow, classics don't come much more special than this. A like-for-like repress of the 1970 RCA release, both sides here are soaked in Scott Heron's raw troubled soul. The endlessly sampled, hugely powerful and perfectly funky "Revolution" remains almost as poignant and prophetic as it was the day it was penned. "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" is much more personal and reveals his talent as a singer as much as the lead track boasts his poetry and ability to deliver a strong message.
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VARIOUS
Cat: FER 003. Rel: 23 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Collage - "Mets Neidude Vahel" (3:35)
  2. Marju Kuut - "Uksi Kuid Vabana" (3:13)
  3. Tiiu Varik - "Naed Vaid Oma Silmi" (3:14)
  4. Tonis Magi & Music Seif - "Sa Haara Kinni Mu Kaest" (3:30)
  5. Els Himma - "Keskoo" (2:44)
  6. Valter Ojakaar - "Rasked Veosed" (4:05)
  7. Uno Naissoo - "Marss Eksprompt" (2:49)
  8. Gunnar Graps & Magnetic Band - "Leidmine" (3:17)
  9. Eesti TV & Raadio Estraadiorkester - "Keskoosamba" (instrumental) (4:10)
  10. Tarmo & Toomos Urb - "Valgud Peeglis" (feat Vanemode - short version) (4:59)
  11. Eesti Raadio Estraadiorkester - "Malestuste Teel" (instrumental) (5:41)
Review: Several years deep into their quest to amplify their homeland's rich funk talent, Eastern European collective Estonian Funk Embassy level up with this exceptional compendium of tracks written and recording during Estonia's time under Soviet control. The first time most of these records have been released and distributed beyond domestic release, it's a total treasure trove of grooves ranging from upbeat, big band-led swing ("Keskoosamba"), thigh-slapping horn-heavy funk ("Rasked Veosed"), smokier, lounge-lapping jazzier influences ("Naed Vaid Oma Silmi"), sleazy disco funk ("Sa Haara Kinni Mu Kaest" and many shades in between. Capturing Estonia's musical legacy in all directions, this is a genuinely unique record.
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Demos (1973-75) Volume 1 (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: FARO 210LP1. Rel: 28 May 19
Jazz
  1. Prefacio (4:17)
  2. Castelo (version 1) (3:40)
  3. Melo Da Cuica (3:51)
  4. Xingo (version 1) (4:54)
  5. Laranjeiras (7:30)
  6. Equipe 68 (5:36)
  7. Unknown Jam (1:55)
  8. Unknown Song For Mario Telles (3:49)
Review: Before they found fame with their 1975 debut album, Azymuth divided their time between working as backing musicians (attending recording sessions with some of Brazil's top talent) and recording experimental home demos. Recently rediscovered, these demos are finally being given a release thanks to the efforts of Far Out chief Joe Davis. There's much to admire on this first batch (a second volume is also available) of previously unheard early recordings, from the high-octane Brazilian funk insanity of "Prefacio" and Jimmy Smith-esque "Melo De Cuica", to the spacey samba/jazz-funk fusion of "Xingo (Version One)" and the relaxed, slow-burn brilliance of seven minute B-side opener "Laranjeiras".
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Cat: GP 712013. Rel: 25 Jun 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. On My Way To Harlem (Jazz & Cole edit)
  2. 1960 What ? (Jazz & Cole edit)
Review: A modern day Scott-Heron, without the myriad of demons on his back, Grammy-nominated jazz singer Porter has such a distinctive voice, charm and band command. He clearly lends himself well to edit culture (as proved by the huge success of the many "1960 What?" versions in recent years) and this 7" from Expansion is no exception. "On My Way To Harlem" is straight up narrative jazz with fantastic attention paid to the subtle samba and solemn horns. "1960 What?" speaks for itself; far more authentic to the original than the other versions that have popped up, if you've not already got a favourite edit - Jazz & Cole have the answer.
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In The Orbit Of Ra (gatefold 2xLP + 2xCD)
Cat: STRUT 109LP. Rel: 17 Sep 14
Jazz
  1. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somewhere In Space"
  2. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "The Lady With The Golden Stockings"
  3. Sun Ra & His Afro Infinity Arkestra - "Somebody Else's World"
  4. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "Plutonian Nights"
  5. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "Angels & Demons At Play"
  6. Sun Ra - "Island In The Sun"
  7. Sun Ra - "Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus"
  8. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Afro Black"
  9. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune"
  10. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
  11. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1 previously unreleased)
  12. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 2)
  13. Sun Ra - "Ancient Ethiopia"
  14. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somewhere In Space"
  15. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "The Lady With The Golden Stockings"
  16. Sun Ra & His Afro Infinity Arkestra - "Somebody Else's World"
  17. Sun Ra - "Spontaneous Simplicity"
  18. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "Plutonian Nights"
  19. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "Angels & Demons At Play"
  20. Sun Ra - "Island In The Sun"
  21. Sun Ra - "Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus"
  22. Sun Ra - "Solar Differentials"
  23. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Afro Black"
  24. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune"
  25. Sun Ra - "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens"
  26. Sun Ra - "Trying To Put The Blame On Me" (live in Rome 1977, previously unreleased)
  27. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Planet Earth"
  28. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "The Nile"
  29. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1 previously unreleased)
  30. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 2)
  31. Sun Ra - "Ancient Ethiopia"
  32. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Interplanetary Music"
  33. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
Review: There have been plenty of retrospectives on the absolutely essential work of Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years, but trust Strut to go that bit deeper when they elected to focus on the Sun God himself. As the extensive title suggests, this collection places the focus on proceedings in the hands of Marshall Allen, the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current band leader. The results mean In The Orbit Of Ra feels a whole lot more personal and indepth, with over 25 years worth of Sun Ra-lead music documented. It's all been fully remastered from the original tapes and is pretty much the most conclusive introduction to the work of this pioneer one could hope for. In addition to the 13 track double vinyl set, this release also includes the double CD edition which includes a further 7 Ra gems!
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Journey In Satchidananda (reissue) (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: GOND 12001. Rel: 23 Aug 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Journey In Satchidananda (6:44)
  2. Blue Nile (8:19)
Review: Manchester's Gondwana Records, run by Matthew Halsall, has been a constant source of good vibes and inspiration. Leaning on a jazz note, most of the material is centred away from the dance floor and yet there is always plenty of movement and joyous rhythm, particularly from Halsall's appearances. Here, we have a reissue of 2015's "Journey In Satchidananda", a majestic wave of jazz flutes, seductive piano keys, in what is an altogether dreamy sort of setting, which is further evolved on the supremely euphoric waves of the unbeatable "Blue Nile". At last, some contemporary jazz on 12" that has left us blown away..!
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  1. Mothers Love (3:36)
  2. Ballad Of The Spirits (5:54)
  3. Song Of The Sea (9:29)
  4. Homesickness (3:52)
  5. Golgotha (5:10)
  6. Jordan River Song (2:36)
  7. Garden Of Gethesemanie (3:24)
  8. Song Of Abayi (3:10)
  9. Story Of The Wind (2:44)
  10. Evening Breeze (2:50)
  11. Tenkou! Why Feel Sorry? (2:07)
Review: Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou is an Ethiopian nun known for her unique solo piano playing. For three decades she lived a reclusive life with only rare performances, including one at the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Featured here are recordings sourced from the '60s of her truly captivating performances and are deservedly reissued by the Portland, Oregon based Mississippi/Little Axe Records. Featured here are all original compositions available for the first time on vinyl beyond the original early editions, said to be near impossible to find.
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Obeah Man (7")
Cat: JAZZ45 007. Rel: 27 Jun 19
Jazz
  1. Obeah Man (4:00)
  2. Seeking (3:26)
Review: Ahead of a fresh album due later in the year, Nat Birchall fires up his quartet and returns to the Jazz45 series with a second seven-inch salvo for the Jazzman offshoot. A-side "Obeah Man" is wonderfully sweet, soulful and breezy, with Birchall and company layering jaunty spiritual jazz style piano riffs and snaking solos (think Clarinet, sax, trumpet etc) over a warm, loose and bustling groove. They continue on a similar vein on the slightly bolder flipside cut "Seeking", where bandmembers trade solos atop a classic jazz style bassline and fizzing drums. That forthcoming album should be killer.
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Gail (LP)
Cat: WSVN 003. Rel: 23 Nov 17
Jazz
  1. Gail (5:59)
  2. Spindrift (2:45)
  3. Ten Kisses Short As One (3:20)
  4. Welcome New Warmth (4:18)
  5. Help Me Belong Here (4:51)
  6. Song For My Children (4:55)
  7. One Long As Twenty (3:42)
  8. Sambando Nas Ondas (3:37)
Review: By the time he recorded Gail, Michel Sardaby was already an established player on the European jazz scene. The Martinique-born pianist had made a string of memorable guest appearances and released two well-regarded albums before he set foot in Media Sound Studio in New York City in February '75. The resultant set, recorded with local jazz and funk musicians, has long been an in-demand record on both the jazz and jazz-funk scenes. The tracks touch on both, as well as contemporaneous modal jazz. While bassist Richard Davis and drummer Billy Hart play their part, it's Sardaby who is the real star, delivering a thrilling range of riffs and solos on piano and Fender Rhodes.
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Ill Considered 8 (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: STACLP 011 BLACK. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Jazz
  1. Covertly (4:12)
  2. Pork & Pickles (4:08)
  3. Sunday Morning (3:37)
  4. Take Your Love Back Home (4:44)
  5. Losing Tracks Of Objectives (4:10)
  6. Liquid Science (4:35)
  7. Sorry To Hear Your Parcel Didn't Arrive (4:21)
Review: Ill Considered is a fully live and improvisational jazz band made up of four members. They loosely pre-write themes then set to making music without communication or knowing where on earth they might end up going, or what they might sound like. It's a rule breaking approach that leads to rule breaking but brilliant music layered up with deep, walking bass, dense drums and freeform sax that feels impossibly alive. "8" is another bristling work of rhythm and conversational top lines that exudes a controlled sense of chaos, bubbled under with menace and remains thoroughly unpredictable and exhilarating from start to finish.
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Cat: FSRLP 122. Rel: 08 Feb 18
Jazz
  1. Evolution (7:40)
  2. The Arrow Of Time (10:04)
  3. Escape Velocity (7:27)
  4. Spiral (5:13)
  5. Nova (5:44)
Review: Melbourne musician Lance Ferguson is one hell of a talent, seemingly able to turn his hand to almost any style with predictably impressive results. Although best known for his role in funk combos the Bamboos and Cookin' on 3 Burners, he's also delivered loose and languid broken beat as Lanu and jazz with Menagerie, an expansive outfit that first appeared on Tru Thoughts in 2012. Here he reconvenes the musical ensemble for a sophomore set heavily influenced by the "post-Coltrane" modal sounds of legendary labels Strata East, Tribe and Black Jazz. As you'd expect, the whole thing is impeccably played and produced, with occasional forays into jazz-funk and soul-jazz territory amongst the more traditional-sounding contemporary jazz compositions on show elsewhere on the album.
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III (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: IL 2019V. Rel: 22 Apr 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Triangle
  2. Can't Leave The Night
  3. Confessions (feat Leland Whitty)
  4. Kaleidoscope
  5. Eyes Closed
  6. Hedron
  7. Differently, Still
  8. Since You Asked Kindly
  9. CS60
Review: Following a series of self released albums over the past three years which saw them expand on hip hop classics with an auspicious level of jazz virtuosity, Canadian jazz trio Badbadnotgood grace the Innovative Leisure imprint with this enlightening collection III. Consisting of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums, it's not hard to see why Badbadnotgood have been getting the usually hushed toned Gilles Peterson all exciting after a few listens of the nine tracks here. If you dug those cover versions you will love this album.
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Cat: BRZ45 06. Rel: 25 Apr 14
International
  1. La Vem Salgueiro
  2. Tenha Fe, Pois Amanha Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
Review: Samba flavours do not come more authentic than this. The sixth in Mr Bongo's Brazil 45 series, here they unearth two foundation pieces from Rio collective Os Origianais Do Samba. Forming in 60s Rio, they're still highly active today and have a discography peppered with Brazilian gold. This 45 does well to showcase their breadth... "La Vem Salgueiro" is quintessential samba. Heavy rhythm, punctuated vocals and a dynamic that leaps from bold and delicate in a flash, it charms you instantly. "Tenha Fe" has a softer soul as it strums and sways and more of a folky sensation, tight harmonies and alluring naked instrumentation.
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Man Made Object (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: 602547 682031. Rel: 05 Feb 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Allres (5:14)
  2. Unspeakable World (4:44)
  3. Branches Break (4:21)
  4. Weird Cat (5:37)
  5. Quiet Mind (4:23)
  6. Smarra (6:22)
  7. Initiate (4:44)
  8. Gbfisysih (3:19)
  9. Syrrender To Mountain (3:58)
  10. Protest (4:45)
  11. Fading: Feigning (5:02)
Review: It has only taken two albums for Chris Illingworth, Nick Blacka, and Rob Turner to land with an LP on the legendary Blue Note label, but they've done it, and they've done it in fine style. Moreover, it's also a bold move from Blue Note, who only usually steer away from pure jazz for the likes of Madlib and co, but in hindsight, the Gogo Penguin trio have what it takes to be remembered as fine producers of beat-driven free jazz. Mixing up elements of nu-soul, together with broken beat and classic jazz, the trio's music is wild and diverse, and fully representative of the label's vision and charisma. Also, it's exactly the sort of thing that Gilles Peterson is in to, so sit back, relax, and let Man Made Object take you away.
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 in stock $19.00
Tiny B (7")
Cat: TR 727. Rel: 14 Feb 19
Jazz
  1. Tiny B (3:53)
  2. Stick Of A Branch (3:36)
Review: Back in 2017, we aptly described the Jukka Eskola Soul Trio as "the Finnish horn boss's newest project". The combo is now not so new, of course, but the trumpeter and flugelhorn player's outfit remains a go-to source for quality jazz and jazz-funk material. There's more than a little Latin flavour to be found on "Tiny B", a Hammond-powered shuffler rich in South American drum rhythms and the kind of sticky trumpet solos that were once a hallmark of Herb Alpert's records. Flipside "Stick Of A Branch" is a far more up-tempo affair, with Eskola's punchy playing riding fluid vibraphone motifs and floor-rocking jazz drums.
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  1. Introducing The Soul Trio (2:26)
  2. Martha's New Moment (5:01)
Review: Longstanding horn boss Jukka has been cooking up rare gold for over 10 years now in various troupes and forms. The Soul Trio is his latest project, having sparked the fire last year on We Jazz. The fire now heating up with every toot, this Timmion 45" is a jazz funk inferno. "Introducing The Soul Trio" is a snare-rattling, organ-snapping entry tune while the clipped, hooky riff on "Martha's New Movement" is the finishing move. Victory is Jukka's.
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 in stock $6.31
Cat: GONDLP 013. Rel: 22 Oct 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Only A Woman (feat Josephine Oniyama) (3:45)
  2. As I Walk (feat Josephine Oniyama) (3:25)
  3. Dawn Horizon (1:07)
  4. Badder Weather (feat Josephine Oniyama) (4:10)
  5. These Goodbyes (2:45)
  6. The Land Of (5:00)
  7. Longshan Temple (3:18)
  8. Cushendun (1:25)
  9. Into Forever (feat Josephine Oniyama) (3:34)
  10. Daan Park (6:18)
  11. Jamais Vu (feat Bryony Jarman Pinto) (3:30)
Review: Following 2014's When The World Was One, Halsall and the Gondwana collective continue their spiritual jazz adventure with another immaculate narrative. Now with much more vocal prowess, singer Josephine Oniyama plays a lead role in the story, adding consistency and personality to the Halsall's swooning, cinematic odysseys. Highlights include the Hathaway-style half spoken/half sung "Badder Weather", the frenetic double bass and brushed drum crescendos of "The Land Of", the (lark) ascending strings and oriental scales of "Cushendun" and the smoky, faraway Coltraneisms of the title track. Modern jazz doesn't get any more authentic than this.
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Colors (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: GOND 12002. Rel: 23 Aug 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Colors (2:44)
  2. The Creator Has A Master Plan (5:21)
  3. Love Is Everywhere (4:26)
  4. You've Got To Have Freedom (6:25)
Review: Matthew Halsall's Gondwana label is seeing a busy August what with the imprint flooding our jazz charts with reissues and, of course, new releases such as this wonderful collaborative effort from The Gondwana Orchestra and Dwight Trible. Trible's voice is like silk, running up and down the delicate waves of melodies from the collective, with "Colors" and "The Creator Has A Master Plan" both capable of making the toughest of audiences feel utterly uplifted. On the flip, "Love Is Everywhere" shines bright amid a flurry of flutes and intricate drum percussions, while "You've Got To Have Freedom" rides off a much smoother, deeper sort of vibe that's got a little funk at its core. Wicked.
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 in stock $9.75
Cat: GONDLP 005. Rel: 02 Jun 16
Jazz
  1. Music For A Dancing Mind (8:54)
  2. Song For Charlie (7:01)
  3. The End Of Dukkha (6:41)
  4. Samatha (9:13)
  5. The Journey Home (6:57)
  6. The Move (5:29)
  7. Only You (bonus track) (6:35)
  8. Singing Everyday (bonus track) (8:16)
  9. Breathless (bonus track) (6:58)
Review: Matthew Halsall is without doubt one of the brightest young talents in the British jazz scene. Since 2008, the man has been adding a fresh and playful tone to a very grounded musical genre, and at the same time carrying through the dynasty of jazz legends such as John Coltrane or Pharaoh Sanders. On The Go is his album from 2011, repressed this week by Gondwana Records, who have been very impressive since their first releases back in the mid 2000's, and the LP is one for the tasteful connoisseur. The mood is meditative and the air is smoky, where Halsall's trumpet travels gracefully across a space made up of striking piano solos, broken waves of drums, and an altogether peaceful sort of outlook.
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 in stock $17.78
Cat: LPRW 182. Rel: 17 Feb 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. News From Verona
  2. (Something's Going Down On) Zavodovski Island
  3. Knee Deep In The North Sea
  4. Too Many Cooks
  5. Steps In The Wrong Direction
  6. Monsoon: Top To Bottom
  7. The Kon Tiki Expedition
  8. Cittagazze
  9. Pompidou
 in stock $12.64
Tunji (7")
Cat: JAZZ45 002. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Jazz
  1. Tunji (3:30)
  2. Mode for Trane (3:54)
Review: The Nat Birchall Quartet debuts here with Tunji, a new 7" special out through the inimitable Jazz45 imprint, home to some of the best contemporary jazz - of all shapes and sizes. The title tune "Tunji" is a sax-led masterpiece, slow yet constantly building and morphing into something new and exciting, taking the term 'broken beat' onto a new platform. Conversely, the B-side's "Mode For Trane" lingers at a slow tempo, transporting you into a bittersweet lullaby with Nat Birchall's sax very much in the spotlight. What a cracking little 7" - TIP!
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Timo Lassy & Teppo Makynen (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WJLP 14. Rel: 13 Jun 19
Jazz
  1. Fallow (3:04)
  2. Goldenrod (3:03)
  3. Liberty (part 1) (3:05)
  4. Catawba (3:04)
  5. Resolution Blue (3:05)
  6. Liberty (part 2) (3:14)
  7. Aero (3:09)
  8. Kobi (3:13)
  9. Telemagenta (3:09)
  10. Nyanza (2:54)
  11. Firebrick (1:46)
  12. Dark Cyan (2:51)
  13. Heliotrope (3:19)
Review: Finnish jazz scene heavyweights Timo Lassy (saxophone) and Teppo Makynen (drums) are old studio buddies. They've released a number of collaborative singles, but this self-titled set is their first joint album. After kicking off via the slow-burn ambient jazz creepiness of "Fallow", the pair shuffles through sparse but engrossing cuts that combine Lassy's meandering headline-grabbing saxophone solos with Makynen's ambidextrous drum rhythms and melodic percussion parts (think xylophone, marimba, kalimba etc). It's very experimental in nature and closer in spirit to free-jazz than some of their collaborative work, though the results are uniformly impressive and strangely alluring.
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Cat: ROMA 112LP. Rel: 16 May 19
Jazz
  1. Galleria Di Immagini (3:56)
  2. Personale (3:20)
  3. Congetture Melodiche (3:00)
  4. Aspetti Musicali (3:23)
  5. Breve Dialettica (3:23)
  6. Punti Di Vista (3:55)
  7. Vocali Sul Pentagramma (3:27)
  8. Evocazioni D'amore (3:22)
  9. Dialoghi D'amore (3:43)
Review: Unlike much of Ennio Morricone collaborator Alessandro Alessandroni's work, 1974 set "Prisma Sonoro" was not the soundtrack to a well-known film or TV show, but rather a collection of instrumental pieces composed for a music library. It's long been regarded as one of the finest examples of Italian library music around, so it's great seeing it get the reissue treatment. Much of it is pleasingly cheery, sunny and laidback, with Alessandroni doffing a cap to folk, samba and MPB as much as easy listening, classical and soundtrack style jazz. It's typical of his versatility, of course, with the intricacy of the arrangements and subtle musical details making it a set that you can return to time and time again.
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Spectrum (reissue) (gatefold 180 gram audiophile vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2167. Rel: 17 Jul 18
Jazz
  1. Quadrant 4 (4:23)
  2. Searching For The Right Door/Spectrum (6:35)
  3. Anxiety/Taurian Matador (4:48)
  4. Stratus (9:50)
  5. To The Women In My Life/Le Lis (4:12)
  6. Snoopy's Search/Red Baron (7:40)
Review: ** REPRESS ALERT ** For the uninitiated: Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. He is also the brother of multi instrumentalist Wayne Cobham. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. Produced with the legendary Jan Hammer (a former bandmate) and engineer Ken Scott in 1973, Spectrum was Cobham's first solo album after leaving his previous group Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album was heavily influenced by the music of Miles Davis, with whom Cobham had previously collaborated extensively. A seminal album of the jazz fusion scene. A Swiss resident since 1980s, Cobham now lives in Schoepfen, a canton near Bern.
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 in stock $22.92
Nothing New (LP + DVD)
XL
Cat: XLLP 575. Rel: 21 Jul 15
Soul
  1. Did You Hear What They Said (4:04)
  2. Better Days Ahead (4:37)
  3. Household Name (interlude) (0:22)
  4. Your Daddy Loves You (3:56)
  5. Changing Yourself (interlude) (0:35)
  6. Pieces Of A Man (4:13)
  7. Enjoying Yourself (outro) (0:17)
  8. Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) (2:59)
  9. Before I Hit The Bottom (interlude) (0:24)
  10. 95 South (All Of The Places We've Been) (3:09)
  11. The Other Side (3:06)
  12. The On/Off Switch (interlude) (0:24)
  13. Blue Collar (3:54)
  14. On Bobby Blue Bland (outro) (0:22)
  15. Who Is Gil Scott-Heron? (DVD)
Review: Originally released as a Record Store Day exclusive (and often fetching L50 a pop), Gil Scott Heron recorded these raw, stripped-back versions from his classics during the years he wrote I'm New Here. There's a delicate, fragile nature to his voice that's usually backed up with much broader, fuller instrumentation. Bringing his stories and emotions to the fore, it's one of the most touching documents he's ever done. Complete with a DVD documentary and unseen footage, this is an incredible insight into one of soul's most pained and complex characters.
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Mingus Ah Um (reissue) (limited picture disc LP)
DOL
Cat: DOL 717HP. Rel: 06 Feb 17
Jazz
  1. Better Git It In Your Soul (7:21)
  2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (5:43)
  3. Boogie Stop Shuffle (4:57)
  4. Self-Portrait In Three Colors (3:07)
  5. Open Letter To Duke (5:50)
  6. Bird Calls (6:17)
  7. Fables Of Faubus (8:13)
  8. Pussy Cat Dues (9:12)
  9. Jelly Roll (6:17)
Review: Despite being 57 years old, Charles Mingus's 1959 full-length Mingus Ah Um still sounds incredibly fresh. It's rightly regarded as one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, an accolade based not only on the consistently high quality of the tracks, but also their musical variety. So, while "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" and "Self Portrait in Three Colours" are traditionally melancholic, down-tempo jazz explorations, the album also contains the gospel-influenced rush of "Better Git In Your Soul", the high-octane Duke Ellington tribute, "Open Letter To Duke", and the atmospheric late night blues of "Pussy Cat Dues". Thanks to the excellent re-mastering work audible on this vinyl reissue, Mingus Ah Um has never sounded so good.
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 in stock $11.40
METRONOMY/VARIOUS
Late Night Tales (limited 180 gram vinyl LP + insert + WAV/MP3 download code)
Cat: ALNLP 29. Rel: 30 Aug 12
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Outcast - "Prototype" (5:27)
  2. Tweet - "Drunk" (5:25)
  3. Sa-Ra Creative Partners - "Cosmic Ball" (7:18)
  4. Chick Corea - "El Bozo" (part 1) (2:56)
  5. Dr Octagon - "Blue Flowers" (3:18)
  6. Metronomy - "Hypnose" (exclusive cover version) (4:17)
  7. Alessi Brothers - "Seabird" (3:54)
  8. Autechre - "Fold4, Wrap5" (4:05)
  9. Mick Karn - "Weather The Windmill" (4:00)
  10. The Alan Parsons Project - "Eye In The Sky" (4:33)
  11. Two Lone Swordsmen - "You Are" (4:17)
  12. Tonto's Expanding Head Band - "Cybernaut" (4:30)
  13. Pete Drake - "Forever" (2:40)
  14. Appaloosa - "The Day (We Fell In Love)" (3:47)
  15. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - "Complainte Pour Ste Catherine" (2:47)
  16. Herman Dune - "Winners Lose" (4:48)
  17. Cat Power - "Werewolf" (3:58)
  18. Paul Morley - "Lost For Words" (part 4 - Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (10:13)
Review: Joe Mount of lovable scuzz pop outfit Metronomy mans the latest volume in the long running Late Night Tales, a series who always seem to get the best results out of an unexpected cast of participants (Belle & Sebastien, MGMT, Trentemoeller and Midlake being recent inductees). It's hard not to get sucked in from the sugar sweet opening of Outkast's "Prototype", which is the first of several tracks that demonstrates Mount has a penchant for slow bumping R&B and outsider hip-hop with Tweet, Sa Ra and a Dr Octagon classic also appearing. A typically far reaching approach to genres applies here with the cosmic jazz of Chic Corea happily mingling with Autechre and Two Lone Swordsmen, and American synth oddities Geneva Jacuzzi and Appaloosa mingling for attention with The Alan Parsons Project and Herman Dune. The de-rigueur cover version arrives with a Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre's "Hypnose" while Paul Morley ends the selection with a spoken word piece. This vinyl edition has 18 of the tracks spread separately across two plates as well as the mixed CD and a booklet!
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Played by: Manu•Archeo
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Cat: LPSBPJ 26. Rel: 14 Jul 05
Funk
  1. The Bottle (5:07)
  2. It's Your World (3:58)
  3. Johannesburg (4:43)
  4. Winter In America (6:07)
  5. The Liberation (Red, Black & Green) (6:18)
  6. Home Is Where The Hatred Is (live) (12:11)
  7. Racetrack In France (4:16)
  8. Hello Sunday Hello Road (3:39)
  9. We Almost Lost Detroit (5:17)
  10. Delta Man (Where I'm Coming From) (5:39)
  11. Angel Dust (4:16)
  12. Show Bizness (2:53)
  13. Madison Avenue (3:09)
  14. Shut 'Um Down (3:47)
  15. Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) (3:26)
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Mentira (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ 45017. Rel: 07 Aug 18
International
  1. Marcos Valle - "Mentira" (3:43)
  2. Toni Tornado - "Me Libertei" (3:39)
Review: Two premium Latin funk documents on one limited 45, Mr Bongo deliver once again: Marcos Valle needs no introduction to Brazilian music enthusiasts. "Mentira" is a self-cover as Valle takes his 69 classic "Mentira Carioca" and develops the dynamic with a vocal style that's highly reminiscent of Donovan. Flip for Toni Tornado's Black Rio anthem "Me Libertei". Fusing sleazy rock n roll with jazzy Latin soul, madly this is the first time it's ever graced a 45!
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Sun Song (12")
Cat: SCEP 483. Rel: 08 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Sun Song (7:15)
  2. Nigeria (7:03)
Review: Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella follow up last year's beautiful "African Spirits / New World Shuffle" with two more lavish instrumentals. "Sun Song" lives up to its name with wave after wave of heated musicianship from the belting harmonies to the light-touch keys. "Nigeria" taps deep into the source too as it drives us through the heart of Lagos with full horns and sweeping keys. Spiritual, sun-splashed and vital.
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O Journaleiro (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ45 016. Rel: 15 Dec 14
International
  1. Toni Tornado - "O Jornaleiro"
  2. Som Tres - "Homenagem A Mongo"
Review: Rich gutsy soul from a man who's regularly described as Brazil's James Brown, "O Journalerio" is a blueprint funk jam. Released in 1971 (on his hyper-rare album BR-3) it's all about the orchestrated swing, bluesy groove and Hammond licks so lavish you need to towel on every listen. Flip for Som Tres... An off-shoot of the Sambalanco Trio, it's the sound of Cesar Camargo Mariano controlling a restrained rolling slice of filmic instrumental funk where horns, keys and drums gather momentum with big band drama. Neither have been released on 45" before, making this all the more special.
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The Epic: Volume 1 2 & 3 (heavyweight vinyl 3xLP + insert)
Cat: BF 050. Rel: 29 Sep 15
Jazz
  1. Change Of The Guard (12:13)
  2. Isabelle (12:06)
  3. Final Thought (6:25)
  4. The Next Step (14:39)
  5. Askim (12:30)
  6. The Rhythm Changes (7:39)
  7. Leroy & Lanisha (9:24)
  8. Re Run (8:17)
  9. Miss Understanding (8:45)
  10. Henrietta Our Hero (7:10)
  11. Seven Prayers (7:32)
  12. Cherokee (8:10)
  13. The Magnificent 7 (12:42)
  14. Re Run Home (14:03)
  15. Malcolm's Theme (8:38)
  16. Clair De Lune (11:07)
  17. The Message (11:06)
Review: Already out in the ether since the summer, Kamasi's sprawling three-part jazz opus finally sees the light of vinyl day. Presented on heavyweight vinyl with his striking signature artwork, its delivery befits the album's rave reviews on its original arrival. Highlights, in case you haven't heard it yet, are the awe-inspiring switch from fusion to swing on "The Next Step" the album's overall sparing inclusion of vocal that make "The Rhythm Changes" really stand out and sparkle and the attention to detail on the narrative structure on reprise notes such as "Re Run Home". A must-have for any jazz/Brainfeeder fan.
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  1. Cold Turkey Time (4:13)
  2. Trackin' Down (4:42)
Review: Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators return to Timmion with a pair of brand-new soul scorchers, and this ain't no reissue business. For real. As per usual, the imprint know exactly where to source the very best in the contemporary gear while everyone else is looking to the 70s for that adrenaline rush. As it turns out, this is some marvellously constructed soul music, right from the heart and soul, with "Cold Turkey Last Time" and "Trackin' Down" containing all the elements of fine ballads that are both future-proof and utterly stand-out. Check it and don't wreck it.
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Kins (remastered) (heavyweight vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: TMR 532. Rel: 07 May 19
Jazz
  1. XY-Moch (5:15)
  2. Zycron (9:18)
  3. Zenolog Aintro (6:26)
  4. Androgeny (12:32)
  5. Kins (8:23)
  6. XY-Moch (2:27)
Review: These are heady times for fans of rare and obscure jazz albums, with essential new reissues dropping every week. Here's another, from lesser-known quintet Griot Galaxy. "Kins", their debut, was recorded over two days in September 1981 and originally appeared in stores early the following year on tiny imprint Black & White Records. This reissue replicates the original artwork and tracklist, with the cuts now sounding better than ever thanks to a tidy re-mastering job and extra-deep grooves. Musically, the six cuts on offer are wild and intergalactic in tone, with Griot Galaxy expertly combining elements of modal, spiritual jazz, free jazz, jazz-fusion and, on dancefloor-ready standout "Zenolog Aintro", bustling jazz-funk.
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 in stock $20.29
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