Quantic presents Flowering Inferno - "Cumbia Sobre El Mar" (feat Nidia Gongora - El Buho remix) (5:11)
Nickodemus, The Spy From Cairo & Gitkin - "Inmortales (Body Move)" (feat Femina - El Buho remix) (5:22)
Review: Following El Buho's "Tributaries" remix album, Wonderwheel offer up this choice 7" featuring two distinct cuts not found on the main record. First up is El Buho's take on grand master Quantic, working with the storied producer's considerable knowledge of Latin music to create a remix of "Cumbia Sobre El Mar" already well loved on globally minded dancefloors. On the flip comes the never before released El Buho version of Nickodemus and Femina's "Inmortales" - a fierce, drum-tastic version to get bodies shaking down.
Review: Hardwax don Mark Ernestus harvests the first fruits of his collaborative seeds sewn in Senegal with a clan of sabar drummers with the superbly titled Ndagga Rhythm Force project. The results on the first mix of "Yermande" are as deeply rhythmic and percussive as you'd imagine, as drums take centre stage and the dubby vocals lie waiting in the sonic ether. Truly meditative stuff from the Ndagga Rhythm Force. Remix-wise the instrumental gives the drums an even more prominent position while the Prophet 5 versions add dense, tightly plucked guitar and clipped synth textures to the lead melody.
Review: Berlin's master beat specialist, electronic dub pioneer, African music enthusiast, Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound member, and Hardwax co-founder, Mark Ernestus, is back with a new Ndagga bullet - and yes, that list was exhaustive on purpose. The myth of a man has turned his attentions from techno to African beat music over the last few years, and the releases have been amongst our favourites within the 'outernational' scene. "Lamb Ji" is as electric and magnetic as you'd expect, full of life and mystique thanks to its complex percussive patterns, hazy production, and lamenting tribal vocals - a super charger on the system. "Lamb Rhythm" is basically a version of the original; more dubby, more stripped-back and with no vocals. Powerful stuff, as always.
Review: Former Bugz In The Attic crewmember Alex Phountzi first joined forces with fellow broken beat pioneer IG Culture four years ago. Together, they launched the NameBrandSound project with a tidy EP of bass-weight business on Ninja Tune's Technicolour offshoot. Here the experienced twosome return with their first - and presumably only - missive of 2018. A-side "Shrunken Heads" is something of a percussive, off-kilter dancefloor beast, as the duo re-imagines Talking Heads classic "Once In A Lifetime" as a rolling, bruk-up floor-filler. Over on side B, "Bebop" sees them pepper another swinging, house-influenced bruk-up rhythm with lashings of synth-sax and some suitably shimmering chords.
Review: The Social Joy label has dropped a couple of low key, high grade jazz cuts from Guilhem Monin and Remi Mazet in the past few years. Now the label fires up after a couple of years silence with this gorgeous gathering of contemporary grooves from London-based band Natural Lateral. Tapping into the buoyant sound emanating out of enlightened clubs and studios in the UK capital, this promising outfit present the kind of instant, groove-oriented jazz that will have old heads and fresh faces nodding in approval. There's a Latin twist to their approach, not least on the oh-so-sweet "46 To Foulden", but there's also space for smoky, mellow moments on the likes of "Days With Amber".
Review: With releases on 22a, Beat X Changers and Wolf Music, Bradley Zero is very pleased to welcome Neue Grafik onboard his revered imprint. The record itself paying homage to the Parisian house dance scene, while taking cues from the broken beat sound of London - like on the emotive slo-mo soul of "Innervision" feat Wayne Snow or "To Peckham Rye" which definitely takes its cue from Kaidi Tatham. We particularly enjoyed the very Three Chairs influenced deepness of "Dance To Yemanjaor" and the the ruff 'n' dusty MPC jam "Why You" reminiscent of Motor City Drum Ensemble's Raw Cuts series. The tracks are largely sample based, but also employ much more live instrumentation than in previous productions.
Review: Since launching a year or two back, the nascent CoOp Presents label has delivered a trio of tasty singles from up-and-coming stars of the revivalist West London broken beat scene. Their fourth release continues this trend by offering up a debut single from former EVM128 collaborator Oliver Night. BB James lends a hand on brilliant opener "Make Believe", where clipped piano notes, heavy sub-bass, dubbed-out synth riffs and echoing vocal samples ride a crunchy, Seiji-style bruk-up groove. The EP's other hugely impressive moment also features a guest artist, Jay Phelps. He helps ensure that "Swing For Life" is a deliciously dubby and spaced-out chunk of late night deep house bliss.
Review: Considering this track originally surfaced back in 1993, it's staggering how up to the minute it still sounds, not to mention setting the tone for the swathes of downtempo and broken beat that would flood out from the 90s and beyond into the 21st century. You simply can't measure the influence of "The Nervous Track" with its horn blasts and limber drum roll, and it proves that MAW were never just about tough New York house bump. Take your pick from any of the mixes, they're all classics in their own individual ways, and they'll set any listener adrift on a summery haze of soulful tones and magical drum patterns.
Shining Sun (Motor City Drum Ensemble Winter Sun remix) (7:47)
Raised (Folamour remix) (5:05)
Psychologic (Khidja remix) (7:06)
The Vibe Inside (Gerd Janson Acid dub) (6:33)
Africa's Sounds (SAM remix) (6:14)
Interactive (Danny Krivit re-edit) (7:12)
Review: Here's a heavyweight package for jazz-loving tech heads to get inspired by. Billy Cobham, surely one of the greatest jazz fusion drummers of all time, gives his excellent Drum N' Voice series over to some scene-leading electronic innovators to remix, rework or simply pay untold respect to. You can sense Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer were in full reverential mode when they delivered their stunning, viscerally live version of "Stratus". Lexx brings the smooth funk to "Sensations", MCDE drops some feel-good vibes on "Shining Sun", and Khidja gets nicely wigged-out over "Psychologic". What's not to love about a fusion project like this one?
My Baby Just Cares For Me (The Reflex edit) (6:36)
Mood Indigo (Renegades Of Jazz remix) (3:47)
Little Girl Blue (Maestro remix) (4:37)
Love Me Or Leave Me (Suonho Relove) (3:38)
African Mailman (The Rebel remix) (3:57)
I Loves You Porgy (Mees Dierdorp remix) (4:10)
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Gabriel & Castellon & Maestro remix) (5:51)
African Mailman (Opolopo remix) (5:49)
Plain Gold Ring (Fab Samperi remix) (4:50)
He Needs Me (Gramophonedzie remix) (5:45)
Love Me Or Leave Me (Gabriel & Castellon & Maestro remix) (3:27)
African Mailman (Smoove remix) (6:00)
Central Park Blues (Monte's Midnight mix) (4:03)
Review: Nina Simone's Little Girl Blue album is one of her most acclaimed. It's packed with her archetypal blues, jazz and soul sound so you can understand why Dutch producer DJ Maestro jumped at the chance to remix it. He hasn't take on the sizeable task alone, however, as he's enlisted the likes of The Reflex (who releases frequently on Kon's label), Suonho, Mop Mop, Renegades of Jazz, Gramophonedzie, Fab Samperi and Mees Dierdorp. Much of the original material is easily recognisable, but is packaged in subtle beats, happy jazz or sympathetic neo-soul that feels somehow right and fitting.
Review: Although Nightmares On Wax's debut album "A Word of Science" (1991) had its moments, the blend of bass-heavy Bleep techno and hip-hop influenced workouts was arguably a little skewed. It was 1995's "Smokers Delight" that introduced us to what would now be considered the trademark George 'E.A.S.E' Evelyn sound - a weed-stained blend of dub, soul, hip-hop and sun-kissed positivity that endures to this day. As this limited edition 25th Anniversary pressing proves, it remains a great album that's lasted the test of time remarkably well. This time round there's more luxurious packaging, coloured records (one red, one green) and a download card that allows access to four previously unreleased cuts. Grab a copy, light up and enjoy!
Now Is The Time (Ashley Beedle Warbox dubplate special)
Thinking Of Omara
I Am You (live in Chicago)
Flip Ya Lid
Be, I Do
(Man) Tha Journey
Now Is The Time
Bless My Soul
I'm For Real
Set Me Free (Piano dub)
Review: Amazingly, it's 25 years since George 'E.A.S.E' Evelyn and then production partner Kevin 'Boy Wonder' Harper sat down and recorded "Dextrous", their monstrous, bleep-era classic on Warp. A quarter of a century later, Evelyn is still going strong, though the grooves have mellowed a lot in that time. Here, Warp celebrate the producer's epic career with a much-deserved retrospective. All the familiar favourites are present, from the rush-inducing thrill of early dancefloor smashers "I'm For Real" and "Aftermath", to the sinewy downtempo goodness of the decidedly Balearic "Les Nuits", the blazed hip-hop dub of "195 Llbs" and stoner soul of "70s 80s".
Review: Having delivered a seventh studio album of a long and productive career as Nightmares On Wax last year, George Evelyn has been treated to the full retrospective programme by Warp in 2014. Earlier this year the label issued a best of, artfully punned NOW Is The Time, this week has seen Warp reissue in deluxe format all of Evelyn's six previous and widely loved long players. All of them are in stock at Juno and worthy of your time, though Carboot Soul is a particular favourite amongst the review team here. The Quincy Jones sample on opener "La Nuit" never sounded so good!
Review: Prolific producer Carlos Nino fires out albums at roughly the same pace as a bored teenager sends out text messages. We've lost count of the number of full-length excursions he's released to date, though we can confirm that this is the fifth album in his collaborative ...& Friends series. As the title, Going Home, euphemistically hints, all six compositions were inspired by death and the idea of the afterlife. Musically, it's a stunningly evocative and emotion-rich affair, with Ninos and his chosen musicians (including new age legend Iasos) effortlessly combining elements of early '80s electronica, Berlin school ambient, free-jazz, Penguin Cafe Orcehstra style Baroque eccentricity and Namlook-esque deep space bliss. In other words, it's another inspired and must-have record from Carlos Ninos.
Review: Gondwana Records is an Independent record label based in Manchester, UK. Founded by Matthew Halsall in 2008, the label has gone on to release music by Dwight Trible, John Ellis, Mammal Hands, Nat Birchall, Phil France and Portico Quartet. The label has won a legion of fans across the world and acclaim from the likes of tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, DJ Shadow, Mr Scruff and Bonobo. Now they present Noya Rao, a Leeds based electronic-soul quartet. Purveyors of lush, enigmatic dreamscapes and grooving electronica, they're led by producer Tom Henry with vocalist Olivia Bhattacharjee, bassist Jim Wiltshire and drummer Matt Davies. Said to be influenced by the Sub Dub nights at Leeds West Indian Centre, it joins the dots between soul, pop, jazz, R&B and electronica. For fans of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic/danceable electronica: look no further.
Review: Italian duo Nu Guinea has previously proved adept at creating humid, sultry deep house and tropical-infused electronics. Here, they focus a little more on the latter with a concept album based around the distinctive Afrobeat rhythms of legendary drummer Tony Allen. With his blessing, and that of the Comet label on which he's been releasing since the 1980s, the Early Sounds Recordings pair has cut-up and re-constructed Allen's drums, combining them with their own steamy electronics, vintage synthesizer lines and classic drum machines. It's an intoxicating and hugely entertaining blend that sits somewhere between their previous outings, Danny Wolfers' material under the Nacho Patrol guise, and the dreamy late '80s/early '90s work of forgotten Italian producer Mr Marvin.
Review: After debuting with their killer self-titled album back in 2015, Nubiyan Twist are back in full force with this incredible album on Strut. This is broken beat in full widescreen technicolour, with the hefty size of the band and their incredible chops whipping up all kinds of soul stirring patterns and shapes. There's a strong list of guests too, from Nick Richards to Pilo Adami, and not least the legendary ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke. From spiky futuristic workouts to delicate bossa inspired trips and drawing on a rich tapestry of cultural influences, this album bursts with life at every turn.
Blessing It (feat Substantial & Pase Rock - remix) (3:23)
Horn In The Middle (4:02)
Lady Brown (feat Cise Starr) (3:19)
Highs 2 Lows (feat Cise Starr) (4:32)
Beat Laments The World (4:20)
Letter From Yokosuka (3:09)
Think Different (feat Substantial) (3:18)
A Day By Atmosphere Supreme (4:00)
Next View (feat Uyama Hiroto) (4:34)
Lattitude (feat Five Deez - remix) (3:58)
FILO (feat Shing02) (3:30)
Summer Gypsy (4:19)
The Final View (3:35)
Review: Despite selling out instantly on first press back in November 2018, it is only now that Nujabes' first solo album "Metaphorical Music" makes it to wax once more. This most spiritual of hip hop records - first released in 2003 - brings together downtempo, trip hop, instrumental, classic era boom bap, neo soul and funk into an accomplished collection of tunes that pack a dance floor as well as heartfelt punch. The album showcases some of the best music that the hip hop genre is capable of. Do not miss this, as it won't be around for long.