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Wondering (1-sided 12" + insert) (1 per customer)
Cat: WB 008. Rel: 07 Oct 19
  1. Wondering (7:15)
Review: In 1996, Dreamscape's Ed Marshall donned a new alias, Aplomb, and delivered the first fruits of his new project to New Age House Records. Only one track was ever released on a limited label promo, "Wondering". World Building's Ari Goldman, who previously put out a compilation of Marshall's work as Dreamscape, is a fan and has decided to rescue it from obscurity via this single-sided 12". The track itself is hard to accurately pigeonhole, combining as it does dense, carnival style drums, female scat vocals, warm bass, dreamy deep house chords and synthesizer flourishes reminiscent of early '80s jazz-funk. Either way, it's a sunny and groovy chunk of obscure house positivity that's well worth a place in your collection.
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Played by: I Love Disco!, The Owl
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Inspector Norse (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLRS 126. Rel: 21 Oct 19
  1. Inspector Norse (4:41)
  2. Inspector Norse (Slowly remix) (4:47)
Review: Given the popularity of Todd Terje's 2012 nu-disco anthem "Inspector Norse", it's a bit of a surprise that we've not seen more cover versions over the years. By our reckoning, this is only the second, following the release of The Gene Dudley Group's heavy funk take in 2015. Cruisic's version is very different in tone, re-imagining the Norwegian's spiraling dancefloor epic as a shuffling jazz-funk workout where Terje's spiraling synthesizer lead lines are replayed on electric piano and flute. There are plenty of synths involved, but it's an altogether warmer and looser take on the anthem-like original. Slowly provides the obligatory B-side remix, turning Cruisic's version into a jaunty summer synth-dub workout with a touch of dub disco flavour.
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Ocean In A Drop (Soundtrack) (10") (1 per customer)
Cat: 778880 9. Rel: 18 Oct 19
  1. Time-Lapse City (3:57)
  2. Control Shift (7:02)
  3. Four Corners (4:27)
  4. Ocean In A Drop (4:18)
  5. Nessus (2:36)
Review: Back in 2015, jazz/electronica fusionists GoGo Penguin wrote and performed a live soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio's cult 1982 documentary "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance". It was such a success that they have since performed the soundtrack live all over the world, and here deliver a fine mini-album inspired by their original "re-score". It's as vibrant, emotion-rich and stirring as you'd expect, with opener "Time-Lapse City" providing a dazzling mixture of intensely positive and restless pianos, bustling jazz drums and smooth double bass, "Ocean In A Drop" brilliantly growing in intensity throughout thanks to a superb new arrangement and closer "Nessus" sounding every bit as poignant and tear-jerking as it did when they first performed the score.
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Unity In Diversity (12" limited to 100 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: WW 007. Rel: 07 Oct 19
  1. Samba Akole (4:11)
  2. Elaboration Of The Spirits (6:05)
  3. Preludia (5:52)
  4. Yemaya Olodo (6:12)
  5. Transition Deep (6:30)
  6. Epiphany (Yoruba Soul remix) (6:08)
Review: They may not have released many records, but samba/soul/jazz fusionists the Han Litz group have been mainstays of the Dutch scene for a decade. Here they return with a wonderfully breezy, samba-soaked collection of cuts that's remarkably their first ever outing on wax. The A-side begins with two warm, afternoon fresh tracks that sound like authentic Brazilian samba jams from the 1970s, before Litz and company indulge in a little flute-heavy jazz ("Preludia") and Afro-tinged broken beat/jazz fusion ("Yemaya Olodo"). Also impressive is closing cut "Epiphany", which has been transformed by Yoruba Soul man Osunlade into a sumptuous shuffle through deep house/samba fusion complete with Flamenco style Spanish guitar solos.
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Devotion (12")
Cat: EGLO 066. Rel: 05 Sep 19
  1. K15 (Devotion) (7:27)
  2. Patrick Gibin (Cloud Nine) (6:11)
Review: Eglo Records' 10th birthday celebrations are in full swing. They've already notched up a riotous birthday party that got rave reviews, and later in the year will release a brand new compilation of previously unheard treats. It's this collection that's being trailed here via Kieran "K15" Ifill's "Devotion", a dancefloor-focused chunk of soul-flecked broken beat that Ego co-founder Alexander Nut recently described as "music for the mind, body and soul". Over on the flip there's a vinyl-only exclusive in the shape of Ifill's remix of Patrick Gibin and Javonntte's recent jazz-funk fired soulful house workout "Cloud 9". Ifill opts for a heavy bruk-up flavour, wrapping soulful musical elements from the original around punchy, loose-limbed beats and speaker-bothering low-end pressure.
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Cat: GAMM 140. Rel: 09 Oct 19
  1. The Light Of You (Al Kent edit) (8:29)
  2. Sing A Song (Al Kent edit) (7:28)
Review: Glaswegian disco overlord Al Kent is particularly fond of dusty, hard-to-find records that combine great grooves with the kind of sugary, flowing orchestration that marks out some of the greatest late-'70s dancefloor records. It's these records that he tends to re-edit. He's at it again here on a surprise two-track GAMM outing. Check first A-side "The Light Of You", a peak-time ready Stevie cover version disco cut that adds a myriad of instrumental solos to a heavily orchestrated backing track originally recorded by latin disco soul outfit LaSo. It's rather good, all told, as is the wild flipside Latin jazz-funk workout "Sing A Song". It's pretty sweaty and even boasts some serious eyes-closed guitar solo action (along with tons of authentic South American percussion).
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Montpelier/Rumex (100 gram vinyl 10")
Cat: TIO S3. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Montpelier (5:47)
  2. Rumex (6:19)
Review: Fresh from delving into his ambient side on the pastorally-enhanced "Loom Dream" album for Whities, Leif revives his self-manned Tio Series with another double-shot of delicate but impactful cuts outside the conventional slipstream of modern techno. The rhythms fall crooked, the synths trickle, bubble and cascade around the groove and the atmosphere remains humid and heady, especially on ear-snagging B-side "Rumex". "Montpelier" sports more explicit dubby flourishes and a spread of sonic flora and fauna in the middle distance that truly brings the track to life.
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Tell Me (7")
Cat: OTIS 006. Rel: 10 Sep 19
  1. Tell Me (feat Tyson) (4:08)
  2. Healer (3:42)
Review: Last time we heard from London's Lord Tusk, he was joining the dots between deep house and dub via a fine 2018 EP on MIC. Seven-inch single "Tell Me" is an altogether different beast, with the A-side title track offering a spacey, guitar-laden trip into lo-fi rock/intergalactic synth-pop fusion featuring the woozy vocal talents of sometime Unklejam member Tyson. Turn to the flip for "Healer", a gloriously reverb-heavy trip into late night Fleetwood Mac/AOR guitars, skittish drums, tipsy lead vocals and all manner of starburst dub effects.
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Cogito Ergo Jam (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: SJ 003. Rel: 21 Oct 19
  1. Bossa Blue
  2. 46 To Foulden
  3. Days With Amber
  4. Safe As Sound
  5. Stalagmite
  6. Yellow
Review: For the third instalment of their record label, Social Joy invites the London based band, Natural Lateral, to step into the records label family with their first LP.. The name "Cogito Ergo Jam" meaning, "I think therefore I jam" sums up its essence and beautifully weaves together different strands of musical roots and forms. Echoing jazz legends like Azymuth, Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith but always in search of new musical territories, this release takes the listener into a feel-good and fiery sensation of musical freedom. Natural Lateral's tremendous energy in the studio is felt throughout on every track of the LP, giving these recordings a beautifully intimate insight into the phenomenal vision of the band.
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Cat: RS 030. Rel: 24 Sep 19
  1. No Fuss No Fight (feat Brother Portrait) (5:08)
  2. Ping Pong (4:17)
  3. Interlude (1:55)
  4. Earth & Rain (feat Poppy Ajudha) (6:02)
  5. Shitbird (4:33)
  6. Slow Man (4:47)
Review: To give Bradley Zero credit, the Rhythm Section International founder is rather good at sniffing out new talent. Further proof of his A&R (or should that be "executive producer") skills emerges via this superb debut EP from Saul, a duo comprised of Footshooter's Barney Whittaker and Velvs Trio member Jack Stephenson-Oliver. The EP's six tracks are warm, woozy and jazzy, with the pair - and guest vocalists/musicians - joining the dots between broken beat, hip-hop, two-step garage, jazz-funk, deep house, soul and drum and bass. While the duo's musical dexterity is clear throughout, it's the warmth, soulfulness and jazziness of their 21st century fusion cuts that most impresses.
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Cat: SOLPS 009. Rel: 25 Sep 19
  1. Don't You Let Go (feat Kenny Wesley) (7:56)
  2. Number One Station (feat Daniel Meinecke) (6:15)
  3. Don't You Let Go (feat Kenny Wesley - DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix) (8:21)
  4. Don't You Let Go (feat Kenny Weslet - Caserta At Work remix) (7:17)
Review: Sol Power Sound has had a solid 2019 but they aren't done yet: this new one features an all star cast with remixes by legendary DJ Spinna and LA's Joseph Caserta. DC-based vocalist Kenny Wesley is at the heart of the operation and features on "Don't You Let Go", with multi-layered drums and dub weight soaring to the skies. "Number One Station" features Daniel Meinecke and is a golden broken beat with all the hits and scattered percussion that make this such perfect body music. Spinna's remix is pure feel good, good time house music with old school spirituality, while Caserta pays more than a subtle tribute to Masters At Work's famously chunky drums with his "Caserta At Work" remix.
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Cat: SRM 2677. Rel: 30 Sep 19
  1. The Soul Feast (Drum dub) (6:49)
  2. The Soul Feast (acappella EFXS) (6:54)
Review: In 2009, two years after the original version appeared on Somi's debut album "Red Soil In My Eyes", Joaquin "Joe" Claussell and Brian Bacchus joined forces as Soul Feast to remix Fela Kuti cover "African Lady". A decade on, Claussell has decided to reissue the package's most potent and percussive moment, the layered "Drum Dub" on a tasty seven-inch single. While there are key elements of Somi's original version present - the killer bassline, some delay-laden horns and fleeting glimpses of guitar - the mix is dominated by layered Afro-house percussion. This time round, the mix comes backed with an "Acapella EFXS" version, which contains all of Somi's superb vocal and is closer in tone to the duo's 2009 club mix. Like the A-side, it's superb.
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Cat: 2037 BLACK. Rel: 10 Oct 19
  1. You Find That I Got It (4:45)
  2. Mjuvi (4:49)
Review: The hardest-working man in West London is back! By now we've become accustomed to Kaidi Tatham offering up regular doses of soul and jazz-funk-fired dancefloor goodness, but even by his high standards "You Find That I Got It" is something special. Warm, woozy, groovy and full of intricate musical details - brief synth solos, subtle orchestration and so on - the A-side title track is a wonderfully sunny slice of instrumental boogie-soul. Tatham's world-renowned keys playing comes to the fore on the organic broken beat/jazz-funk fusion of "Mjuvi", a flipside cut that's almost as good as the exceptional title track.
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Clavinet Discourse (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: UZURI 029. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Clavinet Discourse (5:09)
  2. Talking Song (6:33)
  3. Talking Song (dub version) (6:34)
  4. Thousands Of Chimes Together (5:45)
Review: Luca Murgia is Two Thou - an alias which has seen him land intriguing releases on Burek, Fields & Forests and his own Gifted Culture label. Now he's been snapped up by Uzuri with some star-gazing cuts that straddle broken beat, deep house and something more altogether cosmic. "Clavinet Discourse" is the consummate lead track, a true showstopper with astral synth flex and a sharp, snappy beat. "Talking Song" has a more pronounced deep house bump and leads that wouldn't sound out of place on Strictly Jaz Unit - the dub version does away with the leads if you want something subtler. "Thousands Of Chimes Together" completes the set with a spiritual throwdown to invigorate any open-minded dancefloor.
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Turn To Clear View (limited gatefold heavyweight clear vinyl LP)
Cat: BWOOD 207LPC. Rel: 20 Sep 19
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Ashber) (4:13)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow) (5:05)
  3. Gnawa Sweet (6:03)
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked) (4:17)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Comin From (5:41)
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst) (6:49)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia) (5:12)
  8. Self: Love (feat Obongjayar) (6:23)
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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Turn To Clear View (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: BWOOD 207LP. Rel: 20 Sep 19
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Asheber) (4:13)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow) (5:04)
  3. Gnawa Sweet (6:08)
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked) (4:18)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Coming From (6:10)
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst) (5:34)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia) (5:56)
  8. Self:Love (feat Obongjayar) (6:21)
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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Played by: RUSTAM OSPANOFF.
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Too Much (gatefold 2xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BLACKLP 005. Rel: 12 Sep 19
  1. A Strong Move For Truth (feat Nadine Charles) (3:19)
  2. Good Morning (feat Samii) (2:40)
  3. Remini Dream (feat Ivana Santilli) (3:46)
  4. I Don't Wanna Know (feat Obenewa) (3:21)
  5. Unknown Faults (3:59)
  6. Life Can Be Unreal (feat Sarina Leah) (3:26)
  7. Too Much (feat Sharlene Hector) (1:58)
  8. You Are Virgo (5:05)
  9. Come Of Age (3:28)
  10. Just Leave It (feat Lady Alma) (4:52)
  11. Ogawa Okasan Said Just Play (4:45)
  12. A Where Pringle Deh? (2:14)
  13. My Standards Are (Not) Too High (8:40)
Review: In our eyes, 2000 Black lynchpin Dego can do no wrong. You'll therefore be unsurprised to hear that we're huge fans of the 4Hero founder member's latest solo album, a belated follow-up to 2015's "The More Things Stay The Same". It is, of course, superbly soulful, slicky produced and wonderfully paced, moving from the heady soul sweetness of "A Strong Move For Truth", to the deep jazz-funk/broken beat vibes of "My Standards Are (Not) Too High" via 12 other warm and seductive cuts of an equally high standard. Highlights include the summery bruk-soul bliss of "Remini Dream", the toasty boogie revivalism of "Unknown Faults" and the Clavinet-sporting brilliance of Lady Alma hook-up "Just Leave It".
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Crush (140 gram vinyl LP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: ZEN 259. Rel: 18 Oct 19
  1. Falaise (1:30)
  2. Last Bloom (1:30)
  3. Anasickmodular (1:30)
  4. Requiem For CS70 & Strings (1:30)
  5. Karakul (1:30)
  6. LesAlpx (1:30)
  7. Bias (1:30)
  8. Environments (1:30)
  9. Birth (1:30)
  10. Sea-watch (1:30)
  11. Apoptose (part 1) (1:30)
  12. Apoptose (part 2) (1:30)
Review: A new album from Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points is always cause for celebration, but even by his standards "Crush" is rather special. Largely eschewing the ambient jazz soundscape shuffle of 2017's "Reflections - Mojave Desert", it sees the Shepherd showcase his musical dexterity in stunning fashion via cuts that wrap shimmering neo-classical strings around what sound like modular electronics and rhythms that variously touch on broken beat, off-kilter experimental D&B and Autechre-style IDM. Of course there are ambient and experimental soundscapes showcased, but it's the fact that the album contains a swathe of formidably dancefloor-focused cuts in the style that first made him standout that pleases us most. Highlights include recent single "LesAlpx", the dreamy "Anasickmodular" and the "People's Potential" style deep house intricacy of "Last Bloom".
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Crush (Indie Edition) (140 gram vinyl LP + booklet)
Cat: ZEN 259Y. Rel: 18 Oct 19
  1. Falaise (3:39)
  2. Last Bloom (5:55)
  3. Anasickmodular (3:14)
  4. Requiem For CS70 & Strings (2:22)
  5. Karakul (1:34)
  6. LesAlpx (5:11)
  7. Bias (5:12)
  8. Environments (4:36)
  9. Birth (3:00)
  10. Sea-watch (4:04)
  11. Apoptose (part 1) (2:35)
  12. Apoptose (part 2) (2:25)
Review: A new album from Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points is always cause for celebration, but even by his standards "Crush" is rather special. Largely eschewing the ambient jazz soundscape shuffle of 2017's "Reflections - Mojave Desert", it sees the Shepherd showcase his musical dexterity in stunning fashion via cuts that wrap shimmering neo-classical strings around what sound like modular electronics and rhythms that variously touch on broken beat, off-kilter experimental D&B and Autechre-style IDM. Of course there are ambient and experimental soundscapes showcased, but it's the fact that the album contains a swathe of formidably dancefloor-focused cuts in the style that first made him standout that pleases us most. Highlights include recent single "LesAlpx", the dreamy "Anasickmodular" and the "People's Potential" style deep house intricacy of "Last Bloom".
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  1. Karmapa Chenno (8:48)
  2. Universal Mother (feat Ballake Sissoko) (9:45)
  3. Degi Degi (7:55)
  4. Mahakali (6:27)
  5. Malkauns (4:28)
Review: Previously, French producer Gary Gritness has carved a niche as a creator of hard-wired revivalist electro and boogie, delivering slightly more eclectic - but wholeheartedly electronic - albums for Hypercolour and others. His latest project is a little different. It sees him join forces with two musician friends to deliver an album of radical new (mostly electronic) interpretations of Don Cherry's jazz-fusion works. All seven tracks were recorded live in the studio using a mixture of dusty drum machines, synthesizers, percussion, acoustic instrumentation (Spanish guitar, saxophone) and the musicians' own voices. The results are superb, delivering intergalactic and often wonderfully out-there covers of Cherry compositions that sound like they were beamed down from some far-off tech-jazz galaxy.
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Oneness (3xLP)
Cat: GONDLP 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  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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Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: 190758 91581. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Star Child (feat Judi Jackson) (4:17)
  2. Realisations (6:09)
  3. Between The Lines (feat Keyon Harrold & Sparkz) (4:42)
  4. Introspection (feat Theo Croker) (5:00)
  5. Colors (4:32)
  6. Cranes (In The Sky) (5:47)
  7. I Still Believe (feat Milton Suggs) (5:41)
  8. Elipsis (interlude) (1:07)
  9. Sunrise (5:00)
  10. Dark Honey (4TheStorm) (feat Makaya McCraven) (5:48)
  11. Pressure (instrumental) (4:41)
  12. Ahmed (4:27)
  13. Lullaby (Rise & Shine) (feat Judi Jackson) (3:55)
  14. Battle (feat Binker & Moses) (4:32)
  15. The Mighty (feat Ben Marc) (3:31)
Review: South London pianist and composer Ashley Henry is a versatile musician who can move between all niches within his musical realm: hip hop, broken beat, jazz and fusion flows from his finger tips and all characterise his expansive and expressive new album "Beautiful Vinyl Hunter". Stellar collaborators Makaya McCraven, Judi Jackson and MC Sparkz amongst others all help enrich this album as it flows from post-bop to classic jazz to neo-soul in thrilling fashion. Rooted in tradition but with a distinctly London edge that soars to new heights, this record sets a new benchmark for the contemporary scene.
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Cat: SNDWLP 133. Rel: 13 Sep 19
  1. Endless Dawn (2:50)
  2. Bohemian Idol (5:56)
  3. Digital Haircut (3:39)
  4. Street Knowledge (3:44)
  5. Molten Lava (4:20)
  6. Put It In My Head (6:03)
  7. The Creator Has A Master Plan (4:07)
  8. Ghost Hands (4:17)
  9. What Is That Feeling (3:26)
  10. Arabesque (4:10)
Review: Curiosities is the second album in the trilogy from in-demand New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo. Six years after initial release, this reissue sounds as vital as ever and is extra DJ-friendly given that it is spread across two slabs of wax. It covers plenty of ground from escapist tropical ambient to lovably lazy dubs via vivid disco-funk. Highlights come in the form of "Molten Lava" and its heart wrenching vocals and the gospel grooves of "The Creator Has A Master Plan". Winter might be fast approaching, but so long as you have sounds as warm and sunny as these around, summer will never feel too far away.
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Little Ghost (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: TRULP 383. Rel: 02 Sep 19
  1. Wise Women (3:47)
  2. Too Much To Ask (3:47)
  3. The Other Side (6:09)
  4. Sweet Love (4:13)
  5. Strength (4:50)
  6. Everything I Need (3:10)
  7. Money (4:38)
  8. Nova (1:02)
  9. Get To Know It (3:46)
  10. What You're Doing (4:39)
  11. Come Over (3:27)
  12. Onto Me (4:39)
  13. Whistling (2:47)
  14. Still Wonder (3:46)
Review: Moonchild are one of the many jewels in the Tru Thoughts fam. Their mellifluous sound melts jazz chords, angelic neo-soul vocals and broken beats to cathartic effect, and "Little Ghost" marks the LA-based band's third album on the label, fourth overall. There are no great deviations from their signature formula here, but that's not a problem: there will always be space in anyone's collection for the golden late night grooves of "Too Much To Ask," twinkling keys of "Sweet Love" and romantic Sunday morning sounds of the enchanting "Strength," amongst many other highlights.
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 in stock $19.30
Sonkei (LP)
Cat: ALBFLP 05. Rel: 25 Sep 19
  1. Lullabies Of The Lost (1:29)
  2. Onkochishin (6:45)
  3. Elegy Of Entrapment (6:27)
  4. The Art Of Altercation (5:53)
  5. Cosmic Collisions (7:41)
  6. Circle Of Transmigration (4:28)
  7. Fallen Angel (8:40)
  8. Tempestuous Temperaments (4:59)
Review: Headed up by jazz-man and broken beat hero Mark de Clive-Lowe, Tokyo's Ronin Arkestra is an all-star collective that includes members of some of Japan's leading jazz and electronic music outfits. We shouldn't really be surprised, then, that debut album "Sonkei" is rather special. It features some suitably grandiose and epic contemporary jazz workouts - see "Onkochishin", the wonderfully spiritual and dancefloor-friendly "The Art of Altercation" and loose-limbed closing cut "Tempestuous Temperaments" - but the influence of other forms of music (most notably dub, ambient and electronica) is evident throughout, often in subtle and surprising ways. In other words, it sounds like a future jazz classic in the making.
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Chaos Theories (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 208LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
  1. Charlie Foxtrot (4:10)
  2. Police The Police (3:49)
  3. House Of Cards (5:12)
  4. Boat Rockers (4:49)
  5. Sky High (4:21)
  6. War Games (4:07)
  7. General Strike (4:26)
  8. Slumlord (5:31)
  9. Well Runs Dry (8:26)
Review: Canadian collective The Soul Jazz Orchestra's latest studio album is a cheery tonic for our troubled times. That's not to say it doesn't engage you with some thought-provoking moments along the way (the pay gap, dodgy landlords, police brutalities, the current US administration) but generally the musicianship is uplifting and hypnotic. The album draws on funk, jazz and soul with Latin, Caribbean and Afro twists that make it work on the dance floor as well as home stereo. Anthems like "General Strike" exhibit some 2 tone swagger and "Sky High" is pure disco dynamite.
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Cat: OTCRLP 006. Rel: 30 Aug 19
  1. Dangerous Women (1:12)
  2. Why White Folks Can't Call Me Nigga (5:02)
  3. Bastard (3:43)
  4. The Collection (3:17)
  5. Corny Ass Poem (2:12)
  6. Madea (2:08)
  7. Peackocks & Other Savage Beasts (3:26)
  8. Again (3:46)
  9. I Dream So Loud (feat Daniel B Summerhill) (4:53)
Review: You won't hear many albums as direct, hard hitting and confrontational as this: musing on the black experience, culture, identity, love and trauma, it is a spoken word and poetic masterclass from California born Tenesha The Wordsmith with production from Khalab. Jazz, electronic dance, afro rhythms, hip hop and broken beat all make up the grooves and beautifully frame the album's thundering truths and uncomfortable realities. At times intimate and personal, at others chest beating and empowering, it is an album that makes a lasting impact. "I hope your compassion for others grows," says Tenesha of listening to it, and surely it will.
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Oonops Drops Vol 2 (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AR 119VL. Rel: 04 Oct 19
  1. Coldcut - "Make Up Your Mind" (feat Ce’Cile & Toddla T - Manasseh remix) (3:38)
  2. Bird Moves - "Little Sunflower" (6:17)
  3. Sly5thAve - "Stay" (4:10)
  4. 45 Aka Swing-O - "Tokyo Jazz Freak" (4:34)
  5. RF - "Resurrection" (4:24)
  6. Schemes - "Sublimation" (3:48)
  7. John Turell - "Chasing Shadows" (Soopasoul remix) (3:59)
  8. T Bird & The Breaks - "No Diggity" (3:55)
  9. Amy True - "Save Urself" (feat Nubya Garcia) (3:08)
  10. Igor Zhukovsky & MRR Drumetrics - "Pongtron" (1:36)
  11. Kinny - "Water For Chocolate" (feat Souldrop) (3:43)
  12. Magic In Threes - "Measly Peace" (3:10)
  13. Kazumi Kaneda - "Uncertain" (3:24)
  14. Twit One - "Tibb's Nightmare" (3:04)
Review: DJ Oonops is back by popular demand. After the first volume of his Oonops Drops compilation got snapped up by lovers of exotic sounds, he returns with a second edition that is just as jam packed with heat from the worlds of dub, funk, soul, jazz and beats. Some artists will be known to reoccur diggers, some are brand new, but they all come correct. The well sequenced selection sinks you deep into swaggering dub, raises your spirits with some great flute playing and invites you into some subterranean jazz lounge, amongst many other things. This is the sort of shortcut collection that allows you to show off to friends after someone else has done all the hard work.
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The Return (reissue) (limited 180 gram clear vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BFR 001LPD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
  1. Salaam (8:33)
  2. Broken Theme (4:28)
  3. The Return (1:10)
  4. High Roller (2:59)
  5. Situations (live In Milan) (2:54)
  6. Catch The Loop (6:51)
  7. Rhythm Commission (2:30)
  8. Medina (6:51)
  9. LDN Shuffle (5:24)
  10. Aisha (2:19)
Review: Kamaal Williams has described The Return, his now reissued debut solo album, as "a natural evolution from the Yussef Kamaal project". Yet while that was made in collaboration with drummer Yussef Kamaal and played around with jazz in its myriad forms, The Return sees the man sometimes known as Henry Wu stamp his own mark on proceedings. So while "visionary jazz" (as the press release puts it) is his aim, this manifests itself in a range of ways. Contrast, for example, the leisurely jazz-funk flex and stoned feel of opener "Salaam" with the more groove-driven, dancefloor vibes of "High Roller", where sinewy strings tumble down over hip-hop influenced live house beats, meandering Herbie Hancock style synths and a superb bassline.
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