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Juno Recommends Brokenbeat / Nu Jazz April 2021

Juno Recommends Broken Beat Nu Jazz

Juno Recommends Broken Beat Nu Jazz

Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz April 2021
Phase II (1 per customer)
Cat: RREP 02. Rel: 08 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Phase II (part 1) (4:53)
  2. Phase II (part 2) (6:33)
Review: Aussie audio explorers Mildlife made a big impression with their debut album, Phase, which earned copious amounts of praise from the likes of DJ magazine, Mojo, BBC Six Music and The Guardian. Buoyed by this unexpected success, they returned to the studio and recorded "Phase II" - an 11-minute journey split into two parts, here spread across both sides of a 7" single. A-side "Part 1" is a wonderfully languid affair, with the band adding spacey Moog solos and 1960s British spy movie guitars to a lolloping rhythm track that sits somewhere between soul and jazz-funk. The "Part II" flipside version is noticeably slower, groovier and more of a head-trip, with fluttering flute solos rising above the band's impeccable rhythm section and intoxicating aural textures.
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out of stock $11.75
Cat: LB 97CD. Rel: 29 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Promises (Movement 1)
  2. Promises (Movement 2)
  3. Promises (Movement 3)
  4. Promises (Movement 4)
  5. Promises (Movement 5)
  6. Promises (Movement 6)
  7. Promises (Movement 7)
  8. Promises (Movement 8)
  9. Promises (Movement 9)
Review: Over the years, Sam Shepheard's work as Floating Points has become increasingly ambitious, moving further away from his dancefloor roots and closer to spiritual jazz, new age and neo-classical. Even so, it was still a surprise when Shepheard announced Promises, a 46-minute piece in 10 "movements" featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. It's an undeniably remarkable piece all told; a constantly evolving fusion of neo-classical ambience, spiritual jazz and starry, synthesizer-laden soundscapes notable not only for Sanders' sublime sax-playing and Shepheard's memorable melodic themes, but also the intricate, detailed nature of the musical arrangements. It's a stunningly beautiful and life-affirming piece all told, and one that deserves your full attention.
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 in stock $12.63
Cat: SCLP 491. Rel: 08 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. People Need People (4:18)
  2. Hold On To Your Dreams (4:51)
  3. Nigeria (5:06)
  4. Imani River (4:58)
  5. The Higher Love (4:10)
  6. Tribes (6:43)
  7. Inner Light (6:20)
  8. African Spirits (6:39)
  9. New World Shuffle (6:37)
  10. Good Juju (3:50)
  11. Mother Of The Earth (4:51)
Review: Long-established Italian producer Nicola Conte started working with jazz trombobist Gianluca Petrella back in 2017. In the years since, they've released a string of singles that fuse contemporary house sounds with the rhythms and musical styles of Africa. Here they present their collaborative debut album, People Need People, an effortlessly soulful affair that draws deeply on the pair's joint love of deep jazz-funk (see 'Hold On To Your Dreams') and the funk-fuelled goodness of Afrobeat ('Nigeria'). Throw in versions of those previously released singles (think 'African Spirits' and 'New World Shuffle' for starters), and you've got a highly entertaining full of high-quality musicianship and plenty of life-affirming melodic motifs.
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out of stock $32.62
Cat: REWARM 5. Rel: 22 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Sinnerman (6:13)
  2. Sinnerman (Quiet Village remix) (8:48)
  3. Sinnerman (Quiet Village dub) (8:48)
out of stock $12.63
Cat: MMS 042LP. Rel: 22 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Je Prendrai Le Romanee-Conti (Putain De Leroy) (1:58)
  2. Les Jardins Esmeraldins (Pour Caillard) (1:08)
  3. Un Bordeaux Pre-Phylloxera (Pour Le Riche Encule) (3:09)
  4. Deux Fakes Jayers (Aussi Pour Le Riche Encule) (3:32)
  5. Riesling Pour Robert (4:41)
  6. Du Morgon Au Moulin-A-Vent (Pour Duke) (9:07)
  7. Trou Du Cul (Ode Au Sommelier Arrogant) (2:34)
  8. Etude Montrachet (4:32)
  9. Le Feu (Pour Belluard) (0:22)
  10. Merde (Basse-cour) (5:04)
  11. Inestimable Le Clos (4:22)
  12. La Closerie (Pour Prevost) (2:07)
  13. Hommage A La Vielle Garde (Pour Lafarge Et Rinaldi) (4:45)
Review: The Jahari Massamba Unit is an all new jazz project from the legendary Madlib and Karriem Riggins. Madlib is responsible for all the instrumentals bar the drums, which Riggins takes care of, and both bring a wealth of jazz and hip hop experience and knowledge to the collaboration. The sounds are best described as spiritual jazz, or as Madlib calls it 'Black classical music', and are steeped in history while also offering up a vision of the future. There are moments of abstract sun worshiping, lush broken beat grooves with exquisite solos and more prickly pieces. This sure is another vital entry into the ever excellent discography of Madlib.
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 in stock $30.54
Cat: STUDIOMULE 37. Rel: 29 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Watarase (Henrik Schwarz version) (6:54)
  2. Watarase (Kuniyuki version) (7:47)
! low stock $17.92
Cat: STRUT 225LP. Rel: 15 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Morning Light (feat Ria Moran) (5:27)
  2. Tittle Tattle (feat Cherise) (5:18)
  3. Buckle Up (feat Soweto Kinch) (5:03)
  4. Keeper (feat Cherise) (7:08)
  5. Ma Wonka (feat Pat Thomas) (4:51)
  6. Flow (feat Cherise) (4:23)
  7. 24-7 (feat Ego Ella May) (3:31)
  8. If I Know (feat Kog) (6:06)
  9. Wipe Away Tears (feat Nick Richards) (6:10)
 in stock $28.50
Cat: LEGO 200LP. Rel: 15 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Where Do We Stand (6:55)
  2. Rainbow In Your Cloud (4:10)
  3. Whatever You Are (4:58)
  4. Freedom Is You (3:57)
  5. Broken (4:39)
  6. Never My Friend (3:34)
  7. In The Morning (4:24)
  8. Streams Of Time (5:52)
  9. Who To Call (3:55)
  10. Blackbird Sing (3:26)
Review: Myles Sanko's fourth studio album may just be his best yet. "Each song is a memory of love, a story of love, good or bad, happy or sad," says the artist himself. He conveys all those emotions in his elegant deliveries, which range from heavenly and soaring to more contemplative and inward. Musically, a lush arrangement comes with each track, featuring grand pianos, busy broken beats and jazz drums that are all utterly classy and timeless. Sanko recorded the album with the same band he has toured with over the last eight years, which explains why it is quite so tight.
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 in stock $19.97
Cat: BTM LP1. Rel: 22 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Children Of Zeus - "Fear Of A Flat Planet" (feat LayFullStop) (3:53)
  2. Ladi6 - "Ikarus" (3:24)
  3. Creative Principle - "Caught In The Middle" (3:33)
  4. Bosq - "Step Into Midnight (Disco Stepper)" (feat Induce) (4:27)
  5. Massimo Vanoni - "Exciting Groove" (6:12)
  6. Nightmares On Wax - "Good Ship" (feat Steve Spacek) (5:01)
  7. Dim Zach - "Innocence" (4:23)
  8. Ladi6 - "Royal Blue" (Silent Jay, Sensible J & Leigh Fisher remix) (3:13)
  9. Chieftain - "Out Of My Life" (7:10)
  10. Steve Cobby - "Lefthanded Books" (feat Danielle Moore) (7:50)
  11. Soulphiction Presents SBM - "Gotta Have It" (4:54)
  12. Nightmares On Wax - "Look Up" (feat Andrew Ashong & Sadie Walker) (5:50)
  13. Fat Freddy's Drop - "Russia" (Nightmares On Wax remix) (7:53)
Review: If you've ever wondered what you might hear if Nightmares on Wax man DJ E.A.S.E. invited you back to his Ibiza villa for a post-club crack on, this edition of the long-running "Back To Mine" series has all the answers. It's a fine mix, all told, with the Warp Records stalwart running through a range of soulful head-nodders (Children of Zeus, Ladi6, Creative Principle), and sun-kissed good-time grooves (Bosq, Massimo Vanoni), before gently upping the tempo via Dim Zach's Imagination-sampling nu-disco, the simmering jazz-funk of Chieftain, and the NYC proto-house style goodness of Soulphiction's SBM project. Naturally, you'll find a clutch of the Leeds-raised artist's own productions and reworks dotted throughout, including a wonderfully loved-up, string-laden house version of "Russia" by Fat Freddy's Drop.
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 in stock $23.49
Cat: FUT 1202. Rel: 08 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. I'll See You Again (extended version) (10:01)
  2. I'll See You Again (Marc Rapson rework) (6:00)
  3. Senses (Marc Rapson remix) (5:05)
Review: 'I'll See You Again' delivered a triumphant conclusion to Deborah Jordan's 2020 album See In The Dark, a set that DJ Spinna described as, "an instant classic". Here it gets a deserved single release, albeit in remixed form. The A-side boasts a stunning Extended Mix that's the definition of slow-burn delight, with lengthy beat-free opening and closing sections sandwiching the main body of the heavily orchestrated song. It's a genuinely stunning version. Marc Rapson takes over on the flip, first offering up a chunky, deep, trip-hop style 'Rework', before delivering a looser, warmer hip-hop soul style 'Remix' that makes great use of a squelchy bassline and rich Rhodes keys.
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 in stock $14.09
Cat: HVNLP 185. Rel: 15 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Angela (0:57)
  2. Khanimambo (4:44)
  3. Palavras (5:01)
  4. Lua Nova (4:21)
  5. Dark Prince (5:10)
  6. Acalanto (3:17)
  7. Baiao Malandro (3:15)
Review: Brazilian jazz trio Caixa Cubo are one of the modern scene's most acclaimed outfits. Their latest album arrives in Europe via Heavenly Recordings and it has a sound to match. Made up of Henrique Gomide on keys, Joao Fideles on drums and Noa Stroeter on bass, the group has been awarded scholarships to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands so spends plenty of time over in Europe as well as back home. Thankfully though, they embrace the rich musical traditions of their home land and fuse elements of Azymuth with darker moods with new school greats like Yussef Kamael to make for a record full of both highs and lows, intense grooves and more laidback tunes.
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 in stock $19.09
Cat: SCCD 491. Rel: 08 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Hold On To Your Dreams
  2. The Higher Love
  3. Imani River
  4. Nigeria
  5. People Need People
  6. Inner Light
  7. New World Shuffle
  8. Good Juju
  9. African Spirits
  10. Tribes
  11. Mother Of The Earth
 in stock $17.33
Cat: JD 002. Rel: 05 Apr 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Preface (5:15)
  2. 5, 6, 7, 8 (6:24)
  3. Currents (6:42)
  4. Game, Set (Checkmate) (6:50)
out of stock $16.44
Cat: STRUT 225CD. Rel: 15 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Morning Light (feat Ria Moran)
  2. Tittle Tattle (feat Cherise)
  3. Ma Wonka (feat Pat Thomas)
  4. Buckle Up (feat Soweto Kinch)
  5. Keeper (feat Cherise)
  6. If I Know (feat Kog)
  7. Flow (feat Cherise)
  8. 24-7 (feat Ego Ella May)
  9. Wipe Away Tears (feat Nick Richards)
Review: Leeds and London-based fusionists Nubiyan Twist has a great track record, but even by their dizzyingly high standards, Freedom Fables is extra-special. Akin to a soul-fired smorgasbord of intertwining influences and inspirations, it sees the 12-piece ensemble joined by a string of headline-grabbing guest vocalists and musicians (think Ria Moran, Pat Thomas, Cherise and K.O.G) to effortlessly join the dots between soul, Afrobeat, Highlife, jazz-funk, dancefloor jazz, hip-hop soul and much more besides. The results are uniformly outstanding, with our picks including raucous Afrobeat-meets-jazz workout 'If I Know', the dreamy hip-hop-soul of 'Buckle Up', and the slick, high octane jazz-soul fusion of 'Wipe Away Tears'. Undoubtedly one of the most entertaining albums we've heard so far this year.
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 in stock $12.63
Cat: OTCRLP 013. Rel: 15 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Seven Poets (3:08)
  2. Stampede Step (3:19)
  3. Complementariness (2:03)
  4. When I Run (3:47)
  5. Cercococcyx (3:24)
  6. Clapping (2:17)
  7. The Arc Of The Three Colours (4:13)
  8. Archetype (3:45)
  9. People's Cabaret (3:44)
  10. Aura (4:21)
  11. 40' Feet (2:58)
  12. Berber Is An Alien (2:08)
 in stock $18.23
Cat: NOG 001. Rel: 05 Apr 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. In The Water (7:11)
  2. Above Earth (7:22)
  3. No Air (5:34)
 in stock $11.46
Cat: MOVLP 923C. Rel: 22 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Mobius Streak (5:57)
  2. The World It Softly Lulls (2:53)
  3. Leap Frog (1:23)
  4. Malika (3:49)
  5. Ocelot (2:30)
  6. Boomchild (1:34)
  7. Lace Skull (4:05)
  8. Rainbow Rhodes (1:45)
  9. Sphynx Gate (1:57)
  10. Nakamarra (4:34)
out of stock $25.27
Cat: HYR 7229. Rel: 05 Apr 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Dreams Of Music (5:38)
  2. Oasis (7:33)
  3. Slow Divers (6:50)
  4. Libra (5:41)
Review: Some of you may remember Aura Safari's 2018 debut album on Church, an ear-catching concoction that blurred the boundaries between jazz-funk, deep house and ambient. They've been all but silent since, so this new EP for the Balearic-minded Hell Yeah Recordings label is undoubtedly long overdue. In keeping with the imprint's seductive, sun-kissed sound, the EP sees them in sunset-ready mode, making great use of mid-80s, new age ambient style synths and soft-touch grooves. Opener 'Dreams of Music' wraps sparkling FM synthesizer melodies around a tactile, downtempo house groove, while 'Oasis' is a lusciously horizontal float through glistening Balearic boogie. Elsewhere, they give dub an ambient twist on 'Slow Divers', while 'Libra' is a sparkling, warm, positive and smile-inducing chunk of horizontal jazz-funk loveliness.
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 in stock $11.75
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