Give Myself To You (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix vocal) (8:01)
Give Myself To You (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix instrumental) (8:00)
Review: GLOW is a team of composers, producer and songwriters who work on solo projects as well as part of various groups, and they have a lush indie soul sound. Their "Ten of Diamonds" featuring the legendary voice of UK soul, Omar, is now revisited and remixed by a crack team of artists. Don-E goes first with a laidback, sun kissed version to make you well up with romantic feels. After an album version and a cosmic tinged, slow motion funk and soul jam known as "Track 3", the ever on point DJ Spinna serves up two fresh versions with jazzy chords and deep soul vibes that take you late into the night.
Review: Alex "Omar" Smith traditionally uses the "Sidetrakx" series to release music that doesn't fit with his club-rocking house and techno 12" series. Even so, few would have expected him to use the latest edition - the sixth in total - to offer up a dancehall cut featuring Jamaican singer and MC Nardo Ranks. "Love Me Like Cooked Food" features Ranks chatting and singing in Patois above a dancehall "riddim" rich in rubbery bass guitar, echo-laden machine drums and flanged guitar riffs. It may be a curveball, but it's rather good. Over on the flip, "Renault used car salesman" John FM guests on a lo-fi R&B/soul workout that also includes some deliciously tongue-in-cheek, poodle perm-sporting soft rock guitar solos.
Review: Omar S adopts a new style for his new Side Trakx project. Detroit house meets sample based hip hop... and it really works. Possibly inspired by the passing of the late Jay Dilla, this music is perfect for relaxing and kicking back, or even warming up the early hours of the club. While Detroit hip-hop producers already proved that there's a mutual creative interaction between the cities house, techno and hip-hop scenes, it's now one of the cities hottest house producers laying down some smoked out, next level instrumentals in the vein of the late genius Jay Dilla, Madlib or Underground Resistance's Hipnotech sublabel.
Raw Sun (feat TRAC - Submorphics '95 remix) (3:08)
Review: An interesting project on brand new experimentally-minded label AGN7: Ornette Hawkins is a mysterious collective acting as one on this jazz-fused wild drum work-out. Shades of Sun-Ra echo throughout the sax on the "Legend", 4Hero feels can be felt breezing through "Raw Sun" while "The Other Side Of What" a dancefloor kicker laced with a worming reese, talkbox scat and dizzy key whirls. Need a little b-boy swag? Look no further than Submorphics and T.R.A.C's hip-hop remix for a sweet treat finale. A genuinely unique release and a label to keep tabs on this year.
Review: Parisian beastsmith Onra teams up with Belgium's Pomrad, a composer and instrumentalist, and together they take us right back to the golden 90s era of golden West Coast hip-hop. This new vinyl only single 'California' ft Mr Getto Jam is a real low riding head nodder. That famous Californian heat really runs through the tune with its lazy chords and slow motion rhyme flow sinking you into a stoned reverie. The instrumental is even more peeled back for extra heady vibes. Put this one on and transport yourself to another world, and we sure could all do with a bit of that right now.
Review: British hip hop rapper Ocean Wisdom has been blazing a bright trail in recent times. Now he cements his status with "Big Talk Vol. 1: The Mixtape" along with the help of some key collaborators. Big names like Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim, Freddie Gibbs, Akala and P Money all feature on this rollercoaster ride. Always blurring the lines between sounds and scenes and styles, his super speed deliveries light up each track as you try and keep up with his acrobatic lyrics. This is a fantastic offering from one of the UK's most vital artists right now.
Review: There are actually a whopping sixty-six tracks spread across four sides of wax here, and they all come from deep in the record crates filled with super rare source material, samples and breaks you likely won't have heard before. It's a modern-day attempt at a follow up to J Dilla's legendary "Donuts" album from Odd Nosdam that covers even more territory, from gnarly rock beats to sugary sweet soul, golden era grooves to scuzzy and lo fi beats. It's weird and wonderful and makes for a breathless roller coaster ride that is run through with film dialogue that only adds to vivid imagery in your mind.
Gave My Heart/Its So (Interlood) (feat Leon Ware/Grant Windsor Big Beat Band) (5:02)
Feeds My Mind (Feal Floacist) (3:56)
De Ja Vu (feat Mayra Andrade) (3:25)
This Way That Way (3:44)
Hold Me Closer (feat Stuart Zender) (3:48)
I Want It To Be (3:47)
Doobie Doobie Doo (4:08)
Grey Clouds (5:01)
Review: One of the UK's most distinctive, consistent and authentic male soul voices returns with his eighth album in 27 years... And it's a serious piece of work. Rich in range, warmth, creativity and a keen eye on the dancefloor, everything about him feels refreshed and energised. Highlights include the Dilla-meets-Iz & Diz style "This Way That Way", the glistening Balearic charm of "Feeds My Mind", the syrupy organs and harmonies on "Insatiable". Winding down with the almost filmic narrative "Grey Clouds", it's one of those records that will have you leaping up, flipping to side A and starting all over again. Feel the love.
Review: The Shelter is a brand new coming together of 9th Uno and Shy The BeatYoda. Opus marks their debut long player together and follows the long standing tradition of one beat maker and one MC working together to cook up gold. No guests feature, meaning the beats hit hard from front to back, with rhymes that match. This is a real rap record for those who like the OG sound and is limited to 300 copies by always reliable Italian hip hop label Tuff Kong. Highlights include the reflective "2 Sons" and angry delivery on "Gold Keys".