This One Is For The Ladies & Gents (feat Miles Bonny)
The Kids Are Listening (Interlude)
Don't Box Me In (feat 80s Babies)
Beware Of The Groove (feat Mario Sweet)
Come With Me & Fly (feat Yusef Rumperfield)
Is There More To Life? (feat Diggs Duke)
I Will Never Know (feat Moonchild)
Mario Smith Speaks On (feat Daniel Crawford)
Things Deeper Than My Skin (feat Ozay Moore)
Peace & Love (feat Masego & Rommel Donald)
Review: Terrel Wallace, AKA First Word Records regular Tall Black Guy, seemingly has a thing for journeys. His first album was called 8 Miles To Moneart, and this follow-up is loosely based around the idea of a musical train ride. Let's Take A Trip is certainly an enjoyable excursion, chock full of dreamy hip-hop instrumentals, head-nodding workouts, hazy grooves, dreamy neo-soul jams, jazzy interludes, and snappy rap cuts. Highlights whizz by like landscapes seen from a train window, and include the glimpse-and-you'll-miss-it shuffle of '80s Babies hook-up "Don't Box Me In", the sumptuous hip-hop soul of Moonchild collaboration "I Will Never Know", and the dreamily soulful closer, "Peace & Love".
Review: When this album was initially released way back in 2008, it was Kaidi Tatham's first under his given name (previously, he'd released solo records as Afronaught and appeared on all manner of collaborative releases). Since then, he has of course gone on to greater critical and commercial success, but as this timely reissue proves, "In Search of Home" still hits home hard. Like much of his work, it deftly showcases his Herbie Hancock-like jazz and jazz-funk keyboard skills within tracks that variously join the dots between broken beat, hip-hop, deep house, Latin fusion and sumptuous slow jams. Colourful, rich, jazzy and impeccably performed throughout, the album remains one of the high points of Tatham's career and is well worth adding to your collection.
Review: LA beat scene veteran Mtendere Mandowa looks to a fresh set of talented collaborators (including Panda Bear, MNDSGN, Thomas Stankiewicz) on his new album for Brainfeeder. It is his first for five years and the results are superb. The 14 original tracks across the album constantly evolve and flourish. Opener "Atoms Song" is built around a loopy keyboard that's joined by drifting synths that wash over you like a warm shower, Shufflin' beast "Daughter Callin'" is something that Dilla would be happy to put his name to and album highlight, Sudan Archives hook-up "Black Dove" is an emotive, georgeously moving number, all at once proving Teebs' ability to integrate dynamic talents seamlessly into his own sonic realm. Warm and organic, "Anicca" is an essential piece of work.