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Shiroi
Shiroi (CD)
Cat: BFR 002CD. Rel: 23 Nov 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. The Beginning
  2. Shiroi
  3. Godwilling
  4. Me Up
  5. Mashita
  6. Back South
  7. Flip Up
  8. Simese
  9. Straight To The Point
  10. Motions
  11. Hands Tied
Review: If you don't yet know Mansur Brown, you soon will. Previously best known for playing guitar on Yussef Kamaal's "Black Focus" album, Mansur is a 21 year-old prodigy with a huge future ahead of him. For proof, just check "Shiroi", his debut album. Built around his virtuoso guitar playing - a fusion of the psychedelic intensity of Jimi Hendrix and the smooth bliss of jazz greats like George Benson and Pat Metheny - the set's eleven sparkling tracks variously mix and match elements of dub, instrumental hip-hop, broken beat, jazz-funk, beat-free soundscapes and hazy, suitably horizontal downtempo grooves. The results are uniformly excellent.
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 in stock $12.32
Rock
Rock (CD)
Cat: BFR 005CD. Rel: 20 Mar 20
Funk/Reissues
  1. Escobar
  2. Theme From Metronome
  3. World Aid
  4. Instant Toothpaste
  5. Eternal Breeze
  6. Yurok
  7. 4 Benz
  8. Dibidai
  9. Rock
  10. Bleeding To Death
  11. Sturf
  12. Alright
  13. Mutti Hat Gekocht
Review: Ratgrave is just one of the many projects Max Graef is involved in, on this occasion with Julius Conrad. The project first surfaced on Funkineven's Apron Records in 2018, and now it's back on Black Focus for another trip through oddball electronics aplenty with a healthy dose of soul and funk poured in for good measure. From the catchy sing along "World Aid" to the dusty boogie hybrid of "Instant Toothpaste", this is an album crafted by a duo with serious chops that doesn't take itself too seriously. Get down, get funky, get weird.
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 in stock $11.20
Rock
Rock (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BFR 005LP. Rel: 20 Mar 20
Funk/Reissues
  1. Escobar (4:40)
  2. Theme From Metronome (2:31)
  3. World Aid (4:08)
  4. Instant Toothpaste (3:02)
  5. Eternal Breeze (1:45)
  6. Yurok (3:44)
  7. 4 Benz (1:39)
  8. Dibidai (2:10)
  9. Rock (3:28)
  10. Bleeding To Death (3:33)
  11. Sturf (1:20)
  12. Alright (2:22)
  13. Mutti Hat Gekocht (7:34)
Review: Ratgrave is just one of the many projects Max Graef is involved in, on this occasion with Julius Conrad. The project first surfaced on Funkineven's Apron Records in 2018, and now it's back on Black Focus for another trip through oddball electronics aplenty with a healthy dose of soul and funk poured in for good measure. From the catchy sing along "World Aid" to the dusty boogie hybrid of "Instant Toothpaste", this is an album crafted by a duo with serious chops that doesn't take itself too seriously. Get down, get funky, get weird.
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 in stock $18.49
Houses
Houses (180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BFR 004LP. Rel: 07 Feb 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Rawl Aredo (5:22)
  2. Waiting 4 You (7:32)
  3. Where We Go (4:52)
  4. Tell Me (5:00)
  5. African Dream (4:10)
  6. Songlife (3:36)
  7. Higher Place (4:13)
  8. Single Stream (4:49)
  9. Love 4 Nano (7:13)
Review: It took Steve Spacek almost 13 years to deliver a follow-up to his acclaimed 2005 debut album "Space Shift". Happily, he's not made us wait nearly as long for "Houses", his sequel to 2018's brilliant, Eglo-released "Natural Sci-Fi". More importantly, it's arguably even better than its predecessor, with Spacek combining his weary, soft-focus and effortlessly soulful vocals with a rich, warm and woozy musical palette full of echoing Rhodes electric piano chords, sci-fi electronics, sub-heavy basslines and grooves that largely - but not universally - tend towards the deeper and more experimental end of the house spectrum. The results are every bit as inventive, enjoyable and forward thinking as you'd expect.
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 in stock $19.04
Sunny Days Blue
Sunny Days Blue (limited green vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BFR 006LP. Rel: 21 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Bone (3:03)
  2. Cool (3:01)
  3. No Compute (3:12)
  4. Lemongrass (1:21)
  5. Smile (3:15)
  6. New Moon (4:05)
  7. Ginger (3:32)
 in stock $15.13
New Heights
New Heights (limited heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: BFR 003. Rel: 14 Dec 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. New Heights (Visions Of Aisha Malik) (7:05)
  2. Snitches Brew (6:23)
Played by: DJ GLC (Shift LTD)
 in stock $11.48
Wu Hen
Wu Hen (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BFR 007LP. Rel: 24 Jul 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Street Dreams (feat Miguel Atwood Ferguson) (2:12)
  2. One More Time (3:10)
  3. 1989 (feat Miguel Atwood Ferguson) (3:25)
  4. Toulouse (feat Miguel Atwood Ferguson) (2:48)
  5. Pigalle (6:11)
  6. Big Rick (3:29)
  7. Save Me
  8. Mr Wu (3:37)
  9. Hold On (feat Lauren Faith) (3:12)
  10. Early Prayer (5:02)
Review: Given that keyboardist and producer Kamaal Williams' 2018 debut album "The Return" was such a rip-roaring success critically and commercially, hopes are naturally sky-high for this delayed sequel. Happily, we can confirm that Williams has arguably excelled himself on "Wu Hen", once again blurring the boundaries between jazz-funk, seductive downtempo grooves, hazy space jazz, deep house influenced dancefloor workouts (see "Mr Wu", whose title references his other artistic alias, Henry Wu) and soft-focus soul - all with the assistance of an expanded line-up of guest musicians and vocalists. Perhaps the biggest impact is made by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, a composer whose string arrangements add an ear-catching new dimension to Williams work. Stunning stuff all told.
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 in stock $21.85
The Return
Cat: BFR 001CD. Rel: 25 May 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Salaam
  2. Broken Theme
  3. The Return
  4. High Roller
  5. Situations (live In Milan)
  6. Catch The Loop
  7. Rhythm Commission
  8. Medina
  9. LDN Shuffle
  10. Aisha
Review: Kamaal Williams has described The Return, his 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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Played by: Dave Lee ZR, Simon S
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The Return (reissue)
The Return (reissue) (limited 180 gram clear vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BFR 001LPD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  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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 in stock $18.49
Wu Hen
Wu Hen (limited red vinyl LP + MP3 download code in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BFR 007LPR. Rel: 24 Jul 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Street Dreams (feat Miguel Atwood Ferguson) (2:12)
  2. One More Time (3:10)
  3. 1989 (feat Miguel Atwood Ferguson) (3:25)
  4. Toulouse (feat Miguel Atwood Ferguson) (2:48)
  5. Pigalle (6:11)
  6. Big Rick (3:29)
  7. Save Me (feat Mach Hommy) (5:57)
  8. Mr Wu (3:37)
  9. Hold On (feat Lauren Faith) (3:12)
  10. Early Prayer (5:02)
Review: Given that keyboardist and producer Kamaal Williams' 2018 debut album "The Return" was such a rip-roaring success critically and commercially, hopes are naturally sky-high for this delayed sequel. Happily, we can confirm that Williams has arguably excelled himself on "Wu Hen", once again blurring the boundaries between jazz-funk, seductive downtempo grooves, hazy space jazz, deep house influenced dancefloor workouts (see "Mr Wu", whose title references his other artistic alias, Henry Wu) and soft-focus soul - all with the assistance of an expanded line-up of guest musicians and vocalists. Perhaps the biggest impact is made by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, a composer whose string arrangements add an ear-catching new dimension to Williams work. Stunning stuff all told.
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 in stock $22.70
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