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Eight Weeks: Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul

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Three/Four/Five (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: BLACKTONGUE 02. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Three (7:59)
  2. Four (4:48)
  3. Five (5:29)
Review: Late last year Italian artist and self-proclaimed "black belt ninja" Black Tongue debuted with a two-tracker that genuinely set our pulses racing. Here the man or woman of mystery returns with an even more expansive EP, which we can happily report is full to bursting with tasty treats. A-side workout "Three" offers a fine balance between jazz-funk-fired musicality, quietly impressive musicianship and infectious grooves that make the most of some deliciously loose-limbed drumming. The producer's love of classic house is explored on "Four", where the action revolves around snappy, Chicago house style machine drums, warehouse-ready stabs and an undulating keyboard bassline, while "Five" is a colourful take on jazz-funk/electrofunk fusion that reminded us of the combined output of Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
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Cat: DR 003. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Catch My Breath (feat Wilf Petherbridge) (5:03)
  2. Malaika (feat MA. MOYO) (5:21)
  3. Head Down (feat Jaisal & Slam The Poet) (4:07)
  4. Guidance (interlude) (1:46)
  5. Lay (feat Natty Wylah) (3:17)
  6. Fwd Movement (feat Will Petherbridge) (4:08)
  7. Slipped Back (feat Izzy Risk) (5:44)
Gespielt von: Mike O'Mara, CHEZZ
 in stock $10.22
The Shark (12" Nachpressung)
Cat: FTC 02. Rel: 04 Jun 20
  1. Shark (3:30)
  2. Vexed (5:45)
  3. Distant (5:04)
  4. Slam Deep (6:14)
  5. Channel & Transmission (2:00)
Review: For his first outing of 2020, Kyle Hall returns to the label he founded last year, Forget The Clock, with a suitably strong five-track missive. Check first languid opener "Shark", a splash around in crystal clear waters where simmering chords, luscious pads and glassy-eyed melodic motifs stretch out over bubbly, Latin-tinged drum machine beats and a dubby bassline. Hall makes bolder strides towards the dancefloor on lo-fi house cut "Vexed", before doffing a cap to Larry Heard and Ron Trent on the gorgeous deep house positivity of "Distant". Elsewhere, "Slam Deep" joins the dots between Steve Poindexter and the 2000 Black style of jazzy broken beat, while "Channel & Transmission" is a skewed skip through wonky deep house/jazz-funk fusion.
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Cat: JNP 01. Rel: 16 Jun 20
  1. Coastal Highways (5:32)
  2. Going East (5:13)
  3. Chica (5:31)
  4. 1492 (4:05)
  5. St Martin (4:20)
  6. Strings Of Spring (3:56)
Review: DJ crew Jazz 'N' Palms are probably best known for their association with Ronnie Scott's in London, where they can regularly be heard warming up for bands. Their new vinyl venture explores the more Balearic side of their musical personality, with EP one featuring re-edits of tracks often played poolside at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. That means a mixture of languid, Pat Metheny-ish Mediterranean jazz-fusion ("Coastal Highway"), Latin-fired jazz-funk ("Going East"), sumptuous Rhodes-laden soundscapes ("Chica"), humid Afro-Cuban jazz ("1492"), afternoon-fresh Flamenco-jazz fusion ("St Martin"), and the kind of relaxed, louche fare that Bob James would probably enjoy ("Strings of Spring").
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Volume 1 (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: MT 19005. Rel: 01 Jul 20
  1. K15 - "Elemental" (7:53)
  2. Culross Close - "Intrinsic Value" (4:30)
Review: K15 has been a man on a mission since he first emerged. The London based musician and beat maker has a truly cosmic sound that leans heavily on jazz for inspiration. He's worked on vital labels like Wild Oates and Eglo and now pops up on Mother Tongue to care of one side of this hot 12". His "elemental" is a far sighted track with cosmic keys and spiritual pads layered up over tumbling broken beats. On the flip, his other alias Culross Close appears with "Intrinsic Value" which is a lush track at the intersection of house, jazz, broken beat and jazz-funk. It is stuffed with the sort of very real feelings that define all his work.
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Cat: AOM 001. Rel: 24 Jun 20
  1. Music That Excites Me (4:00)
  2. 6 Minutes (6:25)
  3. Alive In The Future (1:39)
  4. Moral Of My Story (8:17)
  5. Patient For Now (2:20)
Review: It's early days for Meftah, who you may have spotted remixing Amp Fiddler on Mahogani Music alongside Jahn Cloud, but this low key 12" highlights him as a serious talent to keep tabs on in the Detroit music community. There's no hiding his musical roots and influences, as dusty keys, live bass and loose, expressive percussion intertwine in a mellow, bluesy haze. This is cut from the same cloth as Kenny Dixon Jr, Theo Parrish, Jay Daniel and scores of others, but Meftah has his own mellow mood to impart on these five addictive, seductive trips through deepest jazz-inflected house.
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  1. Love Bite (5:41)
  2. Weekend Love Chant (5:48)
  3. Deeper Than Love (5:37)
  4. Lovers Carnival (6:50)
 in stock $13.88
Grand St EP (12" + sticker)
Cat: MJR 003. Rel: 22 May 20
  1. Grand St (1:29)
  2. Comoescomo (feat Wati Heru) (3:00)
  3. Bossypants (feat Anais) (6:13)
  4. Bingonight (3:09)
  5. Wldng (feat Anais) (3:26)
  6. It Culd Be (3:19)
  7. Water St (1:56)
 in stock $18.08
Tactics EP (12")
Cat: MOSHI 361. Rel: 26 Jun 20
  1. I Was Gonna Fight Fascism (7:20)
  2. Children Will Dance (6:45)
  3. Buy It (5:12)
 in stock $12.31
Temarasa (12")
Cat: GAMM 145. Rel: 24 Jun 20
  1. Temarasa (5:36)
  2. Chor Gway (4:43)
Review: When it comes to the jazzier, more Latin-focused side of GAMM's output, much of the best material has always come courtesy of Sugarloaf Gangsters - the re-edit alter ego of carnival house maestros Spiritual South. Here they return to the Swedish imprint for the first time in 14 years with a two-tracker that's every bit as sweaty and celebratory as their previous work. Check for example A-side "Temarasa", a brilliantly tweaked and subtly touched-up revision of a heavily percussive Brazilian workout laden with sizzling samba horns and heavy funk guitars. Equally as potent is flipside "Chor Gway", an epic African style drum track peppered with dub style electronic noises underpinned with a deliciously weighty, sub-heavy bassline.
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The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby (limited 180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: JDETR 99110. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. Down In The Village (4:33)
  2. Trenton Place (5:36)
  3. Raga (4:47)
  4. In The Night (5:05)
Review: For reasons not fully explained in the accompanying press release, 22a regular Tenderlonious is now the proud owner of the half-size "piccolo" flute once owned by legendary British jazz man Tubby Hayes. That piccolo is naturally the dominant feature of "The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby", a fine EP of Hayes covers from the Ruby Rushton founder. "Down In the Village" is a high-octane big-band jazz style affair that includes some superb drumming and piano solos aplenty, while "Trenton Place" is a wonderfully emotive slab of downtempo jazz bliss. Tenderlonious's piccolo playing takes pride of place on the tango-tinged flipside opener "Raga", but is even more prominent on the superb EP closer "In The Night", a classic-sounding affair that's probably the pick of a very strong bunch.
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Cat: STYFLY 2. Rel: 29 Jun 20
  1. Going Public (Emotional Outer) (2:14)
  2. Easin (3:50)
  3. Tireda Being Tired (What Are We Here For) (7:25)
  4. Promise2 (Intentional Inner) (5:30)
  5. Let's Go See Roy (8:13)
Review: Thomas Xu tends not to release much music, but when he does it tends to be musically rich, rhythmically complex and very, very good. That's certainly the case with "Places In Time", his second EP on Steady Flight following an inspired 2017 debut on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature imprint. There's much to set the pulse racing across the EP, from the heavily analogue, synthesizer-powered, intergalactic jazz-funk looseness of "Easin", and the slipped 21st century instrumental space-jazz of "Tired A Being Tired (What Are We Here For)", to the densely layered, piano-driven ambience of "Promise 2", and the hard-to-pigeonhole eccentricity of closing cut "Let's Go See Roy".
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 in stock $12.04
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