Monday 29 April 2024

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Bowie may well have been loving the alien but Natasha Kitty Katt and His Bitter Truth get tongue and groove action on the dancefloor with this 'Galactic Love' affair.

This is somewhat different to the last time we saw NKK with the 'Batt Danse' featuring Billly 'Lost Boy' Wirth (see review HERE) as Billy has been given the elbow and His Bitter Truth (aka Raff) has stepped up to the launch pad.

A atmospheric Hi-Energy track that's draws on  as much of Duran Duran's disco era as it does Tommy Soul's favourite Italian Funk and Disco dancefloor floorfillers on Lumberjacks In Hell.

If you love spacey Kraut-synth whirling, it's original and instrumental versions for you.  And again, so different to the fantastic previous release on the label, DJ Paul Funk and Quinten De Rozario Remix release of 'Hold Me Back' by Chip E ft Kid Enigma (see review HERE).

Expect to here Ms. Kitty Katt playing this out as she DJs internationally at all the best electric galaxy hot spots.

Artist: Natasha Kitty Katt ft. His Bitter Truth

Title:  Galactic Love 

Release date: 29th April, 2024

Label : F*CLR Music .

Catalog Number : FCLR031

Format :  Digital / Bandcamp

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This sounds like and looks like a Mr Bongo find but it is BBE's diggers that have unearthed this one from the deepest corners of Rio's classic Brazilian bossa and MPB vaults.

It's always hard to believe that there's so little appreciation by the Brasilian youth for the elders like Seu Jorge, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento (as Gilles Peterson would tell you) when backing vocalist Gill Miranda has supported such Dingwall/Jazzdance trendies in the past.

So much so that back in 1997, Gil's 13 songs sung by an all-female vocal group, Grupo Ébano, (BTW, pronounced, "Grupo EH-ba-no"), was released under the eponymous title on CD on a small independent label in limited quantities and faded out view to all but the most dedicated of fan.

But those with good memories and sharp ears will recall Grupo Ébano's 'Pé No Chao' was included on Compost record's  'Glücklich VI' (see review HERE), that was compiled by Peterson's and DJ Miche's mate with the sharpest of Bossanova, Fusion, Latin Jazz, Modal, MPB, Soul-Jazz super fan ears, Rainer Trüby.  

And now you've got another dozen tracks that all could have equally been picked by Rainer.

So with this renewed interest, BBE have picked it up with a full vinyl release as it's got the sound and swing of 60s and 70s as if Swingle Sisters singing in Portuguese in a gospel church of Edu Lobo / Nara Leão / Joyce (Moreno) et al. 

Now this is re-issued (no CD version ironically), be sure youngsters that've picked up the nu-waver's from Rio, Bala Desejo (see review HERE) will be on this: as will old fans on the MPB 

Artist: Grupo Ébano
Title: Grupo Ébano
Release date: 26th April, 2024
Label : BBE Music
Catalog Number : BBE765
Format: Vinyl 2 x LP / Digital Bandcamp  

Sunday 28 April 2024

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"Dreamy trip hoppers stay connected" as Fred Everything teams up with the much loved Stereo MC's on a 'Soul Love' train.

We were ahead of the timetable with Fred's collab with James Alexander Bright on the last single 'Breathe' (see review HERE) and the album, 'Love, Care, Kindness & Hope' is coming out next month.

So with 2 great singles, expectations are high; especially if Fred's collection of vintage keyboards are involved.

New versions of the track, including remixes by Clive From Accounts (he of 'Strictly Business EP' on Razor N Tape and some classy remixes), will be available later in 2024

Artist:  Fred Everything feat. Stereo MC’s
Title: Soul Love
Release date: 26th April, 2024
Label : Lazy Days Recordings
Catalog Number : 
Format: Digital / Bandcamp 

Friday 26 April 2024

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We've had the single of 'From The Fire' by Audrey Powne and now the long awaited album is out and it's red hot!

The title track sounds even more impressive than before (if that's possible, see review HERE) with deeper strings that gives it a be cinematic vibe and 'Feed The Fire' remixes (see HERE).

And this talent who sings (prepare yourselves for the track 'Sleep') and wrote the lyrics also plays the piano, Rhodes and organ on the album.

So why do fans like Gilles Peterson reference 'golden era' Dwele/Roy Hargrove/Alicia Keys - and lets add Alice Coltrane.  Well, not only can she sing with soul ('Souled Out' is amazing), she can play the trumpet too!  'Feed The Fire', 'From The Fire' and 'Interlude 1'; 'Interlude 2' is her piano 'scratch pad'.

Her talents have been previously used on sessions/backing band but this album is going to put her front of stage; and literally as there's a launch concert at London's Jazz Cafe (07.04.24) and if you've got the chance to see her live, do it - I don't think she'll be at such small venues in Camden Town for very long.

I'd heard people say, "wait 'till you hear the album", and now I have, I urge you all to hear it too - it's in excess of stunning!

Artist:  Audrey Powne 
Title: From The Fire 
Release date: 26th April, 2024
Label : BBE Music
Catalog Number : BBE753
Format: LP / Digital / Bandcamp 

Which ever way you look and listen at this one, it's a King Sized monster (in a good way). 

You've got yourself a heavyweight bass band that's playing some funky go-go drum'n'bass the size of Yorkshire that's bred outta Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hot 8 Brass Band, Youngblood Brass Band, Hackney Colliery Band et al... and bright spark label boss, Jo Wallace, says unto the King of Brasstards, "What you need is an enormous vocal talent delivering colossal vocals on this’.  And what's more, "There’s only one voice for the job….the mighty Mr Greg Blackman’.
And low and behold, it happened!

To be honest, if you listen to the instrumental first, you're likely to think a vocal isn't necessary as it's so heavy but just wait a minute, Ms Wallace's golden ears got it spot on! Mr Blackman (last seen on this channel with his Mr. Bird collab, 'Over Again' - also on Ramrock, see review HERE) is 'the' voice for this and his performance at least matches the raw energy of the band.

Just imagine how good this would be live at a festival (come on 'WeOutHere') and as we said about 'Over Again', "great production / vocals ... Sounds like an absolute monster to me".  So, don't wait 'till the morning, as the Ramrock team have done it again!

Artist: King Brasstards ft. Greg Blackman
Title: Wait Till The Morning
Release date: 26th April, 2024
Label: Ramrock Red Records
Cat. No: RRR060
Format: Digital / Bandcamp
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If you love "cultural cross-pollination" in a musical way, 'Yella!' is not misappropiation of a Coldplay track you may have heard.

Mackwood, real name Harry Ling, has been at the post CDr, dubstep, jazzstep, West London BRUK as drumming/producer with the likes of Col3trane, Nilufer Yanya, Jordan Rakei, Eliza, Blue Lab Beats, Kokoroko, Levitation Orchestra and more has teamed up with another jazzer on keys, Charlie Stacey.

Apparently 'Yella' is a component of gunpowder and this explosive as these two fuse  intergaltic Sun Ra sounds with some of the creatives that Stacey have worked with at the cutting edge of LDN jazz hipsters Yussef Dayes, Moses Boyd, Ezra Collective et al.

Dancefloor of jazz club - this is a BIG Bang!

Artist: Mackwood and Charlie Stacey
Title: Yella!
Release date: 26th April, 2024
Label: 5dB Records
Cat. No: 5DB24001
Format: Digital 

Thursday 25 April 2024

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Be Adult Music welcomes Jenia Vice's first single, the atmospheric 'Skyfall'.

On the back of the recent Total Eclipse, we can still look to the heavens and be impressed with the typically Baleraic groove of 'Skyfall' - nothing to do with 007. 

And not only that, we're lucky enough to have Kanedo remix.  You'll recall that the last time we saw him was on the 'combined' Kanedo, Sumsuch, Lucky Sun 'Deep Patterns' releasd (see review HERE) and Lucky Sun featuring Jaidene Veda with 'Falling Fool' (see review HERE) on Be Adult Music and Lucky Sun Recordings respectively.

Timed perfectly to be including in the Colour & Pitch Sessions for the April edition and the only question is, which one of the two versions will be included?

Artist: Jenia Vice 
Title: Skyfall (Inc. Kanedo Remix) 
Release date: 25th April, 2024
Label: Be Adult Music
Catalog Number: BAM359

Wednesday 24 April 2024

In a post Record Store Day week of re-issue frenzy (for some), here's a chance to catch up with something retro but brand new to most of us, apart from eminent musicologist Nick Lusombe with CITY MUSIC TOKYO. 

I best declare an interest (albeit some years ago) I first met Nick after winning a Bestival Competition on his XFM radio show 'Flo-motion' when he'd be playing all the best in the underground scene of Jimpster (still going, see review HERE), Solar Apple Quarktette (sort of still going, see review HERE), One Deck &  Popular (half is still going, see review HERE) and Break Reform (now more of a record shop in Launceston as Crates Is High!)

From these beginnings, Nick  moved up in the world having been very active as a producer/presenter on BBC Radio 3 & 4 with jazz and other things leftfield before move to Japan working with field sound recordings and more - most recently the excellent tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto (see link below: Sony Award material)  So, you'd think, why is this compilation, CITY MUSIC TOKYO, focus on J-pop; or as Nick would call it, City Pop.

Mostly sung in Japanese, this compilation has tracks dating back to the late 70s but to the non-expert ear it kind of sound generically 80s pop-soul with elements of soft rock, jazz-funk, easy listening (some great strings on here), synth-pop/new wave, R&B/hip-hop and anything else that was going at the time.

And for that reason, this is a great album as you never know quite what's coming next from Jodoes' 'Stardust Night' (sounds a bit Kid Creole/Dr Buzzard), 'Futari Bun No Atsui Yume' (Yasushi Nakanish) has a cracking Stevie Wonder type harp solo or the Deodato-ish jazz-funk of Escalators 'Fly High' and the post-Spandau Ballet cool of 'Samugari' (Tomoki Kikuchi). 

Don't get me wrong, this is far from a mish-mash, it's all got the Japanese electronic precision that you'd expect from the archives of Nippon Columbia and a culture that produced the top high end Hi-Fi, the Jazz Kissa and Karaoke!  And, in truth, there's a touch of the 'Baker Street'/'Moonlighting' with the Crescent Moon track and smooth jazz Nanako Sato's track is super dreamy with full on strings.

Clearly, this isn't in competition with the BBE J-Jazz Series, the latest release in the Masterclass series by the ski Takase Trio, 'A Song For Hope' (see review HERE with 'the' book, 'J-Jazz - Free and Modern Jazz Albums from Japan 1954-1988' with a forward by Terumasa Hino coming soon) but if you thought that the home grown market was not worth investigating beyond YMO, Sadistic Mika Band, Koyto Jazz Massive, Soil'n'Pimp "Sessions" and United Future Organization - think again.

BBC Radio 3 - Nick Luscombe presents "Sakamoto - Art Is Long, Life Is Short"

Artist: Various Artists 

Title:  CITY MUSIC TOKYO [Curated by Cunimondo Takiguchi]

Release date: 4th April, 2024

Label : Gearbox Records

Catalog Number : GB1593

Format: 2xLP with OBI strip / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 

Tuesday 23 April 2024

In case you didn't know, Chris Bangs is the 'Cock Happy' meat in the Gilles Peterson, Eddie Piller jazz sandwich.

Of course, 'Cock Happy' being an early jazz night with Peterson and one of his many projects that are based on jazz-funk/Latin/club dance floors that's kept his ear to the groove for decades.

Thankfully, he still remembers the good old days of Special Branch and summer jazz nights at Bournemouth's #1 spot at the Exeter Bowl (that was also attended by none other than Mike Peden, he of 50% of the J-Jazz Series on BBE, see review of the latest release HERE, Aki Takase Trio, 'Song For Hope', the title track was recently played on IDA Monday morning show outta Talin!)

So yes, one of the highlights of any jazz night would be Flora Purim's 'Empty Faces' but there are now many a versions. This one by on the double A face is fast 'n' furious with twangy Latin guitar with classic vocals al la a pure Sade (in top gear) by Deniese from Brazil.

And I haven't even mentioned the A-side yet!  If you can get a cover version of José Feliciano's 'Affirmation' on a dancefloor, Bangs is the man to do it; José most famously known for his cover of The Doors' 'Light My Fire' of course.

Both tracks are have been on all the big heads playlists around the world (Gilles Peterson, Colin Curtis, Jazzcat , Kev Beadle, Snowboy, Perry Louis, Bob Hill etcso be sure to get a copy of the 7" or the full album, 'Ritmo Da Vida' from which these special edits have been taken - the perfect antidote for Record Store Day.

P.S. For those still waiting for the J-Jazz Masterclass book by Higgins/Peden I'm told it's on it's way, literally on a boat, and look out for a contribution from Mr. Bangs.   

Artist:   Nova Vida (produced by/arranged by Chris Bangs)
Title: Affirmation / Empty Faces ft. Deniese
Release date: 8th April, 2024
Label : CBi Recordings
Catalog Number : CBXV1005
Format: 7" / Digital / Bandcamp 

Monday 22 April 2024

Lovers of a Bob James sample may recognise a theme on this track before, 'Housematic' gets computerised - chek out the artwork!

Jazzy funk house is just what we like on a Bandcamp Friday and 'Oh Crazy Baby' is followed up with a Chicago funk al la Roy Ayers synth that's got a European boogie twinge in 'Music Love Dance' featuring the vocals of Okuali.

That would be a strong first release for any label but Move On Up Records were not content with that and they literally moved up with a remix of 'Oh Crazy Baby' by LTJ X-Perience!

Also known as Luca Trevisi, he's has been DJ/producing and remixing of decades and updating 70s jazz and Latin dancefloor favourites, most notably Joe Bataan's 'Ordinary Guy' and this caught the attention of Gilles Peterson and the rest is history.  Just to name drop, I met Joe and Mrs Bataan once in London and a really nice chap his is too.

It's a beautiful groovin' remix that's worthy of 7 minutes on a 12".  And getting back to that artwork, for now, this release is on 12" only so you'll be able to admire it full size so to speak as well as the music.

P.S. If you're going to Barcelona, this is where these guys are based and it'd be more than worthwhile checking them out.

Artist: GarcyNoise & Luca Mauro

Title: Housematic EP

Release date: 22nd April, 2024

Label: Move On Up Records

Cat. No: MOUR001

Format: 12” Vinyl / Digital Bandcamp

Saturday 20 April 2024

Record Store Day can be accused of lots of things but back in 2006, it was all about the CD issued in jewel case. A mere 18 years later, it's all about the 'Limitd Edition, Green Vinyl' - at least the music is just as good!

This is their third album on Far Out Recording following 'The Return Of The Ipanemas' and 'Afro Bossa' and it’s the best yet according to the label boss, Joe Davis. He’s the man responsible for their resurgence as it was his quest to track down the original album from The Ipanemas of the 60s. Again, like Banda União Black, 40 years on, we’ve lost some of the original members but none of the spirit.

The band are led by two of the innovators of the bossa, Wilson Das Neves (vocals/drums) and Neco (guitar) who went onto record with all the top players of the era like Chico Buarque, 'Tom’ Jobim, Wilson Simonal and Elis Regina.

Your not going to have the benefit of hearing this at a beach bar on a sunny day with the girls and boys parading in their swimwear (not at the time of writing in the UK anyway), but ‘Samba Is Our Gift’ does set you up to get laid back.

Huge start with ‘Imperial’ on the ‘La la la la la larrssss’, you feel like Astrid is getting off that plane to have a holiday in a different world.

Mangue’ is a delightful lite samba-cancao (sung-samba) in the breeze with the gentle picking of Neco’s guitar. With the muted batucada, get ready for the “um, dois, três, quarto” and the explosion. Ah ha! it doesn’t come (Hey Joe, savin’ that one for the Spiritual South Remix?)
‘Samba Pra Mim Mesmo’ retains the mood but the tempo picks up at times like on ‘Treze, Trinta E Nove’.

All this Brazilian brilliance makes me regret not following last year’s resolution to learn Portuguese. We’re told in the sleeve notes that ‘Malandro Quando Vaza’ is a song about a conman and that Wilson only developed as a singer less than 10 years ago. You’d never guess from his performance here.

This being a Far Out Recording, you won’t be surprised to find Ivan (Mamão) Conti features throughout variously on drums, percussion and guitar. So whilst he puts himself about, you can feel something of that Azymuth vibe going on, where he’s done the arrangements, but it never overshadows ‘the gift’ of the samba. As ever, all the musicians are superb but you won’t fail to be impressed by the trumpet of Jesse (is that Jesse Sadoc?) and the Trombone of Vitor Santos (all the tracks but in particular, ‘San Roque’).

Talking of Jesse, ‘Valsamba’ is seriously percussive and even with the addition of a string arrangement sounds like a Collery brass band (albeit one in Rio). It takes you by surprise this one and it’s one for consideration to go into the next Hectic mixtape.

No Hectic gripes regarding the cover and the sleeve notes are excellent by Mr. Davis and DJ Cliffy (see Banda União Black).

If you need a samba gift, this is 'the' album for you.

Reviewed: The Ipanemas 
Title: Samba Is Our Gift
Label: Far Out Recordings
Cat. No. FARO 106 CD Release date: 01 May 2006
Format: Vinyl Re-issue 20th April 2024
1. Imperial (4:29)
2. Malandro Quando Vaza (3:18)
3. Mangue (3:03)
4. Samba Pra Mim Mesmo (4:41)
5. Taioba (3:11)
6. San Roque (5:11)
7. Valsamba (4:05)
8. Folia No Samba (3:48)
9. Samba D (2:19)
10. Treze, Trinta E Nove (3:29)
11. O Smaba E O Meu Dom (5:09)
1. Imperial (4:29)
2. Malandro Quando Vaza (3:18)
3. Mangue (3:03)
4. Samba Pra Mim Mesmo (4:41)
5. Taioba (3:11)
6. San Roque (5:11)
7. Valsamba (4:05)
8. Folia No Samba (3:48)
9. Samba D (2:19)
10. Treze, Trinta E Nove (3:29)
11. O Smaba E O Meu Dom (5:09)
Gerry Hectic
Sunday 16 April 2006

Friday 19 April 2024

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Back in the day and in the back end of North London, you'd have to hunt high and low for Olli Ahvenlahti's 'Grandma's Rocking Chair' as made trendy by those evil twins of jazzdance Kenny Dope & Peterson, and now look, there's a whole brand new album by Mr. Ahvenlahti so let's look into the 'Mirror Mirror'.

Finnish jazz legend, pianist-composer Olli Ahvenlahti surprised us all when there was news of a 8-track album when 'Paint It Blue' was released as a single.  But, that's not the half of it as each track seems to get better than the last; particularly watch out for 'Paint It Blue'.

We Jazz Records of late have a distinct 'experimental' edge to them, like Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones's 'New Monuments' that came out last month (see review HERE) but this is more reflective big band jazz cool - like the West Coast meet Jimi Tenor at Jim Rockford's gaff; that's where 'A House In Montagnola' should be anyway

And you know Olli and We Jazz wouldn't scrimp on the band.  In addition to Olli on Fender Rhodes and other keys, we've got 5 corners royalty Jukka Eskola (trumpet and fluegelhorn), Joonatan Rauto (tenor sax), Ville Herrala (electric bass) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums and percussion).

There may not be a 'Grandma's Rocking Chair' - original released in 1976 and re-issued in 2001 - but he's lost nothing of his jazz-fusion elegance and this is a must this year; and definitely a must on the day before Record Store Day.

Artist: Olli Ahvenlahti
Title: New Monuments
Release date: 19th April, 2024
Label : We Jazz Records
Catalog Number : WJLP75
Format: LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 

Friday 12 April 2024

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What! Compost have got Wah Wah 45's super duo Medlar & Dele Sosimi, Boiler Room/BBE's current favourite mainline Chicago master Rahaan and long time disco kid Prins Thomas all on the remix - why? 

The simple answer is in the facts that the original tracks 'Faith' and 'San Diago' are such brilliant Afrohouse/disco/boogie dancefloor tracks you'd need "masterminds" or their quality and experience to even contemplate a remix.

I'd be happy with a 12" of the originals but this is just an awesome bonus that the like of Colour and Pitch founder Will Sumsuch will not be missing off his April mix sessions (links to follow).

Artist: Arnau Obiols & KAYYAK

Title: Faith / San Diago EP 

Release date: 12th April, 2024

Label: Compost Records

Cat. No: CPT 630

Format:Vinyl 12" / Digital / Bandcamp

Made for customers on the largest of Balearic Islands, is it Balearic? If your idea of Balearic is a fusion of synthy bounce North Africa influences with soaring Spanish vocals and some added flamenco guitar and percussion in your house; this is it! 

After getting his son, Hugo Navarro to help out on last months' release, 'Una Matttina (A Morning)' (see review HERE) the ever busy Kiko has called up Nuria Millán (vocals) and Benji Habichuela (Spanish flamenco guitarist) to give us this totally different new release, 'Nana Del Caballo Grande' (Lullaby of the Big Horse).

Nothing to do with the Northern Soul classic by Cliff Noble & Co. (The Horse) but a new cover of the flamenco legend, Camaron De La Isla's hit as a commission for Majorca's dance and acrobatics company 'House of Son Amar'.

The dance troop are fans of Kiko's 'La Fatiga' (2020) and were looking for something similar for their productions so it made sense to call Benji for percussion as he worked on 'La Fatifa'.
And he is the one who suggested to add 'cantadora' (female singer) Nuria Millán who gives this proper flamenco cred in both the 'extended' and 'orginal' versions.

Flamenco is culturally important in these parts and you don't want to upset folks and Kiko et al certainly won't with this version that's back of your neck tingling whilst you're a dancin'.  Even the Exhibit remix is evenly split between a mostly acapella Pt 1 and a deep house bangin' Part 2.

So different to Una Matttina' but equally brilliant - time to give Kiko the freedom of the Islands (that's if he's not got it already) 

Artist: Kiko Navarro feat. Nuria Millán & Benji Habichuela
Title: Nana Del Caballo Grande
Release Date : 12th April, 2024
Catalog Number : AFTNE063
Label : Afroterraneo Music
Format: Digital
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Lynyrd Skynyrd famously requested "Gimme Three Steps", John Coltrane had 'Giant Steps' and Pacal Morais cubic music rally call is, '3 Steps Ahead'.

Morais' vision is to produce a deeper mix of Amapiano (South Africa) and Afro Beats into an Afro Deep House as a "3 Step".

It's a bit like taking 'The Spirit Of Malombo' (see review HERE), merging with the vibe of Deep In Your Soul (see review HERE) and adding some 2-step+1 hype and you've got a 4 track EP that'll keep you guessing.

There's a radio edit and extended version of 'Talk Nerdie' that's a beautiful shuffle on a Afro beach under the buzzin' electronic fire flys with some church organ going on!  This is the most instantly accessible track as the title track is a bit on the moody Nordic Noir dancehall (can you have Dutch noir?) and 'Protegé' is a warped gumboot dance.

Similar to the way Boddhi Satva (last seen HERE with 'Mota Boddhi' and also BBE supported) keeps moving the house goal posts, Morais is on a mission... and it's lots more than 2024 Bucket Hats fashion!

This is going to be big and what all the usual suspects circling to be part of a remix set.

Artist: Pascal Morais 
Title: Altera Vita 
Release date: 12th April, 2024
Label : Batakari/BBE Music
Catalog Number : BAT008
Format: Digital / Bandcamp  

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All rise for single of the week, Clyde Beat's 'Rising Up' featuring Amalia on vocals that's out now on Atjazz Record Company.

Last week Atjazz released Peacey's album 'Play It By Ear' (see review HERE) and they don't seem to have taken that advice themselves as they've blugeoned themselves with a post-Prince mega funker with 'Rising Up'.

But Mr. Beats is no stranger to such adulation, albeit it's been 21 years since his big hit 'Serve It Up (featuring Capitol A.- last seen here on Joseph Malik's 'Album Of The Year', 'Proxima Ebony - see review HERE) and 16 years since since debut album 'Hyper Reality'.  Clearly, it's not that he's had problems with the title of the "difficult 2nd album" as it's going to be called; wait for it... 'Hyper Reality 2 (An English Gentleman)’.

As always, exciting times for all things Atjazz and the album is eagerly anticipated.

Artist: Clyde Beats

Title: Rising Up feat. Amalia

Release date: 12th April 2024

Label: Atjazz Record Company

Catalog Number: ARC247ADS1,Digital / Bandcamp

Wednesday 10 April 2024

As Gilles Peterson starts his campaign to save UK club cultures, independent venues and radio all at the same time, here's a quick reminder of one of three vocalists that he more or less single-handedly re-discovered.

Whilst there were many more acts/performers, I'm specifically thinking about Slim Gaillard, Eddie Jefferson and Mark Murphy!  Peterson 'discovered' Murphy's 1961 album 'Rah' in his local library and the story goes, took him to the Dingwalls and that visit resulted in Murphy's love letter to the venue, Gilles, Camden Town and the young jazzdance community that was emerging in the 90s.

Over 30 years on, this jazzdance 'Ding Walls' / Acid Jazz scene has it's fans worldwide (no pun etc) and in the case of this 12", Milan's Right Tempo have returned to the Yellowtail track featured on their compilation album, 'The Congregation - Jazz Alliance International' with Mark Murphy on vocals (as an 'unreleased' Patchworks remix - Patchworks being a Peterson protégé himself).

So you got the immaculate Murphy on a track that he sings and skats on, Yellowtail (aka Hiro Awanohara) on production duties and another Peterson protégé from the early days of Brownswood Recordings and a dreamy Sunday afternoon original, 'Seasons In My Mind'.

Worth the price of the 12" in itself but as someone that was in on the boarders of Peterson's leftfield soul-jazz-hip-hop 'In Crowd' some years ago. I remember standing next to DJ Simon S at Emanative's first gig at what was Favela Chic in Shoreditch with Jessica Lauren, Liz Elensky, Deborah Jordan, Heidi Vogel and many more when Peterson turned up with Earl Zinger and they stood next to us!  I also recall giving Peterson a white label of Richard E's 7", 'Sometime I'/'Hear Her Call' at Peterson's other club night that he ran for over a decade, 'That's How It Is!'  So what's the reason for all this blatant name dropping?

Well, remember Richard E's 'To The Moon' (see review HERE), he's done a fantastic uptempo flute gang remix featuring Jake Telford.  And then there's the 'dream team' of Jessica Lauren and Emanative (last seen on Sandman Project's 'Hamsa Remixes - see review HERE) with a  jazzy spring garden and home remix and dub; descibed as, "Nick & Jessica playing drums and piano live and then all being chopped up and brought into the present moment, production-wise".

And if that wasn't enough, there's the 'Frankson' remix which is the favourite of Kev Beadle (TWR), who I happened to help into a cab at 3am in Shaftesbury Avenue after he DJ'd at the first "Last Ever" 'That's How It Is!' some years ago.

Other fans include, Harv-inder Singh (Point Blank FM), famed jazz dance royalty DJ Perry Louis (JazzCotech), Michael Rütten (Soul Searching; that coincidently celebrated its 19th Birthday show in 2016 with guest mix from DJ Simon S as mentioned above) and there's sleeve note by yet another scene name, Straight No Chaser's Paul Bradshaw.

Nearly as impressive as another 'Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls' and in addition to the 12", there's bonus digital content too! Get your pre-orders in now. 

Artist: Yellowtail feat. Mark Murphy 

Title: Seasons In My Mind (Remixes)

Release date: 10th April, 2024 

Label : Right Tempo Pro

Catalog Number : RT 001 PRO  

Format : LP (140g black vinyl)  / Digital / Bandcamp