Opolopo returns with another trademark release of high-level reworks. On side A we get a jazz-fusion broken beat take on Ernie Watts jazz dancer "Gondwana" that features the mighty vocal of Gilberto Gil. On the flip Opolopo delivers a supa deep and soulful house bump of Kevin Moor's "Speak Your Mind". One for the soul heads.Pre-order here
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Saxophonist, flautist Chip Wickham takes us to Cloud 10 with his most soulful and lyrical album to date
Chip Wickham is a jazz musician and producer who divides his time between Spain, UK and the Middle-East and who has made a name for himself with a series of beautifully crafted solo albums that draw equally on the hard swinging spiritual jazz of Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef and Sahih Shihab, alongside the music of British jazz legends such as Tubby Hayes and Harold McNair and the more contemporary sounds of Jazzanova, Kyoto Jazz Massive and Robert Glasper.
Originally from Brighton, Chip studied in Manchester and became involved in the 00's UK jazz, soul. trip-hop and funk scenes, working with the likes of The Pharcyde, The New Mastersounds and Nightmares On Wax as well as playing with Matthew Halsall's Gondwana Orchestra. And his relationship with Gondwana Records goes right back to the very beginning as he played on Halsall's 2008 debut Sending My Love.
Cloud 10 is his debut album for Gondwana Records (following a 12" of Lonnie Liston Smith covers in May) and it is a wonderful, timeless, lyrical, slice of hard-hitting, soulful, spiritual jazz and modal hard-bop with a distinctly UK flavour - driven by Chip's deftly funky flute work and hard-hitting tenor. Underpinned by Chip's restless energy and driven by his desire to connect with the listener on a deeper level.
"My albums are my legacy. Each one is a statement to the world of music and my contribution to its growth, its energy and ultimately it's history."Pre-order here
This is one of the rarest boogie jazz records ever! Private press - the album includes the Rare Groove classic "Searchin For The Soul.”
His early career follows It follows in the wake of the infectiously funky, blues-based keyboard music exemplified by hard-bop paragons Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons in the 50s and 60s. Not surprisingly, McClerkin listened to those pianists while growing up on Chicago’s south-side; he also heard plenty of Ahmad Jamal (who then lived and worked in Chicago), and Jamal’s trademark airiness occasionally works its way into the mix as well.
Since the 1960's Corky has performed professionally throughout the Chicago area, guided by his mentor, Jazz tenor great Von Freeman, he developed his talents throughout the 1970s while also discovering his passion for writing. As a featured columnist for the Chicago Courier, he was inspired to write Undercurrents (1978), a collection of short stories about the black experience.
In 1981, Corky strengthened his talents by taking on the position of musical director and arranger for the Chicago production of Sasha, Sing Dinah! and wrote “a play, Life Cycles,” performed at the Chicago Cultural Center. In 1983 he built on his experiences by releasing his first album, Searchin' for the Soul (WinCor Records, 1983).
In 2001 The American Biographical Institute included Corky in their edition of the International Directory of Distinguished Leaders. He was also a member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the American Federation of Musicians, and the World Future Society.
Corky Mclerkin tragically died in 2015 in a car crash with his wife, Winnie Mae.
DJ Spinna, the celebrated DJ, Remixer & Producer, widely regarded as the best ‘underground’ DJ in America, is back with his first studio album since 2003’s groundbreaking ‘Here To There’ (BBE / Rapster). ‘Intergalactic Soul’ is an original album of new material featuring a stellar line-up of vocalists and rappers including N'Dea Davenport, Stephanie McKay, Phonte of Little Brother, Lizz Fields, Eric Roberson, Christian Urich of Tortured Soul to name a few.
DJ Spinna has long stood out from the pack due to his exceptional musical sense and versatility. Unlike those who work within a single genre such as house, techno or hip hop, a set from DJ Spinna may incorporate hip-hop, funk, jazz, break-beat, house, garage and reggae in an organic mix that is more than the sum of its parts. He has taken this ethos in to the studio to deliver an album that encapsulates this myriad of influences, and he takes you on a trip through the universe that is soul music.
"The general idea for ‘Intergalactic Soul’,” DJ Spinna explains, "was to construct a full-length album fusing hip-hop and dance beats with electric synthy overtones. I wanted to create something that sonically fuses the past with the future. What sets it apart from my other releases is the growth in production. Most of my past releases focused more on the hip hop side and were more sample-based. I wanted to take the hip hop element and enhance it with great musicianship and songwriting."
Indeed Intergalactic Soul is a deft synthesis of soul, hip-hop, funk and dance music that creates a seamless, beguiling listening experience from beginning to end. The album opens on a hip hop tip with ‘Current Events’ & title track ‘Intergalactic Soul’, the latter featuring Phonte, member of underground rap trio Little Brother, widely regarded as the heir apparent to Tribe Called Quest. The Hip Hop vibe also flows heavily through Spinna’s tribute to the godfathers of Electronica as he pays props to the legendary Kraftwerk with his stunning re-make of their classic ‘Computer Love’. Spinna’s super group The Free Radikalz (aka Selan, Delouie & James Hurt alongside Spinna himself) feature twice, appearing on ‘Outta Time’ & ‘Bye Bye Bye’. The sublimely talented Selan also takes on
the lead vocals for the forthcoming single ‘Back 2 U’. The album also features the recent single ‘We Can Change This World’, the broken soul anthem featuring the magnificent duo Heavy that has been getting massive support from Mr Good Times himself Norman Jay,
and also from Trevor Nelson who has featured the record heavily on his Soul Nation show & chart (BBC Radio 1).
And it doesn’t stop there either. One of the sassiest vocalists of recent years, N’Dea Davenport, is on hand for ‘Where’s Your Love’ while ‘Butterfly Girl’ features Eric Roberson aka Erro, the voice of Osunlade’s ‘Change For Me’ and Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Rock Wit U’. Newcomer Tricia Angus also puts in a stunning performance on the soulful house anthem in waiting ‘Living My Life’. We could go on & on here but we should let you listen and judge for yourself.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, DJ Spinna was fascinated by music at an early age; he began amassing a record collection as a youth. While at college, he made his radio debut on WHRW Binghampton, NY and by 1994 landed guest DJ spots on KISS-FM in New York. He became a resident deejay on WBAI-FM's influential "Underground Railroad" program and before long he was DJing at major New York clubs and garnering a growing reputation for originality and an ability to bring diverse musical genres together in an irresistible mix. Performances abroad led to legendary sets at such venues as Yellow in Tokyo, The End and Cargo in London and Paradiso in Amsterdam. In 1999, Rawkus Records released "Heavy Beats Vol. 1", an underground hip hop classic, his first full Stateside CD release. It yielded the dancefloor favourite "Rock". There followed a series of releases ranging from mix CDs to compilations to original productions. With Intergalactic Soul DJ Spinna takes a giant step forward as a producer of an album that works as a cohesive statement rather than a collection of tracks.
"The main thing I would say is flow," Spinna muses. "Being a DJ and knowing how to tell a story with an audience through music definitely helps. It's about figuring out what kind of emotions you want the listener to feel from start to finish while listening to the mood of each song."Get it here
London-based composer/bassist, Daniel Casimir returns with his solo debut album Boxed In, a dynamic collision of pulsing modern jazz & orchestral instrumentation.
Featuring Casimir’s quintet of fellow British jazz luminaries, including Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd, Al Macsween & James Copus, Boxed In astutely bridges traditional and contemporary jazz forms with enveloping strings, woodwind & brass arrangements, but under its intricate musical surface seeks to confront some necessary hard truths.Get it here
According to Heist Recordings:
When Crackazat released his ‘Alfa’ EP early 2021, we knew it was going to be a great record. It had everything we’ve come to expect and love from him; a great balance between creative musicality and downright beef for the club. Fast forward a year and a half and here we are, super happy to release his new ‘Demucha EP’.Pre-order here
Taken from the duo's 2021 album 'Break The Wall' MF Robots' Dawn Joseph and Jan Kincaid have released another slab of dance floor soul in 'Make The Call'. A sure-fire groove that underpins a sublime vocal, 'Make The Call' is sure to be one of the festival, event and club hits of the Summer.
Now available as a digital download, 'Make The Call' also comes with an extended version and remixes from the legendary Two Soul Fusion duo of Louie Vega and Josh Milan. These remixes bring something new and special to the track with each creating a subtly different mood for the dance floor, for the radio and for the house party.
MF Robots is a songwriting, production and performing duo created by former Brand New Heavies founder Jan Kincaid and BNH vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dawn Joseph. The pair left the Heavies in 2014 to record their own compositions and have been wowing audiences and record buyers with their effortless blending of Soul, RnB, Funk, Disco and Jazz ever since.
Louie Vega is one half of the House music dons Masters at Work and Josh Milan is a Grammy nominated vocalist, musician and composer who also collaborate in Vega's collective 'Elements of Life'. With both at the forefront of production, composition and remixing for more than three decades, the House, Boogie and Instrumental versions they have produced for 'Make The Call' are off the scale here.
Atjazz AKA Martin Iveson is a prolific remixer who has reworked tracks for Nitin Sawhney, Bob Sinclair, Jazzanova and even Henry Mancini (the Pink Panther theme) as well as working with vocalists of the stature of Robert Owens and Clara Hill. As Martin states, 'Remixing helps hone your sound and allows the producer to print their trademark into another space.' Well he certainly has done this here with his distinctive remix of 'The Love It Takes.'.Pre-order here
Whilst the continents contribution to the global funk, boogie and disco canon has been well documented for decades, the strong presence of rock and psychedelia in 1970's African music has been a more slowly evolving story over the years.
Pockets of young Africans, turned on by Hendrix, the Doors, Santana and more, started to add heavy guitar riffs to rumbling, ever present funk, and built an afro psych scene that is still turning up gems to this day.
With Lagos an epicenter for the emergent scene, in 1972, local headquartered label Afrodisia was born near to the eye of the storm, and provides many of the tracks on this latest attempt to capture a bit of afro-psych magick.
Iconic Lagos twins The Lijadu Sisters' 'Bayi L'ense' (1977) opens proceedings in LP defining style : the Yoruba vocals, pattering percussion and cooly strutting funk bassline are eventually joined by soaring, scything fuzz guitar, and we're off on a six and half minute head journey.
From there, tempo's and moods shift throughout. The Oriental Brothers International free-wheeling 'Tax Drive' is underpinned by tight playing and insistent grooves; Saxon Lee and the Shadows International combine James Brown style brass with what sounds like long, improv'd hammond sections across the near 10 minutes of 'Mind Your Business'.
Gears are quickly shifted as Warhead Constriction get straight up heavy on Graceful Bird, and Aura easily integrate early synth work outs on Ariya (at about the same time Kraftwerk were starting to hit wider audiences, 1976). Celestin Nyam's 'Mbembe' takes no prisoners, as free jazz sax workouts, horns, hammonds AND squalling Hendrix style guitar riffs all make welcome appearances, before Christie Azumah And The Uppers International, again combine deep funk with hammonds, choppy guitars and insistent vocals on 'Aja Wondo'.Get it here
Glenn Fallows and Mark Treffel released their first album, ‘The Globeflower Master Vol. 1’, on Mr Bongo in September 2021. With its lush, warm and timeless productions paying homage to classic 60s and 70s soundtrack composers, it was very well received and struck a chord with the scene’s connoisseurs. Louder Than War emphatically stated, "It’s impossible not to like The Globeflower Masters Vol. 1.”, with Gigwise echoing that praise “slickly compelling retro vibes”.
The Globeflower Master Vol. 2 is the slightly edgier and more grown-up sequel to Mark and Glenn's 2021 debut album. For this excursion, the Brighton-based duo wanted to lean a little further into their European film soundtrack influences, with particular inspiration mined from the works of Stefano Torossi, David Shire, and Roger Webb. This expansion of their sound builds upon the rich tapestry of cinematic funk à la David Axelrod, Serge Gainsbourg and Morricone that fashioned Vol. 1. Here the arrangements, melodies, and harmonies have been refined; only what is needed is left.
The recordings are drenched in visual imagery; they stimulate the senses and invite the imagination to roam. Ethereal, hazy memories of lost summers are triggered; the beauty of listening to music when driving along a deserted road in the Italian countryside lined with cypress trees heading towards the sun, and beyond. As the musical journey progresses, we even take a voyage to another planet. Whether these memories are real or constructed recollections of scenes from film and television, the tracks evoke a feeling of nostalgia and comfort. Like all the best music, 'The Globeflower Masters Vol. 2' takes us out of ourselves even if it's only temporarily.
To consolidate the shape of the sound, drummers Timmy Rickard and Ollie Boorman (who also featured on Vol. 1) and John Maiden (Tricky collaborator) sprinkled their magic and forged their stamps onto the recordings. Collaborating with other talented musicians contributed to the picture Mark and Glenn wanted to paint. The ‘Globeflower Master Vol. 2’ is a fitting tribute to the music they love and care deeply about and a glorious addition to their musical world.Pre-order here
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