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13 January 2021

STR4TA - Rhythm In Your Mind

Brownswood Recordings announce the new album by STR4TA titled “Aspects” out 26th March 2021 and the second single ‘Rhythm In Your Mind’, out today! Gilles Peterson has partnered with Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick to reinvigorate the loose, protean energy of the early-80s Brit-funk scene. Long-time friends and collaborators, STR4TA sees them mine new musical possibilities out of that shared formative era. 

On the new second single ‘Rhythm In Your Mind’, STR4TA showcase another masterclass in wrapping a track tightly around the groove, showing off the taut musicianship of Francis Hylton, on bass, and Matt Cooper, on keys and drums.

It was through Maunick’s band, Incognito – one of the essential groups of an oft-overlooked, vital pocket of Black British musical history – that they first connected. On “Aspects”, he and Peterson revisit that important period and the spirit that guided it: self-taught, DIY vitality, and a raucous energy built on live performance.

Bringing a fresh slant to a sound first developed by groups like Atmosfear, Hi-Tension, Light of the World and Freeez  – with Maunick, it should be noted, also a member of the latter two bands – it’s the first material that Maunick and Peterson have released together in over a decade. First appearing in October 2020 with single ‘Aspects’, the pair didn’t make public that they were behind the project; the limited edition 12” quickly sold out nonetheless, and the track received radio play from Moses Boyd (BBC Radio 6 Music), on KEXP and KCRW, and from Francois K (Worldwide FM), Trevor Jackson (NTS) and Colin Curtis (Worldwide FM).  

Peterson and Maunick wanted to approach music-making from the starting point that led to those early records. This meant returning to the era where each of them first found their feet, a period which would shape their respective careers in the decades since. For Peterson, this has been as a tastemaking record label boss, DJ, collector and broadcaster; for Maunick, this has been as a musician, bandleader and composer, touring and making the fabled achievement of scoring chart and radio hits in the USA.

“The idea of the project was to capture that raw, moment to moment sound,” Maunick says, drawing a contrast to the touches of refinement he and his peers have acquired in the years since. In its early days, the Brit-funk sound – and the London jazz-funk milieu it grew out of – was rooted in raucous live shows, rivalling those of the punk bands in that same period. Recalling his role in the process, Peterson says he was the one making sure things didn’t get too polished. “I was there at the back, telling them, no, leave it like that, cut it there, or just use that first take,” he says.

It’s an idea that had been in the works for a while, but which was encouraged by a surprising catalyst: the award acceptance speech by Tyler, the Creator at the 2020 Brit Awards, where he shouted out the influence of “British funk from the 80s”. It was an acknowledgement of the particular sound that Maunick and his peers had honed, where their US influences were re-oriented through their own circumstances. “Like everybody else who plays music, we tried to emulate our heroes,” Maunick says. “But we didn’t have the tools, we hadn’t studied music: were all playing by ear, and we were coming off bits and pieces that we liked off certain records.”

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12 January 2021

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Our Takes

“It features 7 never-before-heard tracks from the original 1959  
Time Out recording sessions and includes 2 tunes that weren't on the original recording. These newly discovered recordings feature performances every bit as compelling as those on the  original and historic Time Out. I'm sure you will find these 7 new exciting tracks (and bonus track)  are fascinating finds.”

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11 January 2021

Nathan Francis Quartet feat. Eero Koivistoinen

Helsinki-based US bassist Nathan Francis steps up as a bandleader with his debut project Nathan Francis Quartet. Together with a grade-A cast of Finnish musicians, the four-piece presents some of Nathan's favorite tunes from the standard repertoire (J. Hicks, C. McBee & J. Coltrane) as well as original compositions from members of the group. As Nathan puts it, "in terms of compositions, the group acts somewhat like a collective. We play compositions of each member but with an energy and interpretation that belongs completely to the moment."

Released on March 26, 2021 by Ajabu! Records, Francis' debut album features the Finnish jazz legend Eero Koivistoinen on tenor saxophone. "Eero has given immensely to the jazz scene here in Finland and abroad. He carries a sound that is so deep and intense. I feel he is the perfect fit for this band", the young bassist explains. Koivistoinen has also composed two songs for the album, the soulful opening track MinorSolution and the bluesy track entitled Late ShowMarkus Niittynen plays the piano and drummer Aleksi Heinola mans the drum seat. The former has also composed the album's third track Crystal Clear and the latter is well known as the inspired leader of his own quintet. 

Now settled in Helsinki, and matriculating at the Sibelius Academy, Nathan is ready to release his debut LP.  Nathan's primary wish was to form a "cross generational band as a tribute to his musical ancestors", a testament to the character of this young jazz musician. In his own words, Nathan says "meeting Finnish jazz legend, Eero Koivistoinen, sealed the deal", and this eloquent musical project came to its fruition at the studios of the Sibelius Academy.

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10 January 2021

Joss Stone - Walk With Me

Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning UK soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone releases an empowering new gospel-tinged anthem “Walk With Me” on S-Curve Records/BMG. The song speaks to a different kind of love, one of love for thy neighbors, even complete strangers and anyone seeking togetherness at this time of uncertainty and ignites just in time to warm the souls and unite festive folks this holiday season after a tumultuous and divisive year.

 Co-written and co-produced by Jonathan Shorten who has worked with Stone since 2004’s platinum-selling Mind Body & Soul album, “Walk With Me” embraces the voices of Legato Vocal Ensemble in a heart-warming round of harmony and consolation.  Originally penned as a love song, Stone did a rewrite in light of recent events over the year. 

 “The song started out as a romantic song asking someone to walk through life with you, kind of like a wedding song if you will,” says Stone. “When we got to working on it so much had happened that I couldn’t take my mind off. With the pandemic and what happened with George Floyd that unfortunately sparked so much violence it got me thinking that the problem is mostly with the us and them attitude. That is the biggest killer - separation and judgement. Everyone needs to come together in order to survive this life in peace. Without togetherness nothing is OK.  So, I rewrote the song and I hope people take it in the way it was intended,” Stone continues.”

 “The only way things will get better is if we throw the divides and lines away and love each other regardless of colour or job or health.  The fix is not to make those lines thicker. Let’s walk together. Through it all.”

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6 January 2021

St Germain - Tourist (20th Anniversary Travel Versions)

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this iconic album with great remixes!

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5 January 2021

Seven Davis Jr - One

Ever since the “One” EP debuted in 2012 listeners have asked how to get it on vinyl. When it was released on vinyl (Must Have Records US/ Classic Music Company UK) only a handful were able to get a copy. Now with the help of bandcamp we want to give vinyl heads another chance. All you have to do is pledge/order and bandcamp will do the rest. Unlike the previous vinyl presses this version will also include remixes to “Leave A Message” and “Open Up”.

*Pledge - includes vinyl release plus digital copy.

*Secret Angels Special - includes a signed test pressing, vinyl release plus digital copy.

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4 January 2021

Jonny Tobin - Morning Afterglow

Jonny Tobin: "Neon Afterglow is the prologue to a new chapter in my catalogue of music. With the intent to spread optimism, hope, and maximum positivity in a world filled with despair, this is the first of many tracks I've created during the global pandemic of 2020."

The story unfolds... 

"An apocalyptic event ravaged the galaxy, wiping out entire planets, populations, and leaving entire civilizations in ruins. 3 humans from Terra-11 were placed in capsules to preserve their memories and their bodies as toxins and evil beings took hold of their planet and wiped out the majority of all living beings.   

 
Hundreds of years later, 3 strangers wander alone through a lush yet desolate wilderness, after waking from a long slumber. In their contemplative states they come upon a variety of colourful landscapes, monuments to civilization past. They encounter vistas and visions that trigger nostalgia, memories, and feelings they hadn’t experienced since before their cryogenic sleep. Instead of feeling hopeless or lonely, they each, in turn, rediscover what it means to feel emotions and find love in a world torn apart by a tragic event."

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3 January 2021

Christian Scott & Tunde Adjuah - Axiom

From March 10th to March 15th, as the world was becoming aware of the full implications of a global pandemic, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his dedicated band were doing what they do - human conversation in the form of music - at the famed Blue Note in New York. They pressed on, understanding that there was risk but determined to bring positive energy to the people. Little did they (or we) know that this would be the last show for some time. Capturing this moment was already precious, and now it is even more so - humans in direct proximity walking the delicate line between listening and being heard, expressing themselves without casting a shadow on others. While this will not be the last show, for now it is a wonderful reminder of the vibrant energy we all can share.

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1 January 2021

Metropole Orkest - Then and Now: The Artistry of Ack & Jerry van Rooyen

In het kader van het 75 jarig jubileum presenteert het Metropole Orkest i.s.m. Zennez Records een 3-LP set met hoogtepunten uit de samenwerking met Ack en Jerry van Rooyen door de jaren heen. Het betreft de periode 1975–2020. Aanleiding is dat Ack (90) dit jaar geridderd wordt én de Buma Boy Edgar Prijs 2020 krijgt. Reden genoeg om hem, zijn broer en het jarige Metropole Orkest, in het zonnetje te zetten!

Op de bonus LP van deze set staan vier nieuwe opnames die het Metropole Orkest dit jaar met Ack maakte. De vier titels werden door van Rooyen zelf gekozen en hij ziet deze nummers vooral als een eerbetoon aan zijn broer. In het stuk ‘Dear Old Stockholm’ speelt Ack zelf niet en zo geeft hij Jerry, met dit meesterlijk stukje arrangeerkunst voor strijkers, het laatste woord.

Ack van Rooyen mag zo langzamerhand wel de ‘Nestor van de Nederlandse Jazz’ worden genoemd, want hij heeft veel op zijn muzikale geweten en hij speelt nog steeds! In de loop der jaren waren Ack en Jerry regelmatig te gast bij het Metropole Orkest en werkten ze aanvankelijk nauw samen met dirigent en oprichter Dolf van der Linden. Ook tijdens het tijdperk Rogier van Otterloo waren ze graag geziene gasten.
Er is veel geschiedenis met de van Rooyens in de Metropole Orkest archieven en van elke periode zijn enkele pareltjes in deze 3-LP collectie opgenomen. Stukken zijn afkomstig uit de radioprogramma’s Metro’s Music, Metro’s Midnight Music en The Bands en werden opgenomen tussen 1975 en 1995. Deze opnames werden eerder uitgebracht op de cd’s “Colores” (1991) en “Daydream” (1999). Beide uitgaven zijn al enige jaren niet meer in druk. Voor het nieuwe compilatie album hebben de producers arrangementen van Jerry van Rooyen van beide cd’s geselecteerd.

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30 January 2021  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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