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I'm Here Now / Lack of Afro

Lack of Afro - I'm Here Now

Bastion Music Group

If there's one thing you can count on from Adam Gibbons, the man behind Lack Of Afro is you know he's gonna bring the funk. "I'm Here Now", his latest release leaves no doubt. Armed with an array of talented vocalists and rappers, all Gibbons has to do is lay down an infectious groove and you have yourself a superb string of tunes. "You Could Do Better" featuring Camila Recchio & Wax is classic soul with wicked wah wah guiter rhythms and strings. New York rapper Kenzo knows what to do with "Bad As Self" and that's spit razor sharp verses over the head nodding groove."Wait For Me" is slow burning soul feating Mica Miller. "I'm Here Now" is an instant party starter with all the ingredients for a funky good time. All you need to do is show up, clear the floor and press play.

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Reg Dancy, 09/20

Marcos Valle JID003 / Marcos Valle, Ali Shaheed Mohammad & Adrian Younge

Marcos Valle, Ali Shaheed Mohammad & Adrian Younge - Marcos Valle JID003

Jazz Is Dead

The Jazz IS Dead series, lead by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Mohammed strikes again with the legendary Brazailian vocalist Marcos Valle taking center stage. What Younge and Shaheed Mohammed do so well capturing the emotion of Valle's sound while blending it with their analog 70's soul influenced arrangements. The studio sessions harken back to the days when artists completed a recording in one or two takes and that's more than enough for the veteran vocalist to shine. "Queira Bem" is filled with sun drenched rhodes and sparkling percussion. Valle's vocals float over the rhythm like a warm summer breeze. "Viajando Por Al" is a seductive bossa duet. "Nao Sala Da Praca has a percolating groove that's tailor made for Valle. The dusty analog approach from Younge and Shaheed Mohammed are a match made in heaven for one of the vocal Kings of Brazil. Simply a superb release worthy of repeated listens.

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Reg Dancy, 09/20

S8100 - Nervous Breaks and Galactique Beatstrumentals Selected and Edited by DJ Kensei / Sauce81

Sauce81 - S8100 - Nervous Breaks and Galactique Beatstrumentals Selected and Edited by DJ Kensei

Ultra Vybe Records

DJ Kensei is a legendary DJ who's career spans back to the eighties. He's best known for his hip-hop mixtapes during the nineties as well as his abstract project Indopepsychics. he selected some tracks from sauce81's album "S8100" and officially re-edited them for this 12" as "S8100 - Nervous Breaks & Galaaactique Beatstrumentals" Selected & Re-Edited by DJ Kensei". DJ Kensei puts his stamp on these tunes and transforms them into an a stimulating collection of hip-hop, funk and house grooves. The disc kicks off the brooding hip-hop grooves of "Departure". "Moonlight" follows up with the same tempo, this time with Sauce81's swaying falsetto vocal harmonies. "Escape" is a body shaking boogie tune. "5D" is instrumental funk with warped synths. There's plenty of grooves to make you move here and is definitely worth checking out. Kensi takes a pile of tunes and turns them into gold.

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Reg Dancy, 08/20

Universal Beings E&F / Makaya McCraven

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings E&F

International Anthem

"Universal Beings E&F Sides" presents fourteen new tracks from the critcally acclaimed 2018 release from drummer Makaya McCraven. One of the reasons these sessions were so special was the collaboration of emerging UK musicians playing alongside US musicians from the Chicago based label International Anthem. The roster resembles an all star lineup with Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, bassist Tomeka Reid, guitarist Jeff Parker, harpist Brandee Younger and others. "E&F" is a mixture of live recordings and studio sessions arranged by McCraven. "Half Steppin" is a searing tune highlighted by Soweto Kinch's alto sax rhythms and Kamaal Williams on keys. In addition McCraven's infectious broken beats make this track enjoyable either on the dance floor or any other setting. "Kings and Queens" features the dynamic interplay between McCraven and Hutchings while Junius Paul's funky double bass takes the track to greater heights. "Universal Beings E&F Sides" showcases a community of like minded musicians creating genre bending music with strands of hip-hop, jazz and much more. Their talents are in the capable hands of McCraven who weaves it all together into a marvelous artistic gem.

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Reg Dancy, 08/20

Can You see What I'm trying To Say / Vibration Black Finger

Vibration Black Finger - Can You see What I'm trying To Say

Jazzman

Vibration Black finger is the brainchild of guitarist/composer Lascelles Gordon. "Can You See What I'm Trying to Say", a quote from Saxophonist Marlon Brown gives a nod to the obscure spiritual jazz recordings of the seventies. Gordon has compiled edits and recordings over the years from DATs, reel to reel and cassettes. In addition several recordings were made with fellow members Ben Cowen and Diana Gulkind. The opening track "Empty Streets" is just one of two tunes recorded live in studio and it's a beauty. Ebony Rose's haunting vocals glide over a hypnotic bass and flute rhythms. "Acting For Liberation Pt 1" is eleven minutes of celestial vibes shaped by spacey synths, horns and electronics. "Liberation Pt 2" is a reprise faeturing the vocals of Maggie Nichols. Gordon's second release offers a window into his vision. The result is a wonderful arrangement of sonic and spiritual vibrations past and present. Jazzman records never disappoints and this is no exception.

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Reg Dancy, 08/20

Roos Jonker & Dean Tippet / Roos Jonker & Dean Tippet

Roos Jonker & Dean Tippet - Roos Jonker & Dean Tippet

Sonar Kollektiv

Roos Jonker & Dean Tippet are a singer songwriter team from Amsterdam. They've been collaborating as a duo since 2009. Their warm and compelling vocals caught the attention of Benny Sings, eventually becoming members of his group "We'll Make it Right". Now the duo present their deeply melodic release on Sonar Kollektiv. On the Bossa flavored "The One" they blend folk and minimal pop over a sweet guitar rhythm. "Script" is a swaying lullaby that finds their vocals floating over a soft piano melody. Jonker is featured on "Dean", a blissful jazz pop arrangement with wah wah guitar rhythms laced with subtle piano and harp. Jonker and Tippet's vocals are hypnotic separately. Together they're simply mesmerizing. Without raising their vocals beyond a whisper they create ten alluring compositions that linger long after the song is over. This is a sheer delight that will certainly stroke your heartstrings.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Blue to Red / Chip Wickham

Chip Wickham - Blue to Red

Lovemonk

Flautist and Saxophonist Chip Wickham explores the celestial realms of the universe with his latest release "Blue To Red". Wickham's spiritual path through Indian and Middle Eastern culture has been paved by legends like Alice Coltrane and Yusef Lateef. In addition his recent collaborations with Matthew Halsall has also molded his musical journey. The disc kicks off the ethereal title track, augmented by the heavenly harp of Gondwana Orchestra's Amanda Whiting. "Route One" features Dan Goldman's dazzling Rhodes melodies, which are an effective foil for Wickham's flute phrasings and Whiting's harp. Goldman's blissful keys sets the tone on the tranquil "Cosmos". The rhythm section of drummer Jon Scott, bassist Simon Houghton, Whitng and Goldman are splendid throughout. Wickham's flute rises to the occasion and provides the listener on a glorious ride through six engaging compositions. This is another spiritual jazz triumph that you shouldn't miss.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Symphonie Pacifique / Greg Foat

Greg Foat - Symphonie Pacifique

Strut

At first glance at "Symphonie Pacifique", the new release from pianist Greg Foat is the bright and colorful art work. One listen and these thematic compositions appear to mirror the cover art as well. There are more upbeat compositions here than previous releases yet still maintain his usual brillance. Evidence is immediate with the title track, a joyful tune filled with exuberant lush soundscapes. "Yonaguni" is another highlight due to the two cellists on board and the choral vocals. Foat's joyful melodiic flourishes takes the tune to greater heights. On "Island Life" he shifts the tempo down a bit and creates a cinematic gem filled with lavish harmonic textures. "Lament for Lamont" is a melancholy tribute to composer Duncan Lamont. The rhythm section of bassist Phil Achille and drummer Moses Boyd make for a first rate ensemble. Foat is proving to be a gifted composer as every track is a joyful listen. He continues to expand his musical vision and incorporate new elements.  Simply a tremendous record that you shouldn't miss.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Mordechai / Khruangbin

Khruangbin - Mordechai

Dead Oceans

When the trio known as Khruangbin burst out the gate with "Con Todo El Mundo" in 2018, there was a collective praise. Their stylistic formula of psychedelic funk and vocal harmonies became an instant hit. Their sophomore lp "Mordechai" picks up where their debut left off. The opening track "First Class" is symbolic of their sound. An atmospheric tune filled with tight melodic guitar grooves and a thumping bass. "Time" has a touch of a boogie groove. The guitars are scaled back a bit but the groove is infectious nonetheless. "Connaissais de Face" has a slow burning tempo that serves as a canvas for a whispering vocal dialogue between two people. If you loved the first record then you can rush out and grab this one. There's little doubt these grooves will get their hooks in you. You won't resist.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Elevation / Muriel Grossmann

Muriel Grossmann - Elevation

Jazzman

Saxophonist Muriel Grossmann has been releasing quality recordings since the early 2000s. Her blend of spiritual jazz compositions evokes images from the recordings of Coltrane's special quartet and Pharoah Sanders to modern day premier musicians Nat Birchall and Matthew Halsall respectively. "Elevation" combines some of her work from her 2016 album "Natural Time" and her 2017 album "Momentum". Grossman's regular band is in top form as each member pushes the other. The title track finds them launching into action. Guitarist Radomir Milojkovic rhythmic explorations are clean and light yet the result is quite powerful. "Rising" picks up where the opener leaves off. Drummer Uros Stamenkovic's propulsive playing keeps everyone on their toes. Bassist Gina Schwarz playing is melodic and delicate. Front and center is Grossmann who's spirited soloing is hypnotic. She pulls you in and commands your attention from start to finish. In summary this is a recording you can lose yourself in and emerge deeply satisfied. The compositions are first rate and engaging. It's hard to imagine why Grossman isn't more well known. Let's hope this release goes a long way to rectify that.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Stand Up For Love / The Haggis Horns

The Haggis Horns - Stand Up For Love

Haggis Records

"Stand Up For Love", the fifth album from The Haggis Horns finds them getting back to basics. Which is stripped down hard driving funk and soul. "Don't Give A Damn" features John McCallum's vocals in top form soaring over the gritty funk groove. They slow the tempo a bit on "Suzi Traffic" and "Give It Up" thereby giving you a moment to catch your breath before they kick back into high gear. The title track demonstrates they can rock a reggae groove as well as they can bring the funk. This release is a reunion os sorts with several original members on board for this session. They're cooking on all cylinders and deliver another crowd pleasing lp.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Untitled (Black Is) / Sault

Sault - Untitled (Black Is)

Forever Living Originals

You know you're onto something when you release two lps with little fanfare and yet they become instant underground hits. That's what happened to the group known as Sault. Producer Dean "Inflo" Wynton Josiah and songstress Cleo Sol have made quite the impression not only with their first two lps "5" and "7" but separate careers as well. Inflo has produced for Michael Kiwanuka and Little Simz. Sol has recently released her solo album, which is also produced by Inflo. While the first two lps had a soulful dance appeal, their third lp "Untitled (Black Is)" is stripped down unabashed soul at its best. The theme of the disc is Black pride and whether it's poignant interludes from Sol or the powerful compositions throughout the message shines loud and clear. "Hard Life" has an unrelenting drum snare beat that finds Sol singing about the struggle to be heard and that a change is coming. "Bow" is percolating with afrobeat rhythms and the additional vocals of Michael Kiwanuka. "Miracles" is classic emotive 70s soul at it's purest form. With Sol's seductive vocals supported by enchanting backup vocals, you've been lured into the belly of the recording and your only wish is that it doesn't end. Inflo's prodcution and arrangements are flawless. Each track flows to the next one and by the time you've reached the end you know you just got off an amazing ride. In a year filled with outstanding recordings, "Untitled (Black IS)" is without a doubt one of the best albums of the year. Given all that's happening around the world it couldn't have arrived at a better time.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Honey For Wounds / Ego Ella May

Ego Ella May - Honey For Wounds

Upper Room Records

Singer songwriter Ego Ella May has a way of making you feel you're in the middle of a conversation with her. You don't care what's it about as long as you're along for the ride. That's to say her languid vocals and superb songwriting make for a potent combination. Off the heals of her deeply satisfying 2019 release "So Far", she's back with "No Honey For Wounds". The eleven track release features an array of talented producers but make no mistake who's the star here. "Song For Bobby" finds her lamenting about a relationship that has come to an end. "Girls Don't Always Sing About Boys" showcases May's ease in gliding the listener through personal as well as social topics and sounding equally enjoyable along way. Both tracks feature an infectious bottom heavy groove topped off with warm chords courtesy of UK producer Eun. "Science" produced by Alfa Mist kicks off with a gorgeous melody followed by spacey synths creating the illusion that you've momentarily transported to the galaxy. This tremendous body of work instantly ranks as one of the best releases of the year. Ms May is on the fast track to star status.

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Reg Dancy, 07/20

Night Dreamer Direct To Disc Sessions / Gary Bartz & Maisha

Gary Bartz & Maisha - Night Dreamer Direct To Disc Sessions

Night Dreamer Records

Night Dreamer records has made quite a splash with their direct to disc sessions. Their last release was the sublime duet between Brazilian vocalists Seu Jorge and Roge. The latest entry is the collaboration of legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz and the UK spiritual jazz group Maisha. Led by drummer Jake Long, Maisha has been amongst a lengthy list of promient musicians leading the new wave on the UK jazz renaissance. The band and Bartz first met during the We Out Here festival in 2019 hosted by Gilles Peterson. Another encounter was the London Jazz Festival that celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bartz's spiritual jazz album "Another Earth". A chremistry was quickly formed which brings us to this direct to disc one take recording. "Let's Dance" is filled with afro caribbean rhythms serving as a canvas for Bartz's warm and adventurous horn melodies. "Uhuru Sasa" is 70s inspired soul jazz with a burning laid back groove. The only quibble is that there's only five tracks here but these are five exceptional tracks nonetheless. It's our fortune that the forces of nature brought this pairing together. Simply a brillant record that hopefully entices them to return for an encore.

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Reg Dancy, 06/20

Grey Doubt / The Colours That Rise

The Colours That Rise - Grey Doubt

Rhythm Section International

Producer Simeon Jones and Nathanael Williams form the duo known as The Colours That Rise. Their latest release "Grey Doubt" is lo-fi celestial electronica built on funk, broken beat grooves and spacey synths. This is the follow up to their impressive EP “2020”. "Hype Lane" is laid back galactic funk with a wobbly 70s wah wah groove. "The Juice" is a touch of afro house highlighted by the vocals of Andrew Ashong. The aptly titled "Atmosphere" erupts with warm and mellow chords merged with the sultry vocals of Yazmin Lacey. The compositions here are intertwined with dialogue alleging that black people are living on Mars. The point being that you must be mindful of the conspiracy theories that are floating in the universe. It's tastefully done and blends seamlessly with the spacey compositions on tap here. I recommend you take a trip through this galaxy of gorgeous grooves and enjoy the ride.

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Reg Dancy, 06/20

Key Elements / Key Elements

Key Elements - Key Elements

Sonar Kollektiv

DJ/Producer Marian Tone has been a fixture on the Berlin scene and his DJ sets feature his love for hip-hop, electronica and broken beat. Key Elements, his long awaited project on Sonar Kollektiv fuses these genres seamlessly with a touch of jazz to elevate this recording. Tone is joined by Drummer Waldi and Keyboardist and bassist Jim Dunloop. The opening track "Mike Needs Sugat" is laced with sweet colorful chordal soundscapes. "Orchestra Mode" is bursting with crystallizing keyboard like chords and bombastic drums. "Sua Onda" swings while shifting tempos, textures. and broken beat rhythms against a backdrop of gorgeous rhodes melodies. Toneis hits the mark with an impressive debut that's harmonic and melodic. I’m already looking forward to what he does next.

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Reg Dancy, 06/20

Jazz Is Dead / Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Mohammad

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Mohammad - Jazz Is Dead

Jazz Is Dead

"Jazz Is Dead" is the brainchild of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Their previous release was the self titled "Midnight Hour" from 2018 and this release follows the same formula. That is an organic collection of jazz funk session recordings backed by their own rhythm section. Fronting these sessions are a number of legendary musicians certain to elevate any recording. "Hey Lover" is mid-tempo jazz funk with a hypnotic drum snare beat that features the signature voice of Roy Ayers. "Apocaliptico" is psychedelic jazz rock from Asymuth that’s reminiscent of their late seventies catalog. “Nao Sala Da Praca” is filled with warm samba rhythms enhanced by the vocals of Brazilian icon Marcos Valle. With notable appearances from Gary Bartz, Doug Carn and Joao Donato, rest assured these compositions live up to the hype. Where “The Midnight Hour” featured twenty tracks this release has just eight but in this case less is certainly more. Clearly the time spent digging through the crates and tapes of seventies hidden gems has paid off. A terrific collection of authentic soul, jazz and Brazilian compositions that you shouldn’t miss.

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Reg Dancy, 06/20

Nothing Remains Unchanged / Ross McHenry

Ross McHenry - Nothing Remains Unchanged

First Word

With each new full length recording Ross McHenry is demonstrating that he's a premier bass player and composer on the rise. "Nothing Remains Unchanged" is McHenry's fourth album for First Word Records. He's joined once again by Pianist Matthew Sheens but Eric Harland replaces Myele Manzanza on drums and premier tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel sits in for the first time. Together they make a formidable quartet and the music certainly reflects that. "Complicated Us" starts us off with a warm harmonic interaction between Wendel and Sheens that sustains throughout. Harland's gentle brushes and subtle cymbals intensifies as the track nears it's end. "Woods" is tailor made for Sheens glorious piano melodies and Wendel's swirling horn flourishes. Over the course of ten minutes "This I Give To You" begins as a gentle ballad that builds into an exhilarating crescendo. You won't find fault with any track here. McHenry hits the mark with another superb recording that's adventurous and engaging. He's becoming one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today.

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Reg Dancy, 06/20

New Me Same Us / Little Dragon

Little Dragon - New Me Same Us

Ninja Tune

"New Me Same Us" is the sixth studio album from the Swedish band Little Dragon. Like their previous lps this release threads the needle for crafting emotive soul pop electronica compositions with splendid results. That being said, the band has taken a back to basics approach as they intergrate more instrumentation into this recording. Lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano's vocals are as intoxicating as ever and delight the listener through eleven tracks. "Hold On" opens up the disc with an funky boogie groove as Nagano sings about letting go and moving on. "Another Love" is a melancholy tune that deals with heartache. If this is what heartache feels like then sign me up. "Where You Belong" is a reflective song enhanced by Fredrik Wallin's keyboard arrangements. This self produced album is so cool yet it's filled with warmth and heartfelt lyrics. It's no wonder that nearly everyone in the music community have sung their praises. They haven't reinvented the genre, they just do it better than everyone else.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20

Para Todos  / Natalie Greffel

Natalie Greffel - Para Todos

Agogo

Berlin based vocalist Natalie Greffel has been sharing her vocal chops with groups like Radio Citizen, Karl Hector and others. While the fertile Berlin music scene afforded her opportunities to work she felt the pull to explore her roots in Mozambique and it's connections to Brazil. Greffel would eventually relocate to Rio De Janeiro and immersed herself the storied history of Brazil, specifically the legends like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Elza Soares just to name to a few. She was encouraged to make a demo by Matti Klein, pianist for Brazilian native Ed Motta. Four songs from the demo would eventually appear on the album. And that brings us to her debut "Para Todos". Greffel's vocals create a mood of peaceful bliss. Evidence of that lies in the warm melodies of the mid-tempo taster "Toquei". "Blame" is filled with spirited fusion rhythms. On the title track Greffel starts out with a warm acapella melody while shifting her vocals into her upper register. Soon after the track takes it up a notch with a spirited guitar laden groove. Even though there's only seven tracks here it's satsfying nonetheless. Quite simply it's a superb recording filled with haunting compositions and a beautiful voice to match. The future looks bright.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20

It Is What It Is / Thundercat

Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Brainfeeder

Bassist Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns with his fourth album "It is What It is". Like his previous lps this record is a neighborhood effort with Flying Lotus on hand once again as producer and brother Ronald on drums. Bruner sings about love and loss, specifically the loss of his friend and collaborator Mac Miller. "Innerstellar Love" is a dreamy and ethereal tune to escape from the ups and downs of the world. "Black Quails" is instant funk with a thumping bass plus assistance from co-writer/vocalist Steve Lacy (The Internet) and funk icon Steve Arrington. "King Of The Hill" has a glorious thematic intro before seguing into a bass/synth cosmic gem. Throughout the disc Thundercat's soothing falsetto takes center stage relying less on soloing but rather on the strength of engaging compositions. Despite the fifteen tracks the disc breezes along at a crisp pace with only a few tracks exceeding three minutes. Quite an enjoyable album that showcases the artistry of this talented bassist.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20

About Time  / Malcolm Strachan

Malcolm Strachan - About Time

Haggis Records

Trumpeter Malcolm Strachan may be familiar to some as a founding member of the funk and soul band The Haggis Horns. In addition he's worked with a number of acts including The New Mastersounds, Mark Ronson and Lou Donaldson to name a few. With his solo debut "About Time" Strachan returns to his roots with straight ahead jazz. On "Mitchell's Landing" Rob Mitchell's baritone is the yang to Strachan's ying as their melodic soloing make the perfect partners. The Latin tinged "Better Late Than Never" is another delight that's filled with sizzle, thanks in part to George Cooper on Piano and a glorious horn section that also includes Atholl Ransome on Tenor and Dabby Barley on Trombone. Strachan has certainly absorbed the stylings of 60s soul jazz as evidence on the toe tapping "Time For A Time". "Just The Thought Of You" is a lovely ballad to cool down to. The title says it all, "About Time" is what fans will be saying upon listening to this superb recording.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20

Road Trip / Beat Bronco Organ Trio

Beat Bronco Organ Trio - Road Trip

Rocafort

The Madrid based Beat Bronco Organ Trio isn't just another organ jazz trio. Instead they specialize in psychedelic funk and soul and demonstrate with aplomb over 10 tracks on their new release "Road Trip". They ease their way into this session with the aptly titled "Easy Baby". Once Lucas De Mulder's wah wah rhythms lure you in Gabri Cassanova's organ grinding grooves take over. Renowned Reedsman Chip Wickham jumps on two tracks here, "Squirtly" and "Electro PI". Drummer Antonio Paz Alvarez sets the tone with a wicked drum snare beat while De Mulder and Cassanova take full advantage trading head swiveling rhythms. Wickham's melodic flute phrasings is the missing ingredient of an otherwise tight knit group. This trio swings through this set with precision and dynamics while displaying a flair for a good groove. Come along for the ride, you're certain to have a good time.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20

See In The Dark / Deborah Jordan

Deborah Jordan - See In The Dark

Futurisica Music

It's simply a pleasure to have a brand new full length release from singer songwriter Deborah Jordan. Whether it's her own recordings or appearing on other Futuristica releases, her angelic vocals have always felt like a gift from above. As superb as her previous recordings are her latest release "See In The Dark" is simply brillant in every way. Every song here is worhty of repeated listens but it's best to start at the beginning. "Spirit Of The Earth" starts out with soft fluid piano from K15 aligned with heavenly strings. Jordan's vocals layered on top completes the mediatative masterpiece. "Be There(Call My Name)" begins with the caress of soothing rhodes followed by funky drum programming. Jordan's lyrics are comforting as she assures that she will be there when they need her. The hip-hop flavored rhythms of "Machine" demonstrates that Jordan equally at home on a beat driven track as she is on a ballad. Speaking of ballads, the finale "I'll See you Again" is riveting tribute to her Mother, who recently passed away. Nailing the production behind her is K15, Mecca 83 and Tris Browne. "See In The Dark" is moving, spiritual and evokes messages of positivity. The music flows with heartfelt sincerity. Without a doubt it's one the best recordings you'll hear this year.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20

Broth / On-ly

On-ly - Broth

La Sape

The Melbourne based label La Sape has been very busy this year. Among their projects are the JK Group, Horatio Luna and Godtet among others. Another impressive project has emerged courtesy of pianist and instrumentalist Joshua Smeltink aka On-ly. On-ly's latest lp "Broth" is an exploration of psychedelic fusion and hypnotic grooves. On-ly's approach to his compositions are a bit unorthodox but pleasing nonetheless. "Cante Hondo" is a trippy stew of moogs and synths. "Get It" is a twelve minute journey of atmospheric jazz funk loaded with synths and percussion. "Double Edge" is mellow spaced out funk. Overall "Broth" is a tasty treat of avant garde jazz funk along the lines of Miles Davis "Bitches Brew" with a touch of Weather Report that's definitely worth checking out.

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Reg Dancy, 05/20