Antonio Adolfo, Brazil & Brazuka - DestinyFar Out Recordings
My mind told me 're-issue', my mind expected to hear a bright, sharp sounding album full of 60's and 70's discoloured and poorly recorded batch of MPB... how wrong it was. I popped the album into the player and sat back wondering why I had overlooked this artist and how Far Out were to play such a significant roll in my musical life. WOW! - the first track made way for an abundance of wonderful Brasilian music.. so I decided to then read the sleeve notes. Simply said this album is the way Far Out Recordings allowed Antonio Adolfo a means to record brand new music in the style he was best known for in a modern day studio. A fresh clear beautiful sound was the product and the release. I love this album and "Luizao" is just one of the outstanding pieces on here. Great music.
Steve Williams, 08/07
Anushka - Broken CircuitBrownswood Recordings
Hailing from Brighton, Max Wheeler and Victoria Port, better known as Anuskha present their brand of electro soul with patches of house and pop with their full length lp. "Broken Circuit" features dreamy chords, twisted beats by Wheeler and Port's angelic voice makes for a winning formula. They've already created a buzz with the lead single "I Have Love 4 You" and if you were worried about a let down, rest assured there isn't one. "Impatient" kicks off the disc with soulful hip-hop beats and sweeping chords. "Atom Bombs" starts out as an a capella that steadily builds into a drum n bass burner. "Fire To Me", a lo-fi house gem will no doubt become a favorite of DJs and fans alike. Wheeler's beats and arrangements alone would certainly nod your head and move your feet. However Port's resonating songwriting and lovely voice makes this release among the best of the year.
Reg Dancy, 12/14
Art Bleek - Between Yesterday and TomorrowLoungin' Recordings
As we move into 2007 I've been finding numerous albums that I missed last year and I'm sure this will be the same in the coming year, as things released are arriving in vast quantities and we're still in January. One I did miss was "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" and I've no idea why especially when the single "Wanderers Creek" featured remixes by Domu and Maddslinky. I must have been daydreaming when that was released, but the good news is that it's being re-issued via Goya very soon. So back to Art Bleek's debut, we have an album that builds wonderfully over the thirteen tracks. Starting with the haunting cinematic "Wanderers Creek" through the jazzy hiphop "Get Your Weight Up", to the more uptempo "Airgasm" and that's just three corkers to get you started, proving to us all that whatever the style, Art Bleek certainly knows what he's doing. Keep your eyes peeled for more blinding remixes from Slope, Charlie Dark and Lil' Bo Tweek.
Simon Harrison, 01/07
Astor Piazzolla - Essential TangoManteca
Another great double CD from Manteca which covers recorded and live recordings from in the 1970's and 1980's. Astor Piazzolla revolutionised Argentinean tango but in the process made himself a lot of enemies within his own country, it wasn't until later in his career that his work was honoured there. It's estimated he wrote over 3,000 pieces of this new tango (tango nuevo) with jazz and classical mixing into the traditional tango 'a music for the head â as well as for the soul'. Magic.
Graham Radley, 03/07
Asymuth - The Aurora RemixesFar Out
For over forty five years, Asymuth has been one of Brazil's most treasured bands. The trio of Jose Roberto Bertrami, percussionist Ivan Conti and guitarist Alex Malheiros have released over twenty albums. When you have a catalog as deep as Asymuth's, it's no surprise that the "Aurora Remixes", a collection of previously unreleased material would attract some of the foremost DJs in the game today. Some of those heavyweights include 4Hero and their superb rework of the title track. "Aurora" is a sublime tune filled with soothing Samba rhythms augmented by Jose Roberto Bertrami's electric piano. Maddslinky picks up the tempo with the percussive infused house flavored mix of "Ta Nessa Ainda Bicho". Another highlight is "In My Treehouse (We Are The Horsemen Remix)" filled with funky bass licks and keyboard rhythms. The "Aurora Remixes" also includes the original recordings as well so this an essential record for any Asymuth fan and without a doubt will influence newcomers.
Reg Dancy, 10/13
Atjazz - Full CircleMantis Recordings
Martin Iveson AKA Atjazz has always been right on point with his productions and 'Full Circle' is no different. Released on his own Mantis label it combines elements of deep house, broken-beat and digital soul and features a variety of guest vocalists including Robert Owens and Ernesto. There's also Vancouver's finest Amalia who graces the head-nodder 'One', Mr J of Phuturistix who appears on 'Together', Dawne B on the techy 'Parralels', Clara Hill on the bass heavy groove 'Before' and Sarah Jane Morris who fronts the feel-good vibe of 'Fantasy', all of which are nothing short of brilliant. Do not miss this one!
Andy Allen, 02/08
Atjazz - More Than A RemixAtjazz
For those already familiar with Martin Iveson aka Atjazz, “More than a Remix”, filled with over thirty tracks ranging from 1997 to 2013 is the gift that keeps on giving. There are so many superb tracks here past and present that define the crisp production and percussive rhythms that we’ve come to know and love from Martin and this just scratches the surface of timeless classics that rest inside the Atjazz vaults. One of his strengths is taking a great record and adding a fresh new element to it. That’s evident on classics such as Jazzanova’s “Dance The Dance” as well as Kerri Chandler’s Deep House crowd pleaser “Rain”. He also breathes new life into recent releases such as the lush recording of Boddhi Satva’s “Who Am I” and Maddslinky’s “Special” featuring Omar. Loyal admirers will simply love this disc while newcomers will delight in sorting through the rich catalogue.
Reg Dancy, 06/13
Atmosfear - En TranceSanctuary Records
Atmosfear’s rare debut album ‘En Trance’, originally released in 1981 on Elite Records, gets a welcome reissue via Sanctuary. This is British jazz funk at its best and features delights such as ‘Free Tonight’, Interplay’ and ‘Invasion’ along with the Latin flavored ‘Duende’ and ‘Return Of LB’. This package also includes 4 bonus tracks, ‘Extract’, ‘Motivation’, ‘Outer Space’ and the classic ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ which were previously only released on 12”. Essential!
Andy Allen, 09/05
Atongo Zimba - Barefoot In The SandHippo Records
Atongo Zimba’s new studio album sees him give a stripped back Fra Fra acoustic reworking to some of his older songs, in a collaboration with guitarist and producer Niels Brouwer. There’s a peaceful fluidity to the mixture of his lovely voice with calabash and percussion. Excellent.
Graham Radley, 06/08
Aybee - East Oakland Space ProgramDeepblak Recordings
Aybee’s 2008 release “Blacktropolis” was one of the most pleasant surprises to blare out of my speakers. “East Oakland Space Program” builds on the soulful futuristic sound that has made Aybee a visionary to be reckoned with. “EOSP” contains thirteen heart pounding tracks that will dive deep into your body and force you move to the hypnotic rhythms. The disc begins with “Hidden Treasures”, a deep pulsating groove reminiscent of the early Detroit techno sound. “Windows” is a warm, atmospheric deep dish that’s anchored by the earthy arrangements by Aybee and the vocals of Karen Paige. Another winner is “No Mystery” featuring Paul Randolph, whose deep vocals are a perfect match for Aybee’s spacey compositions. “Love Of” and “Ozzie Davis” are the kind of deep house jazz tracks you’ll love whether you’re on the dance floor or just lounging. “EOSP” is full of funky beats, hip vocals and gorgeous rhythms. This is another quality recording from the Deepblak label that will provide definite satisfaction.
Reg Dancy, 06/09