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Pimpoint / Soil & Pimp Sessions

Soil & Pimp Sessions - Pimpoint

Brownswood Recordings

Released on Victor Records in Japan earlier this year, Soil & Pimp Sessions' 'Pimpoint' now gets a UK issue via Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label. There are no real surprises here just the kind of quality furious horn driven jazz we've come to expect from this sextet. Their version of Freddie Hubbard's 'Red Clay' is certainly one of the highlights but check 'Makuroke' with its twisted cosmic keys making it sound like a 70s cop show theme and the feel-good funk of 'Funky Goldman'. Also included as a bonus track is the brilliant 'Sahara' from their 'Pimp Of The Year' set. Look out for the track on 12” with a remix from Zed Bias.

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Andy Allen, 07/07

Summer Goddess EP / Soil & Pimp Sessions

Soil & Pimp Sessions - Summer Goddess EP

Victor Records

Soil & Pimp Sessions waste no time in following up their recent ‘Pimp Master’ set with this 6 track EP. No surprises here just more of their distinctive brand of frantic ‘death jazz’. ‘Fragment’ is the instant highlight but drop ‘Ms B.C.’, ‘Sweat’ or the title track and you won’t be disappointed.

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Andy Allen, 09/05

Planet Pimp / Soil &amp; Pimp Sessions

Soil &amp; Pimp Sessions - Planet Pimp

Brownswood Recordings

Tokyo’s funky jazzers zip into this one, with with their trademark infectious energy and the music they call ‘Death Jazz’. They can cut the groove down as well as, demonstrated on the delightful ‘Darkside’ or ‘Sorrow’ but my personal favourite is the suitably wild ‘Mingus Fan Club’. Excellent.

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Graham Radley, 09/08

Now, Listen Again / Solid Steel presents DJ Food & DK

Solid Steel presents DJ Food & DK - Now, Listen Again

Ninja Tune

The next Solid Steel mix cd goes back to the guys who started the series back in 2001 and by now you should know what to expect from DJ Food and DK. As with the infamous radio show, you never quite know what these guys are gonna throw in the mix and it's just about all here, with some re-works exclusive to this mix. There's the drum and bass remix of Roots Manuva, a dub mix of New Order's "Blue Monday", New Flesh's 2-step grime and a northern soul version of "Purple Haze", plus The Human League, Eric B and Rakim, Bomb The Bass, Aphex Twin through to the theme tune of "Are you Being Served". With a total of thirty two tracks over the sixty five minute mix, you're in for a rollercoaster ride.

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Simon Harrison, 03/07

Pleasure From Precision / Solidaze

Solidaze - Pleasure From Precision

Balanced Records

From Winnipeg, Canada, El Salvador born Luis Francisco Cardona (Solidaze) comes with a down-tempo set of hypnotic electro-soul fused with elements of house and nu jazz. Although mainly instrumental it's the tracks featuring vocalist Sarah Michaelson that appeal the most, 'Anti Animosity' and 'In The Meantime'. Of the instrumentals try 'I Too Call Myself I', 'Late Night Movement' and 'Curve Seven' for some deep darkness.

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Andy Allen, 08/06

Plateau / Soname

Soname - Plateau

World Village

A album of beautiful Tibetan mountain songs composed by Soname and which reflect the country and culture she had to escape some years ago. This amazing story is told in her book ‘Child of Tibet’, a journey that took her from Tibet to London via India. There’s a strong array of Indian musicians on the CD providing a lovely foil fopr Soname’s captivating voice.

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Graham Radley, 05/09

Guaranteed Niceness / Sonar Kollektiv Orchester

Sonar Kollektiv Orchester - Guaranteed Niceness

Sonar Kollektiv

Sonar Kollektiv really know how to celebrate because here's another way to celebrate 10 years in business: yes, it continues into 2008. They got 15 label artists and friends, led by Volker Meitz, to create the Sonar Kollektiv Orchester. This was another good excuse to go through the back catalogue and produce some cracking new versions of the anthems we all know and love, so giving them a new breath of life. Tracks that got me hooked on the first few plays were the covers of Meitz's "Africa", Thief's "Atlantic" and of course the five Jazzanova tracks. Volker has done himself proud, but, with such good material, he was never going to fail. Whilst you're waiting for the official release, do check out this wonderful video of their live session at the Tabe Club Festival: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3jtw8_tabe-club-festival-sk-orchester-200_music

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Simon Harrison, 04/08

Burn / Sons Of Kemet

Sons Of Kemet - Burn

Naim Jazz

"Burn", the aptly titled debut from the quartet known as Sons Of Kemit doesn't just burn, it scorches. The ten track debut is a fusion of African, folk and spiritual Jazz rhythms that is engaging, intense and defies categories. Clarinetist/Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings apprenticeship with Courtney Pine and Tomorrow's Warriors has served him well here. His explosive playing and ambitious compositions is complimented by the dual drumming of Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford. On "Inner Babylon" Hutchings and Tuba player Oren Marshall rhythmic explorations and lyrical content extend into Afro-Caribbean ancestry. "Adonia's Lullaby" evokes deep passion and emotions highlighted by Hutching's melodic clarinet rhythms. Each member is a leader in their own right yet they come together focused on their take on the movement of the African Diaspora and the result is one of the best records of the year.

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Reg Dancy, 11/13

Words Came Back To Me / Sonya Kitchell

Sonya Kitchell - Words Came Back To Me

Velour Music Group

Recorded when she was 16 (18 now) Sonya draws here influences from much older music forms especially acoustic blues, folk and jazz. These twelve self penned tracks make this a notable debut which has drawn a lot of comparisons to Norah Jones although I'm not sure that's altogether valid as her style is probably more widely influenced than that, so think classic songwriters from Joni Mitchell to Van Morrison. You're going to be hearing a lot more about and from Sonya Kitchell.

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Graham Radley, 07/07

Tradition / Soothsayers

Soothsayers - Tradition

Wah Wah 45s

The South London Afro Dub collective Soothsayers have been enlightening listeners about social issues through stimulating dub rhythms for two decades. "Tradition" is their first full length release for Wah Wah 45s and it's filled with thought provoking messages layered over a thumping sounds system. "Sleepwalking" is inspired by Fela Kuti so having Dele Sosimi on vocals makes perfect sense. "Take Me High" is filled with hypnotic guitar rhythms and features the falsetto of Cornell Campbell. "Natural Mystic" starts out with a warm flute solo followed by hypnotic horns and percussion that will take you on a journey to the Motherland. Overall an engaging record loaded with strong instrumentation and good vibrations.

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Reg Dancy, 09/18

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