Quiet Dawn – Celebrate [First Word Records]

French multi-instrumentalist Will Galland aka Quiet Dawn returns with another banger entitled “Celebrate”. This release picks up where the previous EP “Movements” left off. That means an array of broken beat rhyrhms that will inspire you to dance. There’s an impressive list of guest stars certain to puncuate that fact. “All Around” features the queen of Broken Beat Bembe Seque. The tune moves along at a laidback pace before the tempo cranks up. The infectious groove along with dizzying keys sink into your body. It unleashes a jolt of joy that you can only feel from a bonafide banger. “Lost From Life” is another burner that features Oliver Night from the Co-Op collective. Night’s honey toned vocals are a perfect match for the hooks and melodies of the track. “It’s All About Freedom”, driven by samba rhythms and gorgeous vocal harmonies is another heater to savor. Whether it’s hip-hop inspired beats or broken beat rhythms Quiet Dawn has always delivered. This marvelous album is no exception.

https://quietdawn.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate

15th July 2024

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15th July 2024
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Clouds In A Headlock – Paperweight [Chinese Man]
Common – Like They Used To Say [Rawkus]
Dogon Teleskope – Moshito
Jamie Finlay feat. Ellen Beth Abdi – Daylight [Wah Wah 45s]
Royce Wood Junior – Go Get Your Money [First Word Records]
Glenn Echo & Daniel Meinecke – Off The Rails [MotorCity Wine Recordings]
Midnight Blue – Coolin’ Out (Club Version) [Past Due Records]
John Beltran – Em Trancoso (Fila Brazillia Remix) [Oath]
Blair French – Genes (Loose Fit) [Rocksteady Disco]
Allysha Joy – David [First Word Records]
Black Diamond – Dovetail [We Jazz Records]
Soren Skov Orbit – The Valley [Frederiksberg Records]
Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu – Be Careful [Wah Wah 45s]
Franck Biyong – Elephant Rumble [Tangential Music]
Rose Holland – Patience
Tommy The Cat – In A Cloud Of Smoke [Cat In The Bag Records]
dBridge – A Lost Cause [Exit Records]

D*Note – Waiting Hopefully (4 Hero Vocal Mix) [VC Recordings]

Bruk Rogers feat. ASAP Shembe – Lalela (Alex Phountzi Remix) [Tru Thoughts Recordings]
Altered Native – Rass Out [Fresh Minute Music]
Laroye & Missfly – Let Me Go [Makin’ Moves]
Quiet Village – Reunion [The Quiet Village]
Joseph Malik feat. Digital Liquid – Only Fans (X-Press 2 Lo-Fi ‘Back Room’ Vocal Remix) [F*CLR]


Resolution 88 – Vortex [Synthethesia Records]

The London Jazz funk band Resolution 88 returns with their latest release “Vortex”. Bandleader and composer Tom O’Grady taps into jazz funk pioneers such as Herbie Hancock and The Mizell Brothers for inspiration. Highlights include “The Boss From Boston”. The funky tune features thumping bass rhythms from Tiago Coimbra. Special guest Tom Smith adds tasty melodies on tenor sax. As for O’Grady, he fuels the recording with layers of vibrant synth and keyboard arrangements. “Sky High”, a homage to Larry and Fonce Mizell is mellow spacious funk filled with swaying synths. “Love Will Come Around” is another mellow slow burn that features vocalist Vanessa Haynes. A delightful record that taps into the well of late seventies jazz funk with impressive results. O’Grady demonstrates that he’s a monst
er composer as well as a master of the rhodes.

https://resolution88.bandcamp.com/album/vortex

8th July 2024

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8th July 2024
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Kosmik Band – Yogi
Boca Livre – Mistérios [Boca Livre]
Àbáse – Bloom (Flora) [Analogue Foundation x Oshu Records x Bridge The Gap]
Eiji Nakayama – Aya’s Samba [BBE Music]
Daniel Casimir & London Contemporary Orchestra – Balance [Jazz Re:freshed]
Greybox – Holmwood [LaMunai Records]
Magro feat. Moses Yoofee – Grief [Sonar Kollektiv]
DJ Oil feat. Anthony Joseph – Black Notes Experience [Tangential Music]
Roni Size / Reprazent – Heroes (Kruder Bossa) [Talkin’ Loud]
David Dingess – Hyper Love (Toni Rossano Re-Edit) [Midnight Riot Records]
Eddie Logix – FMPM [Rocksteady Disco]
Musclecars feat. New Past – Water [BBE Music]
Tiyani – Show Me Your Move [Stay True Sounds]
Sonic Juncture – Can’t I Just Be? (Alton Miller Remix) [Dealt With Records]
Yuu Udagawa – Spectral (Dub) [Trusted Rhythm Records]
DJ 3000 – Gëzuar [Motech Records]
Divorce From New York feat. Quiet Dawn – Brick Lane [Tokonoma Records]
Footshooter feat. Andre Espeut – Here To Learn [Tru Thoughts Recordings]
Sentinel 793 – Tomorrow’s World [Phuture Shock Musik]
Cyclonix – Like It’s Meant To Be [Ascii Trax]
Alley Cats – Starbase [Cat In The Bag Records]
Joaquim Plossu & Salem Focus – Cosmic [COD3 QR]
Tommy The Cat – Butterscotch [Cat In The Bag Records]

1st July 2024

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1st July 2024
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Woody Shaw With Tone Jansa Quartet – Call Mobility [Timeless]
Finn Rees – Crossing [Mr Bongo]
JJ Whitefield & Forced Meditation – Nothingness [Jazzman Records]
Emanative – Paradox [Home Planet Recordings]
Vinícius Mendes – Mineiro [Notes On A Journey]
The Quiet Ones feat. Mayah – O Que Pulsa [Humble Records]
Mos Def – Grown Man Business [Geffen Records]
Pete Rock, Deda – Blah Uno [Rapster Records]
DJ Crystl – Mind Games [Good Looking Records]
Tommy The Cat – Riding Down The Curb [Cat In The Bag Records]
Marcos Valle & Leon Ware – Feels So Good [Far Out Recordings]
Ruby Wood – My Favourite Song (Quiet Dawn Remix) [First Word Records]
2000 Black – London Boogie 7 [2000 Black]
Bruk Rogers feat. LyricL & Andrea Clarke – Pioneers [Tru Thoughts Recordings]
Besøk – Cleopatra’s Sandstorm
Voilaaa feat. Olivya – Too Young To Die [Favorite Recordings]
LTA (Love The Action) – What Comes To Ya? [Mr Bongo Records]
Fred Everything & Robert Owens – Never (Yoruba Soul Mix) [Lazy Days Recordings]
Lea Lisa – Poem For The Lost Souls [Smallville Records]
Nicola Conte – UUmoja (Joaquin’s Sacred Rhythm Version) [Far Out Recordings]
GQ – Is It Cool? (Theo Parrish Re-Edit) [Ugly Edits]

Divorce From New York – Brick Lane [Tokonoma Records]

Alvaro Granda, aka Divorce From New York follows up his 2023 release “Sausalito” with another banger. “Brick Lane” was inspired by his recent visit to West London and it’s bubbling ecosystem of club culture. Indeed the title track sets the tone with funky synths courtesy of Parisian group Quiet Dawn. The tempo downshifts from upbeat to laidback broken beat bliss. “What is Jazz” is another head nod tune filled with warped synths and electro funk grooves. “Copeland Park” navigates between broken beat and house. Drummer Fernando Damon creates an atmosphere of infectious rhythms that will inspire you to dance. Divorce from New York is a producer on the rise. This record further cements that.

https://tokonomarecords.bandcamp.com/album/brick-lane

24th June 2024

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24th June 2024
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Angela Bofill – Under The Moon And Over The Sky [Arista Records]
Angela Bofill – Baby, I Need Your Love [Arista Records]
Angela Bofill – Tropical Love [Arista]
Resolution 88 – Love Will Come Around (Instrumental) [Synthethesia Records]
Radiohop – June Hill [Wicked Wax]
Greg Foat & Gigi Masin – Jubilation [Strut Records]
Grupo Ébano – Cristalina [BBE Music]
Toco – Alma De Turista [Schema Records]
Dogon Teleskope – Rapa Nui [The Dogon Space Observatory]
The Cromagnon Band – Quadrant [BBE Music]
Glenn Echo & Daniel Meinecke – World In My Head [MotorCity Wine Recordings]
New Regency Orchestra – Para Los Papines [Mr Bongo Records]
Erube Jambo – Bamsanda Le Maduba [Voom Voom Records]
Mustafa – Silent World [Eating Standing Publishing]
Batavia Collective – Kenny’s Groove [LaMunai Records]
United Disco Organisation feat. K.O.G – Feel It For Yourself (Smoove Rework) [ATA Records]
Billy Ocean – Night, Feel Like Getting Down [CBS]
Jamie Finlay – Rain Will Come [Wah Wah 45s]
Ilija Rudman – Dreams (Part I) [Isle Of Jura Records]
Jorge Bezerra – Rio Nilo (DJ Brahms Remix) [Atjazz Record Company]
DJ 3000 – Part Time Prophet [Motech Records]
Skygaze – Minor Mood (Sofatalk & Footnote Remix) [Flumo Recordings]
Feiertag – Persistence [R&S Records]
Cyclonix – Like It’s Meant To Be [Ascii Trax]

The Brkn Record – The Architecture of Oppression Part 2 [BBE Music]

Jake Ferguson, one half of the Heliocentrics returns with volume 2 of his solo project, The Brkn Record. While the theme of vol 1 centered on braking down oppressive institutions, vol 2 takes an extra step in calling out the injustices within the system. Ferguson certainly has enlisted an array of socially conscious artists to push this message forward. The mighty Anthony Joseph appears on three tracks here. “Skull Tax” comes in with a roar. A thumping bass groove and infectious electric guitar provides the canvas for Joseph’s thought provoking lyrics. “We Need Freedom” is a spirtual gem that kicks off with simmering percussion followed by searing Tenor sax and flute rhythms. UK vocalist Jermain Jackman’s falsetto moves the track to another level. “Prison of Skin” is another spiritual jazz keeper that speaks to the socio-economics prison that has held back countless communities. Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, a Nigerian singer/poet adds her heavenly vocals to the tune. A strong recording that entertains and enlightens you simultaneously.

https://thebrknrecord.bandcamp.com/album/the-architecture-of-oppression-part-2

17th June 2024

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17th June 2024
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Black Diamond – Say To Yourself [We Jazz Records]
Sun Ra – Stardust From Tomorrow [Strut Records]
Ronnie April’s Positive Energy – Dancers Theme [Jazz Room Records]
Aderemi Kabaka – Funky Lagos [BBE Music]
Rasa – The Dream Is Over [Gopal]
Tom Noble feat. Alice Russel – Moon & Stars [Laws Of Motion]
Jamie Finlay feat. Ellen Beth Abdi – Daylight [Wah Wah 45s]
Steve Cobby – It’s Raining Diamonds On Neptune [Déclassé]
Inkswel & Tableek – Smarter feat. Colonel Red (Drum Machine Version) [Tokyo Dawn Records]
Danny Kuttner & Roy Reemy – Getaway [Siyal Music]
Banda Black Rio – Melissa [Music On Vinyl]
Lagos Thugs feat. Kiala & Ruth Tafébé – Radio Talk [Tangential Music]
RAH & The Ruffcats – Rodeo [Sonar Kollektiv]
Arthur Melo – Saídas [Wonderfulsound]
Culross Close – Reactive State [Esencia]
beatsbyhand – SARS [Stay True Sounds]
Kid Fonque X Jonny Miller feat. Zaki Ibrahim – Migration [Stay True Sounds]
Yuu Udagawa – Spectral (Dub) [Trusted Rhythm Records]
Mike Steva feat. Stevo Atambire – Destiny Song (Henrik Schwarz Remix) [Sondela Recordings]
Quiet Village – Reunion [The Quiet Village]
Tom Noble – Atlast [Laws Of Motion]
OG Wang – Ebony [Boogie Cafe]
Nicola Kramer – Best In Me (Best In Me (Dego And Kaidi 2000 Black Refake) [TrebleO]

Arthur Melo – Mirantes Emocionais [Wonderfulsound]

Arthur Melo, a Brazilian composer, guitarist and singer returns after a three year hiatus. Backed by his band O Ministerio da Consciencia, the new album “Mirantes Emocionais” pays homage to Melo’s heroes of the 70 & 80s, specifically Milton Nascimento. In addition, the album has plenty of film refernces as he’s studied film and is a fan of the great Director Brian De Palma. Melo’s feathery vocals float over the percussive electric guitar driven “Dama da Noite”. The psychedelic “Principios Organizadores” simmers with electric and acoustic guitar rhythms. Dante Batista Ribeiro’s playing on the sitar adds another layer of flavor to the recording. “Saidas” is a blissful acoustic tune enhanced by the gentle brushes from drummer Theodora Viana. Produced by Kassim, “Mirantes Emocionais” is a superb recording that recalls the past while applying new ideas from the present.

https://wonderfulsound.bandcamp.com/album/mirantes-emocionais

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