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Nawen Afrobeat – Grietas

“Grietas” is the latest release from Nawen Afrobeat. The Chilean band’s six track lp draws inspiration from the music made famous by Fela Kuti. The band itself fronts a strong rhythm section as evidence on “Llovera”. A simmering bass groove is flanked by warm vocal harmonies and a soulful horn section. “Mare Mare” features the Afrobeat ambassador Dele Sosimi. The tune is a aignature Afrobeat funk tune with sparkling percussion alongside Sosimi’s rhythmnic singing. Chico Cesar is one of many special guests on board and he adds his vocals to the finale “Es La Vida”. Newan is one of many bands carrying the torch for Afrobeat. Based on this release they’re pioneers you need to get familiar with.

https://newenafrobeat.bandcamp.com/album/grietas

20th May 2024

Basic Soul
The Basic Soul Show
20th May 2024
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Dina Ögon – Jag Vill Ha Allt [Playground Music]
Bruno Berle – Te Amar Eterno [Far Out Reecordings]
Baiana – Saudade Samba [Baiana Records]
Amanda Whiting – No Turning Back [First Word Records]
Finn Rees – Looking Up [Mr Bongo]
Potatohead People feat. Shafiq Husayn & Ivan Ave – Angelwings [Bastard Jazz Recordings]
Guru feat. Bahamadia – Respect The Architect [Chrysalis]
Clyde Beats – Unconditional [Atjazz Record Company]
Forss – Funk For Nerds [Sonar Kollektiv]
Zero T – Jazz Type Thing [V Recordings]
Lay-Far – The Breath Of Ocean (Marco Lazovic Remix) [STVOL/In-Beat-Ween Music]
Myth – Bumble Bee [Computer Integrated Audio]
Skygaze – Wagwan (Divorce From New York Remix) [Flumo Recordings]
Bruk Rogers feat. Wipe The Needle – Jelly Head [Tru Thoughts Recordings]
Cyclonix – I Need (Dub) [Ascii Trax]
Murky Waters – Check Yourself [Main Squeeze]
musclecars – There’s Space For Us All [BBE Music]
Sonic Juncture – Can’t I Just Be? (Alton Miller Remix) [Dealt With Records]
Lea Lisa – Poem For The Lost Souls [Smallville Records]
All Is Well – Tranquility (Yuu Udagawa Remix) [Compost Records]
Emanative – Messimalism (Above Thought) [Home Planet Recordings]
Jorge Bezzera – Reverence [Atjazz Record Company]
Marijata – Otanhunu [Soundway Records]
Franck Biyong feat. Mary May – Lipanda [Tangential Music]

Jimi Tenor & Aura Safari – Sensory Blending [Hell Yeah Recordings]

Finnish multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tenor and Italian collective Aura Safari met at a party in Perugia where Tenor was set to perform. Within days they decided to go into the studio. They emerged from that session with “Sensory Blending”. The nine track release is filled with retro soul jazz compositions. On “Bodily Synesthesia”, Tenor’s seductive sax soloing along with his soft crooning sets the mood of a dark lit smokey jazz club. “My Bluebell” is a simmering soul jazz number with a heavenly flute solo from Tenor. It’s also highlighted by the vocals of Toimi Tytti. “Gimlet” is a light and airy samba where Tenor’s flute dances over the melody. Aura Safari are an impressive set of musicians who came in with great ideas and formed instant chemistry. Pour yourself a glass of wine, kick back and relax to this engaging album.

https://aurasafari.bandcamp.com/album/sensory-blending

Bruk Rogers – Loopholes [Tru Thoughts Recordings]

Cian McCann aka Zero T made his mark in the drum n bass arena. He has a number of recordings on the 4Hero label Reinforced records. He ventured into Bruk during the pandemic and his first release landed on renowned Bruk DJ/Producer Afronaut’s label. Alas, Bruk Rodgers was born. “Loopholes”, the full length debut on Tru-thoughts spans various genres with broken beat as the centerpiece. “Deusa” is ignited by latin rhythms and the warmth of vocalist Roberta Silva. “Feel Alright” is bubbling with broken beat rhythms that features rapper Jswiss and pianist Onj. “Jelly Head” is another banger filled with dazzling synths that features Wipe The Needle. This is an infectious album that’s filled with bangers and shines a light on club culture.

https://brukrogersmusic.bandcamp.com/album/loopholes

13th May 2024

Basic Soul
The Basic Soul Show
13th May 2024
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Clyde Beats feat. Jane Hamilton – It’s True [Atjazz Record Company]
Clyde Beats – THOSE Girls [Atjazz Record Company]
Steve Cobby – Sepulveda [Déclassé]
Duckett feat. Patricia Edwards – Melts All In Me [Accidental]
Resolution 88 – Final Approach [Synthethesia]
Radiohop feat. Finn Peters – Tribute [Wicked Wax]
The Brkn Record feat Anthony Joseph – Indifference [BBE Music]
The Voices Of East Harlem – Little People [Sunshine Records]
Vinícius Mendes – Meu Canário Vizinho Azul [Notes On A Journey]
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly – Mestizx [International Anthem x Nonesuch]
Bruk Rogers – Get Low [Tru Thoughts Recordings]
Finn Irregular feat. Monique Araujo – Feel Free (NameBrandSound Remix) [CoOp Presents]
Quiet Dawn feat. LyricL – Celebrate [First Word Records]
Mulholland – 4UrSins
2fox feat. Laville – Elevation [Soul Clap Records]
Jazzanova – Mwela, Mwela (Here I Am) [Jazzanova Compost Records]
Bread & Souls feat. Rich Medina & Bembe Segue – Working On It [Mashibeats]
Magic Number – All I Ever Wanted (Atjazz Astro Remix) [Atjazz Record Company]
Suffocate SA – Mementos Of Spirit [Stay True Sounds]
Magnetic Machines – People [BBE Music]
Mark E – Rapid Eye Movement [Merc]
Fred Everything – Love, Care, Kindness & Hope [Lazy Days Recordings]
Leo Sayer – Easy To Love [Chrysalis]
Mark Williamson – I Need You [Favorite Recordings]
Coke Escovedo – If I Ever Lose This Heaven [Mercury]

Lucas Arruda – Ominira [Favorite Recordings]

“Ominira”, the latest release from Lucas Arruda is his first for Favorite Recordings in five years. The nine track album takes a shift from his previous lp. Where “Onda Nova” was a funk and soul brew, “Ominira” takes you back to the essence of Brazilian compositions. “The Bracest Heart” is a sublime Brazilian jazz fusion instrumental that features Arruda on the rhodes. “Novos Planos” is a warm summer breeze filled with swirling synths and Arruda’s soothing falsetto vocals. “Abraco Pro Ed” is a sizzling up-tempo instrumental that would fit nicely in an Asymuth catalogue. Arruda is building up an impressive catalogue of his own with another marvelous record you shouldn’t miss.

https://favoriterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/ominira

29th April 2024

Basic Soul
The Basic Soul Show
29th April 2024
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Bread & Souls feat. Rich Medina & Bembe Segue – Working On It (LTJ Xperience Remix) [Mashibeats]
Aurra – Perfect Date [Family Groove]
Another Taste feat. Sarina Voorn – Anything You Want [Space Grapes]
Arnau Obiols & KAYYAK – San Diago (Rahaan Remix) [Compost Records]
Jazzanova – Boom Clicky Boom Klack (Mr. Scruff Vocal Remix) [Sonar Kollektiv]
Divorce From New York feat. Quiet Dawn – Brick Lane [Tokonoma Records]
Quiet Dawn – It’s All About Freedom [First Word Records]
Shaka feat. Eve – Sacred Nightfall [Mate]
Paris Cesvette & Muzikman Edition feat. Lifford – Your Smile [Dafia Records]
Bonbon Vodou – Cérémonie du Piment Piment [Heavenly Sweetness]
Sababa 5 – Ashkamoni [Batov Records]
RAH & The Ruffcats – MoonSun [Sonar Kollektiv]
Ronnie April’s Positive Energy – Diamonds For Ida [Jazz Room Records]
Peter Daniel Quartets – Miles Around [Music Factory Records]
Gino Marinacci – Life [Right Tempo]
Grupo Ébano – Pé No Chão [BBE Music]
Toco – Vento Doce [Schema Records]
Inês Loubet – Olha O Rio [Albert’s Favourites]
Rubel feat. Milton Nascimento – Lua de Garrafa [Mr Bongo]
The Offline – Les Cavaliers [DeepMatter Records]
Rhythm Rhyme Revolution – Summertime (NuAcid Funk Part 1) [BBE Music]
Mikahl Anthony – Deep Ain’t It [R&S Records]
Clyde Beats feat. Oveous – Hello World [Atjazz Record Company]
Farma G & Wish Master feat. Sonnyjim – Creme De La Creme [False Idols]
Duckett feat. Patricia Edwards – Melts All In Me [Accidental]

Audrey Powne – From The Fire [BBE Music]

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Melbourne native Audrey Powne delivers her debut lp “From The Fire” on BBE music. The nine track release was written and produced by Powne. “Sleep” is inspired by lucid dreams Powne experienced and how they measured up to her reality. The track is a beautiful piano driven ballad. “Souled Out” is another emotive ballad that features Matt Keagan’s haunting phrasings on baritone sax. Powne’s string arrangements add another layer of emotion that will certainly stir your heart strings. Powne’s dexterity as a multi-instrumentalist are on display here. “Feed The Fire” is a mid-tempo track that showcases her soloing on Trumpet as well as her prowess as a pianist. A marvelous debut that weaves soul, jazz and classical elements seamlessly. Powne is a gifted artist you need to get familiar with.

https://audreypowne.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-fire

VA – The Congregation – Jazz Alliance International [Right Tempo]

Whereas most compilations focus on the past, Massimiliano “Jazzcat” Conti shines a light on the quality recordings of the present. The Italian resident DJ has delighted listeners with his eclectic mixes and mix shows. The Congregation is a superb collection that intertwine soul and modern jazz tracks with present day culb culture. Evidence can be found with “Seasons In My Mind”. The previously unreleased Yellowtail track that features jazz crooner Mark Murphy. Mama Terra’s “Ruptura” is a spiritual jazz burner that’s equally enjoyed on the dance floor or in your living room. The hard driving piano rhythms aligned with orchestral vocal harmonies will bring immediate satifaction. The finale “Who Will Save The World” features the spoken word genius of Anthony Joseph. The seven minute gem is fueled by a simmering groove, warm piano melodies and a sterling horn section. There isn’t a weak track in sight here. The Milan based Right Tempo records consistently delivers with quality recordings and this is no exception.

https://righttempo.bandcamp.com/album/the-congregation-jazz-alliance-international

VA – Funk Tide – Tokyo Jazz Funk from Electric Bird 1978-87 [Wewantsounds]

“Funk Tide – Tokyo Jazz Funk from Electric Bird 1978-87” is available for the first time outside of Japan. The eight track lp is filled with atmospheric synth heavy jazz funk compositions. The tracks feature Japanese Saxophonist and composer Yasuaski Shimizu, Toshiyuki Honda and pianist Mikio Masuda. In addition, American artists Ronnie Foster and Bobby Lyle are on board as well. “Let’s Get Together” is a light and airy composition that features Masuda on the rhodes. Foster’s “Night Life” is laidback synth funk that would fit into any beatmakers bag of beats right now. “Funk Tide” provides a window into Japan’s early eighties music scene. Credit Tokyo DJ Notoya for digging into the Electric Bird catalogue and emerging with these tasty tracks.

https://wewantsounds.bandcamp.com/album/funk-tide-tokyo-jazz-funk-from-electric-bird-1978-87

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