Forgotten Treasures

Lungile Masitha “Vuyani” (1985, Transistor)

Musician/vocalist-turned-producer, Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala was once a member of South African bands Umoja and Harari. Lungile Masitha, an alias of Twala’s created due to contractual constraints, sees the Soweto artist in partnership with Jimmy Mgwandi (writing credit for Satari’s ‘Smile’). The two would continue their work together on many projects; …

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Future Classics
House / Techno

Various Artists “The Groove Stage Vol.1” (A Tribute To Sophbeck)

Brand new compilation on the Leicester based label ‘’The Groove Stage’’. More than a focus on the label, what we have here is a musical tribute to Sophbeck, a local club and underground institution where the label held a night for 5 years strong before it closed down. Judging by …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Angel Bat Dawid “The Oracle”

Incredibly special cassette/digital album from the Chicago-based “composer, clarinetist, singer & spiritual jazz soothsayer”. A project full of warmth, experimentation and emotion, recorded solo for the most part, at home in Chicago or impromptu on tour in London & Capetown, straight to cell phone. Melodious clarinet riffing, pianos, overdubbing, singing …

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Crucial Material

Crucial Material – Best Releases Of The Week (February 10th, 2019)

Too much music too little time. Thankfully, our Crucial Material is slowly but surely becoming one of the best weekly recaps in the world scanning the hundreds of new releases and sharing only the cream of the crop. Technical difficulties (Lexis dropping an espresso on his Macbook keyboard) forced us …

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Future Classics
Broken Beat UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Swindle “No More Normal” (Brownswood)

Anyone in North America who needs a 30-minute snapshot of what is popping off sonically TODAY in multicultural Britain needs to buy the new Swindle record. Seriously. In 11 songs, this London-raised producer, scores a soundtrack to the most diverse and influential music scene that consistently supplies the world with …

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Crucial Material

Crucial Material – Best Releases Of The Week (January 26th, 2019)

Too much music too little time. Thankfully, our Crucial Material is slowly but surely becoming one of the best weekly recaps in the world scanning the hundreds of new releases and sharing only the cream of the crop. So here it is, Crucial Material for the week of January 26th …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Joe McPhee “Nation Time” (1971)

Bay Area’s Superior Viaduct label has reissued saxophonist Joe McPhee’s 1971 free-willing jazz classic ‘Nation Time.’ Originally released on the small CjR imprint, the very rare three track recording, which features the all-time cooker “Shakey Jake,” fuses funky backing grooves with McPhee’s fiery post-Coltrane tenor solos and melodies. Release Info …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Ill Considered “5” + “6”

These two essential new albums from jazz supergroup ILL CONSIDERED, recorded little more than a year after their first, intended to be listened to together, showcase the group’s rapid development. Leon Brichard on electric & upright bass, Idris Rahman on tenor sax and now bass clarinet (with devastating effect on …

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Crucial Material

Crucial Material – Best Releases Of The Week (January 19th, 2019)

Time to turn the page on 2018, musically a truly outstanding year on so many fronts. From Jazz, Rap, Experimental to more Club-driven Sounds the amount of incredible music was staggering! Thankfully, our Crucial Material is slowly but surely becoming one of the best weekly recaps in the world scanning …

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