Music Is My Sanctuary Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:34:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exclusive Premiere: Nicola Guida “Come Inside” Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:28:30 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere “Come Inside”, the second single lifted from Italian pianist, composer and producer, Nicola Guida’s forthcoming ‘Speleology’ album, due for release early next year on Inner Circle Music, the prestigious US label headed by sax legend Greg Osby.

“Come Inside” is a laid back exploration of jazz and hip hop, featuring Karnival Kid on MC duties. His nonchalant yet powerful delivery recalls Loyle Carner, and flows beautifully over Guida’s delicate playing, melting the notes of his piano into a seamless harmonic stream. Soothing flutes provide the melodic line throughout, with additional production adding layers of sonic richness.

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A disciplined virtuoso and a freethinking, genre-bending pianist, Nicola Guida is a London-based Italian jazz pianist, composer and producer. Academician at heart – he’s the author of two respected thesis on jazz and holds a Masters in Philosophy. On “Come Inside”, Nicola tells us “I’m so delighted to release this tune which contains a sample of one of my heroes, legendary Italian composer Piero Piccioni”.

“Come Inside” will be released on November 27 on all digital platforms.

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Exclusive Premiere: Mr Beatnick “Luxette (Breakplus Remix)” Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:41:46 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a brilliant Breakplus remix of “Luxette” by Mr Beatnick, a highlight from his recent ‘Honeycomb’ album on Mythstery Records.

At MIMS we were big fans of ‘Honeycomb’, released this summer. Following its release, Mr Beatnick has had an impressive and varied group of friends tackle the same songs, including fellow MIMS faves Hector Plimmer, Ikonika, and Om Unit.

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One of favourite remixes though, had to be from fellow Mythstery signing Breakplus, who delivers a lush live instrument replay of Luxette, augmented with the reeds of Ben Hadwen (Emanative, Ibibio Sound Machine), that accentuates the original’s broken rhythm.

Check out the full release on 18th December, and in the meantime, enjoy the Breakplus remix of Luxette.

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LAZY DAYS — Show #95 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:46:05 +0000 Here’s the second to last show of the year. A turbulent one indeed, but there are still great music coming out which is needed more than ever.

New music by Black Loops, a re-issue from Billy Lo, a few cuts from the Lumberjacks In Hell crew (Waajeed, Austin Ato and Lay Far), Osunlade’s remix of Rafael Moraes feat. Capitol A, an unexpected collabo between Jimpster and Matt Masters on Freerange, great collaboration between The Vision and Roy Ayers and my collaboration with Robert Owens “I’ll Take You In” which comes out on Vinyl this week. Sending you love and hope!


1.Black Loops – Malta (DDA) – Aterral
2.Billy Lo – It’s The Life – Cosmocities
3.Waajeed – What You Know – Lumberjacks In Hell
4.Rafael Moraes feat. Capitol A – One Shot (Yoruba Soul Mix) – Yoruba
5.Austin Ato – Control – Lumberjacks In Hell
6.Sound Stream – Mercury Mood – Sound Stream
7.Jimpster & Matt Masters – Dub Come Down – Freerange
8.Soul Renegades – Speak To Me – Local Talk
9.Fred Everything & Robert Owens – I’ll Take You In (BDTW Deep Mix) – Lazy Days
10.Meda – For Love (Art Of Tones Classic Mix) – Badam
11.Lay Far – Good Things – Lumberjacks In Hell
12.The Vision feat Roy Ayers – Wasting – Defected

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Crucial Material – November 23rd, 2020 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:36:02 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Various — Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Four

In what has been truly an incredible compilation series over the past few years, the good people at the Brighton-based label and record shop have put out the fourth volume of their ‘Mr Bongo Record Club’. Always featuring a wide range of music from all corners of the globe, this well-curated double LP includes Mr Bongo staff favorites and some of the most obscure Brazilian, African, soul, funk, and disco gems.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Om Unit Meets Seekers International — Secret Location

A killer dubwise EP fusing a vast array of styles and eras of bass music culture all running through the mixing board shared by Om Unit and Seekers International. From UK hardcore, rave, jungle, dancehall, it’s all here plus a ton of your favorite samples make an appearance, including my personal favorite: that bansuri flute lick from all those goa trance 90’s comps. Another incredible release from the Berceuse Heroique label.
— Selected by Lexis

Various -— Color De Trópico Compiled By El Drágon Criollo & El Palmas

Wonderful compilation on the El Palmas imprint exploring rare gems from Venezuela’s under appreciated and explored musical history. From jazz, rock, salsa, funk, psych, prog and disco, to guajira, cumbia, cha-cha-cha and the very Venezuelan joropo. Highlights include Hugo Blanco’s “Guajira con Arpa” and the dancefloor-ready “Zambo” by Le Retreta Major. Also recommended from El Palmas, Columbian salsa-punkeros Contento and their “Lo Bueno Está Aquí” album, featuring ‘Color De Trópico’ compiler, El Drágon Criollo.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

De.Ville — Atlantique

Montreal based proto Raï beat band De.Ville present a short but powerful EP dedicated to those who have fallen in the migrant struggle. The title track showcases the group’s sound, chemistry and message while 80s tinged Dopamina showcases their signature warmth. Finally on “Waters”, the incredible trumpet work meshes into Desjardin’s soulful arrangements and leaves room for Ziad Qoulaii’s sublime hypnotic vocals. A musical gem in response to a pressing crisis.
— Selected by ASMA


Matthew Halsall — Salute to the Sun

For over a decade, composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall has consistently been at the forefront of the UK’s thriving jazz scene. He returns with a brilliant new album featuring some of the finest young musicians from Manchester. Inspired by ambient rainforest and jungle field recordings, this earthy and organic sounding recording blends together deep spiritual jazz grooves, hypnotic harp melodies, and kalimba patterns
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra — Dimensional Stardust

Prolific trumpeter, composer & multidisciplinarian Rob Mazurek, leads Chicago luminaries, such as Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, and Damon Locks, on this remarkable outing for IARC, falling somewhere between experimental impressionism, free-jazz, contemporary classical and post-rock. Song titles, such as “Sun Core Tet (Parable 99)” fit this otherworldly music well. A major statement to round off 2020, setting an optimistic tone for the year ahead.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Family Of Swede — Set Your Free 

Breezy cosmic soul courtesy of 1970s west coast band Family of Swede. The band originally only issued one single in 1976 until Cordial Records uncovered a whole batch of unreleased recordings earlier this year, including the short version of “Set You Free”. After another rummage into the vaults this epic 12-minute version was discovered, now presented on this killer 12” –  a big Gilles Peterson spin!
— Selected by Dom Ore

Sons of the James — Everlasting 

Refreshing sounds from this exciting Richmond, VA based duo. Singer/songwriter Rob Milton and producer/musician DJ Harrison (Butcher Brown / Stones Throw) brew a potent blend of classic gospel music, hip hop, jazz and Soulquarians era (aka “neo”) soul. The Georgia Anne Muldrow featuring “Things I Should Have Said” and funktafied “Happy” were the initial hook, but the album delivers on its promise.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

SaiR — Light Headed

Beautiful Modern Funk instrumental album from Porto producer SaiR. “Light Headed, a compilation of life events and experiences summed up into 7 instrumental tracks composed and recorded under the sensation of lightheadedness.”
— Selected by Walla P

Allysha Joy — Light it Again 

30/70 Collective’s Allysha Joy returns in 2020, two years after her brilliant debut “Arcadia:Raw” (a firm Balance favorite), with an EP featuring four beautifully deep, soulful cuts. A stellar cast, as is to be expected, including Horatio Luna on bass, Josh Kelly on sax and Ziggy Zeitgeist on drums. Out now on the always quality First Word Records. 
— Selected by Spacewalker


Dance System — Where’s The Party At?

The most fun album of 2020, hands down. Dance System (FKA L-Vis 1990) gathers an all star lineup of collaborators (DJ Deeon, Herbert, India Jordan, A-Trak, Hudson Mohawke, Sally C, UNIIQU3, …) for 20 tracks of pure nostalgic-yet-futuristic rave house. I can’t even express how much this bangs; you’ve got disco, ghetto, soulful, breaks, glitch, deliciously processed synth stabs all over, reverses, woos, filters, sassy vocals – all of this executed with a frantic urgency. Get me to this party for the love of god!
— Selected by dileta

Avtomat — Gusła (Human Rites)

Amazing new leftfield club discovery from Poland! It has Night Slugs/Fade To Mind synth stylings, but delicately flips the structure over by adding clever twists in the melodies, scraping glitches and textures, various syncopated drums and dark drones. The EP also comments on the current inhumane treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the Polish government
— Selected by dileta

Nazar — Territorial

Stunning EP from Nazar exploring the continuum of cutting edge worldwide black club music. Touching on experimental music, Gqom, Batida, rough Kuduro and UK Funky featuring collaborations with Citizen Boy and A.K.A Adrix (of Principe fame) + remixes from the mighty from Scratchclart (aka Scratcha DVA), DJ ADAMM, and Slikback.  Every single track shares the same relentless energy. This EP is no joke.
— Selected by Lexis

Scrimshire — Believers

A superb, life-affirming album from Scrimshire, weaving soul, jazz, and Afro disco with a broad electronica pallet, into an impeccably produced, composed and arranged album. Featuring star turns from rising artists such as K.O.G, Bessi and And is Phi, MIMS faves such as Tamar of Collocutor, and Penya, and even the legendary Omar.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti



Ulla Strayss & Perila’s newly formed Log duo is off to a stunning start. ‘LOG ET3RNAL’ is a gauzy, dubbed-out, dense yet calming, mystical listening experience. Gets deeper every time you dive into it. 
— Selected by Lexis

We also invite you to check out our main five playlists where you’ll find our current favorites across Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

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Exclusive Premiere: Finn Irregular “Waves” Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:29:48 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere music from Finn Irregular. A brand new name to us. We were so impressed by his forthcoming ‘Summer Rains’ EP, a heavy dose of futuristic beats and soul, we jumped at the chance to premiere “Waves”. As the EP’s only instrumental, it captures Finn’s sound best, we think.

Summer Rains is the debut EP from producer, beat-smith, and multi-instrumentalist Finn Irregular. Originally from North London, moving to Australia in 2014 saw Finn find a creative home within the vibrant city of Melbourne, (Naarm). In addition to teaching the next generation of young musicians guitar, keys and drums, Finn is a founding member of Messy Mammals (w/ Asha Trips), taking influence from across the spectrums of jazz, hip-hop, broken beat, and R’n’B.

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With a fresh and modern production style – analogue synths, drum machines and live instrumentation are all employed to create an EP rich in texture, united by the theme of positive summer vibrations. As a collaborative effort, Melbourne’s slickest artists including Rara Zulu, Cazeaux O.S.L.O., Matthew Hayes, CD and Hayku Kyah, all add their unique touch to Finn’s distinctive productions.

“Waves” is a downtempo instrumental house track with a feel very much like its name. A constant ebb and flow of arpeggiated synths and lush pads capture, and turn you within the ocean swell. Matthew Hayes (Z.F.E.X, 30/70) provides the purposeful and melodic bass line making the track punchy and ambient, dreamy and immersive.

‘Summer Rains’ is released December 7, 2020, on digital and limited edition vinyl. The first release from the brand new “Tuckshop Recordings” imprint (run by renowned event promoters Tuckshop).

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Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes “Heritage of the Invisible II” Mon, 23 Nov 2020 01:08:39 +0000 Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes of Irreversible Entanglements, disentangle themselves long enough to record for their second duo album, and first for International Anthem. Just as sharp and revolutionary in spirit as the larger group’s recordings.

Having been friends & collaborators for far longer than the larger group, “Heritage of the Invisible II” sees the percussion-and-trumpet duo breakout to record a bristling & joyous LP, improvising around compositions with the kind of telepathic connection that only comes from having played together for such a long time. They embrace their Latin and Afro-Caribbean foundations, and weave electronic sounds , even hints of Theo Parrish perhaps, into their unique stew of free jazz, further distinguishing their unique sound. Closing proceedings, Madam Data provides complementary remix, driven by a propulsive bassline and hi-hat rhythm.

Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes chemistry, evident on ‘Heritage of the Invisible II’ has history, dating back long before they joined Irreversible Entanglements, all the way to their days studying at the New England Conservatory (NEC) towards the end of the 90s. Moving to NYC after their studies, the duo played all over the city together, and eventually in 2014 travelled to Panama together to play. During this time they recorded a set of duo improvisations that they self-released later that year, ‘Heritage of the Invisible‘.

Booked to play a Musicians Against Police Brutality fundraiser, Navarro and Holmes shared the stage with their future colleagues in Irreversible Entanglements, Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother), Keir Neuringer and Luke Stewart, then a trio. Instant chemistry ensued, leading to two acclaimed albums on International Anthem and tours round the globe.

2019 found the pair back in the studio with an idea to write expanded compositions for the duo to improvise around. Whilst incorporating sampling, Juno and Moog synthesizers  and overdubbed spoken elements from poets, vocalists and friends, including Spanish poet Marcos de la Fuente, Brigitte Zozua and Navarro’s mentor and collaborator Carlos Garnett (Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders). 

Of central song and lead single, “Pueblo”, Navarro says “it’s a celebration of life, the coming together of the people, el pueblo, a celebration of who we are, where we come from, it’s our pueblo, our people, a feeling of openness, hope, and a future of unity from el pueblo, the people.”

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‘Heritage of the Invisible II’ is full of joy, “telepathic improvisation”, free jazz and groove, heritage and exploration. Certain to demand frequent revisitations. 

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Exclusive Premiere: FLuiD BouncE “Amazing” Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:37:32 +0000 Banger alert! “Amazing” is the first song on the forthcoming debut release of FLuiD BouncE, the broken beat meets boogie & soul duo of Birmingham UK based singer, songwriter & keyboardist Colonel Red and producer & DJ Lord Byron. The full album, ‘Chapter 1’, is due to be released on November 27 on Inner Tribe.

“Amazing” is a perfect example of how ‘Chapter 1’ weaves broken beat and house rhythms with classic soul, boogie and funk. Social commentary is high on the agenda, and rightfully so. Red is a master of the vocal performance and has a knack for writing addictive songs. Lord Byron’s progressive beats are a perfect fit.

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Colonel Red is well loved among broken beat aficionados for his many collaborations during the genre’s Goya distributed golden age, with the likes of Daz-I-Kue, Alex Attias, IG Culture and Bugz in the Attic. Not forgetting his own self-produced debut on the legendary PEOPLE imprint.

Since then, Red has struck his own path, with releases on Tokyo Dawn, Ink Rebellion and recently Inner Tribe, that widened his sound and appeal. He has worked with and written for a long list of major artists & legends, including Maurice White, Lenny White, Amp Fiddler, Keith Sweat, Teddy Pendergrass, Anita Baker, Shara Nelson, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Sandra St Victor, Ursula Rucker, Tony Allen, Jon Hassel, Dwight Trible, The Last Poets, and Brian Jackson.

Lord Byron is a veteran DJ, a mainstay of Bruk Up and Rogue Soul nights, whose talents have seen him invited to guest on IG Culture’s Co-Op Presents: Selectors Assemble Worldwide FM show and mix series.

Inner Tribe is the fairly young Adelaide-based label founded by Jules Habib, aka DJ/producer Inkswel, and his partner, singer & song writer Charlie Umami, that in a very short matter of time has racked up a pile of key releases, working with great talents such as J-Soul, Ezroh, Kid Sublime, Ahu, Phat Kat, Jitwam and of course, Colonel Red.

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Exclusive Premiere: Karaba “Der Kaelte” Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:04:05 +0000 Today’s premiere comes from a Munich based band called Karaba. “Der Kaelte” is a beautiful example of the band’s brilliant musicianship and creativity, weaving together influences from jazz, Krautrock or kosmische musik, and psychedelic rock. It certainly earns the title of cosmic banded about so much these days.

Karaba is the latest band to be released on Kryptox. Founded by the by the team behind dancefloor label Toy Tonics Records, Karaba is a fairly new Berlin-based label dedicated to the rising German jazz scene, particularly the young musicians mixing it jazz with kosmische and electronic vibes. Last year saw them release an acclaimed album from JJ Whitefeld (founder of Karl Hector & The Malcouns).


Karaba have already been featured on the Kryptox Kraut Jazz Futurism Compilation in 2019. Now the young quintet is are set to deliver their first EP for Kryptox. Five young guys, they began to jam together when starting to study music in 2012. Being from Munich, a town where legendary Kraut Rock bands like Amon Düül, Guru Guru and Embryo came from, the Karaba guys are obviously influenced by these same German kraut and psychedelic sounds. You can hear that in many shades of this album: the complexity of the unusual rhythmical fundaments and percussive patterns, and the prog rock parts, with these partly abstract unison lines and strange melodic figures or unexpected chord changes.

Whilst the band’s sound is obviously influenced by a lot of seventies music, it isn’t a purely retro affair, with their music having a strong modern psych meets contemporary jazz feel that’s very much of it’s own time too.

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Exclusive Premiere: fleet.dreams “Selph Luv” (Move Ya Body Mix) Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:34:35 +0000 ‘Do you love yourself?’ is the question in ‘Selph Luv’ – the new single from Brooklyn-based fleet.dreams – which features Detroit vocalist Supercoolwicked. Steamy R&B and electronic sensibilities fuse to make for a warm, heartfelt display of dance music.

The original, with its essence of equal parts Badu & Lil’ Kim, takes a pure R&B stance, featuring Supercoolwicked’s seductively soulful tone. The ‘Move Ya Body Mix’ prioritizes groove, allowing shakers to shine through a layer of infectious vocals to create a party starting anthem.

Do you love yourself?

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lyrics & vocals by Morgan Hutson (Supercoolwicked)
songwriting, production & mixing by Colton R. May (fleet.dreams)
additional mixing & mastering by Brandon Terral (Escaflowne)
released exclusively via Leopard Cage (12/4/20)

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MIMS Guest Mix: Fybe:One (London / Tru Thoughts) Thu, 19 Nov 2020 18:19:27 +0000 This mix contains all different tempos and moods. I feel it reflects my ‘Sky Loops’ EP’s sound in that sense.

We are delighted to share this soulful and eclectic mix. As Fybe:One says himself, it reflects the varied nature of his own recent EP on Tru Thoughts, ‘Sky Loops’.


  1. Kindred (feat. Michael Michaelson & Soul Food Horns) – Axian
  2. Try (feat. Lilian Caputo) – Cabu
  3. Inside You – Eddie Henderson
  4. The Waiting Game – Brock Berrigan
  5. Starling Loop – Kaelin Ellis
  6. You Knock Me Out – Wildflower
  7. Come Through and Chill (feat. J.Cole) (Vandalized Edit) – Miguel
  8. Get Away – Sleepless
  9. Love Love Love (Jengi Club Edit) – Donny Hathaway
  10. Foda Se – Camoufly
  11. Close the Door (Jack Tennis Edit) – Teddy Pendegrass
  12. All Together Good Vibes – Fabich & No Spirit
  13. 4Real – Stanzah!
  14. Attitude, Belief and Determination (Zaf Lovevinyl Slight Edit) – Martin L. Dumas, Jr.
  15. Out of Time (feat. Daniel Hayn) – Slowya.roll
  16. ZBRA – Nikitch & Kuna Maze
  17. Don’t Let It Go to Your Head – Jean Carn
  18. Everybody – Garden of Eden
  19. I’m Ready – Fybe:one
  20. Suavemente – DAO
  21. Ascending – KMB
  22. Lovin’ Me – Fybe:one
  23. Okaywegetit – HXNS
  24. Turn Around – Heatwave
  25. Sunrise – Hall & Floyd
  26. Pelican – Phairo
  27. Lifted – DAO
  28. B.Y.O.B – Jarreau Vandal
  29. Velvet Hue – fzpz
  30. I Won’t Be Around – Braga Circuit
  31. Heat – Smooth Operator 3000
  32. Stress – Roshima
  33. Nobody’s Business (Be Happy) – WIZE
  34. Spaceships – Austin Marc
  35. Gone – Fybe:one
  36. Background Noise (feat. Oli Hannaford) [Digital Mozart Remix] – Melle Brown
  37. Switch It Again – DJ Grumble
  38. Weapon – Fybe:one
  39. Too High – Fybe:one
  40. Touching Me – Ticklish
  41. Be With U – Sideswipe
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Video Premiere: Penny Rimbaud “Part One” Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:43:45 +0000 Today we’re pleased to host the apocalyptic, frenzied video which does well to capture Rimbaud’s ambitious creative vision; an album as vivid in it’s imagery as it is deft in it’s subject matter and intriguing in execution

New album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’ out November 20th via One Little Independent Records

Penny Rimbaud, the legendary punk poet, writer, painter, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of seminal anarchist outfit Crass, has announced his new album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’, out November 20th via One Little Independent Records. 

A fiction constructed by Penny, out of interest as to the possible outcome, places the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (who died in 1891) at the historic and tragic battle of Verdun in 1916. The idea being that Penny found something to be explored in the possibilities of the young vagabond and his perception of such drastic events.

“Truth is, I landed him there because I was fascinated to know just how this greatest of French poets might cope against the enormities of war” he tells us, “I wondered what lessons would be learnt which could then be conveyed to a planet still so obsessed with conflict, grief and suffering.” 

Taking influence from the sounds of John Coltrane and the visuals of Jackson Pollock, Penny ventured into the unknown with his idol and namesake to bring us a truly unique high-concept album and gripping tale of death and romance. 

“I shared his humour and his sorrow, his passion and his poetics, albeit sometimes tiring of his obsessions” Penny ruminates. “How many times must he have cried ‘look’ regarding something that I simply couldn’t see. ‘Over there. Look, look, over there,’ where to me there was only darkness and death. When most fatigued, he’d often call me Paul, but most times I was too tired to respond. But love we did, fed by flares, shattered by shells, blistered by the blasts, arm in arm ‘til arms there were none. Although most of those who we met along those turgid tunnels of death might at one time or another have fallen for self-pity, Arthur would have none of it. Anything and everything could be retranslated to challenge bourgeoise conceits or reformed to defy materialist dogma.

We were lovers. We were friends, sublime in our kinship, but I have a strange feeling that neither of us survived the terror of Verdun. Together we wallowed in the mincemeat scrunch of gore and bone and torn flesh, not knowing which of us was what, and never mind the who that was so cruelly unified as one within the squelch. Yes, we were detritus, and in that we found ourselves and each other. The void was complete, and another dawn broke above the carnage.” 

Dark and vivid jazz-infused ambience is punctured by Penny’s spoken word lyricism painting pictures of the chaotic experience of World War 1. Maniacally delivered readings are ruthless in their detailed realism, not only well researched but so convincingly told it’s easy to forget it’s a narrative. Exceptionally realised, brutal at times and incredibly poignant in others, ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’ is unlike anything else in subject or sound.

Penny is joined by a host of revered saxophonists that helped him to complete his vision. Evan Parker, recognised worldwide as one of jazz’s most respected players. Ingrid Laubrock, now a resident in New York and fast becoming a major voice as a highly inventive freeform player and as a composer. Finally, Louise Elliott, who stands as an outsider having come to jazz through the sensitivities of classical training mixed with punk and all its raucous sense of attack. The three players together make for a staggering display of sax pyrotechnics matching Penny’s multidimensional poetry and dramatic approach to performance.

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About Penny Rimbaud

In 1977, alongside Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud co-founded seminal anarchist punk band Crass, who disbanded in 1984. Up until 2000, he devoted himself almost entirely to writing, returning to the public platform in 2001 as a performance poet working alongside a wide variety of jazz musicians. In 2003, together with Crass vocalist Eve Libertine, he founded what was at first known as ‘The Crass Collective’, then ‘The Crass Agenda’, then ‘The Last Amendment’ and finally ‘L’Académie des Vanités’ – a loose collective of jazz musicians, artists and filmmakers who shared Rimbaud’s lifelong interest in progressive, improvisational art. Rimbaud, a veteran of avant-garde performance art groups such as EXIT and Ceres Confusion, not only co-founded Stonehenge Free Festival, but he also founded and, along with Gee Vaucher, to this day runs the legendary anarchist/pacifist open house Dial House in Essex.

About Arthur Rimbaud

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet known for his influence on modern literature, particularly surrealism. He produced the bulk of his literary output during adolescence and young adulthood and stopped writing at the age of 20. Rimbaud was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, having engaged in a hectic, at-times-violent romantic relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine, which lasted nearly two years. After he stopped writing, he travelled extensively on three continents as a merchant and explorer, until his death from cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday.






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Exclusive Premiere: Spain V Spain “Apocalypso” Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:42:00 +0000 MIMS is over the moon to premiere “Apocalypso” by Spain V Spain, a dangerously addictive slice of indie R&B and rubbery funk that’s a little Miami Vice meets Ballard’s Drowned World. Forthcoming on DISLO.

Spain v Spain is the indie R&B project of Dan Henchman and Tom Theodore. Following their 2018 debut mixtape, ‘Get To Work’, the duo return with six swampy, psychedelic tales set in a tropical dystopia inspired by J.G. Ballard. An imaginary soundtrack to a night drive through the estuary resort of Exodus on Astro.

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Drawing on Moodymann, Steve Lacy, The Police, Missy Elliott, JG Ballard, Carole King, Cocteau Twins, Drexciya, Maurice Fulton, The Style Council, Streets of Rage 2, Thundercat, Kid Creole and one long empty summer to create a swirling, simmering aquatic funk.

Envisaged amid the delirium of early lockdown, ideas were swapped on long phone calls, short Whatsapp audio recordings of guitar melodies, and lyrics in Google Docs became detail-crammed Ableton projects. By late summer, the duo reunited in studio of Tony Nwachukwu, legendary producer, DJ, instigator, oracle, etc. behind Attica Blues and CDR, where he added some extra special shimmer and heavy reverb to the mix.

With tracks dropping every week throughout November, ‘Exodus on Astro’ will be released digitally in full on 4th December, with limited screen-printed 12” to follow in early 2021, via DISLO, a relatively new venture from Anton Spice (former Editor-in-Chief of The Vinyl Factory) and Tom Theodore.

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Exclusive Premiere: Rafa Santos “My Life Is A Bassline” Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:39 +0000 The Spanish label MATE are back once again with more Deep House goodness.

After releasing music from some of the worlds finest deep house producers in their first few releases they welcome back label head Rafa Santos for his first solo EP. The Madrid-based artist presents ‘We Still Dance EP’ which consists of groovy basslines, hypnotic chords & dreamy vocals aplenty which make up this solid EP 4 track EP showing Rafa is more than capable of holding his own alongside the labels impressive roster.

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Exclusive Premiere: Guedra Guedra “Purple Ambergris” Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:59:02 +0000 We are extremely excited to premiere a rare mellow outing from On The Corner’s secret weapon Moroccan producer Guedra Guedra, taken from a forthcoming dubplate and digital missive, due to drop on December 1st.

Guedra Guedra released one of the most sought after leftfield dancefloor EPs of the lockdown period with “Son of Sun”, fusing the energy of footwork with the spirit of his home country. Ahead of a full album next year, OtC are leaking two specials tracks this December with a digital release and extremely limited dubplate.

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The nominal B-side of said release, we are pleased to share today. “Purple Ambergris” shows Guedra Guedra in tender, dextrous, soulful focus. Exclusive to this release on December 1st, it won’t be found on the album coming next February.

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Exclusive Premiere: Germán Fernando y su Orquestra “Socorro Auxilio” Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:16:02 +0000 MIMS is excited to share the wild & incredibly rare Venezuelan big band sound of “Socorro Auxilio” by Germán Fernando y su Orquestra, taken from El Palmas Music’s forthcoming compilation, ‘Color De Trópico’, released Friday November 20.

‘Color de Trópico’ is a carefully-compiled work of healing and reconstruction, documenting a special moment in the history of Venezuelan music, when the country’s democracy was just a few years old and the profound impact of the oil industry on society had only just begun. DJ El Palmas and El Dragón Criollo have chosen eight impossibly hard-to-find jewels, originally released between 1966 and 1978, remastered and reissued here for the first time on vinyl.

According to music journalist Alfredo Churión “those who saw (Germán Fernando) attested to having witnessed something indescribable”, a mysterious man who doubted even his sanity and of whom today practically nothing is known. He was someone who dared to show a completely foreign effrontery, signing unintelligibly, moving frantically and throwing himself to the ground before the stunned gaze of his audiences. Venezuelan writer Luis Armando Ugueto states: “his art could go from the sublime to bad taste – and it was craved by the press – when he subjected viewers to strange songs where he pleaded for socorro and auxilio [help].”

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Germán Fernando had a histrionic proposal that was a thousand times misunderstood and that even popular presenters of the time like Renny Ottolina dubbed “his follies”. A theme close to the jazz orchestra soundtracks of James Bond and Batman accompanies the showman here who comes across like a creole Screaming Jay Hawkins. He creates a whirlwind of sound that, while as agile as a featherweight, is also capable of knocking out all the old ideas Venezuelans themselves have about their music.

DJ El Palmas, aka Maurice Aymard, tell us, “We started to make this compilation almost one year ago, and it was very complex to make it happen for several reasons. First of all, find the legal rights of the songs and to negotiate with old record labels, it’s something that takes a lot of time and effort, many phone calls and emails back and forth for almost six months.

Besides this there was another task, to find the right ‘gems’ that could fit into our concept, and that could express in music what we were looking for, but this also would lead us to other challenges.

The first one was that most of the masters were not available, we had to start searching for old vinyl records and most of them were not in the market, and also the ones available were very expensive. A lot of digging had to be made, all these ‘fun’ obstacles we found on our way were a big adventure for El Drágon Criollo and myself.

We also wanted to express in a new vinyl record, the history and the era of Venezuela, as it was at the end of the 60’s and the beginning of the 70´s, when there was an explosion of genres, from jazz, cumbia, salsa, disco, joropo, boogaloo and pop, it was amazing what was going on in this beautiful and tropical country at that time.

Also the connection between El Dragón Criollo (Paulo) and I was super important, he is Colombian and I am Venezuelan, so we have so many things in common but at the same time different points of views, so this was also super fun, it was a learning process for both of us…..”

El Dragón Criollo adds, “The compilation of Color de Trópico is in the end like an art exposition of different artists in the same gallery. So the curatorship was made very carefully and with tons of problems at the same time, because the pieces to expose were not easy to find. Here we are trying to show the versatility of what was going on in Venezuelan music at that time, it is really an eclectic mixture of colors.”


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SPICE BLENDS – Show #02 (Hosted by Silktits) Mon, 16 Nov 2020 20:16:38 +0000 Spices for an extended autumn.

Expect warm breezes of nostalgia and chilling melodies. You don’t need to leave the house to take a journey with Hiroshi Yoshimura, Brian Bennett, Larry Heard and more


Track ID’s available on request!

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Exclusive Premiere: Ugly Drums & Chesney “Optimal Sandals” Mon, 16 Nov 2020 16:31:29 +0000 City Fly are excited to release Vol.2 of their Fly Family album series. They once again call upon their musical family from around the globe to curate this 12 track compilation of original house music.

The album is drenched in deep goodness aplenty ranging from the beatdown intro of Sydney’s Edseven to the gritty Techno banger ‘Middle Class Trashed’ from YSE. The project brings together familiar faces that have previously released on the label like Marlow, Ugly Drums & label co owner The Last Trip To Gandahar alongside some of their favourite new producers and former club night guests. It’s a family thing!!

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Exclusive Premiere: Soul Renegades “Speak To Me “(The James L’Estraunge Remix) Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:48:43 +0000 It’s a rare thing but sometimes it happens…a tune! You know one of those jams you just want play over and over again because it embodies something truly special, something undefined but authentic that just makes perfect sense to your ears but also gives you that warm goose bump feeling.

This is exactly how we felt when we first heard the demo of “Speak To Me”. With a classic spiritual Chicago house feel, a thumpin’ (not pumpin’) 4/4 production it’s all topped with a melodic vocal sample that brings back memories to classic jams like Seven Grand Housin’ Authority “Love’s Got Me High”. It’s simple yet powerful house music jam-packed with honest emotions. Just play it, we promise it will make sense to you!

In order to make this release even more powerful and valuable we asked Ricky to step in to his James L’Estraunge Orchestra pseudonym and transform (remix sounds so limiting) the track into something completely different. The result is something truly magical, a huge live jazz-funk escapade that sounds like if The Rotary Connection and Charles Stepny went on an orchestral late 70s jazz-funk-fusion journey…its big, epic and full of musical surprises!

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Soul Renegades

Scottish producers Ricky Reid (The James L’Estraunge Orchestra, RK Fusion, The True Rebels) and Craig Smith (6th Borough Project, Fifty Fathoms Deep) are Soul Renegades, a duo that between themselves has more house history than most of us. With early releases dating back to the 90s they previously got music out on labels like Restless Soul and Rainy City.

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Crucial Material – November 15th, 2020 Mon, 16 Nov 2020 02:10:28 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Sun Ra Arkestra — Egypt 71

Originally released as an expansive 5 LP box set on Record Store Day, Strut has separately reissued three of the titles from Sun Ra Arkestra’s ‘Egypt 71’ including ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’, and ‘Horizon’. Recorded live  when the band was touring in Cairo, all three recordings are a mixture of adventurous free jazz, cosmic tones, and futuristic grooves.
— Selected by TJ Gorton


Jarrod Lawson — Be The Change

Brilliant contemporary soul from the honey-voiced Portland-based singer-songwriter and pianist, deep in more than jazz nuance, with an uplifting message to top it off. Jarrod counts Stevie Wonder and D’Angelo as key influences, but the contemporary soul jazz of Robert Glasper comes to mind. Highlights on this LP for Dome Records include the anthemic title track, a guest turn from the incredible Moonchild on “I’ll Be Your Radio”, and the closing “How Long”, where percussion legend Sammy Figueroa can really shine.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Common Saints — Idol Eyes 

Brilliant, sun-soaked psychedelic soul arriving just in time for us to reminisce on the summer gone, or to yearn for the next summer. Voices somewhere between the David Crosby & the Gibbs brothers, gritty drums, silky guitars, dusty old keyboards, summery songs and beautiful arrangements. The Jorja Smith writer/producer has done good on this first EP. Stick this on for an instant pick-me-up.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Shah Frank — Stellaria Story

RnB singer Shah Frank gave up a career as an entertainment lawyer to pursue music full time and her debut EP is an indication she made the right decision. Stellar production allows Shah to explore all types of sounds from sad to sensuous and provides her with a solid foundation to build on.  Standout track A Night to Pretend brings back the 90’s essence to modern RnB.
— Selected by ASMA

Nkusi & Funkywhat — FWNK

Producer Nkusi has teamed up with Funkywhat to slow down the tempo on typical synth funk production and find their own lane. With vocalist Kaya Hoax providing some RnB flare and rapper Morri$$ Regal bringing the griminess, this EP is a refreshing and solid listen.
— Selected by ASMA

Amadeo 85 Feat. Moniquea — Galaxy Dance / Play It Loud

Brand new 7’ off the French Label Happy Milf Records, by Amadeo85, owner of the label, and featuring Moniquea on vocals. Modern Funk/P-Funk madness, from Montreuil’s Funk Hustler. Check out also the bundle with the 12’ of Orly Sad. 
— Selected by Walla P

HOUSE / TECHNO / Electronica

A.K.Adrix — Código de Barra

A.k.Adrix (formerly known as P. ADRIX) returns to the PRÍNCIPE stable for what once again sounds like it might be the best record they’ve ever put out. But then again, I seem to say that with each release which is a testament to the level that the Lisboa crew have been releasing these past few years. 
— Selected by Lexis

Swordman Kitala — Kimbalanbga EP

First full EP from the ever cheeky and creative Ugandan MC, showcasing him at his peak over technoid dancehall, UK funky and electro beats by Tom Blip, K-Lone, O’Flynn, Ekhe and pq. Unadulterated fun from A to Z. The proceeds all go to help with his medical fees, cop it.
— Selected by dileta

Kasper Marott — Sol EP

Two solid aerial rave weapons with generous track lengths and great progressions. ‘Sol’ is a high speed dreamy glider with luminous dubby chords and rolling breaks. ‘Katla’ is a furious, dark, percussive and bouncy night flight with a blinking distorted vocal sample. The latter is definitely one of the bangers of the year for me.
— Selected by dileta

Dan Kye — Small Moments

After a 4 year hiatus, Jordan Rakei returns with his alter ego Dan Kye (a play on his first and last name’s three letters). Just like with the 2016 EP “Joy, Ease, Lightness”, it sees Rakei exploring his more electronic, housey side. From the bass-heavy “Raro”, the Prince-esque “Rainbow Road” to the breezy cut “Sober”, count on Dan Kye to deliver the soulful grooves. Out now on Rhythm Section International…
— Selected by Spacewalker

CoOp Presents — Plug One

Incredible posse record by CoOp presents featuring 17 unreleased scorchers showcasing the full range of the Broken Beat scene as it heads into 2021. It’s all here from the more jazzy/melodic to the ruff & tuff flavas too. Great ones from EVM128, Sivey, LCSM, Xtra Brux just to name a few… Bruk is in fine health! 
— Selected by Lexis


Buds — Platinum

Swiss rapper Buds, from the group La Base, delivers a super solid EP, staying true to his roots with that Boom Bap sound. Favourite tracks are Platinum, St-Lazar, Universal & Success.  
— Selected by Walla P

Jneiro Jarel — After a Thousand Years 

A brilliant return for beatmaker, MC and artist, Jneiro Jarel. A purely instrumental affair, “After a Thousand Years” draws heavily on Jneiro’s love of Brazilian music, reworking the almost familiar sounds to his razor sharp production style, which whilst coming from hip hop, continues to exhibit a much wider sonic stamp. Legendary percussionist Bill Summers (Headhunters, Herbie Hancock, etc) guests.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


The Diabolical Liberties — High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics

The endlessly shapeshifting Rob Gallagher aka Earl Zinger  joins  behind-the-scenester Alex Patchwork to present their first official full length via On the Corner. A whirlwind of post punk, dance music and North London beat poetry, with a touch of free jazz. Think Blockheads, James Chance & Konk jamming with Sun Ra, for London 2020. One of the most fun and adventurous records this year.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti   

Ana Roxanne — Because of a flower

New York-based Ana Roxanne returns for her sophomore album and once again proves she’s incredibly gifted at making experiential music. No need to overanalyse this type of record, you just need to tune in and float off. Play this one loud in your floatation tank. 
— Selected by Lexis

We also invite you to check out our main five playlists where you’ll find our current favorites across Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

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Exclusive Premiere: Steve Spacek “Do U Want My Lov” (15 Years of Jazz & Milk) Sat, 14 Nov 2020 16:48:50 +0000 2020 sees Jazz & Milk celebrating its 15th anniversary!

Since 2005 the label, founded by Dusty, offers an experimental playground for international artists that share a passion for organic and soulful dance music. Many legendary club nights and over 30 releases later, Jazz & Milk has become a household name amongst the eclectic music imprints. The focus has always been to transcend genres, including a broad spectrum of styles ranging from jazz, soul, brazil, afrobeat to house, broken beat and electronic music.

Jazz & Milk continuously provides a global platform for new international talents alongside established artists, friends and worldwide family. For this very special occasion, the label presents six exclusive tracks (plus three digital bonus versions) by the likes of Steve Spacek, Àbáse, Sam Irl, Feater, Bongani GiveThanks and Moe Fabrik – the club focused collaborative moniker of Wayne Snow, Ziggy Zeitgeist and StyleBoi 92.

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With this compilation project, Jazz & Milk is not only celebrating an illustrious 15 years of operation. The label also wants to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of ‘community’, at a time when racism, greed, injustice and a deadly pandemic are jeopardizing our ability to harmoniously exist with one another. Music has enormous individual and social health benefits, the potential to empower whole communities and build cultural bridges. Thus, Dusty’s vision was to invite artists coming from completely different corners of the world – from South Africa to Europe and Australia. Each one of these featured producers is representing their local music culture and individual influences, as well as sharing their current emotions during the lockdown, through music.

There’s no need to introduce the legendary Steve Spacek. With his epic projects ranging from Spacek to Afrika Hitech and Space Invadas, this man continuously redefines the sound of modern music with his futuristic approach. While most producers are in need of a studio environment full of equipment to create music, Steve Spacek is currently shaping the sound of tomorrow entirely on an iOS based mobile phone. “Do U Want My Lov” is a progressive and bass heavy, yet very soulful track thanks to Steve’s highly distinctive vocals.

We’d like to thank each and everyone for supporting Jazz & Milk and vinyl music culture throughout the years! Furthermore we’d like to once more remind you how important it is to get together and cultivate inclusive communities in these turbulent times. While the term “social distancing” is still widely used at the moment, it may be sending the wrong message and contributing to social isolation. More than ever before in our history, we have ways to remain social, while maintaining „physical distance“. Staying in touch with people feeds the human connection we all need to thrive daily! Let’s appreciate our differences and celebrate our similarities. Let’s help each other to stay healthy and sane in these crazy times! And what tool could be better for all of this than music.

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KOKOROKO share new “Baba Ayoola” single Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:30:18 +0000 KOKOROKO doesn’t disappoint on this beautiful amalgamation of Afrobeat, jazz and vocal harmonics with a touch psychedelic guitar play. Out today on Brownswood Recordings.

Opening with the elevating vocal harmonies of the front women, Sheila, Cassie and Richie; “Baba Ayoola” unfolds with delicate rolling drums perfectly melding with the percussive heartbeat to which the keys glide over seamlessly. Enchanting guitar riffs glisten through a melodic baseline, enhanced with bursts of the powerful brass section coalesced with gospel-like harmonies surging towards an exhilarating crescendo. “Baba Ayoola” was written as a tribute to the grandfather of the band’s alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi and is “an invitation to celebrate life”


Winners of ‘Best Group’ at the Urban Music Awards 2020 and lauded in NPR Austin 100 list, and having played many UK/EU Festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, We Out Here and BBC6 Music Festival to name a few. In September 2020 the band made their BBC Proms debut in the Royal Albert Hall. Having last seen them playing at London’s Church of Sound, playing from the Ebo Taylor songbook and their own still short but much loved discography, we can’t wait to catch them live in concert sooner rather than later!

KOKOROKO (photo credit Danny Kasirye)

“Baba Ayoola” follows the widely supported “Carry Me Home” single from earlier this year, and we hope it is leading us to a full length album in the coming year.

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MIMS Guest Mix: FLEET.DREAMS (New York / Leopard Cage + All City Records) Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:28:10 +0000 This mix is a glimpse behind the curtain, an assortment of tracks that have been inspiring me lately.

From moody European downtempo to groove oriented garage house, this collection is a bittersweet love letter to our collective lockdown and a glimmer of hope for the return to nightlife.


Innocence – Natural Thing (Elevation)
Cherelle – Still In Love With You (Hip-Hop Mix)
Priscilla Wilkes – U.n.i.v.e.r.s.e. (Green Angel Version)
Joyce Sims – Lifetime Love (Hard Dub)
Warp 9 – Master of the Mix (Remix)
Alyson Williams – My Love Is So Raw (Baby Love Mix)
TFM – Out Of Bounds (The Final Mix)
The Chimes – Heaven (Dub Mix)
Chicago Messenger Service – No Jackin’ Allowed
Keynotes – Let’s, Let’s, Let’s Dance
Glenn Underground – S.J.U.
Lil’ Louis – How I Feel
Gerd – Palm Leaves (Mr Fingers Afropsychojungledub Mix)
Jerome Sydenham and Kerri Chandler – Rising the Sun
fleet.dreams – Selph Luv (Escaflowne’s XR Luv Mix)
Moody – It’s 2 Late 4 U And Me
Black Magic – Let It Go (M.A.W. Dub)
Jazzy – Lonely (Underground Goodie Mix)

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Exclusive Premiere: Lady Blackbird “Collage” (Greg Foat Remix HiFi) Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:28:05 +0000 Vocalist Lady Blackbird has been a great discovery for us this year, as we are sure she has been for many others. So it’s an honour to premiere a remix of her “Collage” by one of our favourite musicians & artists, Greg Foat. whose psychedelic jazz record, ‘Symphonie Pacifique’, was a big hit for us earlier this year.

Greg brings an irresistibly smooth production with floaty percussion, dreamy organ chords and delicate guitar, creating a sun-kissed, laid back vibe that shines a light on the scintillating vocals.

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Lady Blackbird recently released her spellbinding single “Collage” to widespread acclaim. Whilst remaining close to her jazz roots, “Collage” sees Lady Blackbird delve into a psychedelic soul sound, reminiscent of the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Sault and Celeste. “Collage” is the third single to be taken from Lady Blackbird’s much-anticipated debut album ‘Black Acid Soul’.

“Collage” is out now. The Greg Foat remixes are released on November 14!

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Video Premiere: Snooch Dodd & The Pro-Teens “I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly” Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:44:19 +0000 MIMS is excited to share the wonderful animated video, created by Jon DiNapoli and Harrison Ritchie-Jones, for Snooch Dodd & The Pro-Teens “I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly”, the title track from their recent album on College Of Knowledge Records.

Pro-Teens is a studio project led by prolific Karate Boogaloo drummer Hudson Whitlock. Shrouded in anonymity, The Pro-Teens are made up of a collective of Melbourne instrumentalists, with interchangeable members coming from bands such as Karate Boogaloo and Surprise Chef, performing under synonyms.

The vido for “I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly” was created by the Melbourne-based collaborative duo of animator Jon DiNapoli and dancer Harrison Ritchie-Jones.

On the clip, DiNapoli says: “Set at the end of a long day, when shadows and lights do their twilight thing. Providing a landscape for ‘I Flip My Life…’ was a process of thinking, playing and imagining through the body.

To create the clip, we animated over live action footage of Harrison’s body in motion, and then placed the figure within imagined landscapes. We were immediately drawn to a sense of movement in the song and this constant interplay of brooding and calm. There is also a contemplative quality to the track, a feeling of being half lost in thought, with one side of the brain processing the material world and the other completely lost in the magical.”

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Crucial Material – November 9th, 2020 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 01:43:02 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Enrique Rodríguez and the Negra Chiway Band — Fase Liminal

Chilean composer, percussionist, keyboardist, and producer Enrique Rodríguez and his Negra Chiway Band have released a brilliant debut on Soul Jazz Records, featuring a unique fusion of hypnotic spiritual jazz melodies, cosmic tones, Latin-influenced percussion rhythms and chanting vocals.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

SPAZA feat. Ariel Zamonsky, Gontse Makhene, Malcolm Jiyane, Nonku Phiri — UPRIZE! (Music from the Original Motion Picture)

Johannesburg-based SPAZA return to soundtrack “UPRIZE!”, a film documenting the June 16 1976 protests known as the Soweto uprising. Improvised compositions are weaved with recorded voices from the film, taking inspiration from the footage as it’s played, and listening breaks led by the label, Mushroom Hour Half Hour, to avant-garde masters such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Beautiful and powerful music that demands deep listening and inspires this writer to seek out the film.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Dougie Stu — Familiar Future

A joy to listen to. Dougie’s music neatly connects his midwest upbringing to current home in California among the local jazz, hip hop, and experimental music scenes. In Dougie’s music we can hear post-rockers Tortoise, in fact Jeff Parker features, alongside soul and jazz legends Lonnie Liston Smith, Charles Stepney, David Axelrod, and Alice Coltrane. In fact, I’d say there’s a strong strain of modern psychedelic soul jazz in Dougie’s music.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


XL Middleton — Tap Water Runoff

Available for the first time on vinyl, Tap Water Runoff  was strictly released on cassette, back in 2016, and XL added 2 exclusive tracks, or should I say “slaps”. There’s also a limited coloured edition, + a few interesting bundles where you can combine another LP from  MoFunk Records artists Moniquea “Los Robles & Washington” and/or I,Ced “Interpretations”.
— Selected by Walla P

Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham — Sankofa Season

Soulful singer-songwriter Andrew Ashong returns after a 6 year hiatus but who better to team up with than the underground virtuoso Kaidi Tatham. Absolutely lovely collaboration record from the first note to the last. Unmissable for all the soulful dance heads.
— Selected by Lexis

Funkmaster Ozone — Can You Feel The Heat? / The Get Down

Electro Funk/ P-Funk 7’ from German producer Funkmaster Ozone, via The Sleepers Recordz. If you’re into Egyptian Lover, Zapp and George Clinton, then this one’s for you. Limited run of  100 copies. 
— Selected by Walla P

Shiro Schwarz — Horizon

The Mexican duo are pushing their creativity/visions to a new realm, especially with the magnetizing “No Fear No Shame” , on some future-soul-r&b vibes. Hopefully it will be made available on vinyl anytime soon, but for now, peep the digital. 
— Selected by Walla P


DJ Tess — Cattiva II / Nightmare

This is just way too sick, arguably her best work so far. A mysterious and psychedelic hybrid of vibrating UK Funky, Electro, Leftfield Techno and Club that will get your whole body swinging furiously.
— Selected by dileta

Jabes — klunk002

My favourite record by Jabes so far. Razor sharp percussive technoid explorations, with funky and expansive but refined sound design and massive enveloping dark atmospheres. The EP also spans across a very wide range of BPMs, from about 100 to 170. This is for contortion.
— Selected by dileta


M. Takara — Chuvvas

Beautiful Bandcamp only self-release, deep and meditative listening encouraged, or let the music wash over like a huge sigh of relief. Composed and recorded during the quarantine by Mauricio Takara, a prolific experimental musician from São Paulo to Chicago.  Apparently all on kitchen utensils & synthesizer, but the sounds are akin to chimes and softly played steel drums. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Gratien Midonet — A Cosmic Poet From Martinique 1979​-​1989

Essential overview of “spiritual Martinique polymath” Gratien Midonet’s first four albums of Creole poetry, acoustic folk, and heavy grooves, curated by Cedric Lassonde for Time Capsule. Bélé, beguine and gowka rhythms, surf guitars, violins, and acid-soaked guitars, all slide over each other. Transcendental music that lifts the soul whilst the rest of the body can barely resist either. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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TOUCH OF LOVE #03 — Hosted by Rissa Garcia (NYC) Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:30:34 +0000 This mix was made with the intention of letting go. After 4 years of turmoil and uncertainty in the US, we finally felt able to breathe again.

With the appointment of our new President Elect here in the states, there was a palpable energy shift in the air, an electric buzz in the streets of NYC and it was inspiring. Touch of Love 003 is a mix made to just close your eyes, breathe and let go of your cares, get lost in the music because for the first time in a long time, I feel hope again.



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Exclusive Premiere: Tamil Rogeon “Momus” Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:23:48 +0000 MIMS is delighted to debut “Momus” the soaring and celestial new single by Melbourne-based jazz violist/violinist and orchestral composer, Tamil Rogeon.

Released on November 11th, “Momus” is the latest single from Son Of Nyx, his new album releasing 5th February 2021 on Greg Boramans’ new imprint Soul Bank Music (part of the !K7 Music Group). His first full-length album in three years, Son of Nyx is one of the very few viola-led jazz LPs of our time.

Having chosen the violin over drums at an early age, Rogeon learnt his chops with the bow at college and in Melbourne increasingly famous jazz circles, a scene recently championed by Gilles Peterson on the ‘Sunny Side Up’ compilation on his Brownswood Recordings imprint just last year.

After discovering the innovations of jazz violinists, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stuff Smith, a period spent retracing his steps through jazz then followed, diving into fusion, boogaloo, Bitches Brew-era Miles-era Miles and acid jazz, before moving to New York, to study bebop in its very birthplace.

Playing at jams, busking in subway stations, and entertaining his love of Bird and Miles followed, until Rogeon moved back to Melbourne (via London), where he formed the jazz-influenced, orchestral electronic group, The Raah project with singer and MC, Ryan Ritchie, and whose debut thirteen-track LP Score (2009) boasted an impressive 22-piece horn and 17-piece string section.

A second album of equally cinematic, orchestral soundscapes followed in 2015, before Rogeon departed again, this time for Rio De Janeiro, to record the album 24 Hours In Lapa (2017), a 12-part suite built on Brazilian rhythms, featuring the 30-piece Orchestra Victoria, and centring around the tragic story of a young expat killed by an off-duty police officer in Lapa, in 2007.

Through all this, Rogeon has composed TV/film scores, worked with the likes of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Now with Son of Nyx, Rogeon has returned to where it all started for him.

Of the forthcoming album, Rogeon says, “after studying jazz for ten years and then leaving it for various crossover projects, it seemed an important thing to do. I felt it was the right time in my life to put out a record like this”.

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Back-to-Back Listening Session with Andrew Ashong Mon, 09 Nov 2020 13:19:00 +0000 South London soul artist Andrew Ashong returns with his first full release since 2014 – an expansive six-track collaboration with Kaidi Tatham, the unrivalled underground virtuoso described as the UK’s Herbie Hancock.

We’ve been huge fans of his music since his 2012 (time flies!) debut EP titled “Flowers” on Theo Parrish’ Sound Signature imprint and were thrilled to hear about his return project.

Since his music has drawn comparaisons with masters such as Shuggie Otis and Roy Ayers we thought a little listening session would be in order to dive deeper in his influences and record collection.

Listening session hosted by Music Is My Sanctuary founder Lexis.

Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham – Photo by Lou Jasmine

What up Andrew! Well first off, huge love for the brand new record with Kaidi Tatham. So happy to hear it finally in its entirety! How does it feel to have it out there?

Hey Lexis! It feels good to let things breathe and fly in the open air and travel wherever they go. I’m glad we’ve been able to set if free and let it loose. Thanks for the support!

L: Why don’t we start this little session with maybe some Kaidi tracks, lord knows his back catalogue is so deep! You wanna go first or I go?

AA: I wouldn’t even know where to start… endless goodness!. As well as all the various aliases and different combos too! Spoilt for choice. Over to you

L: True. Even his Aka’s have aka’s! Well lemme go with this one from almost 10 years ago, few before the huge Broken Beat revival (but this one shows the sound never really disappeared). My friend Moonstarr played this at a party in Montreal and I instantly had to run to the DJ booth for a track ID.

Lexis Pick #1:
Blakai – Simmer Down

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AA: Nice. Wicked example of these styles!
Rugged drums with the nimble playful vocal over the top. These choons always sound tough and powerful on any system as they seem to have the best elements of nuff different genres rolled into one. All over it!

I was showing this one off to a friend recently… for the direction it moves in as it progresses, it’s masterful stuff.

Andrew Ashong Pick #1:
Kaidi Tatham – Do What You Gotta Do

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L: Ohhh yeah absolute classic! thank god this record finally got reissued this year. Shout out to First Word Records fam. Yeah the arrangement on this tune is masterful indeed. Them Changes!

AA: Totally! Timeless music too. Bring on the reissues, spread that gospel.
The people need to know!

L: For sure. im all for reissues when they’re legit. get the music heard, get the artists some much deserved money.

ok my serve! well i figured since I know from your mixes you’re a fan of Brazilian music i’d pull something out in that vibe

AA: Sounds exciting… I’m all ears

L: I just came back from 3 months in Estonia and got a bunch of dope ex-Soviet Union records including this one which has a lovely bossa feel but the musicians and the vocals are Estonian.

Lexis Pick #2:
Uno Loop – Märtsis algas mai

AA: Wow… this is great music and a lovely find! Sounds kinda smoochie at the start but then gets more and more enchanting as it continues on. So cool how music travels, inspiring and influencing people as it passes by, creating all these amazing mixtures. Love it

L: Yeah the Eastern Europe jazz and soul records from the 60/70’s almost always have big bands behind them which is always really interesting.

So your turn what you got?

AA: So here’s a man who’s music is one hell of a mixture of many great things… and it also happens to be something that REALLY reminds me of the crazy sounds I was hearing in London from Kaidi and co in the early noughties. Lineage is deeep!

Andrew Ashong Pick #2:
Manolo Badrena – The One Thing

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L: Holy!! Didn’t know that one but yeah it’s a direct link to the 90’s Broken sound for sure. Damn, tracks like this make me miss clubs a little bit. Going to play this one out for sure and send you a shoutout! Tracks like this, Eddie Russ’ “Zaius” War’s “Flying Chase” etc really show the origins of the Broken scene.

AA: Totally feel you on the club withdrawal feelings bro. The energy is insane, right?!

L: Oh yeah “add to wishlist” on discogs right now haha

Here’s a super interesting one. always wanted to play this one in a jazz dance set but never got around to it… super unique. it’s part jazz dance part prog rock. 80’s tune from Belgrade, Serbia. Crazy arrangements on this one. Has a Rene Costy’s “Scrabble” kind of vibe.

Lexis Pick #3:
Vladimir Furda – Sest Kroz Osam

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AA: Fierce. High energy again!
We’re recreating our club space right here! Never heard this one either. You gotta love those tracks that you haven’t dared to play yet… you kinda build up a reverence for certain records, knowing that they might be a bit wild for some environments!

L: Exactly! its the type of track that’ll make everyone turn towards the DJ. And when you do finally draw it out, it’s kind of make or break

AA: Could completely go off! Or go off. Almost everything to do with timing and placement I guess

L: Would only take a couple plays until it becomes an anthem

AA: The open-minded and open-eared peeps can make it a beautiful dream. by accepting unfamiliar sounds, and making them familiar. Lovely stuff.

L: curious to hear whats next!

AA: One of those for me is a version of “Teen Town” by none other than the “University Of Miami Jazz Vocal Ensemble” Can’t seem to find it online, but here’s another interesting track from the LP

L: Just from the cover art and the name of the group you already know its gonna be dope. this is so dope!

Andrew Ashong Pick #3:
University Of Miami Jazz Vocal Ensemble – Citizens of the Universe

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AA: I’m guessing this is them at the peak of their cosmic consciousness

L: NASA should have released this

AA: I played this at a small jazz do in South London. And the lovely Patrick Forge was playing too. I was trying not to bore all the deep jazz heads in the place… by playing the stuff they hear all the time. And this was one of the tunes EVERYONE was asking me about afterwards. Mission complete!

L: Yeah i could definitely see that. it’s got that London thing. Staying on a 80’s jazz tip. here’s one of my favorites from Pharoah Sanders which I feel is super slept on

Lexis Pick #4:
Pharoah Sanders – Oh lord, let me do no wrong

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AA: Pharoah Sanders can absolutely do no wrong in my book! Literally everything is pretty much heavenly and sublime all the time! Never ceases to amaze me with the healing power of his music

I probably have almost all of his albums. Pharoah Sanders is up there with James Brown, Fela, Prince etc. You need separate records shelves for artists as prolific as that. Consistently brilliant.

I was due to perform with him a few years back, as part of the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb band. Sadly he didn’t make to gig due to health concerns… We had the legends Charles Lloyd and David Murray do them though… all amazing legends. All praises due

L: No doubt. gotta cherish these legends while we have them. i came across this organization in NYC call the Jazz Foundation of America who help out American Jazz musicians with any support they need like medical bills, emergencies and so on…. very inspiring

AA: So I’m reaching for something very accessible, affordable, available and abundant… Not an obscure or scarce record at all… and also a hugely famous artist. I feel some parts of his musical output is heavily overlooked by jazz heads and so-called diggers etc

L: All for it! 1$ records are more slept on that 1000$ records anyway!

Andrew Ashong Pick #4:
Carlos Santana – Free As The Morning Sun

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L: Ohhhh I love that one! Only heard about it a few years ago. Yes exactly he’s the kind of artist whose so huge you assume you know everything of his. Incredible spiritual tune.

AA: Staying on a very spiritual path in a spirited mood…

L: Haha well for my last one I thought of something completely off topic we’re on now. I was listening to your cocktail / Christmas mix last night. So lovely! So I thought I’d close on my favorite bizzaro exotica Christmas joint

AA: Interesting. Edge of my seat

L: From Canadian wizard Bruce Haak. Not sure if this one has ever been reissued. Like a song from the Jetsons on acid

Lexis Pick #5:
Bruce Haak – I Like Christmas

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AA: Bonkers. What year is this from?!

L: Early 80’s. Always puts a smile on my face

AA: Definitely needs more investigation… I’ve heard of him but don’t think I have any records. Sounds like a fruitful discovery lies ahead!
Bless you

L: It’s been awesome man! So many discoveries!! I’ll give you the honors of closing this out

AA: So I’m bringing it back to the where we started with another pre-cursor tune, for similar reasons to the Manolo.. Never heard anyone play this somehow… ? Maybe I don’t get out enough. Possibly

Andrew Ashong Pick #5:
Mick Fleetwood – The Visitor

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L: Never heard this one out either! Or else I would have run to the booth to ask what the hell is this?! Love the synth bass. I mean I love everything in there for sure but the synth bass is a bit odd in there but totally makes the track for me

AA: Minimal wickedness. There’s more curious sounds on the rest of the LP, this is just the most club worthy track (for me).

Should be another affordable and available record. Intresting album, as part of the now well-established pattern of the European Rockstar going to Africa (insert country of choice) to make (take) music. Paul Simon got plenty of side-eye for similar (albeit more lucrative) antics. Would probably be frowned upon today in all honesty

L: Yeah! I would almost have guessed it was something like a Kalima records on Factory

AA: LOVE Kalima! Good call

L: Incredible joint. Another one for the imaginary dancefloor. Some a** will probably make an edit of it one day and get rich off it. But I digress

AA: So very true. Let’s just ‘politely’ encourage them to pay and credit the artist (and maybe even shout out the source of their discovery!) But I guess we also don’t know if ALL of the original artists on the project were even paid properly at the time. It gets REAL complex. Yikes!

L: Agreed.

Hey it’s been such a dope session! Hoping to do this with you in real life some day soon. Huge love on the record, my favorite joint so far is Learning Lessens. But I’m sure I’ll be on repeat for a while. Encouraging all heads to get that!

AA: Really fun bro. Love the format!
What a great thing

I think you might have been one of the first publications to cover my music back on my first release

Much love to you my brother
Love your choices too. Peeeeeeeece

Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham’s new album!

Andrew Ashong’s new record in collaboration with the mighty Kaidi Tatham is out on a new label called Kitto records – available on all platforms this Friday, but you can get it now exclusively on Bandcamp. 

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Video Premiere: Menagerie “Free Thing” Sun, 08 Nov 2020 20:03:50 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere the extremely vibrant video for Menagerie’s brand new, spoken-word, percussion & double bass heavy jazz banger, “Free Thing”. Directed by Gina Tratt and featuring the incredible dancing of Ramelle Williams.

Australian 9-piece, Menagerie, recently announced their highly anticipated third album ‘Many Worlds’, to be released January 15th 2021 on esteemed U.K label Freestyle Records.

The video is directed by Gina Tratt who tells us, “I was really taken by the composition’s emphasis on freedom of expression. I sought to mirror this by creating a dialogue between Ramelle’s exploratory dance style and textured abstract animations, reflecting the narrative of the music as it shifts in intensity and feeling.”

Menagerie is the Melbourne-based jazz ensemble founded by producer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ and recording artist Lance Ferguson, also the driving force behind The Bamboos, Lanu, Rare Groove Spectrum and Machines Always Win.

Menagerie‘s debut album ‘They Shall Inherit’ saw the light of day in 2012 via label Tru Thoughts and 2018 saw the release of ‘The Arrow Of Time’ on Freestyle. Inspired by both the post-Coltrane generation of the 70’s and the current ‘New Wave Of Jazz’, the album made serious waves internationally in 2018, being championed by the likes of BBC’s Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Courtney Pine and Don Letts.

Now, two years on from their last full length album, Menagerie are back with “Free Thing”, the first single from their upcoming album that sees the band leaning heavily into the spiritual side of their sound. The hypnotic spoken word-poem is evocative of The Last Poets, an earthy yet futuristic meditation on the universal theme of freedom itself, set to a backdrop of insistent percussion, double bass and brooding piano voicings.

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Exclusive Premiere: Dave De Rose “Self-Acting” Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:00:31 +0000 MIMS is over the moon to share the unnervingly beautiful sounds of “Self-Acting” by multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer, Dave De Rose.

“Self-Acting” is taken from De Rose’s 9th EP, ‘Activate’, where we find him uncovering further layers of his deep production and songwriting skills. This time coupling his voice with the lush tones and harmonic orchestrations of rising artist, Jaelee Small (Metronomy, Seb Rochford, Ibibio Sound Machine).

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On ‘ACTIVATE’, we find Dave De Rose lyrically pursuing subjects around the active healing and power of meditation, human reliance on material facts, contemplations on self-destruction and an abstract take on the natural course of love. All this playfully coloured by masterful sound craft, original rhythms, and sonic texture amalgamations.

Initial versions of these tracks were composed and produced in an instantaneous, spur of the moment way in the aftermath of the end of a personal relationship which left much space for internal reflection and external contemplation. Conversations with friends, photo, audio exchanges could offset a whole track.

“Self-Acting” was a combination of all three of these inspirations as a conversation about internal peace and meditation ensued, with friend and collaborator Nefeli Papaioannou. Nefeli messaged Dave her guitar part phone recorded from a beach on the Island of Gavdos (Crete). When prompted for a title she simply replied “Self-Acting”.

Connecting the dots, Dave drew the rest. In addition to Jaelee’s vocals the track post-production also features the large and sea-rocking drum kit playing of Jon Scott (Mulatu Astatke, Sons of Kemet). Jon is the first ever drummer to feature playing kit on one of Dave’s solo records, since he normally plays all drum parts himself.

Teaser video for “Self-Acting” taken from handycam footage on Gravdos island in Crete, by Nefeli Papaioannou.

An Anglo-Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, educator & sound engineer based in London, Dave De Rose moved to the UK from Rome in 1996 to study Jazz at Guildhall, graduating with distinction & winning their artist development award, whilst working on both live and recordings.

De Rose has self-released 17 records on his own label (Dave De Rose Records), whilst having toured & recorded with artists such as Electric Jalaba, Moloko, Roisin Murphy, Bastille, Mark Ronson & The Business International, Mulatu Astatke, Rokia Traore, Jamie Cullum, Scroobius Pip, Raul Monsalve y los Forajidos, Forest Binary, Vula Viel and Trio Trekke.

De Rose’s recent project, Agile Experiments, has caught the imaginations of musicians and the underground experimental jazz community world-wide. Releasing 7 LPs over three years, the project features leading improv and jazz musicians from London and Athens in particular.

The ‘ACTIVATE’ EP is released on November 20 on digital and an extremely limited edition of 10″ lathe cut vinyl records. Just 25!! Available to pre-order on Bandcamp now!

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MIMS Guest Mix: BANDLER CHING (Brussels, Belgium, Sdban Ultra) Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:16:30 +0000 Hailing from Brussels, Bandler Ching is a creation of musical ideas from composer and saxophonist Ambroos De Schepper. Flawlessly blending contemporary jazz, electronics, hip-hop, noise and global beats, the sound is based around the freedom of expression and improvisation and performed with dazzling conviction.

“If there is any connection between these tracks, it’s groove or the imagination of groove. Some of them are rather dark and trap-like, others are dreamy or nostalgic, others are dub and jazz. Whatever the direction, it had a big influence on my own musical perception and I hope it will have the same on you.” – Ambroos De Schepper


  1. The Gaslamp Killer – The Butcher (with Mophono)
  2. Mala – Como Como
  3. Mark Guiliana – BUD
  4. Nosaj Thing – Get Like
  5. Chukwu – By All Means Necessary
  6. Sam Wilkes – Descending
  7. Panda Bear – Nod To The Folks
  8. Jeff Parker – Cliche
  9. Bandler Ching – Opalescent
  10. Mansur Brown – God Willing
  11. Kosmo Sound – Rank
  12. Kneebody & Daedelus – The Hole
  13. Mbongwana Star – Malukayi (ft. Konono °1)
  14. A Z E R T Y Klavierwerke – Ligtijd

Bandler Ching are:

Ambroos De Schepper: saxophone
Alan Van Rompuy: keys
Federico Pecoraro: bass
Olivier Penu: drums

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Exclusive Premiere: Contento “Lo Bueno Está Aquí” Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:02:32 +0000 MIMS is extremely excited to be first to air the title track of Contento’s forthcoming album for El Palmas Music, ‘Lo Bueno Está Aquí’. An irresistible example of Contento’s penchant for crafting DIY salsa with a punk attitude.

Contento like to label their music “salsapunk” – smart, witty stuff with a deceptively simple home-made aesthetic. It’s salsa of a kind, but not necessarily as we know it. It could be salsa played by AI robots, but conceived by a duo with the playful sparkle of those Swiss master producer-musicians, Yello. “The sound comes from what we have to hand in order to make the music…”, says the group.

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Contento are two expatriate Colombians who like to make people happy. Geneva-based Paulo Olarte is a member of Acid Coco, El Dragón Criollo and La Jungla, as well as recording under his own name. Former native of Medellín and current resident of Barcelona, Sebastian Hoyos, aka Sano, is a DJ and producer who has released his own brand of minimalist Latin house for the Cómeme label in Berlin, ultra-hip devotees of “the dark side of the mirror ball”. It was in Berlin, at an Eddie Palmieri concert, that the pair met in 2011 and discovered a mutual passion for la salsa. They kept in touch, though it was five years before they took enough time off from their respective projects to explore why and how they wanted to make music together.

Between 2016 and 2019, they met on and off in Barcelona and Geneva to lay down some of their ideas. The eight best numbers became Lo Bueno Está Aquí, their debut album. They wanted to give their audience “a new salsa sound, that will make you want to discover some of the older sounds, too.” The result is something that you might describe as “retro-smart”: it does indeed remind you of older sounds like Nuyorican boogaloo from the ‘60s and cumbia from the golden age of Discos Fuentes, yet it’s also modern and refreshingly different. The two musicians create a sonic palette from what Paulo suggests as “what we have to hand”: bass, piano, organ, guitar, a range of keyboards, assorted percussion instruments and the vintage drum machines that, along with a liberal use of distortion, contribute to the album’s signature sound. It’s “lo-fi with a super-clean production”, and guaranteed to make you dance.

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Contento didn’t choose their name by accident. They want to make people feel happy, contented. You’d be hard pressed to keep your feet still or listen to this seriously hip, deliciously wonky album without a grin on your face from start to finish.

‘Lo Bueno Está Aquí’ sees release on November 6. Check out more from El Palmas on Spotify

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Exclusive Premiere: Real J. “Greetings From Bordeaux” Tue, 03 Nov 2020 21:17:31 +0000 Out now on Waxtefacts (vinyl only)

REAL J.’s mini album has reached the surface and it’s on waxtefacts – the « Memory Screen » LP is approached with a distinctively different execution of style resulting from a bunch of distorted sonic memories deriving from early childhood until present.

Expect a collection of atmospheric heavy-weight slams with sprinkles of sunshine and experience transitions between heavy drums and haunting industrial feels.

Artwork: Zoya Cherkassky Nnadi
Mastering: Six Bit Deep
Contributors: shout out to Kerstone & Glenn Astro!
Release date 13th of October

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MIMS Guest Mix: HENRIK LINDSTRAND (Sweden, OLI Records) Tue, 03 Nov 2020 14:45:31 +0000 A few words from Henrik Lindstrand about this wonderful mix. Also highly recommended listening once you’re done with the mix is Henrik’s newest album titled “Nordhem“. (More info at the bottom of this page)

“The theme has been inspirational and great music and it is quite eclectic. I’ve allowed myself to blend styles and expressions. There are several Swedish artists in the mix – which I thought was a fun side-theme as well. It starts with a few instrumental tracks moving into a couple of vocal songs and then ending with two longer ambient tracks before my own Hallonlandet as ending piece. I also put Blå Berget as an introduction piece.”


Blå Berget- Henrik Lindstrand
Alma- Jonny Greenwood
Vanity- Mica Levi
Visa från Rättvik – Jan Johansson
Innocent – Fläskkvartetten
I´m Staring Out The World – Stina Nordenstam
For show – Rebecka Törnqvist
Poses – Rufus Wainwright
Under Sjukhusen – Jonathan Johansson
Ignorant Boy, Beautiful Girl (Namanama) – Loney Dear
Aralkum – Galya Bisengalieva
Only Once Away My Son – Brian Eno/Kevin Shields
Hallonlandet – Henrik Lindstrand

Info on newest album “Nordhem”

New album ‘Nordhem’ represents the finale in a trilogy of poetic, deeply personal melodically woven soundscapes comprising of the two critically acclaimed albums ‘Leken’ (2017) and ‘Nattresan’ (2019). At once both epic and emotive, much of ‘Nordhem’ ties into themes of family and nostalgia and draws inspiration from hugely diverse experiences of a life fully lived as well as poetic literature, such as ‘Blå Berget’ taken from Mina Drömmars Stad (City of my Dreams) by Swedish writer Per Anders Fogelström.

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Crucial Material – November 2nd, 2020 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 22:23:23 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Sun Ra Arkestra — Swirling

Afro-futurism pioneers, under the direction of maestro Marshall Allen who has been leading the band since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, have just released their first studio album in over twenty years, titled Swirling on Strut Records. This brilliant sonic journey through the space-age cosmos features new versions of Sun Ra classics like “Angels and Demons at Play”, “Rocket No. 9”, “Astro Black”, “Door of the Cosmos”, “Seductive Fantasy” and more. Space continues to be the place!
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood  —  LIVE

Recorded a year ago in Berlin after experiencing two days of racist aggresions, ‘LIVE’, on International Anthem, captures an enraged & impassioned Dawid & co, recalling the otherworldliness of Sun Ra, the naked honesty of Nina Simone and an incomparable raw energy.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Tino Contreras — La Noche de los Dioses

Following Gilles Peterson’s launching of his new Arc Records reissue imprint with prolific Mexican jazz musician, Tino Contreras’ rare classic ‘Musica Infinita’, Contreras, now 96, has recorded a brand new album for sister-label Brownswood that more than stands up against his past work and the current international crop. ¾ rhythms, Tino’s expressive drums, a deep, and mystical sound from the accomplished band, complemented well by Carlos Icaza’s production and pre-Hispanic percussion.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Fredy V & The Foundation — One Step

A refreshingly modern foray into soulful RnB and Boogie by Montreal ensemble Fredy V & the Foundation, this EP is solid all the way through. Opening and closing with the bangers One Step and Gimme the Check, the project is elevated by the stellar musicianship of the Foundation (check the epic instrumental Funghi) and Fredy V’s smooth and skilled vocals. This funky journey is a trip you can’t miss and sets the standard for what that sound is in 2020.
— Selected by ASMA


Audio Bambino — BAM​-​001

A sick new club music label is launching from Montreal, with conceptual graphic design featuring 3 main characters on the releases. This first V/A focuses on sleek and futuristic trancy techno by the likes of Priori, Ugent and many impressive local talents.
— Selected by dileta

Huey Mnemonic — Technician

Released on his own imprint Subsonic Ebonics, this new EP by Detroit’s Huey Mnemonic contains 3 versions of a minimal, yet furious old school techno tool, in which the drum machines are dusty, wild and loose and the synths stabs are dubby, funky and psychedelic. As a bonus, there’s a fantastic heads-down-full-speed-ahead remix by Max Watts at the end.
— Selected by dileta

Bakongo — 3 x 2

The original don of UK Funky returns under his Bakongo moniker and sounds as fresh as ever, blending the original foundations with the exciting rejuvenation of Hard Bass meeting Funky sounds of the last few years. The kind of EP that make you miss dark sweaty rooms.
— Selected by Lexis

Moonstarr — The Trip

Our great friend Moonstarr shares a few versions of a track dedicated to a great social cause (read more). “The Trip” features mr. Moon’s unmistakable swinging drums and synth wizardry. Now if he could only be convinced to release some of the incredible tunes from his vaults!
— Selected by Lexis


Busta Rhymes — Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God

Busta has achieved the highly touted yet rarely obtained successful rap comeback album. Keeping his signature flow active to explore current themes with a spectacular list of collaborations including Q-Tip, Paak, Kendrick, ODB, M.O.P, Mary J, Mariah Carey & Bell Biv Devoe. Highlights include the  soulful Best I Can with Rapsody and Master Fard Muhammad with Rick Ross. This album is like a classic Busta verse, it takes many listens to truly appreciate.
— Selected by ASMA

Zach Zoya — Spectrum

Young rapper Zach Zoya has all the potential to carve his own lane and his debut EP gives us a glimpse into what’s ahead. Powerfully introspective lyrics backed by stellar production and melodic vocals give this intimate yet explosive project a solid foundation. With the right aesthetic all we can do is wait for the breakout hit.
— Selected by ASMA

Lou Phelps — Extra Extra!

Lou Phelps returns with a solid 7 track EP that is all killer no filler. From the uptempo Must Be to the smooth Smiling or the headnodding Nike Shoe Box, Lou Phelps rides the production with ease and versatility. Beats by Kaytranada, Lakim & tek.lun make this a thoroughly enjoyable project with a few tracks that will give DJs new ammunition.
— Selected by ASMA


Trees Speak  —  Shadow Forms

Second LP this year for Soul Jazz Records by the Tuscan, Arizona based Diaz brothers, whose outsider recipe of 70s German ‘motorik’, psych, soundtracks (think Carpenter, Morricone, Goblin) and no wave synths somehow sits well enough together to be an instant buy-on-sight hit. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Maalem Mahmoud Gania — Aicha

First time on vinyl for this incredible album by the master Moroccan Gnawa music. Beautifully remastered by Hive Mind Records, previously released on cassette alone in Morocco in the nineties. To these ears, ‘Aicha’ could arguably be the best, readily available introduction to the deeply resonating tones of the guinbri (3-string camel-skin bass banjo), call & response and vocals and trance-inducing effect of gnawa music. Sold out on Bandcamp, but see Honest Jons or Forced Exposure. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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MIMS Guest Mix: JAZZANOVA “Paz E Futebol 3 Inspiration Mix” (Berlin, Sonar Kollektiv) Mon, 02 Nov 2020 20:10:15 +0000 – Mix by Jürgen von Knoblauch

I have done the mix to celebrate the release of Paz e Futebol, Volume 3 compilation compiled by Junior Santos.

Over time, Junior and I developed a friendship based upon listening, talking, analyzing and trading Brazilian music.

When the idea came up to let Junior compile Volume 3, I was so thrilled that I even agreed to change the original concept of our Paz e Futebol series. Namely to compile Brazilian influenced music from all over the world be it from the past or the present.

Junior, however, selected 8 fantastic recordings made in Brazil from the 80’s which throw a bridge from major released recordings to independently organised releases.

This mix features some of those recordings but it also pays homage to the original concept of Paz e Futebol and features actual productions with a Brazilian taste as well. Additionally, the mix presents recordings which might be part of one of the next Paz e Futebol volumes. Enjoy:)


1. Carlinhos Santos e Grupo Céu – Nago
2. FBS – Grana
3. Laerty – Nega Deixa De Cascata
4. Emilio Santiago – Mais que um momento
5. Nanda Rossi – Livre Pra Voar
6. Ivan Conti – Katmandu (Jazzanova Remix)
7.Tenderlonious – Maria
8. Valéria – Marcação
9. Simone – Povo Da Raça Brasil
10. Elza Soares Som, Amor, Trabalho e Progresso
11. Gerude – Pungar
12. Bena Roberto – Brincando de Amor
13. Sergio Coelhão – Mais Que Um Segredo
14. Banda Olé Brasil – Olé Brasil
15. Sonia Burnier – Por Isso Eu Canto
16. Afrika Gumbe – Okunrinti O Sise
17. Arco-Iris – Maria Clara
18. Flavio Pantoja – Chá Das Sete
19. Instrumental & Tal – Paula
20. Vania Bastos –  Clareou

check out the 3rd edition of the celebrated “Paz E Futebol” series, an absolute must buy for all!

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Video Premiere: Thijsenterprise “Sketchy” Mon, 02 Nov 2020 13:52:44 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “Sketchy”, the second single from saxophonist, composer & beatmaker, Thijsenterprise’s forthcoming ‘Lahringen’ album, an addictive jazz tune with post punk energy. We are also excited to premiere a special DIY music video put together this week, just for us!

Reinier Thijs a.k.a. Thijsenterprise’s new project ‘Lahringen’ begins where most of his previous creations have left off. Through reedy skronking sax, no easy listening aesthetics here, we get that passport to the ’80s. The intersection between Lou Reed’s old New York attitude and the encroaching rhythmic assault about to hit. Post-punk, featuring steady bass lines—peak demon Jaco to cool as fuck Slits era—in transit.

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“Sketchy”, an original arrangement, taps Reinier’s dedication to skateboarding. Named for when skate rats land a trick sloppy, non-smooth, or ugly he does in fact match the sound of the bass with the feeling of ‘meh.’ “The drums and percussion in the track carry a driving pulse, and the saxophone plays a light melody, ping-ponging between the groove of the rhythm section. Which makes the track very repetitive, catchy,” states Reinier.

Repurposing discordant sounds, as an alchemist traveling through time, Reinier sounds at home. Clearing out space, grounding up source material, for the cruise. Truth be told, he’s confessed to pulling attitude and sound inspiration from The Lounge Lizards and James Chance. It’s unmistakable and you can hear it. But the combination of new school beat-making tactics, via scientists Makaya McCraven and Jeff Parker, who’s shown it’s far more interesting tossing out the rule book, see Reinier come full-circle with the wide spectrum of his sound jacket.

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“When I started making beats, that came from a deep love for hip-hop but also to see if I could create music without my saxophone. In that sense, I’m more of a musician rather than I’m a beatmaker,” says Reinier.

‘Lahringen’ is an anagram for the Dutch city Harlingen, as used by author Simon Vestdijk in his Anton Wachter novel series, whom is Thijsenterprise’s favorite writer. The album is part of his ‘Elfsteden’ (‘Eleven Cities’) series of releases, each named after a city in an infamous Dutch ice-skating race which only takes place in brutal winters.

“Sketchy” sees digital release on November 4 and ‘Lahringen’ (which we also love!) is out November 27th on vinyl and on all digital platforms.

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AURAL MOOD #02 — Autumn 2020 (Hosted by Honeydrip) Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:07:17 +0000 Honeydrip presents Aural Mood; an ongoing series of mixes made to accompany you in specific settings where the mood will be just right.

This edition of Aural mood focuses on the the ambient world. The layering and delicacy of sounds is perfect for meditation, yoga, or reading. With a huge decrease in social opportunities, it is the perfect time to look within.

Visuals by belongtothevoid


Xglare- Lymph
Ben Bondy- Doe
Tissu- Wavenet Loop
Donato Dozzy- Vaporware 4
Lucky S- Moniker
Ninomiya Tatsuki- Sorry
Om Unit- Tahatah (O$VMV$M Redux)
Schacke- The end of ecstacy
Priori- 2see
Sad City- Pace, Movements I-IV
Donato Dozzy- 12H.5
Mary Lattimore- Jimmy V
DJ Python- Te Conoci
Melodious & Rituals- Tide
Bandshell- Flying Wingback
12k (Tasogare: Live in Tokyo)- Taylor Deupree
Unknown- Antonio
Quirke- Fluorescent Phlegm

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Exclusive Premiere: Harmonious Thelonious “Aventure” Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:24:00 +0000 MIMS is pleased to premiere the heart warming, toe tapping sounds of “Aventure” by Harmonious Thelonious, the solo project of the Düsseldorf musician Stefan Schwander.

Released on 30th October on Hamburg label Couldn’t Care More whose previous releases have included artists such as John Daly, A Sagittariun and The Oliverwho Factory.

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Harmonious Thelonious, work combines American influenced minimal music with African rhythms and European melodies. His music successfully embraces the physical power of a club night soundtrack whilst exploring the dramatic depths of sonic worlds, creating an intensive listening experience in total solitude.

Couldn’t Care More tell us that Aventure “keeps the same yet ever-changing lighthearted melody effortlessly meandering back and forth over electrified beats”.

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BALANCE — Show #557 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:59:32 +0000 It’s another monthly trip through the sounds of Balance!

Thought I’d let the mix breathe on its own so no voice-overs and interruptions this time around, but don’t worry – back on the mic on the next one!

90 minutes of heaviness featuring the boogie beats of Buscrates, John Carroll Kirby’s latest single on Stones Throw featuring Eddie Chacon, Moodymann’s remix of the Sun Palace classic “Rude Movements”, Jordan Rakei with the return of his alter ego Dan Kye forthcoming on Rhythm Section International, a couple of tracks from the latest Potatohead People album, Daniel Maunick with a jazz house banger, Soul Supreme with a great rendition of Tony Palkovic’s “Born with a Desire”, a little tribute to the late great Ira Sullivan and as always much, much more inside the mix…

Hope you enjoy it!





Potatohead People – Ode to Mr Jacobs | Bastard Jazz

Duval Timothy – Smoke Alarm | Carrying Colour

Tom Misch & Yusef Dayes – Seagulls | Blue Note

John Carrol Kirby featuring Eddie Chacon & Nailah Hunter | Stones Throw

Loren Oden – Words to Say | Linear Labs

Yameen – Money (Real Folk Blues) |

Buscrates featuring Anda – Believe | Bastard Jazz

Soul Supreme – Born With a Desire | Soul Supreme

Phyllis Hyman – Living All Alone | Philadelphia International

Y’akoto – Undercover Lover | Kame Entertainment

Huma – Moon Crab | Angis

Sun Palace – Rude Movements (Moodymann remix) | Alim

Toby Glider – Pop City | City Baby

Dorian Concept – Eigendynamik | Brainfeeder

Byron the Aquarius – Timeless (vocal mix) | Axis

Dan Kye – Raro | Rhythm Section International

Potatohead People featuring Clear Mortifee – Hidden Levels | Bastard Jazz

Daniel Maunick – Black Magic | Far Out

Takuya Kuroda – Fade (KEARL remix) | First Word

Secret Night Gang – The Sun |

Elusive – Vague Emotions | Dome of Doom

Bless the Mad – Rio Darkness | Stay the Course

Ira Sullivan – The Kingdom Within You | Pausa

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Exclusive Premiere: Şatellites “Deli Deli” Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:21:14 +0000 The ever-reliable Batov Records have another unmissable 45 on the way. This time it’s a band formed only this year called Şatellites. MIMS is proud to premiere B-Side, “Deli Deli”, a razor sharp slice of Turkish psych funk & pop in 6/8 time.

Şatellites are another exciting act from the celebrated Tel Aviv music scene, and here at Batov Records we love them! Formed earlier this year, the group comprises talented vocalist Yuli Shafriri on the synth; Itamar Klüger on the baglama & bouzouki; Ariel Harrosh on the bass and Azriel ‘Raz’ Man on the drums. The band plays everything from Anatolian rock to vintage psych and spacey grooves. Şatellites describe their sound as retro-fresh psych à la Turk, a musical “laboratory” lost somewhere between the mysterious alleys of 70’s Istanbul and the scorching sun and crystal blue sea of Jaffa-Tel Aviv.

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“Deli Deli” opens with a groovy bass riff and ululating synth, followed by a nifty melodic lead on the baglama and then Yuli’s enchanting vocals. The song is a new interpretation of an old piece by beloved 70’s Turkish folk singer Şakir Öner. This new version differs from the original in the more bright and poppy feel, conveyed by the 6/8 rhythm, and the addition of a whole new section by the band.

“Deli Deli” is released on 27th November with “Big Baglama” on the flip, and if you’ve checked that one already then you’ve surely bought a copy! Destined to be a hit at your next post-lockdown breakers jam and very much destined to sell out. So don’t sleep!

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Exclusive Premiere: Saint Ezekiel “Suffering Shuffle” Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:40:48 +0000 Plucked from an open mic by Grammy award winning producer James Poyser and quickly placed in the “right rooms”, guitarist and songwriter Ezekiel marries the melodies of the western world with the sounds of Africa. Born in West Philadelphia to Nigerian immigrants, he lives through a lens of liminality.

Influenced by his parents, Ezekiel developed a love for highlife music and traditional Afrobeat. He then consumed jazz and neo-soul. As a result, his music reflects a conversation in his soul between genres — deep drones gliding across bright chords, and a percussive bass, accented by chanting and lush tones.

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Ezekiel challenges the objective definition of several genres backed by the rich sonic experience of Mell Starr and Eric Lau. The motifs of liminality and freedom -mental, social, and spiritual – are deeply woven into his forthcoming album Everything is Under Alarm slated to be released on December 4th, 2020

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #201 + INTERVIEWS WITH MOFAK & BUSCRATES — Hosted by Walla P Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:41:19 +0000 For this month’s show, we’re catching up with a load of new Modern Funk releases, from Buscrates, Moniquea, Fredy V. & The Foundation, Saucy Lady, Maya Killtron and much more + 2 Live Interviews with Mofak , whose album “My Town” drops October 30th, and Buscrates, whose album dropped earlier this month on Bastard Jazz.


BusCrates – Evergreen (feat. Tony Ozier)
I, Ced – Call Me Up (XL Middleton Remix)
Confection – You Got The Love
Maya Killtron – The Middle (Diamond Ortiz Remix)
Kutcorners feat Amalia – The Finest (E.Live Remix)
Moniquea – Do It Again


Mofak – Fake It (Exclusive)
BusCrates – Sure Shot (feat. DJ Epik)
Jay Diggs – W.A.P. (Funk Instrumental)
Jay Diggs – Both Ways (feat. Zyodara)
Fredy V. & The Foundation – One Step
Koji Ono – Ricochet


BusCrates – Turn It Out (feat. Brothermartino)
Love Touch Family – I Got Your Back feat. Saucy Lady
Giovanni Damico – Fall In The Groove
Air Suspension Club Band – Seaside In The Twilight
Michigan Avenue – I Just Can’t Get Enough
Otis Williams – I Love The Way You Love Me
Forecast – Never Too Much
Chas – No Better Love
Spank – Freakin’ Baby

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Crucial Material – October 26th, 2020 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:58:21 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Azymuth, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad — Jazz Is Dead 004

Legendary Brazilian jazz-funk and fusion band Azymuth have teamed up with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad to release the fourth album in the Jazz Is Dead series. Strongly recapturing the vibe of their seventies-era sound, the group nicely blends jazz-funk grooves, with psychedelic and cosmic tones, wah-wah guitar and warm analog keys melodies, backed by Brazilian-influence rhythms and percussion.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Kahil El’Zabar — Kahil El’Zabar’s America the Beautiful

Just in time for the US Presidential election, legendary percussionist Kahil El’Zabar’s brilliant new album addresses the state of America today, while being hopeful for the future. Leading a string quartet and an ensemble featuring Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid, Harriet Bluiett (last recording) and others, this album includes spiritual jazz renditions of Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself”, Al Green’s “How to Mend a Broken Heart”, “America The Beautiful” and more
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Mark De Clive-Lowe — Dreamweavers

While the Broken Beat movement has found the fountain of youth, MdCL – one of its quintessential keys man – keeps on with his slightly more acoustic jazz, yet always as profound and elaborated. He is accompanied on the record by Tommaso Cappellato and Andrea Lomdardini. Tip!
— Selected by Psycut

Planet Battagon – Trans-Neptunia

Nathan Tugg delivers a full LP of cliché-free super-sonic jazz-rave for On The Corner. It’s Sun Ra caught on space ship with, Miles Davis, Carl Craig, Aphex Twin and Herbie Hancock. Even the after party is covered on the calmer moments.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Various Artists – New Horizons: Young Stars of South African Jazz

Essential overview of the wide range of incredible sounds & musicians bubbling up in South Africa, such as pianist & vocalist Thand Ntuli, and trombonist & vocalist, Siya Makuzeni. It’s the first time we are seeing most of these artists on vinyl, but this is a brilliant reminder to dig deeper online too.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Maya Killtron — The Middle (Diamond Ortiz Remix)

First of two new releases via Love Touch Records, a Toronto based label run by Gil Masude (The Precious Lo’s). This one is a remix of Maya Killton’s “In The Middle’ by the talkbox giant Diamond Ortiz. Guaranteed slap, get doubles. 
— Selected by Walla P

Love Touch Family — I Got Your Back feat. Saucy Lady

The second of the two releases by Love Touch Records, this one featuring the lovely voice and ultra talented Saucy Lady, from Boston. Definitely more on a disco touch, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Perfect match. The “Re-Touch” by U-Key is a sure shot as well. 
— Selected by Walla P

Ty Dolla $ign – Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Three years since Ty $’ last solo record, he returns with an aptly titled “Featuring Ty Dolla $ign” since the man is one of the busiest on the feat. rounds. This record is truly as great as “mainstream” R&B gets these days. Also: super solid production all the way through!
— Selected by Lexis


Henry Greenleaf — Caught

This is the EP of the year for me. My favourite leftfield bass/techno producer comes through with a pure rollercoaster psychological thriller of a release. Surgical grade percussion riding on dangerously swinging grooves and the most creative mutant bass, leads and effects you’ll find in the game all laid out wildly tortuous tune structures.
— Selected by dileta

Black Girl / White Girl  — Physique

Another of my favourite acts lands with one of their best releases ever. This is top shelf party material. Bright and ferocious wonky techno rolling at high speed with brutal, raw drums and cheeky imaginative synth and sample work. I also strongly recommend their new Hot Mouth single, it’s plain ridiculous.
— Selected by dileta

Namy — Colors of the Universe

Founder of japanese label Spirit Soul, Yutaka Takanami also known as Namy has dropped his new LP under King Street Sounds. A stunning Soulful/Funky/House remixes album revisited by some of  the best of the genre like Manoo, Terry Hunter, Dj Spen, Crackazat, OPOLOPO to name a few.
— Selected by Akpossoul


Rekinsa — Timing

First project by Montreal (hailing from Dijon) producer Rekinsa, who delivers a stunning 8 track album, ranging from Boom Bap Hip-Hop and Funk influences. He’s been a regular at the Montreal Loop Sessions producer gatherings, and definitely looking forward to hearing what he has in store for his next moves.
— Selected by Walla P

Soul Supreme — S/T

A must have LP, from Amsterdam producer Soul Supreme. The virtuoso delivers a stellar album, and continues his streak of hot releases (his last 7’ release “check The Rhyme/Lyrics To Go” sold out super quick). This one will be on heavy rotation for the upcoming weeks. 
— Selected by Walla P


Dorian Concept — The Jitters

The return of the Viannese maestro, and it’s another journey through the wonderful world of organized chaos that is the mind of Dorian Concept! Consisting of out/alt/one takes, it’s another welcome edition to the Dorian Concept discography – out now on Ninja Tune…
— Selected by Spacewalker

Actress — Karma & Desire

Another addition to Actress’ impressive body of work. Definitely one of my personal favorites since “Splazsh” (2010), “Karma & Desire” is hazy, gloomy yet super soulful music. Perfect for the autumn and winter months ahead.
— Selected by Lexis


Kiko Dinucci – Rastilho

Superb Mais Um (UK) pressing of this incredible Brazilian LP, now with a bonus three-track 45. A powerful sound, simply solo guitar, with voices at times. Kiko has worked with Metá Metá, Tom Zé, Criolo and Elza Soares, but on ‘Rastilho’ influences from João Gilberto, Jorge Ben, et al, shine with an exhilarating punk edge.  
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Various Artists – La Locura de Machuca (1975-1980)

This double LP compilation and booklet from Analog Africa tells the story of Baraquilla’s iconic Discos Machuca. On one-hand, Machica released popular traditional coastal music (cumbia, etc), but on the other, much more experimental & psychedelic music, inspired by funk, rock and rare imports from Africa and the Caribbean. This set captures it all. Essential.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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LAZY DAYS — Show #94 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:46:24 +0000 Here’s the show 94 for October. Lots of amazing music this month.
Hope you enjoy!

Feat new music by : The Vision/Maurice Fulton, St-Germain/Atjazz, Groove Armada/Ashley Beedle and a new remix I did for Life On Planets on Soul Clap…


1.Say 3 – Akoben Pt. 1 Club Djembe
2.30/70 – Impermanence (Close Counters Remix) – Rhythm Section
3.The Vision – Missing (The Maurice Fulton Extended Mix) – Defected
4.Soul || Soul – Back To Life (Zepherin Saint Mix) – Funki Dred Records
5.Sun Palace – Rude Movements (Kenny Dope Dancefloor Powder Remix) – BBE
6.St-Germain – Rose Rouge (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix) – Parlophone
7.Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada – Low Tension (Jimpster Remix) – Unknown Season
8.Life On Planets – Brother (Fred Everything Lazy Vox) – Soul Clap Records
9.Love Club – Das Rote Haar – Running Back
10.Iron Curtis & Session Victim – Abalone (Gerd Janson Remix) – Running Back
11.Kraak & Smaak – Same Blood feat. The Palms (Prins Thomas Diskomiks Instrumental) – Boogie Angst
12.Groove Armada – We’re Free (Ashley Beedle NSW Vocal Mix) – BMG

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Exclusive Premiere: Y Bülbül “Mulhouse” Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:39:02 +0000 We are excited to be first to share the psychedelic avant-synth-pop of “Mulhouse” by Y Bülbül, a Turkish-born, London-based musician and producer. Since hearing his previous single, “Alo?”, we just had to hear more!

Full name Yiğit Bülbül, he crafts his own contemporary avant-garde pop projections with a rich musical heritage shining through from the 1980s and 90s. His style erupts into silly, absurd moments of synth burps, percussive extravaganza and psyched horns, it’s colourful and trippy, but in a light way.

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Yigit describes “Mulhouse” as “cyclical. What I like about this tune is how cyclical it is. It’s a rather fever-ish, mad mechanical ride; it’s colourful and hypnotic as well. It’s pure fire, industrial-grade.”

“Mulhouse” is taken from ‘Fever’, Y Bülbül’s debut album since learning his trade working with various interesting artists and bands in London over the past 10 years. He is also a passionate crate digger and DJ. His own radio show is unerringly titled “Bülbül’s Gemüsement Park”, which airs on Netil Radio, a community broadcasting station in Hackney.

This accompanying video was put together by acclaimed writer/director Rose Glass. According to Bülbül, “Rose very kindly offered to knock up a video from all the footage she shot on iPhone in Portugal whilst we were on holidays. She has her first film out to excellent reviews in cinemas at the moment, called “Saint Maud” – strongly recommend it if you guys haven’t seen it!”

‘Fever’ is released on November 6 on vinyl and digital by Pingipung Records. Operating out of Hamburg and Frankfurt, their distinctive catalogue embraces electronica and techno influences as well as jazz and pop.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ahu “I & I” (Edseven Remix) Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:06:12 +0000 MIMS is excited to share Ahu’s “I & I”, remixed by Edseven; an addictive slice of soul over hip hop beats that brings to mind classic trip hop, whilst sounding fresh at the same time. Taken from Ahu’s forthcoming ‘Platonic’ EP on Inner Tribe. Released on October 30.

A Red Bull Music Academy alumnus, Ahu has worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Beatnick, Emanative and Simbad. Her self released single ‘To:Love’ produced by Paul White and Dimlite received world wide support by heavyweights such as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. A woman of many talents, Ahu also doubles as a DJ playing festivals such as Barcelona Sonar Festival, Southern Soul Festival, Brainfeeder as well as some of the scenes most iconic clubs & events including Plastic People, Boiler Room London and Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Awards.


This is a woman with raw talent and a unique voice that you won’t forget, whose songs have an original other worldly sound. Which no doubt led to her Emanative feature, “Turn Your Lights On”, finding its way on to a short film for Miu Miu, directed by Ava DuVernay. From writing songs for movie scores, some in languages other than her own, and with her last single ‘Go’ released by none other than Sony Music in 2019, on top of all this she also has earned herself a monthly radio slot on Worldwide FM called “Hour of Light”.

Ahu is also a certified Astrologer, giving a deeper understanding and meaning to this extremely innovative album. Astrology is a symbolic language and the EP title ‘Platonic’ is related to Neptune. In “I & I ” (Venus Square Neptune) in astrology it describes disappointment in situations of Love.

Armed with a unique ear, deep collection and a skill for combining diverse sounds, Sydney’s Edseven has built a solid reputation as a DJ over the last 15 years as well as a producer/remixer and more recently as a promoter.

Edseven’s production work draws upon a wide variety of influences, with releases including the dusty off kilter hip hop of his first two EPs on Straightup Recordings to his future focused ‘Pigeon Clap’ released via Frequency Lab on their Headroom compilation. Hs most recent outing was a single on Sydney based label Low Key Source featuring vocals from Colonel Red with remixes from Potato Head People & Grooveman Spot.

Released digitally on October 30 with physical to follow. ‘Platonic’ also features remixes by Kid Sublime, Roane Namuh and Inner Tribe co-founder Inkswel.

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #28 w/ Chip Wickham (Hosted by Psycut) Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:53:55 +0000 Hi Everybody, MFT is back and I’m very happy to welcome special guest Chip Wickham, the great jazz saxophonist and flautist.

I discovered him with his amazing cover of Camaron de la Isla “La Leyenda Del Tiempo” on his first album solo called “La sombra” in 2017.

With his music, which is a mix of 60’s Hard Bop and Contemporary sounds, I instantly thought that Harold Alexander has a spiritual musical son. With a huge enthousiasme Chip prepared for MIMS a lovely mix of Deep New Jazz from the well known Greg Foat, Nubya Garcia and the french Florian Pellissier Quartet to some inspirations like Lonnie Liston Smith, Yusef Lateef and the killer english Jazz Dancer tune Harold McNair: ‘The Hipster’.

As usual I have selected the best from my last digging of future jazz classics included the brand new MDCL, SAULT and Byron The Aquarius. Check and enjoy the the lovely covers of Roy Ayers “We Live in Brooklyn baby” by Chien Chien Lu and the Spiritual jazz dancer The sons of Daughters of life “Let The Sun Shine In” by Jimetta Rose & Voices of Creation. the West london scene is still on fire, particularly the Broken Beat with 2 brand new bid tracks by the very productive Kaidi Tatham. For sure the cold is coming so take a sit and let’s have 2 hours of hot and deep Jazz music.

Psycut’s set

01 – Duval Timothy – Cold Is Coming (2020)
02 – Mark de Clive-Lowe – Mizugaki (2020)
03 – Harold Alexander – Mama Soul (1971)
04 – Jersey Street – No One Can Take Your Place (2020)
05 – Chien Chien Lu – We Live in Brooklyn Baby (2020)
06 – SAULT – Son Shine (2020)
07 – Jimetta Rose & Voices of Creation – Let The Sun Shine In (2020)
08 – Black Light Collective – Freedom Day (2020)
09 – Los Hermanos Painted Phunk – For Aduts Only (2020)
10 – Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham – Washed in You (2020)
11 – Butcher Brown – Love Lock (2020)
12 – Katalyst – Fitted (2020)
13 – Byron The Aquarius – Edgewood Ave. (2020)
14 – MF Robots – Happy Song (Kaidi Tatham & Daz-I-Kue Remix Extended Version) (2020)
15 – Camarón De La Isla – La Leyenda Del Tiempo (1979)

Chip Wickham‘s set

16 – Greg Foat : Nikinakinu (2020)
17 – Vibration Black Finger : Acting for Liberation Part 1 (2020)
18 – The Sorcerers : Treasured Sacrament (2020)
19 – Nubya Garcia : The Message Continues (2020)
20 – Florian Pellissier Quartet : Coup de Foudre a Thessalonique (2018)
21 – Matthew Halsall : This Time (2019)
22 – Lonnie Liston Smith : Astral Travelling (1973)
23 – Yusef Lateef : Hellbound (1976)
24 – Dorothy Ashby : Drink (1970)
25 – Harold McNair : The Hipster (1968)

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Video Premiere: Joshua Van Tassel “Shadows Smile For You” Sat, 24 Oct 2020 21:09:37 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere a profoundly moving video for Joshua Van Tassel’s “Shadows Smile For You”. Taken from his beautiful album, ‘Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion’, released on September 11 by Backward Music. The album is deeply meditative listen, led by Joshua’s Ondea, a contemporary re-creation of the famed french synthesizer the Ondes Martenot, a complemented by a string quartet, and electronics.

According to Van Tassel, “Shadows Smile For You” is a piece written for my son, who has a great conversational relationship with shadows. A shadow can be seen as a companion, a follower, a guide, or a dark reflection of yourself. The video features dancer and choreographer Kate Holden exploring the intimacy and mystery of light in relation to three body parts moving very slowly, extremely close up. 

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“There’s a lot of really ugly shit happening in the world,” says Joshua Van Tassel, “and I wanted to make a really beautiful album.”

Like the instrument that inspired it, the Ondes Martenot, Van Tassel’s Dance Music: Volume 2 is elegant and expressive, the score to a movie inside your head.

“It’s becoming cliche at this point to say ‘I want to make something for people to slow down,’ something that’s simply beautiful,” he says. “But I love the idea of the pace of it, and the overall vibe of trying to make something that’s slow-motion and beautiful. It’s music that can serve a function, rather than music with words that is very specific, like a breakup song. With instrumental music, there’s more room for you to plant your own story within it.” 

The Ondes Martenot (OHND mar-tə-NOH) is an elegantly intricate, deliberately complicated hand-built machine that lives with the theremin as one of the world’s earliest electronic instruments (c.1928). Its inventor, the cellist Maurice Martenot, was a radio operator in WWI and wanted to duplicate the accidental overlaps of tones between radio oscillators, but with the expressiveness and emotion of cello. The Ondes is a rare collectible now, but there is an option in the Ondea: Itself an exclusive membership, they’re Ondes modernized by Calgary’s David Kean. 

Once Van Tassel found himself off the waiting list, with an Ondea in his Toronto studio, his new album began to take form. “It’s this instrument I was totally enamoured with, it felt new all the time and it felt like work,” he says. “I practice every morning at the studio. Tuning it’s so hard; it’s the anti-drums, basically. That’s why I love it so much. It’s very separate from what my day job is.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Soul Central “Work It Out (People) Feat. Jennifer Wallace (EVM128 Remix)” Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:58:50 +0000 We’re excited to share EVM128’s sub-heavy broken beat remix of UK house duo Soul Central’s “Work It Out (People)”, featuring gospel singer Jennifer Wallace. Released 27 October on Tru Thoughts.

Most famously known for their global house rendition of Derrick May’s “Strings Of Life”, Soul Central aka Matt Mckillop and Paul Timothy make their debut on Tru Thoughts doing what they do best.

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Celebrating 20 years since the Defected Records release that placed them in the top ten in the UK charts and saw them receive an NMC award for reaching over 1000 radio plays worldwide, Soul Central have been championed by the godfather of house Frankie Knuckles, Kerri Chandler, Pete Tong (Radio 1) plus many more, making them a household name.

Producer and DJ, EVM128 is originally from Bristol but rooted in London. Heavily involved with CoOp presents label and Selectors Assemble crew, with IG Culture & Alex Phountzi, he has released two albums for Studio Rockers

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Exclusive Premiere: Glenn Astro “MoStLy Gh0sTlY Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:25:31 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “MoStLy Gh0sTlY”, one of our favourite cuts from the forthcoming Glenn Astro album on Tartelet Records.

Reminiscent of the ATCQ-sampled Red Clay, it certainly has a nostalgic tinge to it for golden age hip hip and perhaps even the early mutations of jungle and drum & bass espoused by Aphex Twin and his ilk, whilst sounding fresh nonetheless.

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Taken from Glenn’s forthcoming ‘Homespun’ album, released on Tartelet Records this Friday October 23rd. His first LP in five years, it has a much more personal tone and feels all the better for it.

Made up of ten tracks spanning 45 minutes, the record twists and turns between electronic meditations, soulful vocals by Ajnascnet, and futuristic electro, carving out a world of spacey eclecticism that is as nostalgic as it is experimental.

“This album is in all facets different from the first one, which was a deliberate decision. No vintage sounds and references, no sampling, combined with futuristic sound design and song structures. Less obvious references, more everything else. I tried to keep it as current and intuitive as possible,” he says.

Known for his chunky beats and fuzzy textures, Glenn Astro was a key figure in the wave of MPC-heavy house music that spread like wildfire between 2013 and 2015. Since then, he has released on labels such as Ninja Tune and Apollo, leaving a distinctive signature on everything he touches.

But Glenn Astro has quietly been crafting a new sound for himself. Sometimes taking detours – morphing into his dark alter ego and experimenting with artist collaborations. The sound of Homespun is a culmination of several years of reflection and artistic development – however, the album itself was produced in less than three months.

“I set myself an ultimatum to finish the album within three months. If I didn’t make it, I’d have to rethink my career path and keep music as a hobby. If it wasn’t for this album I’d be selling home-assembled ballpoint pens now,” he says.

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MIMS Guest Mix: RONNIE HEREL (London, UK / BBE Music) Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:02:28 +0000 This mix is inspired by my love of hip hop fused with smoking soul music which is what my interpretation of Neo Soul is all about.

Illustrating musical BIGness from the UK to the US of A including tracks by Manchester’s Children of Zeus, London soulstress Terri Walker Legendary King of the vibes Roy Ayers and Neo Soul production Pioneer, the late great J Dilla, this feels like one of my favourite mixtapes I’ve done so I hope you enjoy. If you’re feeling this, my Neo Soul sessions comp should be your

Kinda flava, Thanks to Music is my Sanctuary for asking me to do this mix!
Peace, Beats + Love
RH x


Etta Bond – Back Now
Lucy Pearl – Trippin’
Roy Ayers – Searching
Jill Scott – Love Rain ft Mos Def
Stro Elliot – Mandota
Erykah Badu – Back In The Day (Puff)
Jon B – Watching Her
Dwele ft Slum Village – Brandi
Jodeci – Get On Up (Def Squad Remix)
The Brand New Heavies – Sometimes
A Tribe Called Quest – Find a Way
Q-Tip – Let’s Ride
Oscar #Worldpeace ft Ragz Originale + BenjiFlow – Mmm
Jaylib – The Red
Slum Village – Fall In Love
Eric Roberson – Been in Love
Maleke O’Ney + DJ Applejac – So Delicious
Terri Walker – Fake
Children of Zeus – Push On
Nicole Bus – With You
Common – Funky For You
Peven Everett – One More Time
Ronnie Herel – Another Way ft. Dannis Winston
Rahsaan Patterson – Get Here
Omar – Be Thankful ft. Angie Stone
Maxwell – Ascension – (Jay Dee remix)
Q-Tip ft. Norah Jones

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Exclusive Premiere: Elia y Elizabeth “Soy Una Nube (Bosq Remix)” Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:53:08 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a brand new remix by Bostonian-come-Colombian producer, BOSQ, increasingly a favourite of ours. As he turns his hand to a classic slice of Colombian tropicalia by Elia y Elizabeth for Razor-N-Tape Reserve.

On this four-track EP, RNT takes a trip south with some fresh modern takes on a pair of Colombian tropicalia classics from the 1970s! Sisters Elia and Elizabeth Fleta recorded some of the most beloved rare groove from Baranquilla’s early-70s period, and when Jaime Tuiran (Vagabundo Club Social) brought the project to label owners Aaron Dae and JKriv, they jumped at the opportunity to work with such rarefied source material.

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Our pick of the EP, BOSQ has transformed “Soy Una Nube into an uptempo soul banger. Alongide, Demi Riquisimo, Yuksek and Baranquilla natives Vagabundo Club Social take on the legendary “Alegría” cut.

The record is pressed in the signature gold color of Baranquilla, and is as vibrant as the city’s streets during its renowned Carnaval! Plus it comes shrink-wrapped with with it’s own secret treasure inside: a fresh new pressing of the original songs on heavyweight 7” wax – alone worth the price of admission. Due out October 30th on Razor-N-Tape Reserve.

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MIMS Guest Mix: AKIO NAGASE (Osaka, Darker Than Wax) Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:54:39 +0000 MIMS is excited to share a deep and varied but suitably acid soaked mix from Osaka’s Akio Nagase.

A low-key figure in the Japanese underground for over 20 years, Akio Nagase recently stepped into the spotlight with his Darker Than Wax debut, the genre-defying Roots Magic EP. The Osaka-born producer and DJ honed his craft in the early 2000s, hosting his ‘Makedub’ party in Osaka, and putting out an album and string of singles on Tokyo labels Sound Channel and Rudiments.

After a quiet period throughout the 2010s, the artist has returned with a refined, vibrant sound showcased first on his 2019 release with Osaka label Chill Mountain, and now on Darker Than wax.

@akio-nagase: “This mix features four tracks from the RootsMagic EP. It’s a mixture of old school music from my roots and new music.
I hope you enjoy it.😊”


Haruomi Hosono – The Truck On The Sea
Mickey Hart – Umayeyo
Taiyo – Ama
Ground, Bartellow _ Holy Water (Original Mix)
Bufiman_Ba Hu Du (Wolf Müller’s Unreleased Version)
African Project _ Ethno Beat (Afro Version)
Akio Nagase_Street Doctor
RILLA_Just A Second (Torei’s Psy-Hall Remix)
Akio Nagase_Roots Magic
Akio Nagase_Acid Teng Shing Hang
Jackin’ Phreak_Corrosion 2006
Jackin’ Phreak Take A Love Break Bartellow_CA VA Jeku_D.L.R Nu Jacks_House Sensation (No Trouble We Mix) Bobby Konders Nervous Acid (Original Mix)
Takkyu Ishino_JackTaro
Akio Nagase_Acid Kid

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Exclusive Premiere: Conjunto Papa Upa “Todo Parao – Parte 2” Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:17:02 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere brand new music from our favourite tropical psych outfit, Conjunto Papa Upa, who kindly let us share “Todo Parao – Parte 2” for the very first time.

“Todo Parao” (“Total Shutdown”) is another boundary pushing tropical smasher. The A-side is a humorous dedication to the pandemic, orated over an killer blend of Caribbean rhythms (zouk, cadence, kompás, guaracha) and classic synths. This B-side however, is a deep sea dub, complete with resplendent cowbell(!), timbales and Wurlitzer solos.

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Conjunto Papa Upa is the Afro Caribbean centered solo project of Figueira, backed live by some of the best musicians from Amsterdam’s Latin and free jazz scenes. Their debut LP was recently released on legendary American indie label Names You Can Trust. Figueira is also known for his percussive work on tropical psych power trio Fumaça Preta and his regular live incursions with Amsterdam’s Turkish psych folk powerhouse, Altin Gun.

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Crucial Material – October 19th, 2020 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:21:17 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Various — Blue Note Re:imagined

On this incredible new compilation, many of the UK’s most groundbreaking jazz, soul, and R&B artists including Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Steam Down, Yazmin Lacey, Jordan Rakei, Ishmael Ensemble, Blue Lab Beats, Alfa Mist, Skinny Pelembe, Emma-Jean Thackray, Jorja Smith and others completely re-work classic material from the Blue Note vaults.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Kirk Lightsey and Rudolph Johnson with the All Stars — Habiba (Reissue)

Outernational Sounds has reissued ‘Habiba’, a holy grail jazz LP, coveted for the deep grooves of its 20 min long title track. Recorded and first (&  last) released in South Africa in 1974 on the hallowed Gallo imprint, by an exemplary cadre of African American musicians. Lightsey, Johnson & co took advantage of some downtime whilst touring with popular Vegas-based crooner Lovelace Watkins to record an LP deeply inspired by their time in Africa. ‘Spiritual’ jazz par excellence.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Toby Glider — Novelty

New LP on Japanese based label City Baby Records, by Toby Glider aka Liquid Pegasus. Beautiful Modern Funk, Future Funk and City Pop vibes, with an exquisite aesthetic all over the album.
— Selected by Walla P  


Benny iLL — ‘Who, Me? / Acre Lane Skank’

Following on a perfect streak of modern UKG-derived records, GD4YA graces us with arguably two of the Horsepower Productions legend’s best cuts ever, in which he fuses old school techno and speed garage with a jazzy swing and an unmatched ferocious drive. 
— Selected by dileta

Kudatah — Vol. 3

Edmonton’s Text Chunk and Sven K have assembled a dazzling lineup of producers for this new compilation of cybernetic rave ammunition and virtual soundscapes: PML Beatz, Thugwidow, T5UMUT5UMU, Mathis Ruffing, Hood Joplin, Konx-Om-Pax, Skee Mask and many more. You’ve got an array of 22 impressively cohesive gems to choose from, spanning across nu skool breaks, electro, digital kuduro, futuristic jungle, breakbeat techno, and multiple atmospheric inner rooms in which you can hide to feel serene, tragic or fascinated
— Selected by dileta

Shamos — Music For Broken Adverts

— Selected by Lexis

more Crucial releases

  • Lithe – Nos (d)
  • Simo Cell & Abdullah Miniawy – Kill Me Or Negotiate (d)
  • Bonebrokk – Howl (d)
  • Code Walk – Aim (d)


Benny the Butcher Burden of Proof

Buffalo rapper Benny the Butcher teams up with super producer Hit-Boy for a very solid sophomore album. Although chock full of samples, the album is much less minimalist and grimey and far more soulful than the regular Griselda offering. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Freddie Gibbs shine on the 80s inspired off kilter beats and Benny’s impeccable delivery makes the record a sure shot.
— Selected by ASMA

Es.Kay Drive 

Es.Kay is a Montreal rap veteran who has reinvented his approach and esthetic. With impeccable production, sharp delivery and profound lyrics his short EP Drive packs a punch. Throwback references meld perfectly into a modern vibe, souped up by producer Rami B (Planet Giza) for a sound that is as well crafted as a high-end automobile.
— Selected by ASMA

 The Twilite Tone The Clearing

Brilliant and refreshing new album from veteran behind-the-scenes hip hop producer, The Twilite Tone, for Stones Throw Records. Able to reach far beyond functional beats for MCs, Tone’s beats weave electronic funk, house music and soul samples through his highly personal style. Crucial. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Bastien Keb The Killing of Eugene Peeps

On this third album, his first for Gearbox, multi-instrumentalist Bastien Keb steps up from his woozy beat- orientated sound to an ambitious imaginary soundtrack. Keb weaves his ethereal vocals with smokey jazz & Mulatu-esque funk, with orchestration &  spoken word, written by Keb but narrated in an almost Tom Waits meets Buck 65 manner by Kenneth Viota. The mood breaks once, with the Vangelis-funk of “Paprika” featuring Notts MC, Cappo
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Oliver Coates Skins n Slime

— Selected by Lexis

Erik K Skodvin Anbessa

— Selected by Lexis


Raúl Monsalve y Los Forajidos — Bichos

Led by Venezuelan bassist Raúl Monsalve, and featuring a superb cast of musicians from Venezuela, London, and Paris, including members of Insolito UniVerso, Family Atlantica, KOKOROKO, Waaju, and others have released a brilliant and adventurous new album fusing together futuristic Latin funk and jazz with Afro-Venezuelan rooted rhythms, Afrobeat grooves, cosmic synth melodies, spacey electronics, and soulful vocals. 
— Selected by TJ Gorton

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Exclusive Premiere: High Pulp “Epilogue” Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:50:30 +0000 High Pulp are an 8-piece band that emerged from the Royal Room, a legendary Seattle Jazz club where they held “Funk Church” jam sessions in 2017.

Their signature sound is a Psychedelic fusion of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, and Soul which come together with complex, well thought out arrangements and progressive style. After successful sessions and premieres with prestigious station KEXP, and being at the forefront of the Seattle music scene, they’re now ready to branch out and take their sound worldwide.

Bad Juice kicks off with lush, soulful big band horns, as the triumphant and quite epic intro sets the tone for this truly unique multifaceted band. They really show off their skills in the first few minutes, showing off a range of styles from an uptempo ska-like jam to a downtempo sleazy Jazz-Rock groove.

The sublime and spacey ‘Dave’s’ is another standout cut. A stellar piece of high- grade musicianship, and the perfect relaxing tune to throw on after a hard day’s work. Other tracks like ‘Smooth’ give Khruangbin a run for their money.

The beautifully versatile album, 8 tracks in length, now comes remastered on dou- ble vinyl LP with updated cover art. Originally released in 2018 as a small vinyl run, the project gets a much needed revamp. With 3 more releases planned through KingUnderground, the band is very much on its way to well-deserved, wider appeal.

Their high level of creativity and leftfield Cinematic Orchestra/Stereolab-esque ar- rangements meld perfectly with the inspiration of 60’s and 70’s Jazz, Soul, and Funk. It’s sprinkled with a new age touch in a concoction worthy of any lounge, Funk, or Dance DJ or discerning crate digger alike.

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Exclusive Premiere: Dark Horse “Fri Form” Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:01:18 +0000 Gothenburg trio Dark Horse present their new album “Listen”, released by We Jazz Records on 13 November.

The band, including John Holmström (piano), Alfred Lorinius (bass) and Mårten Magnefors (drums) recorded their second album in a remote cabin by the ocean in Norway, owned by Holmström’s family. The natural sound of the album owes a lot to the relaxed surroundings and the result is some high degree of improvised music turning into collective composition as the music unfolds.

The album recording took place at a very active spot in the trio’s calendar, following extensive touring in Europe, Japan and their native country Sweden. The two days of improvising were edited down to highlights that easily fill an album’s worth of quality listening and reveal what playing live brought to the three musicians: A natural ability to react to ideas, build on them and form coherent, compositional tracks on the spot. A task much easier said than done.

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“We’re a non-conceptual basement band all the way”, laughs pianist Holmström. “We have been moving from free form music into collective composition and this is our pinnacle recording with that idea thus far. We just set out to play as honestly as possible and this is what followed.”

A testament to the power of a fixed band unit developing over time, “Listen” comes across as a work by a group constantly keeping its nose to the wind when it comes to developing their music. The long-form opener “Allas Favorit” is a monumental piece building and releasing tension along its 12+ minute length. First single “Brutet Groove” assumes a fascinating, almost mechanic-sounding swing while assembling and reassembling the pieces of the puzzle, and the closing track “Fjäll-låten” gives us something of an ever-shifting sonic landscape in glorious colors, much akin to its name (“Mountain Song” in Swedish).

“That one [Fjäll-låten] includes some of the best musical moments of my life so far” confirms bassist Alfred Lorinius. “It’s actually an edit of a 20-minute improvised sequence, and it has the real feeling of the band coming together and doing something new and fresh in the moment. I feel it’s something you can revisit as many times as you like and there’s always something to find in there.”

Dark Horse formed in 2012 after Lorinius joined Holmström and drummer Mårten Magnefors to complete the group. Things quickly started taking shape musically from there on, but the group took their time in honing their craft with a method they now refer to as “tryout development”. Their self-titled debut album appeared in 2015 and the current We Jazz album “Listen” marks the first internationally distributed release for the trio.The roots of Dark Horse lay firmly in the buzzing creative music scene of Gothenburg, Sweden, where the members have close ties with local establishments such as the legendary venue BrÖtz, and the city’s vast scene of highly-regarded musicians.

In brief, “Listen” presents Dark Horse gloriously putting into use their musical philosophy what they describe “improvising as composing together”.

“Listen” by Dark Horse is released by Helsinki’s We Jazz Records on 13 November 2020 on vinyl and digitally. The vinyl comes in a heavy duty tip-on sleeve and the album design features the painting “Overwhelming Structure” by the Helsinki-based visual artist Maija Lassila.

Dark Horse performs live at We Jazz Festival in Helsinki on December 3

  1. Allas Favorit
  2. Fri Form
  3. XY
  4. Brutet Groove
  5. SGTB
  6. Swing
  7. Fjäll-låten

John Holmström, piano / Alfred Lorinius, bass / Mårten Magnefors, drums

All tracks composed by Holmström/Lorinius/Magnefors
Recorded by Martin Öhman in studio Oceanside
Mixed and mastered by Jonas Kullhammar
Original artwork by Maija Lassila
Design by Matti Nives

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Emma-Jean Thackray’s top 5 Blue Note Joints Ever Sat, 17 Oct 2020 16:25:38 +0000 From shows & releases with her Walrus band, Emma-Jean Thackray has mixed jazz and electronic music, performed solo & with orchestras, adding remixes and even a straight-to-disc free jazz session to her list of achievements, continuously innovative and reflective of her personality.

Seminal jazz label Blue Note Records has just released a mammoth compilation with brand new versions of Blue Note classics from artists on the UK scene. Thackray’s contribution draws on two of Wayne Shorter’s seminal compositions, “Speak No Evil” and “Night Dreamer” and ought to be tearing up carpets and kitchen floors in the absence of dance floors at present. As such, we felt compelled to invite Emma-Jean to share some of her favourites Blue Notes! Dig into her selection below.

Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (Speak No Evil)

Wayne has been a huge influence on me as a composer. He often writes using non-diatonic harmonic movement that was always forward-thinking for the time, but he’d tie it all together with a really strong, memorable and singable melody. Balance. You can do anything in music if you balance it out on the other side. Wayne knew all this stuff before anyone else, I think. The fact that he gave not only gave me permission to touch his legendary composition and make it my own, but encouraged me, is something so huge that I haven’t fully understood it yet. One day it’ll hit me.

Eric Dolphy – Hat And Beard (Out To Lunch!)

Whether you “get” Eric Dolphy or not, you can’t deny that this album really says something. Eric’s playing is angular, and his complex jazz language puts off those that just want to hear a “nice tune”, but he is truly one of the most technically gifted jazz musicians of the 20th century. I feel like in Out To Lunch! he had really found his voice compositionally, and what a loss for the world that he left the earth shortly after recording this album. Who knows what universes he could have taken us to.

Madlib – Stepping Into Tomorrow (Shades Of Blue)

Madlib wields a sampler like Pharaoh wields his horn. His remix of the Donald Byrd / Larry Mizell track is a perfect example of how Madlib can find the perfect drum loop and use it as the unshakeable ground beneath his feet while he tells the story. If the Mizell brothers didn’t previously convince everyone that the imagination of the producer is just as important as the instrumentalists shedding their instruments, then Madlib hammered it home with this record.

Don Cherry – Unite (Where Is Brooklyn?)

My musical mantra of “Move the body, Move the mind, Move the soul” is summed up completely in this track: forward-thinking freaky shit with a heavy belly of groove and an important message to focus their energies toward. It’s such a playful and imaginative track, but never at the expense of being powerful, meaningful or thoughtful. Special shouts to Ed Blackwell on the drums, too. He’s one of my faves and he’s so underrated.

Robert Glasper – Afro Blue (Black Radio)

My musical life used to be split and compartmentalised. My jazz musician life was playing standards or trying to get people to play my Ornette leaning compositions, my composer life was writing compositions for jazz orchestra, and my producer life was a secret, making beats at home that I thought I wasn’t allowed to show people because I was a “jazz musician / composer”. At the time some people even told me that both playing and composing was doing too much, to focus one just one thing. After hearing this record, even by this second track, I knew I had “permission” to work as I wanted. My music could be written for ensembles AND be free and crazy AND be groovy as fuck AND I could produce it AND I could mix it AND I could DJ… and noone could say anything to me ever again.

And now without further ado, check out the fantastic re:imagination of Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil” by our great friend Emma-Jean Thackray!

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Exclusive Premiere: Zen In Space “Origin Forest” (Jad & The Remix) Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:47:44 +0000 The Zen In Space LP: Earth Tones

Reworked by Jad & The, Allysha Joy, Cousin, Midnight Tenderness, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, and Pharmaceutical Audio.

Featuring a sonic bed resonation treatment on Origin Forest by Jad & The. Jad rams a lead weight through the Origin Forest and rebuilds it in a playful broken beat, junglist vernacular.

Jad & The is an Australian producer and DJ living between Australia and Germany with releases published by: Banoffee Pies, Toy Tonics, Rhythm Section, Down By The Lake, Axe On Wax, Haws, 2MR, Fina Records, SlothBoogie, Centre Source Records, and his own imprint Beats Of No Nation.

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Exclusive Premiere: Pyramid Project “Mangroves” (Contours Edit) (ADA Records) Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:49:40 +0000 Being big fans of Contours, we are delighted to premiere his brilliant edit of “Mangroves” for Pyramid Project for ADA Records.

Brought together by ADA label boss, Lasta, Pyramid Project finds Contours in collaboration with some of Kenya’s most accomplished musicians, such as drummer Katumba, percussionists Abaki Simba Masta and Inspekta, and pianist Mutoriah. The full EP is released on November 13.

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Perfect as an early dancefloor builder as well as in a Global Jazz set, Contours’ understanding of rhythm and tension really brings his edit of “Mangroves” to life.

With the original recording being a dramatic piece of Swahili Jazz, Contours uses the grittier elements of the composition to deliver an edit perfect for a cosmopolitan setting. Maintaining the driving elements of the bassline and rhythm section, the tension of the edit is developed by Contours’ synth work and a minimal choice of Mutoriah’s riffs to build a more direct arrangement.

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Exclusive Premiere: Party Nails “Wobbler” Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:28:04 +0000 Going someway to brighten up these colder darker days & nights, we are more than happy to premiere this bumping house number by UK duo Party Nails.

Replete with sharp, jittering percussion, rolling bass and crisp sampling, “Wobbler” is backed by two more jacking housers and out this Friday on Matthew Herbert’s dancefloor orientated Accidental Jnr imprint.

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In their own words, “”Wobbler” was an exercise in trying to rip off Pepe Bradock, Tobias Schmitt and Switch at the same time. It is being released at the beginning of the second wave and hope it soundtracks events run by people less responsible than us. We hope you like it and shall remain busy cracking on in our Forest Hill Studio, trying to pinpoint the sound of the third wave and beyond. Stay safe and bang the nails (responsibly).”

Take the talents of musician and Joe Goddard collaborator Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears) and add prolific producer and mix engineer James Rand (God Colony) and the resulting wonderful mess is Party Nails. As they themselves describe it, Party Nails is “…a two-man trampoline fantasy finding genesis in Gemini. Heavy rollers for open minded floors and working DJ’s”. Erratic yet functional, their productions fall perfectly into the oddball dancefloor sound that Jnr is becoming renowned for.

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Exclusive Premiere: Laroye “Twisted” Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:05:34 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere “Twisted” a bumping house number by Laroye, taken from his forthcoming “Be The Change” EP on Freerange Records, released on October 16.

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French multi-instrumentalist, DJ producer and student of master percussionist Orlando Poleo. Even though he has releases dating back to 2002 (for the excellent Faces label run by Pablo Valentino) it is fair to say Laroye has really hit his stride in the last couple of years, gracing the likes of Visions Inc, Tiff’s Joints and Magic Black with percussion-heavy house jams with warmth and soul.

The no holds barred shuffling groove keeps things bumping along while Laroye gets to work on his modular machines, sculpting and shaping the tones whilst the neck snapping bounce keeps the energy bubbling perfectly. Rocking on an old school tip but with a contemporary twist.

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MIMS Guest Mix: GABRIEL OLAFS (Reykjavík, Iceland / OLI Records) Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:56:24 +0000 Since listening to Gabríel Ólafs‘ “Piano Works” released earlier this summer, we have become big fans of the Icelandic pianist and composer’s uniquely touching music. We also recently premiered a track from his upcoming “Absent Minded Reworks” remix project.

We wanted to know about the influences that have guided his sound up to now. He shared with us this wonderful deep listening session.

@GabrielOlafs: “I’ve been listening to a lot of music that “stands still” lately. For MIMS I wanted to make a mix of contemplative instrumental music that I love from Iceland and also the rest of the world.

Since I’m currently releasing my first reworked record I wanted to include some of my favourite reworked pieces as well as artists I personally worked with on my upcoming release. Some of it is static and drone-like while some of it is melodic and straightforward. Hope you’re able to sit back, enjoy and think about things.”


Gabríel Ólafs – Think of Home (Kelly Moran Rework)
Max Richter – Path 5 (delta)
Gabríel Ólafs – Flatey
Skúli Sverrisson – Sería II
Bing & Ruth – As Much As Possible
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Unveiled
Nils Frahm – Me
David Lang – Amjad Sleeping Panorama
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Rework)
Tim Hecker – Radiance
Nine Inch Nails – Letting Go While Holding On
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Jói & Karen (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework)
Gabríel Ólafs – Lóa (variation)

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Exclusive Premiere: Ben Marc “Jaw Bone” Tue, 13 Oct 2020 11:57:39 +0000 Having fallen in love with Ben Marc’s previous single, MIMS is super excited to share “Jaw Bone”. Out on October 16, the song swings with an up-tempo drum-driven rhythm, complimented by synths and horns.

Already championed by Gilles Peterson, no less, “Jaw Bone” is the second track lifted from his forthcoming LP “Glass Effect” (which features a stellar line-up of featuring artists, including Judi Jackson, Jason Yarde, Ed Riches and Midnight Roba (Attica Blues).


With this offering, Ben Marc invites the listener into his personal universe, delivering a rich and varied record incorporating elements of hip hop and electronica, through to heady dancefloor moments, all filtered through the lens of an accomplished jazz musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

According to Ben, “Jaw Bone came out of my love for jazz beats, vocal samples, clustered harmony and progressive subtle production intricacies. it expresses jazz, dance, sampling and electronics all in one piece”.

For those not so familiar, Ben Marc is a producer, musician, composer and bassist, who has played with the likes of China Moses, Ashley Henry, Matthew Herbert, Bret MC, Afrikan Boy, Mulatu Astake, Shabaka Hutchings, Miryam Soloman, Atjazz, Jose James, Dizzee Rascal, Zed-U, plus many more.

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Crucial Material – October 13th, 2020 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:49:36 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Cinephonic — Les Paradis artificiels

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Pierre Chrétien, who also plays with The Souljazz Orchestra, releases his debut album under the alias Cinephonic. Inspired by classic French film and library music, this brilliant recording blends together layered cinematic landscapes, soulful keys and vibraphone-based melodies,  and instrumental hip-hop grooves. 
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Agile Experiments — Edwards​/​Nicholls​/​De Rose

Dave De Rose leads a superb trio with John Edwards on double bass, and Dan Nicholls on synths, samples & FX, recorded live in Hackney at the Empire Bar, now permanently closed. Over the 50+ minutes of improvisation, far from losing all but the most hardcore improv fan, the trio exhibit a strong sense of rhythm and repetition, that practically transform the the listening experience to something akin to a rave, ambient passages included.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Oveous — Somewhere In America, I am Just like You

New-Yorker Oveous delivers his new EP on Yoruba Records, a powerful spoken-word relating to the injustices of our society. With remixes from  Coflo, Mark De Clive-Lowe, and Osunlade, these two titles will do a lot of good for your feet and even more for your soul.
— Selected by Akpossoul

Jennifer Walton — Flash On

This is a boiled up and refined digital blend of modern UK club culture, virtually filtered through a hyperreal sound designer’s lenses. Think technoid bass, mutant grime, twisted nu club and emotional future garage all tied together by plastic scraping synths.
— Selected by dileta

Ali Berger — inside angles

Through minimalistic choppy sampling, this album mirrors an image of classic Detroit techno into a unique club construction. Somes of the structures used recall Jersey club, UK funky and 2step in the best way. The ambient cuts are also sublime.
— Selected by dileta

Shed — Tectonic EP

Tectonic and Shed is the pairing we never knew we desperately needed. Tense shuffling 2step techno demolition, washed over by overpowering waves of clattering drums, with solace at the end in the form post-dubstep blissfully drowning in a limitless sea of tragic synth chords.
— Selected by dileta

more amazing House/Tech/Club-isms releases


Machinedrum — A View Of U

As impossible to classify as ever Machinedrum continues 20 years in, to bring a pluralistic approach to his sound having touched on the beat scene sound of the 2000’s, to producing R&B records, to the space in between IDM and EDM. Yet, on “A View of U” it feels like his signature sound is becoming ever more precise. Highly loved!
— Selected by Lexis

more amazing Soul & Funk releases


KARU — Kuru 

Forward music from Italy’s KARU on Beat Machine on this truly refreshing EP. Experimental hip-hop-leaning beats woven with heavy jazz instrumentation – in particular the vibrant sax tones of Mario D’Alfonso.  This one grooves but with a wild lean. Guedra Guedra mops up on the final track, applying his personal take on footwork to remix KARU. Don’t let this one slip pass without at least giving it a listen. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Daoui — Message from the Daoui

Born in Chicago, an electric collaboration between Angel (The Oracle) Bat Dawid, here on clarinet and vocals, and Oui Ennui on production and synths. DAOUI hits with an immediate impact of doom-laced synths, modal-sounding jazz clarinet, samples, beats, and half-sung poetry. The project almost sounds produced off-the-cuff, but it’s raw, unrefined sound is to its credit, and retains a live feel.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Afrikan Sciences — Survivors

More urgent listening from NYC’s Afrikan Sciences who consistently blurs the boundaries between house music and modern composition; dare I say, high tech classical and industrial music. Definitely one of the few “2020-inspired” records that lives up to the collective angst. “Survivors” challenges just as much as it heals.
— Selected by Lexis

Laraaji — Moon Piano

The companion to the equally beautiful “Sun Piano” record recorded in the same session in a Brooklyn Church is a deeply touching listening session as is always expected from this beautiful musician / mystic’s deep 30+ year discography (Also inviting you to listen to an interview I recorded with him last year)
— Selected by Lexis

more amazing releases

We also invite you to check out our main five playlists where you’ll find our current favorites across Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

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Exclusive Premiere: John Beltran “Tiger” (Detroit) Mon, 12 Oct 2020 08:38:27 +0000 John Beltran presents his first work done during confinement in this 2020, so the music reflects a mixture of feelings, on the one hand, the deprivation of liberty and on the other hand, loneliness and isolation.

This last point is faithfully described by an artwork by Fred Gambino where within the spatial sphere, we find these feelings: isolation, loneliness and a certain longing in search of something. Something that, dear reader / listener, is in you to know what it is.

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John Beltran, born 4 march 1969, is one of those producers that always seems to elude being pinned to any one category. His early work on Carl Craig’s seminal Retroactive imprint sculpted a Detroit classic with hints of Derrick May, world music, and Jazz vibrations.

He followed up in 1996 on Peacefrog with arguably one of the most sought after techno classics “Ten Days of Blue,” which is still John’s most successfully licensed music with songs like “Collage of Dreams” being used in the Miramax film Human Traffic and the HBO hit Six Feet Under. His next project was entitled “The Cry” under the Placid Angles guise which MixMaster Morris charted as one of his favourite albums ever.

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Exclusive Premiere: Jneiro Jarel “Sunwalkers Part Two And Three” feat. Bill Summers Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:56:27 +0000 In 2018 Far Out Recordings signed a record deal with Brooklyn born, nomadic producer Jneiro Jarel. Having just put the finishing touches to the recordings, Jarel suffered an ischemic stroke while living and working in Costa Rica and his wife Indigo was forced to set up a crowd fund to cover special medical transport back to the states to receive treatment.

The release was put on hold, but thanks to the generosity of friends and fans around the world, Jarel was able to get the care he needed and is now on the long road to recovery.

We’re overjoyed to finally announce that Jneiro Jarel’s After A Thousand Years is now set for an October 2020 release. Throughout a career that has spanned over twenty years and seen collaborations with MF DOOM, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, BadBadNotGood, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Kimbra and Khujo Goodie (Dungeon Family), Jneiro Jarel’s consistently distinctive, forward thinking productions, as well as his love for the music of Brazil, made his partnership with Far Out a perfect fit.

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Recorded between New York, New Orleans, Miami and Costa Rica, After A Thousand Years features legendary multi-instrumentalist Bill Summers, famed for his work with Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Eddie Henderson. The album also features Malawian-American guitarist Masauko Chipembere who has worked with the likes of RZA from Wu- Tang Clan and Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planets. For Jarel, After A Thousand Years is “a culmination of the longstanding musical contributions of the African diaspora.” Permeating the Brazilian music and Latin jazz Jarel has loved and drawn inspiration from, as well as the stateside jazz, soul and funk Jarel grew up around, the influence of Africa and its musical history, on both North and South America, is key to the album’s sound. On lead single “Banana Peel”, Jarel’s outernational perspective makes for a track that is almost impossible to place geographically: you can hear the swing of Jarel’s native New Orleans jazz, the vibrance of Costa Rican rainforests as well as the influence of Jarel’s vast collection of Brazilian records. “Viberian Waves” is equally nonconformist, morphing from funky baroque-flavoured instrumental hip hop into a bossa inspired, percussive jam.

Taking its inspiration from the biblical prophecies found in the books of Isaiah, Daniel, and Revelation, foretelling the fully realized, physical and spiritual restoration of the earth and
mankind after the thousand year reign of the Messianic Kingdom, After A Thousand Years contemplates and celebrates a world where everlasting love, peace, and harmony abound under a sovereign, divine rulership.

After A Thousand Years will be released on Vinyl LP, CD and digitally on the 30th October 2020 via Far Out Recordings.

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MIMS Guest Mix: SHHE (Scotland / Portgual, OLI Records) Fri, 09 Oct 2020 09:10:13 +0000 SHHE is the alter-ego of Scottish-Portuguese artist and producer Su Shaw. Her latest self-titled debut album tracks a period of intense personal change. The resulting record is a sparse, haunting and atmospheric journey of introspection and exploration of identity that demonstrates SHHE’s ability to capture movement, change and the light and darkness that haunt the human condition.

@shhemusic “A selection of tracks that have been in my ears over the last few months. Some discovered some time ago, some found or rediscovered only recently, all have been good company during these strange(r) times. Some tracks chosen that alter and change pace, some that shift perceptions of time, others that are a reminder to slow it all down. Long live the long form. Thanks for listening.”


La Vita – Beverly Glenn-Copeland
SOTRS – Caterina Barbieri
You Go Through Me – Ela Orleans
Raw Silk Uncut Wood – Laurel Halo
Petals Have Fallen – Coby Sey
We’re Here – Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano
Shadows of Futurity – Sophia Loizou
Half Light of Dawn – Abul Mogard
Witness – Lyra Pramuk
And Still They Move – Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Saint Barbe (rRoxymore remix) – Toh Imago
Love In The Time of Lexapro (KCRW Session) – Oneohtrix Point Never
Bloody Shadows From Afar – Lena Platonos
Nod – Julianna Barwick (ft. Nosaj Thing)
Matter of Balance – Theo Alexander

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Exclusive Premiere: Tenderlonious with JAUBI “Azadi” Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:21:50 +0000 Following the brilliant but now sold out “Tender in Lahore” EP, 22a is releasing an expanded album of musical conversations between saxophonist, flautist, producer, band leader and label honcho, Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorn and Lahore based instrumental quartet, JAUBI. A incredible beautiful meeting between Indian Classical and jazz that truly deserved a full album release, MIMS is proud to premiere “Azadi”, one of the brand new tracks.

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Tender had felt an affinity for this music since hearing North Indian Classical flautist Ronu Majumdar’s ‘Raga Mangal Bhairav’. Recording ragas with Jaubi was a dream come true for Ed, Recorded together in Lahore, Pakistan. Nothing whatsoever was written down during the recording sessions – no sheet music, no song titles.

‘Azadi’ is the Urdu word for freedom and is a pure raga composed in the beautiful and devotional pentatonic Raga Bairagi, also based in the 12 beat rhythmic cycle (Ektaal). Like everything during these sessions, this raga was shown to Tender moments before the one take recording and what ensued was an improvised conversation between the musicians. Featuring Jaubi members Zohaib Hassan Khan on sarangi – Zohaib is a 7th generation sarangi maestro and one of only 5 professional sarangi players left in Pakistan practicing this ancient art form. Plus Jaubi guitarist and band leader Ali Riaz
Baqar, providing the guitar accompaniment.

Tenderlonious’ forthcoming album, “Ragas from Lahore – Improvisations with JAUBI”, is released on November 27th on 22a, whilst “Azadi” will be found on all digital services platforms from this Friday October 9th.

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Exclusive Premiere: Antoine Berjeaut “Walk” Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:00:21 +0000 Menace 5 is a compilation featuring artists with which the label has worked these past five years and hopes to keep building with in the future. Featuring DJ Mitsu the Beats, Antoine Berjeaut, Underground Canopy, Hugo LX and many others.

As a composer, a trumpet player and a producer originated from the Paris Superior Conservatory of Jazz Music, Antoine Berjeaut drifts between Jazz, World music and new Electronic Soundscapes, developing a great polyvalency.

At the time of the MENACE “5” release, a compilation to celebrate the five years of the label, it is important for me to express my thanks to all the artists involved in this adventure as well as all the people who participated in the creation and development of the label – most of them since day one. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet, and to continue meeting, so many talented and generous souls from around the world. I am looking forward to carrying on with you, my friends, and to keep producing quality projects and good music. As well as continuing to travel with you, to the sessions, rehearsals, dinners and to the meetings.
Culture is resistance.

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Exclusive Premiere: Eriksson Kaner “In Convalescence” (ft. O The Ghost) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:20:20 +0000 At MIMS we love to highlight upcoming talent, so we are extremely excited to premiere “In Convalescence”, a thrilling jazz song by South-London pianist & composer Eriksson Kaner, featuring spoken word from O the ghost, ahead of it’s full digital release on October 9th.

“In Convalescence” is Eriksson’s third self-released single, and arguably his most developed thus far. We likely first heard him play with the brilliant Levitation Orchestra and have since devoured the two singles he has shared as leader, thrilling examples of how jazz, classical and soul can meet without losing an edge.


Atmospheric keys, fizzing drums and blasts of brass combine for an epic and emotive serving of highly charged jazz. Recorded with musicians from the likes of Ezra Collective, Arlo Parks, King Krule, Blue Lab Beats and Brothers Testament, ‘In Convalescence’ is a dazzling display of intricate instrumentation, spectacular harmonies and orchestral colours.


Spoken word – O the ghost
Guitar – Alex C. Blake (Arlo Parks, Not3s, Blue Lab Beats)
Tenor Sax – James Mollison (Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones, Puma Blue)
Bass – James Wilson (King Krule, Rum Buffalo)
Trumpet – Axel Kaner-Lidström (Gary Bartz, Maisha, Levitation Orchestra)
Drums – Jack Robson (Brother’s Testament)
Writer/keys/vocals – Eriksson Kaner

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The Grooms ” Slow Down / I Deserve A Little Bit More” (197?) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 05:59:00 +0000 In the 1960’s, when Atlantic, Stax and Motown were at their peak, a little-known label in Norfolk, Virginia, was also giving young kids with singing talent an opportunity to perform.

Shiptown Records was headed up by Noah H. Biggs, who was nearly as famous around Norfolk for his sharp appearance as he was for his business savvy. He owned many local businesses, including the record store ‘Nimrod’. This shop became the epicentre for young people in the area interested in music. In the back of the shop was a small, make-shift recording studio with an in-house band – The Positive Sounds. Over the next decade, this studio would serve as an outlet for Norfolk’s rich pool of talent.

Mr Biggs saw the releases on Shiptown as a chance to showcase young, talented artists. As a champion of the Norfolk sound, he wanted to use his connections to secure deals for these newcomers at larger, national record companies. As a result, these demo-style releases can be incredibly hard to track down; with most pressings limited to 200 or less. Shiptown’s catalogue is astounding; many tracks have become highly sought-after collector’s items – from Barbara Stant to The Positive Sounds.

One of the last releases on Shiptown came in the mid 1970s by an unassuming group called The Grooms. The band’s only ever single consisted of two breath-taking slices of soul. The A Side is a phenomenal mid-tempo, funk track with magnificent vocals and a catchy, killer horn arrangement called ‘Slow Down’. This track is hard to define, taking inspiration from the full soul spectrum.

On the flip, is a devastating beat-ballad – ‘I Deserve A Little Bit More’. This track builds to a spine-tingling crescendo. Raw soul at its best. Wonderfully gritty, tight harmonies melted together with unhinged emotion. A sense of longing is captured as the lead voice cracks towards the end. If this one doesn’t move you, check your pulse.

It was 6 months from Miles Away’s first-listen to pressing the record. Licensing the single was straight forward, but sadly the master tapes for the original were not available. Due to the rarity of the record, nor was a decent copy for dubbing. This resulted in many late nights spent sending hopeful messages to collector friends and mysterious creatures on Discogs. Eventually, I found someone willing to lend me their copy to be dubbed.

The single still wasn’t quite sonically sufficient for Miles Away. Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering, then wonderfully restored the record to it’s original beauty. Finishing touches came from Mike Thorne at Rimshot Studios, who added warmth and light. The result is a deep and powerful record that hopefully Mr Biggs himself would approve of. Presented with Miles Away’s classic teal green label, the uniting stamp on all of our releases.

Miles Away Records specialises in reissuing records from all over the world on whatever format they deserve.

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Exclusive Premiere: Stefan Ringer “Vloss” (Forthcoming on Phuture Shock Musik) Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:07:01 +0000 As Bristol’s Phuture Shock Musik strides into its landmark tenth year in action and the next chapter of its journey, the sister arm of the label casts the net a little wider in both a geographic sense and genre wise for its latest vinyl-only compilation release ‘EXCURSIONS # 7’.

Rallying up a dynamic force of global talent from as far and wide as South Korea to South Africa through to Europe and the United States, this instalment orbits a sonic dimension where modern, left-leaning strains of house, broken beat and future soul freely collide together across four exclusive cuts.

Representing stateside and completing the unique quartet is Atlanta’s very own Stefan Ringer. A key player of the A-Town’s burgeoning dance underground, over the last decade the producer and DJ – initially known as REKchampa – has released a trail of heat via the likes of Kai Alcé’s NDATL, Black Catalogue, PPU, plus his own FWM imprint. And here remains on form with a dancefloor-ready contribution to round off the disc.

Label: Phuture Shock Musik
Cat: PSMEX007
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Release date: 30th October 2020

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Exclusive Premiere: Café Türk “Şamil” Tue, 06 Oct 2020 08:58:57 +0000 Forthcoming from one of our favourite labels, Zel Zele, we are proud to share Café Türk’s “Şamil”, a psyched-up-and-out interpretation of Turkish folk music. Taken from a truly exciting double LP (and digital) compilation of Café Türk’s wide output, to be released November 6.

Café Türk, an inimitable Turkish-Swiss band formed in the 1980s, whose genre-bending sonic palette draws from Anatolia, the Caucasus and Western Europe. The group’s frantic trajectory connects Switzerland and the Turkish city of Kars with a background story as rich and unexpected as their sound. After three decades since they disbanded, Zel Zele Records have collaborated with Turkish crate-digger Grup Ses to give the music of Café Türk a new lease of life.

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The eponymous compilation features original album tracks, singles and previously unreleased takes that trace the outline of the group’s history. Tracks come with an unrestrained spirit, weaving in the crackling energy of new wave, rock, disco and reggae with influences from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

“Şamil” itself is the psyched-out interpretation of Caucasian folk tune “Şeyh Şamil”. The song and widely popular folk dance was named after Imam Shamil who was the political, military, and spiritual leader of Caucasian resistance to Imperial Russia in the 1800s. “Şamil” offers a wild ride with driving rhythm like horses galloping and mesmerizing clarinet to accompany the journey from east to west.

Pre-orders are up now on Bandcamp for the double LP Café Türk compilation on Zel Zele.

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Crucial Material – October 6th, 2020 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 07:33:07 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


STR4TA — Aspects 12″

Inspired by pioneering bands like Freeez, Atmosfear, Light of the World, and others, this debut 12inch single from London’s STR4TA blends together late 70s and early 80s Brit-funk and jazz-fusion grooves, with soulful hypnotic vocals and spacey-synth melodies. 
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Kibrom Birhae — Circles

Notable last week, this incredible EP deserves attention. Ethiopian-born jazz musician Kibrom Birhane leads an elite group of LA-based musicians and he reinterprets Ethiopian jazz with a post hip hop ear for spiritual jazz classics such as Joe Henderson’s “Earth”. On digital plus vinyl still available as I type.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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Bless The Mad — Bless The Mad

Genre is really immaterial at times. Chicago’s best kept secret no longer, Bless the Mad is a case in point. 3 beatmakers, raised on golden age hip hop, collaborate with local (I believe) musicians, singers and MCs to create a beautiful album that ticks ALL the boxes. Hip hop. Spiritual jazz. Neo-Soul. Gospel. Head to Bandcamp and support this movement. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti 

Buscrates — Blasting Off

The Pittsburgh producer delivers his 1st full-length LP, on Bastard Jazz, and it definitely lives up to his reputation. Pure Modern Funk vibes combined with Boom Bap flavours, with a slew of featuring artists such as Sally Green, Tony Ozier, Dj Epik, just to name a few.
— Selected by Walla P

Giovanni Damico — Fall In The Groove

The Italian producer returns once again with another exquisite release on the Chicago label “Star Creature Universal Vibrations”. Perfect blend of Boogie, Disco, Italo & Afro Disco. All tracks stand out, no fillers on this one.
— Selected by Walla P

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Black Motion — The Healers : The Last Chapter 

The last opus of Black Motion has finally arrived! For their big comeback, this duo from Tshwane in South Africa delivers a staggering LP (41 tracks) that satisfy all afro house lovers. Everything is there, from the melodious Marry Me (feat. Msaki) and I Wanna Be (feat. Brenden Praise) to Sibusiso an instrumental Gospel, and the very spicy Trap En Los plus the Homeboyz Ven Pa Ka rework. The wait was long but it was worth it.
— Selected by Akpossoul

Hagan — Waves

Hot on the heels of multiple Afrobeats-indebted club smashers (with Yenko still in heavy rotation on NTS and Rinse), Hagan drops his most futuristic and UK-sounding work yet on Mr. Mitch’s Gobstopper Records without forsaking his roots. [UK Funky, Grime, Afrobeats, Broken Beat]
— Selected by dileta

Skelecta — Goosebumps

London’s Skelecta drops one of the finest Purple Grime EPs to this day. It’s got all the elements perfected: glacial R&B vocal chops, kaleidoscopic (sometimes chiptuney) synth arpeggios and massive forward rhythms. Everything to make you and your whole family jump around the living room while shedding a few nostalgic tears.
— Selected by dileta

Domu — Domu Demos

Broken Beat royalty Domu shares a treasure trove full of his unreleased demos, covering the full spectrum of the Domu sound. From intricate bruk / rhythm science, to downbeat headnodders and a few 4/4 joints too. Unmissable for all the Broken Beat heads!
— Selected by Lexis

Female — Pleasures That Kill

Killer retrospective of the works of Peter Sutton aka Female, who has been a key underground figure in UK techno since the mid 90’s.
— Selected by Lexis

Sun Palace — Rude Movements (Moodymann & Kenny Dope Remixes)

The landmark Mancuso / Loft classic, “Rude Movements” gets its very first two official remixes ever and none other than the legendary KDJ and KDope. As someone who has been playing the track for over 15 years, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Mr. Sunpalace himself, Mike Collins is bumping this in the heavens i’m quite sure!
— Selected by Lexis

Honorable Mentions


Westside Gunn — Who Made The Sunshine

After a plethora of critically acclaimed projects, the Fly God releases his debut album on Eminem’s Shady Records. Producers Alchemist and Darringer have kept the minimalist grimey sample based approach that has become Gunn’s signature and provide the perfect sonic landscape for his sordid street tales. Boasting an impressive feature list including Jadakiss, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes and 2(!) Slick Rick appearances this rock solid album is a perfect introduction to a modern boombap sound that is carried by Gunn and his Griselda labelmates.
— Selected by ASMA

21 Savage & Metro Boomin — Savage Mode 2 

The long anticipated follow up  to 21 Savage’s career launching project arrives out of the blue with Pen & Pixel cover art and Morgan Freeman narrated skits to boot. Slightly less dark and moody than the first opus, this album still proves that a solid producer MC duo is a successful formula. With features from Young Thug, Young Nudy and Drake Savage Mode 2 is a cohesive album for an artist who has been nothing but consistent since his debut.
— Selected by ASMA

Honorable Mentions


Baba Zula — Hayvan Gibi 

Brilliant album from Turkish psych powerhouse Baba Zula. Whilst deeply rooted in Istanbul’s folk-indebted psych scene they have remained open, even incorporating dub and working with Mad Professor. Baba Zula went into Artone Studios to cut this record straight-to-disc for Night Dreamer on their vintage gear, marrying live on-stage energy with precision sound recording.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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We also invite you to check out our main five playlists where you’ll find our current favorites across Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

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Exclusive Premiere: Kahil El’Zabar “Sketches Of An Afro Blue” (Forthcoming on Spiritmuse Records) Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:19:04 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is honoured to premiere this beautiful piece of music by the legendary Kahil El’Zabar, multi-percussionist, band-leader, vocalist, composer, conductor, educator and pioneer of ‘spiritual groove’. 

Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue” has been radically rearranged by El’Zabar and co. The famous standard’s Afrocentric rhythm has been emphasised, with additional Kahil-conducted strings, and significant space has been made for the brilliant soloists, including Corey Wilkes on trumpet.

“Sketches Of An Afro Blue” is taken from Kahil El’Zabar’s forthcoming album for Spiritmuse Records, ‘America the Beautiful’, a tour de force musical testament that speaks directly to the heart, mind and spirit. Sir Kahil El’Zabar (knighted by France in 2014 as Chevalier of Letters), composed, arranged and conducted ‘America the Beautiful’ to speak musically about the turbulent issues in America and the world today, as well as his hopes and love for a better tomorrow. 

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Kahil was mentored in his early youth by two of Chicago’s luminary founders of the legendary AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Phil Cohran and Muhal Richard Abrams, eventually elected to be Chairman of the AACM after Muhal from 1975-83. El’Zabar’s comparable skills and masterful versatility have afforded him the opportunities to work and collaborate with giants such as Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Favors, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, Archie Shepp, Billy Bang, David Murray, Cannonball Adderley, Nina Simone, Nona Hendryx and Hamiet Bluiett, to name a few. 

In fact, ‘America the Beautiful’ is the last recorded performance of the late, great Hamiet Bluiett, to whom this album is dedicated. Following his last release, ‘Spirit Groove’ ft. David Murray, El’Zabar went into his musical vault to uncover for Spiritmuse Records works that he had scored for Daryl Roberts’ award-winning documentary, America the Beautiful. Kahil decided that the timing was right to release this music, in light of the tragic outbreak of COVID-19 and the global heartfelt tragedy of George Floyd’s brutal death. El’Zabar then went back into the studio recently to compose and score the rest of the music that would accompany the vision of what America the Beautiful has become. 

This incredible album features Kahil El’Zabar with an extended ensemble of woodwinds, brass, strings and an array of Afro-percussion, showcasing such master players as Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid, James Sanders, Josh Ramos, Miguel de la Cerna, Ernie Adams and Hamiet Bluiett. El’Zabar developed the initial inspiration for this project from his musical origins in the above mentioned documentary, and later added new works that would explore issues related to current affairs and past histories of America and the globe, regarding race, ecology, economic disparity, and his hopes, aspirations and love for a better world yet to come.

 ‘America the Beautiful’ is released on vinyl, CD and digital by Spiritmuse Records on October 23rd.

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MIMS Guest Mix: INK PROJECT (Brighton, UK / Blind Colour) Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:09:47 +0000 Ink Project is Brighton-based producer Jez Lloyd’s collaborative project with vocalists Coreysan, FiFi Rong, Yazmyn Hendrix and Melanie Dymond – experimenting with various styles from song-based electronic/soul, future dub, broken beat, leftfield pop, house/techno, down-tempo and world music.

@Inkprojectmusic: “I wanted to play some music from around the world that has been inspiring me a lot recently during lockdown.

Electronic african and dub, New Zealand electronic soul, London broken beat, various world music flavours, jazzy, jackin’, trippy US deep and tech house plus new music from Ink Project and Coreysan on the Blind Colour label including some interesting Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti and Nina Simone remixes thrown in for good measure.”


1. Trib – Nuri–Drup
2. Coreysan – Rules In Love
3. Deadbeat & Paul St Hilaire – Peace and Love
4. Gaudi with Adrian Sherwood – Dub’s Nine Lives
5. Carlton Livingstone – Exit
6. Isaac Aesili – Run Every Way
7. Keleketla! – Crystallise (Edit)
8. St Germain – How Dare You (Atjazz Remix)
9. Constant Black – Stormy Skies – Nick Beringer 7am Dub
10. Nolga – Line Of Questioning
11. Jackin son – HeartBruk Hotel (so physical) ™Shall I Bruk It flip
12. ™Shall I Bruk It – Feelin’ Mastaz
13. ™Shall I Bruk It – I.T.T ™Shall I Bruk It flip
14. Szajna – El Ritmo De Verdad
15. Ink Project – ‘Feeding The Fire feat. Coreysan (Sivey Remix)

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Exclusive Premiere: Seravince “People Of The Night” Ft Renee Neufville & Esperanzah Mon, 05 Oct 2020 08:23:35 +0000 Tune!! Check out this previously unreleased track from 2012 by Amsterdam based keyboardist/composer Seravince.

The entire project features Richard Spaven on drums and vocals are by Renee Neufville (RH Factor/Zhane) and Sharlene Hector (Reel People/Basement Jaxx), which will be released on vinyl in November.

Amsterdam-based label Wicked Wax continues to plug the sound of its city to a broader audience. Sometimes that sound lies in the past. For its upcoming 13th release, the label went and linked up with one of Amsterdam’s unsung heroes, who’s been a household name behind the (international) music scene.

Keyboardist, composer and owner of the legendary Flowriders studio Vincent Helbers released his debut album ‘Hear To See’ as Seravince in 2013. A blend of broken beat, future soul and multiple adjective-jazz styles, compiled in a masterfully mixed 45-minute album. Now, 7 years later, the album is released on vinyl for the first time.

Seravince’s Hear To See sees Vincent Helbers cultivating his extensive experience inside the studio. The album is deeply rooted in broken beat drum grooves, provided by longtime collaborator and UK drummer extraordinaire Richard Spaven. These are accompanied by the jazz-inspired harmonies and solos from Seravince himself. All musical elements are one takes, recorded on analogue tape. “I want the sound to maintain the rawness and organic vibe,” Seravince explains. The sensual vocals on the album are courtesy of RH Factor singer Renee Neufville (US) and Sharlene Hector (UK), who’s worked together with Reel People and Basement Jaxx.

Organic live drums and percussion are laced with jazz harmonies and an alternation between synths and bass lines. Topped off with a smooth horn section, the album can be seen as a milestone in the maturing of the broken beat genre. It set the tone for the genre from 2013 onwards. The driving inspiration for the sound of this album was D’Angelo’s modern soul masterpiece Voodoo. Seravince explains that it was one of the first albums to revert to the seventies’ way of recording whole takes to tape.

“The recording of Hear to See mirrors that of D’Angelo’s Voodoo: I used the same SSL mixing desk, tape machines and mics. Although my music is more layered, I have tried to give the bass and drums that same authentic vibe.”​ – ​Seravince

The album is crafted in such a sophisticated manner, only someone who’s as experienced as Vincent can bring forward. His keen ear behind the mixing desk, composing and recording with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, Jordan Rakei, Airto Moreira, Jose James, Cinematic Orchestra, Ronald Snijders and more, and his extensive experience behind keyboards, synths and pianos; all these factors come together on this album, which is reflected in its sophistication.

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MIMS Guest Mix: CONTEXT CHAMELEON (Los Angeles / Dome of Doom) Sun, 04 Oct 2020 08:17:09 +0000 Compiled and Mixed by Context Chameleon | June 22-24, 2020

In this current age of awakening, absorbing pain and the transformative roads forward have become a daily cycle. One as essential as the process of body hydration through water. Many volatile and soul shaking truths have become evident and an entire country is now in a desperate state of soul searching. Deep and uncomfortable historical realities are now stretching into every pocket of public consciousness, representing a pendulum swing that feels foundational. It’s the people’s paths, involving deeply transformative private conversations, prolific protesting, masterful strategizing/organizing, business sector transparency, and much more. There’s an abundance of unpredictable moments that continue to organically write the history of this movement, providing a sense of hope the world desperately needs. 

The musical backdrop scoring these times, and those that led us here, remain a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. A shining beacon that has pushed back the forces of inequality with great measure for decades. Let The Ghosts Chit-Chat is the first of many mixes summarizing the energy present within the United States during this era of social unrest and the energy that has awakened so many individuals living. The musical soundtrack to the soul searching process of the United States and the beautiful states of art that grows here despite the turmoil. 

Let The Ghosts Chit-Chat is also intended for consumption (either in part or fully) to a read of James Baldwin’s The New Yorker piece Letter from a Region in My Mind (1962)

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.”

James Baldwin

Part 1: Pain Transformation (00:00-34:58)

Watts Prophets – Pain – Ala (1971)
Kendrick Lamar – Alright – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope (2015)
Nas – Cops Shot The Kid ft. Kanye West – Mass Appeal/Def Jam (2018)
The RZA – Tragedy – Wu Music Group (1999)
2Pac – Where Do We Go From Here – Amaru/Interscope/Jive (1997)
Terrace Martin – Pig Feet ft. Denzel Curry, Kamasi Washington, G Perico & Dalytl – Sounds of Crenshaw/EMPIRE (2020)
Dead Prez – Hip-Hop – Loud (2000)
JAY-Z – Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) – Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam (1998)
RZA as Bobby Digital – You Can’t Stop Me Now – Wu Music Group/Koch (2008)
Pharoahe Monch – The Truth ft. Common & Talib Kweli – Rawkus Records (1999)
OutKast – Hold On, Be Strong – LaFace Records/Arista Records (1998)

Part 2: Soul Transition (34:59-1:24:17)

Ike & Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister – Blue Thumb Records (1969)
Beyoncé – BLACK PARADE – Parkwood Entertainment (2020)
Aceyalone Accompanied By Mumbles – The March – Project Blowed (1998)
Armand Hammer – Charms ft. KeiyA – Backwoodz Studios (2020)
Common – The 6th Sense – MCA (2000)
Rapsody – Oprah ft. Leikeli47 – Jamla Records/Roc Nation (2019)
J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A – Ghost of Soulja Slim – Roc Nation (2020)
Immortal Technique – The 4th Branch – Viper Records (2003)
2Pac – I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto – Amaru/Interscope/Jive (1997)
Mavi – Self Love – Mavi (2019)
Mos Def – Modern Marvel – Rawkus Records/Geffen Records (2004)

Part 3: The Revolution (1:24:18-1:57:05)

Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Flying Dutchman (1971)
Mos Def – Revelations – Downtown Records (2009)
Ghostface Killah – Mighty Healthy – Razor Sharp Records/Epic Records (2000)
Black Star – Thieves In The Night – Rawkus Records (1998)
Chino XL – Nunca – Metro Records/Warner Bros. Records (2001)
OutKast – West Savannah – LaFace Records/Arista Records (1998)
Killer Mike – Reagan – Williams Street Records (2012)
Genius/GZA – Investigative Reports ft. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, & U-God – Geffen Records/MCA (1995)
Kendrick Lamar – How Much A Dollar Cost ft. James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope (2015)

Part 4: Human Rights Restitution (1:57:06-2:48:08)

Junior Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun – Motown (1965)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Thug Luv ft. 2Pac – Ruthless Records/Relativity Records (1997)
Earl Sweatshirt – The Mint ft. Navy Blue – Tan Cressida/Columbia Records (2018)
Saul Williams – Twice The First Time – Big Dada Recordings (1998)
The Roots – You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu & Eve of Destruction – MCA (1999)
Reflection Eternal – Memories Live – Rawkus Records (2000)
Killah Priest – Wisdom – Geffen Records/MCA (1998)
Run The Jewels – pulling the pin ft. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme – Jewel Runners/BMG (2020)
Genius/GZA – Cold War (RZA Mix) ft. D’Angelo – Geffen Records (1996)
Blackalicious – Attica Black – Soulsides (1994)
Method Man – Judgement Day – Def Jam (1998)
Busta Rhymes – We Could Take It Outside ft. Flipmode Squad – Flipmode Records/Elektra Records (1997)
The Last Poets – Black Is (Chant) – Douglas Records (1971)

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Exclusive Premiere: Emanative & Bex Burch “Disrupt #4” (Forthcoming on Shapes of Rhythm) Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:03:18 +0000 MIMS is delighted to host the world premiere of the first ever collaboration between Emanative and Vula Viel’s Bex Burch! And it’s a banger! Deep 808 drum machine and African-inspired percussion meets cold-wave post-punk. Producer and fellow percussion-addict Hector Plimmer even gets in on the action to sprinkle some additional charms.

Emanative makes his vinyl debut here for Shapes of Rhythm following contributions to their ‘Isolation Compilation’ and an ‘Awkward Corners EP’ both earlier this year. Known for his love of collaboration, Emanative connected remotely with Bex Burch during the global lockdown.


Disrupt #4 is the result of a meeting of two percussive minds in the midst of a pandemic, and like all good things it started with a groove. Nick initially provided Bex with a hazy, 808 african-inspired sketch. What followed was a musical dialogue which quickly gained momentum.

A post punk-esque vocal mantra was added, reflecting the here and now of 2020 and driving the track forward. Bex’s trademark Ghanaian Gyil xylophone is the conversation with the groove throughout the track. Hector Plimmer also joins the collaboration, seasoning the mix with synthesizer and tape delays.

Released November 6th, strictly limited to 300 copies, the first 50 come with an inner signed by the artists, and the record and sleeve have been produced “as green as possible” by Deep Grooves in Amsterdam (the greenest vinyl pressing plant in the world). “Disrupt #4” is backed by an equally disruptive remix from Awkward Corners, whose debut LP this year surely ranks among this year’s best.

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Exclusive Premiere: AKU! “Blind Fury” (Forthcoming on Worm Discs) Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:09:05 +0000 MIMS is extremely excited to premiere the raw blistering-brass-filled title track from ‘Blind Fury’, the forthcoming album by Glaswegian “Doom-Jazz” outfit, AKU! on Bristol’s Worm Discs.

Drawing on influences from bands such as Melt Yourself Down, Young Fathers & Fela Kuti, and wider still from the worlds of noise, punk & jazz, AKU! are rapidly carving a niche for themselves as one of the UK’s most undefinable “jazz” groups.


In 2019 they were nominated for “Best Band” at the Scottish Jazz Awards and have enjoyed support from Rebecca Vasmant on her Worldwide FM show. Moreover, they have performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and shared stages with legendary UK jazz acts such as Melt Yourself Down, Seed Ensemble & Maisha. This year, the group’s bandleader Harry Weir, has been nominated for the “Rising Star Award” at the Scottish Jazz Awards.

‘Blind Fury’ is released on November 6th on Bristol’s Worm Discs. The newly minted label was founded by the promoters Worm Disco Club and launched with the MIMS “Crucial Material” nominated compilation, ‘New Horizons: A Bristol Jazz Sound’.

The band is made up of:

Harry Weir – Baritone Sax and FX (band leader of Aku!)
Liam Shortall – Trombone and FX (band leader of corto.alto)
Graham Costello – Drums (band leader of Strata)

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Exclusive Premiere: Peachy! “산책 Stroll” Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:13:05 +0000 Ta-ku & Jakarta Records present 823’s very 1st compilation, bringing together bedroom producers next generation from all around the world and featuring such talented artists like Idealism, Wun Two, eevee, Jinsang, Peachy!, SwuM and many more … all things considered #1! 

“823 celebrates the simple beauty of everyday life and the people in it that inspire us. In that spirit we are proud to present our very first compilation featuring artists we love. All Things Considered Vol.1” (Regan Matthews aka Ta-ku) 

Peachy!: “Although it’s been some time since by departure from lofi, my time spent in Shanghai earlier this year gave me the inspiration to make an optimistic return for this compilation alongside some fantastic artists.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Laguna “Lonerider” Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:47:39 +0000 Ta-ku & Jakarta Records present 823’s very 1st compilation, bringing together bedroom producers next generation from all around the world and featuring such talented artists like Idealism, Wun Two, eevee, Jinsang, Peachy!, SwuM and many more … all things considered #1! 

“823 celebrates the simple beauty of everyday life and the people in it that inspire us. In that spirit we are proud to present our very first compilation featuring artists we love. All Things Considered Vol.1” (Regan Matthews aka Ta-ku) 

@LagunaSounds: “Over the years I’ve always found myself enjoying alone time. Right in the middle of boredom and euphoria, there is this feeling of self reflection, particularly while going on long car rides.

This is where I go to find out a little more about myself, and where the flow of a soundtrack can drive the most profound thinking. I did what I could to capture these thoughts into the sounds of Lone Rider.”

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MIMS Guest Mix: EBI SODA (Brighton, Thameslink) Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:35:49 +0000 We’re thrilled to invite one of the most exciting groups out of the London contemporary scene, to our guest mix series. Ebi Soda touch on all types of jazz, psych, funky flavours. We were curious to hear what sorts of influences lie behind their great sound!

@ebi-soda “This is more of a selection of tunes which have inspired us over the years and more recently.

We’ve included few artists from the UK who we feel are making great stuff, from local jazz groups such as Vels Trio and Brother’s Testiment to more vocal/beat-based music with Bawo and Ojerime. The blend of jazz and UK rap-based genres has always been at the forefront of what we try to do and the Yussef Dayes remix of Frontline by Pa Salieu needed to be included as it was a great coming together of two musical worlds which influence our approach.

In general this mix is just made up of tunes which we love although we also felt the need to include some of our proudest moments from our recent project, Ugh, as well as a preview of our soon-to-be released remix of Jarami’s Company. Cheers for listening!”


Tenderness – Vels Trio
Zip Yer Boots Up, Lad – Ebi Soda
Kaleidoscope – Badbadnotgood
Meow Meow – Ebi Soda
No Sleep – Bawo
Company – Jarami (Ebi Soda Remix) 
Lens – Frank Ocean
Give It Up 2 Me – Ojerime 
Run for President – Ebi Soda ft Chloe Bodur
Frontline – Pa Salieu (Yussef Dayes Remix) 
Super Sharp Shooter – DJ Zinc 
Hallucinations – Bienvenue
Kingdom – Brother’s Testament


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Exclusive Premiere: Atomga “Zenpocalypse” (Bosq’s Super Disco Mix) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:43:14 +0000 @bosqmusic “It was a genuine pleasure to work on this Atomga record, there was such an abundance of material to work with and amazingly played parts that I wanted to highlight, that the hardest part was just keeping it concise!

When dj’ing or working on remixes I’m always trying to find intentional or unintentional references hidden within the layers of the track that help tell me where it wants to go (or what to play next) and this track was immediately screaming for some stretched out Philly disco vibes, so I did my best to summon Gamble & Huff and take it there. I can’t wait to properly try it out on a dance floor!”

Benjamin Woods, creating under the name Bosq, has been tirelessly exploring the intersections of Afro-Latin music with Disco, Funk, Reggae, House and Hip Hop for years. He first gained notoriety as one half of the Whiskey Barons, churning out a continuous stream of edits and remixes, as well as being the sole producer on the now highly sought after, out of print Whiskey Barons x Bastard Jazz releases (Tumbao EP & Enferma Nocturna). His unofficial mixes led to a slew of official remix work for heavy hitters like Fania Records, Orchestre Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou, Poolside, Nickodemus, and many more. He now works his magic on afrobeat warriors Atomga’s single “Zenpocalypse”, bringing the dancefloor to Africa with an Afro-Disco slammer that will rock fans worldwide.

The remix comes out on Color Red, record label and music platform founded by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds on October 2, 2020

Remix Ex. Producer – Marcos Flores

Leah Concialdi – Baritone Saxophone, Background vocals
Frank Roddy – Tenor Saxophone, Background vocals
Alice Hansen – Trumpet, Background vocals
LaShá “CalySōl” Afarko – Vocals
Casey Hrdlicka – Electric Guitar, Background vocals
Sam Lafalce – Bass Guitar
Peter Mouser – Keyboard, Electric Organ
J.R. Ranck – Drums
Jared Fischer – Congas
Matt Schooley – Timbales, Shekere, Auxillary Percussion, Background vocals

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Exclusive Premiere: Nimbus Sextet “Lily White” (forthcoming on Acid Jazz Records) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:21:42 +0000 Taken from forthcoming debut full length album Dreams Fulfilled – October 23rd

Following the recent announcement of debut album Dreams Fulfilled landing on Acid Jazz Records this autumn and the release of single Trap Door to critical acclaim, Nimbus Sextet share new slice of jazzy goodness Lily White featuring the vocal talents on Anthony Thomas.

Nimbus Sextet are a major new talent on the UK Jazz scene. Led by pianist/keyboardist Joe Nichols, the Glaswegian contemporary jazz outfit play infectiously original music that spans the musical spectrum. Nimbus Sextet’s fresh take on jazz blends instantly relatable melodic hooks with driving grooves, sophisticated musicianship and episodic compositions.

The core of the Nimbus Sextet sound comes courtesy of Joe with long-time collaborators Alex Palmer and Mischa Stevens. The trio met while studying at Edinburgh University and have continued to perform together ever since. Nimbus Sextet was fully formed in 2018 with the addition of Martin Fell and Euan Allardice joining the line-up with James Mackay arriving later.

Lily White was originally composed in the long winter of 2018 whilst Martin Fell made his way by train from Glasgow to Leeds; “The rhythms were inspired by the vibrations of the train, and the main theme was inspired by the snowy white fields”. Upon joining the band Martin felt it would be a perfect fit mainly due to the Nimbus Sextet’s open approach to music; “This is what makes Nimbus Sextet special to me, they get right into what a composition is really about – atmospherically. Each performer finds a way to connect with the piece. It was this that made ‘Lily White’ come alive and reach its full potential.”

Nimbus Sextet present a well-balanced alchemy, arrived at naturally by way of a varied of musical influences and contributions from each of its members. You’re as likely to hear elements of Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron as easily as The Roots and Robert Glasper. Lily White is as good an example of this as any.

Dreams Fulfilled will be released on October 23rd through Acid Jazz Records available on vinyl, soft pack CD and digitally. You can pre-order here.

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The full track-listing is:

Trap Door
Lily White
Deep Dark Blue Lights
Dreams Fulfilled

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MIMS Guest Mix: Kuna Maze (Brussels, Tru Thoughts) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:20:57 +0000 We are excited to welcome Kuna Maze to our mix series. The Brussels based producer has been busy releasing exciting, genre busting music on Tru Thoughts, both alone and with Nikitch. They even brought the legendary Domu out of semi-retirement for series of remixes! Whilst lockdown has limited his appearances to a show on Kiosk Radio, he is due to perform live with Nikitch in Brussels on November 5th.

Kuna Maze: “I just put together some tracks that I am into at the moment, some are fresh some are classics to me. It slowly builds up, and I couldn’t help but to go throw some classics UKG tracks at the end, as I’d love to be able to go back in club and dance on this again.”


Tenderlonious – Quarantena
Moon B – Old iz New
Byron The Aquarius – See U Next Time (Tron)
Specter – Not New To This
Jay Daniel – Squeaky Maya
Atjazz – Kidnapped
Domu – Arrival
Markus Enochson & Eman – I Am The Road (Bugz in The Attic Remix)
Aaron Carl – Oasis (Nick Holder Vocal Mix)
Henry Wu – Substance (IG Culture & Alex Phountzi Remix)
Steven Julien – BLK808
Cengiz – On On On
Kuna Maze – Backward
DKD – Natty Head
Nu Era – Swing Machines
Desert Sound Colony, Baby Rollen – Beta Burner
Groove Committee – Heart + Soul
Horsepower Productions – Boogaloo
Nikitch & Kuna Maze – The Leak (Domu Remix)


You can check out Kuna Maze’s latest EP for Tru Thoughts below.

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Exclusive Premiere: Felbm “Colorists” (Forthcoming on Soundway Records) Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:05:30 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “Colorists”, one of our favourite songs from the fourth installment of the Felbm project, on Soundway Records. A beautiful bossa nova blended with ambient music and soothing guitars. The whole tape is one to dream away too but “Colorists” makes us want to dance too, or at least tap our feet uncontrollably.

Following on from 2018’s Tape 1 & Tape 2, the Dutch producer and musician Eelco Topper recording as Felbm, has already released Tape 3 as a digital EP, to be released together with Tape 4 on one vinyl LP on October 16.

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Tape 3 & Tape 4 is an intimate, emotional, lilting and melodic solo project with a restorative, therapeutic nature. They were composed and recorded by Topper with just those aspects in mind as a personal remedy for the ailments of modern life. With a breezy and soothing quality these fourteen lo-fi, instrumental, jazz-infused sketches written on guitar, with cascading keyboards, vibraphone and drum machine, seem perfect for the second half of 2020, a year in which we could all surely use some curative and uncomplicated music. With echoes of the dreamier end of 1980s English indie-pop, minimal ambient music and Brazilian bossa-nova, Topper’s musical storybook includes touches of The Durutti Column, echoes of Ethiopian Tezeta, hints of Antônio Carlos Jobim and Baden Powell, whilst all set firmly in the summer fields of Germany and the Netherlands.

“In the summer of 2019 I took only a guitar and a “pocket piano” to a holiday retreat in rural mid-Germany that I visit regularly, and wrote most of the basic ideas for Tape 4. The opening track ‘Brunnengasse’ features the wind chimes from the garden there. When I hear them I’m back at that peaceful place immediately. Dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome for the past few years, I took on a habit of hiking in nature frequently, which in turn led to a budding love of birdwatching. The track ‘Beaufort’ contains a field recording taken in an area where I like to go hiking and spotting birds. Most notably you can hear the song of a woodlark, a bird far easier heard than seen.”

Style-wise these tracks are still navigating the space between quiet, open, meditative tunes and more solid instrumental songs, thereby reflecting his constant search for an optimal balance between stillness and movement.

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Crucial Material – September 28th, 2020 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 05:50:55 +0000 Back on the weekly pace. Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!


Cosmic Vibrations ft. Dwight Trible — Pathways & Passages

Led by acclaimed jazz vocalist Dwight Trible, this Los Angeles-based ensemble fuses Trible’s soulful vocal melodies, poetry, and chants with African-influenced percussion rhythms, meditative tones, and hypnotic grooves. As the name of the group suggests, this music takes the listener on a sonic cosmic journey through celestial galaxies and then back again. This soul-enriching spiritual jazz at its absolute best
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo — Days as Echoes

Library and cinematic vibes from the all things keyboards man from the Tallin, Estonia based Misha Panfilov on his sophomore LP. Wonderful waltzy and deep arrangements, fans of the likes Andrew Wasylyk and Greg Foat will not want to miss this one.
– Selected by Spacewalker

Chiminyo — I Am Panda

Drummer, producer and percussionist Chiminyo, long seen playing among London’s best,, including Cykada, Maisha & Hector Plimmer (live group), delivers his debut LP for London’s Gearbox Records. Setting new standards for one-man-band electronic music with live drums. A wealth of UK electronic sounds from 4Hero to today, are filtered through Tim Doyle’s thick, soulful sound
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Sly5thAve — What It Is

This excellent 2nd LP from the Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger & producer Sly5thAve, former member of Prince’s NPG, draws heavily from jazz, soul & R&B, hip hop, and electronic music, whilst pushing a warm sound that bumps away, drawing you in to until you’ve fallen. Complemented by some stellar guest turns but recurring appearances from singer Denitia sound are highlights.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

La’Verne Washington — The Promise

Beautiful Modern Soul/Stepper double-sider 7’, re-issued by Melodies International. The London label continues their streak of impeccable releases, unearthing gems after gems, and this one by La’Verne Washington doesn’t disappoint. Mandatory double copies.
– Selected by Walla P


Lex Amor — Government Tropicana

Follwing a few years gaining steam with demos, loosies and featurings, North London’s Rapper-Singer-Producer-DJ Lex Amor unveils her debut project confirming that she won’t remain one of the best kept secrets for much longer! Flawless from top to bottom. For optimal listening: Play Dis At Night, as the man Pete Rock once said. Serious Mind Sex Record
– Selected by Lexis

Action Bronson — Only for Dolphins

Action Bronson returns to what he does best with braggadocious punchlines and outlandish beats. Much like his recent time in the gym, this album is a return to form mostly because of the excellent samples used throughout. From carribean funk to turkish psych Alchemist and Daringer laced Baklava with the freshness and he delivered a solid album almost devoid of features. A fun return to the roots for a rapper who is in the prime of his career
– Selected by ASMA


Theo Parrish — Wuddaji

TP proves once again he the most thought-provoking electronic musician of this generation. As with any of his releases, “Wuddaji” has a sense of urgency and purpose that is often lacking in house/techno circles. But this is so much more than just club music. “This Is For You” which was previously released on a 12” makes the album cut and with good reason, one of the best (proper) deep house tracks in recent years.
– Selected by Lexis

Reginald Omas Mamode IV — 400 Years

Another slice of deep listening and body moving from London’s Reginald Omas Mamode IV who fits right in with the CoOp presents squad. Paying homage to his Mauritian roots and history on this thoughtful yet highly danceable song, especially thanks to the great remixes from IG Culture and Gonz.
– Selected by Lexis

more great Club records this week


Jon Collin & Demdike Stare — Sketches Of Everything

The collaboration between the Demdike boys’ dubby, layered, muddled sounds and guitarist Jon Collin result in an engrossing audio landscape with great arrangements. I don’t think records in this “deep listening” should be overanalysed, they should just be experienced. So just buy it and play it on a sound-walk in nature
– Selected by Lexis

more great Leftfield records this week

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #200 (BEST OF THE LAST 99 SHOWS) — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:00:17 +0000 For this 200th episode, which also marks the 7th Anniversary of the Show, I wanted to do a personal recap of the songs that I played out/enjoyed the most.

Thanks to all the artists, labels, the guest Djs and especially the Worldwide listeners for your enormous contribution to the show.

Tracklist :

East Liberty Quarters – Mids
XL Middleton – I Don’t Wanna Wait
L33 – Keepin It Tight (Modern Smooth Version)
DOC Mastermind – HwtL!ne
Mofak – My Favorite
Flytones – It Is What It Is
Terrace Martin – Turkey Taco
Starship Connection – Do It 4 U
Pomrad – City Lights
Daley – Sympathy (feat. Swindle)
The Pendletons – Telling Lies (Buscrates Remix)
Nick Wisdom – Don’t Tell ft. K-Maxx
First Touch – Bayflower
Lynda Dawn – Fonk Street
Moniquea – Daily Thing
Dabeull Feat Holybrune – Day & Night
Throwback Zack – Whut It Dew
Dam-Funk – Ladera Heights
Temu – Let’s Funk!
Kool Customer – Blackberry (Somebody Told Me)
Mofak – Girls (Feat Chago Williams)
Tuxedo & Zapp – Shy
Diamond Ortiz – (We Go Together Like) Saturday & Sunday
MadD3E – P For Popping
G-noF – Partly Cloudy
Format-440 – Never Been Better
Zackey Force Funk – Around My Way
XL Middleton – In The Middle Of The Night
Birdbone Unlimited – Not Gonna Stop
Maya Killtron – Found You
The Kount & Falcxne – Bungalow
Freekwency – Your Touch
Heather Haywood – Give It Up (Extended)
Hidden Groove – Do You Wanna Groove
E. Live – Funktown Nights
Love Cryme – She’s So Freaky
Psychic Mirrors – Island Girl
Líneas – OG Cocaine Lady
Dogg Master – Body Therapy
Ivan Makvel – I Got Funk
Shiro Schwarz – Power of Love
Circuitry – Under Pressure
Koolade – Reminisce Sunshine
Boy Dude – Cosmic Lines
Mndsgn – Use Ya Mind

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Exclusive Premiere: GODTET “Womens Choir” (Forthcoming on La Sape) Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:45:06 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is excited to share a beautiful piece of instrumental psychedelic soul from GODTET, led by the talented Sydney-based guitarist and producer Godriguez (producer of Sampa the Great’s “The Great Mixtape”).

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Godriguez marshalled together some of the best musicians of the new generation in Sydney: A head priest of the Cuban Ifa religion, the step-son of Australia’s greatest ever funk and soul musician, Australia’s leading drummer in this new generation and a deeply emotionally gifted pianist from New Zealand. These disparate backgrounds culminate with incredibly sensitive musical and emotional connections to form GODTET.

To adjourn the past two improvised records, Godriguez was looking to compose for the next release. The ‘Suite’ EP is the amalgamation of the earlier GODTET LP sounds and Godriguez’s produced albums, through-composed as a 15 minute suite. To be true to the long-form, through-composed piece, the band recorded this release live; one take, no over-dubs and straight to tape.

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Video Premiere: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble “Indigo” Sat, 26 Sep 2020 12:08:18 +0000 2020 sees Hypnotic Brass Ensemble celebrating twenty years together not only as a band, but a Band of Brothers and they are marking this anniversary with the launch of their sixth studio album ​Bad Boys of Jazz,​ which sees them seamlessly weave funk, dub, hip-hop and soul into their own irrepressible take on jazz. They draw deep from the well of tradition while taking the pulse of the most cutting-edge and street-savvy sounds.

The ​Bad Boys Of Jazz a​lbum release marks a turning point in Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s development. Trading their signature all brass sound, and adding an electric guitar and bass to their aptly vibrant horn lines, they’ve written 14 new tracks of sonic sorbet for this fresh album.

The energy and feel move seamlessly through genres – from ​Delta​’s rock-infused distorted guitar to the house music rendition of ​In The House​; from ​My Ship’​ s rhythm & blues inflection or the very soca feel of ​Soul on Ice t​ o ​Indigo’​ s solid groove. There’s room left for the sing-along tunes ​Coffee ​and ​Friends ​and this body of work flows comfortably into the very funky ​Menage​.

The band has been at the forefront of the global jazz revival of the last decade, bringing the music back to its dance floor origins and along the way, legions of new fans hip to the fact that jazz runs through the DNA of nearly every strand of Afro American music. Jazz has always been an evolving and innovative force in music, renewing itself by borrowing from whatever styles and fresh sounds come its way. The Hypnotics are past masters at this process of assimilation and innovation, blowing fresh sounds on the embers of tradition, keeping the flame lit. They call their brand of music ​now music​.

This project is very well-rounded & cohesive, a must-have for avid fans of the band and a great introduction for new-comers.

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble:

Music runs deep in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Raised on the south side of Chicago, the band is made up of seven brothers, the sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, who played with the deep spiritual jazz, Sun Ra Arkestra. He trained them all to play their horns from childhood and instilled in them a profound sense of the spiritual roots of the music. Each morning started, with them all emptying their breath, producing a unified meditative drone. This was music very much as a transcendental practice.

The brothers went from busking on the streets to working with some of the biggest names in modern music: Prince, Erykah Badu, Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan, Tony Allen and more. The cathartic energy of their live shows draws its raw power from this deep reserve –– it is an authenticity that can’t be faked.

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BALANCE – Show #556 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Sat, 26 Sep 2020 09:46:42 +0000 As we slowly transition from summer into autumn, it’s Spacewalker at the controls with the monthly dose of Balance!

Featuring fresh music from James Tillman, Sault, Eddie Chacon, Horatio Luna, N’sawa Saraca & more! Capping off the “classic soul albums that celebrate their 20th anniversary”, in the Essential Album Corner it’s the one & only D’Angelo with the timeless classic that is “Voodoo“…




Sault – Rise | Forever Living Originals

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo – In a Dream | Funk Night

Andrew Wasylyk – Last Sunbeams of Childhood | Athens of the North

Eddie Chacon – Hurt | Day End

James McKenzie – I’ve Got to Go |

Lenny White – Sweet Dreamer | Nemperor

Marker Starling – SIlk Rock (Ha Ha Sounds Collective version) | Tin Angel

Byron the Aquarius – End of Time | Apron

Anthony Drawn – Unintentionally Closed Eyes | Sichtexot

D’Angelo – Voodoo (Virgin | 2000)

D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel)

D’Angelo – Africa

D’Angelo – Spanish Joint

James Tillman – Arizona | Darker Than Wax

Jordan Rakei – Wind Parade | Blue Note

East Coast Love Affair – Don’t Be Afraid | Athens of the North

Ben Williams – High Road pt. 2 (Natasha Diggs & Ian Wallace remix) | Rainbow Blonde

Horatio Luna – Bumps | The Jazz Diaries

Javier Santiago – Trance |

Tenderlonious – Birds of Paradise | 22a

N’Sawa-Saraca – Cave | Ropeadope

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Exclusive Premiere: Kid Sublime “De Fonk Phenomenan” (Forthcoming on Inner Tribe) Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:24:28 +0000 Being big fans of Kid Sublime we are excited to exclusively premiere this jam from his first rap record! Forthcoming on Inkswel’s Inner Tribe imprint. Out September 28th! Vinyl, cassette and digital.

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Born into a family of artists and musicians Jacob Otton began playing piano and drums at age 5 after hearing his grandfathers Duke Ellington record and trying to replay “C-Jam Blues”. From that first pivotal moment Jacob, known as Kid Sublime, has since devoted his heart and soul to all things music. From his early days drumming in Hardcore Punk bands to touring the world with Brazillian band Zuco 103 and working in the infamous record store Fat Beats, he quickly laid down a strong and solid foundation to build his career as a producing musician and Disc Jockey. After trying out an Akai MPC 60 in the late 90’s, Kid Sublime got hooked to the machine and a few years later he released his first House 12″, “Tea For Two” which was later re-edited by Francois K. He then crafted a myriad of future soul classics for Dutch label Kindred Spirits like his ‘Basement Soul’ album. From House anthems on his own ‘Ballroom Records’ imprint that have rocked dance floors all over the world, to Japan only albums that where so hot that the legendary BBE records re-released them so that more ears could hear KS’s unmistakable sound.

A true master of his craft, “Straat Coach” an opus of sorts, is his first full blown Dutch Rap album, humorous and witty but backed by insane ‘bang it in ya jeep’ style beats.

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SKYWAY UPLINK — Show #001 (Hosted by dileta) Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:28:23 +0000 Presented by coolground founder dileta, SKYWAY UPLINK wires you out of routine and into a new simulation every season. You’ll find yourself whirling through winding lanes lit by all kinds of coloured gleams and glares.

This first installment is deeply inspired by the works of composer Hideki Naganuma and the Japanese bass scene, with a focus on pitched vocal chops, processed funk elements, video game nods, and ultra-electronic speed – let’s call it CYBERFUNK. Actual genres included: IDM, tech house, broken beat, wonky techno, speed garage, club, nu-disco, hardgroove techno, grime/RnG, ghetto house, hardcore, some hard to classify stuff.


Rei Harakami – Lust [Sublime Records]
Samuelspaniel – Dew [Boomerang]
Geo Rip – Signs Out [U-Udios]
Denki Groove – Ichigo Musume [Ki/oon]
Naco – Final Fantasy [self-released]
Off The Meds – Off the Meds [Off The Records]
Xtra Brux – Raw Nerve [self-released]
Stacey Sexton – Necessary Desire [All Centre]
Shin Nishimura – Schöner Montag [TOKTOK RECORDS]
Stones Taro – The Pase [self-released]
Silvanian Families – Mugip’11 [sabacan records]
2Deep – Rushing [Ripe & Ready Records]
Simian Mobile Disco – Space is Filled With Ringing [Delicacies]
C Powers – Brush Your Teeth [Sorry Records]
The Phantom’s Revenge – No More Human Pyramids [Teenage Riot Records]
Sergio Sergi – Rokbet [Rawthentic Music]
Ken Ishii – Perfect Memory (feat. Bryan Zentz) [70 Drums]
Subradeon – Rhythm Inside Rhythm [Subradeon Records]
Bordon – Anomaly (with P.Lopez) [Metro Xpress]
Carpainter – Rush [TREKKIE TRAX]
Boriqua Tribez- Black Shades (David Moleon Remix) [Basics]
Robert Natus & Arkus P. – Hardcore Salsa (Alegria Remix) [Spinnin’ Records]
Skankfunk – Needin’ U [Avex Mode]
Pete Ellison – The Cosmos (Carpainter Remix) [TREKKIE TRAX]
Dunman – Funk [Pondlife]
Wiley – South London (feat. Faultsz, Jon E Clayface, Ten Dixon, Blessed UK & Crafty 893) [CTA Records]
RnG ting – DO U WANNA (DAMPE FLEX) [self-released]
zonae. – i should have cheated [self-released]
Waxmaster Maurice – Check This Out [Super Rhythm Trax]
Hideki Naganuma – Sneakman (Toronto Mix) [Scitron Digital Content]
Aeon Flux – Unconscious Thoughts [Deep Seven]
Paranorman – No Poetry [Fusion Diagnostics]
AceMo – R U READY 4 THE … [self-released]
isagen – Throw The Egg [TREKKIE TRAX]
Hideki Naganuma – AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A FUNKY BEAT [self-released]
Hujiko Pro – Molmot [sabacan records]
Guchon – 9999 [sabacan records]
Yoko Kanno – A sai en (Prettybwoy remix) [self-released]
Naco – 014 [85acid]
T5UMUT5UMU – Tsushima (Breaks) [self-released]
Limited Toss – Party Party [Merry Works]
Birol – Kavga [Paradoxe Club]
The Latch Brothers – Me Likey the Poom Poom [Scitron Digital Content]
Dance System – Can’t Stop (Lovin U) (Black Girl White Girl Remix) [self-released]
Tower Block Dreams – TDK [Warehouse Rave]
Chungo – Three Strikes [Dubridge Garage International]
Stones Taro – Depth [NC4K]
Paleface & Flukes – Club Slugs [Northern Line Records]
Killjoy – Wicked Selecta [JOYRIDE™]
Batsu & EVO+ – 泡沫 (VIP) [TREKKIE TRAX]

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Exclusive Premiere: Fradinho “A Bright Future” (Naut’s L8 Nite Mash Up – Afronaut & MdCL 4 BugzInTheAttic) Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:18:05 +0000 MIMS is absolutely stoked to premiere this incredible Afro-cosmic broken beat remix by Afronaut, legendary pioneer of the broken sound, and keyboard whizz & producer extraordinaire Mark de Clive-Lowe, for upcoming producer, Fradinho. Set for release on his own newly minted Eclectic Beats Music.

A Portuguese native, DJ, producer and video artist, Rui Fradinho has resided in London for many years, soaking up every faint whiff of broken beat the city had to offer. The wheels have long been in motion, but since his recent return to Portugal, Fradinho has announced the launch of his own Eclectic Beats Music imprint, with one of his first compositions, “A Bright Future”, complemented by remixes from the aforementioned Afronaut & Mark de Clive-Lowe, alongside Karmasound, LSK, Born74 and Szajna.

Afronaut’s remix of Fradinho’s “A Bright Future” adds that percussive broken beat stamp that he is well known for, whilst the estimably talented Mark de Clive-Lowe supplies a cosmic touch with his keys, synths and synth bass.

Picking up some of the elements of the original mix, Afronaut delivers a steady and syncopated beat groove that is perfectly complemented by the keyboard textures and flourishes that Mark de Clive-Lowe has been long been celebrated for.

This remix also marks the long-awaited return of Orin “Afronaut” Walters to music production duties. Long established, not only as a founding member of the Bugz In The Attic collective, but also for his own solo work as Afronaut, on labels such as Bitasweet, Apollo (R&S) & Afro Art, and as one third of the legendary Neon Phusion (with Kaidi Tatham & Alex Phountzi). In recent years, Orin has nurtured new producers driving the bruk revival and veterans running on a victory lap, via his own CoOperation Recordings, with releases from WheelUP, Ben Hauke, Marc Mac and Planetself

“A Bright Future”, original and remixes, is released on very limited vinyl and digital on October 9th on Fradinho’s Eclectic Beats Music label. Available to pre-order now on Bandcamp.

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Special Touch “Garden of Life” (1991) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:36:33 +0000 UK Street Soul, too often merely a footnote in the evolution of dance
music in Britain, is receiving some long overdue attention.

A recent string of essential reissues and features, plus increased airtime on radio and podcasts attest to the growing popularity of this often retrospectively termed genre, which loosely categorised black, UK soul music with a DIY, bass-driven aesthetic from the late ‘80s to mid ‘90s. Top Secret Recordings, or simply TSR, a label founded in 89’ and run until 92’ by Robert Charles Roper, has long been a vanguard of the sound, it’s modest but legendary back-catalogue boasting some of street soul’s most elusive and treasured gems. For us, Special Touch’s’ Garden of Life LP (1991) is the label’s crowning jewel, where Roper’s production, composition and writing prowess is balanced delicately with the raw vocal talents of his brother Duval to create a slew of anthemic and uplifting tracks. 

The eponymous title track Garden of Life, with its breathtaking synth melodies and soaring vocals, might be the best known, but all nine tracks charm and uplift, from the house-flecked ‘It’s Your Life’ to the breakbeat-punctuated ‘Music’. At its best, street soul sounds rooted in its day yet timeless – Special Touch’s only album possesses this in spades and is partly why it turns so many heads today. 

Heels & Souls Recordings, the new imprint started by Ben Croft and I (we’ve ran parties and DJ’d under the H&S banner for over five years), reissues Garden of Life this October. Originally tracking down Robert through Gold In The Shade vocalist Sonia Johnson, the reissue has taken 9-months to see the light of day, and it still feels surreal to kickstart the label with such a revered record.

Ben and Robert have spent countless hours on the phone alongside one fleeting linkup outside Neasden Tube Station. There’s been bumps and COVID-19 delays along the way, but we’ve been helped throughout by fantastic people and have immensely enjoyed the process – remastering from the DAT (shouts to Justin from The Bakehouse Studio), reproducing / revising the artwork from a high-res scan of the original sleeve (shouts to Russ), designing beautiful centre labels (shouts to Robyn-MC) and bringing together detailed liner notes and archival photos for a lovely printed inner for the record collectors (shouts to Bene).

Finally, the biggest shout to Prime Direct Distribution, who’ve been so supportive throughout, and alongside us will be donating all their profits from the release to The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise delivering Black British history programmes and teacher training to facilitate both national curriculum and wider societal changes. Our parties have always been run not-for-profit, and whilst the label will be a mixture, we hope this raises money for a vital cause and encourages closer consideration of the context with which this music was made.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ink Project “Feeding The Fire” Feat. Coreysan (Sivey Remix) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:10:13 +0000 Ink Project’s collaboration with Bristol-based/Trinidadian-born singer/songwriter/producer Coreysan, reveals the duo’s first new material since 2016’s ‘Satellite On’ album, tour support slots around the UK with Dreadzone, iBibio Sound Machine and Sorceress, plus regular radioplay from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Don Letts and Lauren Laverne.

‘Feeding The Fire feat. Coreysan’, the first single from Ink Project’s forthcoming album ‘Rhythm Spirit’, offers a unique and exotic 7/4 exploration of song-based broken beat and dub, drawing inspiration from the likes of the Prodigy, Bugz In The Attic and Grace Jones, giving Coreysan a pulpit to express his passionate desire to never stop exploring his craft, despite the many set-backs and hardships experienced along the way.

Touring the world as a bassist and backing vocalist with the legendary Calypso Rose, the focal point of this unique singer’s raspy, soothing and layered vocal harmonies are further enhanced by producer Jez Lloyd’s tough, broken beats, surrounded by syncopated wooden spoons, techno stabs and hypnotic, soulful keyboard passages, weaving in and out of the mix and creating an inspirational, shamanic-like concoction of rhythmic ritual.

The original comes with an accompanying video filmed by Alex Balcon and produced by James Chipman plus 4 remixes. We are delighted to premiere the Sivey remix – Manchester’s funk/soul/broken beat don who has previously released on the likes of CoOp Presents and Soulection.

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Exclusive Premiere: Lightning Orchestra “For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born” (Max Graef Remix) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:52:44 +0000 We’re happy to present this lovely jazz x electronics remix on the very chilled out tip from the talented Max Graef. We’re always big fans of whatever the man puts out into the musical universe. Shout out to the mighty, legendary Acid Jazz Records as well!

Following the release of critically acclaimed debut album Source and Deliver, Lightning Orchestra share their new digital EP consisting of two brilliant remixes of For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born. 

For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born spent 4 weeks on the BBC 6 Music A-List with extensive support from Lauren Laverne’s hugely popular breakfast show. It’s apt that it’s the first track to receive the remix treatment from popular Berlin based electronic music producer/DJ Max Graef and LO tour manager Doctor Petier.

For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born Remix EP is out on all streaming platforms on the 25th September. 

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Exclusive Premiere: Technoir “Haters Hate” (Forthcoming on Kengah Records) Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:51:21 +0000 A super fresh slice of modern electro funk with squeeze of pop, grooving at a perfect mid-pace. “Haters Hate” is the third single taken from Technoir’s forthcoming album, ‘Never Trust the Algorithm’. MIMS is also excited to share a brand new self-animated video that the Milan-based couple made to accompany the single.

“Hater’s Hate” doesn’t pull any punches. A slamming beat and tell-it-like-it-is concept, referring to the constant negative content the couple read and experience online and importantly how that influences us, even if it’s not obvious at the time.

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Lead vocalist Jennifer Villa explains, ““Haters Hate”, as you can get from the title, talks about the constant hate we are exposed to constantly, especially on social media and the web, and how this influences us even if we can’t tell.”

Jennifer Villa and Alexandros Finizio who make up Technoir are the total creative force behind the project. Alexandros dominates the song writing and production elements, both sing and play multiple instruments and together, they carve out the artwork and create and manipulate the videos.

Whilst the duo’s debut album ‘NeMui’ (2017) nestled and flowed, their forthcoming LP bubbles with a sense of anxiety and foreboding, offering an insight into the couple’s place in a world where social media and technology dominate our existence and algorithms favour the select few, monopolising art, culture and life.

Released on 30th October, ‘Never Trust the Algorithm’ melds beauty and anguish underscored by their love for hip hop, Radiohead and Frank Miller comics and will be released on CD, LP and digital via the bands own imprint Kengah Records.

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Crucial Material – September 21st, 2020 Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:57:34 +0000 Back on the weekly pace. Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels!



SAULT has surprised us again with a brilliant new full-length, titled UNTITLED (Rise). Building on the same important themes of their last album UNTITLED (Black Is), the UK collective continue to use their music to speak out against racial injustices and police brutality globally. Production wise, this might be their best recording to date, fusing together post-disco “ESG-like” grooves, funky hip-hop percussion breaks, synth-based melodies, electronic beats, and soulful melodies.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions

The King is back!! Steve Arrington surrounds himself with a slew of talented producers, such as Knxwledge, Benedek, Brian Ellis, Jamma D. Smooth Funk & Soul vibes all over this project.
— Selected by Walla P

Diamond Ortiz — 4 Really Tho

Talkbox superstar Diamond Ortiz continues his hot streak of releases, this one on Spanish label Neon Finger. Pure Funk slaps, available on 7’ format as well.
-— Selected by Walla P

Demae — Life Works Out… Usually

Damae’s (fka Bubblerap and ⅓ of the excellent Hawk House project) debut project is yet another example how UK Soul is in a very good place right now. Lots of London’s finest talents (Ego Ella May, Fatima, Wu-Lu, Jake Milliner, Eun, Joe Armon-Jones, 10.4 ROG, Nala Sinephro) contribute to making this a very strong first solo outing. Huge shouts to our friends, the Touching Bass imprint, for being the catalysts behind so many great projects lately.
— Selected by Lexis

Tesla Rosa — Cruise Control

Producer duo Lowpocus and DJ Manifest have joined forces to deliver a solid EP of 80s synth based funk. The almost all-instrumental project showcases a more club oriented approach to the classic boogie sound and is sure to get dancefloors packed once the confinement is over.
— Selected by ASMA


Huw Marc Bennett — Tresilian Bay

London-based producer and bassist Huw Marc Bennett releases a brilliant new full-length, titled ‘Tresilian Bay’ on Albert’s Favourites. Inspired by the music of Tim Maia, Augustus Pablo, Idris Muhammed and London’s thriving jazz scene, the record fuses together South London electronica, Brazilian funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Ghanaian Highlife, reggae and Welsch psychedelia.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Takuya Kuroda — Fly Moon Die Soon

Following two albums on the Universal/Blue Note/Concord group, trumpeter and composer Kuroda has delivered an incredibly refreshing album for First Word records, weaving electronic music , plenty of soul music AND vocals (from Corey King) into his melodic. trumpet led sound.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Butcher Brown – #KingButch

On their 8th album, Butcher Brown step up to the major league on ‘#KingButch’, their first for Concord. Brilliant musicians with a keen ear for the classic hip hop, ’70s fusion, ’60s jazz and funk, song craft, selection & production reach new heights and trumpeter & saxophonist MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney has greater space to flex his also impressive MC skills & songwriting.
— Selected by Dennis Parham

Corto.alto — Live from 435, Vol  5

Led by Glasgow trombonist Liam Shortall, corto.alto have been sharing videos & songs online to increasing acclaim and a keen following. Bristol’s newly-minted Worm Discs has picked up the latest and most compelling volume. Laid-back, hip hop inflected jazz, with star turns from respected saxophonist & MC Soweto Kinch and one-to-watch vocalist Luca Manning.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other noteworthy releases


LV VA 12-1 — Various

Enjoyed a lot of EP’s on the electronic front (see below in noteworthy mentions) but couldn’t resist this vinyl-only EP on Lava Lava Records featuring some of that rawness, will be ready in my record box when the dancefloors do finally come back! Massive tracks from Lurka and also NKC x Bakongo (Roska) where that Hard Bass sound meets its maker. (UK Funky forever!)
— Selected by Lexis

Horatio Luna — Boom

Melbourne’s excellent bassist / producer steps in with his most dancefloor focused outing yet. Pulling off the organic approach to club music isn’t easy but this one certainly deserves its place in the same breath as key records in that lane like Amp Dog Knights, Detroit Experiment, Osunlade’s “Paradigm”. Highly recommended record!
— Selected by Lexis

Various Artists — Door the Cosmos

Hot on heels of the a Dancefloor Sampler, composed of entirely different songs, On The Corner drops a triple LP, 25 track compilation, cementing its place “on the corner” between jazz and, increasingly, electronic music with both a dancefloor AND experimental bent, looking back , but facing forward. Featured artists include Azu Tiwaline, Uffe, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Ariwo, Collocutor, and Afrikan Sciences.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other noteworthy releases


Cookin Soul – Whateva, Vol. 3 Beats

More laid back beats from Cookin Soul for you to kick back to. Grooves for days. Check.
— Dennis Parham


Tvii Son — Tvii Son

A brilliant debut for MIC Records from this Kyiv & Berlin based trio.  An experimental but highly accessible sound rooted in punk, dub, raw & industrial electronics. Think Pan Sonic, Cousin Cockroach, Kevin Martin (King Midas Sound/The Bug), Liaisons Dangereuses.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Monzanto Sound – Time Lapse EP

Superb debut EP from an intriguing London-based five-piece for brilliant independent None More Records. Drawing on kosmische musik, trip hop, funk, psych, jazz and neo-soul; a wonderful mixture that somehow succeeds. Sienna Bordello’s vocals fit snuggly over the basslines, sparkling keys and snares. Reminiscent of Portishead and Bahla to Neu! and Moodymann, whilst clearly distinctive.
— Selected by Dennis Parham

Other noteworthy releases


Sababa 5 (feat. Yurika) – Tokyo Midnight

Hipshaking rhythms, lilting guitars, trippy keys and soaring vocals connecting the Middle Eastern to the Far East. Mizrahi music mixed with psych, surf rock & funk, creating a very modern Middle Eastern groove with the incredible addition of Yurika’s distinctive vocals, sung in her native Japanese.
— Selected by Dennis Parham

Other noteworthy releases

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Exclusive Premiere: enzo dicarlo “sem flow” ft. rodrigo zin, adieu, siara Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:55:44 +0000 enzo dicarlo is a 17-year old producer / multi-instrumentalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil ready to share his talents with the world. Son of a music producer, enzo dicarlo started to DJ at 8-years old and began to produce his own music at 12-years old. His mother was a radio host/producer and used to take him to work where he was introduced to a wide range of music spanning Rock, R&B, Jazz, Gospel and various styles of Brazilian Music.

At 13-years old, enzo dicarlo start to publicly release some of his own music via SoundCloud, where he met future collaborators and friends while continuing his musical development.

enzo dicarlo has already made his mark on the national music scene in Brazil, producing the song “Salvaje” for Brazilian drag queen / pop star Pabllo Vittar’s latest album “111.” The album is currently certified platinum and was released in March 2020.

“e se a noite nunca chegar” (translated: and what if nightfall never comes) is enzo dicarlo’s latest album which is his most reflective and personal project to date. The album chronicles enzo dicarlo’s journey of self reflection and discovery, dealing with his own insecurities and apprehension, and his path towards self-acceptance. Throughout the album, there is an ever present internal battle where he finds himself managing other people’s perceptions and expectations moreso than accepting his own path. Musically, the album is a mix of forward thinking Electronic Soul and RnB, with Brazilian influences of Chill Baile and modern day Brazilian R&B.

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LAZY DAYS — Show #93 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:58:44 +0000 Fall is upon us. Still a long journey ahead to get back to that thing we used to call “normal”.

Fortunately, plenty of music to keep us sane and positive. In fact, there’s a little 20 something minute extra this month. A few tracks from Blair French’s impressive new album, a few remixed bit from Smoove & Turrell’s album, new Chris Duckenfield unreleased remix of Crazy P “Magnetise” under his PPF moniker, new ones on Freerange, ARCo, Running Back and a few more newcomers to the show : Ben & Dylan, Acolyte…

As usual, thanks for listening and your continuous support.


1.Blair French – Jeans – Rocksteady Disco
2.Roisin Murphy – Something More (Soulwax Remix) – Skint
3.Crazy P – Magnetise (PPF Magnetic North Dub)
4.Hot Toddy – Wilde Touch – House Of Disco
5.Feater – Money – Running Back
6.Girls Of The Internet – Time (Tee Mango Remix) – Drab Queen
7.Blair French – Celebration Ritual – Rocksteady Disco
8.Ben & Dylan – Bipedal Bears – Waterworks
9.Eli Escobar – Give Love
10.Acolyte – Fire In Zero Gravity – Futureboogie
11.South West Seven – If You Want (Art Of Tones Remix) – Seven
12.Scan 7 – The Best Is Yet To Come – Heist
13.Laroye – Twisted – Freerange
14.Atjazz – Everyone & Everything = (Atjazz Astro Dub) – ARCo
15.Smoove & Turrell – Fade Away (Fouk Dub) – Jalapeno
16.Blair French – Spacetime Curvature feat Fahrenheit 2040 – Rocksteady Disco
17.Smoove & Turell – It’s You (Smoove Extended Dub) – Jalapeno

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Exclusive Premiere: Gabríel Ólafs “Another Fall, Another Spring” (Masayoshi Fujita Rework) Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:43:53 +0000 Gabríel Ólafs‘ ‘Absent Minded Reworks’ out November 13th via One Little Independent Records featuring reworks from Niklas Paschburg, Hugar, Masayoshi Fujita, Kelly Moran and more.

On the revision of ‘Another Fall, Another Spring’ Gabriel enlists Berlin-based Japanese composer / vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita’s for a beautiful piece perfect for a solitary, pensive sound-walk in nature.

A few words from Masayoshi on his rendition: “As I transcribed Gabriel’s song and converted it into a vibraphone piece I felt like I could see his intension and care for the notes and harmony more. It also inspired me to interpret and re-construct the song in a different manner. It was a joyful experience.”


After a widely positive reception for ‘Piano Works’ – the solo deconstruction by Gabríel Ólafs of his debut album ‘Absent Minded’ – the gifted Icelandic composer is returning in November with his collection of reworks. A dramatically different take on his previous release, this time he’s enlisted the talent of Niklas Paschburg, Hugar, Masayoshi Fujita, Kelly Moran and more to completely reinterpret his usually minimalist output.

‘Absent Minded Reworks’, released via One Little Independent Records, largely builds on the originals ambient melodies with layers of delicate keys and glistening synth, utilizing the touch of some of the industry’s most respected visionaries. Gabriel tells us that “Absent Minded Reworks is a project featuring the artists I listen to, love and look up to, as well as amazing friends and colleagues from my home country of Iceland (Hugar, Kippi Kaninus, Skúli Sverrisson, Katie Buckley, Ásta Soffía).

Hearing my work reinterpreted by some of my absolute favorite artists has been incredible for me, so this project was a treat to make. I wanted it to feel like a record with a partial thread but with more variety in styles; so we had that in mind when curating and mixing it. I did not want to limit the reworkers but instead give full creative control. From Kelly Moran’s stunningly cinematic rework, to Niklas Paschburg’s inspiring danceable uptempo remix, to Masayoshi Fujita’s solo vibraphone performance. It has also been interesting not being able to travel because of lockdown, yet still working with artists from Germany, Japan and the US.”

Gabríel Ólafs wrote his debut ‘Absent Minded’ at just 14 years old and peaked interest for his deft appreciation for ambience and space, creativity and a musical story-telling ability far beyond his years. Masterful compositions ebb and flow seamlessly and depict epics from pure imagination, as Ólafs small town isolation means he draws his inspiration from the smallest things; a poster of a French cyclist, his mother gardening or the harbour down the road.

With ‘Absent Minded Reworks’ closing the book on this chapter of his life, Gabríel Ólafs’ fierce creative determination and endless vision continues to shine through without a hint of obstruction, having spent much of the last few months working on new material.

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Exclusive Premiere: 30/70 “Tempted” (Athlete Whippet Remix) (Forthcoming on Rhythm Section INTL) Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:30:22 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a scorching remix of “Tempted”, originally by SE Australian “future jazz” collective, 30/70 Collective, reworked here by SE London-based house duo, Athlete Whippet. Taken from a more-than-solid remix package, also featuring reworks by SAUL, Close Counters, Setwun & Maxwell Owin, out this Friday via Peckham’s finest, Rhythm Section INTL.

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Hazy house producers, Athlete Whippet have been championed by Scuba, Bicep, Laurent Garnier and The Black Madonna, and now join the RS ranks by way of injecting ‘Tempted’ with foot-stomping percussion and a moody electronic groove that perfectly fits Allysha Joy’s vocals.

In their own words, “We’ve loved this album since the moment it dropped last year so it was a huge pleasure to get the stems and rework our favourite track from it. Every single instrumental and vocal performance is brilliant on the original, which made our lives very easy and fun – no matter how we’d reshuffle the elements, it would always sound great!”

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Exclusive Premiere: Horatio Luna “Patrice” Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:50:45 +0000 We’re huge fans of all of Horatio Luna’s musical endeavours and this upcoming album on Jitwam’s (another very talented fella) has got us very excited. Judging on the two singles so far we knew this slightly more dancefloor leaning record was going to something.

Well, bonus bonus! Just ahead of the full drop of the album (pre-order here) here is the third single. Wait for that vocal drop in the second half of the jam!

Composer, bassist and producer Henry Hicks AKA Horatio Luna is a musician intrinsically interwoven into the fabric of Melbourne’s bubbling music scene through his solo and collaborative work with musicians and producers from tight-knit creative communities in both Melbourne and Sydney. If you’ve at all followed the Melbourne music scene as it exploded onto the global stage in the last few years, you will likely be familiar with the undeniably infectious bass licks of Horatio Luna.

From his roots as a founding member of the influential hip hop /soul collective 30/70, to his extensive collaborative work with afro-house group Teymori, Horatio Luna forges his path by fusing styles, embracing genres and proudly defying labels. His musical output can be dizzying in its vastness, whether it be the unconventional dance music of Lush Life, his trad-jazz band John Henderson, spiritual improvisations with Foshe, or his most recent solo album ‘Yes Doctor’ on Melbourne label La Sape. Horatio Luna is one of the hardest working musicians in the game right now, who’s recently been recognised for his contributions to the flourishing Melbourne scene with a feature on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ compilation and documentary.

His new LP ‘Boom Boom’ on The Jazz Diaries is Hicks’ most dancefloor leaning offering to date. Utilizing his raw, unfiltered DIY approach to composition, Henry applies the sprawling, human energy of live jazz to the four-to-the-floor structures of early house music that in its soulful essence, captures the scratchy spirit of Detroit luminaries like Moodymann, Terrence Parker, and Mike Huckaby. Horatio Luna’s music embodies an ethos of limitless creation, not bound by genre or style, as Hicks explains “I was always just about freedom in music, freedom in life. I wanted to hear new music and I’ve always been intrigued by abstract and contemporary ideas. Fusion music.”

This freedom in music is on full display with the album’s lead single ‘Fuck The System’, for which a video was created under football stadium lights in Melbourne. Heading into uncharted sonic territory, Horatio Luna effortlessly fuses grimey UK rap with his signature jazzy house bangas style. ‘Fuck The System’ is the message we need right now, imploring us to ‘rewrite the code’ and celebrate our creativity in all its limitless potential.

Showing the versatility of his talent throughout the record, Hicks delivers outer space bass licks on title track ‘Boom Boom’, drops rapped verses on ‘Fuck The System’, and even turns in an incredible reimagining of Detroit legend Patrice Scott’s classic anthem ‘Be Free’. ‘Boom Boom’ signals a new dawn in the Horatio Luna sound, exploring the inner-limits of what house music is, and the outer-limits of what house music can be.

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Exclusive Premiere: KARU “Root” (Forthcoming on Beat Machine Records) Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:03:38 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is excited to share something very different today. “Root”, an exciting blend of jazz, electronic music and hip hop from Italian musician and producer, KARU. Taken from forthcoming album, ‘Kuru’ on Beat Machine Records.

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According to KARU, “”Root” represents the starting idea from which all of KURU primordial sounds are generated. These sounds chase each other between the tracks of the entire album, creating a looping pattern, similar to a mantra. This process of elaboration, like a root that grows, is the core of my musical creation”.

‘Kuru’ is the first album composed by the collaborative project KARU, and orchestrated by the multi-instrumentalist Alberto Brutti. He delves into his passions for tribal culture, jazz and electronic production, combining them in a work that is in equal parts uplifting and somber. The album is completed with a footwork inspired remix from On The Corner associated Guedra Guedra.

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Crucial Material – September 14th, 2020 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:33:13 +0000 Hope everyone is doing great after a restful month of August. Summer is over. Social distancing is back on. Dreams of massive global reunion parties are still on hold. 🙁

This will be our last double-stuff edition before we get back to our weekly pace of that crucial material. So here you are with a double dose of our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the moment.

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Contours & Yadava — Cosmic Echoes

A beautiful EP that grew out of live jam between producer/DJs Contours and Yadava finally sees a joint release on ANMA Records and Flumo. Through numerous turns, the pair weave house, jazz, broken beat, ambient and hip hop, with a hint of Balearic. A worthy soundtrack to the autumn transition.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Byron the Aquarius – Apron EP

Fans of Byron the Aquarius HAVE to check out this new EP for London’s Apron Records. Arguably more than long enough to be called an album, 10 songs taking in funk, jazz, house & electro, all with his own soulful signature swing. Ending on a cheeky nod to one of the UK’s most esteemed house producers.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Anz — Loos in Twos

Hessle Audio been one of our favorite imprints throughout its 10+ year existence (time flies!) but this is definetly one of the nicest 12’s in recent times. Manchester’s ANZ with a scientific mish mash of UK sounds aligning the steppers and hardcore continuum. “Loos in Twos” sounds like Todd Terry’s classic “A Day In The Life” re-imagined inna Manchester 2020.
– Selected by Lexis

Blacksea Nao Maya — Maquina de Venus

I keep saying it. Lisboa’s Principe is one of the most forward-thinking electronic labels out there. Each project feels like it breaks new ground, and this Blacksea Nao Maya EP (their first in 5 years on Principe) is no different. Everything I love about electronic music all at the once, all at the same time. Definitely no social distancing possible when listening to the “Estranhos e Loucos” track.
– Selected by Lexis

Altered Natives — The Trinity Black EP

When digging through the endless piles of stale house and techno releases, one of the names you can always count on for that good shit is Altered Natives. His broken beat roots always shine through even when he’s putting out the darkest techno. The Trinity Black EP also marks the launch of his global consultancy agency for cultural diversity in dance music. Respect!
– Selected by Lexis

Nikitch & Kuna Maze – The Leak (Domu & Sonar’s Ghost Remixes)

Via Tru Thoughts, a brand new Nikitch & Kuna Maze twist on  juke with jazz & broken beat, complemented by three (!) remixes from the legendary retired broken beat and DnB producer, Domu aka Sonar’s Ghost. One broken, one DnB, the third mix is an epic journey combining both styles. A very rare outing for Dominic Stanton!
– Selected by Oli Brunetti 


Various – New Horizons: A Bristol Jazz Sound

With this compilation for the newly minted Worm Discs label, Bristol proudly stands up for its own home-grown almost (post?) rock-tinged jazz scene. Primarily built around songs by Waldo’s Gift, Run Logan Run, Snazzback, look out for a sublime rework from Ishmael Ensemble and a beautiful quiet storm of a surprise from Lyrebird, a brand new name to us.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Calabashed — Behold a Black Wave 

Purple City releases the first results of a special collaboration between saxophonist (& poet- but here only sax) Alabaster dePlume & poet/songwriter Joshua Idehen, joined by harpish Maria Osuchowskam, Donna Thompson on drums, James Howard on guitars and Raimund Wong on tape & FX. Produced by Dan Leavers (Comet is Coming, Soccer96), the album provides a dreamy, sometimes sombre but heartwarming bedding for Idehen’s poignant verse.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Andrew Wasylyk — Fugitive Light and Theme of Consolation

On his second outing for Athens of the North, continuing to explore the landscape of Scotland’s East coast, Wasylyk’s subtle cinematic melodies and orchestrations, always somewhere between jazz in the Alice Coltrane vein, neo-classical and library music, picking up a little more of an almost psychedelic David Axlerod-like orchestral soul.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Roscoe Weathers — I’ll Remember

Jazzman Records highlights overlooked jazz journeyman and flautist Roscoe Weathers on brilliant new retrospective album. The collection of 60s-era recorded tracks feature a wide range of grooves from laid back beatnik jazz grooves to more uptempo percussion heavy Afro-Latin gems.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Various — WAMONO A to Z Vol. I: Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968​-​1980

Avid crate diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite and Chintam follow-up the publishing of the now out-of-print ‘Wamono A to Z’ records guide book with the first of a great new complimentary compilation series highlighting “the Wamono sound.” Volume 1 features ten highly obscure jazz-funk and rare groove selections produced in Japan from 1968 to 1980.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Błoto – Kwiatostan

Błoto follow up their acclaimed ‘Erozje’ album on Astigmatic, with ‘Kwiatostan’. Privately recorded at the newly opened Jazzmine club in Warsaw during the pandemic, whilst revisiting its improvised take on golden era hip hop, further inspiration comes from house, footwork, etc. with a welcome guest vocal from Toni Sauna. A less immediate listen but at least as rewarding.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


MZ Boom Bap — EXPEDITion 100 Vol. 3: The Raw Version Of Smooth

Another stellar instrumental project by Portuguese producer MZ Boom Bap. All jazz/soul samples, in that vein of the golden era of Hip-Hop. There’s also a bonus track with Swiss rapper Buds Penseur (La Base/Tru Comers).
– Selected by Walla P

Big Sean — Detroit 2

I’m not the biggest Big Sean connaisseur but I gotta say I enjoyed this record which is part concept record (dedicated to his hometown of Detroit) and part mainstream rap mega blockbuster (guests on the record feature pretty much all of the biggest names). Solid from top to bottom, even the interludes are great (Badu, Stevie, Keith Sweat), especially the Detroit story from Dave Chapelle.
– Selected by Lexis

J Rocc — Turn me up some

The legendary J.Rocc has been dropping tons of gold from his secret stash lately. This one features Dilla-inspired-collab nuggets including two versions of the all-time classic “Fuck The Police” which I’ve already had the pleasure of rinsing out in a recent DJ set in Estonia (in front of real humans!). Get this on bandcamp, it might not be up for long.
– Selected by Lexis


XL Middleton — Rose Bowl Motel 

The Pasadena Funkster is back with another great release, where Modern Funk meets House & Electronic music. XL also added “Shotgun Lover” feat. Zackey Force Funk, for the first time on a 12’ edit. (it was previously available strictly on 7’) 
– Selected by Walla P

Star Creature Vibes (Compilation)

SCUV continues their hot streak of releases with their first official compilation, all Modern Funk tracks by some of the heavyweights of the scene, Saucy Lady, Amalia, Proh Mic, Shiro Schwarz, Ourra, Kutcorners, and the highly sought “Do Me Like That” by Chesta Blake and E.Live.
– Selected by Walla P 


Disco Vumbi – Disco Vumbi, Vol. II

Avoiding all pigeon holes, UK label Byrd Out, home at times to the late great Andrew Weatherall, released this killer album of East African traditional meets electronic music by Kenyan musician Alai K. Uplifting vibes, beats that demand your physical participation, and a fresh & timeless sound. Check it out.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


The Heliocentrics – Telemetric Sounds

Apparently The Heliocentrics had so much strong material at hand for their last album, released by Madlib on his Rapcats imprint, that the cinematic, psych, funk, avant garde, motorik influenced band was able to deliver a second album just a few months later.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Holy Tongue — Erev 

Our good friend Deadboy aka Al Wooton, who has been on an absolute tear lately, teams up with the talented Valentina Magaletti for a stunning EP combining post-punk, leftfield sounds, experimental dub. You absolutely need this on wax. Just trust me.
– Selected by Lexis

Suso Saiz & Suzanne Kraft —Between No Things

Suzanne Kraft teamed up with Spanish New Age pioneer Suso Saiz for a lovely ambient/soundscape record presented by Music From Memory – purveyors of records that are always worthy of very deep listening.
– Selected by Lexis

Gavsborg — Jamaican Drum Machine

Been a fan of anything coming out of the Equiknoxx Music stable for a while but I gotta say the last three releases have all been incredible. Forward-thinking-dub-dancehall-experimental-music-for-those-who-know.
– Selected by Lexis

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Exclusive Premiere: Kiko Dinucci “Habitual” (Forthcoming on Mais Um) Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:12:37 +0000 We have been listening to Kiko Dinucci’s beautiful ‘Rastilho’ album almost constantly since hearing first hearing it. Since the original Brazilian edition has proven so elusive, we’ve been patiently waiting for Mais Um Discos to release it more widely, and this October it will finally see the light, with a bonus 7″ of unreleased songs.

We are extremely excited to premiere one of those three songs today, “Habitual”. Contrary to the upbeat melody the lyrics tell the story of someone suffering from the effects of the painkiller tramadol and general modern-day anxiety. Bem-te-vi, aka Kiskadee, is a popular bird, found throughout Brazil.

Pre-Order on Bandcamp

Inspired equally by Joao Gilberto and Fugazi, African polyphonic music and his home city of São Paulo, Kiko Dinucci offers an explosive take on 21st century Brazil on ‘Rastilho’, an album of apocalyptic samba released on Mais Um on 16th October.

Characterised by his visceral guitar playing and raw vocals – plus guest spots that veer from wild incantations to an earth-rumbling samba chorus – ‘Rastilho’ is wrapped in reverb and echo with “defects” such as fingernail scratches, crackles, gasps, grunts and the sounds of strings hitting the fret board all part of it’s sonic tapestry.

Inspired by 1960s Brazilian recordings from the likes of Sergio Ricardo, Geraldo Vandré and Edu Lobo, the album was recorded direct to analogue in the hyped Minduca studio in São Paulo – the rough and ready vibe of the album an ode to Dinucci’s hometown where “everything is distorted and things are wrong but somehow it works.”

Lyrically the album celebrates revolutionary figures from Brazil’s past, pays respect to the folklore that birthed Brazil whilst addressing problems that currently plague the country.

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MIMS Guest Mix: LEOPOLD (London, Soho Radio) Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:59:20 +0000 We’re thrilled to welcome North London’s Leopold to our ongoing series of guest mixes where we give carte blanche to some of the best selectors around the globe. He is the host of the Natural Element show on the excellent Soho Radio.

@leopolddj: “I kind of just wanted to play a bunch of more uptempo stuff that I’ve been feeling recently, across both the deeper end of the spectrum and the more fun/dancey end. Something slightly different to my radio shows but at the same time reflecting its eclecticism and my general taste/style of playing. One to stick on during those weekend nights in.”


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Neil Swainson Quintet “49th Parallel” Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:38:17 +0000 Bassist Neil Swainson’s rare and sought after recording, 49th Parallel, is finally getting a much needed re-release (first time on vinyl) on Cellar Live’s Reel to Real imprint and la reserve Records.

The debut and only album from one of Canada’s most important bassists, Swainson features tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Woody Shaw along with Jerry Fuller on drums and Gary Williamson on piano. The album was Woody Shaw’s last studio recording.

On 49th Parallel, Neil Swainson matched the right musicians with the right music and then had the wisdom to let things unfold organically, allowing these artists to play to their estimable strengths. The result is a complete and satisfying artistic statement.

Cory Weeds: When did you move to Toronto?

Neil Swainson: February of 1977

When did you start playing with Woody Shaw?

Neil Swainson: I played a few gigs with Woody in the early to mid-80s. It was 1987 when we recorded 49th Parallel. I had started working with Woody at Bourbon Street. Jerry Fuller, Gary Williamson and I were the rhythm section, which became the rhythm section on the record. Bourbon Street was a club, much like the Cellar or Frankie’s, where local rhythm sections often played with visiting American or European artists. At that time, in the mid-80s, Jerry Fuller and I worked quite a bit at Bourbon Street. Woody Shaw was one of the guests at that time and he came up by himself. So we worked for a week at Bourbon Street, and then he had a week at a club called the Cock and Lion in Ottawa, which was in the Château Laurier. We went up and played with him there as well. We played two weeks in a row pretty much, the same guys, and we got along pretty well.

How did the Joe Henderson thing come together?

Neil Swainson: I hadn’t actually worked with Joe before the recording. I did after, but at that point I had not worked with him. It started when I was talking with Kate Roach about doing this recording project. I had written a bunch of tunes, played them on various gigs, and demo recorded them. I said, “Ideally, I’d like to do this with Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson, although I don’t know Joe Henderson.” Kate said, “I’ll reach out to him and ask him, and then negotiate and all that stuff.” She did that and I’d never met him before. Once he knew that Woody was onboard, I think he was more inclined to say yes, but he didn’t know who we were.

What happened next was we had a night booked at a club called the Bamboo in Toronto, with the same quintet that was going to go in the next couple of days and record. Woody showed up and Joe Henderson didn’t. We didn’t hear anything from Joe. At the last minute, we called Sam Noto, who happened to be living in town, and actually had a great night. Wonderful trumpet playing and free-spirited music. And Joe never sent word. He just didn’t show.

They called him the phantom. I said, “Woody, Joe didn’t show up.” And he said, “Oh, that chicken shit motherfucker.” Because he said that shit used to happen to them all the time. When they worked with Joe, with George Cables, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, they’d show up in cities and Joe wouldn’t show up so the band would be stranded. They’d have to find their own way home from there. It happened many times to them, right? He knew this shit was happening. But what Joe had done is he had booked another gig in Chicago that ran two nights and this was the second night. He’d just take the better offer. So he missed the gig and he missed the first day of recording too. That’s why there’s some quartet tunes on the record. It was supposed to be all quintet.

We went into the recording studio with Woody, Gary, Jerry and me. We did my tunes, and I picked the ones where the melody was in unison so we could get through without missing a harmony part. That was fine, and then around midnight of that first day of recording, I got a phone call at home. It was Joe Henderson. He said, “Hey Neil, it’s Joe.” I’d never talked to him before. I said, “Joe, where are you?” He replied, “I’m in town, I’m at the hotel.” Then he asked about where to get something to eat. I said, “Go to the front door, turn left and walk along Dundas. You’ll hit Chinatown in about five blocks.” Joe said, “OK, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

We recorded with Joe in one day, and that was the first time I’d ever met him. It was a trial by fire. But he was great. He was thoroughly professional, a great guy, very intelligent, very methodical. He’d sit down at the piano and I’d show him the piano parts or the lead sheets and he’d go, “Is this what you mean?” And he haltingly played through it. He internalized it that way. Then when he played it, he just nailed it. Everything was a first or second take with him. We did all his parts in one day. It was great. After that, I did some more work with him. With Jon Ballantyne, we did a recording and a tour of Western Canada.

Joe Henderson © 1986 Mark Miller

I read that at the time of the recording, Woody Shaw’s eyesight was very compromised and he had to learn all the music by ear. You taught him all the parts that way?

Neil Swainson: That’s correct. Woody couldn’t see anything because he had retinitis pigmentosa. He came to my house and I just played him the trumpet parts on the piano. Woody played them right back and then he memorized them. He went in the studio the next day and still had them in his brain. Woody was amazing. He had the best ears I’ve ever encountered. There are lots of people I know with great ears, but his were amazing. I did a clinic with him one time and he said, “OK, somebody go to the piano and play 10 notes.” He named all of the notes from the bottom to the top instantly. He knew everything that was going on at all times.

Can you talk about your rhythm section mates in this particular band, Gary Williamson and Jerry Fuller?

Neil Swainson: Gary Williamson was a great piano player, who I didn’t work with as often as I would have liked. But at the time, he was one of the pianists – like Bernie Senensky or Don Thompson – who likely would get called for a gig like that. Gary was a great choice. He was a great and really interesting piano player, and really modern. Another guy with perfect pitch and wonderful ears. That was one of the first times that I played with him for a couple of weeks in a row. Then we subsequently played with Woody and did this recording.

Jerry Fuller and I had worked a lot together, especially at Bourbon Street with many people, from Wild Bill Davison to Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson and swing guys and singers. You name it, we did it. Jerry did everything. He and I were like brothers. We did so many gigs together that it was like falling off a log. He was a great drummer in the Philly Joe Jones tradition. He could always hear the melody. He knew a lot about harmony. He knew the songs. If we didn’t know a song, he’d hum the bass notes to you. He was a great rhythm section mate. I learned a lot from playing with Jerry, especially when I was in my early 20s and we were playing with pretty well-known people.

You were in your mid to late 20s and you were bringing up Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw. That must have been something, working with those two guys. Do you remember what that feeling was like?

Neil Swainson: I had been working with Woody for a few years. I was quite comfortable with him because I’d been to New York with him a bunch of times, and to Europe. It was just the Joe Henderson part – that was the unknown. The fact that he agreed to do it in the first place was like, holy shit, this is the big time now. I thought, “I’ll just do the best I can.” Nerves and everything dissipated when you start playing. Plus, I’m working with Gary and Jerry who had worked with a lot of big people and it wasn’t an issue whether it was going to be good. Jerry’s going to carry it, and Gary and Woody. It’s going to be great no matter what. I just had fun, really. It was just initially daunting.

Woody Shaw © 1986 Mark Miller

You’re not just the bass player in this group. It’s your band, it’s your tunes, you’re the leader. Got to be some added pressure there?

Neil Swainson: Well, it didn’t stop me. It didn’t hold me back. I had my friend Pat Coleman who was producing it and that was a relief because I knew him very well. Kate Roach was executive producer and she’s a dear friend of mine. She was responsible for getting it off the ground financially and organizationally. I was in good hands, and I wasn’t too concerned with having to deal with all the minute details.

Let’s talk about Kate, who’s also become a good friend of mine. What was her role? What did she contribute?

Neil Swainson: At the time she was a jazz fan and Jerry and I, and a bunch of us, all knew her. We’d have drinks at her place or go out for dinner. She just became a really good friend. When I mentioned that I wanted to do this project, she said, “Let’s make it happen. I’ll call some people and I’ll try to raise some money.”

We had business meetings with some friends of hers, and people agreed to pledge money. I didn’t have any money. She organized all that stuff. She’s a very astute businesswoman, as well. She’s had many careers doing different things. She completely takes charge in that situation and says, “OK, let’s do this. We’re going to have a meeting tomorrow and have lunch and talk about the details. We’ll talk about what you’ll need and how much it’s going to cost. Then we’ll call the studios and find out prices.” So she took care of all that stuff. It wouldn’t have happened without her, for sure. Guarantee you that.

Do you have any memories of how the album was received? Did you feel it did a lot for your career? Did it open up some doors?

Neil Swainson: I think in the long term it did a lot. In terms of name recognition, people who had the record knew who I was. But in the short term, it didn’t necessarily do a lot. I didn’t have people calling me to tour Europe with my own band, because I couldn’t have done that with Joe and Woody. It was one of those things, slow developing.

It didn’t get nominated for a Juno or anything. It was released on Concord Records and they didn’t think to submit it and I didn’t care. But it did fairly well in sales. I got royalties for the tunes and number of records sold and everything. For a jazz recording by a fairly unknown person – I was working with George Shearing by the time it came out – I got lots of good reviews in various publications.

This wasn’t a standard record deal in which Concord approached you and said, “We want you to make a record. We can offer you X amount of dollars.” The Concord thing came after you recorded it, am I correct?

Neil Swainson: It did. What happened was I was on a Concord Fujitsu Festival tour with George Shearing. I had started working with George recently. Don Thompson had left George’s band because he didn’t want to travel any more. George got Don a green card and he couldn’t reapply for another bass player to get a green card. George said, “I’ll hire you for the overseas stuff, but for the States I can’t get you a green card because I just went through the process and they’re not going to let it happen.” Then I was talking about that with Carl Jefferson, who was the founder and president of Concord Records. He said, “Oh, I’ll get you a visa. I’ll call my secretary Joan and we’re going to get my Congressman on it and you’ll have a visa in no time.” And sure enough he did all of that. I got a three-year visa a month later.

So, while we were in Japan, I talked about this recording, which we hadn’t released because I didn’t have a label. We were just shopping it around. I told Carl that Woody Shaw, who had passed away the year before, was on it along with Joe Henderson. I said, “I think it’s great. There’s great Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson on there.” And he said, “I’d love to hear it. It would be good to put out a record as a tribute to Woody Shaw.” Carl said he’d put it out. Not only did I get a visa to work with Shearing, but I also put out my record the same week. So Carl Jefferson was really helpful in that respect.

Did Carl and Concord see the importance of the recording as Canadian content?

Neil Swainson: I don’t think it was released in Canada as Canadian content particularly. It was just released like all the other Concord releases were. I don’t think they paid too much attention to the Canadian market, other than as another place to sell records. It wasn’t the typical Concord music, either.

When is the last time you listened to it?

Neil Swainson: Oh, I haven’t listened to that thing in years.

How do you think it stands up to the test of time?

Neil Swainson: It’s almost 30 years it’s been out there. The playing is very good, especially Woody and Joe, and Jerry and Gary as well. Whatever I think about my own playing, I’m not unhappy with the recording. I’m glad it came out at all.

If I’m not mistaken, I think this is your only album as a leader. It’s pretty hard to top that, but is it because another opportunity hasn’t come up?

Neil Swainson: That’s basically it. I could never afford to pay for another one myself and I was busy enough as a sideman, so I wasn’t really pursuing a career as a leader. I didn’t feel it was like absolutely necessary. I’ve got a family and other things that are prioritized before I’m going to spend my own money on a project that would marginally affect anything or anybody. But I’m glad to have an opportunity to release it again.

Yes, and after the release of this, we’ll take you and a quintet into the studio. We’re going to go into the studio once we can get everybody together. It’s going to be a nice companion recording to the re-release of 49th Parallel.

Neil Swainson: In fact, I ran into somebody last night who said, “Man, you know that record you made? It would be so great if you re-released it.” I said, “Man, you wouldn’t believe how coincidental that is because Cory is going to do that.” I’m grateful for the opportunity.

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Swainson © 1985 Mark Miller
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HUMA “Moon Crab” (Forthcoming on Angis Music) Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:52:05 +0000 We are absolutely in love with the luscious grooves of “Moon Crab”. Falling somewhere between jazz, electronic music and modern funk, whilst evoking the futuristic soulful boogie sound pioneered by Kaidi Tatham, et al.

Due for release on a limited 7″ vinyl, September 21, via Angis Music, with a special vocal duet ballad, “Absence”, on the flip.

Pre-Order LTD yellow vinyl 7″ on Bandcamp

HUMA is a new concept from Alberto Lincetto and Stefano Cosi, both musicians and producers belonging to the Italian experimental soul and jazz scene. Already active in other projects such as PCKT and Collettivo Immaginario, they boast collaborations with international artists such as Chauncey Yearwood, Tommaso Cappellato and Serena Brancale. The debut EP presents two very different scenarios where the solidity and minimalism of the rhythms blend with the deep yet refined harmonies. “Moon Crab” is the reminiscence of a cosmic journey with modern funk features, where a liquid and indefinite sound mass slowly evolves into a climax of drums and synthesizers, giving life to an irrepressible flow of emotions. “Absence”, instead, with its melancholic tones and electronic acoustic sound represents a perfect epilogue with an open ending. The rest we will discover just by listening.

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Exclusive Premiere: Photay “The People” (Penya Universal Riddim Mix) Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:29:30 +0000 We’re very happy to present this great remix from good friends of ours, out very soon on the always great Mexican Summer imprint!

UK quartet, Penya, add their own percussion-driven take Photay’s “The People”, with a pounding beat, reverb drenched brass and an added vocal line that works alongside the original refrain that builds to a synergistic call and response vocal crescendo.

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Exclusive Premiere: Jimena Angel “Llamameya” Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:42:48 +0000 Jimena Angel’s seasoned experience as a vocalist, guitarist, DJ and producer brings depth to the fresh, new sound of her upcoming single, Llamameya, arriving September 11th. Showcasing the cultural hybridization of afro-latino rhythms characterized by Caribbean music, this tropical, electric and festive single launches the Colombian artist’s upcoming EP release with French label, Elis Records, in October.

After a 25 year career as a pop rock singer including a Latin Grammy nomination in 2009, Jimena Angel decided to take a pause from her big city life in Bogota for a life in the mountains of the Magdalena province, on the Caribbean coast. The slow pace and luxuriant natural surroundings renewed her creativity and inspired a repertoire of music including her new single, Llamameya. Recorded during the lockdown between Colombia, Lisboa, Berlin and Utrecht, Jimena called on the talented Berlin-based saxophonist and producer Ben Abarbanel-Wolff, to bring his energetic brass sound to this new track. He previously produced albums by Ebo Taylor including the remarkable“Love and Death” and Pat Thomas, wrote horns and produced a few songs on ‘Philanthropiques’ by Guts. This collaboration was orchestrated under the artistic direction and electronic touch of French producer, iZem.

As a singer on Sidestepper’s 2003 hit ‘Mas Papaya’ Jimena already showcased her experimentation and ease with a wide range of music from electro to tropical folklore. She highlighted this range on her solo album ‘Todo Reverdece’ (2014), in the singles ‘Ciruela’ (2018) and ‘Mani’ (2019), as well as in collaborations reggae dub with producer Brain Damage on ‘Ya No Más’ (2018). Two decades after making her debut, Jimena Angel promises to further deepen the aesthetic exploration of an already rich and melodic musical palette with the EP ‘Aire’, scheduled to launch in October.

Release of “Llamameya” September 11th 2020 on all digital platforms

Release of “Aire” October 16th 2020 on all digital platforms


Lineup / Credits

Vocals, guitar: Jimena Angel
Horns, keys, arrangement : Ben Abarbanel-Wolff
Electronic production: iZem
Backing vocals : Joana Clara Gomes
Percussion: Gino Bombrini
Artwork: Bertrand Niquel
Photo: Marcos Vicioso Carbonell
Recorded remotely in home studios in Minca (Colombia), Lisbon (Portugal), Berlin (Germany) and Utrecht (Netherlands).
Mixed by Jori Collignon @ Le Garage (Palmela, Portugal)
Mastered by Blanka @ Kasablanka (Paris, France)
Special thanks to Rita Kadaoui, Olivier Rosset, Arnaud Daniélou.

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Nikitch & Kuna Maze “The Leak / Domu & Sonar’s Ghost Remix” Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:50:11 +0000 It’s a very rare day when any record label manages to lure the legendary broken beat pioneer and veteran of Reinforced’s “2nd Wave”, Dominic Stanton, most commonly known as Domu, to come out of retirement to share one remix, let alone three, yet Tru Thoughts have managed just that. 

French duo Nikitich & Kuna Maze appear to be outside any particular scenes, but they have been steadily applying their esteemable musical chops, classically trained, jazz conservatory trained, to creating fresh new club-focused music influenced by juke & footwork, house, broken beat, classic jazz funkers like Azymuth, and so on, that add to those classic templates rather than falling into a regurgitative trap. 

The original version of “The Leak” is a vibrant hybrid of juke & footwork with jazz and a touch of broken beat. An almost 4×4 juke beat, slowed down to a still uptempo 135bpm, is complimented by hi-hats that swing like they are broken and a propulsive bassline. Flutes solos and synths build the musicality.

Dominic steps up first with a broken beat remix, concentrating almost all the melodic components of the original into the basslines, with a smattering of subtly utilised synths & keys work. The hi-hats and claps of the original are repurposed into the funkiest of broken rhythms. Intricate but swinging hard. 

The second remix comes from Dom’s more recent Sonar’s Ghost alias, which refers to his earlier work as Sonar Circle, a key figure of seminal DnB label Reinforced’s 2nd Wave. Clearly his own, matured take on DnB/Jungle, there might even be a splash of footwork, but it isn’t out of place. Manic drum breaks bed floating synths and basslines, beautifully contrasting in their dreamlike effect. 

Finally, The Domu x Sonar’s Ghost Epic Remix Mix, unites the two previous remixes into one long version, bridging the two previous remixes. Summarising a timely reminder of the high levels set by Domu that so many producers are still trying hard to even come close to. Let’s hope we hear more from Domu, or Sonar’s Ghost, very soon.

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #27 w/ Manu Boubli (Superfly Records) (Hosted by Psycut) Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:34:22 +0000 Hi everybody we’re back with a very special guest: Manu Boubli, the co-owner of Superfly Records and the guy who has introduced me to deep spiritual Jazz 15 years ago.

For this 27th show I started the first half of the mix with only Future Classics with the lovely spiritual tunes by Asher Gamedze, Phi-Psonics, Raffy Bushman, Cool Affair & Sisonke Xonti and Tenderlonious. Also, the contemporary ambient jazz of Hania Rani and the brand new brazil flavored sound from Caixa Cubo, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge feat Azymuth and A Bossa Elétrica for a killer Roy Ayers’ Cover.

Manu Boubli chose a great selection of his “favorite things” featuring some forgotten and very rare spiritual jazz nuggets from Catalyst , The Lightmen Plus One, Brother Ah, Ayizan, Jack Wilkins , Steve Colson Unity and Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra. For all the jazz dancers you can find the killer tune from David Wertman Sun Ensemble “Forrest Dance”, what a Tune!

Coincidentally, as Nat Birchall for My Favorite Things Vol 26, Manu opened his set from a deep reggae track from Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, definitely a must have record. Enjoy!


Psycut’s set

01 – Asher Gamedze – Siyabulela (2020)
02 – Phi-Psonics – The Cradle (2020)
03 – Raffy Bushman – Look Up (2020)
04 – Tenderlonious – Rocco’s Raga (2020)
05 – Hania Rani – Buka (2020)
06 – Mistura Pura – Midnight For Tommy (2020)
07 – Cool Affair & Sisonke Xonti – The Real New World Order (2020)
08 – Okvsho – Kamala’s Danz (2020)
09 – Caixa Cubo – Palavras (2020)
10 – Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge – Sumaré (2020)
11 – A Bossa Elétrica – Sob a Luz Do Sol (2020)

Manu Boubli’s set

12 – Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Poem (1972)
13 – Catalyst – Bahia (1976)
14 – Bob Marley – Talkin’ 6
15 – The Lightmen Plus One – Ashie (1971)
16 – Build An Ark – Peace And Love (2004)
17 – Gary McFarland – Pecos Pete (1964)
18 – Imani – Just Another Love Song (1983)
19 – Jack Wilkins – Red Clay (1973)
20 – Jeanne Lee – The Miracle Is (1975)
21 – Brother Ah – Key To Nowhere (1983)
22 – Ayizan – Tribilasyon (1984)
23 – Solomon G. Ilori – Prayer (1962)
24 – Steve Colson Unity – Lateen (1980)
25 – David Wertman Sun Ensemble – Forrest Dance (1983)
26 – Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Nuclear War (1983)

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Exclusive Premiere: Scarlet Pines “Sunrise” Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:14:17 +0000 @Scarlet_Pines: “My partner Angie and I were lying in my garden watching the sun come up when I thought of the melody for Sunrise.

The composition is an exercise in taking a melody and slightly twisting and changing it with every repetition, so that it goes from something sweet and simple to a finale bursting full of energy.”

Scarlet Pines is the creation of Canada-born, London-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Pete Range. Debut EP ‘A Life in Flow’, set for release on the 6th November, is the culmination of a year-long writing effort by Range in his home studio in Deptford. In his songwriting he seeks to channel the expressive vigour of improvised jazz, but with a well-defined direction and emphasis on strong hooks, resulting in a sound that balances spontaneity and meticulousness.

The Scarlet Pines sound is a tapestry and each piece comes from a stage within his own musical journey. Modern jazz lays the harmonic framework, injecting energy and poetry with its improvised solos, but Range cast his net much wider in terms of influences. Whether it’s guitar riffs drawn from psychedelic rock, the up-front and heavy-hitting drums of hip-hop, atmospheric build-ups reminiscent of a noughties DnB roller, or horn-laden hooks and funky bass lines inspired by the soul of Stax or Motown, each element is added to the pot, simmered, and distilled into a product that is undeniably original and yet nostalgically familiar.

Joining Range on Tenor Sax is Idris Rahman who has garnered considerable attention for his work in the groups Wildflower and Ill Considered. Wildflower’s first album was nominated in last years’ Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards for Jazz Album of the Year. On guitar is Joe Perkins who has a residency upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s. He has supported artists such as Terence Blanchard and plays regularly as part of breakout act Robohands’ live band. Flo Moore is on bass, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed with artists such as Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello and played at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. On drums is Joel Barford, known for his performances with artists such as Ant Law and John Etheridge. He has played venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scott’s, North Sea Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival.



Introducing: Scarlet Pines
Written & Produced by: Pete Range
Keys: Pete Range
Guitar: Joe Perkins
Tenor Sax: Idris Rahman
Bass: Flo Moore
Drums: Joel Barford
Recorded by: Drew Dungate-Smith @ Narcissus Studios
Mixed by: Rick David @ Pink Bird Studios
Mastered by: Guy Davie @ Electric Mastering
Artwork by: Anne Range

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Exclusive Premiere: Paul Grant “Something Else” (Forthcoming DeepMatter Records) Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:05:27 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere ​”Something Else”, by California-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Paul Grant ​‘Something Else’ . Very laid back, hip hop meets jazz guitar vibes. The swing on the backbeat is also most as infectious as the main guitar motif. The first single from his forthcoming full length solo album, ‘​Waves’, “Something Else” is released on all digital platforms this September 10th via DeepMatter Records.

Having released a collaborative album with vocalist Adrienne Indigo titled​ ‘Rebirth’ ​ earlier this year, ‘Waves’ ​sees Paul Grant return to his instrumental roots with fifteen tracks fusing together influences from the worlds of hip hop, jazz and r&b. In ​‘Something Else’ Paul delivers an RnB inspired slice of serenity featuring atmospheric chords, a groove-heavy bass line and Paul’s signature intricate jazz guitarwork.


“90’s RnB was the main influence for this song’s production, I simply added some jazz guitar melodies and chords to the arrangement and there it was. ‘Waves’ is my third solo album, and I think it contains my strongest productions yet. In my opinion, the feeling and intentions behind the songs are more focused and more clear than before. I’m thankful to have great contributions from guest artists Amy Ahn (Waves) and Morgan Burrs (Waiting) on two songs. The record was influenced by many artists, but in particular J Dilla was a big inspiration for many of the songs.

Paul Grant is a multi instrumentalist / producer from California who has produced, mixed, and mastered three solo albums (and one collaborative album with Adrienne Indigo). He has worked with a range of talented artists, including Kiefer, Braxton Cook, and Emmavie. His productions draw inspiration from jazz, r & b, and hip hop. In addition to production, he also does session guitar work for other artists.

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Tribute to THE DURUTTI COLUMN — Selected & Mixed by Kit Grill Tue, 08 Sep 2020 08:25:26 +0000 via @kitgrill: “I was already a big fan of Vini Reilly but this gave me a chance to dig much deeper into the Durutti Column catalogue. It was tough choosing the tracks as he’s so prolific but the mix aims to give an overview of different styles, moods and compositions across various albums.

On a side note, personally the first album ‘The Return Of The Durutti Column’ still has one of the best covers in music using sandpaper for the record sleeve (that apparently Ian Curtis stuck on).”

Kit Grill is a London based artist, producer and NTS radio host. His work spans music, design, video and photography. His new album ‘Ride’ is released 6thNovember via Primary Colours.


In ‘D’
Portrait For Frazer
Head Glue
For A Western
More Rainbows
I B Yours – Version
Pancho & Poppy
Mirror A – Dance II
Future Perfect
Amigos Em Portugal
Lullaby 4 Nina
Jongleur Grey
I Get Along Very Well Without You
Hotel Caulderon
The Second Aspect Of The Same Thing
Please Let Me Sleep

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Exclusive Premiere: Solqlap Budapest X Emmavie “Fairy Tale” (Forthcoming on Noord Records) Mon, 07 Sep 2020 13:50:19 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere this absolutely luscious soul jam from the Solqlap Budapest collective in collaboration with singer/producer Emmavie. Perfect vibes for this early Autumn.

Seven piece live band/producer/DJ collective, Solqlap Budapest, teams up with one of London’s most exciting rising vocalists and producers, Emmavie, to deliver their brand new single, “Fairy Tale”. This fresh and soulful number is reminiscent of the golden era of neo soul but tinged with the contemporary stylings of future R&B.


“Fairy Tale” kicks in with no hesitation. Starting with a boom bap groove reminding us of the best of 90’s hip hop, Emmavie soon follows with her beautiful vocals taking us to a magical musical journey. Recorded in one live take and mixed by multi Latin Grammy winner Balazs Robert ‘Gizmoo’ and mastered by multi Grammy and platinum award winner Darcy Proper, Fairy Tale is the first single off a three song EP recorded in Amsterdam’s Wisseloord House Of Music and soon to be released on vinyl via Noord Records.

Solqlap Budapest is a seven piece instrumental hip hop ensemble combining musicians, DJ’s and producers from the heart of Hungary. Founded in Budapest in 2010, the group quickly became a significant input of the buzzing local scene. This is thanks to an ongoing series of live performances, organizing events and frequent collaborations with local and international MC’s and singers (i.e. Corey James Gray fka iLLspokinn, Emmavie, Sarah-Jane, Wayne Snow, Call Me Unique, Sena, Saiid and more).

Emmavie is a singer/songwriter and producer. She specialises in what she describes as “limitless soulful future R&B”. Her music is an amalgamation of 90s R&B and her love for digital audio experimentation.

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TUDO BEM #007 — Hosted by Tahira (Sao Paolo, Brasil) Sun, 06 Sep 2020 09:46:56 +0000 What better way to end this strange summer in the hands of one of the finest DJ’s / tastemakers in the world.

All the way from Sao Paolo, Brasil check out the newest edition of TUDO BEM 


Courtney Pine – 37th Chamber (TAlkin Loud)
Pedro Callado – Lapidar (Tratore)
Gilberto Gil – Oslodum (Pau Brasil)
Raul Seixas – Mosca na Sopa (Micheletti Edit)
Manoel Cordeiro – Cumbia Do Maestro (Na Music)
Sven Wunder – Lily (Light in the Attic Records)
Horoya – Todo Lugar (YB)
Dr Drumah – Shadow Dance (Not On Label)
Tall Black Guy – Love Birds (Not On Label)
Jose Prates – Maracatu Elegante (Polydor)
Dona Celia Coquista – Sereia do mar (Not On Label)
Towa Tei – Technova (La em Copacabana)
Camarao – Hello Goodbye (RCA)
Parteum – Tecla (Not On Label)
Zebrabeat – Lagos (Not On Label)
Romano – Fella Juicy (Batov Recs)
Waaju – Grown (Olindo Recs)
Vera de Ogum – Lamento de Todos os Orixás (Tapecar)
Nightmares On Wax – African Pirates_Troubleman Remix (WARP)
Pegasvs – Closer To The Sun (Laroye Remix)(Burnin’ Music Recordings)
Robots Can’t Dance – Mmmmm (Not On Label)
Caê – Bim-Bim-Bim (Not On Label)
Austin Marc – Kaytra Flip (Not On Label)
Damon Locks – From a Spark to a Fire (International Anthem)
Toinho Melodia – Pretexto Adubado (Not On Label)
Ernesto – Blame it on your melody (Exceptional)
Bongar – Filho de Ododuvá (Not On Label)
Caetano Veloso – Deusa do Amor (Gaspar Muniz edit)(Not On Label)
Vhoor – O Corre (Doing it for Dilla)(Not On Label)
Mr. Scruff – Ug (Ninja Tune)
Lia de Itamaracá – Eu Sou Lia, Minha ciranda e Preta cirandeira (Not On Label)
Hoodna Orchestra – Sof Layla Ba Hoodna (Agogo Recs)
Andrew Wasylyk – Last Sunbeams of Childhood (Athens of the North)

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Exclusive Premiere: Beck Junghyun “Flow” Fri, 04 Sep 2020 08:16:22 +0000 It hits you like that cosmic blissful track you’d hear just at the right moment coming out of the chill room at the rave at 7:23 am. Just the perfect blend of classical, downtempo, bass, ambient elements. Absolutely loving this one!!

Tonal Unity is back with another modern take on Korean traditional sounds, presented here as the second in a series of 3 EPs. The raw and ancient sounds of Korea are interpreted by a cross-cultural selection of artists, each seeing them through their own cosmic prisms. Sit back, relax, and put a fresh cone in your incense burner for a trip to the hills in the land of morning calm.

Beck Junghyun is a talented pianist and founding member of legendary Korean fusion groups like I & I Djangdan and Surisurimahasuri. “Flow” sees Junghyun bringing her heavyweight bass and vocal to a laid-back tune fit for late nights, early mornings, or any moment of reflection.

Mastered by Kabamix @ LMD Studio Osaka

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Siti Muharam “Siti of Unguja” Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:49:05 +0000 The weight of history permeates this sumptuous album of modern taarab from Siti Muharam, the great-granddaughter of “mother of taarab” Siti binti Saad.

Taarab originated in late 19th century Zanzibar when Arabic music introduced by the ruling sultans combined with influences from east Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Born in rural, working-class Tanzania in 1880, Siti binti Saad’s move to Zanzibar as a young adult saw her shake the foundations of the city. She was the first woman to perform taarab in public, the first to sing songs in Swahili (that also rallied against the class system and abuse of women), and the first to record an album in east Africa. Having released 150 records and connected taarab music with audiences beyond Tanzania, she was a national hero by the time of her death in 1950.

No wonder Siti Muharam needed encouragement to follow in her great-grandmothers steps – yet she needn’t have worried. Her vocals are emotive and defiant, a wonderful mix of Arabic tradition and African phrasing, with a burnished quality that makes them sound like they belong on a dusty vinyl from the last century.

Oud, qanun and violin combine with cascading backing vocals to create a classical Arabic sound on Sikitiko and Kijiti, yet for the majority of the album taarab’s formal layering has been stripped away and replaced with the percussive Swahili street-music kidumbak – and a touch of 21st century London-jazz attitude.

Tamar Collocutor’s dusky clarinet connects the music to south Asia on album opener Machozi ya Huba, a percussive instrumental with a smoky, dub flavour, and again on the up-tempo Nyuki, buoyed by his duelling with qanun player Gora Mohamed Gora and additional vocals from Mohamed Issa Matona.

On Pakistan and Alaminadura producer Sam Jones combines subtle electronic ripples and textures with booming percussion, meaning these tracks will sound great blaring out of a sound system in London or Zanzibar.

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Exclusive Premiere : XL Middleton “Crown Royal Bags” (MoFunk Records) Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:02:47 +0000 Just as clubs and music venues worldwide have shuttered, victims of a pandemic and overall dystopian experience that most living human beings have never been through, XL Middleton unexpectedly brings us the soundtrack for the dance floor in our minds with ​Rose Bowl Motel​. It’s a four-track EP crafted with XL’s signature synth sound – modern funk music turned sideways, into something that house/electronic DJ’s can easily work into their sets as well.

The songs on ​Rose Bowl Motel ​run long and expansively, evolving slowly and giving any turntablist plenty of time to weave in and out of a mix. Moods are set via dexterous analog bass lines and shimmering keys. In fact, the entirety of ​RBM is instrumental, save for the EP’s thunderous opener, “Shotgun Lover,” featuring a slinky vocal from Zackey Force Funk plus vocoder work from XL himself. “Crown Royal Bags” centers around airy keys and boogie bass syncopations, while “Swervin’ On The 210” alternates between jazzy rhodes chords and sharp synth leads reminiscent of D-Train classics. The album’s closer, “1990 Brougham d’Elegance,” was the first song Middleton cut for the project, several years back between sessions working on his T​ap Water a​lbum, and sounds like a sharp turn from anything he released in that period. Warm chords, housey organ stabs, and DX7 jazz guitar solos are the recipe here, proving XL is, and always has been, an artist/ producer capable of working effectively in many different modes. The club may have been shut down for now, but there’s always an after hours going down in a smoky room at ​Rose Bowl Motel​.

Available this Friday September 4th on Bandcamp

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Exclusive Premiere: XL Regular “Uplifted” Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:05:51 +0000 After gracing labels like Omena Records, ANMA Records, Banoffee Pies Records and Tusk Wax, Rome’s SofaTalk lands on Monologues with fellow Italian and upcoming talent , XL Regular in tow. Together they cook up an EP of loungey deep house and intricate broken beat, all laced with the live instrumentation that has made SofaTalk’s catalogue so recognisable.

Sweet keys, muted trumpets, jazzy guitar licks and warm live bass abound. Label boss Ben Gomori delivers a hazy house rework of ‘While She Sleeps’ which is best accompanied by a balmy beach, and an uncharacteristic jungle work out of ‘Jaws’ because… lockdown makes / made people do unusual things.

Digging: Auntie Flo, Carista, TSHA, Bill Brewster, Simbad, Fred P, Alma Negra, DJ Aakmael, FSQ, Aroop Roy, Joshua James, Souldynamic, Horse Meat Disco, Tereza, Clandestino, Loz Goddard, Harri, Beraber, Sondrio…

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Phase 7 “Playtime” (1980) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:53:14 +0000 This is one of those records that makes you dance and makes you laugh. 

Recorded in 1980 at Honolulu’s Broad Recording Studio (where local heavy hitters Lemuria, Mike Lundy, and Aura tracked their albums) and live at a hotel gig on the island of Kauai, Playtime captures the band’s winning combination of playfulness and musicianship across eight tunes.  

Phase 7 were some of the best of the best in the Honolulu nightlife scene during the 1970s and 80s, when the discotheques and hotel lounges brimmed with nightly live entertainment and full horn section bands. These guys were local legends, notable for their skills as singers and musicians (they all sang), and for their outrageous, never-too-serious stage presence. Drop the needle on “Chotto Mate Kudasai”, a local Hawaii classic, and you’ll hear why. 

The title track “Playtime” and “Dance The Night Away” show off their love for straight up grooves. “So Good To Be In Love” a disco latin rare groove that sounds almost too tropical to be sure. And tracks like “Slip Away” and “You And Me” prove these guys could write a hell of a slow jam, too.

I spoke with bandleader Sandy Pascual a few weeks ago. Even though we hadn’t talked in a fews years — at least since 2017, when I reissued “So Good To Be In Love” on 7-inch — we picked up right where we left off, as old friends do. He’s living a comfortable life just east of LA these days, writing new songs and learning the ukulele (he’s built an impressive collection, I hear). 

Our conversation reminded me of just how important friendship is to Sandy and his bandmates. They truly are brothers, and they’ve had a riotous and rewarding time as Phase 7 over the years. In recent years, they met up in Honolulu for a sold out reunion concert that drew hundreds of old school discotheque-goers and fans from back in the day. It was a special sight to experience. 

As for Playtime, this album lets us — the listeners — in on their friendship that’ll last a lifetime. I’m happy to know that after all these years, Playtime finally gets to see the light of day again — and make people dance and laugh wherever they are right now.

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #199 — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:25:18 +0000 This month’s show features new music from XL Middleton, KNLO, Teslarosa, Farley, Kazzey, Bret Eclectic and much more.


Buscrates – How Ya Gonna Do It (ft. Kate Moe Dee)
Knlo feat, Caro Dupont – L’École à la Maison
Farley – Treat Yourself (ft. Falcxne)
Koolade – The Drop (feat. Mystee)
Teslarosa – Merry Go Round (Feat_Meryem Saci)
Status IV _ Lovin You
Jay Player – Love Is The Answer
Empress – Control It
Stanley Snider – Having A Party
Chimere – Let’s Do Something
King Tutt – Comin’ Out
Sho-Nuff – Stand Up
XL Middleton – Swervin On The 210
XL Middleton, Zackey Force Funk – Shotgun Lover
Kazzey – She’s Dangerous (feat Mofak)
Brett Eclectic – U R Everything
Giovanni Damico – Try It Out
Gonzalez – (I Want To Get) Closer To You
Mister – I Wanna Thank You
JP’s Force – Shake What You Got
UK Players – You Make Me Feel
T.J. Johnson Band – I Can Make It (Good For You)
Transit Authority – You Make My Life So Right
Network & Co – Spirit Of The Boogie
Manhattan Rhythm – Starting All Over

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Exclusive Premiere: Cosmic Vibrations Ft. Dwight Trible “How Long” (Spiritmuse Records) Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:17:54 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is delighted to share this exquisite example of brand new spiritual jazz courtesy of LA-based super group, Cosmic Vibrations, fronted by acclaimed vocalist, Dwight Trible. “How Long” is taken from the excellent forthcoming album, ‘Pathways & Passages’, brought to the world by purveyors of the deepest new jazz, Spiritmuse Records.

Given the state of affairs the United States currently finds itself, the title and message of the song is particulars poignant. Cosmic Vibrations is a sublime amalgamation of divine vocals, intuitive improvisation, spiritual groove, and healing poetry, with a rich tapestry of African, Mesoamerican and indigenous North American percussion and instrumentation, taking you on a cosmic journey of spiritual improvisation and beyond.

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A show-stopping performer and artist, Dwight Trible has directed the legendary Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, and performed alongside with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Dilla, Bartz, Kamasi, Kahil El’Zabar, Madlib, Charles Lloyd, Matthew Halsall, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Carlos Niño. There is arguably no one today who better carries on the tradition of legendary jazz vocalists such as Terry Callier, Leon Thomas and Andy Bey, whilst carrying that torch forward and exploring brand new territory.

Master percussionist, flautist and composer, Derf Reklaw is an original member of the Pharaohs, legendary soul jazz ensemble and precursor to Earth, Wind & Fire, and has performed and recorded with the likes of Terry Callier, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Minnie Riperton, Build An Ark and Ahmad Jamal. On assorted wind instruments is Pablo Calogero. Not only has he worked with everyone from Tito Puente to Phil Ranelin and Yusef Lateef, but he also contributed to the soundtrack for Basquiat’s seminal ‘Downtown 81’ film, alongside Liquid Liquid, The Lounge Lizards, and Basquiat’s own “Gray” outfit.

John B Williams, on acoustic bass, was a member of The Horace Silver Quintet, studied with Ron Carter and worked with the likes of Roy Ayers, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Hugh Masekela and Bobby Hutcherson. Master percussionist Christopher Garcia adds a vast array of avant-garde, indigenous and traditional instrumentation, drawing upon his long career performing, learning and teaching across 28 countries in 5 continents. Finally, improvisational drummer, percussionist, instrumental designer/builder & sound sculptor, Breeze Smith, often seen performing alongside flautist & composer Nicole Mitchell, pianist David Ornette Cherry (son of Don Cherry) and other key players in the experimental music scene, can be heard here playing drums, homemade percussion and original loops, and produced the album alongside Trible.

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Exclusive Premiere: Monzanto Sound “We Are Strangers” (Forthcoming on None More Records) Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:49:42 +0000 Now we would love to hear this on a dancefloor right now. Brand new live floor stomper from Monzanto Sound.

’We Are Strangers’ is a deep, four on the floor focused heater that pulls on the band’s interest in both krautrock and electronic music, meeting somewhere in between Moodymann, Jon Hopkins and Neu!

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Taken from their forthcoming limited 12″ EP, ‘Time Lapse’, released September 4th by None More Records.

Across the 5 tracks, the four piece journey through krautrock inflected funk, psychedelic trip hop and cosmic neo-soul. They connect those dots using pulsating grooves, hypnotic poly-rhythms and soaring vocals; all bathed in a Mali-I’s dub aesthetic.

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Exclusive Premiere: Sababa 5 & Yurika “Nasnusa” (Forthcoming on Batov Records) Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:44:07 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere the romantic rhythms and sounds of “Nasnusa” by Sababa 5. A modern take on Mizrahi music sung by Tokyo, Japanese hailing performer, Yurika, that we’ve just fallen completely in love with.

If you don’t know Sababa 5 yet, you’re definitely missing out on one of the hottest bands on the Tel Aviv music scene.

Following their very popular debut release ‘Crossroad of Love’, Sababa 5 and vocalist Yurika are back on the exclusive Middle Eastern Grooves with their newest double-sided 7” collaboration titled ‘Tokyo Midnight’. The record is a dazzling encounter of cultures, inspired by the funky and exotic melodies of Sababa 5 and the resplendent Japanese words of Yurika.

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On the B-side, “Nasnusa”, a beautiful guitar solo continues into a captivating rhythm inspired by traditional Mizrahi music. Yurika’s delicate vocals evoke a love story; a couple watches the sunset as the gates to a new world are opening. As “Nasnusa” fades into the light, her lover recalls her beauty and expresses fondness over the wonderful time they spent together.

Sababa 5’s musical style has been influenced by all its members and is in continuous evolution, though always remaining very groove-centric. The sound is mainly based in surf rock and retro funk, especially Arabic folk and funk music from the ‘60s and the ‘70s and artists from that period, such as the legendary Aris San.

Released September 19, digital and 7″ vinyl. Pre-order on the link above.

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MIMS Guest Mix: LADIES ON RECORDS (Turkish Ladies Special) Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:58:56 +0000 Listen to “Turkish Ladies for Music Is My Sanctuary” exclusive vinyl-only mixtape from Kornelia Binicewicz – Ladies on Records.

Turkish Ladies – a term coined to title the compilation “Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 – 1988” released on Epic Istanbul/ Sony Music Turkey in 2018, marked the path of describing the music of female singers from Turkey. Their voices represent the realm of Anatolian music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s with its rich diversity of styles and emotional moods. The female singers selected for the mixtape represent Anatolian rock, Arabesk, Türkü, folk, and pop wıth psychedelic flavors. Two instrumental Anatolian tracks refine the whole selection.

The women featured in the compilations and mixes created by Ladies on Records, are not only recognized and well-known artists but very often lost in oblivion, uncut jewels of local music scenes. As a record collector and anthropologist, Kornelia explores the musical and cultural contexts of female artistic creativity, looking at the culture from a stranger’s perspective. For Kornelia, female artists and their music mirror unspoken or hidden cultural patterns. The carefully selected songs from the old archives of music are one of the ways of telling stories of womanhood.


  1. Esmeray – Büyümsün
  2. Barış Manço – Anadolu (instrumental)
  3. Tülay – İkimiz bir fidaniz
  4. Yasemin Kumral –Sabret bacım
  5. Tülay – Dünyalara Değişmem
  6. Filiz ve Grup Gelenek – Kalbime yazdım seni
  7. Nazan Şoray – Hatuney
  8. Esmeray – Yollar
  9. Yüksel Özkasap – Zindan Oldu Sensiz
  10. Semiramis – Çöpçatan
  11. Handan Kara – Aşkım ver gururum
  12. Kamuran Akkor – Bilemem bilemem
  13. Aylin urgal – Paran pulun senin olsun
  14. Melike Demirağ – Hadi canım sen de
  15. Nalan Koray – Sarım sarım sarılsak
  16. Neşe Karaböcek – Yalı yalı
  17. Kamuran Akkor – Falcı
  18. Taşkın Sabah ve Arkadaşları – Disco havası (instrumental)
  19. Azize Gencebay – Damarımda Kanımsın
  20. Neşe Alkan – Anam Ağlarken

Kornelia Binicewicz is a Polish origin anthropologist, record collector, curator of music compilations, owner of Ladies on Records, DJane, and explorer of female music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s from all around the world. Her passion for female music brought her to Turkey, where she deeply explored the undiscovered world of the Turkish female music scene. Throughout five years of digging in records and meeting divas and forgot or unrecognized female singers, she also managed to dive in the back catalogs of old Turkish labels. She curated “Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1973 – 1988” (Epic Istanbul) compilation and “Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu” compilation (Uzelli), both released on vinyl. She lives on the island near Istanbul and travels all around the world in search of mesmerizing female music. 

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Exclusive Premiere: musclecars “Sol” Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:16:28 +0000 Returning to toucan sounds for their second release, musclecars drop a deep and soulful release inspired by NYC entitled ‘Street Dreams’ featuring vocalist Tiff Ortiz.

Real names Brandon Weems and Craig Handfield, musclecars have fast become key players in New York’s vibrant house scene, whether helming their monthly Coloring Lessons events or making regular appearances on The Lot Radio. Earlier this year they made their production debut on French Horn Rebellion’s toucan sounds which included a collaboration alongside Grammy-nominated vocalist Brandon Markell Holmes. Inspired by their city, ‘Street Dreams’ is their follow up that embodies the essence of the neighbourhoods in which their reflections are housed.

‘Sun Track I’ is a beautiful opener with layered synths and a nearly beatless rhythm powered by subtle organic drums, topped off with the stunning vocals from fellow Brooklyn native Tiff Ortiz. With its funky guitar licks, intricate percussion and sultry bassline, ‘The Man Who Kept Bedstuy Warm’ is deep house at its best before ‘Sol’ follows with its low-slung groove, poignant piano keys and whispering vocals. Tying everything together, ‘Sun Track II (for Black Healing)’ is another stripped-back vocal trip oozing with soul.

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musclecars ‘Street Dreams’ drops on toucan sounds on 28th August 2020.


  1. Sun Track I feat. Tiff Ortiz
  2. The Man Who Kept Bedstuy Warm
  3. Sol
  4. Sun Track II (for Black Healing) feat. Tiff Ortiz
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Video Premiere: Dele Sosimi x Medlar “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” (Wah Wah 45s) Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:41:59 +0000 Following their brilliant “Full Moon” single, the UK’s very own Afrobeat Ambassador, Dele Sosimi, and London based DJ and producer, Medlar, reunite on “Gúdú Gúdú Kan”. With its irresistible groove, the song is their own take on an Afro-disco stomper. Music Is My Sanctuary is proud to premiere the vibrant video, directed by Pablo Aravena with graphic effects by Jonny Drop, filmed on London’s streets.

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The title refers to the role the snare drum plays and its relationship with Ìyá Ìlù kan, or the kick drum. It’s a simple but very effective metaphor for this unique musical collaboration where once again the pair forge a sound that’s all their own.

The pair first joined forces five years ago, when Medlar was asked by Dele’s label to remix the title track from his last album, You No Fit Touch Am. The result was possibly one of the most popular and cherished remixes to appear on the imprint. The producer’s respect for the history of afrobeat shined through in the mix of course, but it was his ability to finely balance that with his house music instincts, whilst adding an infectious groove and classic 80s analogue synths, that really stood out.

The success of the remix, without either musician meeting the other, inspired further discussion and eventually studio time together. As songs formed it became obvious that their collaboration had wings, and they soon took it on the road, playing festivals in the UK and beyond.

Never the same set twice, their shows are based around a bank of rhythms on MPC which come alive when combined with Dele’s vocals and improvisational keyboard explorations, all of which are dubbed out live by Medlar. Their musical journey is always unpredictable, vibrant and often quite surprising!

Look out for a vinyl EP this September, featuring “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” alongside an as-of-yet unheard remix by Daz-I-Kue, “Full Moon” and the much sought after Medlar remix of “You No Fit Touch Am”!

Be on the lookout for the final piece of the puzzle when Daz-I-Kue’s remix of Gúdú Gúdú Kan drops in September, with all four releases becoming available across two limited edition vinyl releases in October, the first with full length originals of “Full Moon” and “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” alongside the sought after Medlar remix of “You No Fit Touch Am”; and the second with full length remixes of “Full Moon” by Detroit Swindle and the aforementioned “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” remix by Daz-I-Kue!

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Crucial Material – August 24th, 2020 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:37:49 +0000 We’re all on vacation mode so for the month of August we’ll be releasing our Crucial Material every two weeks

So here you are with a double dose of that strictly crucial material! Our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the moment.

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Reuben Vaun Smith — Warm Nights

Soundway Records released a brilliant debut album from London-based producer Reuben Vaun Smith. This seven-track recording will help mentally take you on that tropical vacation you were hoping to experience this summer, with a nice blend of synth-based balearic grooves, mid-tempo lo-fi electronic beats, and sun-drenched sonic landscapes.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Tenderlonious — Quarentena 

Brilliant jazz-into-electronics sound of Tenderlonoius and a skeleton crew of assisting musicians, among them 22a regular, Nick Walters. Updates that 90s house meets soul vibe that emanated out of Chicago, led by Larry Heard et al. Understated but strong vibe on this one. Check!
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Ikonika — Hollow EP

Ikonika’s been on a tear lately. Fresh off her techno/lectro leaning EP titled “Bodies”, she returns to Hyperdub, her first home for another fresh and diverse pack of heavy tunes touching on grime, dancehall, UK Drill.
– Selected by Lexis


Nubya Garcia — SOURCE

Following two sought after EPs and an increasingly lengthy CV, London saxophonist Nubya Garcia releases her debut album on the long-running US label, Concord Jazz. SOURCE sees Garcia brimming with confidence, showcasing her full, warm, melodic tone, tapping into the sounds of the African diaspora, be it dub, afrobeat, even cumbia, aided by keys-whiz Joe Armon-Jones, bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Sam Jones, with minimal guest appearances (La Perla, Cassie Kinoshi, Ms Maurice). Essential.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Fish Factory Sessions – EP

Jazz & soul singer Bryony Jarman-Pinto transcends her debut album on this concise EP of live recordings from London’s Fish Factory studios. Five songs from her more “produced” ‘Cage and Aviary’ album are given the “live” treatment by Bryony and her incredible band, featuring Steam Down’s Wonky Logic on Rhodes, giving them a firm footing in jazz to step to. Digital for now, but the three best songs will feature on an vinyl EP with added remixes by Dego this October.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Kay Young — Middle Matters

British MC, singer, songwriter, and producer Kay Young has been to watch for a while already. On ‘Middle Matters’, she showcases her distance style. Musically drawing on multiple hip hop vibes, from boom bap to the modern day, soul, jazz, even DnB, to bedrock her melodic delivery, British but clearly with no shortage of international appeal. 
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Calling ‘LEVELS’ “beats” doesn’t really do it justice. Jazz, hip hop, electronics and whole lotta soul have all gone into the recipe that produced this brilliant mini-album from producer, singer, song-writer, JSOUL. Here, however, he lets his music speak for itself, the only vocals coming from the the brilliant Greenspan and B Jamelle.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Various — ‘Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975​-​1993’

Strut records has just released a great new compilation celebrating the seminal spiritual jazz and conscious soul label Black Fire, spanning 1975 to 1993. Best known for releasing recordings from the legendary African-influenced jazz group Oneness Of Juju, the record also highlights many of the other lesser known artists and collectives associated with the iconic label. 
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Various — Attack Of The Chicago Boogie

Beautiful compilation expertly curated by the Star Creature Universal Vibrations team. 4 rare obscure Chicago boogie records, remastered and mixed for this special 12’ format. Expect a lot more coming from Tim Zawada & Kool Hersh.
– Selected by Walla P

Mofak & Temu — On The Come Up b/w Baby Girl 

2 Modern Funk anthems by two of the most accomplished/respected producers in the Modern Funk scene. Limited 100 copies, courtesy of Italian based label The Sleepers Recordz. Don’t sleep on this one, they are flying out fast. 
– Selected by Walla P  


Meridian Brothers — Cumbia Siglo XXI

Eblis Alvarez is back! His latest album literally does what it says on the tin, 100%, updating Colombian cumbia for the 21st century. Absorbing all the technology and influences at hand, “drum machines, guitars and synths, algorithmic software”, slang and subject material to recontextualise the classic sound with a completely revolutionary spin
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Romano —  رومانو

Brilliant 4-track EP that somehow fits a 45! Romano approaches the classic sounds of funk and boogie, whilst drawing on Turkish, Egyptian and Greek folk music, surf and Mediterranean rock. Track-for-track, the resulting East-meets-West blend is an irresistibly fun psychedelic groove
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Radius Etc — Seen

This is by far my record of the week (even though it’s from a few weeks back) however I feel like I would need a couple extra spins for my description to do it justice. Produced by Radius Etc, hailing from Chicago (probably the most interesting in the US for the past few years) this incredible spiritual record sits somewhere at the crossroads of dub wizardry and the beat tape approach.
– Selected by Lexis


Duval Timothy — Help

The multi-disciplinary artist from Sierra Leone / UK steps in with his fourth release in the last five years. “Help” might be his most accomplished work yet, which is saying a lot become I’ve loved every single he’s released. On constant repeat since it dropped!
– Selected by Lexis

Vladislav Delay & Sly Dunbar / Robbie Shakespear — 500-Push-Up

3 legendary dubsters come together on this pretty far out excursion from Finland to Jamaica!
– Selected by Lexis

Lisa Lerkenfeldt — Collagen

Highly recommended super deep listening.
– Selected by Lexis

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Exclusive Premiere: Opolopo “Moonwalk” Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:11:47 +0000 Swedish label Local Talk are purveyors of only the finest house music with a roster of artists that range from Terrence Parker to Crackazat, with tracks influenced by jazz, funk, hip hop, disco and soul.

In addition to a steady stream of new singles and EP’s, Local Talk is also known for their album releases that have received huge critical acclaim, and this latest EP is a sampler taken from the forthcoming album by OPOLOPO.

OPOLOPO has been a DJ all over the world, playing everywhere from South Africa to London and he has also built up a reputation as an exceptional producer who has released his music and remixes on influential labels such as BBE, Z Records and Defected.

This sampler features three exceptional tracks taken from the album, and blends dusty keys, analogue sounds and soulful samples. Each of them exudes a vibrant personality to give a taste of what’s to come with the full release.

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Exclusive Premiere: The Zonke Family “Sadza Nemusoro Wembeva” (Forthcoming on Lokalophon) Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:12:21 +0000 We are excited to share the wonderful music of the Zonke Family. From Zimbabwe, they create breathtaking music on matepe mbiras and ngoma drums. Taken from their forthcoming album, “At The Studio”, recorded and produced by the Philophon team. Due for release on September 11, on brand new sub-label, Lokalophon.

No one in the global music scene had ever heard of the matepe mbira, a kind of giant kalimba whose players juggle with up to four independent rhythmic and melodic lines. Add the sophisticated overtone tuning of its dozens of keys, and already one musician may sound like many. Two matepe or more create intricate musical textures of enormous spectral complexity, the basis of the highly ‘kaleidophonic’ nature of many traditional pieces: Similar to the famous optical illusion with two faces and a vase, your brain may jump forth and back between hearing entirely different music within the same piece.


This ancient art of tricking the listener’s ear and creating a high degree of musical ambiguity – and at the same time inviting collective multi-perspective participation – is on the verge of vanishing. Experts estimate less than ten remaining matepe master musicians in the country, and fundamentalist followers of imported religions denounce the music as witchcraft – not least due to its role in traditional ceremonies where the musician’s job is to induce trance states for communication with their ancestral spirits.

Matepe music’s magic entirely lies in its patterns: The musicians hardly add any expressivity to individual notes, which they often play at breakneck pace and full volume. In many regards this strikingly resembles the perspective of a contemporary electronic musician – how can one create interesting music with a step sequencer and loops of 48 steps? Matepe musicians have developed compelling answers to this challenge over many centuries. And if nothing changes, the world is going to lose this knowledge within the current generation.

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Video Premiere: John Haycock & Joshua Fletcher “What If?” (Animated by Finn Black) Wed, 19 Aug 2020 17:06:03 +0000 We are exited to share this beautiful piece of music AND positive lesson in mindfulness from kora musician and electronic experimenter, John Haycock, featuring a poem about anxiety, written and read by author and councillor Joshua Fletcher.

John Haycock is one of four artists who recently won the Steve Reid Foundation’s prestigious inNOVAtion award for forward thinking emerging talent. The Foundation, set up by Gilles Peterson, helps artists in need due to injury or illness, as well as providing mentorship and small financial grants for emerging talent. Trustees include Gilles himself, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Nick Woodmansey (Emanative), and Simon Goffe (Brownswood Recordings) amongst others.

John is a multi instrumentalist live looping artist passionate about affecting acoustic sounds with electronics. John’s primary instrument is the West African Kora (21 string Harp). He runs it through a series of electronic devices creating lush soundscapes & solid beats, before overlapping them with woodwind instruments.

As part of John’s mentorship from the Foundation he is working closely with Nick Emanative who is mixing / co-producing a forthcoming EP and assisting with its vinyl release. Previous inNOVAtion Awardee Sarathy Korwar (winner of the Aim Awards Best Independent Album award 2020 for the album ‘More Arriving’) has also contributed his talents to this project and will feature on a couple of tracks, whilst also helping to see its release.

“What If?” is the first finished piece, made in collaboration with Joshua Fletcher, best selling author of anxiety self help books and private counsellor. You can hear him contributing words of positive mindfulness to Morning Mari’s show every Monday morning on Worldwide FM. The message is a positive, peaceful and calming one at this time as well as at any other time.

Manchester based graphic designer Finn Black is responsible for beautifully animating the “What If?” story..

You can download the track for free via the DOWNLOAD button or choose your price to donate whereby all proceeds will go directly to

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LAZY DAYS — Show #92 (Hosted by Fred Everything Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:53:56 +0000 Lazy Days Show #92 featuring new music by Crazy P’s Ron Basejam an Hot Toddy in their solo outfits, new Kraak & Smaak, the ever elusive Elroy Jackson, Jimpster, Morgan Geist, new Ashley Beedle Remix of Smoove & Turell as well as an exclusive remix I did for Simbad coming out on Atjazz Records Company soon.

Enjoy the show and see you next month!



1.Kraak & Smaak feat. IVAR & Berenice van Leer – Naked – Boogie Angst
2.Ron Basejam – Carl Calling Up to Tell You You’re Late For The Party – Gottwax
3. Alma Negra – Dakar disco (Kuniyuki Remix) – Heist
4.Elroy Jackson – Brighter Days
5.Hot Toddy – Synthesise – House Of Disco
6.RN&C – Lovin You – Gottwax
7.Jimpster – Echoes In My Head (Head In The Clouds) – Freerange
8.The Brothers Macklovitch (feat. Leven Kali) – Give Love to Get Some (Morgan Geist Dub) – Fool’s Gold
9.Simbad feat Ammo Moses – Time Off (Fred Everything Remix) – Atjazz Records Company
10.Westcoast Goddess – Strawberry Infiniti (Original Mix) – Let’s Play House
11.Smoove & Turrell It Ain’t Working (Ashley Beedle’s NSW Vocal) – Jalapeño Records
12.Zombies in Miami – Disco Nostalgia (A Marvin & Guy Mix In Space) – Permanent Vacation

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Exclusive Premiere: Hazxx “CTR FLUTE” Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:51:34 +0000 Here is a lovely jam from our friends from Sydney, Australia. A breezy, funky, quirky little number with that flute loop that’s bound to be stuck in your head.

We’re big fans of the little world that surrounds Pharmaceutical Audio’s sound and aesthetic and this new Hazxx album is another winner!

Pharmaceutical Audio’s ACD (Arts & Crafts Director) Hazxx releases his debut EP INTERNET CRAFT, following a 3 year sonic consultancy and Disc Jokey role at Pharma’s Trespasser ™ gatherings.

The EP has the sound, feel, and philosophy of Pharma ® embedded in the sound recordings. INTERNET CRAFT reimagines the works of loved Jazz, Latin & Soul pioneers through the exploration of synthesis and sampling. New techniques. Old sounds. Youtube meets Vinyl. The coming together of organics and synthetics.

Pharma’s HRSCA (Harmonics, Resonance, & Spirit Chief Advisor) Darren Ziesing has blessed his Mastering expertise on this project and has embedded Pharma’s proprietary Hear To Help ™ signature frequency layering sound characteristics in this project. Darren is a world renowned mastering engineer with clients involving Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, and Warner Music Group. Darren’s proprietary Light Giving Ceremony ™ enlightened and compelled the Directors and Shareholders of Pharmaceutical Audio to live a better life.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ouri “Free State Of Chaos” Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:51:22 +0000 It’s always exciting to share music from our homebase of Montreal, Canada and this one certainly is that. “Re:Conceive” is a great social project that aims to help indigenous women, refugees and immigrants in the city. It’s also a super dope compilation featuring 20 exclusive jams from some of the city’s best and brightest talents.

What better way to kick off this outstanding compilation than with a track from our dear friend Ouri who smashes it on this acid workout!

About Re:Conceive

A stacked roster of Montréal based electronic musicians have pooled their blood, sweat, and tears in order to raise money for indigenous women, refugees and immigrants in the city on a new compilation, Re:Conceive.

In response to the right wing government of Québec, which has slashed immigration levels, cancelled 18,000 immigration applications in 2019 alone, prohibited religious symbols and dress among public workers(while the political halls of the province are literally covered in crucifixes), and espoused an ethos of white nativist monoculturalistic historically amnesiatic xenophobia, this compilation was organized.

Some of the noted contributing artists are Ouri, Tati au Miel, Moonstarr, Racine, and Feu St. Antoine (1/2 of Essaie Pas). All revenue generated by this compilation will be split 50/50 between The Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal and The Just Solutions Clinic.

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Exclusive Premiere: Beyond June “Keep Doing” Feat. Stan Smith (Forthcoming on Inner Tribe) Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:07:08 +0000 Our friend Inkswel & his Inner Tribe label share with us some brand new hip hop from Adelaide, courtesy of producer Beyond June, featuring Atlanta-based MC, Stan Smith, who you might have heard previously in collaboration with Daz-I-Kue. Hip hop with an electronic edge, “Keep Doing” is a a call for strength in challenging times, a song to inspire amongst the madness of oppression, segregation and despair.


A product of the southern parts of Adelaide, Australia, Producer, once upon a time Rapper and sometime DJ, Beyond June has chalked up over two decades tenure as an artist/producer across the beats and hip hop scenes in Australia. From humble beginnings as a Writer in the 90s Graff Scene, to a career as an Artist and Producer through the pioneering years of the emerging late 90’s and early 00’s Australian Hip Hop scene, Beyond June has performed and collaborated across Australia and abroad, playing major festivals like the Big Day Out to the Edinburgh Fringe. Having the pedigree of the Adelaide scene behind him, he has shared the stage with the likes of the Hilltop Hoods, Blackalicious, Lord Finesse, Grandmaster Roc Raida, The Herd, DJ Q-Bert, Lyrics Born, Guru of Gangstarr, Xzibit and Goldie. A past member of the hip hop group Mindfield, and formally known as Jay Bdeps, Beyond June, has released seven records throughout his career while producing and engineering numerous others over the past two decades.

After a 17 year hiatus as a solo artist, 7T33N/4T33 is Beyond June’s sophomore outing, sonically documenting his reconnection with a past love and his interpretation of that in the present. Written through a summer of independence and a winter of isolation and uncertainty, the sound journals the artist’s journey through the past two decades with an undertone of sadness, yet offering the listener hope as it progresses. T7T33N/4T33 shines a light on a rekindled passion for writing and production, bringing together a sonic work that is dusted with electronica and extensive tech production whilst paying homage to roots firmly planted in hip hop.

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Planet Eater “Planet Eater EP” (1995) Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:48:56 +0000 This ultra rare and elusive EP was released 25 years ago and is now available digitally through Bandcamp if you wanna save some big bucks!

The feel is absolutely timeless, straight up raw house grooves that became the trademark sound of Worldship Music, for those who knew! This was the first release on the label, and it made it clear that The Teflon Dons would make some amazing music. Play loud!!!

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #26 w/ Nat Birchall (Hosted by Psycut) Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:03:07 +0000 Hi Everybody, it’s good to see you there for a new My Favorite Things with a very special guest, one of my favorite Contemporary Jazz musicians, Nat Birchall.

I opened the show with a great Lebanese track compiled by Habibi Funk for a tribute to Beyruth, called “Villes invisibles”. Then the first part of this mix contains tunes recently appears with artists we know very well here like Tall Black Guy, Idris Ackamoor, Kamaal Williams and Carlos Garnett for his great come back.

For his hour of favorite tracks, Nat Birchall put together a lovely selection including Reggae cuts (Tommy McCook, Augustus Pablo & King Tubby) and spiritual Jazz tracks (John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Byard Lancaster) to finish with a taste of his brand new LP.

The last part of my mix starts with the last project of Sir Paul Murphy “Take Vibe E.P.”, a great future jazz dance classic, and some uptempo fusion and broken beat nuggets like Deborah Jordan remixed by Kaidi Tatham, Mausiki Scales, Setwun and Jerk.



DJ Psycut’s Set

01 – Toufic Farroukh – Villes invisibles (2017)
02 – Ego Ella May feat. Theo Croker – Alright (2020)
03 – Tall Black Guy Productions – It’s Hard To Be Blackalude (2020)
04 – Carlos Garnett – ENCHANTED OASIS (2020)
05 – Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – Tango of Love (2020)
06 – Kamaal Williams feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Toulouse (2020)
07 – DJ HARRISON – SweetStickyThang
08 – Marcos Valle, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge – Oi (2020)

Guest set: Nat Birchall

09 – Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Bongo Man (From “Grounation” LP – New Dimension/Ashanti Jamaica/UK 1973)
10 – Im & David – Black Is Black (Bamboo 45 UK 1970)
11 – Tommy McCook – Music From Southside (Stars 45 Jamaica 1975)
12 – Augustus Pablo & King Tubby – Keep On Dubbing (From “King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown” LP – Yard Jamaica 1977)
13 – Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner – Tribute To the Great Tommy McCook (From forthcoming album “Upright Living” LP – Tradition Disc UK)
14 Antoine Roney Trio – Redemption Song (From “The Marley Session” private press CDR – USA 2006)
15 – Kalaparusha Ara Difta – Jays (From “Wildflowers Vol. 1” LP – Douglas USA 1977)
16 – John Coltrane – Iris (From “Stellar Regions” LP – Impulse! USA 1995)
17 – Sun Ra Quartet featuring John Gilmore – Third Planet/Friendly Galaxy (From “Disco 3000” LP – Saturn/Art Yard USA/UK 1978/2005)
18 – Byard Lancaster – Just Test (From “Funny Funky Rib Crib” LP – Palm France 1979)
19 – Bunky Green – Tune X (From “Another Place” CD – Label Bleu France 2006)
20 – Sun Ra – Love In Outer Space (From “At Inter Media Arts” LP – Modern Harmonic USA 2016)
21 – Nat Birchall – Intro-Pyramidion (From “Mysticism Of Sound” LP – Ancient Archive Of Sound UK 2020)

DJ Psycut’s Closing Set

22 – Take Vibe E.P. – Golden Brown (2020)
23 – Johanna Saint-Pierre – Sensuous Whisper (2020)
24 – Deborah Jordan – Horizon (Kaidi Tatham Remix) (2020)
25 – Mausiki Scales – Kaleidoscopic Universe (2020)
26 – Setwun – Steamdown (2020)
27 – Jerk – In Orbit (2020)

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Exclusive Premiere: Kuna Maze “Something To Say” (Forthcoming on Tru Thoughts) Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:46:41 +0000 Brand new bruk banger from Kuna Maze, “Something To Say” meshes broken beat with the romantic edge of rhythmic Brazilian-funk. Forthcoming on the “Backward” EP for Tru Thoughts. Released 13th August.

“Backward” is a new direction for Kuna Maze and a new chapter for the artist. “It’s a look backwards to go forwards” explains Edouard Gilbert aka Kuna Maze. “It’s the first time on my solo project, that I’m using my background and training as a jazz musician.” Shedding off the post-dubstep sound that was linked to Kuna Maze’s initial success in his hometown of Brussels, “Backward” see’s the DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist return to his roots, applying his studies of jazz at the Chambery Conservatory in France, to his musicianship and work.


“I want to make music that makes people want to dance. That’s why I love broken beat because it’s at the meeting point between jazz and dance music”. It’s not just broken beat that seeps through on the record, pockets of UKG/garage, house and jazz-fusion amalgamate into the sonic palette of “Backward”; direct influences can be heard from the likes of Domu, Moodymann, Azymuth and Horsepower Productions.

Having just released a collaborative album with French-producer Nikitch titled ‘Débuts’ which saw the duo win over tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Nemone, Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Tim Garcia (Jazz FM) plus many more, Kuna Maze was motivated to add more live-elements into his productions, using the energy from this project and their extensive time on the road.

The EP artwork, by sculptor, painter and friend – Cedric Esturillo, evokes feelings of both nostalgia and modernity (a sentiment echoed in the music) through the use of collage and aerograph painting. “Aerograph was used a lot for jazz-fusion album covers in the 70s such as Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’ and Herbie Hancock – ‘Thrust’, and with this EP I was looking back for the first time – so aesthetically it made complete sense to me.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Tvii Son “Kilang” (Forthcoming MIC) Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:33:08 +0000 Fresh and direct sounds here from Tvii Son. With cavernous low-end, skittering beats, minimalist electronic experimentation, and strong hints of dub, grime and dancehall, its almost Mika Vainio meets Cousin Cockroach. Music for the head and body, that’s for sure. Taken from their forthcoming debut LP for London’s trailblazing MIC, released September 18.

The trio of Florian, Mika Shkurat and vocalist / writer Lucy Zoria make, essentially, a kind of stripped-to-the-bone industrial dub, fizzing with white noise and quivering with soundsystem bass – but given a glorious pop infectiousness, thanks to the earworm phrases and phrasing of Lucy’s vocals.


The name was chosen purely for how cool the letters look on the page but conceals intriguing lyricism (it means “your dream” in Ukrainian), and likewise their sound’s simplicity hides deep intellect and emotion. Their roots are deep in both Kyiv and Berlin, with a sprinkling of extra cosmopolitanism from Lucy’s part-American upbringing. Beneath the surface simplicity lies an intellectual and musical richness that belies all three members’ backgrounds in punk / alternative scenes, and their immersion in everything from 90s WARP records to anime soundtracks. And there’s both a vivid expression of Berlin’s deep rooted electronic music culture and a proud sense of increasingly confident Ukrainian identity, still carrying the energy of the 2014 revolution even as its optimism has mutated into something darker and perhaps more determined.

The trio’s history is tangled – seeds were sown when Mika worked on some visuals for Florian’s modular synth band Driftmachine and a lasting friendship was forged. Mika and Lucy didn’t meet till much later, despite having many friends in common – but when they did formed the trio Nisantashi Primary School. Florian fell for Lucy’s unique style and when Nisantashi played Berlin in 2018, a new collaboration was forged. Over 18 months, they built their frameworks of abstract sounds made into immediate rhythms, with Lucy’s style adapting to the grooves until the total sound you hear now had coalesced.

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BALANCE – Show #555 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:32:31 +0000 Spacewalker in the mix with the heavy hitters, mid-summer vibes in this month’s edition of Balance!

Fresh cuts from the likes of Angela Muñoz, Jesse Fischer, Kamaal Williams, Reuben James, Swarvy and much more!
In the Essential Album Corner it’s another soul classic celebrating its 20th anniversary – Jill Scott and her debut “Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds vol. 1″…




Kamaal Williams featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Street Dreams | Black Focus

Khruangbin – First Class | Dead Oceans

Melodiesinfonie – Fun | Radicalis

Sven Wunder – Hanami | Piano Piano

Angela Muñoz – Don’t Show It | Linear Labs

Scott Xylo – Shadow Sea (The Afterlife) |

Lianne La Havas – Seven Times | Warner

Swarvy – Cool | Black Focus

(Liv).e – I Been Livin | Real Life

Reuben James – Slow Down | Rufio

Simon Jefferis – High Grade | DeepMatter


Jill Scott – Who Is Jill Scott? – Words And Sounds, Vol.1 | Hidden Beach

Jill Scott – Gettin’ In the Way

Jill Scott – A Long Walk

Jill Scott – Slowly Surely

Mr. President – One Night | Favorite

Kamaal Williams – Mr Wu | Black Focus

JK Group – Nutha One | Tenderlonious – Quarantena | 22a

Jesse Fischer featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Resilience |

Gianni Brezzo – Moof! | Paper Cup

Nat Birchall – Celestial Spheres | Ancient Archive of Sound

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Exclusive Premiere: King Knut “Spellbound” Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:22:16 +0000 For our first premiere of the week, MIMS presents “Spellbound”, lead single from UK-based producer King Knut’s forthcoming “XL” EP, due for release Aug 21. “Spellbound” is a hypnotic, heavy affair, putting us in mind of gritty 90s NY hip hop, 90s trip hop, dub, and early Theo Parrish productions.

We’re also very glad to share a video for the track, produced by Drive Me Home (Barkley Bandon, Later, CASisDEAD) and made using footage shot in the Costa Rican jungle by migratory naturalist, photographer, and small-scale coffee farmer Seth Beaudreault.


The EP comes on the back of 2018’s cassette release Unreleased Beats Vol. 3 that received support and airplay from NTS, Wire Magazine and Trevor Jackson, and last year’s remix for Lunch Money Life’s Unlimited Ice Cream Palace on Kaya Records. The EP is mastered by Amir Shoat (Dean Blunt, Klein, Brother May).

A remix EP will follow later this fall with remixes from Cherrystones (Twisted Nerve, Touch Sensitive), Capitol K (Faith And Industry), Double Geography (Invisible Inc) and A’Bear.

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Crucial Material – August 10th, 2020 Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:51:04 +0000 We’re all on vacation mode so for the month of August we’ll be releasing our Crucial Material every two weeks

So here you are with a double dose of that strictly crucial material! Our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the moment.

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Makaya McCraven — Universal Beings E&F Sides

An incredible worthy compendium to McCraven epic “Universal Beings” double LP, recorded in 4 different cities with 4 different all-star groupings, before being chopped and edited by Makaya, here comprising fourteen new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Emma-Jean Thackray — Um Yang 음 양

Dedicated to the Taoist philosophy of duality and harmony. A highly ambitious and personal record that sees Thackray leading a septet featuring Soweto Kinch and Steam Down’s Wonky Logic, recorded straight to vinyl. Alice Coltrane & Joe Henderson inspired explorations that build into the earthiest of grooves. Essential.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids — Shaman

The legendary Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids return with a brilliant new album on Strut Records. Capturing the spirit of the group’s groundbreaking seventies releases, this new recording, produced by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics’, blends together spiritual jazz grooves, funky African-inspired rhythms, and hypnotic melodies.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Charles Tolliver — Connect

Jazz legend Charles Tolliver, who ran the groundbreaking Strata-East label with pianist Stanley Cowell during the seventies, returns with his first studio album in 13 years, titled ‘Connect’ on Gearbox Records. This superb new recording captures the fiery post-bop spirit of those essential Strata-East sessions, while still pushing the music forward.
— Selected by TJ Gorton


Kazzey — Night City

Great Modern Funk/Electro Funk album from French producer Kazzey, with lots of dope featuring, including Mofak, Dogg Master. Sally Green and Juna. Lots of highlights on the album, including “Feel The Funk”, that was included on the last Voyage Funktastique Radio show.
Selected by Walla P 

Leo Luxxxus — 3020 b/w Get Around

Leo Luxxxus—the funk connoisseur of Finland—is here with a cosmic summer 45 featuring “3020” b/w “Get Around” on the flip side. Modern Funk 7’ courtesy of the label Groove College, always delivering quality releases. 
– Selected by Walla P


Planet Eater – Planet Eater EP

This ultra rare and elusive EP was released 25 years ago and is now available digitally through Bandcamp if you wanna save some big bucks! The feel is absolutely timeless, straight up raw house grooves that became the trademark sound of Worldship Music, for those who knew! This was the first release on the label, and it made it clear that The Teflon Dons would make some amazing music. Play loud!!!
– Selected by The Rawsoul

V/A – Door to the Cosmos — OntheCorner Dancefloor Sampler

On The Corner kicks open the door to the cosmos with 8 tracks of pure heat from across the spectrum, all ready to rock forward looking dancefloors. Featuring Peruvian bass fiends Dengue Dengue Dengue, hauntological ravers The Diabolical Liberties, experimental houser Uffe, Dar Es Salaam’s MC Palakata, Planet Battagon’s cosmic techno and edgy Venezuelan dembow meets changa tuki from MPeach. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Pursuit Grooves — Sustainable Movements For A New Age

One of our favourite beat makers, unearths a hidden beat tape of 20 instrumentals, straight from the archives.  A beautiful, meditative head-nodder from beginning to end.  Originally released for a limited time for Earth Day 2009 but still highly relevant. Cop it now before it goes again!
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Dan Jose — Saccade 

One of the most creative and engaging responses to the covid-19 pandemic, especially when it comes to beat tapes. Dan Jose has deconstructed the emotional rollercoaster of the lockdown’s early months, interlacing European prog & jazz samples with 90s hip hop & 21st century-LA influenced beats with TV and news samples to add a little dark humour. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Bab L’Bluz — Nayda!

Fronted by an African-Moroccan woman in a traditional male role, Bab L’Bluz draw inspiration from Morocco’s ‘nayda’ youth movement, a new wave energised by local heritage, singing in the darija dialect. Gnawa rhythms and instrumentation, bluesy & funky grooves. ‘Nayda’ has a bright ancient to future pulse. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Admas — Sons of Ethiopia (Reissue)

The sound of 80s Ethiopia in exile. Essential recordings of an all Ethiopian-born, Washington D.C. based band, using the instruments of the day, absorbing the current sounds, but retaining the same distinctly Ethiopian sense of melody in the lineage of their 60s & 70s forebears, Mulatu Astatke and Hailu Mergia.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


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Exclusive Premiere: Strategy “Nom Wah Tea Parlour” (Forthcoming on Tru Thoughts) Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:22:33 +0000 Third premiere of the day! MIMS presents “Nom Wah Tea Parlour”, a hot-as-hell halftime D&B track by Mancunian MC & producer (legend of the north) Strategy. Taken from the forthcoming ‘Shapes: Sideways’ compilation on the Brighton, UK Tru Thoughts imprint.


‘Shapes: Sideways’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations, compiled and curated by A&R, label co-founder, and renowned DJ Robert Luis.

After 21 years of independently releasing music, the ‘Shapes’ series continues to encompass the best of our wide-ranging, eclectic, and international roster. ‘Shapes: Sideways’ features the finest Tru Thoughts classic cuts, recent releases from the new generation of the roster, stirring remixes and world exclusive tracks; released digitally (on the 4th September) and on limited edition, hand-numbered run of 500 vinyl (that includes a download card with all 32 tracks) exclusively on Bandcamp on 7th August.

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Exclusive Premiere: Waldo’s Gift “Bergson” (Forthcoming on Worm Discs) Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:50:14 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is excited to share the cinematic, post-rock infused intensity of Waldo’s Gift’s “Bergson”. Taken from forthcoming compilation, “New Horizons; A Bristol Jazz Sound”, which provides and excellent and much needed overview of Bristol overlooked but vibrant jazz scene.

Bristolian promoters Worm Disco Club have been championing South-Western talent since their inception in 2014. Having collaborated with Glastonbury Festival on their notorious ‘Wormhole’ stage and hosted the likes of The Comet Is Coming, The Heliocentrics and The Mauskovic Dance Band at their regular club night, the name has become synonymous with quality groove laden goodness, percussive madness, jazz, psych and beyond.


Now proudly presenting their label Worm Discs, the collective recruit some of Bristol’s most notable emerging talent for an exploration into the new wave of Jazz emanating from the city for their debut outing ‘New Horizons : A Bristol Jazz Sound’ . An album which channels the seismic energy of the sonically rich landscape into 11 progressive, psychedelic, impeccably crafted tracks.

The Worm Discs team explain: “The idea for this record began back in 2019. We had been curating parties in Bristol featuring jazz acts from around the UK for several years and had just hosted “The Wormhole” at Glastonbury Festival, featuring an all-star line-up from the scene. Having always felt that Bristol’s exciting jazz scene deserved to be heard, the idea for a label was born. We wanted to showcase some individual creativity and open up a space to try something different.”

From the cinematic, post-rock infused intensity of Waldo’s Gift’s “Bergson” to the zen-like, floating melodies of Ishamel Ensemble’s rework of Snazzback’s “Flump” and the angular textures of Run Logan Run’s epic “A Sea Of Apathy And Indifference” – this record is true odyssey from start to finish, for those who really want take a trip down the Wormhole.

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Exclusive Premiere: Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos “Cafunga” (Forthcoming on Olindo Records) Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:53:00 +0000 Something is cooking. Afro-Venezuelan rhythms meet James Brown inspired funk on “Cafunga” by Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos. Over hip-shaking bass guitar, big brass chords and the beat of the clarín drum, we hear how to make the best cafunga, a very old Afro-Venezuelan recipe made with plantain and cheese.

Taken from Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos exhilarating ‘Bichos’ album, forthcoming on Olindo Records. A potent stew of raw funk, jazz, afrobeat and Afro-Venezuelan rhythms, it features an all-star ensemble of musical trailblazers including “the voice of Venezuela” Betsayda Machado, singer Luzmira Zerpa (Family Atlantica) and drummer Dave De Rose (Agile Experiments, Electric Jalaba).


Due for release on October 16, 2020 on vinyl, CD and digital, ‘Bichos’ is available to pre-order from Bandcamp as of today with an instant download of “Cafunga”, to coincide with Bandcamp waiving their fees until midnight PST today (August 7th).

With producer, engineer & drummer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, Quantic, Yussef Kamaal) behind the recording and mixing desk, Raúl brought together a like-minded cast of friends from Venezuela, Paris and London, to help him create a fresh sound, capturing the essence of both the African and indigenous roots of Venezuelan music, and the forward-looking sounds of afrobeat, gritty Latin jazz and experimental electronic music.

‘Bichos’, Spanish for ‘vermin’, ‘bugs’, ‘beasts’ but also used in Venezuela to refer to someone as a “nasty piece of work”, draws all these strands together. The album uses a variety of animals, among them the mosquito, butterfly, pig, snake, rooster and flea, to represent a wide range of human qualities, such as greed, hate, love & compassion, and their impact on Venezuelan and worldwide corruption & division, the strengths of friendship, family, collaboration, rebellion and survival.

Monsalve previously released two celebrated albums with his first Caracas-based incarnation of los Forajidos before moving to Europe, where a new line-up toured Europe, were invited to play David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival, and released a sought-after 7” on Olindo.

Aside from touring and recording with los Forajidos’, Raúl has shared stages with legendary Nigerian saxophonist Orlando Julius, the Heliocentrics, Venezuelan master percussionist Orlando Poleo and members of Fela Kuti’s Afrika 70, and as a member of Venezuelan avant-folk quartet, Insólito UniVerso, he has enjoyed the support of BBC 6 Music, Songlines, Wire & The Vinyl Factory for their debut album, also on Olindo Records.

On “Cafunga”, los Forajidos are: Raul Monsalve on guitars & FX, Edgar Bonilla on keys, Julien Matroz on trumpet, Andres Vela on tenor sax, Christine Roch on baritone sax, Baldomero Verdú, Joel Arriaga & Ernesto Marichales on cumacos and clarín, and Dave De Rose on drums.

The cover of ‘Bichos’ is illustrated by Gustavo Dao, a Venezuelan native working in NYC.

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Exclusive Premiere: Mammal Hands “Ithaca” (Forthcoming on Gondwana Records) Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:22:18 +0000 We are pleased to announce a new sneak peek into the anticipated fourth album from Mammal Hands. ‘Captured Spirits’, released 11th September via Manchester tastemaker record label, Gondwana Records.

Consisting of saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and tabla player Jesse Barrett, the trio have forged a growing reputation for their hypnotic fusion of jazz and electronica and have received glowing recommendations from the likes of The Guardian and Gilles Peterson. Drawing on their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world, folk and jazz music, Mammal Hands take in influences including Pharoah Sanders, Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Sirishkumar Manji.

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Forming in Norwich in 2012, brothers Nick and Jordan along with Jesse, developed their distinctive and polished sound with their meteoric live shows and release of three critically acclaimed albums: ‘Animalia’ (2014), ‘Floa’ (2016) and ‘Shadow Work (2017). Landmark live performances have included shows at The Roundhouse London, the main stage at Field Day Festival, La Cigale Paris, Montreal Jazz Festival, Hamburg Elb Jazz, Athens Technopolis and Unit Tokyo.

Teaming up once again with trusted producer George Atkins (Wiley, The Courteeners) at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, ‘Captured Spirits’ explores themes including existence and displacement. “The name has multiple readings but was first inspired by something Jordan was reading about past experiences of ancestors being caught and coded into our DNA and having an effect on who you are today. This ties in with themes that we have touched on before relative to identity and the collective unconscious (‘Shadow Work’). It also toys with the idea of feeling contained/trapped and the need to break out of something and also the idea of people being spirits that are “captured” in a body”, says Nick.

Opening with the melodic rhythmic patterns of ‘Ithaca’, the tempo picks up with the mesmerising ‘Chaser’, as heavy percussion and Nick’s frenetic keys draw the listener deep into Mammal Hand’s distinctive soundsphere. North Indian influences dictate the meditative ‘Versus Shapes’ with Jesse’s transcendental tabla playing taking centre stage while the dark and moody ‘Spiral Stair’ relies on a multitude of colliding and intersecting shapes and sounds.

All three members of the band contribute equally to the writing process: one that favours the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos. “I think with this record, there was a strong and renewed sense of collective enjoyment and appreciation for the process and each other’s contributions. After a long period of touring and a slow build up to the actual recording sessions we were able to mull over ideas for long periods, build on lessons from the past and pull our playing connection to an even deeper place. Realising each other’s visions for the whole and clearly understanding how they intersect”, says Jesse.

That vision is also realised by longtime collaborator and artist Daniel Halsall who designed the artwork for ‘Captured Spirits’. His strong instinctive feel for the band’s visual world is a key component to understanding the music. “Our work with Dan over such a long period of time now has become integral to the bands aesthetic and he always seems to grasp the themes and ideas that we send for each album and distills them into something striking and engaging that really complements the music. This is really important with instrumental music, as we need to be able to convey our ideas without being too literal or definitive and give the listeners space for imagination and to take their own journey when they listen to the music and look at the artwork”, says Jordan.

Elsewhere across ‘Captured Spirits’, ‘Riddle’ and ‘Rhizome’ are rich in texture and heavy on groove and both compositions showcase a complex, emotional range and demonstrate three like-minded musicians with a dazzling understanding of jazz, electronica and cinematic rhythms. “Music has the capacity to fill so many spaces in our lives, as I think fundamentally it is a more direct form of communication than even language. In this way it can be refuge, it can be social, it can be revelatory, it can be memory, it can be what we need at a given point in time”, says Jordan.

The high intensity of the trio’s live shows is recreated with the spiritual jazz-influenced ‘Into Sparks’ as Jordan’s sax exhibits an unrestrained energy and freedom but it’s left to ‘Little One’ to bring down the curtain on arguably their most accomplished album to date, a soothing, breezy gift to Jesse’s new daughter.

Gondwana Records is an independent record label founded by Matthew Halsall in 2008. The label has gone on to release music by, Allysha Joy, GoGo Penguin, Hania Rani, Matthew Halsall, Phil France, Portico Quartet and Sunda Arc.

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Exclusive Premiere: Arícia Mess “Batuque É Reza Forte” (Feat. Dona Onete) Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:49:16 +0000 Brand new from Brazil. “Batuque é reza forte” showcases the beautiful warmth and energy of Brazil’s best kept secret, singer, composer, producer and radio presenter, Arícia Mess. This soulful samba features the voice and a little composing assistance from the legendary Brazilian singer and composer, Dona Onete, aka “Queen of Carimbó”, and on guitar, Aleh Ferreira, frontman of legendary Brazilian funk band Banda Black Rio. Taken from forthcoming album, ‘Versos do Mundo’.

About “Batuque é reza forte”, Arícia says: “I have a radio program on internet, I spent the last three years travelling in Europe singing, doing shows and recording interviews in Berlin, Paris, Portugal and London. When I was in London I met Dona Onete for one interview, but she fooled me into it (LOL). She started talking about something else, about my work as a composer, she started singing melodies, saying that she was doing it for me! That is the recording that you hear at the beginning of the song. I ask her: “are you composing this song now?”. She replies: “that’s for you!” Then I scream! So, there was no interview, and that’s how Batuque is a Strong Prayer was born. I took the parts when she sings and used her voice in the recording (with the freshness of the moment of composition); the rest of the song I composed later while traveling through England. The recording of that moment, when she sings and improvises extracts of the song is what makes Batuque is a strong prayer a jewel.”

“Queen of psyco-quilombolas, radical batuques…Afro-shock-chic”. Brazilian with righteous black pride, Arícia sings in praise of the natural forces of womanhood, notably the Afro-Brazilian woman. In her own unique way, she recreates the links between Africa and Brazil. Aricia has a peculiar yet powerful, refined and captivating voice.


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Exclusive Premiere: Contours & Yadava “Speaking Through Broken Shells” (Flumo / ANMA) Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:47:23 +0000 UK based Contours and Yadava team up to release the “Cosmic Echoes” EP, built over numerous jam sessions fusing live percussion, bass, drum machine, synthesizers and field recordings to create a raw EP full of soul and warmth. Released September 4, jointly by Flumo and ANMA Records.

Music is My Sanctuary is proud to premiere the vibrant “Speaking Through Broken Shells”, with its bass and drum heavy interaction and influences from the UK jazz scene.

Both Contours and Yadava have been on our radar for a while so we are happy to see them display so great chemistry on this beautiful EP. Destined to sell out, so don’t sleep!

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Exclusive Premiere: Jesse Fischer “The Wanderer” (feat. Grégoire Maret) Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:11:33 +0000 We are excited to present a wonderful new piece from Brooklyn based pianist, composer and songwriter Jesse Fischer, a composition taken from his latest project “Resilience”, an album written shortly after becoming a father.

Furthering his explorations in contemporary jazz fusion, the compositions on “Resilience” are introspective, yet playful and free, best reflected in the album’s title track, featuring the legendary trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Ajuah, “Play Date” and the tune “The Wanderer”, with Gregoire Maret on harmonica. It’s the latter that we have the pleasure to present in the Exclusive Premieres.

Whilst speaking with Jesse, we touched upon the meaning behind the composition.

“I took a somewhat unusual path to where I am in life. I was raised in a very progressive, alternative kind of household. We were homeschooled through elementary school. When I entered the public school system it was a bit of a shock. I’ve been lucky to keep that kind of DIY, self-sufficient and auto-didactic attitude throughout life. “The Wanderer” is me. It also refers to the Jewish people. Never exactly having a home, but we’ve been drifting for millennia, and making our home pretty much everywhere.”

Jesse Fischer’s “Resilience” is out on August 7th.

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MIMS Guest Mix: DILETA (Coolground, Montreal) Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:11:21 +0000 Allow me all you Music Is My Sanctuary regulars to introduce you to one of Montreal dopest up and coming DJ’s in our scene. Dileta is the founder of the Coolground collective and also one of the resident DJ’s of the Homegrown Harvest parties.

I always have an immediate kinship with anyone in Montreal has that plays electronic with that loose, swinging, abstract, unquantized feel and just from nerding out with Dileta about music I knew that this mix was going to be stellar. It did not disappoint. Proper beat science I tell ya!

@diletamtl: This mix is an experiment in dynamics between various ultramodern ‘cool vibe’ corkers and house stompers, with some UKG and 100-something drummy chugging thrown in for good measure. When assembling it, I tried to focus on two things. First, rhythm juggling and layering, often changing between diagonal lift and forward propulsion, and second, toying with the impression of free fall through the use of ascending and descending high-pitched synths and abrupt drum pattern changes. There’s also a fair share of cheeky fun inside. Thanks so much for listening!


Honeydrip – Speaking Moistly [Pandemic Artifact]
Wheelman – Slight Of Hand [self-released]
Realitycheck – Dem [Renascence]
Brenner – Korvexx [forthcoming]
Braiden – Belfry Tower [Rush Hour]
Sam Brickel – tbl (iota remix) [self-released]
Static. – Back to the Start [Moot Tapes]
Aroent – Eleese [Awkwardly Social]
Henry Greenleaf – Snide [Well Street Records]
Lack – Squeeze [Peder Mannerfelt Produktion]
Hitam – Sunday Drill [self-released]
Splash Pattern – Sentinel [self-released]
Depuratumba – Vudu [Vista Recordings]
Swordman Kitala & O’Flynn – Heat Flexx [Blip Discs]
Monir – The Instinct [More Cowbell]
Den Haas – Feelings [Dim Sum Records]
Wen – Blitz [GD4YA]
McGregor – Explain Away Your Feelings [self-released]
Ekhe – Super Klein [Spooky Shit]
Cando – Stashed [Pressure Dome]
Otik – Twin [self-released]
Jas Shaw – Tic Tacs Without Strategy [self-released]
Dan Miles – Chord [877 Records]
Kamus – WDUW [self-released]
Knebel – Tangerine Dream [Empirical Magnetism]
testpress – Hustlin [Carouse]
Haron – Drosera [Queeste]
Plebeian – Giggles freestyle edit [self-released]
Diessa – Loukanikos [Hi-NRG]
Low Budget Aliens – Hazardous Waste Pump [xpq?]
Korin Complex & Carter Wolfe – Ponder [Miracle Drug Recordings]
Izco & Kotei – Nightscape [Natural Selection]

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Exclusive Premiere: Raffy Bushman “Look Up” Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:17:35 +0000 MIMS gets the scoop on an exciting new jazz song with a hip hop pace, from Raffy Bushman. Taken from his forthcoming EP on Bridge the Gap, “Look Up” is released on all digital platforms on July 31st.

London-based pianist and composer, Raffy has gained praise and recognition as musical director of Unit 31, a music and visual arts collective which quickly became an essential destination for the London creative community. He also founded The NuShape Orchestra, for which he wrote a National Theatre commission, later performed at Sundance Film Festival and the Tate Modern.

Having honed his craft along like-minded musicians over the years, Raffy is now ready to deliver his first EP, the honest and personal story of his lifelong musical journey through Hip Hop, Jazz, Classical, and Gospel, all major voices contributing to his own individual sound. The compositions are beat-heavy, yet they exude the love for adventurous harmonies and delicate textures. The trio, comprised of bassist Tom Driessler and drummer Sam Michnik, blends the roots of jazz with a sultry Hip-Hop ethos.

“”Look Up” is a piece which reminds me to accept life as something which can often be difficult, stressful and painful. All of these things are part of the journey. Don’t be afraid. Look up, be brave and keep moving forward”


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Exclusive Premiere: Swarvy “Bones” Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:28:00 +0000 We are thrilled to present a new joint from Philadelphian multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer SWARVY who is making his debut for Kamaal Williams’s imprint Black Focus with a stunning new EP entitled ‘SUNNY DAYS BLUE’ – his first release as the primary vocalist.

Smoked out sound beds and lofi guitars sit gently with SWARVY’s voice creating a juxtaposition of melancholic, yet sweet, melodies that loop in your mind’s ear long after the record stops spinning. ‘BONES’ opens with a stripped back rhythm section and existential observations referencing the human condition of overthinking, a recurring theme throughout the EP. ‘COOL’, ‘NO COMPUTE’ and ‘SmiLE’ subtly infuse Jazz, Funk and Hip-Hop elements, while ‘NEW MOON’ plays out as a low slung hypnotic hymn echoing gracefully into the record’s closer ‘GiNGER’ – a meditative ambient spiritual for solo piano.

Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2015, SWARVY has produced a variety of records via House Shoes’ Street Corner Music, MatthewDavid’s Leaving Records and Fresh Selects, as well as doing a DJ set for Boiler Room and taking part in Mass Appeal’s ‘Rhythm Roulette’. His writing and engineering credits extend to dozens of tracks by artists including Pink Siifu, Maxo, Nia Andrews, Mndsgn, Liv.e and the late, legendary Tony Allen. ‘Due Rent – his collab album with rapper lojii received high praise from NPR, Okayplayer, Bandcamp Daily, Earmilk, Music Is My Sanctuary and more.

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MIMS Guest Mix — MAFALDA (NTS Radio, UK / Portugal) Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:22:29 +0000 Cover photo by Bella Fenning

An absolute pleasure to get this lovely mix from our friend from across the ocean. We had the pleasure of playing with the Portuguese, London-based DJ, record collector and radio show host last summer at our Dimensions boat party and since then have been wishing and praying for a mix!

In her always eclectic-minded sets Mafalda can play anything from forgotten soulful gems to more modern hip-hop, electronic, R&B jams but the influence from Sunny coast of Portugal is never too far!

This mix, focused on Brasilian gems, is perfect for the beach or the park.

@mafaldafromthesun: “This mix is an ode to the sea. I wanted to have done this mix a few months ago, as you know, and the urgency just kept growing, as I’m not sure when I will see it again! It’s an ode to the sea – the Atlantic Ocean and all the people I love across it.”


Milton Nascimento – A Chamada
Flora Purim – Light As A Feather
Werther – Terça Feira
Gal Costa – Flor do Cerrado
Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
Egberto Gismonti – Educação Sentimental
Trio Ternura – Filhos de Zambi
Di Melo – Minha Estrela
Zeca do Trombone & Roberto Sax – Coluna do Meio
Djavan – Serrado
Bebel Gilberto – Bananeira
Hermeto Pascoal – Gaio da Roseira
Toninho Horta – Aquelas Coisas Todas
Nivaldo Ornelas – Portal dos Anjos
Baden Powell – Consolação
Meireles e Os Copa 7 – Taboo
Golden Boys – Berimbau
Egberto Gismonti – Dança das Cabeças
Erasmo Carlos – Sábado Morto
Walter Branco – 200MPH
Nara Leão – Fotografia

MAFALDA – Key Links

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Exclusive Premiere: Uffe “Free House” Tue, 28 Jul 2020 12:50:45 +0000 Danish producer and pianist, Uffe makes his On The Corner debut, with “Free House”, a killer slice of off-kilter dancefloor madness. Taken from the forthcoming ‘Door the Cosmos – Dancefoor Sampler’, an 8-track compilation of club-centric but very unpredictable bangers.

Having built a healthy reputation for producing increasingly jazzed-up and gnarly house, across labels such as Tartelet, Pets, Delusions of Grandeur and Bluberry, Pete OtC finally tracked him down back home in Denmark and managed to prise this gem from him.

On the Corner Records was awarded ‘Label of the Year’ at the Worldwide Awards 2018. OtC is a story of artists and scenes that goes way beyond being a record label. DJ, label owner Pete On the Corner has created a home for innovative, border-crossing, genre-pushing artists. The OtC vision is to bring music to the world that is knocking at the ‘Door To The Cosmos’. The label is an inimitable mixture of Miles Davis ‘call it what you want’ attitude, Sun Ra’s Afro Futurism and the ecstatic soul lifting influence of black music on electronic dance music.

On ‘Door To The Cosmos – Dancefloor Sampler’ Pete has curated a volume of cuts from present and future label family. This first in the series, is not just knocking at the door but giving it a kick! It’s club music referencing the source, be it Detroit, or UK bass culture combined with future sounds rising from cosmopolitan hotbeds of sonic heat. On this maxi EP Venezuela meets India via New York, the street sound of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania pulses through UK Jungle. Undergrounds pushing the dance, breaking borders and genre alike. Rhythms from the ancestors channelled for future times.

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Crucial Material – July 27th, 2020 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 00:04:22 +0000 Too much incredible music and way too little time!

That’s what our weekly record rundown is all about. We comb through the hundreds of new EP’s and Albums every week and share nothing but the crucial releases. In our humble opinion of course!

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Kamaal Williams — Wu Hen

London-based keyboardist and producer Kamaal Williams, aka Henry Wu, returns with another brilliant album off of his Black Focus label, fusing together jazz-funk and broken beat grooves, with spacey cinematic atmospheric tones and soulful horn melodies that all seem to have a very London-rooted vibe and sound.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Otis Sandsjö – Y​-​OTIS

Forward-looking and experimental “liquid jazz” from Berlin-based Swedish saxophonist Otis Sandsjö on Helsinki’s consistently ahead-of-the-curve We Jazz Records. A good example of how groove and melody can share a page with out-there, experimental jazz.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Laraaji – Sun Piano

New age meets jazz & ambient legend Laraaji, returns with a brand new album of solo piano pieces, recorded in a Brooklyn Church. The effect is almost spiritual. Listening to these beautiful pieces you may feel an unconscious burden being lifted. Perfect for an hour of gentle reflection.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Koolade – The Hop

Montréal label Voyage Funktastique is proud to present their first full-length offering, by way of Koolade’s “The Hop,” a 7-track project that takes an eclectic approach to dance music. Soulful chords, gospel-like progressions, and thumpy bass lines are held together over 4×4 beats.
– Selected by Walla P

Psycho’n’Odds – Radiated Universe

Been a huge fan of La Base, Switzerland finest Boom-Bap Hip-Hop Duo (Buds Penseur & T-Sow), and Buds’ newest project with  Nativ definitely demonstrates that they are the King of Europe. German & French rap, produced by Tru Comers.
– Selected by Walla P


Veslemes – I Know Where You Live Vangelis!

Four tracks of haunting but grooving, Vangelis-inspired techno from multi-disciplinary artist Veslemes, backed with five remixes, including a mesmerising “anti-disco” rework from Spook-J,  that push the experimental nature of the release out even further. Released by London-based record label Byrd Out, digitally and on a highly limited black cassette.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Roberto Carlos Lange – Kite Symphony, Four Variations

Roberto Carlos Lange (better known as Helado Negro) has produced a beautiful collection of sound works with the assistance of Rob Mazurek, on Piccolo Trumpet, Electronics, and Jeanann Dara on viola, based on graphic scores created in collaboration with visual artist Kristi Sword. A fascinating project and a worthy recording to immerse yourself in. 
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Kara – Colors

Another winner from the Leaving Records camp who introduce Kara, the brainchild of Californian musician Devin Daniels. In keeping with the beat tape tradition it does have that bedroom production feel but really showcases some great musicianship as well. Get this one on cassette for sure!
– Selected by Lexis

Cookin Soul – Carribean Bites

I’m a big fan of anything Valencia-based Cookin Soul exports from his MPC. Apparently the inspiration behind this one is that he went on a vacation in the Caribbean and brought along said MPC. Hope he didn’t get any sand in there.
– Selected by Lexis


Anunaku & DJ Plead – 032

Forward-thinking cutting edge dance-floor music from Anunaku & DJ Plead, two of the leading producers in the hard bass / UK Funky / global-minded rave music who co. Super Frais!
– Selected by Lexis

Jessy Lanza – All the time

The uber-talented Jessy Lanza returns for her third full length album on Hyperdub which has really proved to be a great artist-label match. Speaking of good matches; the production of the album is once again led by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys fame. Great summer road trip record.
– Selected by Lexis

Hanna – All The Love

Hanna has been enjoying a bit of a revival these past few years with a lot of younger deep house heads discovering his work which since the early releases in the late 90’s has been bringing nothing but heat. This EP is no different! Check the last track for a sweet revision of the ‘you know that deep house classic with the strings!?’
– Selected by Lexis

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #198 — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:46:07 +0000 This week’s show features new music from Koolade, XL Middleton, Ourra, Kazzey SaiR and a load of 80’s Boogie-Funk-Disco.

Tracklist :

Koolade – The Bop
Donell Pitman – Chocolate Lover (E.Live Mix)
SaiR – Don’t You Worry feat. Moniquea (Rework)
Ourra – Underneath The Neon Moon
XL Middleton – 1990 Brougham d’Elegance
Koolade – The Hop
Steve Parks – Movin’ In The Right Direction
Sho-Nuff – You Got Me Workin’
Syndicate – Dance You To The Ground
Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
Charles Amoah – Sweet Vibrations
Shades of Love feat. Kathrine Joyce – Come And Make Me Feel Good
B.T. Express – Does it Feel Good to You
XL Middleton – Blue Man Down
Kazzey – Feel The Funk (feat Mofak)
Dogg Master – ITRY
XL Middleton – Crown Royal Bags
Koolade – The Pop
Kazzey – Shooting star (feat Sally Green)
Mike McCray – Bring Your Love Back
Lemelle – You Got Something Special
Lynda Daw & Bes Kep – Roses
Fifth Of Heaven – Just A Little More (Surrender Mix)
Onstage – Alibi (Instrumental)
Robyn – Searching (Piano Mix)
Spank – Oh Baby!

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AURAL MOOD #01 — Summer 2020 (Hosted by Honeydrip) Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:21:22 +0000 Honeydrip presents Aural Mood; an ongoing series of mixes made to accompany you in specific settings where the mood will be just right.

This delightful mix is perfect for a sunny day in the park. Soothing synths and quirky beats will surround you as you bathe in the sun.

(Cover image by Belong to the void)


Rei Harakami- After Joy
Erik Wollo- Panorama
Shea- Aspartame
Chaos in the CBD- Formation
E.R.P.- Tandy Center
Silvestre- Floresta
Unknown-No fun
Jitwam- Busstop N.O.T.E.S pastamix
Dirty Jak- Truth is
D.Tiffany- Get Back to you Soon
Mori Ra- Edit 76

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Exclusive Premiere: Dan Jose “This’s No Flu” Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:11:49 +0000 Excited to premiere this brand new beat, and share the accompanying video, lifted from Dan Jose’s forthcoming tape “Saccade” . 62 minutes of Corona Virus induced psychological turmoil and political chaos embedded on magnetic tape. Cassette and digital released on July 31st 2020.

Dan Jose is a Bay Area USA born & raised, London UK based producer, photographer, b-boy and co-founder of London dance & DJ collective, #UNiTY. Words from Dan below on ‘Saccade’ and “This’s No Flu”. Plus as an added bonus, a brand new mini-video reflecting more recent developments.

Saccade? Saccade: a quick, simultaneous movement of both eyes between two or more phases of fixation.

I started this project in Early March when I was re-covering in self-quarantine after contracting Corona Virus. While isolated, my crewmate challenged me to make 19 tracks. With nothing to do and nowhere to go, I started. This was before lockdown even began in the U.K. Fast forward 3.5 months here and here we are. All of the songs are a sort of quarantine time capsule. It’s a soundscape of what it was like (and still is like) trying to ingest this bad-tasting soup of political chaos, intense confusion, sadness, anger, tiredness, contradiction, despondency, humour, anxiety, fear, boredom, hope, loneliness and depression.

Saccade is a reference to the anxiety we feel as our eyes rapidly dart around digital screens, endlessly inhaling social media feeds on our phones and computers, while trying to process them before the next second’s harrowing scroll.

It’s my attempt to soundtrack the psychological turmoil of the last few months while throwing comical jabs at the increasing fervor of the culture wars and political ineptitude growing across the U.S. and U.K.

Sonically this project samples heavy from European prog rock, acid-fuelled euro-jazz and U.S.soul. It breathes major influences from Bay Area Rap, Stones Throw’s early hip-hop days, L.A. beatsy business, London’s dance music scene & some lil B for good measure.

This one in particular was a feeling that something more than a biological disease is ripping through us. The video toys with the idea that some predatory entity is fanning this confusion among the herd, turning the herd against itself while it lurks waiting to make its kill.


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Exclusive Premiere : Koolade “The Hop” (Voyage Funktastique) Wed, 22 Jul 2020 17:01:15 +0000 Brand new release from Montreal’s label Voyage Funktastique, this time with producer extraordinaire Koolade, hailing from Zagreb, Croatia. First single off his new EP “The Hop”, coming out this Friday, July 24th.

Koolade, a producer/beatmaker from Croatia, most likely known for his works with hip hop legends such as Masta Ace, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Diamond D, Sadat X, Sean Price, Tony Touch, and many others, comes back around with another solo project.
Lately he’s been into future funk, alternative hip hop, lo fi and future beats, and his music is being recognized by many renowned DJs and radio shows all over the world such as Joe Kay of Soulection, Walla P of Voyage Funktastique, We Funk, XL Middleton and many others…

This time around he comes with an eclectic disco/house/funk project making that four to the floor work his own way. Released by already mentioned label/radio show/brand Voyage Funktastique, this project is taking a bit of a turn towards a more eclectic route, using soulful chords, gospel-like progressions and thumpy funk bass lines, while keeping the beat 4×4. The album title is “The Hop”, including track names such as “The Bop”, “The Wop” and “The Pop” to remind you to keep dancing.


IG: @koolade.koolinout
SoundCloud: @koolade

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Exclusive Premiere: Minyo Crusaders + Frente Cumbiero “Mambonegro Daisakusen” Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:49:42 +0000 “Mambonegro Daisakusen” is a chicha and salsa-styled boogaloo, born from a unique collaboration between Minyo Crusaders and Frente Cumbiero: “Minyo Cumbiero (From Tokyo to Bogota)”. Released August 7th 2020 on Mais Um.

Tokyo-based ten-piece and wild Japanese folk-song fusionists, Minyo Crusaders join forces with Colombian cumbia radicals Frente Cumbiero on Minyo Cumbiero, a Japanese-Colombian collaborative release that fuses ancient Japanese folk songs with heavyweight Colombian styles.

Recorded across two days in Bogota in August 2019 Minyo Cumbiero includes versions of an ancient Japanese rap tune and modern cumbia standard capturing a thrilling exchange between two radical and triumphant groups. Japan and Colombia may be cultural opposites on different sides of the world, yet the countries are bursting at the seams musically and on this EP both groups stridently drive their respective music cultures and histories in exciting new directions with powerhouse horn sections, rippling dub basslines and rampant Afro-Latin polyrhythms creating carnival grooves, released here via London-based label, Mais Um.

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Manfredo Fest “Brazilian Dorian Dream” (1976) Wed, 22 Jul 2020 02:28:15 +0000 Far Out Recordings reissues Manfredo Fest’s 1976 jazz-funk masterpiece ‘Brazilian Dorian Dream’

Legally blind from birth, Brazilian keyboard player and composer Manfredo Fest contributed to a number of great recordings during the sixties and seventies, both as a solo artist and with the group Bossa Rio. London’s Far Out Recordings has just reissued, what arguably might be his greatest recording, in his 1976 jazz funk masterpiece Brazilian Dorian Dream.

This brilliant seven-track recording brings together Brazilian rhythms with funky electric jazz fusion grooves, spacey atmospheric synths, and complementary vocal melodies chants. Musically sounding well ahead of it’s time, the album has an overall cosmic Brazilian space-funk vibe should definitely have fans of the legendary fusion group Azymuth taking notice.

On this session, Fest plays a wide range of keys, including Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Arp and Moog synthesizers. He is backed by bassist Thomas Kini , drummer/percussionist Alejo Poveda and Roberta Davis on vocals.

Due to being released in limited quantities on a small independent label, original copies of this under-the-radar gem are almost impossible to find, which make this worthy reissue from Far Out Recordings very much welcomed.

Manfredo Fest — ‘Brazilian Dorian Dream’
(Originally released: 1976 / T&M Productions)
(Reissued: 2020 / Far Out Recordings)

  1. Brazilian Dorian Dream
  2. Facing East
  3. Jungle Cat
  4. That’s What She Says
  5. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
  6. Who Needs It
  7. Braziliana No.1
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SPICE BLENDS — Show #01 (Hosted by Silktits) Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:58:56 +0000 It’s a seasonal blend! Two hours of music for every season, starting with summer quarantine. Flavours include dub, lo-fi/experimental, reggae, 80s synth-pop, funk/soul, kwaito & disco.

I would be nothing as a DJ without the music created by BIPOC producers, and I encourage continuous support for these communities.


upon request!

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Exclusive Premiere: China “Calm Down” Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:22:52 +0000 We are thrilled to present this great soulful joint from up and coming singer who has recently supported Lion Babe on their ‘Virtual Tour’ in May 2020.

China is a 20-year-old Melbourne-native, who at 19 moved to LA to follow her dreams of becoming a musician – she creates music reminiscent of icons Erykah Badu, Jhené Aiko & the late Amy Winehouse and is well beyond her years.

‘Calm Down’ is the spiritual follow up to her single ‘Trust’ and is a warning sign to guys who lack respect, “I went to the studio pissed off because I had just had a conversation with a guy who wanted to take me on a date but felt the need to disrespect other women to raise me up and flatter me, which I hate.”

‘Calm Down’ is China’s first release with Daily Nightly and is the initial taste of a larger body of work due out at the tail end of 2020 – watch this space!


Facebook: @musicbychina
Instagram: @china.townz
SoundCloud: @china-mcdonald

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Exclusive Premiere: FSQ Feat. George Clinton, Trey Lewd & Billy Bass Nelson “Dancefloor Democracy” Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:54:03 +0000 Premiering today, ‘Dancefloor Democracy’, a “funkadelic” slice of dubby disco, by FSQ, a production team led by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman. It also is an acronym for “Funk Style Quality” – three elements that make up the core ethos of FSQ’s sound.

Very special guests, Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton and his son Trey Lewd handle the vocals. Guitars are by Trey and original Funkadelic bass player Billy Bass Nelson. The artwork is by original P-Funk artist R. Stozo!

Years in the making.. Soul Clap Records presents ‘Reprise Tonight’, the debut long player from FSQ (Funk Style Quality). The album features guest appearances from a heavy list of funk legends George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Nona Hendryx, Fonda Rae, Denise King, and Dolette McDonald and is the brainchild of two of the most influential forces in Soul Clap’s musical journey, Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman and our dear departed Sa’d “The Hourchild” Ali. ‘Reprise Tonight’ is a concept album that tells the story of a person who gets the opportunity to have one last party, the party of their life, and we get to see how far they can push it, given the chance to cram all the fun they can into one 24 hour period.

The bug that became FSQ was planted when a young DJ and hip-hop/house head (Sa’d) and an even younger funk fan (Chuck), met in the mid 90s as touring members of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, with Sa’d himself being Dr Funkenstein’s nephew. After a brainstorm to find new ways to reinvent themselves, Chuck and Sa’d brought Soul Clap, George Clinton and Sly Stone together for a legendary 2013 collaboration at Red Bull Studios, Los Angeles. Also instrumental in that historic recording session was 8 time Grammy nominated producer G Koop. The trio – Chuck, Sa’d and G Koop then became FSQ – a production team committed to creating original funk of supreme quality. Forming under the auspices of this P-Funk / EFUNK collaboration, FSQ debuted on Soul Clap Records in 2014 with their ‘Zulu Congo Call EP’, which received 10/10 in Mixmag. Later Chas Bronz joined, a Boston based Soul Clap acolyte and guitar hero, and One Era, a Philadelphia based drummer and producer. New York audio engineer Morgan Wiley, from Midnight Magic, joined the group a few years later.

Released July 24 on Soul Clap Records.

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Exclusive Premiere: Syrup “Politickin” Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:59:08 +0000 Our second premiere today comes from Syrup, with their brand new song “Politickin”. A laid back blend of boom bap & modern jazzy vibrations from the London & Cologne based trio, consisting of Twit One, C.Tappin & Turt of Summers Sons. Released this Wednesday July 22 on Melting Pot Music.

Syrup is a new group from London and Cologne. The group consists of producer Twit One, pianist & singer C.Tappin and rapper Turt (Summers Sons). Their style of music is called Cool Bap.

“Politickin” is their third single. It’s the follow-up to “Burnt Out” and “The Recipe”.

Twit, Turt and Tappin first met at a club in Bristol some years ago, where Twit played a DJ gig. They quickly became friends and have been working on music together ever since. In 2017 Twit brought Turt and Tappin over to Cologne to perform at the legendary Radio Love Love boat party. In the same year Summers Sons released “Undertones”, their first EP for Melting Pot Music, followed by “Uhuru” (2018) and “The Rain” (2019) and C.Tappin’s debut EP “Ashes To Ashes” (2019).

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Exclusive Premiere: Pearls Among The Stars ft B. Jamelle Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:01:00 +0000 Ecstatic to share this soulful pearl from Baltimore singer, songwriter and producer, JSOUL, featuring the dulcet vocals of D.C. native B. Jamelle. Deep, soulful, ancient to future music that we need right now. Released August 10 digitally on Inkswel’s Inner Tribe Records, plus very limited edition vinyl in collaboration with Diggers Factory following in September.

A native of Baltimore, JSOUL is a truely unique example of the unlimited potential available to those that represent the trifecta of creativity in music, being that of a singer, songwriter and producer. As a triple threat his sound captures the very essence of soul and hip hop that is often absent in today’s music. Taking his cues from soul masters both past and present, has inspired him to create quality music of inspiration, pain, pleasure, life, and love with a style that emanates eclectic, funk-da-fied soul. His albums are a culmination of his last 13 years in this industry as an indie soul artist. Its with that momentum he steps into the full roll of producer and draws from his experiences in love, gained and lost; triumphs and failures, old and new.

JSOUL lands down eloquently on Inner Tribe Records with his ‘Levels’ project. Label boss Inkswel heard his previous release Neutronic Suite and was blown away by the musicality and deep drenched soulful nature of the album, so much so that he got in contact with JSOUL immediately and enquired about any future projects. This conversation sparked a connection forming the LEVELS project. This is DEEP soul music to tune into interplanetary frequencies.

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Crucial Material – July 20th, 2020 Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:57:59 +0000 Too much incredible music and way too little time!

That’s what our weekly record rundown is all about. We comb through the hundreds of new EP’s and Albums every week and share nothing but the crucial releases. In our humble opinion of course!

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Blu & Exile – Miles

First new album in 7 years from the dynamic MC/producer duo. 20 tracks of new music full rich in hip hop & jazz, family & history, soul & samples. No doubt named after the world’s most famous trumpeter, but likely Blu’s son who apparently shares his name too.  A deep listen from beginning to end.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Oddisee – Odd Cure

Perfect 6 track EP from MC/producer Oddisee addressing America’s growing divisions and the worldwide pandemic lockdown, addressing issues faced right around the world. ‘Odd Cure’’s beats bang hard, but are based not on samples but live instrumentation, Ralph Real on keys, Dennis Turner on bass, Olivier St. Louis on guitar & guest vocals, and Jon Laine on drums.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other super rad releases


Zara McFarlane – Songs Of An Unknown Tongue

London vocalist Zara McFarlane shifts to a more futuristic sound on her latest album for Brownswood, thanks to the great production from Kwake Bass and Wu-lu. Dedicated to her Jamaican roots, this recording brilliantly combines spiritually soulful vocals with pulsating beats and electronic rhythms.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other super rad releases

Lianne La Havas – S/T

The majestic Bittersweet opens and closes a soulful opus that may very well be La Havas most accomplished work yet. From the vocals to the arrangements and pacing the album is a smooth ride from start to finish. This self-titled project announces a more mature artist who has truly reached their potential and whose work will blissfully reverberate to a larger audience.
– Selected by Asma


Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown

On-point collection & excellent primer from Soul Jazz Records highlighting the broad array of talent across the independent jazz scene focused on but not limited to London, as it’s tentacles spiral out. All corners are covered, the spiritual jazz of Matthew Halsall, deep soul of Yazmin Lacey, the punk funk edge of Pokus, the cut-and-paste beats of drummer/producer Makaya McCraven, and much more besides.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

The Sultan’s Swing – Ignite

Tom Funk does it again! Following his sought-after Natural Lateral release on Social Joy, The Sultan’s Swing returns with another album of lush, soulful, dancefloor and downtime ready jazz. Featuring a couple of killer tunes too, “Dune” with flautist Chip Wickham and “You’re One of a Kind” with Valentina Russo.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Kutiman – Wachaga

At the core of “Wachaga”, are field recordings from Tanzania, particularly choral singing and percussion, made with permission by Israeli producer, Kutiman. Around which, saxophonist Shlomi Alon, trumpeter Sefi Zisling, trombonist Yair Slutzki, and Kutiman envelope these voices and sounds with an envelope of spiritual jazz and psychedelia. The results sound powerful, meditative, and respectful, I think.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Manfredo Fest — Brasilian Dorian Dream (Reissue)

Far Out Recordings has reissued keyboardist Manfredo Fest’s highly-obscure 1976 jazz funk album ‘Brazilian Dorian Dream’. This recording brings together Brazilian rhythms, jazz fusion, and spacey synth grooves that should have Azymuth fans taking notice.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Pedro Lima – Magidala (Reissue)

After the Cabo Verde craze, music from Sao Tome (another small lusophone West African island) might take over and this reissue researched by DJ Tom B could be the record that sets off the trend. A member of afrofunk ensemble Os Leonenses, Pedro Lima brings the rhythmic guitar and vocal stylings on four deep cuts we are lucky to be able to enjoy
– Selected by Asma

K. Frimpong backed by Vis​-​A​-​Vis – S/T (Reissue)

There may be no one afrofunk artist more consistent than Ghana’s K.Frimpong. Guaranteed to generate DJ booth inquiries and activate the dancefloor the melodic mastery and orchestra manipulation that this great musician showcases is unmatched. Another incredible record put out by the good folks at Hot Casa records.
– Selected by Asma

Sharhabil Ahmed – Habibi Funk 013: The King Of Sudanese Jazz (Compilation)

Hababi Funk revive the swinging sounds of singer Sharhabil Ahmed. Whilst having won the title “King of Sudanese Jazz”, the music on this restrospective sounds like a killer mixture of surf, rock n roll, funk, Congolese music and East African harmonies. Essential!
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other super rad releases



The Montreal DJ duo composed of Tonton Osman and G L O W Z I come through with an impactful mini EP. A savant mix of afrobeat, house and a touch of amapiano cadences this project is sure to cross boundaries. Standout track badouay encompasses all aspects of the group’s signature sound. Keep your eyes and ears open for ZANDOLI II as they show no sign of slowing down.
– Selected by Asma

DNGDNGDNG – Continentes Perdidos

Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue return under a new moniker with three club-ready bangers weaving “ancient” sounds, rhythms and voices with precision-produced techno and one pleasant surprise in the ambient form of “Mu”.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other super rad releases


Danalogue & Sarathy Korwar – Equinox

Drummer/percussionist/producer Sarathy Korwar and producer/keyboardist Danalogue  (Comet Is Coming, Soccer96) collaborate at TRC, channeling Riley, Ra, Tomita & Cherry.  Off-centre analogue synths, subtle drum grooves, some words & horn from a certain dePlume. (New) new age? A cosmic trip for sure.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other super rad releases

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Exclusive Premiere: Offshore and Coen “Yearning” (Fred Everything Remix) Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:28:04 +0000 Our second premiere for the day comes from Offshore and Coen, remixed by our good friend Fred Everything. Forthcoming on Fred’s Lazy Days Recordings.

Lazy Days welcomes Offshore and Coen, an up and coming duo from the Netherlands, known for their releases on Phat Elephant, and more recently on Jimpster’s excellent Freerange label. Their music is a breath of fresh air, warm and organic but with tightness and precision and lots of space around the instruments. The title track, Yearning comes with a Fred Everything remix. Also included on the ep, the acid tinged Breath as well as the smooth midtempo disco Prelude.

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Exclusive Premier: Romano “Six” Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:22:38 +0000 Very happy to share an upfront dancefloor cut from a label close to our hearts, Batov Records. On this occasion, Romano’s “Six”. According to Romano himself, “Six” answers the pressing question, “What would have happened if the popcorn theme was invented in a parallel universe? A vintage-futuristic middle eastern disco party!”. Released July 24 with three other bangers.

Inspired by his roots and his upbringing, the record is a dialogue on a more personal level, representing a part of Lior so far unknown to the public. The music on this release is a thematic contrast to his previous Baharat releases, which are inspired by the liveliness of jamming together and creating a funky groove. Nevertheless, it delivers the same joyful intensity! The album, which was completed at the end of 2019, was created with the help of friend and producer Orel Tamuz and it’s a musical snapshot of very different aspects of Lior’s life and showcases his multicultural upbringing.

Born to half-Turkish, half-Egyptian parents, and growing up in a Jewish household, Lior’s sound embraces his parents’ cultural heritage and his own musical background, mixing Turkish, Egyptian, and Greek folk music, surf and Mediterranean rock in a kaleidoscope of upbeat psychedelic groovy goodness. The influence of Omar Souleyman and Aris San’s work is very present in Lior’s work and can be made out from the ululating keyboards and high-pitched melodies in staccato form respectively. Featuring a blend of Arabic and Western structures, very funky basslines and catchy melodies, this instrumental record is the embodiment of fun and carefree celebration of the joy of making music.

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MIMS Guest Mix: TELESEEN (New York, Goldmin Music) Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:53:45 +0000 It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome our talented friend Teleseen to the mix series. A true musical do-it-all, he’s also quite the record digger too. I was really curious to hear what he was going to come with and was certainly not dissapointed!

@teleseen: “This mix focuses on the techno that was coming out of NYC and the surrounding areas in the late 90s and early 2000s, when I first moved there.

The kind of stuff you used to be able to find at Dance Tracks on 3rd St in the East Village when it was still there and you can still find in bargain bins in shops all over town. This sound is a bit overlooked and overshadowed by the foundational stuff from Detroit and Berlin but it was equally important in its day and continues to influence producers around the world. The New York sound was unique in the fact that it drew equal influence in places from hip hop, freestyle, and Caribbean music, but also from punk, hardcore, and industrial.

There’s a signature deepness to a lot of these tracks as well, which is contrasted against a certain austere harshness that was reflected in the city’s landscape at the time. This sound was what I first encountered when I began exploring electronic music and it continues to influence my work.”


Bobby Konders – Massai Woman
Frank Ryde – So Smooth
Frankie Bones – Funky Acid Makossa Vol 2
MCL – Microchip League(Humatic Mix)
Frankie Bones – Funky Acid Moakossa Vol 1
Traversable Wormhole – Semiclassical Gravity
Musicology – Epilion
Byron Stingly – Why Can’t You Be Real(Danny’s Hard Dub Remix)
Damon Wild & Tim Taylor – Bang The Acid(Claude Young’s Vox Work Mix)
MSLWT & Steve Still – Derby(Mr Mau Remix)
John Selway – Honeydrip
Damon Wild – Eva
Patrick Pulsinger & DJ Glow – Plowing the Dark
M.O.R.P.H. – Stormwatch
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Exclusive Premiere: DayKoda “My Abstract Monkey”(feat. Robohands) Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:28:32 +0000 It is our absolute pleasure to release this brand new track from Milano’s DayKoda! We’re really feeling this one!!

‘My Abstract Monkey’ is the first single selected from the upcoming album by the nu jazz musician and beat maker DayKoda.

The young producer returns on the scene with a single that, in light of the recent global situation, will rise awareness against animal exploitation and deforestation. In particular, the profits form this single will be entirely donated to the WWF.

In tune with this theme, ‘My Abstract Monkey’ feels hazy and dreamlike; percussive hip-hop cuts, soulful atmospherics and highly skilled woodwind sequences. The track makes you swoon with its smooth and creamy vibe, something relatable to Stones Throw and Brainfeeder artists such as MNDSGN and Teebs. Special credits to the raw talent of the multi-instrumentalist Robohands, who features the track with an
effortless jazzy production.

The sound of this track floods your ears with greenery and
lush soundscapes, aiming at recreate that peaceful connection that used to endure between Human kind and nature.

Beat Machine Records

@daykodamusic explores the fields between slow-mo beats, downtempo
and Nu Jazz by moving in an almost abstract way through dreamy textures and downtempo productions strongly influenced by jazz
and beat music.

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Exclusive Premiere: Jerk “Celestial Voices” Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:42:50 +0000 “Celestial Voices” is the latest and final single from Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, beatmaker and jazz musician Jerk’s upcoming album, ‘Some Cosmic Shift’ on DeepMatter. The track follows previous singles “Earthrise” and “In Orbit”, the former being picked as one of Tina Edwards jazz tracks of the year, 2020.

“The track was simply named after the synthesizer preset I used on the recording, but to me it became emblematic of how the track came together. We only rehearsed this arrangement twice before recording it. So, the track was a product of the collective consciousness we’ve developed over the years of making music together.“

Jerk is the brainchild of composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kinney. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the project is an exploration of the connection between jazz and hip-hop with compositions blurring the lines between hip hop beats and instrumental jazz compositions.

As a band, Jerk is Joshua Kinney on Saxophone, Carey Ozmun on Trumpet, Jean Matthieu Carvin on Keyboards, Mikey Migliore on Bass, and Martine Wade on Drums. Jerk’s releases include a trio of EPs (Pink, Yellow, and Green), a full-length beat tape entitled “Pressing On”, and his forthcoming live jazz album entitled ‘Some Cosmic Shift’.

“The track came together in a few waves.

The first version came in 2018 – It was largely inspired by slow jams of the 70s like Dionne Warwick’s “Deja Vu”, and that was originally going to be the vibe of the entire track.

In 2019, the band was playing a lot of shows, and I had the idea to stitch our set together with improvised drones. It was something that was different every night, and it brought a new level of consciousness to our playing as a band.

At the beginning of 2020, I started getting heavily into house music for the first time. I wanted to make the entire track a house beat, but it ended up losing a lot of its original charm.

Two weeks before the recording session, all of these elements just came together – We would keep the beginning as a slow jam, transition with a drone, drop into a house beat, and have our long-time friend Matt Krane play a synthesizer solo.”

“Celestial Voices” is released on all platforms on July 16, with the full album ‘Some Cosmic Shift’ dropping on August 14.

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Exclusive Premiere: Emma-Jean Thackray “UM 음” Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:43:36 +0000 Having been privileged to hear this very early we are super exited to finally premiere Emma-Jean Thackray’s “UM 음”, the first part of a very special release, recorded direct-to-disc for Night Dreamer Records. Due for worldwide release, vinyl & digital, on July 31st.

Emma-Jean Thackray, an outstanding figure in the UK jazz scene, releases Um Yang, her long-dreamed project dedicated to the Taoist philosophy of duality and harmony. A highly ambitious and personal record that sees Thackray leading a septet featuring Soweto Kinch and Steam Down’s Wonky Logic, recorded straight to vinyl.

Raised in Yorkshire, Thackray inherited a grounding in Taoism from her father, and approaches her music with the same pursuit of harmony between Um & Yang (the Korean Ying & Yang), balancing melody and rhythm, groove and free improvisation, cerebral and physical. For this one-off recording, Thackray has applied this ideology in every sense, even down to the ensemble itself featuring not one but two percussionists. Um commences with ethereal interplay between keys, percussion, and Thackray’s trumpet, recalling the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane’s classic records. As the piece builds, an earthy groove emerges. On both trumpet and vocals, Thackray leads the ensemble further out until the piece peaks with an epic breakdown.

When Night Dreamer Records invited Emma to record Um Yang straight-to-disc at Artone’s vintage recording studio in Haarlem, Netherlands, Emma was excited by the idea of capturing this specific project in one-take, without overdubs or edits. “Recording in (Artone) was such a dream” Thackray recalls. “It had all the fantasy analogue equipment you daydream about one day being able to use. The desk looked like something Uhura would use. All the instruments were natural, woods and metals, no plastic in sight, and everything was to be hit or blown, all analogue. I really needed everything to be natural and real, because the music is about the universe, about the energy of all things, and what is more real than that.” Honest sound to match truly honest music. With Um Yang, Emma-Jean Thackray has created her most personal and defining work to date.

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Exclusive Premiere: Veslemes “The Pleasure Dome” Mon, 13 Jul 2020 18:26:52 +0000 Today’s second premiere is a bouncy yet haunting slice of Vangelis-inspired techno from multi-disciplinary artist Veslemes. Taken from the forthcoming album, “I Know Where You Live Vangelis!”, released by London-based record label Byrd Out on July 24, digitally and on a highly limited black cassette.

Greek artist Yannis Veslemes comes to Byrd Out after releases on Optimo Music and Inner Ear, bringing a cinematic and stately touch to four new dub-edged tracks. The release ploughs a furrow between the experimental and the enjoyable, with the playfully titled hat-tip to the great Greek composer and musician Vangelis. The A Side presents the originals, and the B side presents six diverse remixes: two from Anatolian Weapons, an alias of fellow Athens-based artist Aggelos Baltas; from Nihiloxica’s powerhouse Spooky-J; from South London jazz mover Jelly Cleaver (who adds an enchanting vocal touch); from prolific balearic purveyor Native Cruise; and from East London electronic wizard Bit Cloudy. All on a black cassette, with only 100 made. Artwork by GSL Studio. In the words of Veslemes:

“Four Movements in 4/4.
Hedonism of the modern city reflects on these marbles of the past.
Oh Athens, you are not so shiny after all…
Kenneth Anger’s Egypt rises now on our land of Minotaur. Just connect the dots.
We’ve just turned this old Byzantine church into the new Pleasure Dome.
Still dancing in the candlelight.
Sunday morning breaking in his backyard. He turns on, tune in, work this CS80 with a temperament. I know where you live Vangelis!”

Asked about “The Pleasure Dome”, Byrd Out added that it was “bouncy and yet haunting, and clocking in at just over 9 minutes, it’s not a stretch to imagine this reverberating round a deserted Byzantine church in the COVID era, awaiting its resurrection as a Pleasure Dome”.

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Exclusive Premiere: Nico Lahs “Mind Frames” Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:58:19 +0000 It is our absolute pleasure to present another track from this very talented Italian producer when it comes to that true deep house sound always infused with soul, disco and funk elements. We’re big fans!

Nico Lahs give us his vision of future with this 4 tracks Ep on Dailysession.

You’ll find a hypnotic, club-ready house tool, and an hard kicking sound. Mellow vibes for warm weather and hot nights. For connoisseurs…

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Crucial Material – July 12th, 2020 Sun, 12 Jul 2020 17:26:05 +0000 Too much incredible music and way too little time!

That’s what our weekly record rundown is all about. We comb through the hundreds of new EP’s and Albums every week and share nothing but the crucial releases. In our humble opinion of course!

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Jay Glass Dubs – Soma

Judging on the first few spins alone, I would say JGD’s “Soma” will be in my short list for record of the year. A mesmerizing 14 track excursion channeling all of the Athens-based producer’s influences. This record might find its place in the pantheon of dub all-time albums. 
– Selected by Lexis

Gabor Lazar – Source

Budapest’s lord of the braindance returns with another rad 8 track record for Planet Mu, always one of the most forward leaning electronic labels on the planet. For adventurous ears and discerning dancefloors only!
– Selected by Lexis

Anteloper (Jason Nazary & Jaimie Branch) – Tour Beats Vol. 1

Experiments in sound and rhythm from trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer Jazon Nazary, pooling their collective electronics and auxiliary percussion. The results recall Miles Davis’ most out-there electric phase and the milieu of exuberant genre-busting music recorded in the wake of punk.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other super rad releases


Che’ Noir & Apollo Brown – As God Intended

Detroit producer Apollo Brown has put out lots of dope collaboration projects over the years but this album with Buffalo’s MC Che’ Noir might be the best one yet. Mature and Modern at the same time. It pays hommage to the rap gods of the past (check the stellar “94” track based on the Common classic) but still pushes things forward.
– Selected by Lexis

Other super rad releases


Asher Gamedze – Dialectic Soul

Free, spiritual & revolutionary jazz. Cape Town-based drummer, Gamedze, explores Black Consciousness, the violence of colonialism and the importance of movement, on this essential double album, incorporating epic suites, Southern African spirituals and liberation anthems, with the spirit of Biko, Coltrane, Cabral, Makeba & Malcolm.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Nat Birchall – Mysticism of Sound

Saxophonist Nat Birchall takes advantage of this late period of isolation to craft a 100% solo album of deep space jazz, inspired by Sun Ra. Birchall plays it all, tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, Korg Minilogue synth, bass, drums, hand drums, bells and shaker, and conjures a deeply soothing spell on this listener.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Tamar Osborn & Idris Rahman – Conversations

A deep & beautiful album of duo improvisations from two incredible saxophonists. Idris (of Soothsayers, Ill Considered & Wildflower) & Tamar (of Collocutor), breathe new life into the hallowed instrument every time they play. Their talent, creativity and musical chemistry can be found in abundance on this record. 25% of all proceeds will be donated to The Black Curriculum, so your support goes much futher than just the artists.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Terrace Martin & Robert Glasper & 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington – Dinner Party

This is the kind of dinner any soulful head would kill for an invite. 4 of the most progressive and accomplished players in the game join forces. No need to give this project labels like “neo-soul” (it’s 2020, not 2002) or mature/grown soul & jazz… it’s just proper. The kind of diner you can invite me to anytime!
– Selected by Lexis

Lynda Dawn & Bes Kept – Roses

Brand new single by London’s rising star Lynda Dawn, produced by ½ of Full Circle (Chuku Records/Toronto), off the compilation “New Tangens in Kampala”. Definitely a collaboration I was looking for. (shout outs to Toronto’s Famous Lee for making it happen).
– Selected by Walla P

Moniquea – Daily Thing (Produced by XL Middleton)

Another hit from the Mo Funk Records duo, who definitely found their winning formula. This one is a cover of “Candle Tribe – Daily Thang”. You’ll be hearing this summer anthem in all my sets!
– Selected by Walla P

Other rad releases


Alland Byallo “Dilatant Remixes”

California-born-and-raised DJ-producer Alland Byallo is in a good place these days. ‘Dilatant’, the second single from his Full Bleed label, feat Jazz keyboardist Matt Paull, have three humid swings at broken-beat.  Remixes by House music legend Atjazz, Bruk aficionado James Rudie and Vessa, a talented new producer from Melbourne.
– Selected by Channel Subtext

Other super rad releases


Etienne de La Sayette – Kobugi

Solo album from the band leader of Ethiopian groove inspired Akalé Wubé cooks up a playful and original stew drawing on psych, jazz, instruments & inspirations from across Asia and particularly Africa, and hip hop, with the featured MC talents of Chicago’s Racecar.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

V/A – Island Sounds from Japan 2009-2016

A beautiful selection of rare and little known Japanese gems, pushing at the boundaries of psych, jazz, reggae, soca, dub, surf and disco, with a touch of Japanese magic, all discovered and compiled by Time Capsule boss and DJ, Kay Suzuki.  Beautifully remastered and packaged as per the rest of the Time Capsule series. First edition comes with an obi. Don’t miss out! 
–Selected by Oli Brunetti

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Exclusive Premiere: Sunken Cages “Mudras” (MPeach Remix) Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:36:54 +0000 We’re excited to share this brand new banger from one of our favourite labels, On The Corner Records. NY-based Venezuelan-born producer, MPeach, puts a ‘Latinx del Futuro’ spin on “Mudras” by fellow New Yorker, electronic bass, and roots percussionist, Sunken Cages.

“Mudras” by Sunken Cages, remixed here by New Yorks MPeach, brings more new OtC family straight to wax. The remix adds ‘Latinx del Futuro’, where hi-energy dance meets low-end bass, adding a lilt of the rhythms from her native Venezuela.

Sunken Cages is the moniker of Ravish Momin, an Indian-born drummer, percussionist, electronic music producer and educator. He previously led the acclaimed Global/Jazz/Electronic band ‘Tarana’ on international stages and recorded several albums to critical acclaim. He currently leads the live electronic duo ‘Turning Jewels Into Water’ with Haitian percussion virtuoso Val Jeanty.

On ‘Door To The Cosmos – Dancefloor Sampler’ Pete has curated a volume of cuts from present and future label family. This sampler, preceding a triple-vinyl gatefold sonic odyssey, is not just knocking at the door but giving it a kick! It’s club music referencing the source, be it Detroit, or UK bass culture combined with future sounds rising from cosmopolitan hotbeds of sonic heat. On this maxi EP Venezuela meets India via New York, the street sound of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania pulses through UK Jungle. Undergrounds pushing the dance, breaking borders and genre alike. Rhythms from the ancestors channelled for future times..

On the Corner Records was awarded ‘Label of the Year’ at the Worldwide Awards 2018. OtC is a story of artists and scenes that goes way beyond being a record label. DJ, label owner Pete On the Corner has created a home for innovative, border-crossing, genre-pushing artists. The OtC vision is to bring music to the world that is knocking at the ‘Door To The Cosmos’. The label is an inimitable mixture of Miles Davis ‘call it what you want’ attitude, Sun Ra’s Afro Futurism and the ecstatic soul lifting influence of black music on electronic dance music.

More coming as On the Corner’s irrepressible output continues, daily it seems, and a genre and border bending debut EP is on its way from Sunken Cages.

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Exclusive Premiere: The Imbeciles “One Hand Tommy” (Suzanne Kraft Remix) Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:39:38 +0000 An absolute pleasure to host a brand new remix from Suzanne Kraft who since 2010 is behind a ton of great EP’s, albums and remixes on the ambient, downtempo and leftfield tip. This ones’ right up our alley!

“The latest Imbeciles single, once more surrounds itself with on-point remix talent that sings from the very same song sheet as the band…

On this occasion we’re treated to the idiosyncratic, left-field stylings of Suzanne Kraft; the raw, spit and sawdust vibes of Mark Broom’s ‘Rattlesnake Riddim’; and the full throttle, attitude-loaded warehouse Techno of Duncan Forbes.”

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Exclusive Premiere: North of Loreto “You Can’t Stop The Feeling” Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:10:32 +0000 We are pleased to premiere ‘You Can’t Stop The Feeling’, taken from ‘M’, the new album by North of Loreto, available worldwide on digital platforms from July 17th.

NoLo is the electronic side project from Italy’s own Bassi Maestro, revered Hip hop legend, dj and platinum producer. He has also beats for the likes of Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, M.O.P., Joell Ortiz, Jim Jones, Lloyd Banks and others

An ultra-limited edition (15 copies) hand pressed by Bassi himself at his mastering studios will be exclusively available via the label on Bandcamp.

About ‘You Can’t Stop The Feeling’, NoLO says: “A classic house piano and some vocal samples, paying tribute to those early Steve Hurley days, this tune is a soulful hard knocking dance floor filler”.

One year passed since the first North of Loreto’s release came out, the self-titled album was a strictly ‘80s electro funk and boogie tribute project, with a lot of soul influenced tracks and many international guests from the likes of legendary rapper Domino (US), talk box master Diamond Ortiz (US) and Italy’s singer Ghemon. The album received praise worldwide, as were the multiple 7” singles from the album including the infamous ‘Plastic love’ remake (featuring JP boogie queen Saucy Lady) plus a series of exclusive vinyl-only edits and reworks (Nolo Edits vol.1 and 2).

‘M’ sets a new path for NoLo, this time Bassi pays tribute to the early days of house music, with references to the classic New York and Chicago sound of the late ‘80s and ‘90s, that formed Bassi as a young dj at the start of his career; with infectious 303 acid bass lines and vocal samples over dope drum patterns, plus a couple of Italo oriented disco tracks, the project is clearly tiltin hat to the dancefloor. Fabio “Veezo” Visocchi, keyboard master from the Jaxx Madicine collective, gives his jazzy touch on “The House The Funk” and “Acid shit”, while singer Paul Astro performs the poignant Italo dance ‘Take me home’.

‘M’ stands for many things: M for Milano, known for its gloomy and fierce skyline, M for Music that constantly fuels Bassi’s enthusiasm, M for Munari, the world renowned designer that put his city on the map of art from the mid ‘50s till late ‘70s. The album cover is a rework of Munari’s “negativo-positivo” series, a revisited tribute to his abstract art.

North of Loreto is Milano’s most talked neighbourhood, a new home for a large community of artists and creatives, where Bassi lives and has been working and making music for the past 11 years.ElectronicSoulHouse

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Exclusive Premiere: Pura Pura “Feel’s Good” Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:37:38 +0000 It’s our absolute pleasure to present a brand new project curated by our good friend, the talented producer known as Fulgeance (also in Souleance and Claude). He hand-picked 16 tracks to represent the sound and mission of Musique Large for 2020 and beyond including this title by Pura Pura an exciting upcoming French talent!

Musique Large’s back with a brand new compilation. “LARGE 2020” invites nowadays electronic finest musicians and extended family from across the electronic music scene to create a unique insight into Musique Large sound.

There’s the underground sound of Germany’s Scherbe, french lil’ genius Pura Pura with an exclusive banger for his first imprint on Musique Large, King Knut from Norway drops two dope beats, plus the craziness of Joe Howe aka Ben Butler & Mousepad, homeboys Baron Rétif & Concepcion Perez, alone or together, with their own brilliant style.

A great pleasure to welcome newcomers like Josip Klobucar drumming hard in a “Gaslamp Killer” way, the surprising XXXIII with some uptempo wonky magic or family member VECT “sexy” as always. No Music Large release is complete without the boss Fulgeance: here he delivers two tracks taking in Detroit-style electronic-beats and heavy house flavours plus an exclusive comeback from his much-missed Peter Digital Orchestra alias as well his new side project called TITRE (a collab with XXXIII) coming soon on Musique Large .

Benefits will go to “BLACK LIVES MATTER”.

LARGE 2020 is a “florilège” of what electronic music need these days, a real “avant-garde” and committed vision of dance & beat music. It’s a “family affair” – because this is how we do it.

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Tribute to MJ COLE — Selected & Mixed by Ben Gomori Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:30:31 +0000 @bengomori “The tracks MJ Cole made in the first three years of his career from 1997-1999 are some of my biggest inspirations.

The chopped-up, intricate, hard-grooving 4×4 garage sound that he pioneered built on the foundations that the likes of Todd Edwards and Grant Nelson laid, but I’d argue that the swing of his tracks in this era was unparalleled. His many solo tracks in this era as well as the tracks he engineered for Ramsey & Fen always get a great reaction when I play them out, and I wanted to collate my favourites for MIMS.”

*all Ramsey & Fen tracks included here were engineered by MJ Cole


Shernette May – All The Man That I Need (Ramsey & Fen Remix)
Two As One & MJ Cole – Shadows
MJ Cole – Flavour Fever
Dub Syndicate – I Need Your Love (MJ Cole Remix)
Two As One & MJ Cole – Too Blind
Somore – I Refuse (What You Want) (Ramsey & Fen Remix feat. MJ Cole)
Ramsey & Fen feat. Lynn Moore – Love Bug (Club Dub)
Ramsey & Fen feat. Rads – Colour (Ramsey & Fen Club Dub)
Gass – Dark (MJ Cole & 2 As 1 Remix)
State Of Mind – Take Control (MJ Cole Dub)
Amy Winehouse – Fuck Me Pumps (MJ Cole Remix)

About @bengomori aka G. Markus

A DJ and producer from London, Ben Gomori runs Monologues Records, makes a lot of edits as well as original bits, hosts a weekly podcast called Turned On and have a Soho Radio show with his bargain-bin vinyl concept, Record Replay. Watch out for upcoming releases on Sundries, Flat White Records, Club Bad, Wonderwheel Records and Monologues Records… and catch him DJing once the world slowly starts to make sense again!

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Greg Foat “Symphonie Pacifique” Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:39:20 +0000 London-based pianist Greg Foat has dived into a wide range of sounds over the last few years on some incredible releases for both Jazzman and Athens of The North, experimenting with soul-jazz, cinematic library music, techno, pastoral acid folk, and ambient electronic tones. For his debut release on Strut Records, titled Symphonie Pacifique, Foat brilliantly brings together all of these different elements to produce his most musically expansive and forward-thinking album to date.

This 16-track recording touches all the bases, from jazz-funk tracks like “Yonaguni” and “Nikinakinu”, to spiritual meditative melodies on “After The Storm” and “Mother’s Love”. Foat even bring in some spacey cosmic vibes on “Man vs Machine” and the more atmospheric “Anticipation”. The album also features a number of interesting interludes that really allow the record to flow nicely from one sonic journey to the next. From cinematic tones and lush soundscapes to groove-driven jazz, this record truly captures Foat’s wide musical palette all in a single album.

Recorded analogue and produced by Greg Foat at London’s Fish Factory studios with strings recorded in Edinburgh and choir in Gothenburg, the pianist is backed by a great cast of musicians on this session, including bassist Phil Achille, percussionist Eric Young and Moses Boyd on drums, as well as special guest saxophonist Art Themen.

Overall, this is truly a remarkable and expansive recording, continuing to confirm the fact that Greg Foat is one of the most adventurous and forward-thinking artists today in jazz.

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Nathan Davis Sextet “Peace Treaty” (1965) Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:26:42 +0000 via SOTU: “One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – originally released in the mid 60s for the tiny SFP label – and a record that’s even rarer than his early classics for MPS!

The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a mixture of soul jazz and modal jazz – served up with a bit more freedoms than Davis might have gotten on the US scene, and featuring a lineup that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on baritone sax, Rene Urtreger on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums.”

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Side A

  • Klook’s Theme 4’22”
  • Peace Treaty 3’42”
  • Now Let M’ Tell Ya 5’58”

Side B

  • Sconsolato (J. Woode) 3’26”
  • Ruby My Dear (T. Monk) 6’53”
  • Kansas City Special 4’24”

All compositions by Nathan Davis except where noticed.

Re-mastered from the original stereo master tapes..
Limited edition 2000 copies.
180 gr vinyl pressed by Pallas in Germany.
Facsimile reissue using the original photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir.
Double insert using an original photo by JP Leloir from 1965.
Each record has been visually checked to prevent defects.

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Exclusive Premiere: Lightning Orchestra “Time (Time)” Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:33:14 +0000 We are excited to premiere “Time (Time)” taken from Lightning Orchestra’s forthcoming debut LP, ‘Source and Deliver’. Released July 10th on Acid Jazz Records.

Self-proclaimed “psychedelic bootyshakers” of Atlanta, Lightning Orchestra combine rampant horn-led Afrobeat and funk-laden post-rock on their debut full-length Source and Deliver, released on neon yellow vinyl, CD and digitally, via legendary British label, Acid Jazz.

Led by maverick multi-instrumentalist/vocalist and composer, Travis Murphy, the heavyweight Atlantan twelve-piece meld Fela’s horn arrangements, Issac Hayes-like guitar licks and electric era Miles freedom across six irresistibly intergalactic masterpieces, drawing on influences as wide as Talking Heads, Hendrix, Dr John and a cosmic, contemporary allegiance to The Comet Is Coming, Khruangbin and Here Lies Man.

Comprising a loose network of up to thirty musicians across Atlanta’s dynamic and prominent improv scene, Lightning Orchestra originally formed as the brainchild of bassist/vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Travis Murphy who moved to Atlanta in 2013 after a number of years travelling across the US. Murphy was introduced to the city’s music scene playing at local jam nights and free improv sessions, before he set out to recruit members for his own project. After a number of shows performing 60s/70s funk, soul and Afrobeat covers from artists like James Brown and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Murphy named the group Lightning Orchestra, reasoning “the sound was just so powerful that it needed a powerful name”. Murphy began introducing his own material in to live sets in 2016, beginning the process that culminated in the group’s very first release, Source and Deliver.

“The community has been very supportive and fertile for me personally and for the project and it’s vision. I’ve lived in a lot of different cities, and for me, Lightning Orchestra is only possible because of Atlanta’s diversity and inclusivity.” says Travis.

From blues, r&b, gospel and hip hop, Atlanta and Atlantan culture is steeped in black music history, producing some of the most trailblazing artists in contemporary US music including Outkast and Janelle Monae, a legacy Murphy is acutely aware of and inspired by. However, it was upon discovering the weekly musicians jam on Elliot Street – a 13 year old Atlanta institution run by world renowned bassist Kevin Scott – where he met the majority of members for Lightning Orchestra, that truly changed his musical direction for good. “Some of the most far out and transcendent things I’ve ever experienced happened at that jam”.

Growing up in Chicago, music always played a huge role in Murphy’s upbringing. Murphy’s dad was a saxophone player for a local big band, exposing him to a wide variety of music and by Travis’s teenage years, he would find himself in numerous punk bands, keeping his musical oversight broad and wide-ranging.

On this new single “Time”, band leader Travis Murphy seeks to “stretch time”, paying homage to The Chambers Brothers, referencing the Californian soul group’s 1966 single Time Has Come Today. Switching time signatures from 3/ 4 to 4/ 4 then half way through, launching into a stripped back reggae rhythm with glistening dub fx bouncing off the stereo wall.

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Exclusive Premiere: Takaya “Sign” (The Groove Stage) Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:39:17 +0000 Always a pleasure to premiere any new material from our friends at The Groove Stage out of Leicester, UK. They are quickly becoming one of our favorite house labels on the planet.

@thegroovestage: After the much loved EP street edits, it was only right to see the follow up release from Takaya labeled street edits 2. Four tracks formed into smooth, sexy, moody deep danceable grooves.

Artist: Takaya
Title: Street Edits 2
Label: The Groove Stage
Cat #: TGSR021
Format: Digital
Release Date: 16/07/2020

1, Good Love
2, I Got My Mind Made Up
3, Sign
4, Somewhere Inbetween

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #25 w/ DJ Yellow (Hosted by Psycut) Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:05:49 +0000 Hi everybody, welcome to the 25th edition of My Favorite Things, in this Jazz world I love. I’m really happy to have as guest one of the Parisian DJ’s who has had one of the best vinyl Jazz collection I’ve ever seen: DJ Yellow. I met him at Panorama Records, the Shop where I’m currently working, and I can tell you this guy knows his music!

Before becoming one of the biggest name of the French touch movement with his label Yellow Productions which included artists like Dimitri From Paris, Joe Claussel, Salome de Bahia and of Course Bob Sinclar, DJ Yellow was during the 80’s a real old school Hip Hop DJ’s who has played at The Palace, les Bains douches and the legendary ‘Chez Roger Boite Funk’ Party at The Globo in Paris.

After a decade of fruitful cooperations and dedication to helping other people’s careers, DJ Yellow finally decided to begin Composite Records in 2009, as an outlet for his own sounds, and that of his close friends, including King Britt, Dubfire, San Soda and more. As a producter, DJ Yellow is behind many massive club hits like “No One Gets Left Behind” on Compost Records. As a true passionate musical lover, Alain Ho, continues to dig records ton complete his beautiful collection.

For My Favorite Things he did mix to trace a musical path from 60’s to nowadays. As usual I have selected the best of my last digging tracks included the brand new El Michels Affair, Jimi Tenor, Greg Foat and a new fantastic fusion jazz project called The Sultan’s Swing feat Chip Wickham.



Dj Psycut’s Set

01 – El Michels Affair – Reasons feat. Bobby Oroza (2020)
02 – Melba Moore – A Million Years Before This Time 
03 – Angela Munoz – I Don’t Care (2020)
04 – JayARE (J Rawls & John Robinson) – Stop Chasin’ Music (2020)
05 – Jesse Fischer – Resilience (feat. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah) (2020)
06 – Jordan Rakei feat Common – Signs (2020)
07 – Jimi Tenor – Sugar And Spice (2020)
08 – Jeff Parker – Max Brown, Pt. 1 (2020)
09 – Greg Foat – Symphonie Pacifique – Nikinakinu (2020)
10 – Michael Olatuja – Brighter Day (feat. Laura Mvula) (2020)
11 – LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion) – More Brilliant Centre (2020)
12 – The Sultan’s Swing feat. Chip Wickham – Dune (2020)

Dj Yellow’s Set

13 – Intro Composite’s DJ yellow
14 – Walt Barr – Mystery to me (1978)
15 – Tony Williams – Lawra There Comes a Time (1980)
16 – Joe Harriott & Amancio D’ Silva – Ballad for Goa (1969)
17 – Wally Badarou – Fisherman (Theme – The Unnamed Trilogy) (2017)
18 – Strivers Show Band – Love Episode (1977)
19 – Avia – All My Jazz (1998)
20 – Marilyn Scott – Dreams Of Tomorrow (1979)
21 – DJ Yellow & Astrid Suryanto – It’s you
22 – Chêne noir – Le Train (1976)
23 – Star Quake – Don’t You Know I Love You (1979)
24 – Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls – Yamanaka Bushi (1965)
25 – Sahib Shihab & The Danish Radio Jazz Group – Harvey’s Tune (1965)
26 – Jogi Freund Sextet – Killer Joe (1964)
27 – Diane Tell – Je Suis En Amour (1980)
28 – Kenny Rankin – Like A Seed (1972)

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Exclusive Premiere: Marcello Cassanelli “Malo Pivo” Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:14:00 +0000 Jackie Brown is proud to have Italian jazz wizard Marcello Claudio Cassanelli on board.

Marcello a jazz pianist, with master degree in jazz music at the G.B. Martini Conservatory, had a successful and well know contemporary jazz album „Overtour“ from 2018, for which was well received from both audience and critics, such as Jazzit magazine.

Marcello, along with Antonio Rapa on drums and Blake C.S. Franchetto on the bass, recorded a jazz-funk EP for Jackie Brown, with strong influences of house and disco music. It’s a five track EP, with A side tracks „Welcome“ and „Shark“ sound like IDs from Theo Parish funk and disco sets. B side holds three tracks, with slower tempo, but with swing and groove perfect for sunset chill.

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Exclusive Premiere: Asher Gamedze “Hope In Azania” Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:45:14 +0000 We are delighted to premiere “Hope in Azania”, taken from renown drummer Asher Gamedze’s incredible debut LP, ‘Dialectic Soul’, released via On The Corner Records on July 10th. A joyous jazz piece that is proudly South African.

Asher Gamedze is one of the foremost jazz musicians in Cape Town, and on ‘Dialectic Soul’ he is joined by the cream of his hometown’s musical crop: Thembinkosi Mavimbela on bass, Buddy Wells on tenor sax, Robin Fassie-Kock on trumpe and Nono Nkoane on vocals.

This is jazz at its most spiritual, most progressive and most appealing form. As Asher himself says: “Dialectic Soul is about motion and a refusal to remain static or stay still. It’s the commitment to be continually moving”.

Recorded live over two days at the Sound and Motion Studios in Cape Town with renowned musicians (Thembinkosi Mavimbela (bass), Buddy Wells (tenor sax), Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet) Nono Nkoane (voc)), ‘Dialectic Soul’ is breathtaking in its musical vitality and expression of soul seeking truth. By incorporating the concept of the Total Art for this project, it fits perfectly within On The Corner’s aesthetic of music, art and vision for creative innovation.

According to Asher, “This song, known as ‘Cape to Cairo’ or ‘Azania’, comes from the Pan-Africanist and Black Consciousness traditions of liberation politics in South Africa. It speaks to the urgent desire and project to liberate the continent from ‘Cape to Cairo, Morocco to Madagascar.’ ‘Azania’ refers to an imagined liberated South Africa. It resonates with a hope that has galvanised generations of revolutionaries from this country, and links us to the rest of the continent and the diaspora through Pan-Africanism.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Pugs Atomz & Inkswel ft. Blu & Georgia Anne Muldrow “Origami Dollars” (Inkswel & Social Change Remix) Sun, 05 Jul 2020 14:05:17 +0000 Pugs Atomz & Inkswel return with another banger. “Origami Dollars” was a vinyl/cassette only cut on their recent “The Moon” album, featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow and Blu (of Blu & Exile) released by Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv label.

Now “Origami Dollars” sees a new digital release with two further remixes. Inkswel himself provides a remix with an additional verse from legendary Adelaide based rapper Social Change that we are happy to premiere today.

Summer vibes all over this one. Don’t miss!

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Crucial Material – July 5th, 2020 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:41:00 +0000 We’re back!!

A lot of you have been asking and asking when our weekly Crucial Material rundown would finally return. Well, ask no more here it is!

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


The Koreatown Oddity – Little Dominiques Nosebleed
(Stones Throw)

Another instant winner in the long line of classic Stones Throw rap LP’s with that unmistakable leftfield Cali vibe. Been a big fan of LA’s rapper/producer Koreatown Oddity for a while but this is best work to date! (Lexis)

Marc Mac – The Power Tapes (Reissue)

Very timely re-release right here. The legendary Marc Mac (4hero, Visioneers) released a series of beat tapes in the mid 2000’s capturing “significant Black historical movements and events.” After loving a few volumes of the series, but also missing a few, i’m diving back in! Truly crucial. (L)

J.ROCC – Original Music

The legendary Beat Junkie is feeling inspired during these strange times: last month he released a dope Gospel-inspired tape titled “Beatitudes” and he’s back with an equally dope slice of “Original Music”. Essential for all beat heads. (L)

Melodiesinfonie – Fragments

Intimate, acoustic vibes from the man that can do no wrong. Fusing psychedelic folky sounds with his signature lo-fi beats, Melodiesinfonie has created one of the soundtracks for summer 2020 (Spacewalker)


Skee Mask – ISS005
(Illian Sound)

Munich’s Skee Mask released 2 stellar EP’s on the same day!? ISS006 is more on the soundscape / drone experiments tip but ISS005 is the real winner for me. The pinnacle of the German and UK sounds meeting on this Rudeboy Techno meets UK Funky meets Broken Beat EP. (L)

Principe Discos – Verao Dark Hope
(Principe Discos)

Lisboa’s Principe Discos has remained at the very top of my list of can’t miss labels for almost 10 years. Always miles ahead of the curve of what cutting edge dance-floor music is all about. Stellar 32 track compilation from the archives + some sick limited edition t-shirts! (L)

Karenn – Music Sounds Better With Shoe

Absolute techno missile from Karenn (aka Pariah + Blawan) which is just begging to be played extremely loud for lots of dancers in a sweaty dark room, if only that was still a thing. Even so, an instant classic for me. (L)

Teflon Dons – Teflon Dons Vs. The Si​-​Fan
(Worldship Music)

Hard to believe these tracks are 20 years old!! Only 100 copies were ever pressed back in 1998 and only 100 are being made this time so don’t sleep! Everything I love about house music is here: Swinging Drums, Deep Bassline, Raw but still Soulful. For fans of that Logic, Kerri, Mentalinstrum mid 90’s vibe! (L)

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Siti Muharam – Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution on Zanzibar)
(On The Corner Records)

An essential introduction to the golden voice of Siti Muharam and the taarab of Zanzibar, a soup of North East African, Indian & African influences, stripped back to focus on the Swahili street culture & groove that inspired Muharam’s great-grandmother & taarab’s original star, Siti Binti Saad. Album of the year? (Oli Brunetti)

Waaju – Grown
(Olindo Records)

London’s Waaju find their groove on this second LP. Their Malian & Latin influenced jazz has expanded to encompass sega, gnawa, chimurenga & beyond, but clearly has a spirit of its own that transcends and grooves from beginning to end. (D. Brown)

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Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Chicago Waves
(International Anthem)

Live set from LA’s most wanted. Cornerstones of its musical tapestry, from jazz to its influential beat scene – a sojourn in Chicago led to an impromptu improvised live set. Suspended above the ground, beautiful tones sail over rattling & shaking percussion. The most soothing 45 min of music this year. (O.B)

Greg Foat – Symphonie Pacifique

Greg Foat’s back with his latest offering, this time on Strut Records. Continuing his exploration into library jazz sounds, it’s another classic in the UK pianist’s evergrowing catalogue. (S)

LCSM “Likwid Continual Space Motion” – Earthbound
(Super-Sonic Jazz)

IG Culture’s intergalactic broken beat jazz ensemble makes a dramatic return with an ace crew of young LDN jazz players including Wonky Logic, Nathaniel Cross, Edward ‘Nache’ Hick, Benjamin Appiah & Neue Grafik. (O.B)

Vibration Black Finger – Can You See What I’m Trying to Say
(Jazzman Records)

Lascelle ‘Lascelles’ Gordon & co draw on the spiritual jazz of the 70s, electric Miles, Bill Laswell, psych, folk, field recordings, electronics & more besides in this hard hitting yet warm musical statement. (O.B)

Kahil El’Zabar – Kahil El’Zabar’s Spirit Groove Ft/ David Murray
(Spiritmuse Records)

Another essential album from legendary multi-percussionist and spiritual jazz master Kahil El’Zabar, featuring  none other than saxophone colossus, David Murray. ‘Spirit Groove’ captures their combined improvising spirits in perfect harmony and uninterrupted groove, sharing a positive, uplifting message for the listener, nourishing the body, soul and mind. Do yourself a favour and promptly add this uplifting future classic to your collection.  (O.B)

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SAULT – Untitled (Black Is)
(Forever Living Originals)

What’s left to say? An assault on the senses of next level music drawing on gospel, post punk, hip hop & RnB, backing a message that chimes perfectly with the mood of our times. If you sleep on this you’ll never wake up. (O.B)

I, Ced – Interpretations (Mo Funk Records)

Debut LP from one of L.A.’s best kept secret; I, Ced. With an array of collaborations with DâM-FunK, Devonwho, Jean Grae, the prolific writer/producer/singer delivers a complete album, ranging from Soul to Funk to R&B. “Ced’s songs are cinematic, expansive, and lush, a world removed from simple loops with vocals on top.” This is a record ahead of its time.
– Walla P

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Exclusive Premiere: Otis Sandsjö “Atombahn” Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:52:34 +0000 We are very pleased to premiere “atombahn”, the closing song from Otis Sandsjö’s forthcoming album of experimental jazz, beats and electronics on We Jazz.

Berlin-based Swedish saxophonist Otis Sandsjö returns with the eagerly-awaited sequel to “Y-OTIS”. On “Y-OTIS 2”, released by Helsinki’s We Jazz Records on July 24, Sandsjö and his close associate, bassist/producer Petter Eldh (of Koma Saxo), deepen their vision of genre-bending, forward-looking “liquid jazz” of tomorrow. The core group also includes Dan Nicholls on keys and Tilo Weber on drums, and also featured on the album are Swedish jazz greats Jonas Kullhammar (of Koma Saxo) and Per “Texas” Johansson, cellist Lucy Railton and trumpeter Ruhi-Deniz Erdogan.

Diving deeper into “Y-OTIS 2”, you’ll find details and ideas galore. The album is an inviting and inspiring audio mosaic, which links back into the previous Sandsjö/Eldh collaborations, namely “Y-OTIS” and “Koma Saxo”. The result is a balanced album which quenches your thirst while making you more thirsty in the process. In other words, the many micro moods and sonic levels herein invite repeated listening, while the underlying rhythmic approach is informed as much by hip hop and electronica as by jazz, making the music approachable in a very natural way.

On “atombahn”, Otis adds, “the first sketch for this track was created on an early morning train through Germany. While quickly looking up from the screen I saw this massive nuclear plant! Later I find out it’s the huge Volkswagen factory, but the title “atombahn” was already typed into my mind.”

Tracks on the album have already received support from Kevin Le Gendre on BBC R3 J to Z and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC 6 Music.

“Y-OTIS 2” will be released by We Jazz Records on 24 July on vinyl, CD and digitally. The vinyl comes in two versions: standard black edition in a heavy-duty tip-on sleeve and a special “PSYCORE edition” on glow in the dark green vinyl in a heavy-duty tip-on sleeve. The CD comes in a cardboard digisleeve.

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LAZY DAYS – Show #91 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Fri, 03 Jul 2020 15:45:50 +0000 @fredeverything: Welcome to summertime! Beers in the park with some friends and a giant elephant in the room.

Some great new music again this month by JT Donaldson and Antena, The Grid’s balearic classic Floatation remixed by Prins Thomas, Nelson of the East on Tartelet, new Mr Beatnick album as well as 2 new Osunlade tracks and 2 Offshore and Coen tracks. One coming out on Lazy Days next month remixed by me. Also Paul Rudder’s b-side of his latest offering on Lazy Days, new Lazarusman remixed by Jullian Gomes and Aril Brikha on Mule.

Enjoy the music, weather and good times but please please please, stay SAFE. The elephant is still here.


1.JT Donaldson feat. Penelope Antena  – Dis Oui! – New Math
2.The Grid – Floatation (Prins Thomas Remix) – New State Music
3.Nelson Of the East – Draw Me – Tartelet
4.Mr Beatnick – Broken Fury – Mythstery
5.Osunlade – Moon In Daylight – Yoruba
6.Offshore and Coen feat. Tamara Chetty – The Feeling – Freerange
7.Lazarusman – The Signal (Jullian Gomes Remix) – Suol
8.Paul Rudder – Asleep – Lazy Days
9.Aril Brikha – Innocuous – Mule
10.Osunlade – Don’t Hang Up – Yoruba
11.Offshore and Coen – Yearning (Fred Everything Remix) – Lazy Days
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The Koreatown Oddity “Little Dominiques Nosebleed” Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:50:55 +0000 via Stones Throw:

“The Koreatown Oddity is Dominique Purdy. This album tells the origin story of his “supernatural powers and spiritual awakening,” the results of two car accidents that occurred in his childhood while growing up in Los Angeles’ Koreatown district.”

for more Koreatown Oddity goodness head on over to Stones Throw

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Exclusive Premiere: Insólito UniVerso “Goyo Tuyero” Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:35:56 +0000 We are delighted to premiere, “Goyo Tuyero”, a brand new song from Venezuelan avant-garde folk outfit, Insólito UniVerso, completed during the recent lockdown. Officially to be released digitally on July 21st, but available from today as a Bandcamp exclusive, alongside “Jota”, via Olindo Records.

On their 2018 Olindo Records debut, “La Candela del Río”, Paris-based quartet Insólito UniVerso took inspiration from a wide range of sources, from psychedelic folk & electronic experimentation, to traditional Latin American music, particularly through the rhythms and instruments of Venezuelan folklore. Mixed by The Heliocentrics’ Malcolm Catto and Fumaça Preta’s Alex Figueira, the album was hailed far and wide, championed by Bandcamp Weekly and shortlisted for Best Group of the year in the 2020 Songline Awards.

“Goyo Tuyero” is a whirlwind of keyboards, synths and maracas. It transforms keyboardist Edgar Bonilla’s transcription of a phone recording he made many years ago of legendary Venezuelan harpist José Gregorio (Goyo) López playing a fantastic & otherworldly composition of his own at an intimate family gathering. Written in the style of a joropo tuyero rhythm from central Venezuela, Goyo Lopez was drawn to its distinctive character, which differentiates it from the joropo llanero of the plains where he was born and raised. Far from simply replicating the style, López jumps unexpectedly out of harmony, giving the sensation of being thrown into outer space. This exact feeling is emphasized in this version adapted for keyboards by adding synths, whilst Andrés Sequera supplies maracas with an added sting.

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Exclusive Premiere: Y.M.D.F. “Southbound Cruising” ft. Private Agenda Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:44:09 +0000 When an electronic dance music producer and jazz guitarist get together, the first thing you’d expect is a fusion of furious dance rhythms and complex lightning-fast solos. But with producer Ilija Rudman and guitarist Joe Pandur you couldn’t be more wrong.

Even though their project is entitled Young Men Drive Fast, this collection brings relaxing yet far from anaemic numbers. In fact, they all showcase a stylistic subgenre the authors call “Cinematic Jazz Surf”.

At first glance any of the numbers of this musical adventure could recklessly be labelled as lounge or instrumental easy listening were it not for that certain flesh and bone quality. True, the groove is lazy, and the Metheny or Di Meola-like guitar harmonies and solo phrases are soft and gentle, but every theme has a sturdy rhythmical skeleton that beckons the listener to take the road. ‘Southbound’ is a great example of that, and we’re very happy to premiere this special vocal version featuring Private Agenda that will be a bonus on the album.

The album, Young Men Drive Fast, sees release on 7th August

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Byron the Aquarius “Invitation to Openness” Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:38:34 +0000 Holy fuck this is good!

Byron the Aquarius low key just dropped this 7-track masterpiece on his artist bandcamp. Over the years the man has been refining his own blend of late 70’s/early 80’s inspired jazz-funk meets raw electronic music with releases on sure shot labels like Apron, Wild Oats, Sound Signature.

This EP Sounds like what Herbie and George Duke would be making if they were in their 20-30’s right now.

Now if we could only play this really loud on a dancefloor… Soon enough!

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Luomo “Vocalcity” (2000) Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:20:28 +0000 An all-timer right here. Finland’s Vladislav Delay under his Luomo moniker crafted one of the finest house albums bar none.

Alongside early 2000’s minimal / deep classics like Herbert’s “Bodily Functions”, The Other People’s Place “Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe”, Isloee’s “Rest” this is a timeless record!

“An album compiling three 12″ (for a total of 6 tracks and 76 minutes), it spikes and sputters, with lots of hopskipping rhythms. Delay’s pretty, dancefloor Frenchstyle disco/house even has whispery, sultry R&B vocals most of the way through. A populist record with an underground, distorted sound that unfolds around the edges and in deep dub tones, the beats sometimes wash out to ambience and murmur, like water on ink.

Think MOODYMANN, BASEMENT JAXX deep house that snags the listener on multiple levels: head to heart to feet. Superb deep, vocal house project from the talented Mr Delay, exploring the flipside to his minimal/drift output. The beats and rhythms used here are still of the pure/minimal variety, but these tunes are designed for dancefloor use and abuse sitting somewhere alongside the pioneering house productions of Matthew herbert. Dubhousedisco, all the waydeep without being dull, understatedly funkfilled & sufficiently bleepy. The vocals Distinctly fromagetastic. Absolutely Essential.” (Review by Inertia Music)

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Exclusive Premiere: Lady Blackbird “Blackbird “(Emma-Jean Thackray Remix) Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:28:25 +0000 It is our absolute pleasure to share with you an exclusive remix from one of the jazz tunes that is on everyone’s playlist this summer! Lady Blackbird gets the remix treatment for our talented friend, multi-instrumentalist/producer, Emma Jean-Thackray.

“Since the release of Lady Blackbird’s debut single, a cover of Nina Simone’s powerful civil rights anthem “Blackbird”, the US vocalist has become regarded as one of the most exciting new artists on the global jazz scene. The single was supported widely across UK radio including by the BBC’s Gilles Peterson, who hailed Lady Blackbird as “the Grace Jones of jazz” and “a singer that blew my mind”, and today sees the release of a new remix of the track from revered UK producer Emma-Jean Thackray. Thackray, one of the leading lights of London’s current jazz scene, has made a name for herself as a ground-breaking multi-instrumentalist, band-leader and DJ.

Lady Blackbird’s forthcoming debut album Black Acid Soul, which was produced by Chris Seefried and features a stellar band including former Miles Davis pianist Deron Johnson, is set for release in the autumn and presents a wholly fresh take on the jazz vocal idiom from an artist blessed with a bold, unmistakeable voice.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Tenderlonious “Quarantena” Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:01:03 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is excited to premiere “Quarantena” by Tenderlonious. The lead single and title track from the prolific producer and multi-instrumentalist’s brand new album.

Tenderlonious returns to his own 22a imprint with a brand new collection of lo-fi beats and soundscapes courtesy of the lockdown studio sessions from his home in South London. Lockdown allowed Tender to escape from his busy lifestyle and touring schedule, finally giving him the time to properly explore and experiment with the vast collection of synths, drum machines and instruments he’s built up over the past twenty years. Armed with an arsenal of hardware and inspired by sci-fi & fantasy movies, he has delivered an expansive opus of varying tempos that glide across imaginative synth sculptures and meditative soundscapes. The soundtrack to his quarantine – ‘Quarantena.’

When COVID-19 hit the UK back in March this year the music game changed almost overnight – no more gigs, no more studio sessions with the band, many music stores and outlets shutting up shop. This drastic change offered plenty of time for reflection, opening up a new portal of exploration for Tender – he purchased his first piece of studio equipment at the age of 16 and has since then amassed a serious arsenal of studio hardware. Some people collect stamps, some of us collect records, Tender collects synths and drum machines. The lockdown period offered up the opportunity of more time in his home studio, brimming with hardware, that due to his busy schedule, had yet to be exhausted.

The title track, “Quarantena”, has an epic soundtrack feel with luscious pads, soaring strings and orchestral horn lines, backed by solos from Tender on flute and also featuring Nick Walters on trumpet.

‘Quarantena’ is Tenderlonious’ most confident, slick and accomplished work to date, smoothly mixing up genres and styles with ease, from house to boogie, through to more meditative soundscapes with his signature jazz instrumentation – a future classic!

The “Quarantena” single sees digital release this Friday, with the full album to follow on physical and digital release on August 21st.

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Exclusive Premiere: Azu Tiwaline “Magnetic Service” ft Cinna Peyghamy Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:03:47 +0000 We are incredibly excited to premiere “Magnetic Service”, the title track from Azu Tiwaline’s forthcoming EP of the same name on Livity Sound, exploring the intersections of Amazigh music, dub culture and techno hypnosis across four mesmerising tracks.

Fresh from the acclaimed ‘Draw Me a Silence’ LP on IOT Records and collaborating with musician and sound artist Cinna Peyghamy, this new record further explores the hypnotic percussion and mystique of the Tunisian Sahara, a hybrid sound playing on contrasts and nuances, light and dark with echoes of techno minimalism and modern dub.

If you’re not familiar, Livity Sound is the groundbreaking label set up by Peverelist in 2011 as a vehicle for a raw and exploratory strain of UK techno, rooted in the heritage of UK dance music and sound system culture. It has since become one of the UK’s foremost protagonists for cutting edge underground music.

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Exclusive Premiere: Teflon Dons “Movements in the Opium Den” (Reston Edit) Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:08:05 +0000 Oh my days is this ever our kind of house music: Raw. Swinging. Deep. Incredible that these tunes are over 20 years old but in all honesty we’re quite sure they’ll smash the dancefloor in 2120. In any case, it’s an honour to present this premiere from our good friends at Worldship Music.

via Worldship Music: “Creeping through the shadows of garage music is a clan of Kung Fu warriors, trained to be undetectable even as their targets find themselves bleeding out, wondering how their end came so quickly. This clan is known as the Teflon Dons, renowned practitioners of the mysterious Worldship Music technique. The Teflon Dons emerge, strike, and then disappear until their services are required once again. Some believe the periods of silence mean the Dons have dispersed permanently and they can then do as they please…. they pay for this misperception with their lives.

The Dons’ most recent emergence was 2016’s deadly double blade attack on Must Have Records, which revealed some of their early teachings that were thought to have been lost.  These teachings were originally known as The Heroic Bloodshed Scrolls. Today we are pleased to reveal three more of these previously hidden scrolls of the Teflon Dons Vs. The Si-Fan, to help form a more complete picture of their early years.

“Movements In The Opium Den (Reston Edit)” was part of a very limited 100 copies pressed assassination at WMC 1998, hinting at what might have been. The formula here was created from intense study of the sacred text: Marvel’s Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu. 

The Dons pick up where John Woo and Chow Yun Fat left off with the musical sequel “A Better Tomorrow 4”. Double fisted gun blasts of deepness show that the Teflon Dons can adapt to any weaponry in their pursuit of killer grooves.

On “Scorpion #3” the Dons pay homage to the Shaw Brothers’ classic The Five Deadly Venoms, calling on James Duncan’s lethal horn skills to help slice and dice an ancient tome into something brand new and never before witnessed. Additional sharpness provided by the wicked mixing skills of sensei Gregski.

With the teachings of Teflon Dons Vs The Si-Fan now fully realized in wax, all sucker DJs are forced to recognize the indomitable style of the Worldship Music technique or be prepared to pay the ultimate price: their lives.”

Available July 3rd on Bandcamp

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Exclusive Premiere: Soma World ft. Falle “Want This” (Ray Mang Remix Vocal) Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:07:04 +0000 We’ve been excited about sharing this for weeks. Ray Mang’s jubilant remix of Falle & Soma World’s “Want This” for Adventures in Paradise has a timeless quality about it, Balearic disco grooves that just build and build, crowned by Falle’s joyous vocals. “Want This” is destined to rule our kitchen & living room dancefloors until lockdown ends and we can all dance together again.

Vocalist Falle Noike is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician who has played throughout West Africa and the UK. Currently getting significant play on 6 Music for a release he did with Ghost Culture. Hailing from Guinea, West Africa, he sings in many languages – French, Susu, Fulani, Malinke and his mother tongue Coniagui. As a well known singer in Guinea, he’s been performing for 10 years. Since arriving in the UK in 2018, he’s been picked up by a number of producers, including Johan Hugo, Congo Natty and Sir Was. Soma World is Josh Ludlow and Tom Green who initially met playing in a teenage rock band. 15 years on they formed Soma World over a love of reverb and late night driving. Soma World is the output of their collaborative ambition to push boundaries and make music they will both appreciate for years to come. Their sound is a rich tapestry of their influences from John Maus to 10CC.

Released July 10 on vinyl and digital formats. This Vocal Mix of Mang’s remix will be exclusive to the digital release. The vinyl edition will include the exclusive extended remix, alongside instrumental remix and the original version.

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Exclusive Premiere: Bahama Soul Club “Never Roam No More” ft. John Lee Hooker (Smoove Remix) Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:18:10 +0000 Our second offering of the day is a summer-ready remix of Bahama Soul Club’s John Lee Hooker sampling “Never Roam No More”, by producer & DJ, Smoove. Taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Bohemia After Dawn’, released on July 17 via Buyu Records.

Now based in Algarve Portugal, German combo Bahama Soul Club has become internationally recognized for its laidback and uber cool vibe blending tropical rhythms with jazz and electronic sounds. Following a period of silence, in 2018 they digitally released what would be the first track from their new album, single “Never Roam No More” that uses excerpts of a 1946 recording of John Lee Hooker’s “My First Wife Left Me”.

Fast forward 2 years and new album “Bohemia After Dawn” is ready to drop worldwide on Buyu Records on July 17th with 10-sunsoaked songs and 2 remixes, including a drum-heavy dancefloor version of “Never Roam No More” by super producer and DJ Smoove, whose beefed up production takes the track in a nu disco direction.

Bahama Soul Club’s upcoming 5th album “Bohemia After Dawn” draws deep inspiration from the multicultural verve of young worldly folk drawn to the Bohemian coasts of the most southwestern part of Europe, where hippiesque hedonism, infinite musical diversity, and offbeat enchanted lifestyles fuel the scene. Featuring a slew of local Algarvian talent as well as members of the extended BSC family, the result is a mature, mellow and well-balanced mix of exotic flavors!

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #197 — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:01:36 +0000 This week’s show features new songs by Moniquea, Jay Bishop, SaiR, Leonard Charles, First Touch, Dogg Master and many more.


Moniquea – Daily Thing
Jay Bishop – That Feeling
SaiR – Port Couch
Divalicious K – Cruise With Me