Future Classics
Beats Jazz

Darkhouse Family “The Offering” (First Word Records)

Cardiff-based duo Earl Jeffers & Don Leisure come together as Darkhouse Family, releasing their highly anticipated debut album on First Word Records titled “The Offering”. They joined the label back in 2016 and released “Solid Gold EP”, a rich and layered project combining elements of Hip Hop, Soul, and D’n’B. …

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Future Classics
Broken Beat

Various Artists “CoOp Presents: Selectors Assemble” (First Word Records)

via First Word Records: We are very proud to present a heavyweight EP in collaboration with seminal groove collective, CoOp: ‘Selectors Assemble’. It’s been almost two decades since a bunch of music makers, bored of the genre constraints of their time, began toying with time signature and syncopation to birth …

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Future Classics
Soul & Funk

Bastien Keb “22.02.85” (First Word Records)

via First Word: Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), “22.02.85” has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a …

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Broken Beat

Exclusive Premiere: Kaidi Tatham “Shims” (First Word Records)

First Word are keeping it moving for 2017 and welcoming Kaidi Tatham into the fold, with a firing four-track EP, “Changing Times”. Kaidi is a talented multi-instrumentalist that’s produced, featured, remixed and performed with an array of artists across numerous genres; jazz, soul, broken beat, hip hop and beyond. Perhaps …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Eric Lau “Examples” (via First Word Records)

First Word enters 2017 with a bang: a 28-track album courtesy of Eric Lau. This, his third instrumental album, is a veritable tapestry of vibes, ranging through Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk & Brazilian beats. A mere taste into the genius production skills of London’s Mr. Lau, it’s easy to …

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Beats

Exclusive Premiere: Souleance “A Raw Excursion”

via Excursions: The second release on the Excursions imprint; this time a trilogy of treats from French duo DJ Soulist and Fulgeance, aka Souleance. These guys have been busily producing a series of delectable releases for a decade now. Crafted primarily with the dancefloor in mind, Souleance weave together an …

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Interviews
Beats

The Fantastic Voyage of Tall Black Guy

“Take A Trip” is the sophomore album from the Detroit-native, UK-based producer known as Tall Black Guy. It welcomes the listener on a 13 track voyage that meets talented guest vocalists and musicians along a the way. It is an album that goes miles beyond the “beat tape” stereotype. One …

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New Releases
Beats Hip-Hop

Tall Black Guy Releases First Track From Forthcoming Album “Let’s Take A Trip”

via First Word Records: ‘I Will Never Know’ is the first single from Tall Black Guy’s sophomore album ‘Let’s Take A Trip’. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’, TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now residing …

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Beats

Exclusive Premiere: Quiet Dawn “The First Day Remixed”

Quiet Dawn follows up last year’s debut album ‘The First Day’ with an EP of remixes. The Parisian producer has grown from his hip hop roots (including an EP on Feelin’ Music as part of Beat Consortium) adding broken beat and house to his soulful musical palate. Released back in …

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Exclusive Premiere: SOULEANCE “Secoue” (First Word Records)

We’re happy to present this brand new track from Ze French homies Souleance (Soulist + Fulgeance) taken from their upcoming Tartare EP dropping in October on the constantly dope First Word Records. via First Word: “At this time of year we’re all looking for those tracks to set alight the …

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