Future Classics
Hip-Hop Soul

Album of the Week: Children of Zeus “Travel Light”

The Manchester duo of Konny Kon and Tyler Daley known as Children of Zeus have finally dropped their hotly tipped debut album titled “Travel Light”. They built up quite a buzz on the soulful streets following three sell-out singles on First Word and a compilation EP comprised of tracks made by …

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Future Classics
Broken Beat

Kaidi Tatham “It’s A World Before You” (First Word Records)

Don’t even allow yourself to think for one nanosecond that “It’s A World Before You” is any type of comeback record for Kaidi Tatham. The UK electronic music innovator has played, produced, influenced and collaborated with the Bugz In The Attic and Dego from 4hero for 20 plus years – …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Yazmin Lacey “When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees” (First Word Records)

There is an immediate ice-water through the veins sensation every time the Nottingham-based singer Yazmin Lacey unfurls her raspy, burnt-caramel-sweet voice on the upcoming five-song EP “When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees”. Her lyrical phrasing, part Badu attitudinal but all candid and quotable, carries an unruffled UK “sort it” swag. …

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Future Classics
Electronic Jazz

Quiet Dawn “Human Being: The Short Story Of The Reed” (First Word Records)

On the life-affirming new release “Human Being: The Short Story of The Reed”, French producer Quiet Dawn makes a prodigious leap into the arranging realm with perceptive use of the Fender Rhodes, the main protagonist of sorts, and meticulous string orchestration that moves over the top of his analog synths …

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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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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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Exclusive Preview
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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