Future Classics
Jazz

SEED Ensemble “Driftglass”

The latest release from London-based Jazz Re:Freshed label comes from a collective featuring some of the best musicians from the region including tuba player Theon Cross (Sons of Kemet), trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey (KOKOROKO), Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective) and others. Led by alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, also of KOKOROKO and Nerija, …

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House / Techno

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

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

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Future Classics
Jazz

Angel Bat Dawid “The Oracle”

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

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Broken Beat UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Swindle “No More Normal” (Brownswood)

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

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Future Classics
Jazz

Ill Considered “5” + “6”

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

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Electronic

DJ Sotofett “Dub Off” (Honest Jons)

In chatting with Lexis on this release, we both agreed that Sotofett’s work has reached a buy-on-sight status. Dub Off, now sold out on Juno, is probably my favorite release from him – not an easy thing to say. The reason, it’s the most direct production from the producer I’ve …

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UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Commodo “Rikers” (Deep Medi Records)

Dubstep kingpin Commodo shares his long-awaited Deep Medi two-tracker ‘MEDi104’ with the world this month, and today we are thrilled to be premiering highly-coveted A-side cut ‘Rikers’. Much like a slew of other iconic Deep Medi plates, this one has been dominating the dance, the airwaves and the OG forums …

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Electronic UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Modified Man “Modifications: Set 3”

3rd in a series of 12s from this hardworking duo. Possibly their biggest cut so far, “Blame’s On You Bruv” features warm synths, punctuated by vocal samples, driven by a brukish 2-step rhythm. But there is still plenty more disco house, mutoid electro, jazz funk solos and arpeggios galore to …

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Future Classics
Broken Beat Jazz

Kamaal Williams & K15 “Catch The Loop 1”

via Black Focus Records Side A K15 – The Return Tape Chopped up elements from The Return blended with other Kamaal Williams material K15 found online to build a sense of the album’s context and intentions. Side B Kamaal Williams – NTS Live Session Live performance at Flesh and Bone …

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