Crucial Material
Eclectic

Crucial Material – Best Releases Of The Week (February 23rd, 2019)

Too much music too little time. Thankfully, our Crucial Material is slowly but surely becoming one of the best weekly recaps in the world scanning the hundreds of new releases and sharing only the cream of the crop. So here we go. Dive in! NEW ALBUMS & EP’S TwoSpeak – …

READ MORE →
Crucial Material

Crucial Material – Best Releases Of The Week (February 16th, 2019)

Too much music too little time. Thankfully, our Crucial Material is slowly but surely becoming one of the best weekly recaps in the world scanning the hundreds of new releases and sharing only the cream of the crop. So here we go. Dive in! NEW ALBUMS & EP’S Theon Cross …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures
Disco Soul & Funk

Alonzo Turner “Whoever Said It” (1978, LA Records)

Forget everything you know: this is the best love song ever written. Don’t let the steamy saxophone solos fool you though, this rare disco holy grail is not about an infatuated lover, but rather about love itself. Turner, seemingly concerned about the metadiscourse, is screaming soul-shattering falsettos directly into the …

READ MORE →
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, …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures

Lungile Masitha “Vuyani” (1985, Transistor)

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

READ MORE →
Future Classics
House / Techno

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

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

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
Crucial Material

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

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

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Broken Beat UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Swindle “No More Normal” (Brownswood)

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

READ MORE →