Crucial Material – March 17th, 2021

Another bumper edition of Crucial Material with some killer releases across the board.

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!


Nubiyan Twist — Freedom Fables

The Leeds/ London-based collective returns with their most expansive recording to date featuring numerous guest vocalists, while fusing together elements of jazz-funk, broken beat, highlife, Latin grooves, and UK street soul influences.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Teaspoon And The Waves — s/t

UK’s Mr Bongo have reissued Teaspoon And The Waves’ rare 1977 South African jazz-funk masterpiece featuring the  massive dancefloor classic “Oh Yeh Soweto”
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Caixa Cubo — Angela

The 7th album from talented jazz-funk Paulistas Caixa Cubo finally drops on vinyl, capturing the spirit of the adventurous golden age of Brazilian jazz fusion
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Pino Palladino and Blake Mills — Notes With Attachments

The world’s most wanted bassist, the multi-talented guitar hero, and friends, recorded an incredible instrumental album bridging jazz, West Africa, languid Dilla funk and Cuba
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Various Artists — Peter Gunn EP

Brand new EP featuring four killer tracks from Original Gravity Artists. All firmly directed at the dancefloor; raw, gritty, with all the proper ingredients
— Selected by Dom Williams

Luiz Gabriel Lopes — Sóis

A sublime fusion of Afro Brazilian rhythms and pop, with a drop of hip hop from the Da Lata collaborator, recalling Milton Nascimento
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Florence Adooni — Mam Pe’ela Su’ure

The queen of Frafra-Gospel delivers a cracking 45, after vocalising hits from Jimi Tenor, Guy One and Alogte Oho. The jewel in Philophon’s crown
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Laurice Hudson — Feel My Love

A Straight up boogie bomb. A deeply infectious bassline coupled with strings, strumming and sensuous vocals. Originally released in 1982, this monster cut is officially reissued and remastered.
— Selected by Dom Williams


Emanative & Liz Elensky — The Volume Of The Light

The cosmic couple balances rhythm & voice superbly, fusing electronic sounds with jazz & soul, featuring extended fam, Jessica Lauren, Tamar Osborn, Deoke, Dan Jose, and more
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Mr Mitch — Lazy

Mr Mitch has travelled far from his grime roots to encompass acid, techno, ambient, and Duval Timothy, whilst retaining an independent and experimental flair.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Dan Miles — Lab Tracks

Tough Midwest techno slappers from the golden years of the Rust Belt rave circuit
— Selected by dileta


Sickening broken bouncers from the other end of the Midwest
— Selected by dileta

Various Artists — CoOp Presents Plug One | Extras

Another essential compilation of broken bangers and low-end science from IG, Cengiz, Trev, Szajna, Reginald Omas Mamode IV & co.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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