Music Is My Sanctuary Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:02:47 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Exclusive Premiere: Ketama “Overture” Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:00:46 +0000 Following the success of their debut EP on Cosmic Rhythm Records, KETAMA are back with 4 brand new dreamy Balearic cuts.

Label: Cosmic Rhythm
Artist: KETAMA
Title: Mentalmismo
Cat#: CRM19
Format: 12”
Release Date: Feb 8th, 2021


A1 – KETAMA – Mentalmismo
A2 – KETAMA – Overture
B1 – KETAMA – Suspira (5AM Mix)
B2 – KETAMA – The Secret

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Tribute to PHIL ASHER — Part 2 (Selected & Mixed by The Rawsoul) Tue, 26 Jan 2021 18:33:07 +0000 This is a very emotional tribute to one of my absolute favorite producers and DJs, Phil Asher. He truly had his own unique signature sound and he perfectly joined the dots between the US and UK scenes. 

Championing the NYC and New Jersey sounds from the earliest days as a DJ, he then started producing and creating a unique blend of raw house grooves that became deeper, jazzier and delicate as the nineties moved along. His experimentations and visions actually led to the foundations of the ’broken beat’ and West London sound that exploded in the late nineties with fellow partners, of which many were, or would be, connected to the Reinforced and Bugz In The Attic crews. In the early 2000’s, their Co-Op parties were crucial in spreading this whole new form of music. 

Gone too sone at the age of 50, he left an indelible mark and an impressive precious discography. This mix is separated in two parts featuring his productions and remixes almost on chronological order so you can hear the whole progression and evolution of his music. The first part showcase his early productions and remixes that were mostly influenced by the NYC and Jersey sounds of the time. Around 1995, a more jazzy feel started to surface and became amplified as the years moved on, creating some broken beat prototypes along the way. On the second part of the mix, focusing on his releases after 2000, you can hear the culmination of his works resulting in one the baddest fusion of house, broken beat, soul and jazz. 



1.Souldrummers – Space And Time 
2.United Future Organization – Somewhere 
3.Nathan Haines – Surprising 
4.Phoojun – Blackurrent 
5.Suba – Você Gosta 
6.Phlash 3000 – Participate 
7.Summerland – Soulmate 
8.Joakim Lone Octet – Reve 1 
9.Nathan Haines ft Verna Francis – Earth Is The Place 
10.Phil Asher Presents Focus – Spaceship Rocket 
11.Jeymes Samuel – When It Rains 
12.Phlash – Raining Sound 
13.Focus – Marvin Is One 
14.Verna Francis – Sunshine 
15.Nema – Darkest Day 
16.Restless Soul ft Maiya James – Peace In My Life 
17.MusicLoveLife – The Bass That Don’t Stop 
18.Phlash & Friends – Time 
19.Phil Asher Presents Focus – Sweet And Sour 
20.Phlash – 1471 
21.Isoul8 ft Paul Randolph – On My Heart 
22.Reel People ft Angela Johnson – You Used To Hold Me 
23.Lyric L – Ooh, U + I 
24.Phlash 3000 ft Rich Medina – Chaos In The Boardroom 
25.Patrick Green ft Big Brooklyn Red – Shine Your Light On Me 
26.Dwele – Money 
27.Jody Watley – Photographs 
28.Restless Soul ft Shea Soul – Tricks 
29.Lady Alma – Running For Nothing 
30.Graceland & Arnold Jarvis – The One 
31.Phil Asher – Madnite 
32.Restless Soul Presents Lady Alma – Call Him 
33.Vanessa Freeman – The Way 
34.Restless Soul ft Zansika – Something Inside 
35.Restless Soul ft Nathan Haines – After Ours 
36.Blaze ft Amira – I Think Of You

* Check out Part 1 of the Tribute mix here

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Exclusive Premiere: Jason Hogans “Do Away With Borders” Mon, 25 Jan 2021 22:28:41 +0000 Detroit’s Jason Hogans steps up for Alelah Records as the first producer from across the pond to offer their own unique set of house groove for the label. And what a groove we’re given; five tracks peruse through low-slung, synth-heavy beats pushed by infectious drum breaks.

‘Why Keep Going’ is all about innocent synths in the mids met by some sleaziness in the low end. The basslines continue and on ‘Big Room Slaps’, it takes centre stage, making things real murky. ‘Dance While You Sleep’ combines a hard-hitting beat with a soft series of loose keys and a warm synth.

‘Do Away With Borders’ is Hogan venturing into stranger territory: bass deep from the depths and filtered, floating keys come up to the surface while a drowned out sample bops its way into view as the track rolls. ‘Hazy Funk Slap’, finally, breaks out into a full on frenzy of jazz drums – naughty.

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Tribute to PHIL ASHER — Part 1 (Selected & Mixed by The Rawsoul) Mon, 25 Jan 2021 14:08:31 +0000 This is a very emotional tribute to one of my absolute favorite producers and DJs, Phil Asher. He truly had his own unique signature sound and he perfectly joined the dots between the US and UK scenes. 

Championing the NYC and New Jersey sounds from the earliest days as a DJ, he then started producing and creating a unique blend of raw house grooves that became deeper, jazzier and delicate as the nineties moved along. His experimentations and visions actually led to the foundations of the ’broken beat’ and West London sound that exploded in the late nineties with fellow partners, of which many were, or would be, connected to the Reinforced and Bugz In The Attic crews. In the early 2000’s, their Co-Op parties were crucial in spreading this whole new form of music. 

Gone too sone at the age of 50, he left an indelible mark and an impressive precious discography. This mix is separated in two parts featuring his productions and remixes almost on chronological order so you can hear the whole progression and evolution of his music. The first part showcase his early productions and remixes that were mostly influenced by the NYC and Jersey sounds of the time. Around 1995, a more jazzy feel started to surface and became amplified as the years moved on, creating some broken beat prototypes along the way. On the second part of the mix, focusing on his releases after 2000, you can hear the culmination of his works resulting in one the baddest fusion of house, broken beat, soul and jazz. 



1.E-Q Lateral – Hot House 
2.Roc & Kato – Jungle Kisses 
3.Rock 2 House – That Disco Thang 
4.Phlash – Ruffness 
5.Adonte – Dreams 
6.Global Logic – The Tank 
7.Level III – Do It 2 
8.Level III ft Dizzy Heights – Deeper 
9.Underground Enthusiasts – Gonna Show You 
10.Wanda Rogers – Prove Your Love 
11.Plastic Jungle – Find Someone Else 
12.Blak ’N’ Spanish – Call Da Vibe 
13.POWA – Hoods In Da House 
14.Nu-Rom-Antix – Loves Comin’ 
15.X-Trax – Out Tonight 
16.Pascal’s Bongo Massive – Père Cochon 
17.Sara Parker – My Love Is Deep 
18.Overcats – Deep Fun 
19.Michael Tarone – Don’t Let Life Get You Down 
20.Kings Of Tomorrow – K.O.T. Anthem 
21.Blak ’N’ Spanish – Da Mood 
22.Basic Soul – Hi-Line 
23.The Rising Sunz – Sunrize 
24.Basic Soul – Over The Moon 
25.Blak N Spanish – Jazz Powa (Tribute To The Loft) 
26.DBX – And There Ain’t 
27.Melissa Bell – Surrender 
28.Cassio Ware & The Funky Peoples – I Like You 
29.Bah Samba – Carnival 
30.Bah Samba – Reach Inside 
31.4 Hero – Dauntless 
32.Back 2 Earth – Warp One 
33.Bougie Solitaire – Miles Away 
34.Nubian Mindz – Black Science 
35.The Rising Sun – Ricano Groove 
36.Ramsey And Co – Love Call 
37.Lisa Shaw – Always 

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LAZY DAYS — Show #96 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:31:02 +0000 Back with another Lazy Days show, after an unexpected break in December. 2 exclusive ones from me coming up soon on Atjazz Records Company and Madhouse, new ones on Freerange by Jimpster and Simbad, new remixes by I:Cube, Kyle Hall…

Hope you have a nice start of the year and wishing you all the best for this transitional year.



1.Jimpster – Sanguine – Freerange
2.Johannes Albert & Iron Curtis – Hurting (I:Cube Remix) – Franck Music
3.Fred Everything – Lesson In Humility – Madhouse
4.Simbad – Let Go – Freerange
5.Dam Swindle – Get Together – AUS Music
6.Felipe Gordon X Cody Currie – Our Love – Shall Not Fade
7.Crue – 01.A (Kyle Hall Remix) – Crue Music
8.South West Seven – Angel (Jimpster Remix) – Seven Music
9.Crackazat – Alfa – Heist
10.Fred Everything – Phoenix – Atjazz Records Company
11.Truccy – Kenyatta (Laroye Afro Balearic Remix) – Compost
12.Zepherin Saint – Escape (88 Dub) – Visions

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WheelUp announces ‘Good Love’ album with Afronaut collab Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:00:49 +0000 If only the weather could match the sunny vibes on this fresh bruk jam.

Today Tru Thoughts are releasing a collaboration between two generations of broken beat, pioneer of the West London Sound and founder of Bugz in the Attic – Afronaut links up with bruk revivalist WheelUP on the neo-soul-fused single “Good Love”.

Apart from Afronaut (a frequent collaborator on the album and the act who knighted Danny with the name WheelUP), Wheeler also enlists the help of Alabamian deep south rapper Brint Story and vocalist Destiny Will on the future bruk anthem. In the artists words: “Good Love is something that I generally want to see in the world. It’s timeless broken beat. Overall, this LP is my pursuit of broken beat excellence”.


As an artist, producer and DJ of dual heritage: Zimbabwean and British, growing up in the epicentre of bruk that is West London around the likes of Goya Music, IG Culture and Kaidi Tatham – it was only natural that Danny would gravitate towards the ‘West London Sound’ – as WheelUP puts it: “It’s in my musical DNA”. Originating from the drum and bass world as Danny Wheeler, WheelUP follows the footsteps and lineage of 4hero, evolving from jungle/D&B to broken beat/bruk. Danny’s Zimbabwean heritage is explored through his use of polyrhythms and hyped percussion that he perfected on his Zulu inspired EPs “Ndebele” & “Wanezi” (Jamz Supernova’s top EP’s of the week on BBC 1Xtra).

This duality is conveyed in Danny’s forthcoming album on Tru Thoughts, ‘Good Love’, a record that effortlessly fuses broken beat/bruk with hip-hop, neo-soul, nu-jazz and a host of dancefloor-ready experiments. The LP boasts collaborations with Puerto Rico’s most famous salsa musicians Roberto Roena on the broken-house groove “Elana”; drum and bass duo’s Pola & Bryson illusive alter ego Abacus on the jazz-improv “Les Deux Magots” and bruk-classic “Rise Above”; and one of the most well-known and loved voices in broken beat Bembe Segue, who has collaborated with the likes of Jazzanova, 4Hero, IG Culture and now WheelUP on the electro-boogie inspired “Fusion”.

‘Good Love’ also showcases WheelUP’s flair for highlighting and nurturing new talent, Alabamian rapper Brint Story meshes US hip-hop on Trump-diss “Stay For Long”, lead-single “Good Love” and the timeless closure “Raised Vibrations” while Tru Thoughts label-mate and MC/singer-songwriter Tiawa adds her unique vocal flow on “Take Me Higher”.

Recently joining the Peckham-based Balamii family alongside the likes of Skream, Oscar Jerome and Ezra Collective, WheelUP has become a regular on the airwaves with guest mixes on Worldwide FM, Music Is My Sanctuary, and across the BBC radio network. Mentored by both Afronaut and Adam F, WheelUP has taken his project to the next level with a live band that includes Nathan “Tugg” Curran aka Planet Battagon (On The Corner), session drummer for the likes of Basement Jaxx, Gorgon City & Elton John, as well as bassist Tom Mason, a staple of the London jazz scene (Robert Mitchell’s Panacea, Richard Spaven).

Tru Thoughts is set to release the ‘Good Love’ album on April 23rd. Pre-order link and track list below.

Pre-Order LP

Good Love feat. Afronaut, Brint Story & Destiny Will 4.06
Les Deux Magots feat. Abacus 3.02
Elana 5.14

Fusion feat. Bembe Segue 3.50
Rise Above feat. Abacus 5.48
Ndebele 3.50

Stay For Long feat. Brint Story 2.49
On Tour 4.51
Ancestral Dance 3.52

Vitruvian Man 4.39
Take Me Higher feat. Tiawa 3.37
Raised Vibrations feat. Brint Story 3.03

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Exclusive Premiere: Rela & Beka Gochiashvili “YYY” Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:32:52 +0000 Jazz piano prodigy Beka Gochiashvili and beatmaker Rela combine talents to produce a delightful selection of juicy beats for Australia’s young but prolific Inner Tribe label. We’re pleased to announce their forthcoming ‘Amsterdam Beat Tape’ with a premiere of opening track, “YYY”.

Beka is a proud Georgian and one of the world’s greatest young Jazz prodigies. From playing jazz clubs in Tbilisi at he age of 10 to touring with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16, Beka has really made a name for himself amongst the international Jazz community. At the age of 13 Beka was the youngest winner of the Bösendorfer Solo Jazz Piano Competition, Montreaux Switzerland.

Beka was also the semi finalist and youngest participant in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz competition. He attended Juilliard at 13 and started playing on stage as young as 15 with Jazz legends such as Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Chick Corea. Currently touring the world as part of The Stanley Clarke Band.

Rela is more than just a beat maker, he is a student of music and a Hip-Hop historian. Stemming from his roots as a 10 year+ internationally travelling B-Boy with deep knowledge of Funk breaks, Soul music and Hip-Hop culture. He is known throughout the cosmos for his drum grooves, laid back soul and experimental space loops. Forever evolving through different patterns and sounds, channeling frequencies from beyond.

Winner of Today’s Future Sound Beat Battle Adelaide 2019. Rela has supported artists such as Onra, John Robinson, DJ Spell, Shaolin Afronauts, Billy Davis, Winston Surfshirt, Briggs.

“The Amsterdam Beat Tape” will be available to stream on January 29 on all digital platforms, with all formats available to download via Bandcamp, where you can pre-order now and receive two tracks in advance.

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Crucial Material – January 19th, 2021 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:50:30 +0000 We’re back on track with our weekly record rundown. Starting 2021 in fine style!

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!


Various — Spiritual Jazz 13: Now! Vol 1 & 2

For over a decade, London’s Jazzman Records’ incredible Spiritual Jazz compilation series has been shedding light on some of most essential deep jazz tracks of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, highlighting different regions and labels. Now with the 13th release, the focus now shifts to the brilliant modern-day spiritual gems of today, featuring music by artists like Makaya McCraven, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Jimi Tenor, Chip Wickham, Nat Birchall, Vibration Black Finger, Angel Bat Dawid and others, as well as modern classics from legends Steve Reid and Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. — Selected by TJ Gorton

Menagerie — Many Worlds

Vibrant new LP from the brilliant Australian ensemble led by The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson. Leaning heavily into the post-Coltrane jazz “spiritual jazz” sound exemplified by Strata East, Tribe, etc. Full of crackers, this whole album swings, from the hard bopping “Mountain Song”, to the Last Poets style spoken word of “Free Thing”. — Selected by Oli Brunetti

Apifera — Overstand

Fantastic debut LP from a super-group of sorts, Yonatan Albalak, Amir Bresler, Rejoicer & Nitai Hershkovits. Together they weave disparate influences from jazz & psych, to hip hop, electronics, the folk music of their native Isreal, Ravel & Satie, and more besides, into dreamy, beautiful music that defies classification.  Essential listening. — Selected by Oli Brunetti


Kode9 — The Jackpot / Rona City Blues

The king is back with his first new original productions in years, and also his most twisted and detailed material ever. Side A is heavy and dissonant DnB and drill infused footwork recalling boss levels in scary platform games, and Side B is slapping cyber juke with IDM leanings. — Selected by dileta

Black Girl / White Girl — Fire Power

Another absolute slapper from my favourite duo in the game! This one is a festival tune that grooves ferociously at a medium tempo with shiny bleeps and gigantic processed soulful vocals. — Selected by dileta

Mike Steva — Earth Mother

Mike Steva’s LP is out under Osunlade’s label ‘Yoruba Records’. The australian is dropping a solid 12 tracks album. A blend of electronic-tribal-latin & soulful music that is already in rotation on Djs and radios playlists. — Selected by Akpossoul

Sabine Blaizin & Okai Musik feat. Mia Luxana, Jean Mary Brignol — Tonight We Fly (Aswe a Na Vole)

Brooklyn based Dj/producer Sabine Baizin & percussionist Okai Musik released their new song on Oyasound. An Afro-caribbean inspired track mixed with the electronic touch. Features Mia Luxana’s vocal interpretation of a traditional Haitian song and drummer/singer Jean Mary Brignol. The song means “…to be proud of the little that you have…” — Selected by Akpossoul


Stimulator Jones — La Mano

Following up the magnificent “Exotic Worlds & Masterful Treasures” LP, Stimulator Jones delivers another stellar project with “La Mano”, on the ever-so-dope Norwegian label Mutual Intentions. The album ranges from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, and is a definite must have.  — Selected by Walla P

Morgan — Enchanting / You’re Gonna Love Me  

Another sure-shot from Avant Garde Records, this time with B.Morgan, who rose to prominence in the 80’s, with his song “Wanna Love Ya”, and Nickee B on production. Both songs were originally written for Kashif’s 1985 album “Condition Of The Heart”, including a duet with Whitney Houston, but weren’t finished in time to be included on the LP. — Selected by Walla P

K-Maxx — Selections 

Long awaited new project from K-Maxx aka The Golden Voice of Modern Funk. All produced, written and performed by the Man himself, the EP ranges from Modern Funk, to Soul and R&B. — Selected by Walla P


R​.​A​.​P. Ferreira — R​.​A​.​P. Ferreira in the garden level cafe of the scallops hotel

R​.​A​.​P. Ferreira, fka milo, is on a roll. Following last year’s landmark ‘Purple Moonlight Pages’, Ferreira welcomed the new year with the meditative “bob’s son”, dedicated to performance artist and beat poet Bob Kaufman. Simultaneously accessible, yet avant-garde. Hazy, jazz-leaning, sample-heavy beats from Ferreira himself under his scallops hotel alias. A must listen for all fans of out-the-box hip hop.  — 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.

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Exclusive Premiere: Cosmic Garden “Aphrodisiaca” Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:41:02 +0000 We’re happy to share a brand new track from one of our favorite house music labels on the planet at the moment, the always on point Cosmic Rhythm Records based in beautiful Bari, Italy.

Label head @cosmic-rhythm-records returns to mothership with 4 subtle lushy cuts of pure Italo/Balearic deepness.


Mixed At – Acustic Sound Studio
Mastered At – Acustic Sound Studio
Distributed By – Clone Distribution
Written By, Producer – Nicola Loporchio

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Exclusive Premiere: Kennedy John Charles “Fun” (EVM 128 Remix) Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:44:35 +0000 Layered up sweet, sultry, soulful vocals provided by Kennedy John Charles, receive a royally ordained Bruk revamp from man of the moment EVM128 (CoOp/Selector’s Assemble)… A neat fit for Broken beat and house heads DJs, plus dancers.

Needs must for folks who check for the sounds by Vikter Duplaix, Atjazz, Ne-Grove, Afronaut and SMBD. DJ Marcia Carr [Girlz B Like/Rinsefm]

Kennedy and EVM first met at the Boiler Room CoOp Special back in 2016 and they spoke, Kenedy said he wants EVM to do a mix for him one day, EVM said yeah bring it come, and so it happened, albeit 5 years later! But you know what they say, good things come to those who wait!

The Original track in question is called FUN , a naughty sexy house track primed at the dancefloor. It features the vocals and songwriting of Kennedy who has always been around music through his family and soundsystem culture and has previously worked with Steve Nichols (Loose Ends) among others.

Kennedy said it was a dream to get EVM in the mix on this track as he wanted it to connect with the Broken Beat movement having been following the scene for many years as a dancer. They both share a passion in pushing this UK heritage sound of Broken Beat also known as ‘Bruk”

The remix is a sticky House tune with a Bruk twist. EVM is alumni of CoOp Presents, a label and club night run by IG Culture and Alex Phountzi. This one is for those basement sessions… big speakers, a red light and a whole load of fun !

It will be available exclusively on the Kennedy John Charles Bandcamp

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Exclusive Premiere: Sibusile Xaba with Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi & AshK “Umdali” (Brownswood) Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:46:06 +0000 Sublime improvised sounds from Pretoria-based guitarist, singer and songwriter, Sibusile Xaba on his latest offering, “Umdali”, with Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi & AshK, the second single taken from forthcoming Brownswood compilation, ‘Indaba Is’, celebrating the creative heights of the current South African improvised music and jazz scene.

We’ve been closely watching the South African musical scene for some time now as it never ceases to produce incredible artists. Brownswood Records no doubt feel the same as they have teamed up with two of its luminaries, Thandi Ntuli and The Brother Moves On’s Siyabonga Mthembu, to curate an essential snapshot of its freshest bands and artists.

On ‘Umdali’, Sibusile Xaba, brings fellow sonic adventurers Fakazile Nkosi, Naftali and producer AshK into the fold of his creationist agenda. Here, collectivism transcends hyperbole; coming into bloom via a staunch selflessness. AshK’s soundscaping is both elemental and cosmological while the harmonies and lyrical themes reflect the bounty of a deeply cherished apprenticeship with elders. “It comes back to the title of the album,” says Co Creative Director, Siya Mthembu, “which is also about bringing a sense of indigenous knowledge to what we do and raising a salute to those who are the custodians of that knowledge.”

Sibusile Xaba carries forth the Maskandi / Mbaqanga tradition of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, from where he originates. Steeped in the lineage of Zulu guitar giant Madala Kunene (Sibusile’s first mentor) & warrior chants of vocal master, Shaluza Max, he not only owns these influences, but pushes the envelope as only a maestro with a keen ear for the future of this folk heritage. Sibusile’s collaborators Fakazile Nkosi, Naftali and producer AshK are part of an artist collective at CAR (Capital Arts Revolution), a creative space based in the capital, Pretoria. CAR aims to rejuvenate artists through the teaching ideology of love and self-emancipation. The artists are part of society, not detached from it. Deeply rooted in the identity and collective history of Africa, CAR is about people, not corporations nor the state. The arts constitute one of the various ways through which CAR makes this revolution in identities possible.

AshK (left), Sibusile Xaba (centre), Naftali (right), Fakazile Nkosi (front) (photo by Tseliso Monaheng)

‘Umdali’ by Sibusile Xaba with Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi, & AshK is available across all digital streaming platforms on January 15th 2021. The ‘Indaba Is’ compilation sees release on January 29, and is available to pre-order now.


‘Indaba Is’ Tracklist:

1. Bokani Dyer – Ke Nako
2. The Brother Moves On – Umthandazo Wamagenge
3. Lwanda Gogwana – All Ok
4. The Wretched – What is History
5. Sibusile Xaba with Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi, & AshK – Umdali
6. The Ancestors – Prelude to Writing Together
7. Thandi Ntuli – Dikeledi
8. iPhupho L’ka Biko ft Hymnself & Kinsmen – Abaphezulu

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Jaubi, Latarnik (EABS) & Tenderlonious pay tribute to MF DOOM (free download) Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:03:22 +0000 All at MIMS were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of MF DOOM. One of our absolute favourite artists in the world, let alone hip hop. His impact looms large, over us all.

Now EABS man Latarnik, and Astigmatic Records have had the bright idea to resurrect and complete a jam built around DOOM’s “Figaro” recorded at the end of a recording session in Lahore, Pakistan by Jaubi, Latarnik and Tenderlonious, creating a special tribute to the villainous one, bridging Indian classical, jazz and hip hop. Now available for free download.

In April 2019, the last minutes at the Riot Studio in Lahore were filled with the sound of ‘Figaro’ from the classic Madvillain duo’s album. After the recording of Jaubi’s upcoming album ‘Nafs at Peace’, the musicians gathered in the studio and played this song spontaneously in the form of entertainment, which only proves that Madvillain were a huge inspiration for many artists from across the world.

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Only one take was recorded in the studio. It would probably have been hidden in the Astigmatic Records archives to this day, if it wasn’t for the sudden death of one of the best MC’s in hip-hop history. A few days after this sad information, Latarnik (EABS) locked himself in his S151 Studio, working on the tracks recorded in Lahore. ‘Figaro’ in this form is a tribute to the late MF DOOM.

Zohaib Hassan Khan – sarangi
Qammar Vicky Abbas – drums
Marek Latarnik Pędziwiatr – bass, piano
Ed Tenderlonious Cawthorne – soprano sax

Recorded at Riot Studios, Lahore, April 2019
Additional production at Studio S151 by Latarnik, January 2021

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Exclusive Premiere: Emanative & Liz Elensky “Tea Leaf Dancers” (ft. Vince Vella) Fri, 08 Jan 2021 11:55:16 +0000 We are extremely excited to be first to share this incredible new song with you. Emanative and Liz Elensky present a very special take on one of their and our favourite Flying Lotus songs, “Tea Leaf Dancers”.

Emanative is drummer and producer Nick Woodmansey, best known for spiritual jazz albums and releases on labels such as Brownswood, The Steve Reid Foundation and Jazzman Records, as well as flirting with things more electronic. (Also responsible for co-producing and mixing records for artists such as Sarathy Korwar & Collocutor).

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Liz Elensky is a vocalist, lyricist and vocal arranger who has been involved with Emanative since the beginning of his project back in 2006, as well as with many other live and recording projects.

With “Tea Leaf Dancers”, Nick and Liz put a fresh, outer space samba spin on the FlyLo classic. Elensky’s hauntingly beautiful vocals float above Nick’s live drums and programmed beats, supported by synth & percussive contributions from good friend and Emanative percussionist, Vince Vella illuminating the celebrations down below.

Photo by Sarah Alice Lee

Regarding working with Nick, also her husband, Liz tells us, “working together with someone who knows you so deeply and multi-dimensionally made it easier to go wherever we fancied in terms of experimentation and expression. To be open minded and open hearted was for sure one of the intentions, another was to have fun!”

Nick adds, “Liz has always been involved with Emanative ever since the very beginning, but somehow it was never the right time to feature her 100% until NOW! Life will always get in the way, there is never that perfect time where the universe allows you the time, money, inspiration and head space – you seem to need to get the ball rolling against all odds, and then the universe works with you and enables this to come into being. I don’t think Liz realises how much I love her voice and lyrical observations.”

Photo by Paul Vickery

Vince Vella has contributed to several other Emanative productions, most recently lending additional hypnotic synth for Nick’s remix of Sarathy Korwar’s “Birthright”. Having studied in Cuba and Brazil, he has a deep knowledge of their rhythms. This has led to his working with an impressive list of Cuban artists, and co-producing Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura series, whilst remixing the likes of The Comet Is Coming and 4 Hero. This made him the perfect choice as a collaborator on this new take on “Tea Leaf Dancers”.

Available to download exclusively on Bandcamp as of today, before hitting all streaming platforms January 22, “Tea Leaf Dancers” is the second of three singles taken from the forthcoming new Emanative & Liz Elensky album “The Volume Of The Light”. Released on Home Planet on March 5th on digital and limited edition vinyl, it is available to preview and pre-order now on Bandcamp. Artwork by Emily Evans.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ben Hauke “Spare Change” (upcoming on WOOP) Thu, 07 Jan 2021 17:18:43 +0000 We are thrilled to present a brand new track from producer Ben Hauke, one of our favorites out of the UK scene for a few years now!

This track selection follows Ben’s Nightwork EP, released with YAM records in April. The title track ft Joe Armon Jones was selected by Mary Ann Hobbs on 6 music, and was praised by various selectors in the scene including Benji B, Moxie, Wbeeza and many more.

The south Londoner is not new to applying his distinctive sound to different genres , with this release ranging from breaks to uk garage to acid house. Club music with no thrills. Simple and to the point .
Ben’s music has often led to the more ‘musical’ or ‘jazzy’ side to dance music. With past features with the likes of Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon Jones, as well as writing credits on Oscar Jerome’s Gravitate which features on his album Breathe Deep.

However, don’t expect any jazzy collaborations on this one. There is a conscious sense of no bullshit energy throughout this release. With tracks leaning more towards the sounds of Mr G as opposed to Ben’s more (as he puts) ‘Spotify friendly’ sound.

ONE YEAR DANCE is a homage to relationships ending, and clubs. closing.

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Exclusive Premiere: Luke Smith feat. Roy Ayers “It’s Time” Mon, 04 Jan 2021 18:03:23 +0000 MIMS is exited to kick the year off with the extremely bump-able soulful jazz grooves of keys-man Luke Smith, featuring the legendary Roy Ayers on the vibes & signature scat vocals.

If you can imagine “It’s Time” popping on up D’Angelo album, that might be due to the presence of Pino Palladino himself on bass. Arguably the most in-demand bassist in the world, heard playing with The Who, John Mayer and of course, D’Angelo, in particularly on his ‘Voodoo’ album and tour.

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Luke’s lead keyboard melody seamlessly blends into Roy Ayers vibraphone parts in the chorus, and the switch up half way during the track is an unexpected delight, with a stand out guitar solo played this time by Mike Brown.

Luke himself is an accomplished songwriter, arranger and session musicians, having co-written for Amy Winehouse on the ‘Frank’ LP (“Take The Box” and “What it is About Men”), written string arrangements for Stormzy and played keys for Chaka Khan, George Michael, BB King, Floetry, and more besides.

Now Luke Smith is stepping out of their shadows with some great jazz compositions, his signature playing styles, and a little help from a handful of extremely talented musicians friends.

“It’s Here” sees full release on January 6th, but you can download in today from Bandcamp.

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MIMS096 — The Comeback Special: Part 2 Mon, 04 Jan 2021 13:12:25 +0000 Well well well. Look who’s back!

After 11 years of monthly editions of my Music Is My Sanctuary show I decided I needed a creative break which ended up taking two years. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of passion for music or for sharing it with all of you. I felt like I lost my sense of purpose with the show and I certainly didn’t want to simply go through the motions if the passion wasn’t there. Creative endeavours shouldn’t be forced.

It feels great to start this show again and I’m excited about the future of it and most all of sharing music with you.


Please drop a comment, would love to hear about your favorite discoveries from this episode. Also give the show a share if you feel like it!


Chad Taylor, James Brandon Lewis – With Sorrow Lonnie
SunPalace – Rude Movements (Moodymann Remix)
Soul Saver – Another Day
Waajeed – Let’s Go!
Ben Hauke – Top It Off
DJ Swisha – Crypto (feat. Bahamadia)
Swordman Kitala – Malanga Ja (prod. K-Lone)
Tia Maria Produções, DJ Danifox – Xupetilson
Blacksea Não Maya, Dj Noronha – Estranhos e Loucos
Allaas G – Nº44
Dips & Lo-Wu – TAKE OFF
Konrad Wehrmeister – Nutty Bit
DJ Slyngshot – Untitled B2
Mad Professor – Bengali Skank
Time Cow, RTKal – Elephant Man
Dianne Mower – The Secret Sign
Logic System – Be Yourself
Kevin Moore – Speak Your Mind
Patrice Rushen – To Each His Own
Cause and Effect – You Make Me Feel Brand New
Stone Foundation & Paul Weller – Deeper Love
Piper – Hot Sand
Rajan James – Impossible Dreams
MIA – Something ‘Bout Your Love
Klaus Johann Grobe – Schlaufen Der Zukunft
Kaoru Iiyoshi – Soul Tripper
Kalima – Start The Melody
Sarah Webster Fabio – Together/To the Tune of Coltrane’s “Equinox”
Cktrl – Robyn
Jamael Dean – When There Is No Sun

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MIMS095 — The Comeback Special: Part 1 Sat, 02 Jan 2021 02:18:00 +0000 Well well well. Look who’s back!

After 11 years of monthly editions of my Music Is My Sanctuary show I decided I needed a creative break which ended up taking two years. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of passion for music or for sharing it with all of you. I felt like I lost my sense of purpose with the show and I certainly didn’t want to simply go through the motions if the passion wasn’t there. Creative endeavours shouldn’t be forced.

It feels great to start this show again and I’m excited about the future of it and most all of sharing music with you.

★ The Comeback Special – Part 1 ★
a selection of my favorite records I brought back from my trip to Estonia // Mary Lou Williams mini-tribute // some of my favorite deep-leftfield R&B joints from 2020 // a few Soulful Folk 70’s jams + some Jazz tracks too

★ The Comeback Special – Part 2 ★
part 2 will feature more electronic / soulful dancefloor-leaning jams

Please drop a comment, would love to hear about your favorite discoveries from this episode. Also give the show a share if you feel like it!


Radius Etc – Steal & Feed Dem (Itality)
Om Unit Meets Seekersinternational – Check One
Beck Junghyun – Flow
Lex Amor – 341 (Freestyle)
Bless the Mad – Fall Dead
Liv.e – You the One Fish in the Sea
Rae Khalil – Father – Alt. Version
dreamcastmoe – (301)341-7207
KAM-BU – Touch
Samiyam – intro (living:learning)
Kim Jung Mi – Your Dream
Los Angeles Negros – Yo Se Que Estas
Bobby Charles – Small Town Talk
Elton John – Come Down In Time (the Jazz Version)
THE TAKE VIBE E.P. – Golden Brown
Working Week – Venceremos (Jazz Dance Special Version)
Claude Cooper – Tangerine Dreams
6 x Estonian / Soviet Records Special
3 x Mary Lou Williams Special
Mary Lou Williams – Free spirits
Mary Lou Williams – One
Mary Lou Williams – Praise The Lord

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Photo by Bon Vivant (check out this nice collab project we released a few weeks back!)

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #30 w/ Florian Pellissier (Hosted by Psycut) Fri, 01 Jan 2021 17:35:33 +0000 We are all happily closing the book on this very challenging year. Yet, from the standpoint of Jazz output, it was an extremely rich one! I am happy to share the 30th episode of my show with my special guest, one of the prominent French musicians at the moment: Florian Pellissier.

Membre of Cotonete, aldorande, Sententa, Camarao Orkestra and of course the leader of the Florian Pellissier Quintet proposes a mix showcasing his latest productions for Le Deal Mexican, Blast Candy (who is Florian’s wife), Leron Thomas but also some favorites like Azymuth, Chake Khan, Antonio Adolfo and Talib Kweli.

As for myself, I open up the show with my latest favorite. Fresh new jazz joints!

Happy listening and wishing you all the best for 2021!


DJ Psycut’s set:

01 – Menagerie – Hope (2020)
02 – Muriel Grossmann – Wien (2020)
03 – Kirk Lightsey and Rudolph Johnson with the All Stars – Habiba (1974)
04 – Soul Supreme – Keep Moving (2020)
05 – The Admirables – The Legend of Knee New (2020)
06 – Jas Kayser – Feel It (2020)

Florian Pellissier’s set :

07 – Le Deal Mexican – Junkanoo Suite part 1 part 2 part 3 (2020)
08 – Talib Kweli – Hot thing (2007)
09 – Blast Candy – Suis une pute (2020)
10 – Leron Thomas – Ifeel (2020)
11 – Antonio Adolfo – Cascavel (1979)
12 – Chaka Khan – I know you, I live you (1981)
13 – T connection – Do what you wanna do (1973)
14 – Leron Thomas – Chinese Bat (2017)
15 – Azymuth – Linha de horizonte (1975)
16 – Leron Thomas – Fox WIt (2020)
17 – Joe Lovanno – Lonnie’s lament (1995)

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BALANCE – Best of 2020 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 17:24:07 +0000 It’s the last day of 2020, and it’s about that time for the annual recap of some of the best albums, EPs and singles of the last 365 days (technically 366 this year)!

It’s been a hectic, stressful, abnormal, put any adjective in and it’ll work type of year. Luckily the music pulled (us) through, from Cleo Sol to Mac Miller, Sault to Kamaal Williams, Lianne la Havas to Tenderlonious and so much amazing stuff from all corners of the world.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for tuning in, sharing & commenting on the shows and to wish you all a Happy New Year – we sure do deserve it!

Catch you on the other side,





John Carrol Kirby – Blueberry Fields | Stones Throw

Sam Gendel – Afro Blue | Nonesuch

Mac Miller – Floating | Warner

Liv.e – I Been Livin | In Real Life

Ivan Ave – Phone Won’t Charge | Mutual Intentions

Space Ghost featuring G’la – I’ll Be Yours | Apron

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes featuring Freddie Gibbs – Nightrider | Blue Note

Cleo Sol – Why Don’t You | Forever Living Originals

Lianne La Havas – Seven Times | Warner

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – C-side | Dead Oceans

Thundercat featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington & Childish Gambino – Black Qualls | Brainfeeder

Broken Keys – Say You Do |

Sault – Son Shine | Forever Living Originals

David Walters – Kryé Mwen | Heavenly Sweetness

Byron the Aquarius – Timeless | Axis

Horatio Luna – Bumps | Jazz Diaries

Kamaal Williams – Mr. Wu | Black Focus

Cody Currie & Joel Holmes – Direction | Toy Tonics

Underground Canopy – Tony Sendo | Menace

Marker Starling – Silk Rock (Haha Sounds Collective version) | Tin Angel

Greg Foat – Yonaguni | Strut

N’Sawa-Saraca – Msemo | Ropeadope

Tenderlonious – Quarantena | 22a

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Dileta’s top 10 hypothetical club smashers of 2020 Mon, 28 Dec 2020 17:07:07 +0000 These are 10 tracks to project yourself in a speculative club night of your dreams. Note that the order is arbitrary, these are all 10/10s in my book.

Black Girl / White Girl – Hot Mouth (Extended ‘138’ Mix)

I GOT SOMETHING HERE THAT YOU DON’T EVER WANNA TURN DOWN! BGWG bringing back the funk and groove in techno!

Hideki Naganuma – HEAVEN★UP

The CEO of Funky Fresh Beats is back with the most entrancing video game house ever made!

Laksa – Bane

How can you even start describing this? Paralyzing bass with alarming synths, feels like the floor is slipping under your feet!

Impey – Conquest Mode (Mosca’s NOLA Version)

Pounding NOLA Bounce flip of Impey’s tune with the sickest vocal cuts, clangy drums and scratches!

Henry Greenleaf – Sign Replacement

The most simultaneously subtle, intricate, ridiculous and catchy bass/techno you’re going to hear in this world!

Swordman Kitala, O’Flynn & Ekhe – Heat Flexx

Brutal breakbeat with all the silly percussions, FX, nasty bass and Swordman Kitala! What more do you need?

Amselysen – Rhinestone Cowboy

Disorienting, yet beautifully nostalgic post-industrial murk! Would love to hear this with large sound. 

Nikki Nair – Justtryingto

Top tier hyper cyberfunk house morphing into heavy breaks with mad twists! 

Ploy – Molotov

Swirling dizziness-inducing percussive leftfield techno with pitched up vocal bursts! 

rRoxymore – Lost In Synth

Quirky funky house jam with a band feel and the tastiest synths and field recordings!

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TOUCH OF LOVE #04 — Hosted by Rissa Garcia (NYC) Mon, 28 Dec 2020 16:55:46 +0000 2020 is just about over and thankfully it feels likes the tides are shifting.

We can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel and I hope this mix will accompany you on your journey to that light. I made this mix just thinking about all the good times and good vibes we share through this music. We will dance again…..


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SKYWAY UPLINK — Show #002 w/ special guest Diego (Hosted by dileta) Sat, 26 Dec 2020 16:30:28 +0000 Presented by coolground founder dileta, SKYWAY UPLINK wires you out of routine and into a new simulation every season. You’ll find yourself whirling through winding lanes lit by all kinds of coloured gleams and glares.

Dileta & Diego team up to soundtrack your hyper space elevator ride to the moon and back, packing only an 160BPM iPod Classic full of high-emotional video game and anime gliders.


Yoshihiro Sawasaki – Snow Coast
Stones Taro – Press It Out
DJ Kim’s Convenience Store – Lets Learn Japanglish With Jungle Rhythm
Pariah – Blackout
Lnchps – Save State
CA$TLE – Damh
Gunjack – Is It A Crime? (feat. DIRT)
Hiroki Yamamura – Impulse (Gunjack Edit)
Kid Lib – Boomin
Amps – Miles Davis
岩崎琢 – どうせこんなのがスキでしょ?
Guchon – 穴水
Dub-One – Below
Ulterior Motive – Sideways
Dbridge – Things Change
Neel – Forza
Skeptical – Delusions of Grandeur
Jamm the Sixx Hold. – SOFTCREAM
Chiwa Saito – Futakotome
Carpainter – Night Boogie Song (Circle)
TeddyLoid – Fly Away (Taku & TeddyLoid For the Club Edit)
Flare – Parasympathetic Nervous System
Stefan Goldmann – Tickle In The Heart
UserWTV – Intro
Benny Rodrigues – Zomaar
John Selway – Novazoid
Mr G (record)
Player – Player 007 B1
BLACK GIRL / WHITE GIRL – Hot Mouth (Extended ‘138’ Mix)
Paul Johnson – a3 – submerged
Mirrorball – Given Up (Olav Basoski Whiners Quitters Losers Dub)
The Freak & Mac Zimms – Make A Move
Gaetano Parisio, Gaetek – The Advanced Series Vol. II B1 (Ken Ishii Re-Edit)
Crystal distortioN – Hoverboarded
Hideki Naganuma – HEAVEN★UP
Triptic – Funkhole
Ixindamix – Ultra Detroit
Ramadanman – Pitter
Quest – Stand
Kou Hayashi – 5 Questions
Dance System – Samb-A-Matic
Icedream pres. Kernel Panic Music – Groovy!
DV-i – Media Prototype (Text 888 For reinabe)
Dani Rev – biotech2
Nosaj Thing – Eclipse/Blue ft Kazu Makino

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #203 / 2020 MODERN FUNK RECAP — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 21 Dec 2020 17:37:47 +0000 Last episode of the year, so here’s my annual Modern Funk Recap, featuring music from XL Middleton, Moniquea, Mofak,Lynda Dawn, Kazzey, Saucy Lady, Dogg Master, Buscrates, and many more.


Jarren – Jarren’s Groove
Donell Pitman – Chocolate Lover (E.Live Mix)
Moniquea – Daily Thing
First Touch – Do You Really Wanna Dance
Koolade – The Bop
John Parm featuring Frase – No Soul Fo Sale
Joanna Rose & Nickee B – Love Affair
Dogg Master – Itstime
Mia – Love Me Right
Saucy Lady – On The Floor
Milk Talk – Ah Be Rue
Buscrates – Cruise Control
Mckenzie & Gardiner – Got To Get Away 2020
Zackey Force Funk / XL Middleton – Jam Likely
Diamond Ortiz – Play For Keeps
Kazzey – She’s Dangerous (feat Mofak)
SIN2 – Innocent
XL Middleton – Crown Royal Bags
Tryezz – Terrains No.3
The Pendletons – Keep It Working (feat. Gizelle Smith) [E Da Boss’s Extended Edit]
Dogg Master – Shesofine feat. OG Dominator
Ivan Makvel – A Family Affair ft. Mofak
OXP feat. Domino – California
Lynda Dawn & Bes Kep – Roses
MatMatix – Freakin’ (With You)
Ivan Makvel feat. XL Midlleton – Keep It Movin’
Amin Payne – Born To Do Whatever feat. Tentendo
DaM-FunK – Funk Is Not A Fad(unreleased)
Brett Eclectic – Stay Up
Kay-Bee feat Lady C – Day Dream
Emcee Originate – Crazy Funky Love
Leonard Charles feat. Zackey Force Funk – My 45 (7 Inches Of Love)
B. Bravo – Atomic Bounce
OG Dominator – I Wanna Taste (Feat. Carolyn Rodriguez)
Space Ghost – Girl U Hypnotize Me
Mofak – Relax (Mofeezy Band Interlude)
Knlo feat, Caro Dupont – L’école à la Maison
Jay Bishop – That Feeling (Remaster)


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Exclusive Premiere: Yasmyn “How Much” Mon, 21 Dec 2020 16:08:12 +0000 YASMYN is an independent R’n’B and neo-soul artist from Estonia mixed with Dominican roots. Her stage presence has been described as a hypnotic mixture of R&B, trap, pop and house music.

She hasn’t been holding back with her fast rise – releasing her debut album “SlowFall” in spring 2019 for which she already earned an Estonian Music Award nomination for “best Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B artist of the year”.

Spring 2020 an EP called “Illusions” came out which featured artists and
producers from around the world. She described the project as more dark,
melodic and melancholic than her previously released music. “I wouldn’t
say that “Illusions” talks about a certain topic, it’s more of a reflection of my
emotions and the vibe that I experienced during the process of the creation.
In comparison to my debut album it is more feminine and soft, but still
vigorous and relatable,” says Sinencia Jasmine Kass. In addition to two
strong long-players in her portfolio, features on other artists tracks, some of
her own singles such as “Rich” and “I Like U a Lot” stand out strong and
are very popular among her fans. One thing is certain – you can’t get
enough of YASMYN after discovering her versatile music!

On December 22nd 2020 the first single “How Much” from an upcoming
album, which dwells even more into “indie-soul” and modern rnb, comes
out in collaboration with Estonian label TIKS rekords.

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TUDO BEM #08 — Hosted by Tahira (Sao Paolo, Brasil) Thu, 17 Dec 2020 17:06:42 +0000 Our favorite Brazilian DJ/selector returns with another episode of his unmissable Tudo Bem show.

2020 has been a challenging one for most of us so music like this is sorely needed. So here is another great excursion of worldwide vibes, past and present maneuvered with gusto by Tahira!


Caixa Cubo – Palavras (part. Zé Leônidas)(Not On Label)
Dubalizer – O Ciclo Riddim Show (Not On Label)
São Jorge – Padê -( Remix Dj Doni)(Not On Label)
Yelfris Valdes – Maktub (Musica Macondo)
Raul Monsalve y los Forajidos – Cafunga (Olindo Recs)
Jimena Angel – Llamameya – Joaquin Cornejo version (Elisa Recs)
The Bongo Hop – Agua fría (Underdog Records)
Gaspar Muniz – Imbola Vo Imbola (gaspar muniz remix)(Not On Label)
Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word (Panoptikum Arkestra Dub)(Not On Label)
Thiago França – Conta (YB)
Chamos – Lemme Luv U (Not On Label)
Fradinho – A Bright Future (Karmasound Remix)(Eclectic Beats)
Big Bang – Yo Yo Jazz (Arison)
Fela Kuti – Witchcraft (Knitting Factory)
David Walters – Mama (Déni-Shain & Mister Francky Remix)(Heavenly Sweetness) 
Truby Trio – Carajillo (Compost Recs)
Vhoor – Descendo (Not On Label)
Instituto vs Dj Dolores – Abertura (YB)
Tom Ze – Toc (Continental)
Orquestra de Berimbau do Morro do Querosene – Embala Agua (Not On Label)
Stimming x Lambert – The Little Giant (Kryptox) ‎
Felbm – Filatelie (Soundway)
Gal Costa – Quando Você Olha Pra Ela (Not On Label)
Criolo – Sucrilhos (Amy B Edit)
Resavoir – Clouds (Chicago International)
Captain Planet – New Story (Bastard Jazz)
Idris Ackamoor, The Pyramids – When Will I See You Again? (Strut)
Jisr – Ready For Rafla (Free Soul Inc)
Carlos Malta – Barrigada (Not On Label)
Chico Science & Nacao Zumbi – Nos Quintais do Mundo (Mucunã)(Chaos Recs)
Hamilton de Holanda – Ritmo e União (Vincee Remix)(Not On Label)
Snazzback – Grook – Carvery Mastered (Worm Discs)
Mariene de Castro – Ponto de Nana (LOV ini EDIT)(Not On Label)
Ilu Oba de Min – Coroação (Not On Label)
Caê – O Caçador e a Flecha (Ori Recs)
DJ Jeff Bass – Baheea (Not On Label)
Hans Koller – The Twister_Moonstarr mix (MPS Recs)
Asher Gamedze – Hope In Azania (On The Corner)

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Exclusive Premiere: Jean-Philippe Bideau”Lune” Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:21:52 +0000 MIMS is excited to highlight a song from the wonderful and now-obscure album “Lézard Vert” by a Reunion Island supergroup led by composer/musician, Zoun.

Originally released on cassette in 1983 by local production company, Ziskakan, “Lézard Vert” was a leap forward for electric maloya, a meeting of modern-day musical technology and music (jazz, funk, etc) and the maloya music of Reunion, which has origins in the music of African and Malagasy slaves and Indian indentured workers on the island, and is traditionally accompanied by percussion and a musical bow. This significant recording sees worldwide digital release tomorrow on Mauritius-based Babani Records, following a Reunion-only vinyl release earlier this year.

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On “Lézard Vert”, composer, flautist and guitarist, Zoun aka. Joseph Toquet, was joined by guitarist and composer, Jean-Philippe Bideau, fellow composer and musician Teddy Baptiste on guitar and congas, Kiki Mariapin on tabla and percussion, and mysterious Joel on triangle. Across the album Zoun, Baptiste and Bideau act as leaders on their own compositions, whilst backed by each, and Kiki and Joel, generally speaking. A musical carousel experience, you might say.

Like many accomplished musicians in Reunion, they had until this time found much on the rather staid “ballroom” live music industry. With the advent of discos and DJs playing popular music, they took an opportunity to compose, experiment and record more adventurous music, rooted in traditional maloya, historically banned on the island for its association with the plight of slavery, but played with electric guitars and incorporating wider influences such as jazz and funk.

Today we highlight “Lune”, arguably the most melancholic song on the album, written & led by Jean-Philippe Bidea, featuring beautiful guitar solos by Bideau, Baptiste and additional guest Patrick Sida. Jean Philippe was the youngest of the crew and the only one to have learned the basics at a very young age at a musical conservatory, far from the wild rhythms of the dance orchestras. Back in Reunion he developed his musical chops rapidly playing and studying with the best, including his brother Tot, a renowned saxophonist, and at just 16 years of age, he started composing under Teddy Baptiste’s protective gaze.

In 1982, the year of his baccalaureate, Jean-Philippe joined Zoun (Toquet), Teddy (Baptiste) and Kiki (Mariapin) at the CRAC studios, to record the audiocassette of Lézard Vert. With his three compositions and his crystal-clear solos, he was much more than mere foil to the elder, seasoned musicians, despite his young age.

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Exclusive Premiere: Shunaji “On My Mind” (Kayla Painter Remix) Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:29:01 +0000 Whilst we wind down for the holidays we couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a remix by Southampton(UK)-born Bristol-based experimental electronic producer Kayla Painter, for one of our favourite artists: Rome-hailing London-based experimental hip hop producer, songwriter and vocalist, Shunaji. Here, Kayla Painter puts a compelling house-leaning spin on Shuanji’s “On My Mind”, giving it a dose of dub and some garage-like swing for good measure. It bumps!

Kayla tells us: “This remix was created using a lot of the original vocals and instrumentation, I wanted to sample as much of the original stems as possible to retain a palette true to Shunaji’s incredible sound. First, I worked with the vocals, finding moments and phrases that interested me. Then I looked more towards the synths and bass frequencies to get a foundation for the track. Once that was in place the select vocal samples really helped shape the rest of the track.

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With this track I really wanted to create something busy and kinetic that was wonky, contrasting to the original. For this remix, I recorded some additional percussion too. That felt important to include, as experimenting with creating percussion out of junk was something Shunaji and I had experimented with the day we first met via Future Bubblers.

The culmination of all of these elements results in a busy track that builds to a super bassy mover, drawing influence from dub, and deep house, but arranged and processed entirely from an experimental perspective. “

And Shunaji adds: “I’m so honoured that my friend, the super talented Kayla Painter took my original track and evolved it into such a distinctive electronic sound. As a lover of dance music, I think Kayla Painter’s rework of On My Mind is extremely unique and interesting. This remix took me on a journey the very first time I listened to it, and it keeps doing it every time.”

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Future Classic: Sarathy Korwar & Upaj Collective ‘Night Dreamer Direct​-​to​-​Disc Sessions’ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 21:59:11 +0000 The prolific drummer, percussionist and musical artist Sarathy Korwar, alongside his allstar “UPAJ Collective”, has already broken considerable ground, rebalancing spiritual jazz with authentic Indian classical music. However, “UPAJ” means “to improvise” in Hindi, and here, whilst making a formidable debut contribution to Night Dreamer’s direct-to-disc series, recording at Artone Studios with almost no preconceived directions, they truly capture the “spirit of spontaneous improvisation”, as Sarathy puts it, like never before. 

Fluent on both tabla & drums, Korwar has firmly established himself on the UK jazz scene & far beyond, playing with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings & Hieroglyphic Being. His remarkable debut, “Day to Day”, released on Ninja Tune in 2016, blending the forgotten music of the marginalised Sidi community with jazz and electronics. His second studio album, “More Arriving” for Leaf last year, addressed Indian identity in Britain and incorporated spoken word. Meanwhile, Sarathy established a residency at the Jazz Cafe with the UPAJ Collective, leading to an acclaimed show at Church of Sound.

The Night Dreamer session begins with “So said Said”. Dedicated to Edward Said, Palestinan author of “Orientalism”, arguably the most influential book to address the West’s contemptuous depiction of “The East”. It builds slowly, as the saxophone of Collocutor’s Tamar Osborn growls and echoes over the soft bedrock of Korwar’s percussion. Guitar, keys and violin slowly join the conversation before a tense groove follows Korwar’s galloping drums.The Indian-centric drum’n’bass of State of Bengal’s “Flight IC 408” is recast as a rousing acoustic piece. A short tabla intro builds into a pounding groove, before the piece breaks into a beautiful violin solo from renowned violinist Achuthan Sripadmanathan. An earthy solo from Osborn follows before the whole piece lifts off in the wake of Kefaya guitarist Giuliano Modarelli’s riffing. 

As we float back to the ground, Alistair MacSween, also from Kefaya, introduces “Elephant’s Hangover” with a flurry of cosmic keys, leading to a gripping collective improvisation. The epic “Intimate Enemy”, named after Ashis Nandy’s influential essay on the sense of loss of belonging, begins slowly at first, around Korwar’s delicate percussion. As group improvisation increases around the mode, the piece builds & builds before a magnificent solo from Osborn. The album is rounded off with the magnificent bonus of a Yoruba Soul remix by Osunlade himself. “So Said Siad” is transformed into a foor-to-the-floor grover with almost psychedelic undertones. A worthy inclusion and suprisingly good fit.

On this special recording for Night Dreamer, Korwar and co have brought the UPAJ fully to bear with its mission to collaborate and improvise.The nature of recording straight-to-acetate, with just a pause between each record side, was a challenge they fully embraced, entering the recording with minimal instructions. Korwar relates that they initiated the session by sitting together in a circle to perform a set of breathing exercises, now a regular part of their gig prep. This set a collective tone, slowing heart rates, it centered the players and they felt more present, more aware of the space and each other. As such, trust, communication and ability to relate, came before the instrumentation.

This new release for Night Dreamer marks an exciting chapter for Sarathy Korwar & The UPAJ Collective, “stepping into the unknown”, only to discover a more true and honest reflection of their art. 

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Video Premiere: Snazzback “Koch Loch” (Live on The Gallimaufry) Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:44:35 +0000 We are excited to share the a live video from youthful Bristol-based jazz outfit, Snazzback, performing their grooving new single, “Koch Loch”, live on the roof of The Gallimaufry, out today in association with Worm Discs.

“Koch Loch” comes on hot on the heels of the success of their last singles “Yum Yum” & “Grook”, released as part of Worm Discs’ “New Horizons – A Bristol ‘Jazz’ Sound” compilation, also championed by Music Is My Sanctuary.


Recorded as a special dedication to The Gallimaufry, the venue which serves as the De Facto home of The Bristol Jazz Scene, the track was recorded on the roof of the venue during lockdown in the summer of 2020. This new track from Snazzback really captures the energy of the Bristolian Jazz scene. The song is also the debut of the Gallimaufry’s “Morning Room Concert” series, which seeks to provide some of Bristol’s best “Jazz” artists a platform to record direct in the hub of the Bristol music scene.

Snazzback trumpet player and “Koch Loch” composer, Alfie Grieve, told us, “The song is adapted from an old beat from a batch of beats on my hard drive which I sent to the other guys 18 months ago. We were invited to play at The Gallimaufry for a pandemic special episode of Snazzback. We wanted to play something different for us, given how much all our lives had changed this year. So the beat got dragged up out of the snazz vaults as something we could adapt for the session. We spent a couple of hours together in Hal’s garden, worked our magic and brought the idea to life. This was the first time we were able to meet up and play together since the start of the pandemic, so it was a joyful occasion and the music came together easily.

The Gallimaufry is one of a few Bristol venues which puts on music every day of the week all year round. Something we are very blessed to have in our city (and big up everyone who puts in the work and belief to make this happen.) What makes the Gallimaufry special to me is that they have chosen to work consistently with a few selected artists over a long period of time, allowing those artists and their regular nights to grow into something really special and beautiful. They provide a real home for their musicians and guests, and the comfort and familiarity of this space allows the music to flow more easily to new territories, which in turn brings people who come there together through having been on all these journeys together over the years. Waldo’s Gift are a great example of this, who play together like no-one else ! Big love to James Koch and all the staff at the Gallimaufry, as well as everyone who consistently comes out there to enjoy live music.”

James Koch, Gallimaufry venue owner, added, “we’ve been blessed to work with singular talents such as Waldo’s Gift & Snazzback over a number of years. The Morning Room Concert is a way for us to maintain this creative connection. It’s a stripped back performance, in daylight, perhaps in an unusual location around the venue. The first – An Alfie Grieve penned Snazzback track – is the first recording we’ve attempted on our roof. Next up we’ve a wonderful version of Waldo’s Gift’s recent single on Black Acre ‘The Hut’.” We can’t wait to hear, and to check out The Gallimaufry next time we are in Bristol!

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Exclusive Premiere: Moğollar: “Alageyik Destanı D2D Session” Thu, 10 Dec 2020 11:46:44 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “Alageyik Destanı D2D Session” by Turkish psych originators Moğollar.

Due for worldwide release this Friday via Night Dreamer, “Alageyik Destanı D2D Session” is the third and final single, from their forthcoming double album, “Anatolian Sun part 1 & part 2”, their stunning career overview session and first new recordings for over a decade.

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The session recorded at Artone Studios in Haarlem, sees the band cutting a compendium of their rawest hits and most-wanted psychedelic rock classics – including the J.Dilla-sampled ‘Haliç’te Güneşin Batışı’ for Night Dreamer’s Direct-to-disc sessions series. This follows on from sessions by the likes of Sarathy Korwar, Emma-Jean Thackray, Seu Jorge & Rogê and Gary Bartz & Maisha.

“Alageyik Destanı D2D Session”, originally released as a single by the group in 1972, is an ancient folkloric tale fused with Western pop, a clear example of the group’s pioneering and now classic Anadolu psych sound. The trippy single sees the stringed Yaylı Tambur (the oldest bowed Turkish instrument) take charge across triumphant drum breaks and mystical organ blends. The session was produced by BaBa ZuLa’s Osman Murat Ertel – a stellar link-up that brings Moğollar’s original psychedelic rock full circle with the contemporary Anadolu psych it inspired. The full album will be available digitally and across a two vinyl LP set on December 11.

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Crucial Material – December 8th, 2020 Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:02:01 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger — Force Majeure

New York bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger have released a brilliant and uplifting duo album featuring recordings from their weekly live-stream sessions “Force Majeure: Brunch in the Crib with Brandee & Dezron”.  Recorded in their Harlem apartment using a single microphone, the album includes new renditions of music by John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, The Jackson 5, The Stylistics, Kate Bush, and more. — Selected by TJ Gorton

Karaba — Pheremon Crumble Wax

Brilliant album for Kryptox Records from this Munich-based band; blending jazz finesse with kosmische musik / Krautrock, psych and Eastern influences. Check the groove on “Der Inder”.  Deep, and heavy! — Selected by Oli Brunetti

corto.alto — 435

Since 2019, Liam Shortall’s corto.alto have been racking up a steady digital stream of FRESH jazz mixed from Liam’s Glasgow flat, influenced by the soul, pop, indie jungle/dnb and particularly hip hop he loves listening to. Now Bristol’s Worm Discs have pressed four of their favourites to wax. From “Is That It?”, featuring the legendary Soweto Kinch, to “3 Years On” with AKU! saxophonist Harry Weir, all winners! — Selected by Oli Brunetti

Various Artists — Inside A​.​MA Volume 1

Illicit Grooves Radio Show host, Bob Hill, has been given free reign to select his favourite songs from the archives of Italian jazzers A. MA Records. The results are a treat! From dancefloor jazz of The Motion Collective to Francesca Sortino’s beautiful mid-tempo, two-step version excursion of “Little Sunflower” via Enrico le Noci’s extremely digestible, “Heavy Lunch”. Well worth getting to know and a great introduction to this label.  —Selected by Oli Brunetti


Splash Pattern & Misantrop — Idée Fixe

Copenhagen’s Splash Pattern came into my sights as one of the most exciting new producers of our times with the Sentinel EP in May. This new collaboration with Misantrop only cements that idea. The EP’s 3 tracks feature different styles – technobass with grime synths, elastic danger-zone bass, and dancehall techno – but stays cohesive through a sleek metallic sound, hyperactive percussion and futuristic leanings.  — Selected by dileta

Don’t Be Afraid — ‘10.1’ / ‘10.2’

2020 has been marked by many things, including an overwhelming number of stellar V/A compilations. The DBA 10 year anniversary double-comp, divided in a ‘dark’ and a ‘light’ side, is definitely in the top 3 of these. It comprises pretty much everything you dream of in modern ‘human’/’raw’ robot dance music (yes, this is an oxymoron). Some personal highlights come in the form of: cyberfunky house by rRoxymore, brutal electro by Kerrie, sharp old-school technofunk by General Ludd, dizzy dream chug by Brassfoot, psychoacoustic industrial beats by Lurka, space disco house by Mr G, smokey broken beat by Semtek & Jay L, and a slippery squeaky minimal techno trip in glass by Hollie. — Selected by dileta

Jarren — Mina EP

LA native Jarren Crouch delivers on his first (official) release. Six track EP fusing the sounds of g funk and electro-boogie sprinkled with a spacey analog aesthetic. Summer 2021 music. — Selected by Spacewalker

Basic Soul Unit — Free To Be

— Selected by Lexis


Delmar Xavier VII — Street Level Edits Vol.1

Four fresh edits from MoFunk Records newcomer Delmar Xavier VII, including 2 featuring XL Middleton. The kind of edits that you don’t need to be a dj to enjoy them. — Selected by Walla P

Leopard Da Vinci feat. Jean Bisello — Garde Fou EP

Really nice Disco-Boogie EP, with a bunch of dope remixes, including my favorite from Dj Friction. Don’t sleep on the vinyl release, and it’s also available on digital.  — Selected by Walla P


Your Old Droog — Dump YOD: Krutoy Edition

— Selected by Lexis


Spivak — Μετά Το Ρέιβ

— Selected by Lexis


Kutiman — Wachaga in Dub

Kutiman adds the dubs treatment to his brilliant ‘Wachaga’ record, which blended Tanzanian field recordings with free jazz, psychedelia, afrobeat and soul, in spectacular cosmic fashion.  — 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.

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Exclusive Premiere: Angel Rada “Floating cities” Wed, 09 Dec 2020 13:18:00 +0000 Following their essential compilation of Venezuelan synth pioneer Angel Rada’s early works, ‘Tropical Cosmic Sounds from Space‘, El Palmas Music is reissuing one of his greatest works, ‘Armagedon & The Third Wave Revolution’, this Friday. To celebrate, we are proud to premiere “Floating cities”.

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Rada studied electroacoustic music in Germany, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream, Edgard Frosse and Kraftwerk, and Ash Ra Temple. Rada however went on to develop his own ideas and sound, calling it ‘ethnosonics’, involving musical instruments, some of them ancestral, differentiating himself from cosmiche or Krautrock. Rada is a true pioneer of electronic music in his country, Venezuela, and a passionate and relentless musician to this day.


‘Armagedon & The Third Wave Revolution’ will be available on digital streaming platforms from this Friday, December 11 2020, and most importantly you can download the whole album on any format, from Bandcamp.

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Exclusive Premiere: Immortal Onion “Triggers (Live at Jassmine Club)” Tue, 08 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +0000 We are happy to share the exhilarating live cinematic jazz sounds of Poland’s brilliantly titled Immortal Onion, with a recording of “Triggers”, recorded at Warsaw’s famous Jassmine club, forthcoming on U Know Me Records.

Immortal Onion are an instrumental band from Gdańsk, Poland. The group consists of Ziemowit Klimek (upright bass/bass guitar/moog), Tomir Śpiołek (keyboards) and Wojtek Warmijak (drums). Formed in 2016, Immortal Onion offer a bold combination of many seemingly remote styles – jazz, minimalism as well as fusion, electronic music and even progressive metal.

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“Triggers (live at Jassmine)” will be released on the fourth 10-inch EP celebrating the 10th anniversary of U Know Me Records, featuring 5 songs from Immortal Onion. For those missing live concerts there are 2 songs taken from the band’s 8th of August performance at Jassmine club, Warsaw. The B-side starts with a rework of the song called “Leaving”, originally composed by Hania Rani (who often performs with 2 members of Immortal Onion). The next song (“Zu Hause”) was created especially for this album as the result of the band’s experiments with electronics. The EP closes with a rework of “Eye Tracking” – a song from ”XD [Experience Design] – made by Kadrych.

Strictly limited edition – 300 hand-numbered copies. The first hundred will be released on red vinyl and copies from 101 to 300 as classic black ones. Released on December 18, 2020. The rework of “Leaving” will be released only on vinyl and won’t be available on streaming services.

The album was created with help of trusted people, who also worked on “XD [Experience Design]” (the first Immortal Onion’s album recorded for U Know Me Records and released in March 2020) – graphic design by Martiszu, mix by Envee (except the last song mixed by Maciej Stendek) and mastering by Eprom.

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BALANCE – Show #558 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:34:25 +0000 It’s another space ride through the sounds of Balance on the last (regular) show of the year!

The annual “Best of the Year” show is fast approaching, but still plenty of new and quality music coming out at the tail end of 2020! Spacewalker in the mix with fresh cuts from Reel People, Allysha Joy, Matthew Halsall, Natty Reeves, Robohands and much more!




Allysha Joy – Watercolours | First Word

Robohands – Leaves | King Underground

Scrimshire – Chance Me | Albert’s Favourites

Natty Reeves – Solar | DeepMatter

SAULT – Fearless | Forever Living Originals

Pete Josef – Must Be in Love | Sonar Kollektiv

Candido – Thousand Finger Man | Salsoul

Linkwood & Other Lands – Don’t Throw It | Athens of the North

Moe Fabrik – Sassy Boi | Jazz & Milk

Soul Supreme – Rich in Soul |

Jitwam – Sun After Rain | The Jazz Diaries

Reel People featuring Eric Roberson – Save a Lil Love |

Shungu & Dreamcastmoe – Replaceable | Trading Places

Jarren – Jarren’s Groove | Slices of a Dog

Matthew Halsall – Tropical Landscapes | Gondwana

Nicola Guida – Come Inside | Inner Circle

Jaman – In the Fall of the Year | Outernational Sounds

Arthur Blythe – Autumn in New York | Columbia

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Exclusive Premiere: Gerry Weil “The Message” Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:44:52 +0000 MIMS is very excited to announce the launch of a brand new sister-label to Olindo Records, Música Infinita, with its inaugural release, ‘The Message’ by Gerry Weil – an overlooked cornerstone of Venezuelan jazz, greatly influenced by ‘Bitches Brew’ era Miles, Hendrix, Tower of Power and fusion of jazz and rock. Listen to the anthemic title track in full here first. Safe to say it’s pretty heavy!

‘The Message’ is packed with raw funk grooves, big band horns, and Gerry’s gravelly Waitsian vocals. Remastered with love by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, this limited edition features brand new artwork and an extensive interview with Gerry.

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In 1969 Miles Davis put the world on notice with “Bitches Brew”; a bold statement that broke every pre-conceived notion people had about jazz and music in general up to that point. Taking this as inspiration, Gerry Weil decided to emulate Miles in 1971, but on Caribbean soil, gathering a dream team of 15 Venezuelan musicians, most of which went on to become renowned bandleaders in their own right, to record an avant-garde album that would later turn into a coveted item amongst record collectors.

Title track “The Message”, is a sort of funky anthem or mantra that describes Gerry Weil’s attitude towards life. Its lyrics describe the way “squares” reacted against hippies in the 70s when “all we want to give you is a little bit of love”.

Gerry Weil – The Message [Música Infinita] – Interview Excerpt

Arriving in Venezuela from Austria as a 17 year old in 1957, Gerry has become one of the most influential musicians his adopted country has ever seen. His compositions are now part of the repertoire of Venezuelan jazz standards, but perhaps more importantly, Gerry’s career in music education has seen him impart his music theory and piano teachings to at least three generations of musicians. Still active at the age of 81, Gerry is a living legend and a true testament to perseverance through music.

‘The Message’ by Gerry Weil will be released on January 15 2021 on Música Infinita, sister-label to Olindo Records, home to Waaju and Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos, focused on lost gems from Venezuela and beyond. It’s Bandcamp Friday this week, so if you’re feeling this, it’s the best time to support!

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #29 w/ Emanuela De Luca (Hosted by Psycut) Wed, 02 Dec 2020 22:59:35 +0000 Hi Everybody, we’re almost at the last edition “My Favorite Things” show of this very strange year.

Show #29 has a very particular flavor cause I’m very happy to receive my favorite Parisian DJ : Emanuela De Luca. To welcome this very special guest, I started the show with a very special track from 1957 by a legendary french singer on a lovely jazz melody. As usual I have selected some of my last favorite diggings like the great cover of the huge spiritual jazz theme “The Creator Has a Master Plan” by Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, a track from the last fusion album from Byron the Aquarius, the brand new Jimi Tenor and Kokoroko and the fabulous Sun Palace’s Edit from Moodymann on BBE. To complete my personal part, here are two lovely soul nuggets : Arthur “So close to you” with its folk attitude and the 1st reissue of the Brand New Kev Beadle Label by Dianne Mower “The Secret Sign”.

The Emanuela’s mix starts with some Soul Jazz Gliding including a very actual track called « I’ll sing from my window » from O’Donel Levy … if you follow what I mean !!! Her mix carries on with some great deep and mellow tunes by Eiji Nakayama, Noe’s Jazz Ensemble, Tom Scott & the L.A. Express, Catalyst and the italian Sestetto Dino Piana & Oscar Valdambrini. Gradually the selection goes into some wicked fusion Jazz Dancefloor including Ryo Kawasaki (RIP), Boy Katindig and the anthem “Sombre Guitar” by Danser’s Inferno.

Enjoy !!!

DJ Psycut’s Set

01 – Léo Ferré – Le serpent qui danse (1957)
02 – Dezron Douglas, Brandee Younger – The Creator Has a Master Plan (2020)
03 – Byron the Aquarius – Timeless (Alternative Dub Mix) (2020)
04 – Arthur – So close to you (1981)
05 – Dianne Mower – The Secret Sign (1980)
06 – Jimi Tenor – Sugar And Spice (2020)
07 – KOKOROKO – Baba Ayoola (2020)
08 – SunPalace – Rude Movements (Moodymann Edit)

Emanuela De Luca’s Set

09 – O’Donel Levy – I’ll sing from my window (1976)
10 – Eiji Nakayama – Faraway Road (1978)
11 – Noe’s Jazz Ensemble – Devils and Angels (1981)
12 – Tom Scott & the L.A. Express – Spindrift (1974)
13 – Ted Coleman Band – What A Lovely Way To Spend A Lifetime (1980)
14 – Ryo Kawasaki – Trinkets and Things (1979)
15 – Kirk Lightsey and Rudolph Johnson with the All Stars – Fresh Air (1974)
16 – Johnny Hammond – A child’s love (Fast) (1975)
17 – Boy Katindig – Midnight Lady (1978)
18 – Catalyst – Ain’t it the truth (1972)
19 – Sestetto Dino Piana & Oscar Valdambrini – Brioso (1973)
20 – Danser’s Inferno – Sombre Guitar (1973)
21 – Morning, Noon & Night – Feeling Strong (1977)
22 – Incognito – Shine on (1981)

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Exclusive Premiere: The Fontanas “Capoeira Mata Um” (Tahira Remix) Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:25:44 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a remix from our very own resident show host, DJ Tahira from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tahira puts a rootsier spin on The Fontanas hot take on “Capoeira Mata Um”, featuring Former Banda Black Rio vocalist Aleh Ferreira. Released this Friday via London’s tropical party makers, Movimientos.

The Fontanas make an explosive return on this fresh rework of the Brazilian classic ‘Capoeira Mata Um’ originally made popular by Jackson de Pandeiro. Producer and bandleader Sam Fontanas gives fresh life to the track, transforming a 1950s Brazilian folk classic into a dance floor banger for modern times. ‘The idea behind the record was to introduce the song to a new audience’ – Bringing with it an injection of electronic fusion, tropical funk, as well as a nod to traditional forro. Former Banda Black Rio vocalist and Samba Soul legend in his own right Aleh (Ferreira) guests on the vocals, referencing the song’s Afro-Brazilian heritage, and fusing the traditional with the modern.


Tahira says, ““I decided to make it faster.. I’m bringing a blend of forro with a bit of Ijexa. Catia de França used to do this in late 70s. I love the horns .. I’ve changed them a bit to give the song more of a Latin feel. And I added some keyboards into the track from the excellent musician Fernando TrZ from Liniker and Lavoura”.

The EP also features another brand new revisioning of a Brazilian classic “Locuras de Uma Paixão” featuring vocals from Sambista Laurie Blundell & Let Drum Beat. And to complete the package there’s 3 exemplary uptempo dancefloor remixes including and rootsier re-wiring from Sao Paulo’s DJ Tahira. Closer to home via London, Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist, Onipa) brings the fire with his blitzed out Jazz x remix. Completing the stellar line up is Reprezent FM’s Blue Canariñho with his nu wave favela flip mix.

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Exclusive Premiere: Eparapo ft. Dele Sosimi “Black Lives Matter” Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:27:20 +0000 We are very excited to premiere “Black Lives Matter”, a blazing hot and extremely timely Afrobeat song by brand new London-based supergroup, Eparapo. Due for release this Friday on the unstoppable Wah Wah 45s.

Eparapo came together during the unprecedented events of this year. Despite being a project born from the privations of lockdown, with their music they sought to create an expression of hope, resilience & resurgence. With a white supremacist still in the White House and far right rhetoric being normalised by governments across the world, Eparapo see Afrobeat, highly political from its inception, as a tool to fight injustice and corruption.


In the current global political climate and especially under the spectre of lethal police brutality in the U.S., the B.L.M. movement is the most important since the civil rights era and attempts are being made to discredit it in the same way. Rather than standing idly by and hoping for the best, this group of musicians wanted to contribute to a soundtrack which inspires, engages & hopefully motivates listeners from across the spectrum.

The word “eparapo” means “join forces” in Yoruba, the language of Afrobeat. In troubled times when so many seek to divide us, an expression of unity can be an act of defiance. A call to join forces, come together and fight back. Eparapo is also the title of a track by the late, great Tony Allen – drummer for Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and lifelong friend and mentor of the UK’s “Afrobeat Ambassador”, Dele Sosimi. Not only did Tony help to invent Afrobeat, he always looked for ways to push the boundaries, never content with recreating what had gone before but constantly expanding and developing the genre. This project hopes to pay homage to his legacy, and that of Fela Kuti himself. Its aim is to innovate, fuse and diversify while still retaining the essence of the music.

Dele & Suman – photo by Chantal Azari

Eparapo is led by bassist, composer & producer Suman Joshi. He has been a member of Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Orchestra for nearly a decade and has performed on stage with the likes of Tony Allen, Seun Kuti, Ginger Baker & Laura Mvula. He is also bassist with UK jazz ensemble Collocutor and fusion project Cubafrobeat. Featured vocalist on both tracks is the aforementioned Dele Sosimi – keyboard player and musical director for Fela’s Egypt 80 as well as Wah Wah 45s recording artist on both his solo material and the recent collaboration with house music producer, Medlar.

The rest of the group comprises of Afrik Bawantu bandleader, Ibibio Sound Machine and Keleketla! percussionist, and Koichi Sakai collaborator, Afla Sackey; highly rated UK jazz vocalist Sahra Gure; saxophonist, composer, producer and bandleader of the renowned & forward thinking jazz outfit Collocutor, Tamar Osborn; keyboard player, producer and front man for Lokkhi Terra and Cubafrobeat, Kishon Khan; one of the UK’s finest and most in demand trumpeters, Graeme Flowers, who has played with Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter and many more; trombonist for Bellowhead and mainstay of Dele’s Afrobeat Orchestra, Justin Thurgur; and finally drummer for Steamdown and Sons of Kemet, as well as the man behind the Nache project, Eddie Wakili Hick.

Half of the artist’s income for this release will be donated to the NAACP – a civil rights organization in the United States, created for the advancement of black people by means of following judicial policies.

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Robert Owens — The Gift That Keeps on Giving Wed, 02 Dec 2020 01:30:00 +0000 Robert Owens needs no introduction. He’s simply the voice of House Music.

From his early days as part of Fingers Inc with Larry Heard to his countless contemporary collaborations, Robert just won’t stop giving. I was lucky to meet him late last year before the pandemic and we recorded the track “I’ll Take You In” (to be released on December 4th, 2020) before our night at Fondation Phi in Montreal for Phil Collins’s Bring Down The Walls project. A kind and generous soul, I recently spoke to Robert for over an hour on Zoom from his home in Berlin. Here’s our conversation.

Fred Everything: Hi Robert! How’ve you been lately? 

Robert Owens: Hello Fred. I’ve been up and down but I can’t complain. I have to be grateful I’m still here existing. Because I’ve been through a lot in my life and I survived, I can be down for a minute and then brush myself off and get back up. As long as you live another day, you fight another day!

F.E: This notion of gratitude seems very important to you

R.O: It’s a pentacle part of my existence. There are so many people around me that have been a casualty. People and artists I grew up with are either no longer with us or just gave up but I always had a will and determination to succeed no matter what and even at my lowest points, something positive happened that gave me hope. That’s where gratitude and gratefulness comes back around. It’s about counting your blessings.

When did you discover the importance of gratitude in your life?

R.O: If you’ve hit rock bottom, there’s nowhere to look but up[laugh]. I’ve been up at the top and went down to rock bottom and then back up to the top again. I know what it’s like to be happy and I know what it’s like to be sad. Alone with not a friend in sight, then on top of the world, flowing with money and friends. When you know those different extremes, you learn to really appreciate and respect what you have. 

You live by yourself in Berlin. You seem to enjoy your time alone?

R.O: Yeah, I’m fine living alone. I’ve lived with others at points in my life, and it was nice. But it’s about finding individuals who are on the same wavelength as you and treat you with an equal sense of respect. I’m a real giver and sometimes that can turn to a one sided scenario. Why go through that, you know?

Just like that Tony Allen song : “Don’t take my kindness for weakness”.

R.O: Yes, and often some people will.

While you’re content living alone, you seem love to be around people. When we performed together, you gave a lot during your performance but also before and after your set. You engaged with people a lot. Do you miss that connection?

R.O: I think I miss entertaining and being around people but I have a lot friends here and people try to get me to come out to do little things. We have little parties with 4 or 5 people. There are a lot of DJs here and they want me to play different things. So I’m constantly listening to music and updating information and ideas with them. Also, people keep sending me new music or ideas on social medias. The only change is just not doing it on huge platforms like we did before.

As a reference for people, the song we wrote together is called “I’ll Take You In”.

R.O: Yes, and it stems from that same idea. We meet people and if we get a good connection from them, we just automatically take them in. (Starts singing) I’ll Take You In, I’ll Take You In. We become family.

I think the message is a much needed universal theme. House Music has lost its way in terms of carrying a message. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget where this music actually comes from and its initial purpose.

R.O: One of the main things back then was the unification of the artists working together. When you’re hearing something, you’re hearing a moment in time. You’re hearing that experience of those individuals connecting with each other and giving a respectful side of each otherfor that particular project. I think that was the beautiful thing.

Following this sentiment, would you say that it’s better for people to record and write together in the same space?

R.O: Us together was indeed what created that special sentiment, but I could’ve also had a conversation with you and just off the energy and the vibe from that conversation, I would’ve still wrote something to whatever music you sent me. So again, it’s about the connection of the artists and the respectability of the artists. A lot of artists these days lost their way with respect. I’ve never been like that. I don’t care, old or new, when we walk through the door, we’re walking through the door equally together.

The theme of friendship and family is obviously a big one for you. Going back to your classic “I’ll Be Your Friend” for and more recently with our song. What is your relationship with your family. Are you trying to find family through the music world?

R.O: The music world has naturally been my family. I’ve never had a real close relationship with normal family. They’re there and every blue moon, we might speak to each other. There’s a sense of love and stuff but we don’t really know each other that well. There’s no grudge or anything. I’ve just made family in the streets because that’s where I grew up. Gay, straight, all kinds of people. This is why I’ve never judged someone for who they are, what they are or where they’re coming from. I just take in people, I take in energies. And there’s a natural desire and will for me to want to give and to love. 

I was really grateful to have access to this really rare photo of you and your family for the release. You’re at the center of the photo with that huge smile. Very radiant. 

R.O: My brother found it. I was shocked! I haven’t seen him since he was probably as young as he is in the photo! Looking at the photo, I could already see the energy burning in me to want to give and entertain.

Did your musical background come from your family?

R.O: At family gatherings, I would be there selecting the music, back and forth between helping in the kitchen. It was just, something naturally inside of me. I was always trying to put people in the neighbourhood together and form bands : “Man can you sing? Are you playing an instrument? Let’s make a band!”. 

So it was more a natural instinct? You don’t come from a family of musicians?

R.O: I had one sister that was musical and used to travel. After she got married and got kids, it kinda collapsed. She had a piano in her basement and I always wanted to sing along with her. As I got older, we used to ask people in the neighbourhood that had a building with an empty basement. We would clean out the basements to make parties. I had one turntable, put one colour light up in the room. In between records, people were talking, I put on another record, they start dancing. And we charged them like 5$ to get in. We drew homemade flyers that we passed around in different places along the neighbourhood. And these basement parties would be full. I was the main DJ. I even did parties where I brought different gangs who might have been rivals together. And they were cool with each other in the party. They used to tell me : Man, you bring some love to the party. And I could see how people could get together and change through music.  This is also where selection comes in. It’s not always about the mix. I try to tell a story, and take people on a musical journey. And this is where lyrics have always been important to me. I sometimes had had one lyric in and another lyric from the next song saying something else that matched almost like it was a written sentence. And when things like that happened, the crowd just snapped! When you can do that, that’s where it really becomes fascinating and interesting for people. 

So would you say you were a DJ first then?

R.O: Yeah, from a young age. But because I got more success first on the mainstream of things through the vocals, people associate me more with singing.

You mentioned getting the rival gangs together, and it reminded me of an episode in W. Kamau Bell’s show [United Shades of America, CNN], where he gets different rival gangs from the South Side of Chicago together. They sat down together and were able to enjoy each other’s company. It makes you wonder what actually creates these rivalries. 

R.O: I saw this on the internet. If you put black ants and red ants all in a jar together, they will be fine. But if you shake the jar, and pour them on the table, then they all come off fighting and killing each other. And it’s like that in society. There’s always somebody up above shaking things up and throwing people into a chaos. And the automatic reaction is to attack. But what are you attacking for, when it’s forces up above you creating these scenarios? Let’s research historically where a lot of separations and boundaries came from. What hierarchies of society wanted to remain in control for creating these different things. The key thing is to reach back and study.

We met because my wife was curating an exhibition with artist Phil Collins. The event was related to his art installation Bring Down The Walls, which examined racial injustice and the prison industrial complex in the US and Canada, through the unconventional lens of house music.  You leant your voice to the narration in the film accompanying the installation and collaborated with him before. Can you tell us how you two met?

R.O: Phil got in touch with me online. And I said of course I’d love to be involved! They told me the concept of what was going on with the different prisoners and injustices and I could totally relate to it. He asked me which track would be interesting for this project and I instantly thought of “Bring Down The Walls” and that’s how the whole title of the track became involved.

Phil Collins, Bring Down The Walls, 2019. Photo: Marc-Olivier Bécotte. Courtesy of the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art.

While working on the project, did you get new information about the racial injustices and systematic racism, or was this all old news to you?

R.O:  I think it just reinforced things I already knew. Even today, if I walk in a store, security guards will start following me. That’s something that never goes away. When I first came here [Berlin], Clubs would instantly reject me, and I knew it was because I was black. It wasn’t until they realized who I was as an artist and they were like, “man, I have some of your records!” So can I come in the club now? Oh sure [laugh]! The name Robert Owens is just wonderful to some people and it has nothing to do with me as a person. It’s an entity that’s done things in society that people have loved and enjoyed. It’s a blessing. I now have keys to enter certain clubs here because they kept turning me away and the owners start finding out, so they gave me a special key! Eventually, I started playing at almost every club here and security would start coming in and listening to my sets. That’s beautiful when you just turn things around!

I’ve also been declined entries to clubs in Berlin for different reasons, until you tell them you’re on the guest list. That’s a thing I have a hard time with in Berlin. I understand why they do it but to me, it goes against what this music and movement is about. The party we played together had no guest list that night and was free all night. It’s about accepting everyone in.

R.O:  Back in the day, there was a system. You had memberships and you could bring 3 or 4 people in with you. There was also a door personality that went up and down the lines and made sure certain people got in without any problem. A lot of these things, made the difference in “super clubs” like Paradise Garage, Studio 54, Warehouse… And people knew it, so they felt special coming in. And they didn’t feel left out. Security shouldn’t be able to override the door personality.

Considering the current social climate in the US right now, do you believe that change is possible and would you ever consider living there again? 

R.O: I do believe change is possible and it would be beautiful to live in the United States again! I’m comfortable here in Berlin, but lots of time I miss the US. I would love to come and visit. But with the current situation, I’m just content where I’m at and content to just keep creating. 

Lets’ go back in time a little. How did you and Larry [Heard] meet? Looking back at those sessions, did you know back then that you were making history?

R.O: No! We were like kids in the candy store! I was on the scene and I knew Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy. I was doing small parties in clubs, colleges and even in our apartments that we arranged like a club. When we weren’t having our parties, I was going down to The Warehouse and The Music Box. And through that circuit, a young protégé of mine, Tony Harris, introduced me to Larry who gave me some of his music, and the next day, I went over to his house and he started playing me some things and I instantly said, “I got some words to match that!” We recorded some demos and I started playing stuff out at The Music Box where Robert Williams, the owner who hired Ron Hardy, asked me to fill in for him. I played some of those early instrumentals like Can You Feel It and Washing MachineMystery Of Love…Just seeing how people went into a kind of hypnotic trance made me think, this guy has something!  And we just kept getting together and Frankie and Ron stuff started playing our music. I was even doing little basic edits things and Frankie would take my edit and extended it. And it’s just evolved from that. He [Larry] got in touch recently to say hi. It thought that was a beautiful thing. So you just never know, there might be something there in the future…

So there was never a moment where you knew that something you did at that time would change the fabric of what would be music?

R.O: Never. This is again a scenario of being grateful. We’ve given our basic productions to profile DJs like Ron and Frankie, and next thing you know, they’re playing your minimalistic material against some high profile Sounds of Philadelphia full orchestral things. You’re just like, “Wow! That’s us there, can you believe it?”  So you’re not even thinking, “oh this is something that’s going somewhere”. You’re just lost in the euphoria of moment. It’s other people that took things to the next level. And this is why you should never forget your roots and where you come from. Whatever position that you’ve achieved, always remember the people who put you in that position!

Let’s talk about a common friend of ours, Martin Iveson aka Atjazz, one of my oldest friends in the music world. It was an obvious choice for me to ask him to remix this song about friendship and family. I know you guys worked together in the past. How was your experience and how’s the relationship with him?

R.O: He’s another wonderful and amazing artist. His remix is beautiful and complement the originals well.I’ve been up there [Derby] with him and his wife. We just get in the studio and shoot ideas off each other and it just naturally worked and flowed. And I think those are the best things. Just like when we went down in your basement studio, you played something and I said ok I got something and it just gelled! Those are the most magical and most beautiful experiences that you can have.

When we first spoke, you didn’t know that I previously remixed one of your tracks [East River Ritual feat Robert Owens – I Can’t Fight It]. With all the collaborations you release, do you keep track of all of them?

R.O: It’s a beautiful mix. I don’t keep track of everything I do. Often people have played me things and It takes me a moment and then…oh yeah, I remember that [laugh]. There’s got to be a thousand things out there floating. I’ve been at people’s house and they played things that I completely forgot about. I accumulate and learn to give back to humanity. You can’t take it with you, but you can pass it on and people. I look at myself as a fountain. It’s constantly flowing and pouring. Everybody can come and take a drink from it! Just don’t turn the fountain off! 

Phil Collins, Bring Down The Walls, 2019. Photo: Marc-Olivier Bécotte. Courtesy of the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Preview Clips from the upcoming Robert Owens & Fred Everything “I’ll Take You In” EP

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Exclusive Premiere: QMoog “Where Are You From” Tue, 01 Dec 2020 20:07:18 +0000 U-TRAX proudly presents its first ever compilation album, featuring a mix of tracks from its 90s roots, as well as new, never before released music compiled by Detroit producer Qmoog a.k.a. Roy Parker.

R U There Yet? U-TRAX 20/20 Vision is the culmination of years of electronic artistry into one mixtape by an international collective of producers for the electronic music Utrecht based label U-TRAX. The collection features artists from across the spectrum of modern music. In the tradition of mixtapes, it showcases a track by each artist that is uniquely different from the other, offering a blueprint for the future of electronic music collaborations.

From the moment the quirky label re-emerged in 2018, label boss DJ White Delight has been in touch with many of his old heroes, including Detroit producer Roy ‘Green’ Parker, a.k.a. Qmoog. Parker is best known by techno connoisseurs for his leftfield releases on Rhythm-Tech and SSR, blending jazz and techno with ethereal vocals into unique soundscapes for the discerning listener.

When played a few of the forthcoming U-TRAX albums, Parker got enthusiastic about the new direction of the label, recognizing that the crossing of boundaries will be the future of electronic music. That’s when he suggested to create a ‘mixtape’ and eventually wound up curating it. The compilation features eight tracks from the U-TRAX 90s archive by techno favorites like The Connection Machine, Tick Trax and Sonar Base, two tracks from last year (by Sp@sms and P.A. Presents) and four brand new tracks from forthcoming U- TRAX albums. One of which is made by Parker himself, a sensual tech-house hybrid that reminds one of Parker’s fellow Techno City producer Blake Baxter. The mixtape also features an instrumental hip-hop track by New York rapper/producer Thavius Beck, the 80 BPM electro chill-out opener by Los Angeles producer Nuklear Prophet and an upbeat, bordering on poppy remix Dutch electro producer w1b0 made for the band Mr Joe Abe.



  1. Nuklear Prophet – The Mars Goblin (06:06)
  2. Thavius Beck – Post Meeting (04:48)
  3. P.A. Presents vs Dazzlinj – Creators (04:43)
  4. Qmoog – Where Are You From (Full Mix) (02:42)
  5. Pieces of a Pensive State of Mind – Channel Pressure (06:33)
  6. Bishop – The Last Rung Of The Ladder (Miami Deep South Mix) (06:51) 7. Sp@sms – Titanic V1 (05:23)
  7. Tick Trax – Fast Track (06:04)
  8. The Connection Machine – Space Cadets On Leave (06:25) 10. JO-I- A2 (02:45)
  9. African Nightflight – 4Rest (Dotted Version) (06:58)
  10. Mr Joe Abe – Hit Me (w1b0’s Slugfest Assault Dub) (04:18) 13. Sonar Base – Arrival At Dwell Probe (10:37)
  11. Maarten & Tjeerd – MT34 (07:01)
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Exclusive Premiere: Nick Walters & The Paradox Ensemble “The Underdog” (D.O.T. Records) Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:31:38 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere “The Underdog” by Nick Walters & The Paradox Ensemble. Bursting with energy, this big band number is the first track on their forthcoming third studio album ‘Implicate Order’, the inaugural release on Nick Walters brand new label, D.O.T. Records.

The eleven piece group continues to break the mould of big band jazz, combining spiritual and eastern jazz moods with West African rhythms and a fusion of electronics. “Implicate Order” follows up the bands highly acclaimed “Awakening” LP released on 22a in January 2019.

Safe to say, it does not disappoint, but rather builds on the previous releases. Walters shines on trumpet and electronics, his rousing compositions provide the perfect foil for this band that appears to be very comfortable playing with each other. Jim Molyneux is impressive on drumkit, as is Rebecca Nash on piano and of course, Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne on tenor sax, flute and piccolo.

“The Underdog” is a sprightly tribute to Charles Mingus, inspired by his classic album ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’. Walters’ lofty trumpet takes the lead, conducting the 11 piece band along a catchy hook, brought to a head by the excellent Richard Foote on Trombone.

We anticipate with much excitement the post-lockdown album and label launch at the London’s Jazz Cafe, January 26.

Pre-order for the album goes live on Friday 4th December

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Line Up:

Nick Walters: trumpet, electronics, compositions
Rebecca Nash: piano
Sam Healey: alto sax
Ed Cawthorne: tenor sax, flute, piccolo
Richard Foote: trombone
Ben Kelly: sousaphone
Anton Hunter: guitar
Aidan Shepherd: accordion
Paul Michael: bass guitar
Kodjovi Kush: percussion
Jim Molyneux: drums

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #202 w/ Special Guest: Olof Karlstrand (Hosted by Walla P) Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:55:47 +0000 This month’s show features new music from Max I Million, DOC Mastermind, Mofak, Toby Glider, SaiR + an all Swedish Boogie-Funk mix in the second half of the show, courtesy of Swedish digger extraordinaire Olof Karlstrand.


Max I Million & Nocatchphraze – The Funk
DOC Mastermind – Untitled Trak
SaiR – Weather Talk
BusCrates – Take A Ride (feat. JP Patterson)
Mofak – She Gonna Have Tt Feat Slim Dinamiite, Keyla Conley)
Toby Glider – Shikoku Lady
BusCrates – Five Days (feat. DJ Epik)
Jack Uzi Luva – Cool Down
Amadeo 85 feat Moniquea – Galaxy Dance
Dj Frane – Straight ToThe Head
Delmar Xavier VII – Time Out (feat. XL Middleton)
Mofak – Freak U Better
Saucy Lady – Shooting Star
Leopard Da Vinci feat. Jean Bosello – Garde Fou (Dj Friction Remix Instrumental)
Donna McGhee – You Should Have Told Me (Disco Mix)
Shades Of Love – Do Your Own Dance
Mac Thornhill – Make Life Worth Living

Olof’s Guest Mix (All Swedish Boogie/Funk)

Mr. Bradish – I Wonder What The Hell I’m Gonna Do (7″ Version)
Plaza – In Love
Jimmy Shearer – 47°
Carola – Spread Your Wings (For Your Love) (Extended Dance Version)
Creation – I’m Going Up (Remixed Version)
Miller’s Crew – Miller’s Is Magic
Nattsudd – Natt-Rapp Sing-Back
Stockholms Läns SSU-Distrikt – Heavy Bears
Esquille – Just 4 U (Instrumental)
Per Cussion All Stars ft. Grandmaster Funk – Funk Off
Liv – Över En Natt
Per Cussion – Manhattan Jungle (Remix)
Per Cussion All Stars – Get Up For The Downstroke
Anders Bagge – Daylight Dance

Words by Olof Karlstrand :

“This is an exclusive mix for Voyage Funktastique, which contains songs from the Swedish Boogie-Funk scene, between 1983 to 1987; some rarities and some classics.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Onipa feat. Mamadou Saar and Luke Wynter “Walato” Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:57:23 +0000 MIMS is incredibly excited to premiere “Walato” an irresistible call to dance from Onipa, one of our favourite groups, weaving Senegal grooves with a modern electronic pulse. Featuring Senegalese percussionist, Mamadou Saar and Nubiyan Twist, Golden Mean and LCSM bassist, Luke Wynter.

“Walato” is the first single from the forthcoming Music Halls compilation, ‘Forest Sound Archive’, a collection of music recorded in collaboration during lockdown by some of the best musicians, instrumentalists and music producers living and working in the borough of Waltham Forest. An endeavour supported by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Arts Council England.

Earlier this year, more than a dozen musicians found a way to overcome the challenges of lockdown to create collaborative pieces in reaction to their isolation and the pandemic. Diverse local talents contributed, such as singer/songwriter and producer Charles Watson, award winning composer/singer/songwriter Paul Mosley, and violinist Emma Smith of the acclaimed chamber group Elysian Quartet.

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Lead single, “Walato”, is born from a collaboration between neighbours Mamadou Sarr and Onipa’s Tom Excell. Hailing from Dakar, Senegal, Mamadou is an exceptionally talented percussionist, and has played for many years with the legendary Baaba Maal. Musician, producer and Onipa and Nubiyan Twist founder Excell, struck up a strong musical connection with Mamadou whilst both playing with Africa Express earlier this year. They are joined by Onipa vocalist K.O.G. and multi-instrumentalist Luke Wynter of Nubiyan Twist, Golden Mean and IG Culture’s LCSM.

The compilation is mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer, Frank Merritt, whose magic touch has helped create acclaimed releases for the likes of Bonobo, Quantic, Soundway, Strut and Bixiga 70. Frank lives and works in Waltham Forest and as part of the process gave mastering masterclasses to local Sixth Form students. The whole project is curated and directed by Sam Jones, music producer (Collocutor, Siti Muharam) and artistic director of Waltham Forest’s Music Hall, for whom this compilation is the just the beginning of a significant redevelopment of Waltham Forest’s public space and support for local musical artists.

The full compilation, released December 18, sheds light on so many different creative paths being carved across Waltham Forest, and is a delight to listen to from beginning to end. Pre-order now and download “Walato” immediately.

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Crucial Material – November 30th, 2020 Sun, 29 Nov 2020 22:33:00 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Various — ‘Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion’ Vol. 2 

Legendary UK deejay Colin Curtis presents the second volume of his superb ‘Jazz Dance Fusion’ compilation series. Where the first record focused on selections from the great Muse Records catalog, volume two features a brilliant collection of vocal jazz and Latin-flavored cuts, all well-suited for the dance floor. This is the first time that any of the tracks have been released on either vinyl or CD. Great from start to finish, this compilation is, as Curtis often says on his Saturday Worldwide.FM show, “definitely worth your attention.”
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Max Zuckerman — The Corner Office

Another dope release from Tokyo’s  City Baby Records, this one from Brooklyn’s Max Zuckerman. Lots of different vibes on this record, from JAzz, Funk, City Pop, and Zuckerman’s versatility is transcending every song. Available on vinyl and digital. 
— Selected by Walla P 

Tenderlonious — Ragas from Lahore: Improvisations with Jaubi

Deep listening from, Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne on flutes & soprano saxophone, recorded in Lahore, Pakistan, with Indian classical (but experimental) trio, Jaubi, and EABS composer/keys man, Marek Pędziwiatr on synth drone. This full length LP fleshes out the incredible but sold out ‘Tender in Lahore’ 10” EP with further improvisations, that far from diluting its special sound, uphold and extend into further meditative or spiritual realms.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Oiro Pena — Music From Moments 

Spain’s 2 Headed Deer Records have compiled the first solo recordings by Finnish multi-instrumentalist Pentti Orionen, aka Antti Vaukhonen, member of prog/fusion band, RR Gems. Varied, warm, organic, lo-fi recordings, from deep, post-Coltrane jazz, to folk, samba, even a whiff of post punk, full of overdubs, piano loops, winds & skins, and the ghost of Don Cherry. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Thijsenterprise — Lahringen 

In love with this album for Rucksack Records. Jazz meets post-punk and modern beatmaking in the Makaya McCraven mould. Skronking sax over grooves with attitude, built around live drum loops and basslines. Thijs wears his influences on his sleeve, putting a refreshing spin on James Chance’s Contort Yourself, and pays tribute to both Gato Barbieri and Dilla with “El Arriero”, a Barbieri composition that the latter sampled for the Pharcyde. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Libretto & Buscrates — Eternal Ridin’ ( XL Middleton & C.Scott Remixes)

2 Fresh remixes, including one from XL Middleton, for “Eternal Ridin”,  a joint originally released by rapper Libretto and Pittsburgh finest Buscrates, via Portland’s sure-shot label Liquid Beat Records. Available on 7’ and digital. 
— Selected by Walla P

Koji Ono — Ricochet / Maloja Pass

Everything that comes out of Parisian label Chuwanaga is worth a listen, and even more true when it comes to Koji Ono. This 12’ can satisfy Funk, House and Disco heads, as Ono effortlessly produces dance floor anthems. 
— Selected by Walla P 

Clerel — My Anthem / Talking About Love

A soulful digital 45, from the up and coming crooner Clerel. Known for his acoustic mastery, this delightful vocalist adds some subtle arrangements highlighting the purity of his voice. Fresh off an appearance on the Late Show, the world is poised to discover this undeniable talent and his golden vocals. 
— Selected by ASMA

Various Artists — Nick Luscombe presents Tokyo Dreaming 

A deep dig compilation presenting the 80s sound of Tokyo’s cutting edge music scene. Reflecting a moment when advanced music-tech from Japan helped forge new ideas and experiments creating alternative forms of music that still sounds like the future. Compiled by British DJ and broadcaster Nick Luscombe, tracks included are sought-after rarities and hidden gems which had never been released outside of Japan. 
— Selected by Dom Ore

Jelly — Everybody Needs Lovin, Nows The Time / Hey Look At Me 

Another timeless reissue release by Fantasy Love Records. Originally an off-cut from the album session which brought us the infamous track ‘Dance To The Drummer Beat’ by Herman Kelly & Life. This laid-back funky Detroit soul eventually ended up being released on independent label FU-JA in 1978. Fast forward 30+ years and with renewed interest from the rare soul scene this elusive record is once again available to the masses. 
— Selected by Dom Ore


Max I Million & Nocatchphraze — Private Barrel Selection

One of my favourite producers, Max I Million, delivers a superb instrumental project, co-produced with Texan native Nocatchphraze. Dope beats, from Hip-Hop to Funk, always with a touch of Boom Bap, this project definitely follows the legacy of other Radio Juicy releases.  
— Selected by Walla P

Jahari Massamba Unit — Pardon My French

New collaborative project between Madlib & Karriem Riggins, that ranges from Hip-Hop, Spiritual Jazz, and like the duo likes to call it “Black Classical Music”. Not only the songs are great, but the reference to wine definitely accentuates the enjoyment of this album. 
— Selected by Walla P

HOUSE / TECHNO / Electronica

Timedance — Sharpen, Moving (V/A)

Timedance come back with their second V/A to propulse us into a new era of leftfield club music. The 12 tracks, by the likes of Batu, Peter Van Hoesen (!), Ploy, Bruce, Akiko Haruna, Happa and Metrist, feature intricate sound design, thunderous drums, propulsive grooves and dizzying synth pads. Come get lost in these countless twists and turns!
— Selected by dileta

Audio Bambino — BAM-002 (V/A)

The second V/A EP from Montreal’s hottest new club label is here! This time the focus is on harsh serrated trance-infused techno and club. Special mentions to the ripping 200+ bpm haze-trance track by Sienna Sleep, the brutal apocalyptic acid tekno-trance behemoth by DJ Coldsteel and the labyrinthine inwards nostalgic meltdown by Spraelle.
— Selected by dileta

Henzo — Not Like That, Not Like You

Anything goes on this stunning digi-dub-balearic-beatdown-techno debut EP from Manchester’s Henzo. Splendid way to kick off DJ Python’s new Worldwide Unlimited imprint. Full digi + heavy wax available at Boomkat — Selected by Lexis

Scratchclart — DRMTRK EP X

Relentless soundclash of grime, UK Funky, Gqom and Hardbass all with that unmistakable DVA twyst! The kind of music we just cannot wait to blast real loud in a dark room with a massive system— Selected by Lexis


Dave De Rose — ACTIVATE EP 

Drummer, bassist, producer, song-writer and Agile Experimenter, Dave De Rose, shares a cracking four-tracker. Featuring two deeply meditative alt-r&b/pop numbers, the guitar looping “Self-Acting” and (his own) free jazz sampling “Proof”, followed by the infectious electro pop of Peloponnese and sheer wonkiness of “Leg Leaf”. Bandcamp only – 25 dubplates, 25 cassettes or digital. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Cktrl – Robyn

Deeply touching new album from musician Ckrtl exploring contemporary classical music from a black perspective. Collaborations with Duval Timothy, Coby Sey and Purple Ferdinand all contribute to this simple, stripped, spiritual record. Massive respect to Touching Bass who continue to inspire with each project. — Selected by Lexis


Bad Bunny — El Ultimo Tour del Mundo

An ambitious surprise release, this is the third album from one of the most creative and prolific voices in Latin Trap Bad Bunny. Moving away from the pop-reggaeton spectrum and returning to his darker trap ethos, Bunny puts together a project aimed at his tastes and not the masses’. The rock latino tinged tracks are well crafted but it’s the rapping that truly delivers in an album that will be bumping from Jeep sound systems rather than High School locker rooms.
— Selected by ASMA

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

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Exclusive Premiere: Turmspringer “Relevant Movement” (Mad Professor Version 05) Fri, 27 Nov 2020 19:55:29 +0000 Mole Audio’s latest release features four artists that probably couldn’t be more different.

‘Relevant Movement’ sees the label invite duo Turmspringer from Berlin on Wax who have left an everlasting imprint in the musical landscape for almost 20 years now with their diverse sets holding residencies in major places like Bar 25, Sisyphos, or Golden Gate..Title track, ‘Relevant Movement’ kicks off the EP with resounding kicks reverberating around the low frequency, hypnotic textures and meditative atmospheres, before legend of the dub music game and founder of the renowned Ariwa Sounds Neil Fraser aka Mad Professor drops an enticing remix featuring organic percussion, echoing dub fx and a warm, capturing bass line transporting you to another dimension.

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Polish Women Revolution Tapes Vol. 1 & 2 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:31:18 +0000 Polish women have just lost their right to freedom of choice, dignity, and independence.

The conservative Polish government banned almost all abortions – with exceptions only for rape cases, incest, or where the mother’s health is at risk. Poland – a country in the middle of Europe, a member of the European Union, has now one of the most radical and strict abortion laws globally. We created “Polish Women Revolution Tapes” to show our solidarity with the female warriors from Poland and from all around the world. DJs and music producers from all corners of the world sent the messages of encouragement and empowering music to Polish women, who fight for their freedom.

Ladies on Records wanted to show support to the Polish women. I invited my sisters from global female DJ community to share the empowering songs and messages of hope. I received a wonderful response from the artists from all corners of the world. The selected songs got compiled into two mixtapes.

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Polish Women Revolution Tapes – Vol. 1

Miray Nur Yilmaz (Turkey), Madam Scorcher (UK), Dj Carie (France), Tasha Goldberg (USA), BdL (France), DJ Nixie (Belgium), Gelly Mantouvalos (Greece), Coco Maria (Mexico), DJ Honey (Australia), Ladies on Records (Poland), Nathalie Shooter (UK), Giu Nunez (Brasil), Luanda (Brazil), Dj Babs (Canada), DJ Eurotrashyash (Canada), Tropical DJipsies (Portugal),

  1. When I’m gonna be free – Dawn Penn; od Madam Scorcher (UK)
  2. Je Suis Décadente – Brigitte Fontaine; od Dj Carie (France)
  3. Blue Nile – Alice Coltrane; od Tasha Goldberg (USA)
  4. Repression – Colette Magny; od BdL (France)
  5. Niets is voor altijd – Madou; od DJ Nixie (Belgium)
  6. If you remember my dream – Giovanna; od Gelly Mantouvalos (Greece)
  7. Sin Final – Ela Laboriel; od Coco Maria (Mexico)
  8. I Want Action – Betty Chung; od DJ Honey (Australia)
  9. Idę Dalej – Halina Frąckowiak; od Ladies on Records (Poland)
  10. Mawal Al Ashaa – Sharifa Fadel; od Nathalie Shooter (UK)
  11. Vanja Orico – Maria Moita; od Giu Nunez (Brasil)
  12. Oxum – Zéze Motta; od Luanda (Brasil)
  13. High School Confidential – Rough Trade; od DJ Eurotrash & Dj Babs (Canada)
    1. Sultan ı Yegah by Nur Yoldaş from Miray Nur Yilmaz (Turkey)
  14. Żądza Pieniądza by Maanam from DJ Eurotrashyash (Canada)
  15. Abortus Vrij, De Vrouw Beslist by Basta from DJ Nixie (Belgium)
  16. Nao E Desgraca Ser Pobre by Amalia Rodrigues from Tropical DJipsies (Portugal)

Polish Women Revolution Tapes – Vol. 2

Lola Villa (Colombia), DJ Carie (France), Cuenique (USA), Ellyott (Israel), Pezon DJ (Spain), Tasha Goldberg (USA), Sharouh (France), BdL (France), Ahu (Turkey), Djane Irinski (Germany), Tropical DJipsies (Belgium).

  1. Wendys Of Death – Lola Villa ft. Pedram Rahmatabadi; od Lola Villa (Colombia)
  2. Pelas Bruxas – DJ Carie; od DJ Carie (France)
  3. I Do This – Cuenique; od Cuenique (USA)
  4. I Rise – Ellyott; od Ellyott (Israel)
  5. Puerta de la Cânne – Le Parody; od Pezon DJ (Spain)
  6. Anuenue – KarenBe; od Tasha Goldberg (USA)
  7. Habibi Lawel – Habiba Msika (Sharouh Remix); od Sharouh (France)
  8. The New Is Not Born Yet – La Fraicheur; od BdL (France)
  9. Bom Dia – Ahu; od Ahu (Turkey)
  10. Boof Bäng Pow- Fantasma Goria; od Djane Irinski (Germany)
  11. Limite – Lidia Manaj; od Tropical DJipsies (Portugal)
  12. Bad Feminist – Madonna speech // Serenity, Popof (Sharouh Mashup); od Sharouh (France)
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Exclusive Premiere: Caravela “A Macieira” Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:50:19 +0000 We are very pleased to premiere “A Macieira”, the uplifting and graceful lead single and first track on ‘Orla’, the debut LP from London-based Lusophone-influenced jazz ensemble, Caravela, due out February 26 on None More Records.

The London-based ensemble explores musical traditions from Portuguese speaking cultures, encapsulating influences from Brazil, Cape Vert in West Africa and Portugal.

Their debut full length LP ‘Orla’ is an intoxicating mix of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and contemporary London jazz drenched in modern psychedelic and progressive textures.

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The band’s deep and infectious grooves form the basis from which they can showcase their beautiful and mature songwriting craft. Lyrics touching on social and environmental issues in both Brazil and Cape Verde, as well as reflections on modern life, weave between the songs in Loubet’s native Portuguese.

Initially inspired by a recent period of living in Bahia, Brazil, interacting and working with local musicians there, Caravela took that experience and melded it alongside their wide range of influences to deliver a stunning set of contemporary songs.

Hypnotic and groove-laden percussion ties together all the different elements Caravela are bringing to the table, from Afro-Brazilian influences like Candomblé music or the tropicalia of Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso with some darker, electronic elements reminiscent of Radiohead, electric era Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Caravela have opened for Gilberto Gil, and their ranks include members of Waaju and Bahla.

There’s also a grittiness from the band’s music evolving from within London’s contemporary jazz scene that makes Caravela’s music uniquely their own. The African and Brazilian rhythms and jazz approach remain at the core of the group’s sound, but the development and growth of their own songwriting, diverse range of textures and influences and their soaring vocals and spiritual lyrics make their sound so distinct.

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‘Orla’ showcases Caravela’s growth from their debut EP in 2017, building on their digging into Brazilian and Cape Verdian music to develop their songwriting and sound. It represents the growing sense of identity of Loubet and Sousa’s songwriting partnership, organically developing the songs through spontaneously singing lyrics and melodies over Sousa’s ideas on guitar, the music came together very naturally.

Lead single “A Maciera” builds on a clipped and funky guitar line, strong percussion and tight, syncopated drums as Loubet’s incredible vocals soar above the band, reflecting on the folk themes of maturity and innocence, as with the eyes of an old woman, strong and steady, like the old apple tree.

“A Macieira” is released on November 27 on all streaming platforms, whilst ‘Orla’ is out on vinyl and digital on February 26. Available to preview and pre-order as of now on Bandcamp direct from the label, None More Records, also home to released by Jouis, Monzanto Sound, ProjectKarnak and Lunch Money Life.

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Exclusive Premiere: Nicola Guida “Come Inside” Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:28:30 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere “Come Inside”, the second single lifted from Italian pianist, composer and producer, Nicola Guida’s forthcoming ‘Speleology’ album, due for release early next year on Inner Circle Music, the prestigious US label headed by sax legend Greg Osby.

“Come Inside” is a laid back exploration of jazz and hip hop, featuring Karnival Kid on MC duties. His nonchalant yet powerful delivery recalls Loyle Carner, and flows beautifully over Guida’s delicate playing, melting the notes of his piano into a seamless harmonic stream. Soothing flutes provide the melodic line throughout, with additional production adding layers of sonic richness.

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A disciplined virtuoso and a freethinking, genre-bending pianist, Nicola Guida is a London-based Italian jazz pianist, composer and producer. Academician at heart – he’s the author of two respected thesis on jazz and holds a Masters in Philosophy. On “Come Inside”, Nicola tells us “I’m so delighted to release this tune which contains a sample of one of my heroes, legendary Italian composer Piero Piccioni”.

“Come Inside” will be released on November 27 on all digital platforms.

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Exclusive Premiere: Mr Beatnick “Luxette (Breakplus Remix)” Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:41:46 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a brilliant Breakplus remix of “Luxette” by Mr Beatnick, a highlight from his recent ‘Honeycomb’ album on Mythstery Records.

At MIMS we were big fans of ‘Honeycomb’, released this summer. Following its release, Mr Beatnick has had an impressive and varied group of friends tackle the same songs, including fellow MIMS faves Hector Plimmer, Ikonika, and Om Unit.

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One of favourite remixes though, had to be from fellow Mythstery signing Breakplus, who delivers a lush live instrument replay of Luxette, augmented with the reeds of Ben Hadwen (Emanative, Ibibio Sound Machine), that accentuates the original’s broken rhythm.

Check out the full release on 18th December, and in the meantime, enjoy the Breakplus remix of Luxette.

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LAZY DAYS — Show #95 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:46:05 +0000 Here’s the second to last show of the year. A turbulent one indeed, but there are still great music coming out which is needed more than ever.

New music by Black Loops, a re-issue from Billy Lo, a few cuts from the Lumberjacks In Hell crew (Waajeed, Austin Ato and Lay Far), Osunlade’s remix of Rafael Moraes feat. Capitol A, an unexpected collabo between Jimpster and Matt Masters on Freerange, great collaboration between The Vision and Roy Ayers and my collaboration with Robert Owens “I’ll Take You In” which comes out on Vinyl this week. Sending you love and hope!


1.Black Loops – Malta (DDA) – Aterral
2.Billy Lo – It’s The Life – Cosmocities
3.Waajeed – What You Know – Lumberjacks In Hell
4.Rafael Moraes feat. Capitol A – One Shot (Yoruba Soul Mix) – Yoruba
5.Austin Ato – Control – Lumberjacks In Hell
6.Sound Stream – Mercury Mood – Sound Stream
7.Jimpster & Matt Masters – Dub Come Down – Freerange
8.Soul Renegades – Speak To Me – Local Talk
9.Fred Everything & Robert Owens – I’ll Take You In (BDTW Deep Mix) – Lazy Days
10.Meda – For Love (Art Of Tones Classic Mix) – Badam
11.Lay Far – Good Things – Lumberjacks In Hell
12.The Vision feat Roy Ayers – Wasting – Defected

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Crucial Material – November 23rd, 2020 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:36:02 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Various — Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Four

In what has been truly an incredible compilation series over the past few years, the good people at the Brighton-based label and record shop have put out the fourth volume of their ‘Mr Bongo Record Club’. Always featuring a wide range of music from all corners of the globe, this well-curated double LP includes Mr Bongo staff favorites and some of the most obscure Brazilian, African, soul, funk, and disco gems.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Om Unit Meets Seekers International — Secret Location

A killer dubwise EP fusing a vast array of styles and eras of bass music culture all running through the mixing board shared by Om Unit and Seekers International. From UK hardcore, rave, jungle, dancehall, it’s all here plus a ton of your favorite samples make an appearance, including my personal favorite: that bansuri flute lick from all those goa trance 90’s comps. Another incredible release from the Berceuse Heroique label.
— Selected by Lexis

Various -— Color De Trópico Compiled By El Drágon Criollo & El Palmas

Wonderful compilation on the El Palmas imprint exploring rare gems from Venezuela’s under appreciated and explored musical history. From jazz, rock, salsa, funk, psych, prog and disco, to guajira, cumbia, cha-cha-cha and the very Venezuelan joropo. Highlights include Hugo Blanco’s “Guajira con Arpa” and the dancefloor-ready “Zambo” by Le Retreta Major. Also recommended from El Palmas, Columbian salsa-punkeros Contento and their “Lo Bueno Está Aquí” album, featuring ‘Color De Trópico’ compiler, El Drágon Criollo.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

De.Ville — Atlantique

Montreal based proto Raï beat band De.Ville present a short but powerful EP dedicated to those who have fallen in the migrant struggle. The title track showcases the group’s sound, chemistry and message while 80s tinged Dopamina showcases their signature warmth. Finally on “Waters”, the incredible trumpet work meshes into Desjardin’s soulful arrangements and leaves room for Ziad Qoulaii’s sublime hypnotic vocals. A musical gem in response to a pressing crisis.
— Selected by ASMA


Matthew Halsall — Salute to the Sun

For over a decade, composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall has consistently been at the forefront of the UK’s thriving jazz scene. He returns with a brilliant new album featuring some of the finest young musicians from Manchester. Inspired by ambient rainforest and jungle field recordings, this earthy and organic sounding recording blends together deep spiritual jazz grooves, hypnotic harp melodies, and kalimba patterns
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra — Dimensional Stardust

Prolific trumpeter, composer & multidisciplinarian Rob Mazurek, leads Chicago luminaries, such as Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, and Damon Locks, on this remarkable outing for IARC, falling somewhere between experimental impressionism, free-jazz, contemporary classical and post-rock. Song titles, such as “Sun Core Tet (Parable 99)” fit this otherworldly music well. A major statement to round off 2020, setting an optimistic tone for the year ahead.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Family Of Swede — Set Your Free 

Breezy cosmic soul courtesy of 1970s west coast band Family of Swede. The band originally only issued one single in 1976 until Cordial Records uncovered a whole batch of unreleased recordings earlier this year, including the short version of “Set You Free”. After another rummage into the vaults this epic 12-minute version was discovered, now presented on this killer 12” –  a big Gilles Peterson spin!
— Selected by Dom Ore

Sons of the James — Everlasting 

Refreshing sounds from this exciting Richmond, VA based duo. Singer/songwriter Rob Milton and producer/musician DJ Harrison (Butcher Brown / Stones Throw) brew a potent blend of classic gospel music, hip hop, jazz and Soulquarians era (aka “neo”) soul. The Georgia Anne Muldrow featuring “Things I Should Have Said” and funktafied “Happy” were the initial hook, but the album delivers on its promise.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

SaiR — Light Headed

Beautiful Modern Funk instrumental album from Porto producer SaiR. “Light Headed, a compilation of life events and experiences summed up into 7 instrumental tracks composed and recorded under the sensation of lightheadedness.”
— Selected by Walla P

Allysha Joy — Light it Again 

30/70 Collective’s Allysha Joy returns in 2020, two years after her brilliant debut “Arcadia:Raw” (a firm Balance favorite), with an EP featuring four beautifully deep, soulful cuts. A stellar cast, as is to be expected, including Horatio Luna on bass, Josh Kelly on sax and Ziggy Zeitgeist on drums. Out now on the always quality First Word Records. 
— Selected by Spacewalker


Dance System — Where’s The Party At?

The most fun album of 2020, hands down. Dance System (FKA L-Vis 1990) gathers an all star lineup of collaborators (DJ Deeon, Herbert, India Jordan, A-Trak, Hudson Mohawke, Sally C, UNIIQU3, …) for 20 tracks of pure nostalgic-yet-futuristic rave house. I can’t even express how much this bangs; you’ve got disco, ghetto, soulful, breaks, glitch, deliciously processed synth stabs all over, reverses, woos, filters, sassy vocals – all of this executed with a frantic urgency. Get me to this party for the love of god!
— Selected by dileta

Avtomat — Gusła (Human Rites)

Amazing new leftfield club discovery from Poland! It has Night Slugs/Fade To Mind synth stylings, but delicately flips the structure over by adding clever twists in the melodies, scraping glitches and textures, various syncopated drums and dark drones. The EP also comments on the current inhumane treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the Polish government
— Selected by dileta

Nazar — Territorial

Stunning EP from Nazar exploring the continuum of cutting edge worldwide black club music. Touching on experimental music, Gqom, Batida, rough Kuduro and UK Funky featuring collaborations with Citizen Boy and A.K.A Adrix (of Principe fame) + remixes from the mighty from Scratchclart (aka Scratcha DVA), DJ ADAMM, and Slikback.  Every single track shares the same relentless energy. This EP is no joke.
— Selected by Lexis

Scrimshire — Believers

A superb, life-affirming album from Scrimshire, weaving soul, jazz, and Afro disco with a broad electronica pallet, into an impeccably produced, composed and arranged album. Featuring star turns from rising artists such as K.O.G, Bessi and And is Phi, MIMS faves such as Tamar of Collocutor, and Penya, and even the legendary Omar.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti



Ulla Strayss & Perila’s newly formed Log duo is off to a stunning start. ‘LOG ET3RNAL’ is a gauzy, dubbed-out, dense yet calming, mystical listening experience. Gets deeper every time you dive into it. 
— Selected by Lexis

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

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Exclusive Premiere: Finn Irregular “Waves” Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:29:48 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere music from Finn Irregular. A brand new name to us. We were so impressed by his forthcoming ‘Summer Rains’ EP, a heavy dose of futuristic beats and soul, we jumped at the chance to premiere “Waves”. As the EP’s only instrumental, it captures Finn’s sound best, we think.

Summer Rains is the debut EP from producer, beat-smith, and multi-instrumentalist Finn Irregular. Originally from North London, moving to Australia in 2014 saw Finn find a creative home within the vibrant city of Melbourne, (Naarm). In addition to teaching the next generation of young musicians guitar, keys and drums, Finn is a founding member of Messy Mammals (w/ Asha Trips), taking influence from across the spectrums of jazz, hip-hop, broken beat, and R’n’B.

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With a fresh and modern production style – analogue synths, drum machines and live instrumentation are all employed to create an EP rich in texture, united by the theme of positive summer vibrations. As a collaborative effort, Melbourne’s slickest artists including Rara Zulu, Cazeaux O.S.L.O., Matthew Hayes, CD and Hayku Kyah, all add their unique touch to Finn’s distinctive productions.

“Waves” is a downtempo instrumental house track with a feel very much like its name. A constant ebb and flow of arpeggiated synths and lush pads capture, and turn you within the ocean swell. Matthew Hayes (Z.F.E.X, 30/70) provides the purposeful and melodic bass line making the track punchy and ambient, dreamy and immersive.

‘Summer Rains’ is released December 7, 2020, on digital and limited edition vinyl. The first release from the brand new “Tuckshop Recordings” imprint (run by renowned event promoters Tuckshop).

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Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes “Heritage of the Invisible II” Mon, 23 Nov 2020 01:08:39 +0000 Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes of Irreversible Entanglements, disentangle themselves long enough to record for their second duo album, and first for International Anthem. Just as sharp and revolutionary in spirit as the larger group’s recordings.

Having been friends & collaborators for far longer than the larger group, “Heritage of the Invisible II” sees the percussion-and-trumpet duo breakout to record a bristling & joyous LP, improvising around compositions with the kind of telepathic connection that only comes from having played together for such a long time. They embrace their Latin and Afro-Caribbean foundations, and weave electronic sounds , even hints of Theo Parrish perhaps, into their unique stew of free jazz, further distinguishing their unique sound. Closing proceedings, Madam Data provides complementary remix, driven by a propulsive bassline and hi-hat rhythm.

Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes chemistry, evident on ‘Heritage of the Invisible II’ has history, dating back long before they joined Irreversible Entanglements, all the way to their days studying at the New England Conservatory (NEC) towards the end of the 90s. Moving to NYC after their studies, the duo played all over the city together, and eventually in 2014 travelled to Panama together to play. During this time they recorded a set of duo improvisations that they self-released later that year, ‘Heritage of the Invisible‘.

Booked to play a Musicians Against Police Brutality fundraiser, Navarro and Holmes shared the stage with their future colleagues in Irreversible Entanglements, Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother), Keir Neuringer and Luke Stewart, then a trio. Instant chemistry ensued, leading to two acclaimed albums on International Anthem and tours round the globe.

2019 found the pair back in the studio with an idea to write expanded compositions for the duo to improvise around. Whilst incorporating sampling, Juno and Moog synthesizers  and overdubbed spoken elements from poets, vocalists and friends, including Spanish poet Marcos de la Fuente, Brigitte Zozua and Navarro’s mentor and collaborator Carlos Garnett (Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders). 

Of central song and lead single, “Pueblo”, Navarro says “it’s a celebration of life, the coming together of the people, el pueblo, a celebration of who we are, where we come from, it’s our pueblo, our people, a feeling of openness, hope, and a future of unity from el pueblo, the people.”

Photo by Denis Batuev

‘Heritage of the Invisible II’ is full of joy, “telepathic improvisation”, free jazz and groove, heritage and exploration. Certain to demand frequent revisitations. 

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Exclusive Premiere: FLuiD BouncE “Amazing” Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:37:32 +0000 Banger alert! “Amazing” is the first song on the forthcoming debut release of FLuiD BouncE, the broken beat meets boogie & soul duo of Birmingham UK based singer, songwriter & keyboardist Colonel Red and producer & DJ Lord Byron. The full album, ‘Chapter 1’, is due to be released on November 27 on Inner Tribe.

“Amazing” is a perfect example of how ‘Chapter 1’ weaves broken beat and house rhythms with classic soul, boogie and funk. Social commentary is high on the agenda, and rightfully so. Red is a master of the vocal performance and has a knack for writing addictive songs. Lord Byron’s progressive beats are a perfect fit.

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Colonel Red is well loved among broken beat aficionados for his many collaborations during the genre’s Goya distributed golden age, with the likes of Daz-I-Kue, Alex Attias, IG Culture and Bugz in the Attic. Not forgetting his own self-produced debut on the legendary PEOPLE imprint.

Since then, Red has struck his own path, with releases on Tokyo Dawn, Ink Rebellion and recently Inner Tribe, that widened his sound and appeal. He has worked with and written for a long list of major artists & legends, including Maurice White, Lenny White, Amp Fiddler, Keith Sweat, Teddy Pendergrass, Anita Baker, Shara Nelson, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Sandra St Victor, Ursula Rucker, Tony Allen, Jon Hassel, Dwight Trible, The Last Poets, and Brian Jackson.

Lord Byron is a veteran DJ, a mainstay of Bruk Up and Rogue Soul nights, whose talents have seen him invited to guest on IG Culture’s Co-Op Presents: Selectors Assemble Worldwide FM show and mix series.

Inner Tribe is the fairly young Adelaide-based label founded by Jules Habib, aka DJ/producer Inkswel, and his partner, singer & song writer Charlie Umami, that in a very short matter of time has racked up a pile of key releases, working with great talents such as J-Soul, Ezroh, Kid Sublime, Ahu, Phat Kat, Jitwam and of course, Colonel Red.

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Exclusive Premiere: Karaba “Der Kaelte” Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:04:05 +0000 Today’s premiere comes from a Munich based band called Karaba. “Der Kaelte” is a beautiful example of the band’s brilliant musicianship and creativity, weaving together influences from jazz, Krautrock or kosmische musik, and psychedelic rock. It certainly earns the title of cosmic banded about so much these days.

Karaba is the latest band to be released on Kryptox. Founded by the by the team behind dancefloor label Toy Tonics Records, Karaba is a fairly new Berlin-based label dedicated to the rising German jazz scene, particularly the young musicians mixing it jazz with kosmische and electronic vibes. Last year saw them release an acclaimed album from JJ Whitefeld (founder of Karl Hector & The Malcouns).


Karaba have already been featured on the Kryptox Kraut Jazz Futurism Compilation in 2019. Now the young quintet is are set to deliver their first EP for Kryptox. Five young guys, they began to jam together when starting to study music in 2012. Being from Munich, a town where legendary Kraut Rock bands like Amon Düül, Guru Guru and Embryo came from, the Karaba guys are obviously influenced by these same German kraut and psychedelic sounds. You can hear that in many shades of this album: the complexity of the unusual rhythmical fundaments and percussive patterns, and the prog rock parts, with these partly abstract unison lines and strange melodic figures or unexpected chord changes.

Whilst the band’s sound is obviously influenced by a lot of seventies music, it isn’t a purely retro affair, with their music having a strong modern psych meets contemporary jazz feel that’s very much of it’s own time too.

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Exclusive Premiere: fleet.dreams “Selph Luv” (Move Ya Body Mix) Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:34:35 +0000 ‘Do you love yourself?’ is the question in ‘Selph Luv’ – the new single from Brooklyn-based fleet.dreams – which features Detroit vocalist Supercoolwicked. Steamy R&B and electronic sensibilities fuse to make for a warm, heartfelt display of dance music.

The original, with its essence of equal parts Badu & Lil’ Kim, takes a pure R&B stance, featuring Supercoolwicked’s seductively soulful tone. The ‘Move Ya Body Mix’ prioritizes groove, allowing shakers to shine through a layer of infectious vocals to create a party starting anthem.

Do you love yourself?

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lyrics & vocals by Morgan Hutson (Supercoolwicked)
songwriting, production & mixing by Colton R. May (fleet.dreams)
additional mixing & mastering by Brandon Terral (Escaflowne)
released exclusively via Leopard Cage (12/4/20)

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MIMS Guest Mix: Fybe:One (London / Tru Thoughts) Thu, 19 Nov 2020 18:19:27 +0000 This mix contains all different tempos and moods. I feel it reflects my ‘Sky Loops’ EP’s sound in that sense.

We are delighted to share this soulful and eclectic mix. As Fybe:One says himself, it reflects the varied nature of his own recent EP on Tru Thoughts, ‘Sky Loops’.


  1. Kindred (feat. Michael Michaelson & Soul Food Horns) – Axian
  2. Try (feat. Lilian Caputo) – Cabu
  3. Inside You – Eddie Henderson
  4. The Waiting Game – Brock Berrigan
  5. Starling Loop – Kaelin Ellis
  6. You Knock Me Out – Wildflower
  7. Come Through and Chill (feat. J.Cole) (Vandalized Edit) – Miguel
  8. Get Away – Sleepless
  9. Love Love Love (Jengi Club Edit) – Donny Hathaway
  10. Foda Se – Camoufly
  11. Close the Door (Jack Tennis Edit) – Teddy Pendegrass
  12. All Together Good Vibes – Fabich & No Spirit
  13. 4Real – Stanzah!
  14. Attitude, Belief and Determination (Zaf Lovevinyl Slight Edit) – Martin L. Dumas, Jr.
  15. Out of Time (feat. Daniel Hayn) – Slowya.roll
  16. ZBRA – Nikitch & Kuna Maze
  17. Don’t Let It Go to Your Head – Jean Carn
  18. Everybody – Garden of Eden
  19. I’m Ready – Fybe:one
  20. Suavemente – DAO
  21. Ascending – KMB
  22. Lovin’ Me – Fybe:one
  23. Okaywegetit – HXNS
  24. Turn Around – Heatwave
  25. Sunrise – Hall & Floyd
  26. Pelican – Phairo
  27. Lifted – DAO
  28. B.Y.O.B – Jarreau Vandal
  29. Velvet Hue – fzpz
  30. I Won’t Be Around – Braga Circuit
  31. Heat – Smooth Operator 3000
  32. Stress – Roshima
  33. Nobody’s Business (Be Happy) – WIZE
  34. Spaceships – Austin Marc
  35. Gone – Fybe:one
  36. Background Noise (feat. Oli Hannaford) [Digital Mozart Remix] – Melle Brown
  37. Switch It Again – DJ Grumble
  38. Weapon – Fybe:one
  39. Too High – Fybe:one
  40. Touching Me – Ticklish
  41. Be With U – Sideswipe
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Video Premiere: Penny Rimbaud “Part One” Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:43:45 +0000 Today we’re pleased to host the apocalyptic, frenzied video which does well to capture Rimbaud’s ambitious creative vision; an album as vivid in it’s imagery as it is deft in it’s subject matter and intriguing in execution

New album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’ out November 20th via One Little Independent Records

Penny Rimbaud, the legendary punk poet, writer, painter, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of seminal anarchist outfit Crass, has announced his new album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’, out November 20th via One Little Independent Records. 

A fiction constructed by Penny, out of interest as to the possible outcome, places the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (who died in 1891) at the historic and tragic battle of Verdun in 1916. The idea being that Penny found something to be explored in the possibilities of the young vagabond and his perception of such drastic events.

“Truth is, I landed him there because I was fascinated to know just how this greatest of French poets might cope against the enormities of war” he tells us, “I wondered what lessons would be learnt which could then be conveyed to a planet still so obsessed with conflict, grief and suffering.” 

Taking influence from the sounds of John Coltrane and the visuals of Jackson Pollock, Penny ventured into the unknown with his idol and namesake to bring us a truly unique high-concept album and gripping tale of death and romance. 

“I shared his humour and his sorrow, his passion and his poetics, albeit sometimes tiring of his obsessions” Penny ruminates. “How many times must he have cried ‘look’ regarding something that I simply couldn’t see. ‘Over there. Look, look, over there,’ where to me there was only darkness and death. When most fatigued, he’d often call me Paul, but most times I was too tired to respond. But love we did, fed by flares, shattered by shells, blistered by the blasts, arm in arm ‘til arms there were none. Although most of those who we met along those turgid tunnels of death might at one time or another have fallen for self-pity, Arthur would have none of it. Anything and everything could be retranslated to challenge bourgeoise conceits or reformed to defy materialist dogma.

We were lovers. We were friends, sublime in our kinship, but I have a strange feeling that neither of us survived the terror of Verdun. Together we wallowed in the mincemeat scrunch of gore and bone and torn flesh, not knowing which of us was what, and never mind the who that was so cruelly unified as one within the squelch. Yes, we were detritus, and in that we found ourselves and each other. The void was complete, and another dawn broke above the carnage.” 

Dark and vivid jazz-infused ambience is punctured by Penny’s spoken word lyricism painting pictures of the chaotic experience of World War 1. Maniacally delivered readings are ruthless in their detailed realism, not only well researched but so convincingly told it’s easy to forget it’s a narrative. Exceptionally realised, brutal at times and incredibly poignant in others, ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’ is unlike anything else in subject or sound.

Penny is joined by a host of revered saxophonists that helped him to complete his vision. Evan Parker, recognised worldwide as one of jazz’s most respected players. Ingrid Laubrock, now a resident in New York and fast becoming a major voice as a highly inventive freeform player and as a composer. Finally, Louise Elliott, who stands as an outsider having come to jazz through the sensitivities of classical training mixed with punk and all its raucous sense of attack. The three players together make for a staggering display of sax pyrotechnics matching Penny’s multidimensional poetry and dramatic approach to performance.

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About Penny Rimbaud

In 1977, alongside Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud co-founded seminal anarchist punk band Crass, who disbanded in 1984. Up until 2000, he devoted himself almost entirely to writing, returning to the public platform in 2001 as a performance poet working alongside a wide variety of jazz musicians. In 2003, together with Crass vocalist Eve Libertine, he founded what was at first known as ‘The Crass Collective’, then ‘The Crass Agenda’, then ‘The Last Amendment’ and finally ‘L’Académie des Vanités’ – a loose collective of jazz musicians, artists and filmmakers who shared Rimbaud’s lifelong interest in progressive, improvisational art. Rimbaud, a veteran of avant-garde performance art groups such as EXIT and Ceres Confusion, not only co-founded Stonehenge Free Festival, but he also founded and, along with Gee Vaucher, to this day runs the legendary anarchist/pacifist open house Dial House in Essex.

About Arthur Rimbaud

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet known for his influence on modern literature, particularly surrealism. He produced the bulk of his literary output during adolescence and young adulthood and stopped writing at the age of 20. Rimbaud was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, having engaged in a hectic, at-times-violent romantic relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine, which lasted nearly two years. After he stopped writing, he travelled extensively on three continents as a merchant and explorer, until his death from cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday.






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Exclusive Premiere: Spain V Spain “Apocalypso” Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:42:00 +0000 MIMS is over the moon to premiere “Apocalypso” by Spain V Spain, a dangerously addictive slice of indie R&B and rubbery funk that’s a little Miami Vice meets Ballard’s Drowned World. Forthcoming on DISLO.

Spain v Spain is the indie R&B project of Dan Henchman and Tom Theodore. Following their 2018 debut mixtape, ‘Get To Work’, the duo return with six swampy, psychedelic tales set in a tropical dystopia inspired by J.G. Ballard. An imaginary soundtrack to a night drive through the estuary resort of Exodus on Astro.

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Drawing on Moodymann, Steve Lacy, The Police, Missy Elliott, JG Ballard, Carole King, Cocteau Twins, Drexciya, Maurice Fulton, The Style Council, Streets of Rage 2, Thundercat, Kid Creole and one long empty summer to create a swirling, simmering aquatic funk.

Envisaged amid the delirium of early lockdown, ideas were swapped on long phone calls, short Whatsapp audio recordings of guitar melodies, and lyrics in Google Docs became detail-crammed Ableton projects. By late summer, the duo reunited in studio of Tony Nwachukwu, legendary producer, DJ, instigator, oracle, etc. behind Attica Blues and CDR, where he added some extra special shimmer and heavy reverb to the mix.

With tracks dropping every week throughout November, ‘Exodus on Astro’ will be released digitally in full on 4th December, with limited screen-printed 12” to follow in early 2021, via DISLO, a relatively new venture from Anton Spice (former Editor-in-Chief of The Vinyl Factory) and Tom Theodore.

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Exclusive Premiere: Rafa Santos “My Life Is A Bassline” Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:39 +0000 The Spanish label MATE are back once again with more Deep House goodness.

After releasing music from some of the worlds finest deep house producers in their first few releases they welcome back label head Rafa Santos for his first solo EP. The Madrid-based artist presents ‘We Still Dance EP’ which consists of groovy basslines, hypnotic chords & dreamy vocals aplenty which make up this solid EP 4 track EP showing Rafa is more than capable of holding his own alongside the labels impressive roster.

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Exclusive Premiere: Guedra Guedra “Purple Ambergris” Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:59:02 +0000 We are extremely excited to premiere a rare mellow outing from On The Corner’s secret weapon Moroccan producer Guedra Guedra, taken from a forthcoming dubplate and digital missive, due to drop on December 1st.

Guedra Guedra released one of the most sought after leftfield dancefloor EPs of the lockdown period with “Son of Sun”, fusing the energy of footwork with the spirit of his home country. Ahead of a full album next year, OtC are leaking two specials tracks this December with a digital release and extremely limited dubplate.

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The nominal B-side of said release, we are pleased to share today. “Purple Ambergris” shows Guedra Guedra in tender, dextrous, soulful focus. Exclusive to this release on December 1st, it won’t be found on the album coming next February.

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Exclusive Premiere: Germán Fernando y su Orquestra “Socorro Auxilio” Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:16:02 +0000 MIMS is excited to share the wild & incredibly rare Venezuelan big band sound of “Socorro Auxilio” by Germán Fernando y su Orquestra, taken from El Palmas Music’s forthcoming compilation, ‘Color De Trópico’, released Friday November 20.

‘Color de Trópico’ is a carefully-compiled work of healing and reconstruction, documenting a special moment in the history of Venezuelan music, when the country’s democracy was just a few years old and the profound impact of the oil industry on society had only just begun. DJ El Palmas and El Dragón Criollo have chosen eight impossibly hard-to-find jewels, originally released between 1966 and 1978, remastered and reissued here for the first time on vinyl.

According to music journalist Alfredo Churión “those who saw (Germán Fernando) attested to having witnessed something indescribable”, a mysterious man who doubted even his sanity and of whom today practically nothing is known. He was someone who dared to show a completely foreign effrontery, signing unintelligibly, moving frantically and throwing himself to the ground before the stunned gaze of his audiences. Venezuelan writer Luis Armando Ugueto states: “his art could go from the sublime to bad taste – and it was craved by the press – when he subjected viewers to strange songs where he pleaded for socorro and auxilio [help].”

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Germán Fernando had a histrionic proposal that was a thousand times misunderstood and that even popular presenters of the time like Renny Ottolina dubbed “his follies”. A theme close to the jazz orchestra soundtracks of James Bond and Batman accompanies the showman here who comes across like a creole Screaming Jay Hawkins. He creates a whirlwind of sound that, while as agile as a featherweight, is also capable of knocking out all the old ideas Venezuelans themselves have about their music.

DJ El Palmas, aka Maurice Aymard, tell us, “We started to make this compilation almost one year ago, and it was very complex to make it happen for several reasons. First of all, find the legal rights of the songs and to negotiate with old record labels, it’s something that takes a lot of time and effort, many phone calls and emails back and forth for almost six months.

Besides this there was another task, to find the right ‘gems’ that could fit into our concept, and that could express in music what we were looking for, but this also would lead us to other challenges.

The first one was that most of the masters were not available, we had to start searching for old vinyl records and most of them were not in the market, and also the ones available were very expensive. A lot of digging had to be made, all these ‘fun’ obstacles we found on our way were a big adventure for El Drágon Criollo and myself.

We also wanted to express in a new vinyl record, the history and the era of Venezuela, as it was at the end of the 60’s and the beginning of the 70´s, when there was an explosion of genres, from jazz, cumbia, salsa, disco, joropo, boogaloo and pop, it was amazing what was going on in this beautiful and tropical country at that time.

Also the connection between El Dragón Criollo (Paulo) and I was super important, he is Colombian and I am Venezuelan, so we have so many things in common but at the same time different points of views, so this was also super fun, it was a learning process for both of us…..”

El Dragón Criollo adds, “The compilation of Color de Trópico is in the end like an art exposition of different artists in the same gallery. So the curatorship was made very carefully and with tons of problems at the same time, because the pieces to expose were not easy to find. Here we are trying to show the versatility of what was going on in Venezuelan music at that time, it is really an eclectic mixture of colors.”


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SPICE BLENDS – Show #02 (Hosted by Silktits) Mon, 16 Nov 2020 20:16:38 +0000 Spices for an extended autumn.

Expect warm breezes of nostalgia and chilling melodies. You don’t need to leave the house to take a journey with Hiroshi Yoshimura, Brian Bennett, Larry Heard and more


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Exclusive Premiere: Ugly Drums & Chesney “Optimal Sandals” Mon, 16 Nov 2020 16:31:29 +0000 City Fly are excited to release Vol.2 of their Fly Family album series. They once again call upon their musical family from around the globe to curate this 12 track compilation of original house music.

The album is drenched in deep goodness aplenty ranging from the beatdown intro of Sydney’s Edseven to the gritty Techno banger ‘Middle Class Trashed’ from YSE. The project brings together familiar faces that have previously released on the label like Marlow, Ugly Drums & label co owner The Last Trip To Gandahar alongside some of their favourite new producers and former club night guests. It’s a family thing!!

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Exclusive Premiere: Soul Renegades “Speak To Me “(The James L’Estraunge Remix) Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:48:43 +0000 It’s a rare thing but sometimes it happens…a tune! You know one of those jams you just want play over and over again because it embodies something truly special, something undefined but authentic that just makes perfect sense to your ears but also gives you that warm goose bump feeling.

This is exactly how we felt when we first heard the demo of “Speak To Me”. With a classic spiritual Chicago house feel, a thumpin’ (not pumpin’) 4/4 production it’s all topped with a melodic vocal sample that brings back memories to classic jams like Seven Grand Housin’ Authority “Love’s Got Me High”. It’s simple yet powerful house music jam-packed with honest emotions. Just play it, we promise it will make sense to you!

In order to make this release even more powerful and valuable we asked Ricky to step in to his James L’Estraunge Orchestra pseudonym and transform (remix sounds so limiting) the track into something completely different. The result is something truly magical, a huge live jazz-funk escapade that sounds like if The Rotary Connection and Charles Stepny went on an orchestral late 70s jazz-funk-fusion journey…its big, epic and full of musical surprises!

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Scottish producers Ricky Reid (The James L’Estraunge Orchestra, RK Fusion, The True Rebels) and Craig Smith (6th Borough Project, Fifty Fathoms Deep) are Soul Renegades, a duo that between themselves has more house history than most of us. With early releases dating back to the 90s they previously got music out on labels like Restless Soul and Rainy City.

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Crucial Material – November 15th, 2020 Mon, 16 Nov 2020 02:10:28 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Sun Ra Arkestra — Egypt 71

Originally released as an expansive 5 LP box set on Record Store Day, Strut has separately reissued three of the titles from Sun Ra Arkestra’s ‘Egypt 71’ including ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’, and ‘Horizon’. Recorded live  when the band was touring in Cairo, all three recordings are a mixture of adventurous free jazz, cosmic tones, and futuristic grooves.
— Selected by TJ Gorton


Jarrod Lawson — Be The Change

Brilliant contemporary soul from the honey-voiced Portland-based singer-songwriter and pianist, deep in more than jazz nuance, with an uplifting message to top it off. Jarrod counts Stevie Wonder and D’Angelo as key influences, but the contemporary soul jazz of Robert Glasper comes to mind. Highlights on this LP for Dome Records include the anthemic title track, a guest turn from the incredible Moonchild on “I’ll Be Your Radio”, and the closing “How Long”, where percussion legend Sammy Figueroa can really shine.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Common Saints — Idol Eyes 

Brilliant, sun-soaked psychedelic soul arriving just in time for us to reminisce on the summer gone, or to yearn for the next summer. Voices somewhere between the David Crosby & the Gibbs brothers, gritty drums, silky guitars, dusty old keyboards, summery songs and beautiful arrangements. The Jorja Smith writer/producer has done good on this first EP. Stick this on for an instant pick-me-up.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Shah Frank — Stellaria Story

RnB singer Shah Frank gave up a career as an entertainment lawyer to pursue music full time and her debut EP is an indication she made the right decision. Stellar production allows Shah to explore all types of sounds from sad to sensuous and provides her with a solid foundation to build on.  Standout track A Night to Pretend brings back the 90’s essence to modern RnB.
— Selected by ASMA

Nkusi & Funkywhat — FWNK

Producer Nkusi has teamed up with Funkywhat to slow down the tempo on typical synth funk production and find their own lane. With vocalist Kaya Hoax providing some RnB flare and rapper Morri$$ Regal bringing the griminess, this EP is a refreshing and solid listen.
— Selected by ASMA

Amadeo 85 Feat. Moniquea — Galaxy Dance / Play It Loud

Brand new 7’ off the French Label Happy Milf Records, by Amadeo85, owner of the label, and featuring Moniquea on vocals. Modern Funk/P-Funk madness, from Montreuil’s Funk Hustler. Check out also the bundle with the 12’ of Orly Sad. 
— Selected by Walla P

HOUSE / TECHNO / Electronica

A.K.Adrix — Código de Barra

A.k.Adrix (formerly known as P. ADRIX) returns to the PRÍNCIPE stable for what once again sounds like it might be the best record they’ve ever put out. But then again, I seem to say that with each release which is a testament to the level that the Lisboa crew have been releasing these past few years. 
— Selected by Lexis

Swordman Kitala — Kimbalanbga EP

First full EP from the ever cheeky and creative Ugandan MC, showcasing him at his peak over technoid dancehall, UK funky and electro beats by Tom Blip, K-Lone, O’Flynn, Ekhe and pq. Unadulterated fun from A to Z. The proceeds all go to help with his medical fees, cop it.
— Selected by dileta

Kasper Marott — Sol EP

Two solid aerial rave weapons with generous track lengths and great progressions. ‘Sol’ is a high speed dreamy glider with luminous dubby chords and rolling breaks. ‘Katla’ is a furious, dark, percussive and bouncy night flight with a blinking distorted vocal sample. The latter is definitely one of the bangers of the year for me.
— Selected by dileta

Dan Kye — Small Moments

After a 4 year hiatus, Jordan Rakei returns with his alter ego Dan Kye (a play on his first and last name’s three letters). Just like with the 2016 EP “Joy, Ease, Lightness”, it sees Rakei exploring his more electronic, housey side. From the bass-heavy “Raro”, the Prince-esque “Rainbow Road” to the breezy cut “Sober”, count on Dan Kye to deliver the soulful grooves. Out now on Rhythm Section International…
— Selected by Spacewalker

CoOp Presents — Plug One

Incredible posse record by CoOp presents featuring 17 unreleased scorchers showcasing the full range of the Broken Beat scene as it heads into 2021. It’s all here from the more jazzy/melodic to the ruff & tuff flavas too. Great ones from EVM128, Sivey, LCSM, Xtra Brux just to name a few… Bruk is in fine health! 
— Selected by Lexis


Buds — Platinum

Swiss rapper Buds, from the group La Base, delivers a super solid EP, staying true to his roots with that Boom Bap sound. Favourite tracks are Platinum, St-Lazar, Universal & Success.  
— Selected by Walla P

Jneiro Jarel — After a Thousand Years 

A brilliant return for beatmaker, MC and artist, Jneiro Jarel. A purely instrumental affair, “After a Thousand Years” draws heavily on Jneiro’s love of Brazilian music, reworking the almost familiar sounds to his razor sharp production style, which whilst coming from hip hop, continues to exhibit a much wider sonic stamp. Legendary percussionist Bill Summers (Headhunters, Herbie Hancock, etc) guests.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


The Diabolical Liberties — High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics

The endlessly shapeshifting Rob Gallagher aka Earl Zinger  joins  behind-the-scenester Alex Patchwork to present their first official full length via On the Corner. A whirlwind of post punk, dance music and North London beat poetry, with a touch of free jazz. Think Blockheads, James Chance & Konk jamming with Sun Ra, for London 2020. One of the most fun and adventurous records this year.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti   

Ana Roxanne — Because of a flower

New York-based Ana Roxanne returns for her sophomore album and once again proves she’s incredibly gifted at making experiential music. No need to overanalyse this type of record, you just need to tune in and float off. Play this one loud in your floatation tank. 
— Selected by Lexis

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

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Exclusive Premiere: Steve Spacek “Do U Want My Lov” (15 Years of Jazz & Milk) Sat, 14 Nov 2020 16:48:50 +0000 2020 sees Jazz & Milk celebrating its 15th anniversary!

Since 2005 the label, founded by Dusty, offers an experimental playground for international artists that share a passion for organic and soulful dance music. Many legendary club nights and over 30 releases later, Jazz & Milk has become a household name amongst the eclectic music imprints. The focus has always been to transcend genres, including a broad spectrum of styles ranging from jazz, soul, brazil, afrobeat to house, broken beat and electronic music.

Jazz & Milk continuously provides a global platform for new international talents alongside established artists, friends and worldwide family. For this very special occasion, the label presents six exclusive tracks (plus three digital bonus versions) by the likes of Steve Spacek, Àbáse, Sam Irl, Feater, Bongani GiveThanks and Moe Fabrik – the club focused collaborative moniker of Wayne Snow, Ziggy Zeitgeist and StyleBoi 92.

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With this compilation project, Jazz & Milk is not only celebrating an illustrious 15 years of operation. The label also wants to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of ‘community’, at a time when racism, greed, injustice and a deadly pandemic are jeopardizing our ability to harmoniously exist with one another. Music has enormous individual and social health benefits, the potential to empower whole communities and build cultural bridges. Thus, Dusty’s vision was to invite artists coming from completely different corners of the world – from South Africa to Europe and Australia. Each one of these featured producers is representing their local music culture and individual influences, as well as sharing their current emotions during the lockdown, through music.

There’s no need to introduce the legendary Steve Spacek. With his epic projects ranging from Spacek to Afrika Hitech and Space Invadas, this man continuously redefines the sound of modern music with his futuristic approach. While most producers are in need of a studio environment full of equipment to create music, Steve Spacek is currently shaping the sound of tomorrow entirely on an iOS based mobile phone. “Do U Want My Lov” is a progressive and bass heavy, yet very soulful track thanks to Steve’s highly distinctive vocals.

We’d like to thank each and everyone for supporting Jazz & Milk and vinyl music culture throughout the years! Furthermore we’d like to once more remind you how important it is to get together and cultivate inclusive communities in these turbulent times. While the term “social distancing” is still widely used at the moment, it may be sending the wrong message and contributing to social isolation. More than ever before in our history, we have ways to remain social, while maintaining „physical distance“. Staying in touch with people feeds the human connection we all need to thrive daily! Let’s appreciate our differences and celebrate our similarities. Let’s help each other to stay healthy and sane in these crazy times! And what tool could be better for all of this than music.

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KOKOROKO share new “Baba Ayoola” single Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:30:18 +0000 KOKOROKO doesn’t disappoint on this beautiful amalgamation of Afrobeat, jazz and vocal harmonics with a touch psychedelic guitar play. Out today on Brownswood Recordings.

Opening with the elevating vocal harmonies of the front women, Sheila, Cassie and Richie; “Baba Ayoola” unfolds with delicate rolling drums perfectly melding with the percussive heartbeat to which the keys glide over seamlessly. Enchanting guitar riffs glisten through a melodic baseline, enhanced with bursts of the powerful brass section coalesced with gospel-like harmonies surging towards an exhilarating crescendo. “Baba Ayoola” was written as a tribute to the grandfather of the band’s alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi and is “an invitation to celebrate life”


Winners of ‘Best Group’ at the Urban Music Awards 2020 and lauded in NPR Austin 100 list, and having played many UK/EU Festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, We Out Here and BBC6 Music Festival to name a few. In September 2020 the band made their BBC Proms debut in the Royal Albert Hall. Having last seen them playing at London’s Church of Sound, playing from the Ebo Taylor songbook and their own still short but much loved discography, we can’t wait to catch them live in concert sooner rather than later!

KOKOROKO (photo credit Danny Kasirye)

“Baba Ayoola” follows the widely supported “Carry Me Home” single from earlier this year, and we hope it is leading us to a full length album in the coming year.

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MIMS Guest Mix: FLEET.DREAMS (New York / Leopard Cage + All City Records) Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:28:10 +0000 This mix is a glimpse behind the curtain, an assortment of tracks that have been inspiring me lately.

From moody European downtempo to groove oriented garage house, this collection is a bittersweet love letter to our collective lockdown and a glimmer of hope for the return to nightlife.


Innocence – Natural Thing (Elevation)
Cherelle – Still In Love With You (Hip-Hop Mix)
Priscilla Wilkes – U.n.i.v.e.r.s.e. (Green Angel Version)
Joyce Sims – Lifetime Love (Hard Dub)
Warp 9 – Master of the Mix (Remix)
Alyson Williams – My Love Is So Raw (Baby Love Mix)
TFM – Out Of Bounds (The Final Mix)
The Chimes – Heaven (Dub Mix)
Chicago Messenger Service – No Jackin’ Allowed
Keynotes – Let’s, Let’s, Let’s Dance
Glenn Underground – S.J.U.
Lil’ Louis – How I Feel
Gerd – Palm Leaves (Mr Fingers Afropsychojungledub Mix)
Jerome Sydenham and Kerri Chandler – Rising the Sun
fleet.dreams – Selph Luv (Escaflowne’s XR Luv Mix)
Moody – It’s 2 Late 4 U And Me
Black Magic – Let It Go (M.A.W. Dub)
Jazzy – Lonely (Underground Goodie Mix)

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Exclusive Premiere: Lady Blackbird “Collage” (Greg Foat Remix HiFi) Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:28:05 +0000 Vocalist Lady Blackbird has been a great discovery for us this year, as we are sure she has been for many others. So it’s an honour to premiere a remix of her “Collage” by one of our favourite musicians & artists, Greg Foat. whose psychedelic jazz record, ‘Symphonie Pacifique’, was a big hit for us earlier this year.

Greg brings an irresistibly smooth production with floaty percussion, dreamy organ chords and delicate guitar, creating a sun-kissed, laid back vibe that shines a light on the scintillating vocals.

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Lady Blackbird recently released her spellbinding single “Collage” to widespread acclaim. Whilst remaining close to her jazz roots, “Collage” sees Lady Blackbird delve into a psychedelic soul sound, reminiscent of the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Sault and Celeste. “Collage” is the third single to be taken from Lady Blackbird’s much-anticipated debut album ‘Black Acid Soul’.

“Collage” is out now. The Greg Foat remixes are released on November 14!

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Video Premiere: Snooch Dodd & The Pro-Teens “I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly” Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:44:19 +0000 MIMS is excited to share the wonderful animated video, created by Jon DiNapoli and Harrison Ritchie-Jones, for Snooch Dodd & The Pro-Teens “I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly”, the title track from their recent album on College Of Knowledge Records.

Pro-Teens is a studio project led by prolific Karate Boogaloo drummer Hudson Whitlock. Shrouded in anonymity, The Pro-Teens are made up of a collective of Melbourne instrumentalists, with interchangeable members coming from bands such as Karate Boogaloo and Surprise Chef, performing under synonyms.

The vido for “I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly” was created by the Melbourne-based collaborative duo of animator Jon DiNapoli and dancer Harrison Ritchie-Jones.

On the clip, DiNapoli says: “Set at the end of a long day, when shadows and lights do their twilight thing. Providing a landscape for ‘I Flip My Life…’ was a process of thinking, playing and imagining through the body.

To create the clip, we animated over live action footage of Harrison’s body in motion, and then placed the figure within imagined landscapes. We were immediately drawn to a sense of movement in the song and this constant interplay of brooding and calm. There is also a contemplative quality to the track, a feeling of being half lost in thought, with one side of the brain processing the material world and the other completely lost in the magical.”

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Crucial Material – November 9th, 2020 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 01:43:02 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Enrique Rodríguez and the Negra Chiway Band — Fase Liminal

Chilean composer, percussionist, keyboardist, and producer Enrique Rodríguez and his Negra Chiway Band have released a brilliant debut on Soul Jazz Records, featuring a unique fusion of hypnotic spiritual jazz melodies, cosmic tones, Latin-influenced percussion rhythms and chanting vocals.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

SPAZA feat. Ariel Zamonsky, Gontse Makhene, Malcolm Jiyane, Nonku Phiri — UPRIZE! (Music from the Original Motion Picture)

Johannesburg-based SPAZA return to soundtrack “UPRIZE!”, a film documenting the June 16 1976 protests known as the Soweto uprising. Improvised compositions are weaved with recorded voices from the film, taking inspiration from the footage as it’s played, and listening breaks led by the label, Mushroom Hour Half Hour, to avant-garde masters such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Beautiful and powerful music that demands deep listening and inspires this writer to seek out the film.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Dougie Stu — Familiar Future

A joy to listen to. Dougie’s music neatly connects his midwest upbringing to current home in California among the local jazz, hip hop, and experimental music scenes. In Dougie’s music we can hear post-rockers Tortoise, in fact Jeff Parker features, alongside soul and jazz legends Lonnie Liston Smith, Charles Stepney, David Axelrod, and Alice Coltrane. In fact, I’d say there’s a strong strain of modern psychedelic soul jazz in Dougie’s music.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


XL Middleton — Tap Water Runoff

Available for the first time on vinyl, Tap Water Runoff  was strictly released on cassette, back in 2016, and XL added 2 exclusive tracks, or should I say “slaps”. There’s also a limited coloured edition, + a few interesting bundles where you can combine another LP from  MoFunk Records artists Moniquea “Los Robles & Washington” and/or I,Ced “Interpretations”.
— Selected by Walla P

Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham — Sankofa Season

Soulful singer-songwriter Andrew Ashong returns after a 6 year hiatus but who better to team up with than the underground virtuoso Kaidi Tatham. Absolutely lovely collaboration record from the first note to the last. Unmissable for all the soulful dance heads.
— Selected by Lexis

Funkmaster Ozone — Can You Feel The Heat? / The Get Down

Electro Funk/ P-Funk 7’ from German producer Funkmaster Ozone, via The Sleepers Recordz. If you’re into Egyptian Lover, Zapp and George Clinton, then this one’s for you. Limited run of  100 copies. 
— Selected by Walla P

Shiro Schwarz — Horizon

The Mexican duo are pushing their creativity/visions to a new realm, especially with the magnetizing “No Fear No Shame” , on some future-soul-r&b vibes. Hopefully it will be made available on vinyl anytime soon, but for now, peep the digital. 
— Selected by Walla P


DJ Tess — Cattiva II / Nightmare

This is just way too sick, arguably her best work so far. A mysterious and psychedelic hybrid of vibrating UK Funky, Electro, Leftfield Techno and Club that will get your whole body swinging furiously.
— Selected by dileta

Jabes — klunk002

My favourite record by Jabes so far. Razor sharp percussive technoid explorations, with funky and expansive but refined sound design and massive enveloping dark atmospheres. The EP also spans across a very wide range of BPMs, from about 100 to 170. This is for contortion.
— Selected by dileta


M. Takara — Chuvvas

Beautiful Bandcamp only self-release, deep and meditative listening encouraged, or let the music wash over like a huge sigh of relief. Composed and recorded during the quarantine by Mauricio Takara, a prolific experimental musician from São Paulo to Chicago.  Apparently all on kitchen utensils & synthesizer, but the sounds are akin to chimes and softly played steel drums. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Gratien Midonet — A Cosmic Poet From Martinique 1979​-​1989

Essential overview of “spiritual Martinique polymath” Gratien Midonet’s first four albums of Creole poetry, acoustic folk, and heavy grooves, curated by Cedric Lassonde for Time Capsule. Bélé, beguine and gowka rhythms, surf guitars, violins, and acid-soaked guitars, all slide over each other. Transcendental music that lifts the soul whilst the rest of the body can barely resist either. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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TOUCH OF LOVE #03 — Hosted by Rissa Garcia (NYC) Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:30:34 +0000 This mix was made with the intention of letting go. After 4 years of turmoil and uncertainty in the US, we finally felt able to breathe again.

With the appointment of our new President Elect here in the states, there was a palpable energy shift in the air, an electric buzz in the streets of NYC and it was inspiring. Touch of Love 003 is a mix made to just close your eyes, breathe and let go of your cares, get lost in the music because for the first time in a long time, I feel hope again.



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Exclusive Premiere: Tamil Rogeon “Momus” Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:23:48 +0000 MIMS is delighted to debut “Momus” the soaring and celestial new single by Melbourne-based jazz violist/violinist and orchestral composer, Tamil Rogeon.

Released on November 11th, “Momus” is the latest single from Son Of Nyx, his new album releasing 5th February 2021 on Greg Boramans’ new imprint Soul Bank Music (part of the !K7 Music Group). His first full-length album in three years, Son of Nyx is one of the very few viola-led jazz LPs of our time.

Having chosen the violin over drums at an early age, Rogeon learnt his chops with the bow at college and in Melbourne increasingly famous jazz circles, a scene recently championed by Gilles Peterson on the ‘Sunny Side Up’ compilation on his Brownswood Recordings imprint just last year.

After discovering the innovations of jazz violinists, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stuff Smith, a period spent retracing his steps through jazz then followed, diving into fusion, boogaloo, Bitches Brew-era Miles-era Miles and acid jazz, before moving to New York, to study bebop in its very birthplace.

Playing at jams, busking in subway stations, and entertaining his love of Bird and Miles followed, until Rogeon moved back to Melbourne (via London), where he formed the jazz-influenced, orchestral electronic group, The Raah project with singer and MC, Ryan Ritchie, and whose debut thirteen-track LP Score (2009) boasted an impressive 22-piece horn and 17-piece string section.

A second album of equally cinematic, orchestral soundscapes followed in 2015, before Rogeon departed again, this time for Rio De Janeiro, to record the album 24 Hours In Lapa (2017), a 12-part suite built on Brazilian rhythms, featuring the 30-piece Orchestra Victoria, and centring around the tragic story of a young expat killed by an off-duty police officer in Lapa, in 2007.

Through all this, Rogeon has composed TV/film scores, worked with the likes of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Now with Son of Nyx, Rogeon has returned to where it all started for him.

Of the forthcoming album, Rogeon says, “after studying jazz for ten years and then leaving it for various crossover projects, it seemed an important thing to do. I felt it was the right time in my life to put out a record like this”.

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Back-to-Back Listening Session with Andrew Ashong Mon, 09 Nov 2020 13:19:00 +0000 South London soul artist Andrew Ashong returns with his first full release since 2014 – an expansive six-track collaboration with Kaidi Tatham, the unrivalled underground virtuoso described as the UK’s Herbie Hancock.

We’ve been huge fans of his music since his 2012 (time flies!) debut EP titled “Flowers” on Theo Parrish’ Sound Signature imprint and were thrilled to hear about his return project.

Since his music has drawn comparaisons with masters such as Shuggie Otis and Roy Ayers we thought a little listening session would be in order to dive deeper in his influences and record collection.

Listening session hosted by Music Is My Sanctuary founder Lexis.

Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham – Photo by Lou Jasmine

What up Andrew! Well first off, huge love for the brand new record with Kaidi Tatham. So happy to hear it finally in its entirety! How does it feel to have it out there?

Hey Lexis! It feels good to let things breathe and fly in the open air and travel wherever they go. I’m glad we’ve been able to set if free and let it loose. Thanks for the support!

L: Why don’t we start this little session with maybe some Kaidi tracks, lord knows his back catalogue is so deep! You wanna go first or I go?

AA: I wouldn’t even know where to start… endless goodness!. As well as all the various aliases and different combos too! Spoilt for choice. Over to you

L: True. Even his Aka’s have aka’s! Well lemme go with this one from almost 10 years ago, few before the huge Broken Beat revival (but this one shows the sound never really disappeared). My friend Moonstarr played this at a party in Montreal and I instantly had to run to the DJ booth for a track ID.

Lexis Pick #1:
Blakai – Simmer Down

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AA: Nice. Wicked example of these styles!
Rugged drums with the nimble playful vocal over the top. These choons always sound tough and powerful on any system as they seem to have the best elements of nuff different genres rolled into one. All over it!

I was showing this one off to a friend recently… for the direction it moves in as it progresses, it’s masterful stuff.

Andrew Ashong Pick #1:
Kaidi Tatham – Do What You Gotta Do

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L: Ohhh yeah absolute classic! thank god this record finally got reissued this year. Shout out to First Word Records fam. Yeah the arrangement on this tune is masterful indeed. Them Changes!

AA: Totally! Timeless music too. Bring on the reissues, spread that gospel.
The people need to know!

L: For sure. im all for reissues when they’re legit. get the music heard, get the artists some much deserved money.

ok my serve! well i figured since I know from your mixes you’re a fan of Brazilian music i’d pull something out in that vibe

AA: Sounds exciting… I’m all ears

L: I just came back from 3 months in Estonia and got a bunch of dope ex-Soviet Union records including this one which has a lovely bossa feel but the musicians and the vocals are Estonian.

Lexis Pick #2:
Uno Loop – Märtsis algas mai

AA: Wow… this is great music and a lovely find! Sounds kinda smoochie at the start but then gets more and more enchanting as it continues on. So cool how music travels, inspiring and influencing people as it passes by, creating all these amazing mixtures. Love it

L: Yeah the Eastern Europe jazz and soul records from the 60/70’s almost always have big bands behind them which is always really interesting.

So your turn what you got?

AA: So here’s a man who’s music is one hell of a mixture of many great things… and it also happens to be something that REALLY reminds me of the crazy sounds I was hearing in London from Kaidi and co in the early noughties. Lineage is deeep!

Andrew Ashong Pick #2:
Manolo Badrena – The One Thing

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L: Holy!! Didn’t know that one but yeah it’s a direct link to the 90’s Broken sound for sure. Damn, tracks like this make me miss clubs a little bit. Going to play this one out for sure and send you a shoutout! Tracks like this, Eddie Russ’ “Zaius” War’s “Flying Chase” etc really show the origins of the Broken scene.

AA: Totally feel you on the club withdrawal feelings bro. The energy is insane, right?!

L: Oh yeah “add to wishlist” on discogs right now haha

Here’s a super interesting one. always wanted to play this one in a jazz dance set but never got around to it… super unique. it’s part jazz dance part prog rock. 80’s tune from Belgrade, Serbia. Crazy arrangements on this one. Has a Rene Costy’s “Scrabble” kind of vibe.

Lexis Pick #3:
Vladimir Furda – Sest Kroz Osam

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AA: Fierce. High energy again!
We’re recreating our club space right here! Never heard this one either. You gotta love those tracks that you haven’t dared to play yet… you kinda build up a reverence for certain records, knowing that they might be a bit wild for some environments!

L: Exactly! its the type of track that’ll make everyone turn towards the DJ. And when you do finally draw it out, it’s kind of make or break

AA: Could completely go off! Or go off. Almost everything to do with timing and placement I guess

L: Would only take a couple plays until it becomes an anthem

AA: The open-minded and open-eared peeps can make it a beautiful dream. by accepting unfamiliar sounds, and making them familiar. Lovely stuff.

L: curious to hear whats next!

AA: One of those for me is a version of “Teen Town” by none other than the “University Of Miami Jazz Vocal Ensemble” Can’t seem to find it online, but here’s another interesting track from the LP

L: Just from the cover art and the name of the group you already know its gonna be dope. this is so dope!

Andrew Ashong Pick #3:
University Of Miami Jazz Vocal Ensemble – Citizens of the Universe

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AA: I’m guessing this is them at the peak of their cosmic consciousness

L: NASA should have released this

AA: I played this at a small jazz do in South London. And the lovely Patrick Forge was playing too. I was trying not to bore all the deep jazz heads in the place… by playing the stuff they hear all the time. And this was one of the tunes EVERYONE was asking me about afterwards. Mission complete!

L: Yeah i could definitely see that. it’s got that London thing. Staying on a 80’s jazz tip. here’s one of my favorites from Pharoah Sanders which I feel is super slept on

Lexis Pick #4:
Pharoah Sanders – Oh lord, let me do no wrong

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AA: Pharoah Sanders can absolutely do no wrong in my book! Literally everything is pretty much heavenly and sublime all the time! Never ceases to amaze me with the healing power of his music

I probably have almost all of his albums. Pharoah Sanders is up there with James Brown, Fela, Prince etc. You need separate records shelves for artists as prolific as that. Consistently brilliant.

I was due to perform with him a few years back, as part of the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb band. Sadly he didn’t make to gig due to health concerns… We had the legends Charles Lloyd and David Murray do them though… all amazing legends. All praises due

L: No doubt. gotta cherish these legends while we have them. i came across this organization in NYC call the Jazz Foundation of America who help out American Jazz musicians with any support they need like medical bills, emergencies and so on…. very inspiring

AA: So I’m reaching for something very accessible, affordable, available and abundant… Not an obscure or scarce record at all… and also a hugely famous artist. I feel some parts of his musical output is heavily overlooked by jazz heads and so-called diggers etc

L: All for it! 1$ records are more slept on that 1000$ records anyway!

Andrew Ashong Pick #4:
Carlos Santana – Free As The Morning Sun

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L: Ohhhh I love that one! Only heard about it a few years ago. Yes exactly he’s the kind of artist whose so huge you assume you know everything of his. Incredible spiritual tune.

AA: Staying on a very spiritual path in a spirited mood…

L: Haha well for my last one I thought of something completely off topic we’re on now. I was listening to your cocktail / Christmas mix last night. So lovely! So I thought I’d close on my favorite bizzaro exotica Christmas joint

AA: Interesting. Edge of my seat

L: From Canadian wizard Bruce Haak. Not sure if this one has ever been reissued. Like a song from the Jetsons on acid

Lexis Pick #5:
Bruce Haak – I Like Christmas

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AA: Bonkers. What year is this from?!

L: Early 80’s. Always puts a smile on my face

AA: Definitely needs more investigation… I’ve heard of him but don’t think I have any records. Sounds like a fruitful discovery lies ahead!
Bless you

L: It’s been awesome man! So many discoveries!! I’ll give you the honors of closing this out

AA: So I’m bringing it back to the where we started with another pre-cursor tune, for similar reasons to the Manolo.. Never heard anyone play this somehow… ? Maybe I don’t get out enough. Possibly

Andrew Ashong Pick #5:
Mick Fleetwood – The Visitor

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L: Never heard this one out either! Or else I would have run to the booth to ask what the hell is this?! Love the synth bass. I mean I love everything in there for sure but the synth bass is a bit odd in there but totally makes the track for me

AA: Minimal wickedness. There’s more curious sounds on the rest of the LP, this is just the most club worthy track (for me).

Should be another affordable and available record. Intresting album, as part of the now well-established pattern of the European Rockstar going to Africa (insert country of choice) to make (take) music. Paul Simon got plenty of side-eye for similar (albeit more lucrative) antics. Would probably be frowned upon today in all honesty

L: Yeah! I would almost have guessed it was something like a Kalima records on Factory

AA: LOVE Kalima! Good call

L: Incredible joint. Another one for the imaginary dancefloor. Some a** will probably make an edit of it one day and get rich off it. But I digress

AA: So very true. Let’s just ‘politely’ encourage them to pay and credit the artist (and maybe even shout out the source of their discovery!) But I guess we also don’t know if ALL of the original artists on the project were even paid properly at the time. It gets REAL complex. Yikes!

L: Agreed.

Hey it’s been such a dope session! Hoping to do this with you in real life some day soon. Huge love on the record, my favorite joint so far is Learning Lessens. But I’m sure I’ll be on repeat for a while. Encouraging all heads to get that!

AA: Really fun bro. Love the format!
What a great thing

I think you might have been one of the first publications to cover my music back on my first release

Much love to you my brother
Love your choices too. Peeeeeeeece

Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham’s new album!

Andrew Ashong’s new record in collaboration with the mighty Kaidi Tatham is out on a new label called Kitto records – available on all platforms this Friday, but you can get it now exclusively on Bandcamp. 

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Video Premiere: Menagerie “Free Thing” Sun, 08 Nov 2020 20:03:50 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere the extremely vibrant video for Menagerie’s brand new, spoken-word, percussion & double bass heavy jazz banger, “Free Thing”. Directed by Gina Tratt and featuring the incredible dancing of Ramelle Williams.

Australian 9-piece, Menagerie, recently announced their highly anticipated third album ‘Many Worlds’, to be released January 15th 2021 on esteemed U.K label Freestyle Records.

The video is directed by Gina Tratt who tells us, “I was really taken by the composition’s emphasis on freedom of expression. I sought to mirror this by creating a dialogue between Ramelle’s exploratory dance style and textured abstract animations, reflecting the narrative of the music as it shifts in intensity and feeling.”

Menagerie is the Melbourne-based jazz ensemble founded by producer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ and recording artist Lance Ferguson, also the driving force behind The Bamboos, Lanu, Rare Groove Spectrum and Machines Always Win.

Menagerie‘s debut album ‘They Shall Inherit’ saw the light of day in 2012 via label Tru Thoughts and 2018 saw the release of ‘The Arrow Of Time’ on Freestyle. Inspired by both the post-Coltrane generation of the 70’s and the current ‘New Wave Of Jazz’, the album made serious waves internationally in 2018, being championed by the likes of BBC’s Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Courtney Pine and Don Letts.

Now, two years on from their last full length album, Menagerie are back with “Free Thing”, the first single from their upcoming album that sees the band leaning heavily into the spiritual side of their sound. The hypnotic spoken word-poem is evocative of The Last Poets, an earthy yet futuristic meditation on the universal theme of freedom itself, set to a backdrop of insistent percussion, double bass and brooding piano voicings.

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Exclusive Premiere: Dave De Rose “Self-Acting” Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:00:31 +0000 MIMS is over the moon to share the unnervingly beautiful sounds of “Self-Acting” by multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer, Dave De Rose.

“Self-Acting” is taken from De Rose’s 9th EP, ‘Activate’, where we find him uncovering further layers of his deep production and songwriting skills. This time coupling his voice with the lush tones and harmonic orchestrations of rising artist, Jaelee Small (Metronomy, Seb Rochford, Ibibio Sound Machine).

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On ‘ACTIVATE’, we find Dave De Rose lyrically pursuing subjects around the active healing and power of meditation, human reliance on material facts, contemplations on self-destruction and an abstract take on the natural course of love. All this playfully coloured by masterful sound craft, original rhythms, and sonic texture amalgamations.

Initial versions of these tracks were composed and produced in an instantaneous, spur of the moment way in the aftermath of the end of a personal relationship which left much space for internal reflection and external contemplation. Conversations with friends, photo, audio exchanges could offset a whole track.

“Self-Acting” was a combination of all three of these inspirations as a conversation about internal peace and meditation ensued, with friend and collaborator Nefeli Papaioannou. Nefeli messaged Dave her guitar part phone recorded from a beach on the Island of Gavdos (Crete). When prompted for a title she simply replied “Self-Acting”.

Connecting the dots, Dave drew the rest. In addition to Jaelee’s vocals the track post-production also features the large and sea-rocking drum kit playing of Jon Scott (Mulatu Astatke, Sons of Kemet). Jon is the first ever drummer to feature playing kit on one of Dave’s solo records, since he normally plays all drum parts himself.

Teaser video for “Self-Acting” taken from handycam footage on Gravdos island in Crete, by Nefeli Papaioannou.

An Anglo-Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, educator & sound engineer based in London, Dave De Rose moved to the UK from Rome in 1996 to study Jazz at Guildhall, graduating with distinction & winning their artist development award, whilst working on both live and recordings.

De Rose has self-released 17 records on his own label (Dave De Rose Records), whilst having toured & recorded with artists such as Electric Jalaba, Moloko, Roisin Murphy, Bastille, Mark Ronson & The Business International, Mulatu Astatke, Rokia Traore, Jamie Cullum, Scroobius Pip, Raul Monsalve y los Forajidos, Forest Binary, Vula Viel and Trio Trekke.

De Rose’s recent project, Agile Experiments, has caught the imaginations of musicians and the underground experimental jazz community world-wide. Releasing 7 LPs over three years, the project features leading improv and jazz musicians from London and Athens in particular.

The ‘ACTIVATE’ EP is released on November 20 on digital and an extremely limited edition of 10″ lathe cut vinyl records. Just 25!! Available to pre-order on Bandcamp now!

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MIMS Guest Mix: BANDLER CHING (Brussels, Belgium, Sdban Ultra) Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:16:30 +0000 Hailing from Brussels, Bandler Ching is a creation of musical ideas from composer and saxophonist Ambroos De Schepper. Flawlessly blending contemporary jazz, electronics, hip-hop, noise and global beats, the sound is based around the freedom of expression and improvisation and performed with dazzling conviction.

“If there is any connection between these tracks, it’s groove or the imagination of groove. Some of them are rather dark and trap-like, others are dreamy or nostalgic, others are dub and jazz. Whatever the direction, it had a big influence on my own musical perception and I hope it will have the same on you.” – Ambroos De Schepper


  1. The Gaslamp Killer – The Butcher (with Mophono)
  2. Mala – Como Como
  3. Mark Guiliana – BUD
  4. Nosaj Thing – Get Like
  5. Chukwu – By All Means Necessary
  6. Sam Wilkes – Descending
  7. Panda Bear – Nod To The Folks
  8. Jeff Parker – Cliche
  9. Bandler Ching – Opalescent
  10. Mansur Brown – God Willing
  11. Kosmo Sound – Rank
  12. Kneebody & Daedelus – The Hole
  13. Mbongwana Star – Malukayi (ft. Konono °1)
  14. A Z E R T Y Klavierwerke – Ligtijd

Bandler Ching are:

Ambroos De Schepper: saxophone
Alan Van Rompuy: keys
Federico Pecoraro: bass
Olivier Penu: drums

Bandler Ching Links

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Exclusive Premiere: Contento “Lo Bueno Está Aquí” Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:02:32 +0000 MIMS is extremely excited to be first to air the title track of Contento’s forthcoming album for El Palmas Music, ‘Lo Bueno Está Aquí’. An irresistible example of Contento’s penchant for crafting DIY salsa with a punk attitude.

Contento like to label their music “salsapunk” – smart, witty stuff with a deceptively simple home-made aesthetic. It’s salsa of a kind, but not necessarily as we know it. It could be salsa played by AI robots, but conceived by a duo with the playful sparkle of those Swiss master producer-musicians, Yello. “The sound comes from what we have to hand in order to make the music…”, says the group.

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Contento are two expatriate Colombians who like to make people happy. Geneva-based Paulo Olarte is a member of Acid Coco, El Dragón Criollo and La Jungla, as well as recording under his own name. Former native of Medellín and current resident of Barcelona, Sebastian Hoyos, aka Sano, is a DJ and producer who has released his own brand of minimalist Latin house for the Cómeme label in Berlin, ultra-hip devotees of “the dark side of the mirror ball”. It was in Berlin, at an Eddie Palmieri concert, that the pair met in 2011 and discovered a mutual passion for la salsa. They kept in touch, though it was five years before they took enough time off from their respective projects to explore why and how they wanted to make music together.

Between 2016 and 2019, they met on and off in Barcelona and Geneva to lay down some of their ideas. The eight best numbers became Lo Bueno Está Aquí, their debut album. They wanted to give their audience “a new salsa sound, that will make you want to discover some of the older sounds, too.” The result is something that you might describe as “retro-smart”: it does indeed remind you of older sounds like Nuyorican boogaloo from the ‘60s and cumbia from the golden age of Discos Fuentes, yet it’s also modern and refreshingly different. The two musicians create a sonic palette from what Paulo suggests as “what we have to hand”: bass, piano, organ, guitar, a range of keyboards, assorted percussion instruments and the vintage drum machines that, along with a liberal use of distortion, contribute to the album’s signature sound. It’s “lo-fi with a super-clean production”, and guaranteed to make you dance.

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Contento didn’t choose their name by accident. They want to make people feel happy, contented. You’d be hard pressed to keep your feet still or listen to this seriously hip, deliciously wonky album without a grin on your face from start to finish.

‘Lo Bueno Está Aquí’ sees release on November 6. Check out more from El Palmas on Spotify

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Exclusive Premiere: Real J. “Greetings From Bordeaux” Tue, 03 Nov 2020 21:17:31 +0000 Out now on Waxtefacts (vinyl only)

REAL J.’s mini album has reached the surface and it’s on waxtefacts – the « Memory Screen » LP is approached with a distinctively different execution of style resulting from a bunch of distorted sonic memories deriving from early childhood until present.

Expect a collection of atmospheric heavy-weight slams with sprinkles of sunshine and experience transitions between heavy drums and haunting industrial feels.

Artwork: Zoya Cherkassky Nnadi
Mastering: Six Bit Deep
Contributors: shout out to Kerstone & Glenn Astro!
Release date 13th of October

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MIMS Guest Mix: HENRIK LINDSTRAND (Sweden, OLI Records) Tue, 03 Nov 2020 14:45:31 +0000 A few words from Henrik Lindstrand about this wonderful mix. Also highly recommended listening once you’re done with the mix is Henrik’s newest album titled “Nordhem“. (More info at the bottom of this page)

“The theme has been inspirational and great music and it is quite eclectic. I’ve allowed myself to blend styles and expressions. There are several Swedish artists in the mix – which I thought was a fun side-theme as well. It starts with a few instrumental tracks moving into a couple of vocal songs and then ending with two longer ambient tracks before my own Hallonlandet as ending piece. I also put Blå Berget as an introduction piece.”


Blå Berget- Henrik Lindstrand
Alma- Jonny Greenwood
Vanity- Mica Levi
Visa från Rättvik – Jan Johansson
Innocent – Fläskkvartetten
I´m Staring Out The World – Stina Nordenstam
For show – Rebecka Törnqvist
Poses – Rufus Wainwright
Under Sjukhusen – Jonathan Johansson
Ignorant Boy, Beautiful Girl (Namanama) – Loney Dear
Aralkum – Galya Bisengalieva
Only Once Away My Son – Brian Eno/Kevin Shields
Hallonlandet – Henrik Lindstrand

Info on newest album “Nordhem”

New album ‘Nordhem’ represents the finale in a trilogy of poetic, deeply personal melodically woven soundscapes comprising of the two critically acclaimed albums ‘Leken’ (2017) and ‘Nattresan’ (2019). At once both epic and emotive, much of ‘Nordhem’ ties into themes of family and nostalgia and draws inspiration from hugely diverse experiences of a life fully lived as well as poetic literature, such as ‘Blå Berget’ taken from Mina Drömmars Stad (City of my Dreams) by Swedish writer Per Anders Fogelström.

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Crucial Material – November 2nd, 2020 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 22:23:23 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Sun Ra Arkestra — Swirling

Afro-futurism pioneers, under the direction of maestro Marshall Allen who has been leading the band since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, have just released their first studio album in over twenty years, titled Swirling on Strut Records. This brilliant sonic journey through the space-age cosmos features new versions of Sun Ra classics like “Angels and Demons at Play”, “Rocket No. 9”, “Astro Black”, “Door of the Cosmos”, “Seductive Fantasy” and more. Space continues to be the place!
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood  —  LIVE

Recorded a year ago in Berlin after experiencing two days of racist aggresions, ‘LIVE’, on International Anthem, captures an enraged & impassioned Dawid & co, recalling the otherworldliness of Sun Ra, the naked honesty of Nina Simone and an incomparable raw energy.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Tino Contreras — La Noche de los Dioses

Following Gilles Peterson’s launching of his new Arc Records reissue imprint with prolific Mexican jazz musician, Tino Contreras’ rare classic ‘Musica Infinita’, Contreras, now 96, has recorded a brand new album for sister-label Brownswood that more than stands up against his past work and the current international crop. ¾ rhythms, Tino’s expressive drums, a deep, and mystical sound from the accomplished band, complemented well by Carlos Icaza’s production and pre-Hispanic percussion.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Fredy V & The Foundation — One Step

A refreshingly modern foray into soulful RnB and Boogie by Montreal ensemble Fredy V & the Foundation, this EP is solid all the way through. Opening and closing with the bangers One Step and Gimme the Check, the project is elevated by the stellar musicianship of the Foundation (check the epic instrumental Funghi) and Fredy V’s smooth and skilled vocals. This funky journey is a trip you can’t miss and sets the standard for what that sound is in 2020.
— Selected by ASMA


Audio Bambino — BAM​-​001

A sick new club music label is launching from Montreal, with conceptual graphic design featuring 3 main characters on the releases. This first V/A focuses on sleek and futuristic trancy techno by the likes of Priori, Ugent and many impressive local talents.
— Selected by dileta

Huey Mnemonic — Technician

Released on his own imprint Subsonic Ebonics, this new EP by Detroit’s Huey Mnemonic contains 3 versions of a minimal, yet furious old school techno tool, in which the drum machines are dusty, wild and loose and the synths stabs are dubby, funky and psychedelic. As a bonus, there’s a fantastic heads-down-full-speed-ahead remix by Max Watts at the end.
— Selected by dileta

Bakongo — 3 x 2

The original don of UK Funky returns under his Bakongo moniker and sounds as fresh as ever, blending the original foundations with the exciting rejuvenation of Hard Bass meeting Funky sounds of the last few years. The kind of EP that make you miss dark sweaty rooms.
— Selected by Lexis

Moonstarr — The Trip

Our great friend Moonstarr shares a few versions of a track dedicated to a great social cause (read more). “The Trip” features mr. Moon’s unmistakable swinging drums and synth wizardry. Now if he could only be convinced to release some of the incredible tunes from his vaults!
— Selected by Lexis


Busta Rhymes — Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God

Busta has achieved the highly touted yet rarely obtained successful rap comeback album. Keeping his signature flow active to explore current themes with a spectacular list of collaborations including Q-Tip, Paak, Kendrick, ODB, M.O.P, Mary J, Mariah Carey & Bell Biv Devoe. Highlights include the  soulful Best I Can with Rapsody and Master Fard Muhammad with Rick Ross. This album is like a classic Busta verse, it takes many listens to truly appreciate.
— Selected by ASMA

Zach Zoya — Spectrum

Young rapper Zach Zoya has all the potential to carve his own lane and his debut EP gives us a glimpse into what’s ahead. Powerfully introspective lyrics backed by stellar production and melodic vocals give this intimate yet explosive project a solid foundation. With the right aesthetic all we can do is wait for the breakout hit.
— Selected by ASMA

Lou Phelps — Extra Extra!

Lou Phelps returns with a solid 7 track EP that is all killer no filler. From the uptempo Must Be to the smooth Smiling or the headnodding Nike Shoe Box, Lou Phelps rides the production with ease and versatility. Beats by Kaytranada, Lakim & tek.lun make this a thoroughly enjoyable project with a few tracks that will give DJs new ammunition.
— Selected by ASMA


Trees Speak  —  Shadow Forms

Second LP this year for Soul Jazz Records by the Tuscan, Arizona based Diaz brothers, whose outsider recipe of 70s German ‘motorik’, psych, soundtracks (think Carpenter, Morricone, Goblin) and no wave synths somehow sits well enough together to be an instant buy-on-sight hit. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Maalem Mahmoud Gania — Aicha

First time on vinyl for this incredible album by the master Moroccan Gnawa music. Beautifully remastered by Hive Mind Records, previously released on cassette alone in Morocco in the nineties. To these ears, ‘Aicha’ could arguably be the best, readily available introduction to the deeply resonating tones of the guinbri (3-string camel-skin bass banjo), call & response and vocals and trance-inducing effect of gnawa music. Sold out on Bandcamp, but see Honest Jons or Forced Exposure. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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MIMS Guest Mix: JAZZANOVA “Paz E Futebol 3 Inspiration Mix” (Berlin, Sonar Kollektiv) Mon, 02 Nov 2020 20:10:15 +0000 – Mix by Jürgen von Knoblauch

I have done the mix to celebrate the release of Paz e Futebol, Volume 3 compilation compiled by Junior Santos.

Over time, Junior and I developed a friendship based upon listening, talking, analyzing and trading Brazilian music.

When the idea came up to let Junior compile Volume 3, I was so thrilled that I even agreed to change the original concept of our Paz e Futebol series. Namely to compile Brazilian influenced music from all over the world be it from the past or the present.

Junior, however, selected 8 fantastic recordings made in Brazil from the 80’s which throw a bridge from major released recordings to independently organised releases.

This mix features some of those recordings but it also pays homage to the original concept of Paz e Futebol and features actual productions with a Brazilian taste as well. Additionally, the mix presents recordings which might be part of one of the next Paz e Futebol volumes. Enjoy:)


1. Carlinhos Santos e Grupo Céu – Nago
2. FBS – Grana
3. Laerty – Nega Deixa De Cascata
4. Emilio Santiago – Mais que um momento
5. Nanda Rossi – Livre Pra Voar
6. Ivan Conti – Katmandu (Jazzanova Remix)
7.Tenderlonious – Maria
8. Valéria – Marcação
9. Simone – Povo Da Raça Brasil
10. Elza Soares Som, Amor, Trabalho e Progresso
11. Gerude – Pungar
12. Bena Roberto – Brincando de Amor
13. Sergio Coelhão – Mais Que Um Segredo
14. Banda Olé Brasil – Olé Brasil
15. Sonia Burnier – Por Isso Eu Canto
16. Afrika Gumbe – Okunrinti O Sise
17. Arco-Iris – Maria Clara
18. Flavio Pantoja – Chá Das Sete
19. Instrumental & Tal – Paula
20. Vania Bastos –  Clareou

check out the 3rd edition of the celebrated “Paz E Futebol” series, an absolute must buy for all!

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Video Premiere: Thijsenterprise “Sketchy” Mon, 02 Nov 2020 13:52:44 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “Sketchy”, the second single from saxophonist, composer & beatmaker, Thijsenterprise’s forthcoming ‘Lahringen’ album, an addictive jazz tune with post punk energy. We are also excited to premiere a special DIY music video put together this week, just for us!

Reinier Thijs a.k.a. Thijsenterprise’s new project ‘Lahringen’ begins where most of his previous creations have left off. Through reedy skronking sax, no easy listening aesthetics here, we get that passport to the ’80s. The intersection between Lou Reed’s old New York attitude and the encroaching rhythmic assault about to hit. Post-punk, featuring steady bass lines—peak demon Jaco to cool as fuck Slits era—in transit.

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“Sketchy”, an original arrangement, taps Reinier’s dedication to skateboarding. Named for when skate rats land a trick sloppy, non-smooth, or ugly he does in fact match the sound of the bass with the feeling of ‘meh.’ “The drums and percussion in the track carry a driving pulse, and the saxophone plays a light melody, ping-ponging between the groove of the rhythm section. Which makes the track very repetitive, catchy,” states Reinier.

Repurposing discordant sounds, as an alchemist traveling through time, Reinier sounds at home. Clearing out space, grounding up source material, for the cruise. Truth be told, he’s confessed to pulling attitude and sound inspiration from The Lounge Lizards and James Chance. It’s unmistakable and you can hear it. But the combination of new school beat-making tactics, via scientists Makaya McCraven and Jeff Parker, who’s shown it’s far more interesting tossing out the rule book, see Reinier come full-circle with the wide spectrum of his sound jacket.

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“When I started making beats, that came from a deep love for hip-hop but also to see if I could create music without my saxophone. In that sense, I’m more of a musician rather than I’m a beatmaker,” says Reinier.

‘Lahringen’ is an anagram for the Dutch city Harlingen, as used by author Simon Vestdijk in his Anton Wachter novel series, whom is Thijsenterprise’s favorite writer. The album is part of his ‘Elfsteden’ (‘Eleven Cities’) series of releases, each named after a city in an infamous Dutch ice-skating race which only takes place in brutal winters.

“Sketchy” sees digital release on November 4 and ‘Lahringen’ (which we also love!) is out November 27th on vinyl and on all digital platforms.

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AURAL MOOD #02 — Autumn 2020 (Hosted by Honeydrip) Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:07:17 +0000 Honeydrip presents Aural Mood; an ongoing series of mixes made to accompany you in specific settings where the mood will be just right.

This edition of Aural mood focuses on the the ambient world. The layering and delicacy of sounds is perfect for meditation, yoga, or reading. With a huge decrease in social opportunities, it is the perfect time to look within.

Visuals by belongtothevoid


Xglare- Lymph
Ben Bondy- Doe
Tissu- Wavenet Loop
Donato Dozzy- Vaporware 4
Lucky S- Moniker
Ninomiya Tatsuki- Sorry
Om Unit- Tahatah (O$VMV$M Redux)
Schacke- The end of ecstacy
Priori- 2see
Sad City- Pace, Movements I-IV
Donato Dozzy- 12H.5
Mary Lattimore- Jimmy V
DJ Python- Te Conoci
Melodious & Rituals- Tide
Bandshell- Flying Wingback
12k (Tasogare: Live in Tokyo)- Taylor Deupree
Unknown- Antonio
Quirke- Fluorescent Phlegm

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Exclusive Premiere: Harmonious Thelonious “Aventure” Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:24:00 +0000 MIMS is pleased to premiere the heart warming, toe tapping sounds of “Aventure” by Harmonious Thelonious, the solo project of the Düsseldorf musician Stefan Schwander.

Released on 30th October on Hamburg label Couldn’t Care More whose previous releases have included artists such as John Daly, A Sagittariun and The Oliverwho Factory.

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Harmonious Thelonious, work combines American influenced minimal music with African rhythms and European melodies. His music successfully embraces the physical power of a club night soundtrack whilst exploring the dramatic depths of sonic worlds, creating an intensive listening experience in total solitude.

Couldn’t Care More tell us that Aventure “keeps the same yet ever-changing lighthearted melody effortlessly meandering back and forth over electrified beats”.

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BALANCE — Show #557 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:59:32 +0000 It’s another monthly trip through the sounds of Balance!

Thought I’d let the mix breathe on its own so no voice-overs and interruptions this time around, but don’t worry – back on the mic on the next one!

90 minutes of heaviness featuring the boogie beats of Buscrates, John Carroll Kirby’s latest single on Stones Throw featuring Eddie Chacon, Moodymann’s remix of the Sun Palace classic “Rude Movements”, Jordan Rakei with the return of his alter ego Dan Kye forthcoming on Rhythm Section International, a couple of tracks from the latest Potatohead People album, Daniel Maunick with a jazz house banger, Soul Supreme with a great rendition of Tony Palkovic’s “Born with a Desire”, a little tribute to the late great Ira Sullivan and as always much, much more inside the mix…

Hope you enjoy it!





Potatohead People – Ode to Mr Jacobs | Bastard Jazz

Duval Timothy – Smoke Alarm | Carrying Colour

Tom Misch & Yusef Dayes – Seagulls | Blue Note

John Carrol Kirby featuring Eddie Chacon & Nailah Hunter | Stones Throw

Loren Oden – Words to Say | Linear Labs

Yameen – Money (Real Folk Blues) |

Buscrates featuring Anda – Believe | Bastard Jazz

Soul Supreme – Born With a Desire | Soul Supreme

Phyllis Hyman – Living All Alone | Philadelphia International

Y’akoto – Undercover Lover | Kame Entertainment

Huma – Moon Crab | Angis

Sun Palace – Rude Movements (Moodymann remix) | Alim

Toby Glider – Pop City | City Baby

Dorian Concept – Eigendynamik | Brainfeeder

Byron the Aquarius – Timeless (vocal mix) | Axis

Dan Kye – Raro | Rhythm Section International

Potatohead People featuring Clear Mortifee – Hidden Levels | Bastard Jazz

Daniel Maunick – Black Magic | Far Out

Takuya Kuroda – Fade (KEARL remix) | First Word

Secret Night Gang – The Sun |

Elusive – Vague Emotions | Dome of Doom

Bless the Mad – Rio Darkness | Stay the Course

Ira Sullivan – The Kingdom Within You | Pausa

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Exclusive Premiere: Şatellites “Deli Deli” Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:21:14 +0000 The ever-reliable Batov Records have another unmissable 45 on the way. This time it’s a band formed only this year called Şatellites. MIMS is proud to premiere B-Side, “Deli Deli”, a razor sharp slice of Turkish psych funk & pop in 6/8 time.

Şatellites are another exciting act from the celebrated Tel Aviv music scene, and here at Batov Records we love them! Formed earlier this year, the group comprises talented vocalist Yuli Shafriri on the synth; Itamar Klüger on the baglama & bouzouki; Ariel Harrosh on the bass and Azriel ‘Raz’ Man on the drums. The band plays everything from Anatolian rock to vintage psych and spacey grooves. Şatellites describe their sound as retro-fresh psych à la Turk, a musical “laboratory” lost somewhere between the mysterious alleys of 70’s Istanbul and the scorching sun and crystal blue sea of Jaffa-Tel Aviv.

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“Deli Deli” opens with a groovy bass riff and ululating synth, followed by a nifty melodic lead on the baglama and then Yuli’s enchanting vocals. The song is a new interpretation of an old piece by beloved 70’s Turkish folk singer Şakir Öner. This new version differs from the original in the more bright and poppy feel, conveyed by the 6/8 rhythm, and the addition of a whole new section by the band.

“Deli Deli” is released on 27th November with “Big Baglama” on the flip, and if you’ve checked that one already then you’ve surely bought a copy! Destined to be a hit at your next post-lockdown breakers jam and very much destined to sell out. So don’t sleep!

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Exclusive Premiere: Saint Ezekiel “Suffering Shuffle” Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:40:48 +0000 Plucked from an open mic by Grammy award winning producer James Poyser and quickly placed in the “right rooms”, guitarist and songwriter Ezekiel marries the melodies of the western world with the sounds of Africa. Born in West Philadelphia to Nigerian immigrants, he lives through a lens of liminality.

Influenced by his parents, Ezekiel developed a love for highlife music and traditional Afrobeat. He then consumed jazz and neo-soul. As a result, his music reflects a conversation in his soul between genres — deep drones gliding across bright chords, and a percussive bass, accented by chanting and lush tones.

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Ezekiel challenges the objective definition of several genres backed by the rich sonic experience of Mell Starr and Eric Lau. The motifs of liminality and freedom -mental, social, and spiritual – are deeply woven into his forthcoming album Everything is Under Alarm slated to be released on December 4th, 2020

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #201 + INTERVIEWS WITH MOFAK & BUSCRATES — Hosted by Walla P Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:41:19 +0000 For this month’s show, we’re catching up with a load of new Modern Funk releases, from Buscrates, Moniquea, Fredy V. & The Foundation, Saucy Lady, Maya Killtron and much more + 2 Live Interviews with Mofak , whose album “My Town” drops October 30th, and Buscrates, whose album dropped earlier this month on Bastard Jazz.


BusCrates – Evergreen (feat. Tony Ozier)
I, Ced – Call Me Up (XL Middleton Remix)
Confection – You Got The Love
Maya Killtron – The Middle (Diamond Ortiz Remix)
Kutcorners feat Amalia – The Finest (E.Live Remix)
Moniquea – Do It Again


Mofak – Fake It (Exclusive)
BusCrates – Sure Shot (feat. DJ Epik)
Jay Diggs – W.A.P. (Funk Instrumental)
Jay Diggs – Both Ways (feat. Zyodara)
Fredy V. & The Foundation – One Step
Koji Ono – Ricochet


BusCrates – Turn It Out (feat. Brothermartino)
Love Touch Family – I Got Your Back feat. Saucy Lady
Giovanni Damico – Fall In The Groove
Air Suspension Club Band – Seaside In The Twilight
Michigan Avenue – I Just Can’t Get Enough
Otis Williams – I Love The Way You Love Me
Forecast – Never Too Much
Chas – No Better Love
Spank – Freakin’ Baby

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Crucial Material – October 26th, 2020 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:58:21 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Azymuth, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad — Jazz Is Dead 004

Legendary Brazilian jazz-funk and fusion band Azymuth have teamed up with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad to release the fourth album in the Jazz Is Dead series. Strongly recapturing the vibe of their seventies-era sound, the group nicely blends jazz-funk grooves, with psychedelic and cosmic tones, wah-wah guitar and warm analog keys melodies, backed by Brazilian-influence rhythms and percussion.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Kahil El’Zabar — Kahil El’Zabar’s America the Beautiful

Just in time for the US Presidential election, legendary percussionist Kahil El’Zabar’s brilliant new album addresses the state of America today, while being hopeful for the future. Leading a string quartet and an ensemble featuring Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid, Harriet Bluiett (last recording) and others, this album includes spiritual jazz renditions of Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself”, Al Green’s “How to Mend a Broken Heart”, “America The Beautiful” and more
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Mark De Clive-Lowe — Dreamweavers

While the Broken Beat movement has found the fountain of youth, MdCL – one of its quintessential keys man – keeps on with his slightly more acoustic jazz, yet always as profound and elaborated. He is accompanied on the record by Tommaso Cappellato and Andrea Lomdardini. Tip!
— Selected by Psycut

Planet Battagon – Trans-Neptunia

Nathan Tugg delivers a full LP of cliché-free super-sonic jazz-rave for On The Corner. It’s Sun Ra caught on space ship with, Miles Davis, Carl Craig, Aphex Twin and Herbie Hancock. Even the after party is covered on the calmer moments.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Various Artists – New Horizons: Young Stars of South African Jazz

Essential overview of the wide range of incredible sounds & musicians bubbling up in South Africa, such as pianist & vocalist Thand Ntuli, and trombonist & vocalist, Siya Makuzeni. It’s the first time we are seeing most of these artists on vinyl, but this is a brilliant reminder to dig deeper online too.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Maya Killtron — The Middle (Diamond Ortiz Remix)

First of two new releases via Love Touch Records, a Toronto based label run by Gil Masude (The Precious Lo’s). This one is a remix of Maya Killton’s “In The Middle’ by the talkbox giant Diamond Ortiz. Guaranteed slap, get doubles. 
— Selected by Walla P

Love Touch Family — I Got Your Back feat. Saucy Lady

The second of the two releases by Love Touch Records, this one featuring the lovely voice and ultra talented Saucy Lady, from Boston. Definitely more on a disco touch, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Perfect match. The “Re-Touch” by U-Key is a sure shot as well. 
— Selected by Walla P

Ty Dolla $ign – Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Three years since Ty $’ last solo record, he returns with an aptly titled “Featuring Ty Dolla $ign” since the man is one of the busiest on the feat. rounds. This record is truly as great as “mainstream” R&B gets these days. Also: super solid production all the way through!
— Selected by Lexis


Henry Greenleaf — Caught

This is the EP of the year for me. My favourite leftfield bass/techno producer comes through with a pure rollercoaster psychological thriller of a release. Surgical grade percussion riding on dangerously swinging grooves and the most creative mutant bass, leads and effects you’ll find in the game all laid out wildly tortuous tune structures.
— Selected by dileta

Black Girl / White Girl  — Physique

Another of my favourite acts lands with one of their best releases ever. This is top shelf party material. Bright and ferocious wonky techno rolling at high speed with brutal, raw drums and cheeky imaginative synth and sample work. I also strongly recommend their new Hot Mouth single, it’s plain ridiculous.
— Selected by dileta

Namy — Colors of the Universe

Founder of japanese label Spirit Soul, Yutaka Takanami also known as Namy has dropped his new LP under King Street Sounds. A stunning Soulful/Funky/House remixes album revisited by some of  the best of the genre like Manoo, Terry Hunter, Dj Spen, Crackazat, OPOLOPO to name a few.
— Selected by Akpossoul


Rekinsa — Timing

First project by Montreal (hailing from Dijon) producer Rekinsa, who delivers a stunning 8 track album, ranging from Boom Bap Hip-Hop and Funk influences. He’s been a regular at the Montreal Loop Sessions producer gatherings, and definitely looking forward to hearing what he has in store for his next moves.
— Selected by Walla P

Soul Supreme — S/T

A must have LP, from Amsterdam producer Soul Supreme. The virtuoso delivers a stellar album, and continues his streak of hot releases (his last 7’ release “check The Rhyme/Lyrics To Go” sold out super quick). This one will be on heavy rotation for the upcoming weeks. 
— Selected by Walla P


Dorian Concept — The Jitters

The return of the Viannese maestro, and it’s another journey through the wonderful world of organized chaos that is the mind of Dorian Concept! Consisting of out/alt/one takes, it’s another welcome edition to the Dorian Concept discography – out now on Ninja Tune…
— Selected by Spacewalker

Actress — Karma & Desire

Another addition to Actress’ impressive body of work. Definitely one of my personal favorites since “Splazsh” (2010), “Karma & Desire” is hazy, gloomy yet super soulful music. Perfect for the autumn and winter months ahead.
— Selected by Lexis


Kiko Dinucci – Rastilho

Superb Mais Um (UK) pressing of this incredible Brazilian LP, now with a bonus three-track 45. A powerful sound, simply solo guitar, with voices at times. Kiko has worked with Metá Metá, Tom Zé, Criolo and Elza Soares, but on ‘Rastilho’ influences from João Gilberto, Jorge Ben, et al, shine with an exhilarating punk edge.  
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Various Artists – La Locura de Machuca (1975-1980)

This double LP compilation and booklet from Analog Africa tells the story of Baraquilla’s iconic Discos Machuca. On one-hand, Machica released popular traditional coastal music (cumbia, etc), but on the other, much more experimental & psychedelic music, inspired by funk, rock and rare imports from Africa and the Caribbean. This set captures it all. Essential.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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LAZY DAYS — Show #94 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:46:24 +0000 Here’s the show 94 for October. Lots of amazing music this month.
Hope you enjoy!

Feat new music by : The Vision/Maurice Fulton, St-Germain/Atjazz, Groove Armada/Ashley Beedle and a new remix I did for Life On Planets on Soul Clap…


1.Say 3 – Akoben Pt. 1 Club Djembe
2.30/70 – Impermanence (Close Counters Remix) – Rhythm Section
3.The Vision – Missing (The Maurice Fulton Extended Mix) – Defected
4.Soul || Soul – Back To Life (Zepherin Saint Mix) – Funki Dred Records
5.Sun Palace – Rude Movements (Kenny Dope Dancefloor Powder Remix) – BBE
6.St-Germain – Rose Rouge (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix) – Parlophone
7.Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada – Low Tension (Jimpster Remix) – Unknown Season
8.Life On Planets – Brother (Fred Everything Lazy Vox) – Soul Clap Records
9.Love Club – Das Rote Haar – Running Back
10.Iron Curtis & Session Victim – Abalone (Gerd Janson Remix) – Running Back
11.Kraak & Smaak – Same Blood feat. The Palms (Prins Thomas Diskomiks Instrumental) – Boogie Angst
12.Groove Armada – We’re Free (Ashley Beedle NSW Vocal Mix) – BMG

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Exclusive Premiere: Y Bülbül “Mulhouse” Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:39:02 +0000 We are excited to be first to share the psychedelic avant-synth-pop of “Mulhouse” by Y Bülbül, a Turkish-born, London-based musician and producer. Since hearing his previous single, “Alo?”, we just had to hear more!

Full name Yiğit Bülbül, he crafts his own contemporary avant-garde pop projections with a rich musical heritage shining through from the 1980s and 90s. His style erupts into silly, absurd moments of synth burps, percussive extravaganza and psyched horns, it’s colourful and trippy, but in a light way.

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Yigit describes “Mulhouse” as “cyclical. What I like about this tune is how cyclical it is. It’s a rather fever-ish, mad mechanical ride; it’s colourful and hypnotic as well. It’s pure fire, industrial-grade.”

“Mulhouse” is taken from ‘Fever’, Y Bülbül’s debut album since learning his trade working with various interesting artists and bands in London over the past 10 years. He is also a passionate crate digger and DJ. His own radio show is unerringly titled “Bülbül’s Gemüsement Park”, which airs on Netil Radio, a community broadcasting station in Hackney.

This accompanying video was put together by acclaimed writer/director Rose Glass. According to Bülbül, “Rose very kindly offered to knock up a video from all the footage she shot on iPhone in Portugal whilst we were on holidays. She has her first film out to excellent reviews in cinemas at the moment, called “Saint Maud” – strongly recommend it if you guys haven’t seen it!”

‘Fever’ is released on November 6 on vinyl and digital by Pingipung Records. Operating out of Hamburg and Frankfurt, their distinctive catalogue embraces electronica and techno influences as well as jazz and pop.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ahu “I & I” (Edseven Remix) Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:06:12 +0000 MIMS is excited to share Ahu’s “I & I”, remixed by Edseven; an addictive slice of soul over hip hop beats that brings to mind classic trip hop, whilst sounding fresh at the same time. Taken from Ahu’s forthcoming ‘Platonic’ EP on Inner Tribe. Released on October 30.

A Red Bull Music Academy alumnus, Ahu has worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Beatnick, Emanative and Simbad. Her self released single ‘To:Love’ produced by Paul White and Dimlite received world wide support by heavyweights such as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. A woman of many talents, Ahu also doubles as a DJ playing festivals such as Barcelona Sonar Festival, Southern Soul Festival, Brainfeeder as well as some of the scenes most iconic clubs & events including Plastic People, Boiler Room London and Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Awards.


This is a woman with raw talent and a unique voice that you won’t forget, whose songs have an original other worldly sound. Which no doubt led to her Emanative feature, “Turn Your Lights On”, finding its way on to a short film for Miu Miu, directed by Ava DuVernay. From writing songs for movie scores, some in languages other than her own, and with her last single ‘Go’ released by none other than Sony Music in 2019, on top of all this she also has earned herself a monthly radio slot on Worldwide FM called “Hour of Light”.

Ahu is also a certified Astrologer, giving a deeper understanding and meaning to this extremely innovative album. Astrology is a symbolic language and the EP title ‘Platonic’ is related to Neptune. In “I & I ” (Venus Square Neptune) in astrology it describes disappointment in situations of Love.

Armed with a unique ear, deep collection and a skill for combining diverse sounds, Sydney’s Edseven has built a solid reputation as a DJ over the last 15 years as well as a producer/remixer and more recently as a promoter.

Edseven’s production work draws upon a wide variety of influences, with releases including the dusty off kilter hip hop of his first two EPs on Straightup Recordings to his future focused ‘Pigeon Clap’ released via Frequency Lab on their Headroom compilation. Hs most recent outing was a single on Sydney based label Low Key Source featuring vocals from Colonel Red with remixes from Potato Head People & Grooveman Spot.

Released digitally on October 30 with physical to follow. ‘Platonic’ also features remixes by Kid Sublime, Roane Namuh and Inner Tribe co-founder Inkswel.

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #28 w/ Chip Wickham (Hosted by Psycut) Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:53:55 +0000 Hi Everybody, MFT is back and I’m very happy to welcome special guest Chip Wickham, the great jazz saxophonist and flautist.

I discovered him with his amazing cover of Camaron de la Isla “La Leyenda Del Tiempo” on his first album solo called “La sombra” in 2017.

With his music, which is a mix of 60’s Hard Bop and Contemporary sounds, I instantly thought that Harold Alexander has a spiritual musical son. With a huge enthousiasme Chip prepared for MIMS a lovely mix of Deep New Jazz from the well known Greg Foat, Nubya Garcia and the french Florian Pellissier Quartet to some inspirations like Lonnie Liston Smith, Yusef Lateef and the killer english Jazz Dancer tune Harold McNair: ‘The Hipster’.

As usual I have selected the best from my last digging of future jazz classics included the brand new MDCL, SAULT and Byron The Aquarius. Check and enjoy the the lovely covers of Roy Ayers “We Live in Brooklyn baby” by Chien Chien Lu and the Spiritual jazz dancer The sons of Daughters of life “Let The Sun Shine In” by Jimetta Rose & Voices of Creation. the West london scene is still on fire, particularly the Broken Beat with 2 brand new bid tracks by the very productive Kaidi Tatham. For sure the cold is coming so take a sit and let’s have 2 hours of hot and deep Jazz music.

Psycut’s set

01 – Duval Timothy – Cold Is Coming (2020)
02 – Mark de Clive-Lowe – Mizugaki (2020)
03 – Harold Alexander – Mama Soul (1971)
04 – Jersey Street – No One Can Take Your Place (2020)
05 – Chien Chien Lu – We Live in Brooklyn Baby (2020)
06 – SAULT – Son Shine (2020)
07 – Jimetta Rose & Voices of Creation – Let The Sun Shine In (2020)
08 – Black Light Collective – Freedom Day (2020)
09 – Los Hermanos Painted Phunk – For Aduts Only (2020)
10 – Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham – Washed in You (2020)
11 – Butcher Brown – Love Lock (2020)
12 – Katalyst – Fitted (2020)
13 – Byron The Aquarius – Edgewood Ave. (2020)
14 – MF Robots – Happy Song (Kaidi Tatham & Daz-I-Kue Remix Extended Version) (2020)
15 – Camarón De La Isla – La Leyenda Del Tiempo (1979)

Chip Wickham‘s set

16 – Greg Foat : Nikinakinu (2020)
17 – Vibration Black Finger : Acting for Liberation Part 1 (2020)
18 – The Sorcerers : Treasured Sacrament (2020)
19 – Nubya Garcia : The Message Continues (2020)
20 – Florian Pellissier Quartet : Coup de Foudre a Thessalonique (2018)
21 – Matthew Halsall : This Time (2019)
22 – Lonnie Liston Smith : Astral Travelling (1973)
23 – Yusef Lateef : Hellbound (1976)
24 – Dorothy Ashby : Drink (1970)
25 – Harold McNair : The Hipster (1968)

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Video Premiere: Joshua Van Tassel “Shadows Smile For You” Sat, 24 Oct 2020 21:09:37 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere a profoundly moving video for Joshua Van Tassel’s “Shadows Smile For You”. Taken from his beautiful album, ‘Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion’, released on September 11 by Backward Music. The album is deeply meditative listen, led by Joshua’s Ondea, a contemporary re-creation of the famed french synthesizer the Ondes Martenot, a complemented by a string quartet, and electronics.

According to Van Tassel, “Shadows Smile For You” is a piece written for my son, who has a great conversational relationship with shadows. A shadow can be seen as a companion, a follower, a guide, or a dark reflection of yourself. The video features dancer and choreographer Kate Holden exploring the intimacy and mystery of light in relation to three body parts moving very slowly, extremely close up. 

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“There’s a lot of really ugly shit happening in the world,” says Joshua Van Tassel, “and I wanted to make a really beautiful album.”

Like the instrument that inspired it, the Ondes Martenot, Van Tassel’s Dance Music: Volume 2 is elegant and expressive, the score to a movie inside your head.

“It’s becoming cliche at this point to say ‘I want to make something for people to slow down,’ something that’s simply beautiful,” he says. “But I love the idea of the pace of it, and the overall vibe of trying to make something that’s slow-motion and beautiful. It’s music that can serve a function, rather than music with words that is very specific, like a breakup song. With instrumental music, there’s more room for you to plant your own story within it.” 

The Ondes Martenot (OHND mar-tə-NOH) is an elegantly intricate, deliberately complicated hand-built machine that lives with the theremin as one of the world’s earliest electronic instruments (c.1928). Its inventor, the cellist Maurice Martenot, was a radio operator in WWI and wanted to duplicate the accidental overlaps of tones between radio oscillators, but with the expressiveness and emotion of cello. The Ondes is a rare collectible now, but there is an option in the Ondea: Itself an exclusive membership, they’re Ondes modernized by Calgary’s David Kean. 

Once Van Tassel found himself off the waiting list, with an Ondea in his Toronto studio, his new album began to take form. “It’s this instrument I was totally enamoured with, it felt new all the time and it felt like work,” he says. “I practice every morning at the studio. Tuning it’s so hard; it’s the anti-drums, basically. That’s why I love it so much. It’s very separate from what my day job is.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Soul Central “Work It Out (People) Feat. Jennifer Wallace (EVM128 Remix)” Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:58:50 +0000 We’re excited to share EVM128’s sub-heavy broken beat remix of UK house duo Soul Central’s “Work It Out (People)”, featuring gospel singer Jennifer Wallace. Released 27 October on Tru Thoughts.

Most famously known for their global house rendition of Derrick May’s “Strings Of Life”, Soul Central aka Matt Mckillop and Paul Timothy make their debut on Tru Thoughts doing what they do best.

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Celebrating 20 years since the Defected Records release that placed them in the top ten in the UK charts and saw them receive an NMC award for reaching over 1000 radio plays worldwide, Soul Central have been championed by the godfather of house Frankie Knuckles, Kerri Chandler, Pete Tong (Radio 1) plus many more, making them a household name.

Producer and DJ, EVM128 is originally from Bristol but rooted in London. Heavily involved with CoOp presents label and Selectors Assemble crew, with IG Culture & Alex Phountzi, he has released two albums for Studio Rockers

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Exclusive Premiere: Glenn Astro “MoStLy Gh0sTlY Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:25:31 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “MoStLy Gh0sTlY”, one of our favourite cuts from the forthcoming Glenn Astro album on Tartelet Records.

Reminiscent of the ATCQ-sampled Red Clay, it certainly has a nostalgic tinge to it for golden age hip hip and perhaps even the early mutations of jungle and drum & bass espoused by Aphex Twin and his ilk, whilst sounding fresh nonetheless.

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Taken from Glenn’s forthcoming ‘Homespun’ album, released on Tartelet Records this Friday October 23rd. His first LP in five years, it has a much more personal tone and feels all the better for it.

Made up of ten tracks spanning 45 minutes, the record twists and turns between electronic meditations, soulful vocals by Ajnascnet, and futuristic electro, carving out a world of spacey eclecticism that is as nostalgic as it is experimental.

“This album is in all facets different from the first one, which was a deliberate decision. No vintage sounds and references, no sampling, combined with futuristic sound design and song structures. Less obvious references, more everything else. I tried to keep it as current and intuitive as possible,” he says.

Known for his chunky beats and fuzzy textures, Glenn Astro was a key figure in the wave of MPC-heavy house music that spread like wildfire between 2013 and 2015. Since then, he has released on labels such as Ninja Tune and Apollo, leaving a distinctive signature on everything he touches.

But Glenn Astro has quietly been crafting a new sound for himself. Sometimes taking detours – morphing into his dark alter ego and experimenting with artist collaborations. The sound of Homespun is a culmination of several years of reflection and artistic development – however, the album itself was produced in less than three months.

“I set myself an ultimatum to finish the album within three months. If I didn’t make it, I’d have to rethink my career path and keep music as a hobby. If it wasn’t for this album I’d be selling home-assembled ballpoint pens now,” he says.

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MIMS Guest Mix: RONNIE HEREL (London, UK / BBE Music) Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:02:28 +0000 This mix is inspired by my love of hip hop fused with smoking soul music which is what my interpretation of Neo Soul is all about.

Illustrating musical BIGness from the UK to the US of A including tracks by Manchester’s Children of Zeus, London soulstress Terri Walker Legendary King of the vibes Roy Ayers and Neo Soul production Pioneer, the late great J Dilla, this feels like one of my favourite mixtapes I’ve done so I hope you enjoy. If you’re feeling this, my Neo Soul sessions comp should be your

Kinda flava, Thanks to Music is my Sanctuary for asking me to do this mix!
Peace, Beats + Love
RH x


Etta Bond – Back Now
Lucy Pearl – Trippin’
Roy Ayers – Searching
Jill Scott – Love Rain ft Mos Def
Stro Elliot – Mandota
Erykah Badu – Back In The Day (Puff)
Jon B – Watching Her
Dwele ft Slum Village – Brandi
Jodeci – Get On Up (Def Squad Remix)
The Brand New Heavies – Sometimes
A Tribe Called Quest – Find a Way
Q-Tip – Let’s Ride
Oscar #Worldpeace ft Ragz Originale + BenjiFlow – Mmm
Jaylib – The Red
Slum Village – Fall In Love
Eric Roberson – Been in Love
Maleke O’Ney + DJ Applejac – So Delicious
Terri Walker – Fake
Children of Zeus – Push On
Nicole Bus – With You
Common – Funky For You
Peven Everett – One More Time
Ronnie Herel – Another Way ft. Dannis Winston
Rahsaan Patterson – Get Here
Omar – Be Thankful ft. Angie Stone
Maxwell – Ascension – (Jay Dee remix)
Q-Tip ft. Norah Jones

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Exclusive Premiere: Elia y Elizabeth “Soy Una Nube (Bosq Remix)” Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:53:08 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a brand new remix by Bostonian-come-Colombian producer, BOSQ, increasingly a favourite of ours. As he turns his hand to a classic slice of Colombian tropicalia by Elia y Elizabeth for Razor-N-Tape Reserve.

On this four-track EP, RNT takes a trip south with some fresh modern takes on a pair of Colombian tropicalia classics from the 1970s! Sisters Elia and Elizabeth Fleta recorded some of the most beloved rare groove from Baranquilla’s early-70s period, and when Jaime Tuiran (Vagabundo Club Social) brought the project to label owners Aaron Dae and JKriv, they jumped at the opportunity to work with such rarefied source material.

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Our pick of the EP, BOSQ has transformed “Soy Una Nube into an uptempo soul banger. Alongide, Demi Riquisimo, Yuksek and Baranquilla natives Vagabundo Club Social take on the legendary “Alegría” cut.

The record is pressed in the signature gold color of Baranquilla, and is as vibrant as the city’s streets during its renowned Carnaval! Plus it comes shrink-wrapped with with it’s own secret treasure inside: a fresh new pressing of the original songs on heavyweight 7” wax – alone worth the price of admission. Due out October 30th on Razor-N-Tape Reserve.

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MIMS Guest Mix: AKIO NAGASE (Osaka, Darker Than Wax) Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:54:39 +0000 MIMS is excited to share a deep and varied but suitably acid soaked mix from Osaka’s Akio Nagase.

A low-key figure in the Japanese underground for over 20 years, Akio Nagase recently stepped into the spotlight with his Darker Than Wax debut, the genre-defying Roots Magic EP. The Osaka-born producer and DJ honed his craft in the early 2000s, hosting his ‘Makedub’ party in Osaka, and putting out an album and string of singles on Tokyo labels Sound Channel and Rudiments.

After a quiet period throughout the 2010s, the artist has returned with a refined, vibrant sound showcased first on his 2019 release with Osaka label Chill Mountain, and now on Darker Than wax.

@akio-nagase: “This mix features four tracks from the RootsMagic EP. It’s a mixture of old school music from my roots and new music.
I hope you enjoy it.?”


Haruomi Hosono – The Truck On The Sea
Mickey Hart – Umayeyo
Taiyo – Ama
Ground, Bartellow _ Holy Water (Original Mix)
Bufiman_Ba Hu Du (Wolf Müller’s Unreleased Version)
African Project _ Ethno Beat (Afro Version)
Akio Nagase_Street Doctor
RILLA_Just A Second (Torei’s Psy-Hall Remix)
Akio Nagase_Roots Magic
Akio Nagase_Acid Teng Shing Hang
Jackin’ Phreak_Corrosion 2006
Jackin’ Phreak Take A Love Break Bartellow_CA VA Jeku_D.L.R Nu Jacks_House Sensation (No Trouble We Mix) Bobby Konders Nervous Acid (Original Mix)
Takkyu Ishino_JackTaro
Akio Nagase_Acid Kid

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Exclusive Premiere: Conjunto Papa Upa “Todo Parao – Parte 2” Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:17:02 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere brand new music from our favourite tropical psych outfit, Conjunto Papa Upa, who kindly let us share “Todo Parao – Parte 2” for the very first time.

“Todo Parao” (“Total Shutdown”) is another boundary pushing tropical smasher. The A-side is a humorous dedication to the pandemic, orated over an killer blend of Caribbean rhythms (zouk, cadence, kompás, guaracha) and classic synths. This B-side however, is a deep sea dub, complete with resplendent cowbell(!), timbales and Wurlitzer solos.

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Conjunto Papa Upa is the Afro Caribbean centered solo project of Figueira, backed live by some of the best musicians from Amsterdam’s Latin and free jazz scenes. Their debut LP was recently released on legendary American indie label Names You Can Trust. Figueira is also known for his percussive work on tropical psych power trio Fumaça Preta and his regular live incursions with Amsterdam’s Turkish psych folk powerhouse, Altin Gun.

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Crucial Material – October 19th, 2020 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:21:17 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Various — Blue Note Re:imagined

On this incredible new compilation, many of the UK’s most groundbreaking jazz, soul, and R&B artists including Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Steam Down, Yazmin Lacey, Jordan Rakei, Ishmael Ensemble, Blue Lab Beats, Alfa Mist, Skinny Pelembe, Emma-Jean Thackray, Jorja Smith and others completely re-work classic material from the Blue Note vaults.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Kirk Lightsey and Rudolph Johnson with the All Stars — Habiba (Reissue)

Outernational Sounds has reissued ‘Habiba’, a holy grail jazz LP, coveted for the deep grooves of its 20 min long title track. Recorded and first (&  last) released in South Africa in 1974 on the hallowed Gallo imprint, by an exemplary cadre of African American musicians. Lightsey, Johnson & co took advantage of some downtime whilst touring with popular Vegas-based crooner Lovelace Watkins to record an LP deeply inspired by their time in Africa. ‘Spiritual’ jazz par excellence.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Toby Glider — Novelty

New LP on Japanese based label City Baby Records, by Toby Glider aka Liquid Pegasus. Beautiful Modern Funk, Future Funk and City Pop vibes, with an exquisite aesthetic all over the album.
— Selected by Walla P  


Benny iLL — ‘Who, Me? / Acre Lane Skank’

Following on a perfect streak of modern UKG-derived records, GD4YA graces us with arguably two of the Horsepower Productions legend’s best cuts ever, in which he fuses old school techno and speed garage with a jazzy swing and an unmatched ferocious drive. 
— Selected by dileta

Kudatah — Vol. 3

Edmonton’s Text Chunk and Sven K have assembled a dazzling lineup of producers for this new compilation of cybernetic rave ammunition and virtual soundscapes: PML Beatz, Thugwidow, T5UMUT5UMU, Mathis Ruffing, Hood Joplin, Konx-Om-Pax, Skee Mask and many more. You’ve got an array of 22 impressively cohesive gems to choose from, spanning across nu skool breaks, electro, digital kuduro, futuristic jungle, breakbeat techno, and multiple atmospheric inner rooms in which you can hide to feel serene, tragic or fascinated
— Selected by dileta

Shamos — Music For Broken Adverts

— Selected by Lexis

more Crucial releases

  • Lithe – Nos (d)
  • Simo Cell & Abdullah Miniawy – Kill Me Or Negotiate (d)
  • Bonebrokk – Howl (d)
  • Code Walk – Aim (d)


Benny the Butcher Burden of Proof

Buffalo rapper Benny the Butcher teams up with super producer Hit-Boy for a very solid sophomore album. Although chock full of samples, the album is much less minimalist and grimey and far more soulful than the regular Griselda offering. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Freddie Gibbs shine on the 80s inspired off kilter beats and Benny’s impeccable delivery makes the record a sure shot.
— Selected by ASMA

Es.Kay Drive 

Es.Kay is a Montreal rap veteran who has reinvented his approach and esthetic. With impeccable production, sharp delivery and profound lyrics his short EP Drive packs a punch. Throwback references meld perfectly into a modern vibe, souped up by producer Rami B (Planet Giza) for a sound that is as well crafted as a high-end automobile.
— Selected by ASMA

 The Twilite Tone The Clearing

Brilliant and refreshing new album from veteran behind-the-scenes hip hop producer, The Twilite Tone, for Stones Throw Records. Able to reach far beyond functional beats for MCs, Tone’s beats weave electronic funk, house music and soul samples through his highly personal style. Crucial. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Bastien Keb The Killing of Eugene Peeps

On this third album, his first for Gearbox, multi-instrumentalist Bastien Keb steps up from his woozy beat- orientated sound to an ambitious imaginary soundtrack. Keb weaves his ethereal vocals with smokey jazz & Mulatu-esque funk, with orchestration &  spoken word, written by Keb but narrated in an almost Tom Waits meets Buck 65 manner by Kenneth Viota. The mood breaks once, with the Vangelis-funk of “Paprika” featuring Notts MC, Cappo
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Oliver Coates Skins n Slime

— Selected by Lexis

Erik K Skodvin Anbessa

— Selected by Lexis


Raúl Monsalve y Los Forajidos — Bichos

Led by Venezuelan bassist Raúl Monsalve, and featuring a superb cast of musicians from Venezuela, London, and Paris, including members of Insolito UniVerso, Family Atlantica, KOKOROKO, Waaju, and others have released a brilliant and adventurous new album fusing together futuristic Latin funk and jazz with Afro-Venezuelan rooted rhythms, Afrobeat grooves, cosmic synth melodies, spacey electronics, and soulful vocals. 
— Selected by TJ Gorton

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Exclusive Premiere: High Pulp “Epilogue” Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:50:30 +0000 High Pulp are an 8-piece band that emerged from the Royal Room, a legendary Seattle Jazz club where they held “Funk Church” jam sessions in 2017.

Their signature sound is a Psychedelic fusion of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, and Soul which come together with complex, well thought out arrangements and progressive style. After successful sessions and premieres with prestigious station KEXP, and being at the forefront of the Seattle music scene, they’re now ready to branch out and take their sound worldwide.

Bad Juice kicks off with lush, soulful big band horns, as the triumphant and quite epic intro sets the tone for this truly unique multifaceted band. They really show off their skills in the first few minutes, showing off a range of styles from an uptempo ska-like jam to a downtempo sleazy Jazz-Rock groove.

The sublime and spacey ‘Dave’s’ is another standout cut. A stellar piece of high- grade musicianship, and the perfect relaxing tune to throw on after a hard day’s work. Other tracks like ‘Smooth’ give Khruangbin a run for their money.

The beautifully versatile album, 8 tracks in length, now comes remastered on dou- ble vinyl LP with updated cover art. Originally released in 2018 as a small vinyl run, the project gets a much needed revamp. With 3 more releases planned through KingUnderground, the band is very much on its way to well-deserved, wider appeal.

Their high level of creativity and leftfield Cinematic Orchestra/Stereolab-esque ar- rangements meld perfectly with the inspiration of 60’s and 70’s Jazz, Soul, and Funk. It’s sprinkled with a new age touch in a concoction worthy of any lounge, Funk, or Dance DJ or discerning crate digger alike.

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Exclusive Premiere: Dark Horse “Fri Form” Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:01:18 +0000 Gothenburg trio Dark Horse present their new album “Listen”, released by We Jazz Records on 13 November.

The band, including John Holmström (piano), Alfred Lorinius (bass) and Mårten Magnefors (drums) recorded their second album in a remote cabin by the ocean in Norway, owned by Holmström’s family. The natural sound of the album owes a lot to the relaxed surroundings and the result is some high degree of improvised music turning into collective composition as the music unfolds.

The album recording took place at a very active spot in the trio’s calendar, following extensive touring in Europe, Japan and their native country Sweden. The two days of improvising were edited down to highlights that easily fill an album’s worth of quality listening and reveal what playing live brought to the three musicians: A natural ability to react to ideas, build on them and form coherent, compositional tracks on the spot. A task much easier said than done.

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“We’re a non-conceptual basement band all the way”, laughs pianist Holmström. “We have been moving from free form music into collective composition and this is our pinnacle recording with that idea thus far. We just set out to play as honestly as possible and this is what followed.”

A testament to the power of a fixed band unit developing over time, “Listen” comes across as a work by a group constantly keeping its nose to the wind when it comes to developing their music. The long-form opener “Allas Favorit” is a monumental piece building and releasing tension along its 12+ minute length. First single “Brutet Groove” assumes a fascinating, almost mechanic-sounding swing while assembling and reassembling the pieces of the puzzle, and the closing track “Fjäll-låten” gives us something of an ever-shifting sonic landscape in glorious colors, much akin to its name (“Mountain Song” in Swedish).

“That one [Fjäll-låten] includes some of the best musical moments of my life so far” confirms bassist Alfred Lorinius. “It’s actually an edit of a 20-minute improvised sequence, and it has the real feeling of the band coming together and doing something new and fresh in the moment. I feel it’s something you can revisit as many times as you like and there’s always something to find in there.”

Dark Horse formed in 2012 after Lorinius joined Holmström and drummer Mårten Magnefors to complete the group. Things quickly started taking shape musically from there on, but the group took their time in honing their craft with a method they now refer to as “tryout development”. Their self-titled debut album appeared in 2015 and the current We Jazz album “Listen” marks the first internationally distributed release for the trio.The roots of Dark Horse lay firmly in the buzzing creative music scene of Gothenburg, Sweden, where the members have close ties with local establishments such as the legendary venue BrÖtz, and the city’s vast scene of highly-regarded musicians.

In brief, “Listen” presents Dark Horse gloriously putting into use their musical philosophy what they describe “improvising as composing together”.

“Listen” by Dark Horse is released by Helsinki’s We Jazz Records on 13 November 2020 on vinyl and digitally. The vinyl comes in a heavy duty tip-on sleeve and the album design features the painting “Overwhelming Structure” by the Helsinki-based visual artist Maija Lassila.

Dark Horse performs live at We Jazz Festival in Helsinki on December 3

  1. Allas Favorit
  2. Fri Form
  3. XY
  4. Brutet Groove
  5. SGTB
  6. Swing
  7. Fjäll-låten

John Holmström, piano / Alfred Lorinius, bass / Mårten Magnefors, drums

All tracks composed by Holmström/Lorinius/Magnefors
Recorded by Martin Öhman in studio Oceanside
Mixed and mastered by Jonas Kullhammar
Original artwork by Maija Lassila
Design by Matti Nives

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Emma-Jean Thackray’s top 5 Blue Note Joints Ever Sat, 17 Oct 2020 16:25:38 +0000 From shows & releases with her Walrus band, Emma-Jean Thackray has mixed jazz and electronic music, performed solo & with orchestras, adding remixes and even a straight-to-disc free jazz session to her list of achievements, continuously innovative and reflective of her personality.

Seminal jazz label Blue Note Records has just released a mammoth compilation with brand new versions of Blue Note classics from artists on the UK scene. Thackray’s contribution draws on two of Wayne Shorter’s seminal compositions, “Speak No Evil” and “Night Dreamer” and ought to be tearing up carpets and kitchen floors in the absence of dance floors at present. As such, we felt compelled to invite Emma-Jean to share some of her favourites Blue Notes! Dig into her selection below.

Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (Speak No Evil)

Wayne has been a huge influence on me as a composer. He often writes using non-diatonic harmonic movement that was always forward-thinking for the time, but he’d tie it all together with a really strong, memorable and singable melody. Balance. You can do anything in music if you balance it out on the other side. Wayne knew all this stuff before anyone else, I think. The fact that he gave not only gave me permission to touch his legendary composition and make it my own, but encouraged me, is something so huge that I haven’t fully understood it yet. One day it’ll hit me.

Eric Dolphy – Hat And Beard (Out To Lunch!)

Whether you “get” Eric Dolphy or not, you can’t deny that this album really says something. Eric’s playing is angular, and his complex jazz language puts off those that just want to hear a “nice tune”, but he is truly one of the most technically gifted jazz musicians of the 20th century. I feel like in Out To Lunch! he had really found his voice compositionally, and what a loss for the world that he left the earth shortly after recording this album. Who knows what universes he could have taken us to.

Madlib – Stepping Into Tomorrow (Shades Of Blue)

Madlib wields a sampler like Pharaoh wields his horn. His remix of the Donald Byrd / Larry Mizell track is a perfect example of how Madlib can find the perfect drum loop and use it as the unshakeable ground beneath his feet while he tells the story. If the Mizell brothers didn’t previously convince everyone that the imagination of the producer is just as important as the instrumentalists shedding their instruments, then Madlib hammered it home with this record.

Don Cherry – Unite (Where Is Brooklyn?)

My musical mantra of “Move the body, Move the mind, Move the soul” is summed up completely in this track: forward-thinking freaky shit with a heavy belly of groove and an important message to focus their energies toward. It’s such a playful and imaginative track, but never at the expense of being powerful, meaningful or thoughtful. Special shouts to Ed Blackwell on the drums, too. He’s one of my faves and he’s so underrated.

Robert Glasper – Afro Blue (Black Radio)

My musical life used to be split and compartmentalised. My jazz musician life was playing standards or trying to get people to play my Ornette leaning compositions, my composer life was writing compositions for jazz orchestra, and my producer life was a secret, making beats at home that I thought I wasn’t allowed to show people because I was a “jazz musician / composer”. At the time some people even told me that both playing and composing was doing too much, to focus one just one thing. After hearing this record, even by this second track, I knew I had “permission” to work as I wanted. My music could be written for ensembles AND be free and crazy AND be groovy as fuck AND I could produce it AND I could mix it AND I could DJ… and noone could say anything to me ever again.

And now without further ado, check out the fantastic re:imagination of Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil” by our great friend Emma-Jean Thackray!

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Exclusive Premiere: Zen In Space “Origin Forest” (Jad & The Remix) Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:47:44 +0000 The Zen In Space LP: Earth Tones

Reworked by Jad & The, Allysha Joy, Cousin, Midnight Tenderness, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, and Pharmaceutical Audio.

Featuring a sonic bed resonation treatment on Origin Forest by Jad & The. Jad rams a lead weight through the Origin Forest and rebuilds it in a playful broken beat, junglist vernacular.

Jad & The is an Australian producer and DJ living between Australia and Germany with releases published by: Banoffee Pies, Toy Tonics, Rhythm Section, Down By The Lake, Axe On Wax, Haws, 2MR, Fina Records, SlothBoogie, Centre Source Records, and his own imprint Beats Of No Nation.

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Exclusive Premiere: Pyramid Project “Mangroves” (Contours Edit) (ADA Records) Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:49:40 +0000 Being big fans of Contours, we are delighted to premiere his brilliant edit of “Mangroves” for Pyramid Project for ADA Records.

Brought together by ADA label boss, Lasta, Pyramid Project finds Contours in collaboration with some of Kenya’s most accomplished musicians, such as drummer Katumba, percussionists Abaki Simba Masta and Inspekta, and pianist Mutoriah. The full EP is released on November 13.

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Perfect as an early dancefloor builder as well as in a Global Jazz set, Contours’ understanding of rhythm and tension really brings his edit of “Mangroves” to life.

With the original recording being a dramatic piece of Swahili Jazz, Contours uses the grittier elements of the composition to deliver an edit perfect for a cosmopolitan setting. Maintaining the driving elements of the bassline and rhythm section, the tension of the edit is developed by Contours’ synth work and a minimal choice of Mutoriah’s riffs to build a more direct arrangement.

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Exclusive Premiere: Party Nails “Wobbler” Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:28:04 +0000 Going someway to brighten up these colder darker days & nights, we are more than happy to premiere this bumping house number by UK duo Party Nails.

Replete with sharp, jittering percussion, rolling bass and crisp sampling, “Wobbler” is backed by two more jacking housers and out this Friday on Matthew Herbert’s dancefloor orientated Accidental Jnr imprint.

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In their own words, “”Wobbler” was an exercise in trying to rip off Pepe Bradock, Tobias Schmitt and Switch at the same time. It is being released at the beginning of the second wave and hope it soundtracks events run by people less responsible than us. We hope you like it and shall remain busy cracking on in our Forest Hill Studio, trying to pinpoint the sound of the third wave and beyond. Stay safe and bang the nails (responsibly).”

Take the talents of musician and Joe Goddard collaborator Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears) and add prolific producer and mix engineer James Rand (God Colony) and the resulting wonderful mess is Party Nails. As they themselves describe it, Party Nails is “…a two-man trampoline fantasy finding genesis in Gemini. Heavy rollers for open minded floors and working DJ’s”. Erratic yet functional, their productions fall perfectly into the oddball dancefloor sound that Jnr is becoming renowned for.

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Exclusive Premiere: Laroye “Twisted” Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:05:34 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere “Twisted” a bumping house number by Laroye, taken from his forthcoming “Be The Change” EP on Freerange Records, released on October 16.

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French multi-instrumentalist, DJ producer and student of master percussionist Orlando Poleo. Even though he has releases dating back to 2002 (for the excellent Faces label run by Pablo Valentino) it is fair to say Laroye has really hit his stride in the last couple of years, gracing the likes of Visions Inc, Tiff’s Joints and Magic Black with percussion-heavy house jams with warmth and soul.

The no holds barred shuffling groove keeps things bumping along while Laroye gets to work on his modular machines, sculpting and shaping the tones whilst the neck snapping bounce keeps the energy bubbling perfectly. Rocking on an old school tip but with a contemporary twist.

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MIMS Guest Mix: GABRIEL OLAFS (Reykjavík, Iceland / OLI Records) Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:56:24 +0000 Since listening to Gabríel Ólafs‘ “Piano Works” released earlier this summer, we have become big fans of the Icelandic pianist and composer’s uniquely touching music. We also recently premiered a track from his upcoming “Absent Minded Reworks” remix project.

We wanted to know about the influences that have guided his sound up to now. He shared with us this wonderful deep listening session.

@GabrielOlafs: “I’ve been listening to a lot of music that “stands still” lately. For MIMS I wanted to make a mix of contemplative instrumental music that I love from Iceland and also the rest of the world.

Since I’m currently releasing my first reworked record I wanted to include some of my favourite reworked pieces as well as artists I personally worked with on my upcoming release. Some of it is static and drone-like while some of it is melodic and straightforward. Hope you’re able to sit back, enjoy and think about things.”


Gabríel Ólafs – Think of Home (Kelly Moran Rework)
Max Richter – Path 5 (delta)
Gabríel Ólafs – Flatey
Skúli Sverrisson – Sería II
Bing & Ruth – As Much As Possible
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Unveiled
Nils Frahm – Me
David Lang – Amjad Sleeping Panorama
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Rework)
Tim Hecker – Radiance
Nine Inch Nails – Letting Go While Holding On
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Jói & Karen (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework)
Gabríel Ólafs – Lóa (variation)

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Exclusive Premiere: Ben Marc “Jaw Bone” Tue, 13 Oct 2020 11:57:39 +0000 Having fallen in love with Ben Marc’s previous single, MIMS is super excited to share “Jaw Bone”. Out on October 16, the song swings with an up-tempo drum-driven rhythm, complimented by synths and horns.

Already championed by Gilles Peterson, no less, “Jaw Bone” is the second track lifted from his forthcoming LP “Glass Effect” (which features a stellar line-up of featuring artists, including Judi Jackson, Jason Yarde, Ed Riches and Midnight Roba (Attica Blues).


With this offering, Ben Marc invites the listener into his personal universe, delivering a rich and varied record incorporating elements of hip hop and electronica, through to heady dancefloor moments, all filtered through the lens of an accomplished jazz musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

According to Ben, “Jaw Bone came out of my love for jazz beats, vocal samples, clustered harmony and progressive subtle production intricacies. it expresses jazz, dance, sampling and electronics all in one piece”.

For those not so familiar, Ben Marc is a producer, musician, composer and bassist, who has played with the likes of China Moses, Ashley Henry, Matthew Herbert, Bret MC, Afrikan Boy, Mulatu Astake, Shabaka Hutchings, Miryam Soloman, Atjazz, Jose James, Dizzee Rascal, Zed-U, plus many more.

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Crucial Material – October 13th, 2020 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:49:36 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Cinephonic — Les Paradis artificiels

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Pierre Chrétien, who also plays with The Souljazz Orchestra, releases his debut album under the alias Cinephonic. Inspired by classic French film and library music, this brilliant recording blends together layered cinematic landscapes, soulful keys and vibraphone-based melodies,  and instrumental hip-hop grooves. 
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Agile Experiments — Edwards​/​Nicholls​/​De Rose

Dave De Rose leads a superb trio with John Edwards on double bass, and Dan Nicholls on synths, samples & FX, recorded live in Hackney at the Empire Bar, now permanently closed. Over the 50+ minutes of improvisation, far from losing all but the most hardcore improv fan, the trio exhibit a strong sense of rhythm and repetition, that practically transform the the listening experience to something akin to a rave, ambient passages included.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Oveous — Somewhere In America, I am Just like You

New-Yorker Oveous delivers his new EP on Yoruba Records, a powerful spoken-word relating to the injustices of our society. With remixes from  Coflo, Mark De Clive-Lowe, and Osunlade, these two titles will do a lot of good for your feet and even more for your soul.
— Selected by Akpossoul

Jennifer Walton — Flash On

This is a boiled up and refined digital blend of modern UK club culture, virtually filtered through a hyperreal sound designer’s lenses. Think technoid bass, mutant grime, twisted nu club and emotional future garage all tied together by plastic scraping synths.
— Selected by dileta

Ali Berger — inside angles

Through minimalistic choppy sampling, this album mirrors an image of classic Detroit techno into a unique club construction. Somes of the structures used recall Jersey club, UK funky and 2step in the best way. The ambient cuts are also sublime.
— Selected by dileta

Shed — Tectonic EP

Tectonic and Shed is the pairing we never knew we desperately needed. Tense shuffling 2step techno demolition, washed over by overpowering waves of clattering drums, with solace at the end in the form post-dubstep blissfully drowning in a limitless sea of tragic synth chords.
— Selected by dileta

more amazing House/Tech/Club-isms releases


Machinedrum — A View Of U

As impossible to classify as ever Machinedrum continues 20 years in, to bring a pluralistic approach to his sound having touched on the beat scene sound of the 2000’s, to producing R&B records, to the space in between IDM and EDM. Yet, on “A View of U” it feels like his signature sound is becoming ever more precise. Highly loved!
— Selected by Lexis

more amazing Soul & Funk releases


KARU — Kuru 

Forward music from Italy’s KARU on Beat Machine on this truly refreshing EP. Experimental hip-hop-leaning beats woven with heavy jazz instrumentation – in particular the vibrant sax tones of Mario D’Alfonso.  This one grooves but with a wild lean. Guedra Guedra mops up on the final track, applying his personal take on footwork to remix KARU. Don’t let this one slip pass without at least giving it a listen. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti


Daoui — Message from the Daoui

Born in Chicago, an electric collaboration between Angel (The Oracle) Bat Dawid, here on clarinet and vocals, and Oui Ennui on production and synths. DAOUI hits with an immediate impact of doom-laced synths, modal-sounding jazz clarinet, samples, beats, and half-sung poetry. The project almost sounds produced off-the-cuff, but it’s raw, unrefined sound is to its credit, and retains a live feel.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Afrikan Sciences — Survivors

More urgent listening from NYC’s Afrikan Sciences who consistently blurs the boundaries between house music and modern composition; dare I say, high tech classical and industrial music. Definitely one of the few “2020-inspired” records that lives up to the collective angst. “Survivors” challenges just as much as it heals.
— Selected by Lexis

Laraaji — Moon Piano

The companion to the equally beautiful “Sun Piano” record recorded in the same session in a Brooklyn Church is a deeply touching listening session as is always expected from this beautiful musician / mystic’s deep 30+ year discography (Also inviting you to listen to an interview I recorded with him last year)
— Selected by Lexis

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

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Exclusive Premiere: John Beltran “Tiger” (Detroit) Mon, 12 Oct 2020 08:38:27 +0000 John Beltran presents his first work done during confinement in this 2020, so the music reflects a mixture of feelings, on the one hand, the deprivation of liberty and on the other hand, loneliness and isolation.

This last point is faithfully described by an artwork by Fred Gambino where within the spatial sphere, we find these feelings: isolation, loneliness and a certain longing in search of something. Something that, dear reader / listener, is in you to know what it is.

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John Beltran, born 4 march 1969, is one of those producers that always seems to elude being pinned to any one category. His early work on Carl Craig’s seminal Retroactive imprint sculpted a Detroit classic with hints of Derrick May, world music, and Jazz vibrations.

He followed up in 1996 on Peacefrog with arguably one of the most sought after techno classics “Ten Days of Blue,” which is still John’s most successfully licensed music with songs like “Collage of Dreams” being used in the Miramax film Human Traffic and the HBO hit Six Feet Under. His next project was entitled “The Cry” under the Placid Angles guise which MixMaster Morris charted as one of his favourite albums ever.

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Exclusive Premiere: Jneiro Jarel “Sunwalkers Part Two And Three” feat. Bill Summers Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:56:27 +0000 In 2018 Far Out Recordings signed a record deal with Brooklyn born, nomadic producer Jneiro Jarel. Having just put the finishing touches to the recordings, Jarel suffered an ischemic stroke while living and working in Costa Rica and his wife Indigo was forced to set up a crowd fund to cover special medical transport back to the states to receive treatment.

The release was put on hold, but thanks to the generosity of friends and fans around the world, Jarel was able to get the care he needed and is now on the long road to recovery.

We’re overjoyed to finally announce that Jneiro Jarel’s After A Thousand Years is now set for an October 2020 release. Throughout a career that has spanned over twenty years and seen collaborations with MF DOOM, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, BadBadNotGood, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Kimbra and Khujo Goodie (Dungeon Family), Jneiro Jarel’s consistently distinctive, forward thinking productions, as well as his love for the music of Brazil, made his partnership with Far Out a perfect fit.

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Recorded between New York, New Orleans, Miami and Costa Rica, After A Thousand Years features legendary multi-instrumentalist Bill Summers, famed for his work with Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Eddie Henderson. The album also features Malawian-American guitarist Masauko Chipembere who has worked with the likes of RZA from Wu- Tang Clan and Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planets. For Jarel, After A Thousand Years is “a culmination of the longstanding musical contributions of the African diaspora.” Permeating the Brazilian music and Latin jazz Jarel has loved and drawn inspiration from, as well as the stateside jazz, soul and funk Jarel grew up around, the influence of Africa and its musical history, on both North and South America, is key to the album’s sound. On lead single “Banana Peel”, Jarel’s outernational perspective makes for a track that is almost impossible to place geographically: you can hear the swing of Jarel’s native New Orleans jazz, the vibrance of Costa Rican rainforests as well as the influence of Jarel’s vast collection of Brazilian records. “Viberian Waves” is equally nonconformist, morphing from funky baroque-flavoured instrumental hip hop into a bossa inspired, percussive jam.

Taking its inspiration from the biblical prophecies found in the books of Isaiah, Daniel, and Revelation, foretelling the fully realized, physical and spiritual restoration of the earth and
mankind after the thousand year reign of the Messianic Kingdom, After A Thousand Years contemplates and celebrates a world where everlasting love, peace, and harmony abound under a sovereign, divine rulership.

After A Thousand Years will be released on Vinyl LP, CD and digitally on the 30th October 2020 via Far Out Recordings.

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MIMS Guest Mix: SHHE (Scotland / Portgual, OLI Records) Fri, 09 Oct 2020 09:10:13 +0000 SHHE is the alter-ego of Scottish-Portuguese artist and producer Su Shaw. Her latest self-titled debut album tracks a period of intense personal change. The resulting record is a sparse, haunting and atmospheric journey of introspection and exploration of identity that demonstrates SHHE’s ability to capture movement, change and the light and darkness that haunt the human condition.

@shhemusic “A selection of tracks that have been in my ears over the last few months. Some discovered some time ago, some found or rediscovered only recently, all have been good company during these strange(r) times. Some tracks chosen that alter and change pace, some that shift perceptions of time, others that are a reminder to slow it all down. Long live the long form. Thanks for listening.”


La Vita – Beverly Glenn-Copeland
SOTRS – Caterina Barbieri
You Go Through Me – Ela Orleans
Raw Silk Uncut Wood – Laurel Halo
Petals Have Fallen – Coby Sey
We’re Here – Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano
Shadows of Futurity – Sophia Loizou
Half Light of Dawn – Abul Mogard
Witness – Lyra Pramuk
And Still They Move – Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Saint Barbe (rRoxymore remix) – Toh Imago
Love In The Time of Lexapro (KCRW Session) – Oneohtrix Point Never
Bloody Shadows From Afar – Lena Platonos
Nod – Julianna Barwick (ft. Nosaj Thing)
Matter of Balance – Theo Alexander

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Exclusive Premiere: Tenderlonious with JAUBI “Azadi” Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:21:50 +0000 Following the brilliant but now sold out “Tender in Lahore” EP, 22a is releasing an expanded album of musical conversations between saxophonist, flautist, producer, band leader and label honcho, Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorn and Lahore based instrumental quartet, JAUBI. A incredible beautiful meeting between Indian Classical and jazz that truly deserved a full album release, MIMS is proud to premiere “Azadi”, one of the brand new tracks.

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Tender had felt an affinity for this music since hearing North Indian Classical flautist Ronu Majumdar’s ‘Raga Mangal Bhairav’. Recording ragas with Jaubi was a dream come true for Ed, Recorded together in Lahore, Pakistan. Nothing whatsoever was written down during the recording sessions – no sheet music, no song titles.

‘Azadi’ is the Urdu word for freedom and is a pure raga composed in the beautiful and devotional pentatonic Raga Bairagi, also based in the 12 beat rhythmic cycle (Ektaal). Like everything during these sessions, this raga was shown to Tender moments before the one take recording and what ensued was an improvised conversation between the musicians. Featuring Jaubi members Zohaib Hassan Khan on sarangi – Zohaib is a 7th generation sarangi maestro and one of only 5 professional sarangi players left in Pakistan practicing this ancient art form. Plus Jaubi guitarist and band leader Ali Riaz
Baqar, providing the guitar accompaniment.

Tenderlonious’ forthcoming album, “Ragas from Lahore – Improvisations with JAUBI”, is released on November 27th on 22a, whilst “Azadi” will be found on all digital services platforms from this Friday October 9th.

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Exclusive Premiere: Antoine Berjeaut “Walk” Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:00:21 +0000 Menace 5 is a compilation featuring artists with which the label has worked these past five years and hopes to keep building with in the future. Featuring DJ Mitsu the Beats, Antoine Berjeaut, Underground Canopy, Hugo LX and many others.

As a composer, a trumpet player and a producer originated from the Paris Superior Conservatory of Jazz Music, Antoine Berjeaut drifts between Jazz, World music and new Electronic Soundscapes, developing a great polyvalency.

At the time of the MENACE “5” release, a compilation to celebrate the five years of the label, it is important for me to express my thanks to all the artists involved in this adventure as well as all the people who participated in the creation and development of the label – most of them since day one. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet, and to continue meeting, so many talented and generous souls from around the world. I am looking forward to carrying on with you, my friends, and to keep producing quality projects and good music. As well as continuing to travel with you, to the sessions, rehearsals, dinners and to the meetings.
Culture is resistance.

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Exclusive Premiere: Eriksson Kaner “In Convalescence” (ft. O The Ghost) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:20:20 +0000 At MIMS we love to highlight upcoming talent, so we are extremely excited to premiere “In Convalescence”, a thrilling jazz song by South-London pianist & composer Eriksson Kaner, featuring spoken word from O the ghost, ahead of it’s full digital release on October 9th.

“In Convalescence” is Eriksson’s third self-released single, and arguably his most developed thus far. We likely first heard him play with the brilliant Levitation Orchestra and have since devoured the two singles he has shared as leader, thrilling examples of how jazz, classical and soul can meet without losing an edge.


Atmospheric keys, fizzing drums and blasts of brass combine for an epic and emotive serving of highly charged jazz. Recorded with musicians from the likes of Ezra Collective, Arlo Parks, King Krule, Blue Lab Beats and Brothers Testament, ‘In Convalescence’ is a dazzling display of intricate instrumentation, spectacular harmonies and orchestral colours.


Spoken word – O the ghost
Guitar – Alex C. Blake (Arlo Parks, Not3s, Blue Lab Beats)
Tenor Sax – James Mollison (Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones, Puma Blue)
Bass – James Wilson (King Krule, Rum Buffalo)
Trumpet – Axel Kaner-Lidström (Gary Bartz, Maisha, Levitation Orchestra)
Drums – Jack Robson (Brother’s Testament)
Writer/keys/vocals – Eriksson Kaner

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The Grooms ” Slow Down / I Deserve A Little Bit More” (197?) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 05:59:00 +0000 In the 1960’s, when Atlantic, Stax and Motown were at their peak, a little-known label in Norfolk, Virginia, was also giving young kids with singing talent an opportunity to perform.

Shiptown Records was headed up by Noah H. Biggs, who was nearly as famous around Norfolk for his sharp appearance as he was for his business savvy. He owned many local businesses, including the record store ‘Nimrod’. This shop became the epicentre for young people in the area interested in music. In the back of the shop was a small, make-shift recording studio with an in-house band – The Positive Sounds. Over the next decade, this studio would serve as an outlet for Norfolk’s rich pool of talent.

Mr Biggs saw the releases on Shiptown as a chance to showcase young, talented artists. As a champion of the Norfolk sound, he wanted to use his connections to secure deals for these newcomers at larger, national record companies. As a result, these demo-style releases can be incredibly hard to track down; with most pressings limited to 200 or less. Shiptown’s catalogue is astounding; many tracks have become highly sought-after collector’s items – from Barbara Stant to The Positive Sounds.

One of the last releases on Shiptown came in the mid 1970s by an unassuming group called The Grooms. The band’s only ever single consisted of two breath-taking slices of soul. The A Side is a phenomenal mid-tempo, funk track with magnificent vocals and a catchy, killer horn arrangement called ‘Slow Down’. This track is hard to define, taking inspiration from the full soul spectrum.

On the flip, is a devastating beat-ballad – ‘I Deserve A Little Bit More’. This track builds to a spine-tingling crescendo. Raw soul at its best. Wonderfully gritty, tight harmonies melted together with unhinged emotion. A sense of longing is captured as the lead voice cracks towards the end. If this one doesn’t move you, check your pulse.

It was 6 months from Miles Away’s first-listen to pressing the record. Licensing the single was straight forward, but sadly the master tapes for the original were not available. Due to the rarity of the record, nor was a decent copy for dubbing. This resulted in many late nights spent sending hopeful messages to collector friends and mysterious creatures on Discogs. Eventually, I found someone willing to lend me their copy to be dubbed.

The single still wasn’t quite sonically sufficient for Miles Away. Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering, then wonderfully restored the record to it’s original beauty. Finishing touches came from Mike Thorne at Rimshot Studios, who added warmth and light. The result is a deep and powerful record that hopefully Mr Biggs himself would approve of. Presented with Miles Away’s classic teal green label, the uniting stamp on all of our releases.

Miles Away Records specialises in reissuing records from all over the world on whatever format they deserve.

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Exclusive Premiere: Stefan Ringer “Vloss” (Forthcoming on Phuture Shock Musik) Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:07:01 +0000 As Bristol’s Phuture Shock Musik strides into its landmark tenth year in action and the next chapter of its journey, the sister arm of the label casts the net a little wider in both a geographic sense and genre wise for its latest vinyl-only compilation release ‘EXCURSIONS # 7’.

Rallying up a dynamic force of global talent from as far and wide as South Korea to South Africa through to Europe and the United States, this instalment orbits a sonic dimension where modern, left-leaning strains of house, broken beat and future soul freely collide together across four exclusive cuts.

Representing stateside and completing the unique quartet is Atlanta’s very own Stefan Ringer. A key player of the A-Town’s burgeoning dance underground, over the last decade the producer and DJ – initially known as REKchampa – has released a trail of heat via the likes of Kai Alcé’s NDATL, Black Catalogue, PPU, plus his own FWM imprint. And here remains on form with a dancefloor-ready contribution to round off the disc.

Label: Phuture Shock Musik
Cat: PSMEX007
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Release date: 30th October 2020

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Exclusive Premiere: Café Türk “Şamil” Tue, 06 Oct 2020 08:58:57 +0000 Forthcoming from one of our favourite labels, Zel Zele, we are proud to share Café Türk’s “Şamil”, a psyched-up-and-out interpretation of Turkish folk music. Taken from a truly exciting double LP (and digital) compilation of Café Türk’s wide output, to be released November 6.

Café Türk, an inimitable Turkish-Swiss band formed in the 1980s, whose genre-bending sonic palette draws from Anatolia, the Caucasus and Western Europe. The group’s frantic trajectory connects Switzerland and the Turkish city of Kars with a background story as rich and unexpected as their sound. After three decades since they disbanded, Zel Zele Records have collaborated with Turkish crate-digger Grup Ses to give the music of Café Türk a new lease of life.

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The eponymous compilation features original album tracks, singles and previously unreleased takes that trace the outline of the group’s history. Tracks come with an unrestrained spirit, weaving in the crackling energy of new wave, rock, disco and reggae with influences from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

“Şamil” itself is the psyched-out interpretation of Caucasian folk tune “Şeyh Şamil”. The song and widely popular folk dance was named after Imam Shamil who was the political, military, and spiritual leader of Caucasian resistance to Imperial Russia in the 1800s. “Şamil” offers a wild ride with driving rhythm like horses galloping and mesmerizing clarinet to accompany the journey from east to west.

Pre-orders are up now on Bandcamp for the double LP Café Türk compilation on Zel Zele.

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Crucial Material – October 6th, 2020 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 07:33:07 +0000 Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


STR4TA — Aspects 12″

Inspired by pioneering bands like Freeez, Atmosfear, Light of the World, and others, this debut 12inch single from London’s STR4TA blends together late 70s and early 80s Brit-funk and jazz-fusion grooves, with soulful hypnotic vocals and spacey-synth melodies. 
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Kibrom Birhae — Circles

Notable last week, this incredible EP deserves attention. Ethiopian-born jazz musician Kibrom Birhane leads an elite group of LA-based musicians and he reinterprets Ethiopian jazz with a post hip hop ear for spiritual jazz classics such as Joe Henderson’s “Earth”. On digital plus vinyl still available as I type.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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Bless The Mad — Bless The Mad

Genre is really immaterial at times. Chicago’s best kept secret no longer, Bless the Mad is a case in point. 3 beatmakers, raised on golden age hip hop, collaborate with local (I believe) musicians, singers and MCs to create a beautiful album that ticks ALL the boxes. Hip hop. Spiritual jazz. Neo-Soul. Gospel. Head to Bandcamp and support this movement. 
— Selected by Oli Brunetti 

Buscrates — Blasting Off

The Pittsburgh producer delivers his 1st full-length LP, on Bastard Jazz, and it definitely lives up to his reputation. Pure Modern Funk vibes combined with Boom Bap flavours, with a slew of featuring artists such as Sally Green, Tony Ozier, Dj Epik, just to name a few.
— Selected by Walla P

Giovanni Damico — Fall In The Groove

The Italian producer returns once again with another exquisite release on the Chicago label “Star Creature Universal Vibrations”. Perfect blend of Boogie, Disco, Italo & Afro Disco. All tracks stand out, no fillers on this one.
— Selected by Walla P

Honorable Mentions


Black Motion — The Healers : The Last Chapter 

The last opus of Black Motion has finally arrived! For their big comeback, this duo from Tshwane in South Africa delivers a staggering LP (41 tracks) that satisfy all afro house lovers. Everything is there, from the melodious Marry Me (feat. Msaki) and I Wanna Be (feat. Brenden Praise) to Sibusiso an instrumental Gospel, and the very spicy Trap En Los plus the Homeboyz Ven Pa Ka rework. The wait was long but it was worth it.
— Selected by Akpossoul

Hagan — Waves

Hot on the heels of multiple Afrobeats-indebted club smashers (with Yenko still in heavy rotation on NTS and Rinse), Hagan drops his most futuristic and UK-sounding work yet on Mr. Mitch’s Gobstopper Records without forsaking his roots. [UK Funky, Grime, Afrobeats, Broken Beat]
— Selected by dileta

Skelecta — Goosebumps

London’s Skelecta drops one of the finest Purple Grime EPs to this day. It’s got all the elements perfected: glacial R&B vocal chops, kaleidoscopic (sometimes chiptuney) synth arpeggios and massive forward rhythms. Everything to make you and your whole family jump around the living room while shedding a few nostalgic tears.
— Selected by dileta

Domu — Domu Demos

Broken Beat royalty Domu shares a treasure trove full of his unreleased demos, covering the full spectrum of the Domu sound. From intricate bruk / rhythm science, to downbeat headnodders and a few 4/4 joints too. Unmissable for all the Broken Beat heads!
— Selected by Lexis

Female — Pleasures That Kill

Killer retrospective of the works of Peter Sutton aka Female, who has been a key underground figure in UK techno since the mid 90’s.
— Selected by Lexis

Sun Palace — Rude Movements (Moodymann & Kenny Dope Remixes)

The landmark Mancuso / Loft classic, “Rude Movements” gets its very first two official remixes ever and none other than the legendary KDJ and KDope. As someone who has been playing the track for over 15 years, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Mr. Sunpalace himself, Mike Collins is bumping this in the heavens i’m quite sure!
— Selected by Lexis

Honorable Mentions


Westside Gunn — Who Made The Sunshine

After a plethora of critically acclaimed projects, the Fly God releases his debut album on Eminem’s Shady Records. Producers Alchemist and Darringer have kept the minimalist grimey sample based approach that has become Gunn’s signature and provide the perfect sonic landscape for his sordid street tales. Boasting an impressive feature list including Jadakiss, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes and 2(!) Slick Rick appearances this rock solid album is a perfect introduction to a modern boombap sound that is carried by Gunn and his Griselda labelmates.
— Selected by ASMA

21 Savage & Metro Boomin — Savage Mode 2 

The long anticipated follow up  to 21 Savage’s career launching project arrives out of the blue with Pen & Pixel cover art and Morgan Freeman narrated skits to boot. Slightly less dark and moody than the first opus, this album still proves that a solid producer MC duo is a successful formula. With features from Young Thug, Young Nudy and Drake Savage Mode 2 is a cohesive album for an artist who has been nothing but consistent since his debut.
— Selected by ASMA

Honorable Mentions


Baba Zula — Hayvan Gibi 

Brilliant album from Turkish psych powerhouse Baba Zula. Whilst deeply rooted in Istanbul’s folk-indebted psych scene they have remained open, even incorporating dub and working with Mad Professor. Baba Zula went into Artone Studios to cut this record straight-to-disc for Night Dreamer on their vintage gear, marrying live on-stage energy with precision sound recording.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

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

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Exclusive Premiere: Kahil El’Zabar “Sketches Of An Afro Blue” (Forthcoming on Spiritmuse Records) Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:19:04 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is honoured to premiere this beautiful piece of music by the legendary Kahil El’Zabar, multi-percussionist, band-leader, vocalist, composer, conductor, educator and pioneer of ‘spiritual groove’. 

Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue” has been radically rearranged by El’Zabar and co. The famous standard’s Afrocentric rhythm has been emphasised, with additional Kahil-conducted strings, and significant space has been made for the brilliant soloists, including Corey Wilkes on trumpet.

“Sketches Of An Afro Blue” is taken from Kahil El’Zabar’s forthcoming album for Spiritmuse Records, ‘America the Beautiful’, a tour de force musical testament that speaks directly to the heart, mind and spirit. Sir Kahil El’Zabar (knighted by France in 2014 as Chevalier of Letters), composed, arranged and conducted ‘America the Beautiful’ to speak musically about the turbulent issues in America and the world today, as well as his hopes and love for a better tomorrow. 

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Kahil was mentored in his early youth by two of Chicago’s luminary founders of the legendary AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Phil Cohran and Muhal Richard Abrams, eventually elected to be Chairman of the AACM after Muhal from 1975-83. El’Zabar’s comparable skills and masterful versatility have afforded him the opportunities to work and collaborate with giants such as Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Favors, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, Archie Shepp, Billy Bang, David Murray, Cannonball Adderley, Nina Simone, Nona Hendryx and Hamiet Bluiett, to name a few. 

In fact, ‘America the Beautiful’ is the last recorded performance of the late, great Hamiet Bluiett, to whom this album is dedicated. Following his last release, ‘Spirit Groove’ ft. David Murray, El’Zabar went into his musical vault to uncover for Spiritmuse Records works that he had scored for Daryl Roberts’ award-winning documentary, America the Beautiful. Kahil decided that the timing was right to release this music, in light of the tragic outbreak of COVID-19 and the global heartfelt tragedy of George Floyd’s brutal death. El’Zabar then went back into the studio recently to compose and score the rest of the music that would accompany the vision of what America the Beautiful has become. 

This incredible album features Kahil El’Zabar with an extended ensemble of woodwinds, brass, strings and an array of Afro-percussion, showcasing such master players as Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid, James Sanders, Josh Ramos, Miguel de la Cerna, Ernie Adams and Hamiet Bluiett. El’Zabar developed the initial inspiration for this project from his musical origins in the above mentioned documentary, and later added new works that would explore issues related to current affairs and past histories of America and the globe, regarding race, ecology, economic disparity, and his hopes, aspirations and love for a better world yet to come.

 ‘America the Beautiful’ is released on vinyl, CD and digital by Spiritmuse Records on October 23rd.

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MIMS Guest Mix: INK PROJECT (Brighton, UK / Blind Colour) Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:09:47 +0000 Ink Project is Brighton-based producer Jez Lloyd’s collaborative project with vocalists Coreysan, FiFi Rong, Yazmyn Hendrix and Melanie Dymond – experimenting with various styles from song-based electronic/soul, future dub, broken beat, leftfield pop, house/techno, down-tempo and world music.

@Inkprojectmusic: “I wanted to play some music from around the world that has been inspiring me a lot recently during lockdown.

Electronic african and dub, New Zealand electronic soul, London broken beat, various world music flavours, jazzy, jackin’, trippy US deep and tech house plus new music from Ink Project and Coreysan on the Blind Colour label including some interesting Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti and Nina Simone remixes thrown in for good measure.”


1. Trib – Nuri–Drup
2. Coreysan – Rules In Love
3. Deadbeat & Paul St Hilaire – Peace and Love
4. Gaudi with Adrian Sherwood – Dub’s Nine Lives
5. Carlton Livingstone – Exit
6. Isaac Aesili – Run Every Way
7. Keleketla! – Crystallise (Edit)
8. St Germain – How Dare You (Atjazz Remix)
9. Constant Black – Stormy Skies – Nick Beringer 7am Dub
10. Nolga – Line Of Questioning
11. Jackin son – HeartBruk Hotel (so physical) ™Shall I Bruk It flip
12. ™Shall I Bruk It – Feelin’ Mastaz
13. ™Shall I Bruk It – I.T.T ™Shall I Bruk It flip
14. Szajna – El Ritmo De Verdad
15. Ink Project – ‘Feeding The Fire feat. Coreysan (Sivey Remix)

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Exclusive Premiere: Seravince “People Of The Night” Ft Renee Neufville & Esperanzah Mon, 05 Oct 2020 08:23:35 +0000 Tune!! Check out this previously unreleased track from 2012 by Amsterdam based keyboardist/composer Seravince.

The entire project features Richard Spaven on drums and vocals are by Renee Neufville (RH Factor/Zhane) and Sharlene Hector (Reel People/Basement Jaxx), which will be released on vinyl in November.

Amsterdam-based label Wicked Wax continues to plug the sound of its city to a broader audience. Sometimes that sound lies in the past. For its upcoming 13th release, the label went and linked up with one of Amsterdam’s unsung heroes, who’s been a household name behind the (international) music scene.

Keyboardist, composer and owner of the legendary Flowriders studio Vincent Helbers released his debut album ‘Hear To See’ as Seravince in 2013. A blend of broken beat, future soul and multiple adjective-jazz styles, compiled in a masterfully mixed 45-minute album. Now, 7 years later, the album is released on vinyl for the first time.

Seravince’s Hear To See sees Vincent Helbers cultivating his extensive experience inside the studio. The album is deeply rooted in broken beat drum grooves, provided by longtime collaborator and UK drummer extraordinaire Richard Spaven. These are accompanied by the jazz-inspired harmonies and solos from Seravince himself. All musical elements are one takes, recorded on analogue tape. “I want the sound to maintain the rawness and organic vibe,” Seravince explains. The sensual vocals on the album are courtesy of RH Factor singer Renee Neufville (US) and Sharlene Hector (UK), who’s worked together with Reel People and Basement Jaxx.

Organic live drums and percussion are laced with jazz harmonies and an alternation between synths and bass lines. Topped off with a smooth horn section, the album can be seen as a milestone in the maturing of the broken beat genre. It set the tone for the genre from 2013 onwards. The driving inspiration for the sound of this album was D’Angelo’s modern soul masterpiece Voodoo. Seravince explains that it was one of the first albums to revert to the seventies’ way of recording whole takes to tape.

“The recording of Hear to See mirrors that of D’Angelo’s Voodoo: I used the same SSL mixing desk, tape machines and mics. Although my music is more layered, I have tried to give the bass and drums that same authentic vibe.”​ – ​Seravince

The album is crafted in such a sophisticated manner, only someone who’s as experienced as Vincent can bring forward. His keen ear behind the mixing desk, composing and recording with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, Jordan Rakei, Airto Moreira, Jose James, Cinematic Orchestra, Ronald Snijders and more, and his extensive experience behind keyboards, synths and pianos; all these factors come together on this album, which is reflected in its sophistication.

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MIMS Guest Mix: CONTEXT CHAMELEON (Los Angeles / Dome of Doom) Sun, 04 Oct 2020 08:17:09 +0000 Compiled and Mixed by Context Chameleon | June 22-24, 2020

In this current age of awakening, absorbing pain and the transformative roads forward have become a daily cycle. One as essential as the process of body hydration through water. Many volatile and soul shaking truths have become evident and an entire country is now in a desperate state of soul searching. Deep and uncomfortable historical realities are now stretching into every pocket of public consciousness, representing a pendulum swing that feels foundational. It’s the people’s paths, involving deeply transformative private conversations, prolific protesting, masterful strategizing/organizing, business sector transparency, and much more. There’s an abundance of unpredictable moments that continue to organically write the history of this movement, providing a sense of hope the world desperately needs. 

The musical backdrop scoring these times, and those that led us here, remain a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. A shining beacon that has pushed back the forces of inequality with great measure for decades. Let The Ghosts Chit-Chat is the first of many mixes summarizing the energy present within the United States during this era of social unrest and the energy that has awakened so many individuals living. The musical soundtrack to the soul searching process of the United States and the beautiful states of art that grows here despite the turmoil. 

Let The Ghosts Chit-Chat is also intended for consumption (either in part or fully) to a read of James Baldwin’s The New Yorker piece Letter from a Region in My Mind (1962)

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.”

James Baldwin

Part 1: Pain Transformation (00:00-34:58)

Watts Prophets – Pain – Ala (1971)
Kendrick Lamar – Alright – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope (2015)
Nas – Cops Shot The Kid ft. Kanye West – Mass Appeal/Def Jam (2018)
The RZA – Tragedy – Wu Music Group (1999)
2Pac – Where Do We Go From Here – Amaru/Interscope/Jive (1997)
Terrace Martin – Pig Feet ft. Denzel Curry, Kamasi Washington, G Perico & Dalytl – Sounds of Crenshaw/EMPIRE (2020)
Dead Prez – Hip-Hop – Loud (2000)
JAY-Z – Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) – Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam (1998)
RZA as Bobby Digital – You Can’t Stop Me Now – Wu Music Group/Koch (2008)
Pharoahe Monch – The Truth ft. Common & Talib Kweli – Rawkus Records (1999)
OutKast – Hold On, Be Strong – LaFace Records/Arista Records (1998)

Part 2: Soul Transition (34:59-1:24:17)

Ike & Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister – Blue Thumb Records (1969)
Beyoncé – BLACK PARADE – Parkwood Entertainment (2020)
Aceyalone Accompanied By Mumbles – The March – Project Blowed (1998)
Armand Hammer – Charms ft. KeiyA – Backwoodz Studios (2020)
Common – The 6th Sense – MCA (2000)
Rapsody – Oprah ft. Leikeli47 – Jamla Records/Roc Nation (2019)
J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A – Ghost of Soulja Slim – Roc Nation (2020)
Immortal Technique – The 4th Branch – Viper Records (2003)
2Pac – I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto – Amaru/Interscope/Jive (1997)
Mavi – Self Love – Mavi (2019)
Mos Def – Modern Marvel – Rawkus Records/Geffen Records (2004)

Part 3: The Revolution (1:24:18-1:57:05)

Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Flying Dutchman (1971)
Mos Def – Revelations – Downtown Records (2009)
Ghostface Killah – Mighty Healthy – Razor Sharp Records/Epic Records (2000)
Black Star – Thieves In The Night – Rawkus Records (1998)
Chino XL – Nunca – Metro Records/Warner Bros. Records (2001)
OutKast – West Savannah – LaFace Records/Arista Records (1998)
Killer Mike – Reagan – Williams Street Records (2012)
Genius/GZA – Investigative Reports ft. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, & U-God – Geffen Records/MCA (1995)
Kendrick Lamar – How Much A Dollar Cost ft. James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope (2015)

Part 4: Human Rights Restitution (1:57:06-2:48:08)

Junior Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun – Motown (1965)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Thug Luv ft. 2Pac – Ruthless Records/Relativity Records (1997)
Earl Sweatshirt – The Mint ft. Navy Blue – Tan Cressida/Columbia Records (2018)
Saul Williams – Twice The First Time – Big Dada Recordings (1998)
The Roots – You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu & Eve of Destruction – MCA (1999)
Reflection Eternal – Memories Live – Rawkus Records (2000)
Killah Priest – Wisdom – Geffen Records/MCA (1998)
Run The Jewels – pulling the pin ft. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme – Jewel Runners/BMG (2020)
Genius/GZA – Cold War (RZA Mix) ft. D’Angelo – Geffen Records (1996)
Blackalicious – Attica Black – Soulsides (1994)
Method Man – Judgement Day – Def Jam (1998)
Busta Rhymes – We Could Take It Outside ft. Flipmode Squad – Flipmode Records/Elektra Records (1997)
The Last Poets – Black Is (Chant) – Douglas Records (1971)

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Exclusive Premiere: Emanative & Bex Burch “Disrupt #4” (Forthcoming on Shapes of Rhythm) Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:03:18 +0000 MIMS is delighted to host the world premiere of the first ever collaboration between Emanative and Vula Viel’s Bex Burch! And it’s a banger! Deep 808 drum machine and African-inspired percussion meets cold-wave post-punk. Producer and fellow percussion-addict Hector Plimmer even gets in on the action to sprinkle some additional charms.

Emanative makes his vinyl debut here for Shapes of Rhythm following contributions to their ‘Isolation Compilation’ and an ‘Awkward Corners EP’ both earlier this year. Known for his love of collaboration, Emanative connected remotely with Bex Burch during the global lockdown.


Disrupt #4 is the result of a meeting of two percussive minds in the midst of a pandemic, and like all good things it started with a groove. Nick initially provided Bex with a hazy, 808 african-inspired sketch. What followed was a musical dialogue which quickly gained momentum.

A post punk-esque vocal mantra was added, reflecting the here and now of 2020 and driving the track forward. Bex’s trademark Ghanaian Gyil xylophone is the conversation with the groove throughout the track. Hector Plimmer also joins the collaboration, seasoning the mix with synthesizer and tape delays.

Released November 6th, strictly limited to 300 copies, the first 50 come with an inner signed by the artists, and the record and sleeve have been produced “as green as possible” by Deep Grooves in Amsterdam (the greenest vinyl pressing plant in the world). “Disrupt #4” is backed by an equally disruptive remix from Awkward Corners, whose debut LP this year surely ranks among this year’s best.

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Exclusive Premiere: AKU! “Blind Fury” (Forthcoming on Worm Discs) Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:09:05 +0000 MIMS is extremely excited to premiere the raw blistering-brass-filled title track from ‘Blind Fury’, the forthcoming album by Glaswegian “Doom-Jazz” outfit, AKU! on Bristol’s Worm Discs.

Drawing on influences from bands such as Melt Yourself Down, Young Fathers & Fela Kuti, and wider still from the worlds of noise, punk & jazz, AKU! are rapidly carving a niche for themselves as one of the UK’s most undefinable “jazz” groups.


In 2019 they were nominated for “Best Band” at the Scottish Jazz Awards and have enjoyed support from Rebecca Vasmant on her Worldwide FM show. Moreover, they have performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and shared stages with legendary UK jazz acts such as Melt Yourself Down, Seed Ensemble & Maisha. This year, the group’s bandleader Harry Weir, has been nominated for the “Rising Star Award” at the Scottish Jazz Awards.

‘Blind Fury’ is released on November 6th on Bristol’s Worm Discs. The newly minted label was founded by the promoters Worm Disco Club and launched with the MIMS “Crucial Material” nominated compilation, ‘New Horizons: A Bristol Jazz Sound’.

The band is made up of:

Harry Weir – Baritone Sax and FX (band leader of Aku!)
Liam Shortall – Trombone and FX (band leader of corto.alto)
Graham Costello – Drums (band leader of Strata)

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Exclusive Premiere: Peachy! “산책 Stroll” Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:13:05 +0000 Ta-ku & Jakarta Records present 823’s very 1st compilation, bringing together bedroom producers next generation from all around the world and featuring such talented artists like Idealism, Wun Two, eevee, Jinsang, Peachy!, SwuM and many more … all things considered #1! 

“823 celebrates the simple beauty of everyday life and the people in it that inspire us. In that spirit we are proud to present our very first compilation featuring artists we love. All Things Considered Vol.1” (Regan Matthews aka Ta-ku) 

Peachy!: “Although it’s been some time since by departure from lofi, my time spent in Shanghai earlier this year gave me the inspiration to make an optimistic return for this compilation alongside some fantastic artists.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Laguna “Lonerider” Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:47:39 +0000 Ta-ku & Jakarta Records present 823’s very 1st compilation, bringing together bedroom producers next generation from all around the world and featuring such talented artists like Idealism, Wun Two, eevee, Jinsang, Peachy!, SwuM and many more … all things considered #1! 

“823 celebrates the simple beauty of everyday life and the people in it that inspire us. In that spirit we are proud to present our very first compilation featuring artists we love. All Things Considered Vol.1” (Regan Matthews aka Ta-ku) 

@LagunaSounds: “Over the years I’ve always found myself enjoying alone time. Right in the middle of boredom and euphoria, there is this feeling of self reflection, particularly while going on long car rides.

This is where I go to find out a little more about myself, and where the flow of a soundtrack can drive the most profound thinking. I did what I could to capture these thoughts into the sounds of Lone Rider.”

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MIMS Guest Mix: EBI SODA (Brighton, Thameslink) Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:35:49 +0000 We’re thrilled to invite one of the most exciting groups out of the London contemporary scene, to our guest mix series. Ebi Soda touch on all types of jazz, psych, funky flavours. We were curious to hear what sorts of influences lie behind their great sound!

@ebi-soda “This is more of a selection of tunes which have inspired us over the years and more recently.

We’ve included few artists from the UK who we feel are making great stuff, from local jazz groups such as Vels Trio and Brother’s Testiment to more vocal/beat-based music with Bawo and Ojerime. The blend of jazz and UK rap-based genres has always been at the forefront of what we try to do and the Yussef Dayes remix of Frontline by Pa Salieu needed to be included as it was a great coming together of two musical worlds which influence our approach.

In general this mix is just made up of tunes which we love although we also felt the need to include some of our proudest moments from our recent project, Ugh, as well as a preview of our soon-to-be released remix of Jarami’s Company. Cheers for listening!”


Tenderness – Vels Trio
Zip Yer Boots Up, Lad – Ebi Soda
Kaleidoscope – Badbadnotgood
Meow Meow – Ebi Soda
No Sleep – Bawo
Company – Jarami (Ebi Soda Remix) 
Lens – Frank Ocean
Give It Up 2 Me – Ojerime 
Run for President – Ebi Soda ft Chloe Bodur
Frontline – Pa Salieu (Yussef Dayes Remix) 
Super Sharp Shooter – DJ Zinc 
Hallucinations – Bienvenue
Kingdom – Brother’s Testament


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Exclusive Premiere: Atomga “Zenpocalypse” (Bosq’s Super Disco Mix) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:43:14 +0000 @bosqmusic “It was a genuine pleasure to work on this Atomga record, there was such an abundance of material to work with and amazingly played parts that I wanted to highlight, that the hardest part was just keeping it concise!

When dj’ing or working on remixes I’m always trying to find intentional or unintentional references hidden within the layers of the track that help tell me where it wants to go (or what to play next) and this track was immediately screaming for some stretched out Philly disco vibes, so I did my best to summon Gamble & Huff and take it there. I can’t wait to properly try it out on a dance floor!”

Benjamin Woods, creating under the name Bosq, has been tirelessly exploring the intersections of Afro-Latin music with Disco, Funk, Reggae, House and Hip Hop for years. He first gained notoriety as one half of the Whiskey Barons, churning out a continuous stream of edits and remixes, as well as being the sole producer on the now highly sought after, out of print Whiskey Barons x Bastard Jazz releases (Tumbao EP & Enferma Nocturna). His unofficial mixes led to a slew of official remix work for heavy hitters like Fania Records, Orchestre Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou, Poolside, Nickodemus, and many more. He now works his magic on afrobeat warriors Atomga’s single “Zenpocalypse”, bringing the dancefloor to Africa with an Afro-Disco slammer that will rock fans worldwide.

The remix comes out on Color Red, record label and music platform founded by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds on October 2, 2020

Remix Ex. Producer – Marcos Flores

Leah Concialdi – Baritone Saxophone, Background vocals
Frank Roddy – Tenor Saxophone, Background vocals
Alice Hansen – Trumpet, Background vocals
LaShá “CalySōl” Afarko – Vocals
Casey Hrdlicka – Electric Guitar, Background vocals
Sam Lafalce – Bass Guitar
Peter Mouser – Keyboard, Electric Organ
J.R. Ranck – Drums
Jared Fischer – Congas
Matt Schooley – Timbales, Shekere, Auxillary Percussion, Background vocals

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Exclusive Premiere: Nimbus Sextet “Lily White” (forthcoming on Acid Jazz Records) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:21:42 +0000 Taken from forthcoming debut full length album Dreams Fulfilled – October 23rd

Following the recent announcement of debut album Dreams Fulfilled landing on Acid Jazz Records this autumn and the release of single Trap Door to critical acclaim, Nimbus Sextet share new slice of jazzy goodness Lily White featuring the vocal talents on Anthony Thomas.

Nimbus Sextet are a major new talent on the UK Jazz scene. Led by pianist/keyboardist Joe Nichols, the Glaswegian contemporary jazz outfit play infectiously original music that spans the musical spectrum. Nimbus Sextet’s fresh take on jazz blends instantly relatable melodic hooks with driving grooves, sophisticated musicianship and episodic compositions.

The core of the Nimbus Sextet sound comes courtesy of Joe with long-time collaborators Alex Palmer and Mischa Stevens. The trio met while studying at Edinburgh University and have continued to perform together ever since. Nimbus Sextet was fully formed in 2018 with the addition of Martin Fell and Euan Allardice joining the line-up with James Mackay arriving later.

Lily White was originally composed in the long winter of 2018 whilst Martin Fell made his way by train from Glasgow to Leeds; “The rhythms were inspired by the vibrations of the train, and the main theme was inspired by the snowy white fields”. Upon joining the band Martin felt it would be a perfect fit mainly due to the Nimbus Sextet’s open approach to music; “This is what makes Nimbus Sextet special to me, they get right into what a composition is really about – atmospherically. Each performer finds a way to connect with the piece. It was this that made ‘Lily White’ come alive and reach its full potential.”

Nimbus Sextet present a well-balanced alchemy, arrived at naturally by way of a varied of musical influences and contributions from each of its members. You’re as likely to hear elements of Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron as easily as The Roots and Robert Glasper. Lily White is as good an example of this as any.

Dreams Fulfilled will be released on October 23rd through Acid Jazz Records available on vinyl, soft pack CD and digitally. You can pre-order here.

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The full track-listing is:

Trap Door
Lily White
Deep Dark Blue Lights
Dreams Fulfilled

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MIMS Guest Mix: Kuna Maze (Brussels, Tru Thoughts) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:20:57 +0000 We are excited to welcome Kuna Maze to our mix series. The Brussels based producer has been busy releasing exciting, genre busting music on Tru Thoughts, both alone and with Nikitch. They even brought the legendary Domu out of semi-retirement for series of remixes! Whilst lockdown has limited his appearances to a show on Kiosk Radio, he is due to perform live with Nikitch in Brussels on November 5th.

Kuna Maze: “I just put together some tracks that I am into at the moment, some are fresh some are classics to me. It slowly builds up, and I couldn’t help but to go throw some classics UKG tracks at the end, as I’d love to be able to go back in club and dance on this again.”


Tenderlonious – Quarantena
Moon B – Old iz New
Byron The Aquarius – See U Next Time (Tron)
Specter – Not New To This
Jay Daniel – Squeaky Maya
Atjazz – Kidnapped
Domu – Arrival
Markus Enochson & Eman – I Am The Road (Bugz in The Attic Remix)
Aaron Carl – Oasis (Nick Holder Vocal Mix)
Henry Wu – Substance (IG Culture & Alex Phountzi Remix)
Steven Julien – BLK808
Cengiz – On On On
Kuna Maze – Backward
DKD – Natty Head
Nu Era – Swing Machines
Desert Sound Colony, Baby Rollen – Beta Burner
Groove Committee – Heart + Soul
Horsepower Productions – Boogaloo
Nikitch & Kuna Maze – The Leak (Domu Remix)


You can check out Kuna Maze’s latest EP for Tru Thoughts below.

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Exclusive Premiere: Felbm “Colorists” (Forthcoming on Soundway Records) Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:05:30 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere “Colorists”, one of our favourite songs from the fourth installment of the Felbm project, on Soundway Records. A beautiful bossa nova blended with ambient music and soothing guitars. The whole tape is one to dream away too but “Colorists” makes us want to dance too, or at least tap our feet uncontrollably.

Following on from 2018’s Tape 1 & Tape 2, the Dutch producer and musician Eelco Topper recording as Felbm, has already released Tape 3 as a digital EP, to be released together with Tape 4 on one vinyl LP on October 16.

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Tape 3 & Tape 4 is an intimate, emotional, lilting and melodic solo project with a restorative, therapeutic nature. They were composed and recorded by Topper with just those aspects in mind as a personal remedy for the ailments of modern life. With a breezy and soothing quality these fourteen lo-fi, instrumental, jazz-infused sketches written on guitar, with cascading keyboards, vibraphone and drum machine, seem perfect for the second half of 2020, a year in which we could all surely use some curative and uncomplicated music. With echoes of the dreamier end of 1980s English indie-pop, minimal ambient music and Brazilian bossa-nova, Topper’s musical storybook includes touches of The Durutti Column, echoes of Ethiopian Tezeta, hints of Antônio Carlos Jobim and Baden Powell, whilst all set firmly in the summer fields of Germany and the Netherlands.

“In the summer of 2019 I took only a guitar and a “pocket piano” to a holiday retreat in rural mid-Germany that I visit regularly, and wrote most of the basic ideas for Tape 4. The opening track ‘Brunnengasse’ features the wind chimes from the garden there. When I hear them I’m back at that peaceful place immediately. Dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome for the past few years, I took on a habit of hiking in nature frequently, which in turn led to a budding love of birdwatching. The track ‘Beaufort’ contains a field recording taken in an area where I like to go hiking and spotting birds. Most notably you can hear the song of a woodlark, a bird far easier heard than seen.”

Style-wise these tracks are still navigating the space between quiet, open, meditative tunes and more solid instrumental songs, thereby reflecting his constant search for an optimal balance between stillness and movement.

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Crucial Material – September 28th, 2020 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 05:50:55 +0000 Back on the weekly pace. Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!


Cosmic Vibrations ft. Dwight Trible — Pathways & Passages

Led by acclaimed jazz vocalist Dwight Trible, this Los Angeles-based ensemble fuses Trible’s soulful vocal melodies, poetry, and chants with African-influenced percussion rhythms, meditative tones, and hypnotic grooves. As the name of the group suggests, this music takes the listener on a sonic cosmic journey through celestial galaxies and then back again. This soul-enriching spiritual jazz at its absolute best
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo — Days as Echoes

Library and cinematic vibes from the all things keyboards man from the Tallin, Estonia based Misha Panfilov on his sophomore LP. Wonderful waltzy and deep arrangements, fans of the likes Andrew Wasylyk and Greg Foat will not want to miss this one.
– Selected by Spacewalker

Chiminyo — I Am Panda

Drummer, producer and percussionist Chiminyo, long seen playing among London’s best,, including Cykada, Maisha & Hector Plimmer (live group), delivers his debut LP for London’s Gearbox Records. Setting new standards for one-man-band electronic music with live drums. A wealth of UK electronic sounds from 4Hero to today, are filtered through Tim Doyle’s thick, soulful sound
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Sly5thAve — What It Is

This excellent 2nd LP from the Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger & producer Sly5thAve, former member of Prince’s NPG, draws heavily from jazz, soul & R&B, hip hop, and electronic music, whilst pushing a warm sound that bumps away, drawing you in to until you’ve fallen. Complemented by some stellar guest turns but recurring appearances from singer Denitia sound are highlights.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

La’Verne Washington — The Promise

Beautiful Modern Soul/Stepper double-sider 7’, re-issued by Melodies International. The London label continues their streak of impeccable releases, unearthing gems after gems, and this one by La’Verne Washington doesn’t disappoint. Mandatory double copies.
– Selected by Walla P


Lex Amor — Government Tropicana

Follwing a few years gaining steam with demos, loosies and featurings, North London’s Rapper-Singer-Producer-DJ Lex Amor unveils her debut project confirming that she won’t remain one of the best kept secrets for much longer! Flawless from top to bottom. For optimal listening: Play Dis At Night, as the man Pete Rock once said. Serious Mind Sex Record
– Selected by Lexis

Action Bronson — Only for Dolphins

Action Bronson returns to what he does best with braggadocious punchlines and outlandish beats. Much like his recent time in the gym, this album is a return to form mostly because of the excellent samples used throughout. From carribean funk to turkish psych Alchemist and Daringer laced Baklava with the freshness and he delivered a solid album almost devoid of features. A fun return to the roots for a rapper who is in the prime of his career
– Selected by ASMA


Theo Parrish — Wuddaji

TP proves once again he the most thought-provoking electronic musician of this generation. As with any of his releases, “Wuddaji” has a sense of urgency and purpose that is often lacking in house/techno circles. But this is so much more than just club music. “This Is For You” which was previously released on a 12” makes the album cut and with good reason, one of the best (proper) deep house tracks in recent years.
– Selected by Lexis

Reginald Omas Mamode IV — 400 Years

Another slice of deep listening and body moving from London’s Reginald Omas Mamode IV who fits right in with the CoOp presents squad. Paying homage to his Mauritian roots and history on this thoughtful yet highly danceable song, especially thanks to the great remixes from IG Culture and Gonz.
– Selected by Lexis

more great Club records this week


Jon Collin & Demdike Stare — Sketches Of Everything

The collaboration between the Demdike boys’ dubby, layered, muddled sounds and guitarist Jon Collin result in an engrossing audio landscape with great arrangements. I don’t think records in this “deep listening” should be overanalysed, they should just be experienced. So just buy it and play it on a sound-walk in nature
– Selected by Lexis

more great Leftfield records this week

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #200 (BEST OF THE LAST 99 SHOWS) — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:00:17 +0000 For this 200th episode, which also marks the 7th Anniversary of the Show, I wanted to do a personal recap of the songs that I played out/enjoyed the most.

Thanks to all the artists, labels, the guest Djs and especially the Worldwide listeners for your enormous contribution to the show.

Tracklist :

East Liberty Quarters – Mids
XL Middleton – I Don’t Wanna Wait
L33 – Keepin It Tight (Modern Smooth Version)
DOC Mastermind – HwtL!ne
Mofak – My Favorite
Flytones – It Is What It Is
Terrace Martin – Turkey Taco
Starship Connection – Do It 4 U
Pomrad – City Lights
Daley – Sympathy (feat. Swindle)
The Pendletons – Telling Lies (Buscrates Remix)
Nick Wisdom – Don’t Tell ft. K-Maxx
First Touch – Bayflower
Lynda Dawn – Fonk Street
Moniquea – Daily Thing
Dabeull Feat Holybrune – Day & Night
Throwback Zack – Whut It Dew
Dam-Funk – Ladera Heights
Temu – Let’s Funk!
Kool Customer – Blackberry (Somebody Told Me)
Mofak – Girls (Feat Chago Williams)
Tuxedo & Zapp – Shy
Diamond Ortiz – (We Go Together Like) Saturday & Sunday
MadD3E – P For Popping
G-noF – Partly Cloudy
Format-440 – Never Been Better
Zackey Force Funk – Around My Way
XL Middleton – In The Middle Of The Night
Birdbone Unlimited – Not Gonna Stop
Maya Killtron – Found You
The Kount & Falcxne – Bungalow
Freekwency – Your Touch
Heather Haywood – Give It Up (Extended)
Hidden Groove – Do You Wanna Groove
E. Live – Funktown Nights
Love Cryme – She’s So Freaky
Psychic Mirrors – Island Girl
Líneas – OG Cocaine Lady
Dogg Master – Body Therapy
Ivan Makvel – I Got Funk
Shiro Schwarz – Power of Love
Circuitry – Under Pressure
Koolade – Reminisce Sunshine
Boy Dude – Cosmic Lines
Mndsgn – Use Ya Mind

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Exclusive Premiere: GODTET “Womens Choir” (Forthcoming on La Sape) Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:45:06 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is excited to share a beautiful piece of instrumental psychedelic soul from GODTET, led by the talented Sydney-based guitarist and producer Godriguez (producer of Sampa the Great’s “The Great Mixtape”).

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Godriguez marshalled together some of the best musicians of the new generation in Sydney: A head priest of the Cuban Ifa religion, the step-son of Australia’s greatest ever funk and soul musician, Australia’s leading drummer in this new generation and a deeply emotionally gifted pianist from New Zealand. These disparate backgrounds culminate with incredibly sensitive musical and emotional connections to form GODTET.

To adjourn the past two improvised records, Godriguez was looking to compose for the next release. The ‘Suite’ EP is the amalgamation of the earlier GODTET LP sounds and Godriguez’s produced albums, through-composed as a 15 minute suite. To be true to the long-form, through-composed piece, the band recorded this release live; one take, no over-dubs and straight to tape.

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Video Premiere: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble “Indigo” Sat, 26 Sep 2020 12:08:18 +0000 2020 sees Hypnotic Brass Ensemble celebrating twenty years together not only as a band, but a Band of Brothers and they are marking this anniversary with the launch of their sixth studio album ​Bad Boys of Jazz,​ which sees them seamlessly weave funk, dub, hip-hop and soul into their own irrepressible take on jazz. They draw deep from the well of tradition while taking the pulse of the most cutting-edge and street-savvy sounds.

The ​Bad Boys Of Jazz a​lbum release marks a turning point in Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s development. Trading their signature all brass sound, and adding an electric guitar and bass to their aptly vibrant horn lines, they’ve written 14 new tracks of sonic sorbet for this fresh album.

The energy and feel move seamlessly through genres – from ​Delta​’s rock-infused distorted guitar to the house music rendition of ​In The House​; from ​My Ship’​ s rhythm & blues inflection or the very soca feel of ​Soul on Ice t​ o ​Indigo’​ s solid groove. There’s room left for the sing-along tunes ​Coffee ​and ​Friends ​and this body of work flows comfortably into the very funky ​Menage​.

The band has been at the forefront of the global jazz revival of the last decade, bringing the music back to its dance floor origins and along the way, legions of new fans hip to the fact that jazz runs through the DNA of nearly every strand of Afro American music. Jazz has always been an evolving and innovative force in music, renewing itself by borrowing from whatever styles and fresh sounds come its way. The Hypnotics are past masters at this process of assimilation and innovation, blowing fresh sounds on the embers of tradition, keeping the flame lit. They call their brand of music ​now music​.

This project is very well-rounded & cohesive, a must-have for avid fans of the band and a great introduction for new-comers.

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble:

Music runs deep in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Raised on the south side of Chicago, the band is made up of seven brothers, the sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, who played with the deep spiritual jazz, Sun Ra Arkestra. He trained them all to play their horns from childhood and instilled in them a profound sense of the spiritual roots of the music. Each morning started, with them all emptying their breath, producing a unified meditative drone. This was music very much as a transcendental practice.

The brothers went from busking on the streets to working with some of the biggest names in modern music: Prince, Erykah Badu, Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan, Tony Allen and more. The cathartic energy of their live shows draws its raw power from this deep reserve –– it is an authenticity that can’t be faked.

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BALANCE – Show #556 (Hosted by Spacewalker) Sat, 26 Sep 2020 09:46:42 +0000 As we slowly transition from summer into autumn, it’s Spacewalker at the controls with the monthly dose of Balance!

Featuring fresh music from James Tillman, Sault, Eddie Chacon, Horatio Luna, N’sawa Saraca & more! Capping off the “classic soul albums that celebrate their 20th anniversary”, in the Essential Album Corner it’s the one & only D’Angelo with the timeless classic that is “Voodoo“…




Sault – Rise | Forever Living Originals

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo – In a Dream | Funk Night

Andrew Wasylyk – Last Sunbeams of Childhood | Athens of the North

Eddie Chacon – Hurt | Day End

James McKenzie – I’ve Got to Go |

Lenny White – Sweet Dreamer | Nemperor

Marker Starling – SIlk Rock (Ha Ha Sounds Collective version) | Tin Angel

Byron the Aquarius – End of Time | Apron

Anthony Drawn – Unintentionally Closed Eyes | Sichtexot

D’Angelo – Voodoo (Virgin | 2000)

D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel)

D’Angelo – Africa

D’Angelo – Spanish Joint

James Tillman – Arizona | Darker Than Wax

Jordan Rakei – Wind Parade | Blue Note

East Coast Love Affair – Don’t Be Afraid | Athens of the North

Ben Williams – High Road pt. 2 (Natasha Diggs & Ian Wallace remix) | Rainbow Blonde

Horatio Luna – Bumps | The Jazz Diaries

Javier Santiago – Trance |

Tenderlonious – Birds of Paradise | 22a

N’Sawa-Saraca – Cave | Ropeadope

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Exclusive Premiere: Kid Sublime “De Fonk Phenomenan” (Forthcoming on Inner Tribe) Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:24:28 +0000 Being big fans of Kid Sublime we are excited to exclusively premiere this jam from his first rap record! Forthcoming on Inkswel’s Inner Tribe imprint. Out September 28th! Vinyl, cassette and digital.

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Born into a family of artists and musicians Jacob Otton began playing piano and drums at age 5 after hearing his grandfathers Duke Ellington record and trying to replay “C-Jam Blues”. From that first pivotal moment Jacob, known as Kid Sublime, has since devoted his heart and soul to all things music. From his early days drumming in Hardcore Punk bands to touring the world with Brazillian band Zuco 103 and working in the infamous record store Fat Beats, he quickly laid down a strong and solid foundation to build his career as a producing musician and Disc Jockey. After trying out an Akai MPC 60 in the late 90’s, Kid Sublime got hooked to the machine and a few years later he released his first House 12″, “Tea For Two” which was later re-edited by Francois K. He then crafted a myriad of future soul classics for Dutch label Kindred Spirits like his ‘Basement Soul’ album. From House anthems on his own ‘Ballroom Records’ imprint that have rocked dance floors all over the world, to Japan only albums that where so hot that the legendary BBE records re-released them so that more ears could hear KS’s unmistakable sound.

A true master of his craft, “Straat Coach” an opus of sorts, is his first full blown Dutch Rap album, humorous and witty but backed by insane ‘bang it in ya jeep’ style beats.

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SKYWAY UPLINK — Show #001 (Hosted by dileta) Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:28:23 +0000 Presented by coolground founder dileta, SKYWAY UPLINK wires you out of routine and into a new simulation every season. You’ll find yourself whirling through winding lanes lit by all kinds of coloured gleams and glares.

This first installment is deeply inspired by the works of composer Hideki Naganuma and the Japanese bass scene, with a focus on pitched vocal chops, processed funk elements, video game nods, and ultra-electronic speed – let’s call it CYBERFUNK. Actual genres included: IDM, tech house, broken beat, wonky techno, speed garage, club, nu-disco, hardgroove techno, grime/RnG, ghetto house, hardcore, some hard to classify stuff.


Rei Harakami – Lust [Sublime Records]
Samuelspaniel – Dew [Boomerang]
Geo Rip – Signs Out [U-Udios]
Denki Groove – Ichigo Musume [Ki/oon]
Naco – Final Fantasy [self-released]
Off The Meds – Off the Meds [Off The Records]
Xtra Brux – Raw Nerve [self-released]
Stacey Sexton – Necessary Desire [All Centre]
Shin Nishimura – Schöner Montag [TOKTOK RECORDS]
Stones Taro – The Pase [self-released]
Silvanian Families – Mugip’11 [sabacan records]
2Deep – Rushing [Ripe & Ready Records]
Simian Mobile Disco – Space is Filled With Ringing [Delicacies]
C Powers – Brush Your Teeth [Sorry Records]
The Phantom’s Revenge – No More Human Pyramids [Teenage Riot Records]
Sergio Sergi – Rokbet [Rawthentic Music]
Ken Ishii – Perfect Memory (feat. Bryan Zentz) [70 Drums]
Subradeon – Rhythm Inside Rhythm [Subradeon Records]
Bordon – Anomaly (with P.Lopez) [Metro Xpress]
Carpainter – Rush [TREKKIE TRAX]
Boriqua Tribez- Black Shades (David Moleon Remix) [Basics]
Robert Natus & Arkus P. – Hardcore Salsa (Alegria Remix) [Spinnin’ Records]
Skankfunk – Needin’ U [Avex Mode]
Pete Ellison – The Cosmos (Carpainter Remix) [TREKKIE TRAX]
Dunman – Funk [Pondlife]
Wiley – South London (feat. Faultsz, Jon E Clayface, Ten Dixon, Blessed UK & Crafty 893) [CTA Records]
RnG ting – DO U WANNA (DAMPE FLEX) [self-released]
zonae. – i should have cheated [self-released]
Waxmaster Maurice – Check This Out [Super Rhythm Trax]
Hideki Naganuma – Sneakman (Toronto Mix) [Scitron Digital Content]
Aeon Flux – Unconscious Thoughts [Deep Seven]
Paranorman – No Poetry [Fusion Diagnostics]
AceMo – R U READY 4 THE … [self-released]
isagen – Throw The Egg [TREKKIE TRAX]
Hideki Naganuma – AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A FUNKY BEAT [self-released]
Hujiko Pro – Molmot [sabacan records]
Guchon – 9999 [sabacan records]
Yoko Kanno – A sai en (Prettybwoy remix) [self-released]
Naco – 014 [85acid]
T5UMUT5UMU – Tsushima (Breaks) [self-released]
Limited Toss – Party Party [Merry Works]
Birol – Kavga [Paradoxe Club]
The Latch Brothers – Me Likey the Poom Poom [Scitron Digital Content]
Dance System – Can’t Stop (Lovin U) (Black Girl White Girl Remix) [self-released]
Tower Block Dreams – TDK [Warehouse Rave]
Chungo – Three Strikes [Dubridge Garage International]
Stones Taro – Depth [NC4K]
Paleface & Flukes – Club Slugs [Northern Line Records]
Killjoy – Wicked Selecta [JOYRIDE™]
Batsu & EVO+ – 泡沫 (VIP) [TREKKIE TRAX]

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Exclusive Premiere: Fradinho “A Bright Future” (Naut’s L8 Nite Mash Up – Afronaut & MdCL 4 BugzInTheAttic) Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:18:05 +0000 MIMS is absolutely stoked to premiere this incredible Afro-cosmic broken beat remix by Afronaut, legendary pioneer of the broken sound, and keyboard whizz & producer extraordinaire Mark de Clive-Lowe, for upcoming producer, Fradinho. Set for release on his own newly minted Eclectic Beats Music.

A Portuguese native, DJ, producer and video artist, Rui Fradinho has resided in London for many years, soaking up every faint whiff of broken beat the city had to offer. The wheels have long been in motion, but since his recent return to Portugal, Fradinho has announced the launch of his own Eclectic Beats Music imprint, with one of his first compositions, “A Bright Future”, complemented by remixes from the aforementioned Afronaut & Mark de Clive-Lowe, alongside Karmasound, LSK, Born74 and Szajna.

Afronaut’s remix of Fradinho’s “A Bright Future” adds that percussive broken beat stamp that he is well known for, whilst the estimably talented Mark de Clive-Lowe supplies a cosmic touch with his keys, synths and synth bass.

Picking up some of the elements of the original mix, Afronaut delivers a steady and syncopated beat groove that is perfectly complemented by the keyboard textures and flourishes that Mark de Clive-Lowe has been long been celebrated for.

This remix also marks the long-awaited return of Orin “Afronaut” Walters to music production duties. Long established, not only as a founding member of the Bugz In The Attic collective, but also for his own solo work as Afronaut, on labels such as Bitasweet, Apollo (R&S) & Afro Art, and as one third of the legendary Neon Phusion (with Kaidi Tatham & Alex Phountzi). In recent years, Orin has nurtured new producers driving the bruk revival and veterans running on a victory lap, via his own CoOperation Recordings, with releases from WheelUP, Ben Hauke, Marc Mac and Planetself

“A Bright Future”, original and remixes, is released on very limited vinyl and digital on October 9th on Fradinho’s Eclectic Beats Music label. Available to pre-order now on Bandcamp.

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Special Touch “Garden of Life” (1991) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:36:33 +0000 UK Street Soul, too often merely a footnote in the evolution of dance
music in Britain, is receiving some long overdue attention.

A recent string of essential reissues and features, plus increased airtime on radio and podcasts attest to the growing popularity of this often retrospectively termed genre, which loosely categorised black, UK soul music with a DIY, bass-driven aesthetic from the late ‘80s to mid ‘90s. Top Secret Recordings, or simply TSR, a label founded in 89’ and run until 92’ by Robert Charles Roper, has long been a vanguard of the sound, it’s modest but legendary back-catalogue boasting some of street soul’s most elusive and treasured gems. For us, Special Touch’s’ Garden of Life LP (1991) is the label’s crowning jewel, where Roper’s production, composition and writing prowess is balanced delicately with the raw vocal talents of his brother Duval to create a slew of anthemic and uplifting tracks. 

The eponymous title track Garden of Life, with its breathtaking synth melodies and soaring vocals, might be the best known, but all nine tracks charm and uplift, from the house-flecked ‘It’s Your Life’ to the breakbeat-punctuated ‘Music’. At its best, street soul sounds rooted in its day yet timeless – Special Touch’s only album possesses this in spades and is partly why it turns so many heads today. 

Heels & Souls Recordings, the new imprint started by Ben Croft and I (we’ve ran parties and DJ’d under the H&S banner for over five years), reissues Garden of Life this October. Originally tracking down Robert through Gold In The Shade vocalist Sonia Johnson, the reissue has taken 9-months to see the light of day, and it still feels surreal to kickstart the label with such a revered record.

Ben and Robert have spent countless hours on the phone alongside one fleeting linkup outside Neasden Tube Station. There’s been bumps and COVID-19 delays along the way, but we’ve been helped throughout by fantastic people and have immensely enjoyed the process – remastering from the DAT (shouts to Justin from The Bakehouse Studio), reproducing / revising the artwork from a high-res scan of the original sleeve (shouts to Russ), designing beautiful centre labels (shouts to Robyn-MC) and bringing together detailed liner notes and archival photos for a lovely printed inner for the record collectors (shouts to Bene).

Finally, the biggest shout to Prime Direct Distribution, who’ve been so supportive throughout, and alongside us will be donating all their profits from the release to The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise delivering Black British history programmes and teacher training to facilitate both national curriculum and wider societal changes. Our parties have always been run not-for-profit, and whilst the label will be a mixture, we hope this raises money for a vital cause and encourages closer consideration of the context with which this music was made.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ink Project “Feeding The Fire” Feat. Coreysan (Sivey Remix) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:10:13 +0000 Ink Project’s collaboration with Bristol-based/Trinidadian-born singer/songwriter/producer Coreysan, reveals the duo’s first new material since 2016’s ‘Satellite On’ album, tour support slots around the UK with Dreadzone, iBibio Sound Machine and Sorceress, plus regular radioplay from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Don Letts and Lauren Laverne.

‘Feeding The Fire feat. Coreysan’, the first single from Ink Project’s forthcoming album ‘Rhythm Spirit’, offers a unique and exotic 7/4 exploration of song-based broken beat and dub, drawing inspiration from the likes of the Prodigy, Bugz In The Attic and Grace Jones, giving Coreysan a pulpit to express his passionate desire to never stop exploring his craft, despite the many set-backs and hardships experienced along the way.

Touring the world as a bassist and backing vocalist with the legendary Calypso Rose, the focal point of this unique singer’s raspy, soothing and layered vocal harmonies are further enhanced by producer Jez Lloyd’s tough, broken beats, surrounded by syncopated wooden spoons, techno stabs and hypnotic, soulful keyboard passages, weaving in and out of the mix and creating an inspirational, shamanic-like concoction of rhythmic ritual.

The original comes with an accompanying video filmed by Alex Balcon and produced by James Chipman plus 4 remixes. We are delighted to premiere the Sivey remix – Manchester’s funk/soul/broken beat don who has previously released on the likes of CoOp Presents and Soulection.

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Exclusive Premiere: Lightning Orchestra “For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born” (Max Graef Remix) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:52:44 +0000 We’re happy to present this lovely jazz x electronics remix on the very chilled out tip from the talented Max Graef. We’re always big fans of whatever the man puts out into the musical universe. Shout out to the mighty, legendary Acid Jazz Records as well!

Following the release of critically acclaimed debut album Source and Deliver, Lightning Orchestra share their new digital EP consisting of two brilliant remixes of For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born. 

For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born spent 4 weeks on the BBC 6 Music A-List with extensive support from Lauren Laverne’s hugely popular breakfast show. It’s apt that it’s the first track to receive the remix treatment from popular Berlin based electronic music producer/DJ Max Graef and LO tour manager Doctor Petier.

For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born Remix EP is out on all streaming platforms on the 25th September. 

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Exclusive Premiere: Technoir “Haters Hate” (Forthcoming on Kengah Records) Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:51:21 +0000 A super fresh slice of modern electro funk with squeeze of pop, grooving at a perfect mid-pace. “Haters Hate” is the third single taken from Technoir’s forthcoming album, ‘Never Trust the Algorithm’. MIMS is also excited to share a brand new self-animated video that the Milan-based couple made to accompany the single.

“Hater’s Hate” doesn’t pull any punches. A slamming beat and tell-it-like-it-is concept, referring to the constant negative content the couple read and experience online and importantly how that influences us, even if it’s not obvious at the time.

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Lead vocalist Jennifer Villa explains, ““Haters Hate”, as you can get from the title, talks about the constant hate we are exposed to constantly, especially on social media and the web, and how this influences us even if we can’t tell.”

Jennifer Villa and Alexandros Finizio who make up Technoir are the total creative force behind the project. Alexandros dominates the song writing and production elements, both sing and play multiple instruments and together, they carve out the artwork and create and manipulate the videos.

Whilst the duo’s debut album ‘NeMui’ (2017) nestled and flowed, their forthcoming LP bubbles with a sense of anxiety and foreboding, offering an insight into the couple’s place in a world where social media and technology dominate our existence and algorithms favour the select few, monopolising art, culture and life.

Released on 30th October, ‘Never Trust the Algorithm’ melds beauty and anguish underscored by their love for hip hop, Radiohead and Frank Miller comics and will be released on CD, LP and digital via the bands own imprint Kengah Records.

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Crucial Material – September 21st, 2020 Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:57:34 +0000 Back on the weekly pace. Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day!

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!



SAULT has surprised us again with a brilliant new full-length, titled UNTITLED (Rise). Building on the same important themes of their last album UNTITLED (Black Is), the UK collective continue to use their music to speak out against racial injustices and police brutality globally. Production wise, this might be their best recording to date, fusing together post-disco “ESG-like” grooves, funky hip-hop percussion breaks, synth-based melodies, electronic beats, and soulful melodies.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions

The King is back!! Steve Arrington surrounds himself with a slew of talented producers, such as Knxwledge, Benedek, Brian Ellis, Jamma D. Smooth Funk & Soul vibes all over this project.
— Selected by Walla P

Diamond Ortiz — 4 Really Tho

Talkbox superstar Diamond Ortiz continues his hot streak of releases, this one on Spanish label Neon Finger. Pure Funk slaps, available on 7’ format as well.
-— Selected by Walla P

Demae — Life Works Out… Usually

Damae’s (fka Bubblerap and ⅓ of the excellent Hawk House project) debut project is yet another example how UK Soul is in a very good place right now. Lots of London’s finest talents (Ego Ella May, Fatima, Wu-Lu, Jake Milliner, Eun, Joe Armon-Jones, 10.4 ROG, Nala Sinephro) contribute to making this a very strong first solo outing. Huge shouts to our friends, the Touching Bass imprint, for being the catalysts behind so many great projects lately.
— Selected by Lexis

Tesla Rosa — Cruise Control

Producer duo Lowpocus and DJ Manifest have joined forces to deliver a solid EP of 80s synth based funk. The almost all-instrumental project showcases a more club oriented approach to the classic boogie sound and is sure to get dancefloors packed once the confinement is over.
— Selected by ASMA


Huw Marc Bennett — Tresilian Bay

London-based producer and bassist Huw Marc Bennett releases a brilliant new full-length, titled ‘Tresilian Bay’ on Albert’s Favourites. Inspired by the music of Tim Maia, Augustus Pablo, Idris Muhammed and London’s thriving jazz scene, the record fuses together South London electronica, Brazilian funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Ghanaian Highlife, reggae and Welsch psychedelia.
— Selected by TJ Gorton

Takuya Kuroda — Fly Moon Die Soon

Following two albums on the Universal/Blue Note/Concord group, trumpeter and composer Kuroda has delivered an incredibly refreshing album for First Word records, weaving electronic music , plenty of soul music AND vocals (from Corey King) into his melodic. trumpet led sound.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Butcher Brown – #KingButch

On their 8th album, Butcher Brown step up to the major league on ‘#KingButch’, their first for Concord. Brilliant musicians with a keen ear for the classic hip hop, ’70s fusion, ’60s jazz and funk, song craft, selection & production reach new heights and trumpeter & saxophonist MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney has greater space to flex his also impressive MC skills & songwriting.
— Selected by Dennis Parham

Corto.alto — Live from 435, Vol  5

Led by Glasgow trombonist Liam Shortall, corto.alto have been sharing videos & songs online to increasing acclaim and a keen following. Bristol’s newly-minted Worm Discs has picked up the latest and most compelling volume. Laid-back, hip hop inflected jazz, with star turns from respected saxophonist & MC Soweto Kinch and one-to-watch vocalist Luca Manning.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other noteworthy releases


LV VA 12-1 — Various

Enjoyed a lot of EP’s on the electronic front (see below in noteworthy mentions) but couldn’t resist this vinyl-only EP on Lava Lava Records featuring some of that rawness, will be ready in my record box when the dancefloors do finally come back! Massive tracks from Lurka and also NKC x Bakongo (Roska) where that Hard Bass sound meets its maker. (UK Funky forever!)
— Selected by Lexis

Horatio Luna — Boom

Melbourne’s excellent bassist / producer steps in with his most dancefloor focused outing yet. Pulling off the organic approach to club music isn’t easy but this one certainly deserves its place in the same breath as key records in that lane like Amp Dog Knights, Detroit Experiment, Osunlade’s “Paradigm”. Highly recommended record!
— Selected by Lexis

Various Artists — Door the Cosmos

Hot on heels of the a Dancefloor Sampler, composed of entirely different songs, On The Corner drops a triple LP, 25 track compilation, cementing its place “on the corner” between jazz and, increasingly, electronic music with both a dancefloor AND experimental bent, looking back , but facing forward. Featured artists include Azu Tiwaline, Uffe, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Ariwo, Collocutor, and Afrikan Sciences.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Other noteworthy releases


Cookin Soul – Whateva, Vol. 3 Beats

More laid back beats from Cookin Soul for you to kick back to. Grooves for days. Check.
— Dennis Parham


Tvii Son — Tvii Son

A brilliant debut for MIC Records from this Kyiv & Berlin based trio.  An experimental but highly accessible sound rooted in punk, dub, raw & industrial electronics. Think Pan Sonic, Cousin Cockroach, Kevin Martin (King Midas Sound/The Bug), Liaisons Dangereuses.
— Selected by Oli Brunetti

Monzanto Sound – Time Lapse EP

Superb debut EP from an intriguing London-based five-piece for brilliant independent None More Records. Drawing on kosmische musik, trip hop, funk, psych, jazz and neo-soul; a wonderful mixture that somehow succeeds. Sienna Bordello’s vocals fit snuggly over the basslines, sparkling keys and snares. Reminiscent of Portishead and Bahla to Neu! and Moodymann, whilst clearly distinctive.
— Selected by Dennis Parham

Other noteworthy releases


Sababa 5 (feat. Yurika) – Tokyo Midnight

Hipshaking rhythms, lilting guitars, trippy keys and soaring vocals connecting the Middle Eastern to the Far East. Mizrahi music mixed with psych, surf rock & funk, creating a very modern Middle Eastern groove with the incredible addition of Yurika’s distinctive vocals, sung in her native Japanese.
— Selected by Dennis Parham

Other noteworthy releases

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Exclusive Premiere: enzo dicarlo “sem flow” ft. rodrigo zin, adieu, siara Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:55:44 +0000 enzo dicarlo is a 17-year old producer / multi-instrumentalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil ready to share his talents with the world. Son of a music producer, enzo dicarlo started to DJ at 8-years old and began to produce his own music at 12-years old. His mother was a radio host/producer and used to take him to work where he was introduced to a wide range of music spanning Rock, R&B, Jazz, Gospel and various styles of Brazilian Music.

At 13-years old, enzo dicarlo start to publicly release some of his own music via SoundCloud, where he met future collaborators and friends while continuing his musical development.

enzo dicarlo has already made his mark on the national music scene in Brazil, producing the song “Salvaje” for Brazilian drag queen / pop star Pabllo Vittar’s latest album “111.” The album is currently certified platinum and was released in March 2020.

“e se a noite nunca chegar” (translated: and what if nightfall never comes) is enzo dicarlo’s latest album which is his most reflective and personal project to date. The album chronicles enzo dicarlo’s journey of self reflection and discovery, dealing with his own insecurities and apprehension, and his path towards self-acceptance. Throughout the album, there is an ever present internal battle where he finds himself managing other people’s perceptions and expectations moreso than accepting his own path. Musically, the album is a mix of forward thinking Electronic Soul and RnB, with Brazilian influences of Chill Baile and modern day Brazilian R&B.

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LAZY DAYS — Show #93 (Hosted by Fred Everything) Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:58:44 +0000 Fall is upon us. Still a long journey ahead to get back to that thing we used to call “normal”.

Fortunately, plenty of music to keep us sane and positive. In fact, there’s a little 20 something minute extra this month. A few tracks from Blair French’s impressive new album, a few remixed bit from Smoove & Turrell’s album, new Chris Duckenfield unreleased remix of Crazy P “Magnetise” under his PPF moniker, new ones on Freerange, ARCo, Running Back and a few more newcomers to the show : Ben & Dylan, Acolyte…

As usual, thanks for listening and your continuous support.


1.Blair French – Jeans – Rocksteady Disco
2.Roisin Murphy – Something More (Soulwax Remix) – Skint
3.Crazy P – Magnetise (PPF Magnetic North Dub)
4.Hot Toddy – Wilde Touch – House Of Disco
5.Feater – Money – Running Back
6.Girls Of The Internet – Time (Tee Mango Remix) – Drab Queen
7.Blair French – Celebration Ritual – Rocksteady Disco
8.Ben & Dylan – Bipedal Bears – Waterworks
9.Eli Escobar – Give Love
10.Acolyte – Fire In Zero Gravity – Futureboogie
11.South West Seven – If You Want (Art Of Tones Remix) – Seven
12.Scan 7 – The Best Is Yet To Come – Heist
13.Laroye – Twisted – Freerange
14.Atjazz – Everyone & Everything = (Atjazz Astro Dub) – ARCo
15.Smoove & Turrell – Fade Away (Fouk Dub) – Jalapeno
16.Blair French – Spacetime Curvature feat Fahrenheit 2040 – Rocksteady Disco
17.Smoove & Turell – It’s You (Smoove Extended Dub) – Jalapeno

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Exclusive Premiere: Gabríel Ólafs “Another Fall, Another Spring” (Masayoshi Fujita Rework) Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:43:53 +0000 Gabríel Ólafs‘ ‘Absent Minded Reworks’ out November 13th via One Little Independent Records featuring reworks from Niklas Paschburg, Hugar, Masayoshi Fujita, Kelly Moran and more.

On the revision of ‘Another Fall, Another Spring’ Gabriel enlists Berlin-based Japanese composer / vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita’s for a beautiful piece perfect for a solitary, pensive sound-walk in nature.

A few words from Masayoshi on his rendition: “As I transcribed Gabriel’s song and converted it into a vibraphone piece I felt like I could see his intension and care for the notes and harmony more. It also inspired me to interpret and re-construct the song in a different manner. It was a joyful experience.”


After a widely positive reception for ‘Piano Works’ – the solo deconstruction by Gabríel Ólafs of his debut album ‘Absent Minded’ – the gifted Icelandic composer is returning in November with his collection of reworks. A dramatically different take on his previous release, this time he’s enlisted the talent of Niklas Paschburg, Hugar, Masayoshi Fujita, Kelly Moran and more to completely reinterpret his usually minimalist output.

‘Absent Minded Reworks’, released via One Little Independent Records, largely builds on the originals ambient melodies with layers of delicate keys and glistening synth, utilizing the touch of some of the industry’s most respected visionaries. Gabriel tells us that “Absent Minded Reworks is a project featuring the artists I listen to, love and look up to, as well as amazing friends and colleagues from my home country of Iceland (Hugar, Kippi Kaninus, Skúli Sverrisson, Katie Buckley, Ásta Soffía).

Hearing my work reinterpreted by some of my absolute favorite artists has been incredible for me, so this project was a treat to make. I wanted it to feel like a record with a partial thread but with more variety in styles; so we had that in mind when curating and mixing it. I did not want to limit the reworkers but instead give full creative control. From Kelly Moran’s stunningly cinematic rework, to Niklas Paschburg’s inspiring danceable uptempo remix, to Masayoshi Fujita’s solo vibraphone performance. It has also been interesting not being able to travel because of lockdown, yet still working with artists from Germany, Japan and the US.”

Gabríel Ólafs wrote his debut ‘Absent Minded’ at just 14 years old and peaked interest for his deft appreciation for ambience and space, creativity and a musical story-telling ability far beyond his years. Masterful compositions ebb and flow seamlessly and depict epics from pure imagination, as Ólafs small town isolation means he draws his inspiration from the smallest things; a poster of a French cyclist, his mother gardening or the harbour down the road.

With ‘Absent Minded Reworks’ closing the book on this chapter of his life, Gabríel Ólafs’ fierce creative determination and endless vision continues to shine through without a hint of obstruction, having spent much of the last few months working on new material.

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Exclusive Premiere: 30/70 “Tempted” (Athlete Whippet Remix) (Forthcoming on Rhythm Section INTL) Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:30:22 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere a scorching remix of “Tempted”, originally by SE Australian “future jazz” collective, 30/70 Collective, reworked here by SE London-based house duo, Athlete Whippet. Taken from a more-than-solid remix package, also featuring reworks by SAUL, Close Counters, Setwun & Maxwell Owin, out this Friday via Peckham’s finest, Rhythm Section INTL.

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Hazy house producers, Athlete Whippet have been championed by Scuba, Bicep, Laurent Garnier and The Black Madonna, and now join the RS ranks by way of injecting ‘Tempted’ with foot-stomping percussion and a moody electronic groove that perfectly fits Allysha Joy’s vocals.

In their own words, “We’ve loved this album since the moment it dropped last year so it was a huge pleasure to get the stems and rework our favourite track from it. Every single instrumental and vocal performance is brilliant on the original, which made our lives very easy and fun – no matter how we’d reshuffle the elements, it would always sound great!”

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Exclusive Premiere: Horatio Luna “Patrice” Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:50:45 +0000 We’re huge fans of all of Horatio Luna’s musical endeavours and this upcoming album on Jitwam’s (another very talented fella) has got us very excited. Judging on the two singles so far we knew this slightly more dancefloor leaning record was going to something.

Well, bonus bonus! Just ahead of the full drop of the album (pre-order here) here is the third single. Wait for that vocal drop in the second half of the jam!

Composer, bassist and producer Henry Hicks AKA Horatio Luna is a musician intrinsically interwoven into the fabric of Melbourne’s bubbling music scene through his solo and collaborative work with musicians and producers from tight-knit creative communities in both Melbourne and Sydney. If you’ve at all followed the Melbourne music scene as it exploded onto the global stage in the last few years, you will likely be familiar with the undeniably infectious bass licks of Horatio Luna.

From his roots as a founding member of the influential hip hop /soul collective 30/70, to his extensive collaborative work with afro-house group Teymori, Horatio Luna forges his path by fusing styles, embracing genres and proudly defying labels. His musical output can be dizzying in its vastness, whether it be the unconventional dance music of Lush Life, his trad-jazz band John Henderson, spiritual improvisations with Foshe, or his most recent solo album ‘Yes Doctor’ on Melbourne label La Sape. Horatio Luna is one of the hardest working musicians in the game right now, who’s recently been recognised for his contributions to the flourishing Melbourne scene with a feature on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ compilation and documentary.

His new LP ‘Boom Boom’ on The Jazz Diaries is Hicks’ most dancefloor leaning offering to date. Utilizing his raw, unfiltered DIY approach to composition, Henry applies the sprawling, human energy of live jazz to the four-to-the-floor structures of early house music that in its soulful essence, captures the scratchy spirit of Detroit luminaries like Moodymann, Terrence Parker, and Mike Huckaby. Horatio Luna’s music embodies an ethos of limitless creation, not bound by genre or style, as Hicks explains “I was always just about freedom in music, freedom in life. I wanted to hear new music and I’ve always been intrigued by abstract and contemporary ideas. Fusion music.”

This freedom in music is on full display with the album’s lead single ‘Fuck The System’, for which a video was created under football stadium lights in Melbourne. Heading into uncharted sonic territory, Horatio Luna effortlessly fuses grimey UK rap with his signature jazzy house bangas style. ‘Fuck The System’ is the message we need right now, imploring us to ‘rewrite the code’ and celebrate our creativity in all its limitless potential.

Showing the versatility of his talent throughout the record, Hicks delivers outer space bass licks on title track ‘Boom Boom’, drops rapped verses on ‘Fuck The System’, and even turns in an incredible reimagining of Detroit legend Patrice Scott’s classic anthem ‘Be Free’. ‘Boom Boom’ signals a new dawn in the Horatio Luna sound, exploring the inner-limits of what house music is, and the outer-limits of what house music can be.

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Exclusive Premiere: KARU “Root” (Forthcoming on Beat Machine Records) Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:03:38 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is excited to share something very different today. “Root”, an exciting blend of jazz, electronic music and hip hop from Italian musician and producer, KARU. Taken from forthcoming album, ‘Kuru’ on Beat Machine Records.

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According to KARU, “”Root” represents the starting idea from which all of KURU primordial sounds are generated. These sounds chase each other between the tracks of the entire album, creating a looping pattern, similar to a mantra. This process of elaboration, like a root that grows, is the core of my musical creation”.

‘Kuru’ is the first album composed by the collaborative project KARU, and orchestrated by the multi-instrumentalist Alberto Brutti. He delves into his passions for tribal culture, jazz and electronic production, combining them in a work that is in equal parts uplifting and somber. The album is completed with a footwork inspired remix from On The Corner associated Guedra Guedra.

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Crucial Material – September 14th, 2020 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:33:13 +0000 Hope everyone is doing great after a restful month of August. Summer is over. Social distancing is back on. Dreams of massive global reunion parties are still on hold. 🙁

This will be our last double-stuff edition before we get back to our weekly pace of that crucial material. So here you are with a double dose of our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the moment.

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Contours & Yadava — Cosmic Echoes

A beautiful EP that grew out of live jam between producer/DJs Contours and Yadava finally sees a joint release on ANMA Records and Flumo. Through numerous turns, the pair weave house, jazz, broken beat, ambient and hip hop, with a hint of Balearic. A worthy soundtrack to the autumn transition.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Byron the Aquarius – Apron EP

Fans of Byron the Aquarius HAVE to check out this new EP for London’s Apron Records. Arguably more than long enough to be called an album, 10 songs taking in funk, jazz, house & electro, all with his own soulful signature swing. Ending on a cheeky nod to one of the UK’s most esteemed house producers.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Anz — Loos in Twos

Hessle Audio been one of our favorite imprints throughout its 10+ year existence (time flies!) but this is definetly one of the nicest 12’s in recent times. Manchester’s ANZ with a scientific mish mash of UK sounds aligning the steppers and hardcore continuum. “Loos in Twos” sounds like Todd Terry’s classic “A Day In The Life” re-imagined inna Manchester 2020.
– Selected by Lexis

Blacksea Nao Maya — Maquina de Venus

I keep saying it. Lisboa’s Principe is one of the most forward-thinking electronic labels out there. Each project feels like it breaks new ground, and this Blacksea Nao Maya EP (their first in 5 years on Principe) is no different. Everything I love about electronic music all at the once, all at the same time. Definitely no social distancing possible when listening to the “Estranhos e Loucos” track.
– Selected by Lexis

Altered Natives — The Trinity Black EP

When digging through the endless piles of stale house and techno releases, one of the names you can always count on for that good shit is Altered Natives. His broken beat roots always shine through even when he’s putting out the darkest techno. The Trinity Black EP also marks the launch of his global consultancy agency for cultural diversity in dance music. Respect!
– Selected by Lexis

Nikitch & Kuna Maze – The Leak (Domu & Sonar’s Ghost Remixes)

Via Tru Thoughts, a brand new Nikitch & Kuna Maze twist on  juke with jazz & broken beat, complemented by three (!) remixes from the legendary retired broken beat and DnB producer, Domu aka Sonar’s Ghost. One broken, one DnB, the third mix is an epic journey combining both styles. A very rare outing for Dominic Stanton!
– Selected by Oli Brunetti 


Various – New Horizons: A Bristol Jazz Sound

With this compilation for the newly minted Worm Discs label, Bristol proudly stands up for its own home-grown almost (post?) rock-tinged jazz scene. Primarily built around songs by Waldo’s Gift, Run Logan Run, Snazzback, look out for a sublime rework from Ishmael Ensemble and a beautiful quiet storm of a surprise from Lyrebird, a brand new name to us.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Calabashed — Behold a Black Wave 

Purple City releases the first results of a special collaboration between saxophonist (& poet- but here only sax) Alabaster dePlume & poet/songwriter Joshua Idehen, joined by harpish Maria Osuchowskam, Donna Thompson on drums, James Howard on guitars and Raimund Wong on tape & FX. Produced by Dan Leavers (Comet is Coming, Soccer96), the album provides a dreamy, sometimes sombre but heartwarming bedding for Idehen’s poignant verse.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Andrew Wasylyk — Fugitive Light and Theme of Consolation

On his second outing for Athens of the North, continuing to explore the landscape of Scotland’s East coast, Wasylyk’s subtle cinematic melodies and orchestrations, always somewhere between jazz in the Alice Coltrane vein, neo-classical and library music, picking up a little more of an almost psychedelic David Axlerod-like orchestral soul.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Roscoe Weathers — I’ll Remember

Jazzman Records highlights overlooked jazz journeyman and flautist Roscoe Weathers on brilliant new retrospective album. The collection of 60s-era recorded tracks feature a wide range of grooves from laid back beatnik jazz grooves to more uptempo percussion heavy Afro-Latin gems.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Various — WAMONO A to Z Vol. I: Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968​-​1980

Avid crate diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite and Chintam follow-up the publishing of the now out-of-print ‘Wamono A to Z’ records guide book with the first of a great new complimentary compilation series highlighting “the Wamono sound.” Volume 1 features ten highly obscure jazz-funk and rare groove selections produced in Japan from 1968 to 1980.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Błoto – Kwiatostan

Błoto follow up their acclaimed ‘Erozje’ album on Astigmatic, with ‘Kwiatostan’. Privately recorded at the newly opened Jazzmine club in Warsaw during the pandemic, whilst revisiting its improvised take on golden era hip hop, further inspiration comes from house, footwork, etc. with a welcome guest vocal from Toni Sauna. A less immediate listen but at least as rewarding.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


MZ Boom Bap — EXPEDITion 100 Vol. 3: The Raw Version Of Smooth

Another stellar instrumental project by Portuguese producer MZ Boom Bap. All jazz/soul samples, in that vein of the golden era of Hip-Hop. There’s also a bonus track with Swiss rapper Buds Penseur (La Base/Tru Comers).
– Selected by Walla P

Big Sean — Detroit 2

I’m not the biggest Big Sean connaisseur but I gotta say I enjoyed this record which is part concept record (dedicated to his hometown of Detroit) and part mainstream rap mega blockbuster (guests on the record feature pretty much all of the biggest names). Solid from top to bottom, even the interludes are great (Badu, Stevie, Keith Sweat), especially the Detroit story from Dave Chapelle.
– Selected by Lexis

J Rocc — Turn me up some

The legendary J.Rocc has been dropping tons of gold from his secret stash lately. This one features Dilla-inspired-collab nuggets including two versions of the all-time classic “Fuck The Police” which I’ve already had the pleasure of rinsing out in a recent DJ set in Estonia (in front of real humans!). Get this on bandcamp, it might not be up for long.
– Selected by Lexis


XL Middleton — Rose Bowl Motel 

The Pasadena Funkster is back with another great release, where Modern Funk meets House & Electronic music. XL also added “Shotgun Lover” feat. Zackey Force Funk, for the first time on a 12’ edit. (it was previously available strictly on 7’) 
– Selected by Walla P

Star Creature Vibes (Compilation)

SCUV continues their hot streak of releases with their first official compilation, all Modern Funk tracks by some of the heavyweights of the scene, Saucy Lady, Amalia, Proh Mic, Shiro Schwarz, Ourra, Kutcorners, and the highly sought “Do Me Like That” by Chesta Blake and E.Live.
– Selected by Walla P 


Disco Vumbi – Disco Vumbi, Vol. II

Avoiding all pigeon holes, UK label Byrd Out, home at times to the late great Andrew Weatherall, released this killer album of East African traditional meets electronic music by Kenyan musician Alai K. Uplifting vibes, beats that demand your physical participation, and a fresh & timeless sound. Check it out.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


The Heliocentrics – Telemetric Sounds

Apparently The Heliocentrics had so much strong material at hand for their last album, released by Madlib on his Rapcats imprint, that the cinematic, psych, funk, avant garde, motorik influenced band was able to deliver a second album just a few months later.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Holy Tongue — Erev 

Our good friend Deadboy aka Al Wooton, who has been on an absolute tear lately, teams up with the talented Valentina Magaletti for a stunning EP combining post-punk, leftfield sounds, experimental dub. You absolutely need this on wax. Just trust me.
– Selected by Lexis

Suso Saiz & Suzanne Kraft —Between No Things

Suzanne Kraft teamed up with Spanish New Age pioneer Suso Saiz for a lovely ambient/soundscape record presented by Music From Memory – purveyors of records that are always worthy of very deep listening.
– Selected by Lexis

Gavsborg — Jamaican Drum Machine

Been a fan of anything coming out of the Equiknoxx Music stable for a while but I gotta say the last three releases have all been incredible. Forward-thinking-dub-dancehall-experimental-music-for-those-who-know.
– Selected by Lexis

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Exclusive Premiere: Kiko Dinucci “Habitual” (Forthcoming on Mais Um) Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:12:37 +0000 We have been listening to Kiko Dinucci’s beautiful ‘Rastilho’ album almost constantly since hearing first hearing it. Since the original Brazilian edition has proven so elusive, we’ve been patiently waiting for Mais Um Discos to release it more widely, and this October it will finally see the light, with a bonus 7″ of unreleased songs.

We are extremely excited to premiere one of those three songs today, “Habitual”. Contrary to the upbeat melody the lyrics tell the story of someone suffering from the effects of the painkiller tramadol and general modern-day anxiety. Bem-te-vi, aka Kiskadee, is a popular bird, found throughout Brazil.

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Inspired equally by Joao Gilberto and Fugazi, African polyphonic music and his home city of São Paulo, Kiko Dinucci offers an explosive take on 21st century Brazil on ‘Rastilho’, an album of apocalyptic samba released on Mais Um on 16th October.

Characterised by his visceral guitar playing and raw vocals – plus guest spots that veer from wild incantations to an earth-rumbling samba chorus – ‘Rastilho’ is wrapped in reverb and echo with “defects” such as fingernail scratches, crackles, gasps, grunts and the sounds of strings hitting the fret board all part of it’s sonic tapestry.

Inspired by 1960s Brazilian recordings from the likes of Sergio Ricardo, Geraldo Vandré and Edu Lobo, the album was recorded direct to analogue in the hyped Minduca studio in São Paulo – the rough and ready vibe of the album an ode to Dinucci’s hometown where “everything is distorted and things are wrong but somehow it works.”

Lyrically the album celebrates revolutionary figures from Brazil’s past, pays respect to the folklore that birthed Brazil whilst addressing problems that currently plague the country.

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MIMS Guest Mix: LEOPOLD (London, Soho Radio) Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:59:20 +0000 We’re thrilled to welcome North London’s Leopold to our ongoing series of guest mixes where we give carte blanche to some of the best selectors around the globe. He is the host of the Natural Element show on the excellent Soho Radio.

@leopolddj: “I kind of just wanted to play a bunch of more uptempo stuff that I’ve been feeling recently, across both the deeper end of the spectrum and the more fun/dancey end. Something slightly different to my radio shows but at the same time reflecting its eclecticism and my general taste/style of playing. One to stick on during those weekend nights in.”


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Neil Swainson Quintet “49th Parallel” Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:38:17 +0000 Bassist Neil Swainson’s rare and sought after recording, 49th Parallel, is finally getting a much needed re-release (first time on vinyl) on Cellar Live’s Reel to Real imprint and la reserve Records.

The debut and only album from one of Canada’s most important bassists, Swainson features tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Woody Shaw along with Jerry Fuller on drums and Gary Williamson on piano. The album was Woody Shaw’s last studio recording.

On 49th Parallel, Neil Swainson matched the right musicians with the right music and then had the wisdom to let things unfold organically, allowing these artists to play to their estimable strengths. The result is a complete and satisfying artistic statement.

Cory Weeds: When did you move to Toronto?

Neil Swainson: February of 1977

When did you start playing with Woody Shaw?

Neil Swainson: I played a few gigs with Woody in the early to mid-80s. It was 1987 when we recorded 49th Parallel. I had started working with Woody at Bourbon Street. Jerry Fuller, Gary Williamson and I were the rhythm section, which became the rhythm section on the record. Bourbon Street was a club, much like the Cellar or Frankie’s, where local rhythm sections often played with visiting American or European artists. At that time, in the mid-80s, Jerry Fuller and I worked quite a bit at Bourbon Street. Woody Shaw was one of the guests at that time and he came up by himself. So we worked for a week at Bourbon Street, and then he had a week at a club called the Cock and Lion in Ottawa, which was in the Château Laurier. We went up and played with him there as well. We played two weeks in a row pretty much, the same guys, and we got along pretty well.

How did the Joe Henderson thing come together?

Neil Swainson: I hadn’t actually worked with Joe before the recording. I did after, but at that point I had not worked with him. It started when I was talking with Kate Roach about doing this recording project. I had written a bunch of tunes, played them on various gigs, and demo recorded them. I said, “Ideally, I’d like to do this with Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson, although I don’t know Joe Henderson.” Kate said, “I’ll reach out to him and ask him, and then negotiate and all that stuff.” She did that and I’d never met him before. Once he knew that Woody was onboard, I think he was more inclined to say yes, but he didn’t know who we were.

What happened next was we had a night booked at a club called the Bamboo in Toronto, with the same quintet that was going to go in the next couple of days and record. Woody showed up and Joe Henderson didn’t. We didn’t hear anything from Joe. At the last minute, we called Sam Noto, who happened to be living in town, and actually had a great night. Wonderful trumpet playing and free-spirited music. And Joe never sent word. He just didn’t show.

They called him the phantom. I said, “Woody, Joe didn’t show up.” And he said, “Oh, that chicken shit motherfucker.” Because he said that shit used to happen to them all the time. When they worked with Joe, with George Cables, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, they’d show up in cities and Joe wouldn’t show up so the band would be stranded. They’d have to find their own way home from there. It happened many times to them, right? He knew this shit was happening. But what Joe had done is he had booked another gig in Chicago that ran two nights and this was the second night. He’d just take the better offer. So he missed the gig and he missed the first day of recording too. That’s why there’s some quartet tunes on the record. It was supposed to be all quintet.

We went into the recording studio with Woody, Gary, Jerry and me. We did my tunes, and I picked the ones where the melody was in unison so we could get through without missing a harmony part. That was fine, and then around midnight of that first day of recording, I got a phone call at home. It was Joe Henderson. He said, “Hey Neil, it’s Joe.” I’d never talked to him before. I said, “Joe, where are you?” He replied, “I’m in town, I’m at the hotel.” Then he asked about where to get something to eat. I said, “Go to the front door, turn left and walk along Dundas. You’ll hit Chinatown in about five blocks.” Joe said, “OK, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

We recorded with Joe in one day, and that was the first time I’d ever met him. It was a trial by fire. But he was great. He was thoroughly professional, a great guy, very intelligent, very methodical. He’d sit down at the piano and I’d show him the piano parts or the lead sheets and he’d go, “Is this what you mean?” And he haltingly played through it. He internalized it that way. Then when he played it, he just nailed it. Everything was a first or second take with him. We did all his parts in one day. It was great. After that, I did some more work with him. With Jon Ballantyne, we did a recording and a tour of Western Canada.

Joe Henderson © 1986 Mark Miller

I read that at the time of the recording, Woody Shaw’s eyesight was very compromised and he had to learn all the music by ear. You taught him all the parts that way?

Neil Swainson: That’s correct. Woody couldn’t see anything because he had retinitis pigmentosa. He came to my house and I just played him the trumpet parts on the piano. Woody played them right back and then he memorized them. He went in the studio the next day and still had them in his brain. Woody was amazing. He had the best ears I’ve ever encountered. There are lots of people I know with great ears, but his were amazing. I did a clinic with him one time and he said, “OK, somebody go to the piano and play 10 notes.” He named all of the notes from the bottom to the top instantly. He knew everything that was going on at all times.

Can you talk about your rhythm section mates in this particular band, Gary Williamson and Jerry Fuller?

Neil Swainson: Gary Williamson was a great piano player, who I didn’t work with as often as I would have liked. But at the time, he was one of the pianists – like Bernie Senensky or Don Thompson – who likely would get called for a gig like that. Gary was a great choice. He was a great and really interesting piano player, and really modern. Another guy with perfect pitch and wonderful ears. That was one of the first times that I played with him for a couple of weeks in a row. Then we subsequently played with Woody and did this recording.

Jerry Fuller and I had worked a lot together, especially at Bourbon Street with many people, from Wild Bill Davison to Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson and swing guys and singers. You name it, we did it. Jerry did everything. He and I were like brothers. We did so many gigs together that it was like falling off a log. He was a great drummer in the Philly Joe Jones tradition. He could always hear the melody. He knew a lot about harmony. He knew the songs. If we didn’t know a song, he’d hum the bass notes to you. He was a great rhythm section mate. I learned a lot from playing with Jerry, especially when I was in my early 20s and we were playing with pretty well-known people.

You were in your mid to late 20s and you were bringing up Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw. That must have been something, working with those two guys. Do you remember what that feeling was like?

Neil Swainson: I had been working with Woody for a few years. I was quite comfortable with him because I’d been to New York with him a bunch of times, and to Europe. It was just the Joe Henderson part – that was the unknown. The fact that he agreed to do it in the first place was like, holy shit, this is the big time now. I thought, “I’ll just do the best I can.” Nerves and everything dissipated when you start playing. Plus, I’m working with Gary and Jerry who had worked with a lot of big people and it wasn’t an issue whether it was going to be good. Jerry’s going to carry it, and Gary and Woody. It’s going to be great no matter what. I just had fun, really. It was just initially daunting.

Woody Shaw © 1986 Mark Miller

You’re not just the bass player in this group. It’s your band, it’s your tunes, you’re the leader. Got to be some added pressure there?

Neil Swainson: Well, it didn’t stop me. It didn’t hold me back. I had my friend Pat Coleman who was producing it and that was a relief because I knew him very well. Kate Roach was executive producer and she’s a dear friend of mine. She was responsible for getting it off the ground financially and organizationally. I was in good hands, and I wasn’t too concerned with having to deal with all the minute details.

Let’s talk about Kate, who’s also become a good friend of mine. What was her role? What did she contribute?

Neil Swainson: At the time she was a jazz fan and Jerry and I, and a bunch of us, all knew her. We’d have drinks at her place or go out for dinner. She just became a really good friend. When I mentioned that I wanted to do this project, she said, “Let’s make it happen. I’ll call some people and I’ll try to raise some money.”

We had business meetings with some friends of hers, and people agreed to pledge money. I didn’t have any money. She organized all that stuff. She’s a very astute businesswoman, as well. She’s had many careers doing different things. She completely takes charge in that situation and says, “OK, let’s do this. We’re going to have a meeting tomorrow and have lunch and talk about the details. We’ll talk about what you’ll need and how much it’s going to cost. Then we’ll call the studios and find out prices.” So she took care of all that stuff. It wouldn’t have happened without her, for sure. Guarantee you that.

Do you have any memories of how the album was received? Did you feel it did a lot for your career? Did it open up some doors?

Neil Swainson: I think in the long term it did a lot. In terms of name recognition, people who had the record knew who I was. But in the short term, it didn’t necessarily do a lot. I didn’t have people calling me to tour Europe with my own band, because I couldn’t have done that with Joe and Woody. It was one of those things, slow developing.

It didn’t get nominated for a Juno or anything. It was released on Concord Records and they didn’t think to submit it and I didn’t care. But it did fairly well in sales. I got royalties for the tunes and number of records sold and everything. For a jazz recording by a fairly unknown person – I was working with George Shearing by the time it came out – I got lots of good reviews in various publications.

This wasn’t a standard record deal in which Concord approached you and said, “We want you to make a record. We can offer you X amount of dollars.” The Concord thing came after you recorded it, am I correct?

Neil Swainson: It did. What happened was I was on a Concord Fujitsu Festival tour with George Shearing. I had started working with George recently. Don Thompson had left George’s band because he didn’t want to travel any more. George got Don a green card and he couldn’t reapply for another bass player to get a green card. George said, “I’ll hire you for the overseas stuff, but for the States I can’t get you a green card because I just went through the process and they’re not going to let it happen.” Then I was talking about that with Carl Jefferson, who was the founder and president of Concord Records. He said, “Oh, I’ll get you a visa. I’ll call my secretary Joan and we’re going to get my Congressman on it and you’ll have a visa in no time.” And sure enough he did all of that. I got a three-year visa a month later.

So, while we were in Japan, I talked about this recording, which we hadn’t released because I didn’t have a label. We were just shopping it around. I told Carl that Woody Shaw, who had passed away the year before, was on it along with Joe Henderson. I said, “I think it’s great. There’s great Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson on there.” And he said, “I’d love to hear it. It would be good to put out a record as a tribute to Woody Shaw.” Carl said he’d put it out. Not only did I get a visa to work with Shearing, but I also put out my record the same week. So Carl Jefferson was really helpful in that respect.

Did Carl and Concord see the importance of the recording as Canadian content?

Neil Swainson: I don’t think it was released in Canada as Canadian content particularly. It was just released like all the other Concord releases were. I don’t think they paid too much attention to the Canadian market, other than as another place to sell records. It wasn’t the typical Concord music, either.

When is the last time you listened to it?

Neil Swainson: Oh, I haven’t listened to that thing in years.

How do you think it stands up to the test of time?

Neil Swainson: It’s almost 30 years it’s been out there. The playing is very good, especially Woody and Joe, and Jerry and Gary as well. Whatever I think about my own playing, I’m not unhappy with the recording. I’m glad it came out at all.

If I’m not mistaken, I think this is your only album as a leader. It’s pretty hard to top that, but is it because another opportunity hasn’t come up?

Neil Swainson: That’s basically it. I could never afford to pay for another one myself and I was busy enough as a sideman, so I wasn’t really pursuing a career as a leader. I didn’t feel it was like absolutely necessary. I’ve got a family and other things that are prioritized before I’m going to spend my own money on a project that would marginally affect anything or anybody. But I’m glad to have an opportunity to release it again.

Yes, and after the release of this, we’ll take you and a quintet into the studio. We’re going to go into the studio once we can get everybody together. It’s going to be a nice companion recording to the re-release of 49th Parallel.

Neil Swainson: In fact, I ran into somebody last night who said, “Man, you know that record you made? It would be so great if you re-released it.” I said, “Man, you wouldn’t believe how coincidental that is because Cory is going to do that.” I’m grateful for the opportunity.

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Swainson © 1985 Mark Miller
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HUMA “Moon Crab” (Forthcoming on Angis Music) Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:52:05 +0000 We are absolutely in love with the luscious grooves of “Moon Crab”. Falling somewhere between jazz, electronic music and modern funk, whilst evoking the futuristic soulful boogie sound pioneered by Kaidi Tatham, et al.

Due for release on a limited 7″ vinyl, September 21, via Angis Music, with a special vocal duet ballad, “Absence”, on the flip.

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HUMA is a new concept from Alberto Lincetto and Stefano Cosi, both musicians and producers belonging to the Italian experimental soul and jazz scene. Already active in other projects such as PCKT and Collettivo Immaginario, they boast collaborations with international artists such as Chauncey Yearwood, Tommaso Cappellato and Serena Brancale. The debut EP presents two very different scenarios where the solidity and minimalism of the rhythms blend with the deep yet refined harmonies. “Moon Crab” is the reminiscence of a cosmic journey with modern funk features, where a liquid and indefinite sound mass slowly evolves into a climax of drums and synthesizers, giving life to an irrepressible flow of emotions. “Absence”, instead, with its melancholic tones and electronic acoustic sound represents a perfect epilogue with an open ending. The rest we will discover just by listening.

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Exclusive Premiere: Photay “The People” (Penya Universal Riddim Mix) Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:29:30 +0000 We’re very happy to present this great remix from good friends of ours, out very soon on the always great Mexican Summer imprint!

UK quartet, Penya, add their own percussion-driven take Photay’s “The People”, with a pounding beat, reverb drenched brass and an added vocal line that works alongside the original refrain that builds to a synergistic call and response vocal crescendo.

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Exclusive Premiere: Jimena Angel “Llamameya” Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:42:48 +0000 Jimena Angel’s seasoned experience as a vocalist, guitarist, DJ and producer brings depth to the fresh, new sound of her upcoming single, Llamameya, arriving September 11th. Showcasing the cultural hybridization of afro-latino rhythms characterized by Caribbean music, this tropical, electric and festive single launches the Colombian artist’s upcoming EP release with French label, Elis Records, in October.

After a 25 year career as a pop rock singer including a Latin Grammy nomination in 2009, Jimena Angel decided to take a pause from her big city life in Bogota for a life in the mountains of the Magdalena province, on the Caribbean coast. The slow pace and luxuriant natural surroundings renewed her creativity and inspired a repertoire of music including her new single, Llamameya. Recorded during the lockdown between Colombia, Lisboa, Berlin and Utrecht, Jimena called on the talented Berlin-based saxophonist and producer Ben Abarbanel-Wolff, to bring his energetic brass sound to this new track. He previously produced albums by Ebo Taylor including the remarkable“Love and Death” and Pat Thomas, wrote horns and produced a few songs on ‘Philanthropiques’ by Guts. This collaboration was orchestrated under the artistic direction and electronic touch of French producer, iZem.

As a singer on Sidestepper’s 2003 hit ‘Mas Papaya’ Jimena already showcased her experimentation and ease with a wide range of music from electro to tropical folklore. She highlighted this range on her solo album ‘Todo Reverdece’ (2014), in the singles ‘Ciruela’ (2018) and ‘Mani’ (2019), as well as in collaborations reggae dub with producer Brain Damage on ‘Ya No Más’ (2018). Two decades after making her debut, Jimena Angel promises to further deepen the aesthetic exploration of an already rich and melodic musical palette with the EP ‘Aire’, scheduled to launch in October.

Release of “Llamameya” September 11th 2020 on all digital platforms

Release of “Aire” October 16th 2020 on all digital platforms


Lineup / Credits

Vocals, guitar: Jimena Angel
Horns, keys, arrangement : Ben Abarbanel-Wolff
Electronic production: iZem
Backing vocals : Joana Clara Gomes
Percussion: Gino Bombrini
Artwork: Bertrand Niquel
Photo: Marcos Vicioso Carbonell
Recorded remotely in home studios in Minca (Colombia), Lisbon (Portugal), Berlin (Germany) and Utrecht (Netherlands).
Mixed by Jori Collignon @ Le Garage (Palmela, Portugal)
Mastered by Blanka @ Kasablanka (Paris, France)
Special thanks to Rita Kadaoui, Olivier Rosset, Arnaud Daniélou.

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Nikitch & Kuna Maze “The Leak / Domu & Sonar’s Ghost Remix” Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:50:11 +0000 It’s a very rare day when any record label manages to lure the legendary broken beat pioneer and veteran of Reinforced’s “2nd Wave”, Dominic Stanton, most commonly known as Domu, to come out of retirement to share one remix, let alone three, yet Tru Thoughts have managed just that. 

French duo Nikitich & Kuna Maze appear to be outside any particular scenes, but they have been steadily applying their esteemable musical chops, classically trained, jazz conservatory trained, to creating fresh new club-focused music influenced by juke & footwork, house, broken beat, classic jazz funkers like Azymuth, and so on, that add to those classic templates rather than falling into a regurgitative trap. 

The original version of “The Leak” is a vibrant hybrid of juke & footwork with jazz and a touch of broken beat. An almost 4×4 juke beat, slowed down to a still uptempo 135bpm, is complimented by hi-hats that swing like they are broken and a propulsive bassline. Flutes solos and synths build the musicality.

Dominic steps up first with a broken beat remix, concentrating almost all the melodic components of the original into the basslines, with a smattering of subtly utilised synths & keys work. The hi-hats and claps of the original are repurposed into the funkiest of broken rhythms. Intricate but swinging hard. 

The second remix comes from Dom’s more recent Sonar’s Ghost alias, which refers to his earlier work as Sonar Circle, a key figure of seminal DnB label Reinforced’s 2nd Wave. Clearly his own, matured take on DnB/Jungle, there might even be a splash of footwork, but it isn’t out of place. Manic drum breaks bed floating synths and basslines, beautifully contrasting in their dreamlike effect. 

Finally, The Domu x Sonar’s Ghost Epic Remix Mix, unites the two previous remixes into one long version, bridging the two previous remixes. Summarising a timely reminder of the high levels set by Domu that so many producers are still trying hard to even come close to. Let’s hope we hear more from Domu, or Sonar’s Ghost, very soon.

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #27 w/ Manu Boubli (Superfly Records) (Hosted by Psycut) Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:34:22 +0000 Hi everybody we’re back with a very special guest: Manu Boubli, the co-owner of Superfly Records and the guy who has introduced me to deep spiritual Jazz 15 years ago.

For this 27th show I started the first half of the mix with only Future Classics with the lovely spiritual tunes by Asher Gamedze, Phi-Psonics, Raffy Bushman, Cool Affair & Sisonke Xonti and Tenderlonious. Also, the contemporary ambient jazz of Hania Rani and the brand new brazil flavored sound from Caixa Cubo, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge feat Azymuth and A Bossa Elétrica for a killer Roy Ayers’ Cover.

Manu Boubli chose a great selection of his “favorite things” featuring some forgotten and very rare spiritual jazz nuggets from Catalyst , The Lightmen Plus One, Brother Ah, Ayizan, Jack Wilkins , Steve Colson Unity and Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra. For all the jazz dancers you can find the killer tune from David Wertman Sun Ensemble “Forrest Dance”, what a Tune!

Coincidentally, as Nat Birchall for My Favorite Things Vol 26, Manu opened his set from a deep reggae track from Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, definitely a must have record. Enjoy!


Psycut’s set

01 – Asher Gamedze – Siyabulela (2020)
02 – Phi-Psonics – The Cradle (2020)
03 – Raffy Bushman – Look Up (2020)
04 – Tenderlonious – Rocco’s Raga (2020)
05 – Hania Rani – Buka (2020)
06 – Mistura Pura – Midnight For Tommy (2020)
07 – Cool Affair & Sisonke Xonti – The Real New World Order (2020)
08 – Okvsho – Kamala’s Danz (2020)
09 – Caixa Cubo – Palavras (2020)
10 – Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge – Sumaré (2020)
11 – A Bossa Elétrica – Sob a Luz Do Sol (2020)

Manu Boubli’s set

12 – Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Poem (1972)
13 – Catalyst – Bahia (1976)
14 – Bob Marley – Talkin’ 6
15 – The Lightmen Plus One – Ashie (1971)
16 – Build An Ark – Peace And Love (2004)
17 – Gary McFarland – Pecos Pete (1964)
18 – Imani – Just Another Love Song (1983)
19 – Jack Wilkins – Red Clay (1973)
20 – Jeanne Lee – The Miracle Is (1975)
21 – Brother Ah – Key To Nowhere (1983)
22 – Ayizan – Tribilasyon (1984)
23 – Solomon G. Ilori – Prayer (1962)
24 – Steve Colson Unity – Lateen (1980)
25 – David Wertman Sun Ensemble – Forrest Dance (1983)
26 – Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Nuclear War (1983)

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Exclusive Premiere: Scarlet Pines “Sunrise” Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:14:17 +0000 @Scarlet_Pines: “My partner Angie and I were lying in my garden watching the sun come up when I thought of the melody for Sunrise.

The composition is an exercise in taking a melody and slightly twisting and changing it with every repetition, so that it goes from something sweet and simple to a finale bursting full of energy.”

Scarlet Pines is the creation of Canada-born, London-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Pete Range. Debut EP ‘A Life in Flow’, set for release on the 6th November, is the culmination of a year-long writing effort by Range in his home studio in Deptford. In his songwriting he seeks to channel the expressive vigour of improvised jazz, but with a well-defined direction and emphasis on strong hooks, resulting in a sound that balances spontaneity and meticulousness.

The Scarlet Pines sound is a tapestry and each piece comes from a stage within his own musical journey. Modern jazz lays the harmonic framework, injecting energy and poetry with its improvised solos, but Range cast his net much wider in terms of influences. Whether it’s guitar riffs drawn from psychedelic rock, the up-front and heavy-hitting drums of hip-hop, atmospheric build-ups reminiscent of a noughties DnB roller, or horn-laden hooks and funky bass lines inspired by the soul of Stax or Motown, each element is added to the pot, simmered, and distilled into a product that is undeniably original and yet nostalgically familiar.

Joining Range on Tenor Sax is Idris Rahman who has garnered considerable attention for his work in the groups Wildflower and Ill Considered. Wildflower’s first album was nominated in last years’ Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards for Jazz Album of the Year. On guitar is Joe Perkins who has a residency upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s. He has supported artists such as Terence Blanchard and plays regularly as part of breakout act Robohands’ live band. Flo Moore is on bass, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed with artists such as Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello and played at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. On drums is Joel Barford, known for his performances with artists such as Ant Law and John Etheridge. He has played venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scott’s, North Sea Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival.



Introducing: Scarlet Pines
Written & Produced by: Pete Range
Keys: Pete Range
Guitar: Joe Perkins
Tenor Sax: Idris Rahman
Bass: Flo Moore
Drums: Joel Barford
Recorded by: Drew Dungate-Smith @ Narcissus Studios
Mixed by: Rick David @ Pink Bird Studios
Mastered by: Guy Davie @ Electric Mastering
Artwork by: Anne Range

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Exclusive Premiere: Paul Grant “Something Else” (Forthcoming DeepMatter Records) Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:05:27 +0000 MIMS is delighted to premiere ​”Something Else”, by California-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Paul Grant ​‘Something Else’ . Very laid back, hip hop meets jazz guitar vibes. The swing on the backbeat is also most as infectious as the main guitar motif. The first single from his forthcoming full length solo album, ‘​Waves’, “Something Else” is released on all digital platforms this September 10th via DeepMatter Records.

Having released a collaborative album with vocalist Adrienne Indigo titled​ ‘Rebirth’ ​ earlier this year, ‘Waves’ ​sees Paul Grant return to his instrumental roots with fifteen tracks fusing together influences from the worlds of hip hop, jazz and r&b. In ​‘Something Else’ Paul delivers an RnB inspired slice of serenity featuring atmospheric chords, a groove-heavy bass line and Paul’s signature intricate jazz guitarwork.


“90’s RnB was the main influence for this song’s production, I simply added some jazz guitar melodies and chords to the arrangement and there it was. ‘Waves’ is my third solo album, and I think it contains my strongest productions yet. In my opinion, the feeling and intentions behind the songs are more focused and more clear than before. I’m thankful to have great contributions from guest artists Amy Ahn (Waves) and Morgan Burrs (Waiting) on two songs. The record was influenced by many artists, but in particular J Dilla was a big inspiration for many of the songs.

Paul Grant is a multi instrumentalist / producer from California who has produced, mixed, and mastered three solo albums (and one collaborative album with Adrienne Indigo). He has worked with a range of talented artists, including Kiefer, Braxton Cook, and Emmavie. His productions draw inspiration from jazz, r & b, and hip hop. In addition to production, he also does session guitar work for other artists.

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Tribute to THE DURUTTI COLUMN — Selected & Mixed by Kit Grill Tue, 08 Sep 2020 08:25:26 +0000 via @kitgrill: “I was already a big fan of Vini Reilly but this gave me a chance to dig much deeper into the Durutti Column catalogue. It was tough choosing the tracks as he’s so prolific but the mix aims to give an overview of different styles, moods and compositions across various albums.

On a side note, personally the first album ‘The Return Of The Durutti Column’ still has one of the best covers in music using sandpaper for the record sleeve (that apparently Ian Curtis stuck on).”

Kit Grill is a London based artist, producer and NTS radio host. His work spans music, design, video and photography. His new album ‘Ride’ is released 6thNovember via Primary Colours.


In ‘D’
Portrait For Frazer
Head Glue
For A Western
More Rainbows
I B Yours – Version
Pancho & Poppy
Mirror A – Dance II
Future Perfect
Amigos Em Portugal
Lullaby 4 Nina
Jongleur Grey
I Get Along Very Well Without You
Hotel Caulderon
The Second Aspect Of The Same Thing
Please Let Me Sleep

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Exclusive Premiere: Solqlap Budapest X Emmavie “Fairy Tale” (Forthcoming on Noord Records) Mon, 07 Sep 2020 13:50:19 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere this absolutely luscious soul jam from the Solqlap Budapest collective in collaboration with singer/producer Emmavie. Perfect vibes for this early Autumn.

Seven piece live band/producer/DJ collective, Solqlap Budapest, teams up with one of London’s most exciting rising vocalists and producers, Emmavie, to deliver their brand new single, “Fairy Tale”. This fresh and soulful number is reminiscent of the golden era of neo soul but tinged with the contemporary stylings of future R&B.


“Fairy Tale” kicks in with no hesitation. Starting with a boom bap groove reminding us of the best of 90’s hip hop, Emmavie soon follows with her beautiful vocals taking us to a magical musical journey. Recorded in one live take and mixed by multi Latin Grammy winner Balazs Robert ‘Gizmoo’ and mastered by multi Grammy and platinum award winner Darcy Proper, Fairy Tale is the first single off a three song EP recorded in Amsterdam’s Wisseloord House Of Music and soon to be released on vinyl via Noord Records.

Solqlap Budapest is a seven piece instrumental hip hop ensemble combining musicians, DJ’s and producers from the heart of Hungary. Founded in Budapest in 2010, the group quickly became a significant input of the buzzing local scene. This is thanks to an ongoing series of live performances, organizing events and frequent collaborations with local and international MC’s and singers (i.e. Corey James Gray fka iLLspokinn, Emmavie, Sarah-Jane, Wayne Snow, Call Me Unique, Sena, Saiid and more).

Emmavie is a singer/songwriter and producer. She specialises in what she describes as “limitless soulful future R&B”. Her music is an amalgamation of 90s R&B and her love for digital audio experimentation.

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TUDO BEM #007 — Hosted by Tahira (Sao Paolo, Brasil) Sun, 06 Sep 2020 09:46:56 +0000 What better way to end this strange summer in the hands of one of the finest DJ’s / tastemakers in the world.

All the way from Sao Paolo, Brasil check out the newest edition of TUDO BEM 


Courtney Pine – 37th Chamber (TAlkin Loud)
Pedro Callado – Lapidar (Tratore)
Gilberto Gil – Oslodum (Pau Brasil)
Raul Seixas – Mosca na Sopa (Micheletti Edit)
Manoel Cordeiro – Cumbia Do Maestro (Na Music)
Sven Wunder – Lily (Light in the Attic Records)
Horoya – Todo Lugar (YB)
Dr Drumah – Shadow Dance (Not On Label)
Tall Black Guy – Love Birds (Not On Label)
Jose Prates – Maracatu Elegante (Polydor)
Dona Celia Coquista – Sereia do mar (Not On Label)
Towa Tei – Technova (La em Copacabana)
Camarao – Hello Goodbye (RCA)
Parteum – Tecla (Not On Label)
Zebrabeat – Lagos (Not On Label)
Romano – Fella Juicy (Batov Recs)
Waaju – Grown (Olindo Recs)
Vera de Ogum – Lamento de Todos os Orixás (Tapecar)
Nightmares On Wax – African Pirates_Troubleman Remix (WARP)
Pegasvs – Closer To The Sun (Laroye Remix)(Burnin’ Music Recordings)
Robots Can’t Dance – Mmmmm (Not On Label)
Caê – Bim-Bim-Bim (Not On Label)
Austin Marc – Kaytra Flip (Not On Label)
Damon Locks – From a Spark to a Fire (International Anthem)
Toinho Melodia – Pretexto Adubado (Not On Label)
Ernesto – Blame it on your melody (Exceptional)
Bongar – Filho de Ododuvá (Not On Label)
Caetano Veloso – Deusa do Amor (Gaspar Muniz edit)(Not On Label)
Vhoor – O Corre (Doing it for Dilla)(Not On Label)
Mr. Scruff – Ug (Ninja Tune)
Lia de Itamaracá – Eu Sou Lia, Minha ciranda e Preta cirandeira (Not On Label)
Hoodna Orchestra – Sof Layla Ba Hoodna (Agogo Recs)
Andrew Wasylyk – Last Sunbeams of Childhood (Athens of the North)

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Exclusive Premiere: Beck Junghyun “Flow” Fri, 04 Sep 2020 08:16:22 +0000 It hits you like that cosmic blissful track you’d hear just at the right moment coming out of the chill room at the rave at 7:23 am. Just the perfect blend of classical, downtempo, bass, ambient elements. Absolutely loving this one!!

Tonal Unity is back with another modern take on Korean traditional sounds, presented here as the second in a series of 3 EPs. The raw and ancient sounds of Korea are interpreted by a cross-cultural selection of artists, each seeing them through their own cosmic prisms. Sit back, relax, and put a fresh cone in your incense burner for a trip to the hills in the land of morning calm.

Beck Junghyun is a talented pianist and founding member of legendary Korean fusion groups like I & I Djangdan and Surisurimahasuri. “Flow” sees Junghyun bringing her heavyweight bass and vocal to a laid-back tune fit for late nights, early mornings, or any moment of reflection.

Mastered by Kabamix @ LMD Studio Osaka

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Siti Muharam “Siti of Unguja” Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:49:05 +0000 The weight of history permeates this sumptuous album of modern taarab from Siti Muharam, the great-granddaughter of “mother of taarab” Siti binti Saad.

Taarab originated in late 19th century Zanzibar when Arabic music introduced by the ruling sultans combined with influences from east Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Born in rural, working-class Tanzania in 1880, Siti binti Saad’s move to Zanzibar as a young adult saw her shake the foundations of the city. She was the first woman to perform taarab in public, the first to sing songs in Swahili (that also rallied against the class system and abuse of women), and the first to record an album in east Africa. Having released 150 records and connected taarab music with audiences beyond Tanzania, she was a national hero by the time of her death in 1950.

No wonder Siti Muharam needed encouragement to follow in her great-grandmothers steps – yet she needn’t have worried. Her vocals are emotive and defiant, a wonderful mix of Arabic tradition and African phrasing, with a burnished quality that makes them sound like they belong on a dusty vinyl from the last century.

Oud, qanun and violin combine with cascading backing vocals to create a classical Arabic sound on Sikitiko and Kijiti, yet for the majority of the album taarab’s formal layering has been stripped away and replaced with the percussive Swahili street-music kidumbak – and a touch of 21st century London-jazz attitude.

Tamar Collocutor’s dusky clarinet connects the music to south Asia on album opener Machozi ya Huba, a percussive instrumental with a smoky, dub flavour, and again on the up-tempo Nyuki, buoyed by his duelling with qanun player Gora Mohamed Gora and additional vocals from Mohamed Issa Matona.

On Pakistan and Alaminadura producer Sam Jones combines subtle electronic ripples and textures with booming percussion, meaning these tracks will sound great blaring out of a sound system in London or Zanzibar.

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Exclusive Premiere : XL Middleton “Crown Royal Bags” (MoFunk Records) Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:02:47 +0000 Just as clubs and music venues worldwide have shuttered, victims of a pandemic and overall dystopian experience that most living human beings have never been through, XL Middleton unexpectedly brings us the soundtrack for the dance floor in our minds with ​Rose Bowl Motel​. It’s a four-track EP crafted with XL’s signature synth sound – modern funk music turned sideways, into something that house/electronic DJ’s can easily work into their sets as well.

The songs on ​Rose Bowl Motel ​run long and expansively, evolving slowly and giving any turntablist plenty of time to weave in and out of a mix. Moods are set via dexterous analog bass lines and shimmering keys. In fact, the entirety of ​RBM is instrumental, save for the EP’s thunderous opener, “Shotgun Lover,” featuring a slinky vocal from Zackey Force Funk plus vocoder work from XL himself. “Crown Royal Bags” centers around airy keys and boogie bass syncopations, while “Swervin’ On The 210” alternates between jazzy rhodes chords and sharp synth leads reminiscent of D-Train classics. The album’s closer, “1990 Brougham d’Elegance,” was the first song Middleton cut for the project, several years back between sessions working on his T​ap Water a​lbum, and sounds like a sharp turn from anything he released in that period. Warm chords, housey organ stabs, and DX7 jazz guitar solos are the recipe here, proving XL is, and always has been, an artist/ producer capable of working effectively in many different modes. The club may have been shut down for now, but there’s always an after hours going down in a smoky room at ​Rose Bowl Motel​.

Available this Friday September 4th on Bandcamp

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Exclusive Premiere: XL Regular “Uplifted” Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:05:51 +0000 After gracing labels like Omena Records, ANMA Records, Banoffee Pies Records and Tusk Wax, Rome’s SofaTalk lands on Monologues with fellow Italian and upcoming talent , XL Regular in tow. Together they cook up an EP of loungey deep house and intricate broken beat, all laced with the live instrumentation that has made SofaTalk’s catalogue so recognisable.

Sweet keys, muted trumpets, jazzy guitar licks and warm live bass abound. Label boss Ben Gomori delivers a hazy house rework of ‘While She Sleeps’ which is best accompanied by a balmy beach, and an uncharacteristic jungle work out of ‘Jaws’ because… lockdown makes / made people do unusual things.

Digging: Auntie Flo, Carista, TSHA, Bill Brewster, Simbad, Fred P, Alma Negra, DJ Aakmael, FSQ, Aroop Roy, Joshua James, Souldynamic, Horse Meat Disco, Tereza, Clandestino, Loz Goddard, Harri, Beraber, Sondrio…

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Phase 7 “Playtime” (1980) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:53:14 +0000 This is one of those records that makes you dance and makes you laugh. 

Recorded in 1980 at Honolulu’s Broad Recording Studio (where local heavy hitters Lemuria, Mike Lundy, and Aura tracked their albums) and live at a hotel gig on the island of Kauai, Playtime captures the band’s winning combination of playfulness and musicianship across eight tunes.  

Phase 7 were some of the best of the best in the Honolulu nightlife scene during the 1970s and 80s, when the discotheques and hotel lounges brimmed with nightly live entertainment and full horn section bands. These guys were local legends, notable for their skills as singers and musicians (they all sang), and for their outrageous, never-too-serious stage presence. Drop the needle on “Chotto Mate Kudasai”, a local Hawaii classic, and you’ll hear why. 

The title track “Playtime” and “Dance The Night Away” show off their love for straight up grooves. “So Good To Be In Love” a disco latin rare groove that sounds almost too tropical to be sure. And tracks like “Slip Away” and “You And Me” prove these guys could write a hell of a slow jam, too.

I spoke with bandleader Sandy Pascual a few weeks ago. Even though we hadn’t talked in a fews years — at least since 2017, when I reissued “So Good To Be In Love” on 7-inch — we picked up right where we left off, as old friends do. He’s living a comfortable life just east of LA these days, writing new songs and learning the ukulele (he’s built an impressive collection, I hear). 

Our conversation reminded me of just how important friendship is to Sandy and his bandmates. They truly are brothers, and they’ve had a riotous and rewarding time as Phase 7 over the years. In recent years, they met up in Honolulu for a sold out reunion concert that drew hundreds of old school discotheque-goers and fans from back in the day. It was a special sight to experience. 

As for Playtime, this album lets us — the listeners — in on their friendship that’ll last a lifetime. I’m happy to know that after all these years, Playtime finally gets to see the light of day again — and make people dance and laugh wherever they are right now.

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VOYAGE FUNKTASTIQUE #199 — Hosted by Walla P Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:25:18 +0000 This month’s show features new music from XL Middleton, KNLO, Teslarosa, Farley, Kazzey, Bret Eclectic and much more.


Buscrates – How Ya Gonna Do It (ft. Kate Moe Dee)
Knlo feat, Caro Dupont – L’École à la Maison
Farley – Treat Yourself (ft. Falcxne)
Koolade – The Drop (feat. Mystee)
Teslarosa – Merry Go Round (Feat_Meryem Saci)
Status IV _ Lovin You
Jay Player – Love Is The Answer
Empress – Control It
Stanley Snider – Having A Party
Chimere – Let’s Do Something
King Tutt – Comin’ Out
Sho-Nuff – Stand Up
XL Middleton – Swervin On The 210
XL Middleton, Zackey Force Funk – Shotgun Lover
Kazzey – She’s Dangerous (feat Mofak)
Brett Eclectic – U R Everything
Giovanni Damico – Try It Out
Gonzalez – (I Want To Get) Closer To You
Mister – I Wanna Thank You
JP’s Force – Shake What You Got
UK Players – You Make Me Feel
T.J. Johnson Band – I Can Make It (Good For You)
Transit Authority – You Make My Life So Right
Network & Co – Spirit Of The Boogie
Manhattan Rhythm – Starting All Over

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Exclusive Premiere: Cosmic Vibrations Ft. Dwight Trible “How Long” (Spiritmuse Records) Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:17:54 +0000 Music Is My Sanctuary is delighted to share this exquisite example of brand new spiritual jazz courtesy of LA-based super group, Cosmic Vibrations, fronted by acclaimed vocalist, Dwight Trible. “How Long” is taken from the excellent forthcoming album, ‘Pathways & Passages’, brought to the world by purveyors of the deepest new jazz, Spiritmuse Records.

Given the state of affairs the United States currently finds itself, the title and message of the song is particulars poignant. Cosmic Vibrations is a sublime amalgamation of divine vocals, intuitive improvisation, spiritual groove, and healing poetry, with a rich tapestry of African, Mesoamerican and indigenous North American percussion and instrumentation, taking you on a cosmic journey of spiritual improvisation and beyond.

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A show-stopping performer and artist, Dwight Trible has directed the legendary Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, and performed alongside with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Dilla, Bartz, Kamasi, Kahil El’Zabar, Madlib, Charles Lloyd, Matthew Halsall, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Carlos Niño. There is arguably no one today who better carries on the tradition of legendary jazz vocalists such as Terry Callier, Leon Thomas and Andy Bey, whilst carrying that torch forward and exploring brand new territory.

Master percussionist, flautist and composer, Derf Reklaw is an original member of the Pharaohs, legendary soul jazz ensemble and precursor to Earth, Wind & Fire, and has performed and recorded with the likes of Terry Callier, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Minnie Riperton, Build An Ark and Ahmad Jamal. On assorted wind instruments is Pablo Calogero. Not only has he worked with everyone from Tito Puente to Phil Ranelin and Yusef Lateef, but he also contributed to the soundtrack for Basquiat’s seminal ‘Downtown 81’ film, alongside Liquid Liquid, The Lounge Lizards, and Basquiat’s own “Gray” outfit.

John B Williams, on acoustic bass, was a member of The Horace Silver Quintet, studied with Ron Carter and worked with the likes of Roy Ayers, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Hugh Masekela and Bobby Hutcherson. Master percussionist Christopher Garcia adds a vast array of avant-garde, indigenous and traditional instrumentation, drawing upon his long career performing, learning and teaching across 28 countries in 5 continents. Finally, improvisational drummer, percussionist, instrumental designer/builder & sound sculptor, Breeze Smith, often seen performing alongside flautist & composer Nicole Mitchell, pianist David Ornette Cherry (son of Don Cherry) and other key players in the experimental music scene, can be heard here playing drums, homemade percussion and original loops, and produced the album alongside Trible.

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Exclusive Premiere: Monzanto Sound “We Are Strangers” (Forthcoming on None More Records) Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:49:42 +0000 Now we would love to hear this on a dancefloor right now. Brand new live floor stomper from Monzanto Sound.

’We Are Strangers’ is a deep, four on the floor focused heater that pulls on the band’s interest in both krautrock and electronic music, meeting somewhere in between Moodymann, Jon Hopkins and Neu!

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Taken from their forthcoming limited 12″ EP, ‘Time Lapse’, released September 4th by None More Records.

Across the 5 tracks, the four piece journey through krautrock inflected funk, psychedelic trip hop and cosmic neo-soul. They connect those dots using pulsating grooves, hypnotic poly-rhythms and soaring vocals; all bathed in a Mali-I’s dub aesthetic.

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Exclusive Premiere: Sababa 5 & Yurika “Nasnusa” (Forthcoming on Batov Records) Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:44:07 +0000 MIMS is excited to premiere the romantic rhythms and sounds of “Nasnusa” by Sababa 5. A modern take on Mizrahi music sung by Tokyo, Japanese hailing performer, Yurika, that we’ve just fallen completely in love with.

If you don’t know Sababa 5 yet, you’re definitely missing out on one of the hottest bands on the Tel Aviv music scene.

Following their very popular debut release ‘Crossroad of Love’, Sababa 5 and vocalist Yurika are back on the exclusive Middle Eastern Grooves with their newest double-sided 7” collaboration titled ‘Tokyo Midnight’. The record is a dazzling encounter of cultures, inspired by the funky and exotic melodies of Sababa 5 and the resplendent Japanese words of Yurika.

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On the B-side, “Nasnusa”, a beautiful guitar solo continues into a captivating rhythm inspired by traditional Mizrahi music. Yurika’s delicate vocals evoke a love story; a couple watches the sunset as the gates to a new world are opening. As “Nasnusa” fades into the light, her lover recalls her beauty and expresses fondness over the wonderful time they spent together.

Sababa 5’s musical style has been influenced by all its members and is in continuous evolution, though always remaining very groove-centric. The sound is mainly based in surf rock and retro funk, especially Arabic folk and funk music from the ‘60s and the ‘70s and artists from that period, such as the legendary Aris San.

Released September 19, digital and 7″ vinyl. Pre-order on the link above.

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MIMS Guest Mix: LADIES ON RECORDS (Turkish Ladies Special) Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:58:56 +0000 Listen to “Turkish Ladies for Music Is My Sanctuary” exclusive vinyl-only mixtape from Kornelia Binicewicz – Ladies on Records.

Turkish Ladies – a term coined to title the compilation “Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 – 1988” released on Epic Istanbul/ Sony Music Turkey in 2018, marked the path of describing the music of female singers from Turkey. Their voices represent the realm of Anatolian music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s with its rich diversity of styles and emotional moods. The female singers selected for the mixtape represent Anatolian rock, Arabesk, Türkü, folk, and pop wıth psychedelic flavors. Two instrumental Anatolian tracks refine the whole selection.

The women featured in the compilations and mixes created by Ladies on Records, are not only recognized and well-known artists but very often lost in oblivion, uncut jewels of local music scenes. As a record collector and anthropologist, Kornelia explores the musical and cultural contexts of female artistic creativity, looking at the culture from a stranger’s perspective. For Kornelia, female artists and their music mirror unspoken or hidden cultural patterns. The carefully selected songs from the old archives of music are one of the ways of telling stories of womanhood.


  1. Esmeray – Büyümsün
  2. Barış Manço – Anadolu (instrumental)
  3. Tülay – İkimiz bir fidaniz
  4. Yasemin Kumral –Sabret bacım
  5. Tülay – Dünyalara Değişmem
  6. Filiz ve Grup Gelenek – Kalbime yazdım seni
  7. Nazan Şoray – Hatuney
  8. Esmeray – Yollar
  9. Yüksel Özkasap – Zindan Oldu Sensiz
  10. Semiramis – Çöpçatan
  11. Handan Kara – Aşkım ver gururum
  12. Kamuran Akkor – Bilemem bilemem
  13. Aylin urgal – Paran pulun senin olsun
  14. Melike Demirağ – Hadi canım sen de
  15. Nalan Koray – Sarım sarım sarılsak
  16. Neşe Karaböcek – Yalı yalı
  17. Kamuran Akkor – Falcı
  18. Taşkın Sabah ve Arkadaşları – Disco havası (instrumental)
  19. Azize Gencebay – Damarımda Kanımsın
  20. Neşe Alkan – Anam Ağlarken

Kornelia Binicewicz is a Polish origin anthropologist, record collector, curator of music compilations, owner of Ladies on Records, DJane, and explorer of female music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s from all around the world. Her passion for female music brought her to Turkey, where she deeply explored the undiscovered world of the Turkish female music scene. Throughout five years of digging in records and meeting divas and forgot or unrecognized female singers, she also managed to dive in the back catalogs of old Turkish labels. She curated “Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1973 – 1988” (Epic Istanbul) compilation and “Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu” compilation (Uzelli), both released on vinyl. She lives on the island near Istanbul and travels all around the world in search of mesmerizing female music. 

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Exclusive Premiere: musclecars “Sol” Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:16:28 +0000 Returning to toucan sounds for their second release, musclecars drop a deep and soulful release inspired by NYC entitled ‘Street Dreams’ featuring vocalist Tiff Ortiz.

Real names Brandon Weems and Craig Handfield, musclecars have fast become key players in New York’s vibrant house scene, whether helming their monthly Coloring Lessons events or making regular appearances on The Lot Radio. Earlier this year they made their production debut on French Horn Rebellion’s toucan sounds which included a collaboration alongside Grammy-nominated vocalist Brandon Markell Holmes. Inspired by their city, ‘Street Dreams’ is their follow up that embodies the essence of the neighbourhoods in which their reflections are housed.

‘Sun Track I’ is a beautiful opener with layered synths and a nearly beatless rhythm powered by subtle organic drums, topped off with the stunning vocals from fellow Brooklyn native Tiff Ortiz. With its funky guitar licks, intricate percussion and sultry bassline, ‘The Man Who Kept Bedstuy Warm’ is deep house at its best before ‘Sol’ follows with its low-slung groove, poignant piano keys and whispering vocals. Tying everything together, ‘Sun Track II (for Black Healing)’ is another stripped-back vocal trip oozing with soul.

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musclecars ‘Street Dreams’ drops on toucan sounds on 28th August 2020.


  1. Sun Track I feat. Tiff Ortiz
  2. The Man Who Kept Bedstuy Warm
  3. Sol
  4. Sun Track II (for Black Healing) feat. Tiff Ortiz
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Video Premiere: Dele Sosimi x Medlar “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” (Wah Wah 45s) Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:41:59 +0000 Following their brilliant “Full Moon” single, the UK’s very own Afrobeat Ambassador, Dele Sosimi, and London based DJ and producer, Medlar, reunite on “Gúdú Gúdú Kan”. With its irresistible groove, the song is their own take on an Afro-disco stomper. Music Is My Sanctuary is proud to premiere the vibrant video, directed by Pablo Aravena with graphic effects by Jonny Drop, filmed on London’s streets.

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The title refers to the role the snare drum plays and its relationship with Ìyá Ìlù kan, or the kick drum. It’s a simple but very effective metaphor for this unique musical collaboration where once again the pair forge a sound that’s all their own.

The pair first joined forces five years ago, when Medlar was asked by Dele’s label to remix the title track from his last album, You No Fit Touch Am. The result was possibly one of the most popular and cherished remixes to appear on the imprint. The producer’s respect for the history of afrobeat shined through in the mix of course, but it was his ability to finely balance that with his house music instincts, whilst adding an infectious groove and classic 80s analogue synths, that really stood out.

The success of the remix, without either musician meeting the other, inspired further discussion and eventually studio time together. As songs formed it became obvious that their collaboration had wings, and they soon took it on the road, playing festivals in the UK and beyond.

Never the same set twice, their shows are based around a bank of rhythms on MPC which come alive when combined with Dele’s vocals and improvisational keyboard explorations, all of which are dubbed out live by Medlar. Their musical journey is always unpredictable, vibrant and often quite surprising!

Look out for a vinyl EP this September, featuring “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” alongside an as-of-yet unheard remix by Daz-I-Kue, “Full Moon” and the much sought after Medlar remix of “You No Fit Touch Am”!

Be on the lookout for the final piece of the puzzle when Daz-I-Kue’s remix of Gúdú Gúdú Kan drops in September, with all four releases becoming available across two limited edition vinyl releases in October, the first with full length originals of “Full Moon” and “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” alongside the sought after Medlar remix of “You No Fit Touch Am”; and the second with full length remixes of “Full Moon” by Detroit Swindle and the aforementioned “Gúdú Gúdú Kan” remix by Daz-I-Kue!

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Crucial Material – August 24th, 2020 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:37:49 +0000 We’re all on vacation mode so for the month of August we’ll be releasing our Crucial Material every two weeks

So here you are with a double dose of that strictly crucial material! Our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the moment.

As always we hope you make some nice discoveries and feel free to encourage these artists/labels if you do! Enjoy and have a great week.


Reuben Vaun Smith — Warm Nights

Soundway Records released a brilliant debut album from London-based producer Reuben Vaun Smith. This seven-track recording will help mentally take you on that tropical vacation you were hoping to experience this summer, with a nice blend of synth-based balearic grooves, mid-tempo lo-fi electronic beats, and sun-drenched sonic landscapes.
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Tenderlonious — Quarentena 

Brilliant jazz-into-electronics sound of Tenderlonoius and a skeleton crew of assisting musicians, among them 22a regular, Nick Walters. Updates that 90s house meets soul vibe that emanated out of Chicago, led by Larry Heard et al. Understated but strong vibe on this one. Check!
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Ikonika — Hollow EP

Ikonika’s been on a tear lately. Fresh off her techno/lectro leaning EP titled “Bodies”, she returns to Hyperdub, her first home for another fresh and diverse pack of heavy tunes touching on grime, dancehall, UK Drill.
– Selected by Lexis


Nubya Garcia — SOURCE

Following two sought after EPs and an increasingly lengthy CV, London saxophonist Nubya Garcia releases her debut album on the long-running US label, Concord Jazz. SOURCE sees Garcia brimming with confidence, showcasing her full, warm, melodic tone, tapping into the sounds of the African diaspora, be it dub, afrobeat, even cumbia, aided by keys-whiz Joe Armon-Jones, bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Sam Jones, with minimal guest appearances (La Perla, Cassie Kinoshi, Ms Maurice). Essential.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Fish Factory Sessions – EP

Jazz & soul singer Bryony Jarman-Pinto transcends her debut album on this concise EP of live recordings from London’s Fish Factory studios. Five songs from her more “produced” ‘Cage and Aviary’ album are given the “live” treatment by Bryony and her incredible band, featuring Steam Down’s Wonky Logic on Rhodes, giving them a firm footing in jazz to step to. Digital for now, but the three best songs will feature on an vinyl EP with added remixes by Dego this October.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Kay Young — Middle Matters

British MC, singer, songwriter, and producer Kay Young has been to watch for a while already. On ‘Middle Matters’, she showcases her distance style. Musically drawing on multiple hip hop vibes, from boom bap to the modern day, soul, jazz, even DnB, to bedrock her melodic delivery, British but clearly with no shortage of international appeal. 
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Calling ‘LEVELS’ “beats” doesn’t really do it justice. Jazz, hip hop, electronics and whole lotta soul have all gone into the recipe that produced this brilliant mini-album from producer, singer, song-writer, JSOUL. Here, however, he lets his music speak for itself, the only vocals coming from the the brilliant Greenspan and B Jamelle.
– Selected by Oli Brunetti


Various — ‘Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975​-​1993’

Strut records has just released a great new compilation celebrating the seminal spiritual jazz and conscious soul label Black Fire, spanning 1975 to 1993. Best known for releasing recordings from the legendary African-influenced jazz group Oneness Of Juju, the record also highlights many of the other lesser known artists and collectives associated with the iconic label. 
– Selected by TJ Gorton

Various — Attack Of The Chicago Boogie

Beautiful compilation expertly curated by the Star Creature Universal Vibrations team. 4 rare obscure Chicago boogie records, remastered and mixed for this special 12’ format. Expect a lot more coming from Tim Zawada & Kool Hersh.
– Selected by Walla P

Mofak & Temu — On The Come Up b/w Baby Girl 

2 Modern Funk anthems by two of the most accomplished/respected producers in the Modern Funk scene. Limited 100 copies, courtesy of Italian based label The Sleepers Recordz. Don’t sleep on this one, they are flying out fast. 
– Selected by Walla P  


Meridian Brothers — Cumbia Siglo XXI

Eblis Alvarez is back! His latest album literally does what it says on the tin, 100%, updating Colombian cumbia for the 21st century. Absorbing all the technology and influences at hand, “drum machines, guitars and synths, algorithmic software”, slang and subject material to recontextualise the classic sound with a completely revolutionary spin
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Romano —  رومانو

Brilliant 4-track EP that somehow fits a 45! Romano approaches the classic sounds of funk and boogie, whilst drawing on Turkish, Egyptian and Greek folk music, surf and Mediterranean rock. Track-for-track, the resulting East-meets-West blend is an irresistibly fun psychedelic groove
– Selected by Oli Brunetti

Radius Etc — Seen

This is by far my record of the week (even though it’s from a few weeks back) however I feel like I would need a couple extra spins for my description to do it justice. Produced by Radius Etc, hailing from Chicago (probably the most interesting in the US for the past few years) this incredible spiritual record sits somewhere at the crossroads of dub wizardry and the beat tape approach.
– Selected by Lexis


Duval Timothy — Help

The multi-disciplinary artist from Sierra Leone / UK steps in with his fourth release in the last five years. “Help” might be his most accomplished work yet, which is saying a lot become I’ve loved every single he’s released. On constant repeat since it dropped!
– Selected by Lexis

Vladislav Delay & Sly Dunbar / Robbie Shakespear — 500-Push-Up

3 legendary dubsters come together on this pretty far out excursion from Finland to Jamaica!
– Selected by Lexis

Lisa Lerkenfeldt — Collagen

Highly recommended super deep listening.
– Selected by Lexis

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Exclusive Premiere: Opolopo “Moonwalk” Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:11:47 +0000 Swedish label Local Talk are purveyors of only the finest house music with a roster of artists that range from Terrence Parker to Crackazat, with tracks influenced by jazz, funk, hip hop, disco and soul.

In addition to a steady stream of new singles and EP’s, Local Talk is also known for their album releases that have received huge critical acclaim, and this latest EP is a sampler taken from the forthcoming album by OPOLOPO.

OPOLOPO has been a DJ all over the world, playing everywhere from South Africa to London and he has also built up a reputation as an exceptional producer who has released his music and remixes on influential labels such as BBE, Z Records and Defected.

This sampler features three exceptional tracks taken from the album, and blends dusty keys, analogue sounds and soulful samples. Each of them exudes a vibrant personality to give a taste of what’s to come with the full release.

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Exclusive Premiere: The Zonke Family “Sadza Nemusoro Wembeva” (Forthcoming on Lokalophon) Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:12:21 +0000 We are excited to share the wonderful music of the Zonke Family. From Zimbabwe, they create breathtaking music on matepe mbiras and ngoma drums. Taken from their forthcoming album, “At The Studio”, recorded and produced by the Philophon team. Due for release on September 11, on brand new sub-label, Lokalophon.

No one in the global music scene had ever heard of the matepe mbira, a kind of giant kalimba whose players juggle with up to four independent rhythmic and melodic lines. Add the sophisticated overtone tuning of its dozens of keys, and already one musician may sound like many. Two matepe or more create intricate musical textures of enormous spectral complexity, the basis of the highly ‘kaleidophonic’ nature of many traditional pieces: Similar to the famous optical illusion with two faces and a vase, your brain may jump forth and back between hearing entirely different music within the same piece.


This ancient art of tricking the listener’s ear and creating a high degree of musical ambiguity – and at the same time inviting collective multi-perspective participation – is on the verge of vanishing. Experts estimate less than ten remaining matepe master musicians in the country, and fundamentalist followers of imported religions denounce the music as witchcraft – not least due to its role in traditional ceremonies where the musician’s job is to induce trance states for communication with their ancestral spirits.

Matepe music’s magic entirely lies in its patterns: The musicians hardly add any expressivity to individual notes, which they often play at breakneck pace and full volume. In many regards this strikingly resembles the perspective of a contemporary electronic musician – how can one create interesting music with a step sequencer and loops of 48 steps? Matepe musicians have developed compelling answers to this challenge over many centuries. And if nothing changes, the world is going to lose this knowledge within the current generation.

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Video Premiere: John Haycock & Joshua Fletcher “What If?” (Animated by Finn Black) Wed, 19 Aug 2020 17:06:03 +0000 We are exited to share this beautiful piece of music AND positive lesson in mindfulness from kora musician and electronic experimenter, John Haycock, featuring a poem about anxiety, written and read by author and councillor Joshua Fletcher.

John Haycock is one of four artists who recently won the Steve Reid Foundation’s prestigious inNOVAtion award for forward thinking emerging talent. The Foundation, set up by Gilles Peterson, helps artists in need due to injury or illness, as well as providing mentorship and small financial grants for emerging talent. Trustees include Gilles himself, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Nick Woodmansey (Emanative), and Simon Goffe (Brownswood Recordings) amongst others.

John is a multi instrumentalist live looping artist passionate about affecting acoustic sounds with electronics. John’s primary instrument is the West African Kora (21 string Harp). He runs it through a series of electronic devices creating lush soundscapes & solid beats, before overlapping them with woodwind instruments.

As part of John’s mentorship from the Foundation he is working closely with Nick Emanative who is mixing / co-producing a forthcoming EP and assisting with its vinyl release. Previous inNOVAtion Awardee Sarathy Korwar (winner of the Aim Awards Best Independent Album award 2020 for the album ‘More Arriving’) has also contributed his talents to this project and will feature on a couple of tracks, whilst also helping to see its release.

“What If?” is the first finished piece, made in collaboration with Joshua Fletcher, best selling author of anxiety self help books and private counsellor. You can hear him contributing words of positive mindfulness to Morning Mari’s show every Monday morning on Worldwide FM. The message is a positive, peaceful and calming one at this time as well as at any other time.

Manchester based graphic designer Finn Black is responsible for beautifully animating the “What If?” story..

You can download the track for free via the DOWNLOAD button or choose your price to donate whereby all proceeds will go directly to

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LAZY DAYS — Show #92 (Hosted by Fred Everything Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:53:56 +0000 Lazy Days Show #92 featuring new music by Crazy P’s Ron Basejam an Hot Toddy in their solo outfits, new Kraak & Smaak, the ever elusive Elroy Jackson, Jimpster, Morgan Geist, new Ashley Beedle Remix of Smoove & Turell as well as an exclusive remix I did for Simbad coming out on Atjazz Records Company soon.

Enjoy the show and see you next month!



1.Kraak & Smaak feat. IVAR & Berenice van Leer – Naked – Boogie Angst
2.Ron Basejam – Carl Calling Up to Tell You You’re Late For The Party – Gottwax
3. Alma Negra – Dakar disco (Kuniyuki Remix) – Heist
4.Elroy Jackson – Brighter Days
5.Hot Toddy – Synthesise – House Of Disco
6.RN&C – Lovin You – Gottwax
7.Jimpster – Echoes In My Head (Head In The Clouds) – Freerange
8.The Brothers Macklovitch (feat. Leven Kali) – Give Love to Get Some (Morgan Geist Dub) – Fool’s Gold
9.Simbad feat Ammo Moses – Time Off (Fred Everything Remix) – Atjazz Records Company
10.Westcoast Goddess – Strawberry Infiniti (Original Mix) – Let’s Play House
11.Smoove & Turrell It Ain’t Working (Ashley Beedle’s NSW Vocal) – Jalapeño Records
12.Zombies in Miami – Disco Nostalgia (A Marvin & Guy Mix In Space) – Permanent Vacation

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Exclusive Premiere: Hazxx “CTR FLUTE” Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:51:34 +0000 Here is a lovely jam from our friends from Sydney, Australia. A breezy, funky, quirky little number with that flute loop that’s bound to be stuck in your head.

We’re big fans of the little world that surrounds Pharmaceutical Audio’s sound and aesthetic and this new Hazxx album is another winner!

Pharmaceutical Audio’s ACD (Arts & Crafts Director) Hazxx releases his debut EP INTERNET CRAFT, following a 3 year sonic consultancy and Disc Jokey role at Pharma’s Trespasser ™ gatherings.

The EP has the sound, feel, and philosophy of Pharma ® embedded in the sound recordings. INTERNET CRAFT reimagines the works of loved Jazz, Latin & Soul pioneers through the exploration of synthesis and sampling. New techniques. Old sounds. Youtube meets Vinyl. The coming together of organics and synthetics.

Pharma’s HRSCA (Harmonics, Resonance, & Spirit Chief Advisor) Darren Ziesing has blessed his Mastering expertise on this project and has embedded Pharma’s proprietary Hear To Help ™ signature frequency layering sound characteristics in this project. Darren is a world renowned mastering engineer with clients involving Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, and Warner Music Group. Darren’s proprietary Light Giving Ceremony ™ enlightened and compelled the Directors and Shareholders of Pharmaceutical Audio to live a better life.

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Exclusive Premiere: Ouri “Free State Of Chaos” Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:51:22 +0000 It’s always exciting to share music from our homebase of Montreal, Canada and this one certainly is that. “Re:Conceive” is a great social project that aims to help indigenous women, refugees and immigrants in the city. It’s also a super dope compilation featuring 20 exclusive jams from some of the city’s best and brightest talents.

What better way to kick off this outstanding compilation than with a track from our dear friend Ouri who smashes it on this acid workout!

About Re:Conceive

A stacked roster of Montréal based electronic musicians have pooled their blood, sweat, and tears in order to raise money for indigenous women, refugees and immigrants in the city on a new compilation, Re:Conceive.

In response to the right wing government of Québec, which has slashed immigration levels, cancelled 18,000 immigration applications in 2019 alone, prohibited religious symbols and dress among public workers(while the political halls of the province are literally covered in crucifixes), and espoused an ethos of white nativist monoculturalistic historically amnesiatic xenophobia, this compilation was organized.

Some of the noted contributing artists are Ouri, Tati au Miel, Moonstarr, Racine, and Feu St. Antoine (1/2 of Essaie Pas). All revenue generated by this compilation will be split 50/50 between The Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal and The Just Solutions Clinic.

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Exclusive Premiere: Beyond June “Keep Doing” Feat. Stan Smith (Forthcoming on Inner Tribe) Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:07:08 +0000 Our friend Inkswel & his Inner Tribe label share with us some brand new hip hop from Adelaide, courtesy of producer Beyond June, featuring Atlanta-based MC, Stan Smith, who you might have heard previously in collaboration with Daz-I-Kue. Hip hop with an electronic edge, “Keep Doing” is a a call for strength in challenging times, a song to inspire amongst the madness of oppression, segregation and despair.


A product of the southern parts of Adelaide, Australia, Producer, once upon a time Rapper and sometime DJ, Beyond June has chalked up over two decades tenure as an artist/producer across the beats and hip hop scenes in Australia. From humble beginnings as a Writer in the 90s Graff Scene, to a career as an Artist and Producer through the pioneering years of the emerging late 90’s and early 00’s Australian Hip Hop scene, Beyond June has performed and collaborated across Australia and abroad, playing major festivals like the Big Day Out to the Edinburgh Fringe. Having the pedigree of the Adelaide scene behind him, he has shared the stage with the likes of the Hilltop Hoods, Blackalicious, Lord Finesse, Grandmaster Roc Raida, The Herd, DJ Q-Bert, Lyrics Born, Guru of Gangstarr, Xzibit and Goldie. A past member of the hip hop group Mindfield, and formally known as Jay Bdeps, Beyond June, has released seven records throughout his career while producing and engineering numerous others over the past two decades.

After a 17 year hiatus as a solo artist, 7T33N/4T33 is Beyond June’s sophomore outing, sonically documenting his reconnection with a past love and his interpretation of that in the present. Written through a summer of independence and a winter of isolation and uncertainty, the sound journals the artist’s journey through the past two decades with an undertone of sadness, yet offering the listener hope as it progresses. T7T33N/4T33 shines a light on a rekindled passion for writing and production, bringing together a sonic work that is dusted with electronica and extensive tech production whilst paying homage to roots firmly planted in hip hop.

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Planet Eater “Planet Eater EP” (1995) Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:48:56 +0000 This ultra rare and elusive EP was released 25 years ago and is now available digitally through Bandcamp if you wanna save some big bucks!

The feel is absolutely timeless, straight up raw house grooves that became the trademark sound of Worldship Music, for those who knew! This was the first release on the label, and it made it clear that The Teflon Dons would make some amazing music. Play loud!!!

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MY FAVORITE THINGS — Show #26 w/ Nat Birchall (Hosted by Psycut) Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:03:07 +0000 Hi Everybody, it’s good to see you there for a new My Favorite Things with a very special guest, one of my favorite Contemporary Jazz musicians, Nat Birchall.

I opened the show with a great Lebanese track compiled by Habibi Funk for a tribute to Beyruth, called “Villes invisibles”. Then the first part of this mix contains tunes recently appears with artists we know very well here like Tall Black Guy, Idris Ackamoor, Kamaal Williams and Carlos Garnett for his great come back.

For his hour of favorite tracks, Nat Birchall put together a lovely selection including Reggae cuts (Tommy McCook, Augustus Pablo & King Tubby) and spiritual Jazz tracks (John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Byard Lancaster) to finish with a taste of his brand new LP.

The last part of my mix starts with the last project of Sir Paul Murphy “Take Vibe E.P.”, a great future jazz dance classic, and some uptempo fusion and broken beat nuggets like Deborah Jordan remixed by Kaidi Tatham, Mausiki Scales, Setwun and Jerk.



DJ Psycut’s Set

01 – Toufic Farroukh – Villes invisibles (2017)
02 – Ego Ella May feat. Theo Croker – Alright (2020)
03 – Tall Black Guy Productions – It’s Hard To Be Blackalude (2020)
04 – Carlos Garnett – ENCHANTED OASIS (2020)
05 – Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – Tango of Love (2020)
06 – Kamaal Williams feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Toulouse (2020)
07 – DJ HARRISON – SweetStickyThang
08 – Marcos Valle, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge – Oi (2020)

Guest set: Nat Birchall

09 – Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Bongo Man (From “Grounation” LP – New Dimension/Ashanti Jamaica/UK 1973)
10 – Im & David – Black Is Black (Bamboo 45 UK 1970)
11 – Tommy McCook – Music From Southside (Stars 45 Jamaica 1975)
12 – Augustus Pablo & King Tubby – Keep On Dubbing (From “King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown” LP – Yard Jamaica 1977)
13 – Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner – Tribute To the Great Tommy McCook (From forthcoming album “Upright Living” LP – Tradition Disc UK)
14 Antoine Roney Trio – Redemption Song (From “The Marley Session” private press CDR – USA 2006)
15 – Kalaparusha Ara Difta – Jays (From “Wildflowers Vol. 1” LP – Douglas USA 1977)
16 – John Coltrane – Iris (From “Stellar Regions” LP – Impulse! USA 1995)
17 – Sun Ra Quartet featuring John Gilmore – Third Planet/Friendly Galaxy (From “Disco 3000” LP – Saturn/Art Yard USA/UK 1978/2005)
18 – Byard Lancaster – Just Test (From “Funny Funky Rib Crib” LP – Palm France 1979)
19 – Bunky Green – Tune X (From “Another Place” CD – Label Bleu France 2006)
20 – Sun Ra – Love In Outer Space (From “At Inter Media Arts” LP – Modern Harmonic USA 2016)
21 – Nat Birchall – Intro-Pyramidion (From “Mysticism Of Sound” LP – Ancient Archive Of Sound UK 2020)

DJ Psycut’s Closing Set

22 – Take Vibe E.P. – Golden Brown (2020)
23 – Johanna Saint-Pierre – Sensuous Whisper (2020)
24 – Deborah Jordan – Horizon (Kaidi Tatham Remix) (2020)
25 – Mausiki Scales – Kaleidoscopic Universe (2020)
26 – Setwun – Steamdown (2020)
27 – Jerk – In Orbit (2020)

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Exclusive Premiere: Kuna Maze “Something To Say” (Forthcoming on Tru Thoughts) Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:46:41 +0000 Brand new bruk banger from Kuna Maze, “Something To Say” meshes broken beat with the romantic edge of rhythmic Brazilian-funk. Forthcoming on the “Backward” EP for Tru Thoughts. Released 13th August.

“Backward” is a new direction for Kuna Maze and a new chapter for the artist. “It’s a look backwards to go forwards” explains Edouard Gilbert aka Kuna Maze. “It’s the first time on my solo project, that I’m using my background and training as a jazz musician.” Shedding off the post-dubstep sound that was linked to Kuna Maze’s initial success in his hometown of Brussels, “Backward” see’s the DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist return to his roots, applying his studies of jazz at the Chambery Conservatory in France, to his musicianship and work.


“I want to make music that makes people want to dance. That’s why I love broken beat because it’s at the meeting point between jazz and dance music”. It’s not just broken beat that seeps through on the record, pockets of UKG/garage, house and jazz-fusion amalgamate into the sonic palette of “Backward”; direct influences can be heard from the likes of Domu, Moodymann, Azymuth and Horsepower Productions.

Having just released a collaborative album with French-producer Nikitch titled ‘Débuts’ which saw the duo win over tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Nemone, Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Tim Garcia (Jazz FM) plus many more, Kuna Maze was motivated to add more live-elements into his productions, using the energy from this project and their extensive time on the road.

The EP artwork, by sculptor, painter and friend – Cedric Esturillo, evokes feelings of both nostalgia and modernity (a sentiment echoed in the music) through the use of collage and aerograph painting. “Aerograph was used a lot for jazz-fusion album covers in the 70s such as Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’ and Herbie Hancock – ‘Thrust’, and with this EP I was looking back for the first time – so aesthetically it made complete sense to me.”

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Exclusive Premiere: Tvii Son “Kilang” (Forthcoming MIC) Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:33:08 +0000 Fresh and direct sounds here from Tvii Son. With cavernous low-end, skittering beats, minimalist electronic experimentation, and strong hints of dub, grime and dancehall, its almost Mika Vainio meets Cousin Cockroach. Music for the head and body, that’s for sure. Taken from their forthcoming debut LP for London’s trailblazing MIC, released September 18.

The trio of Florian, Mika Shkurat and vocalist / writer Lucy Zoria make, essentially, a kind of stripped-to-the-bone industrial dub, fizzing with white noise and quivering with soundsystem bass – but given a glorious pop infectiousness, thanks to the earworm phrases and phrasing of Lucy’s vocals.


The name was chosen purely for how cool the letters look on the page but conceals intriguing lyricism (it means “your dream” in Ukrainian), and likewise their sound’s simplicity hides deep intellect and emotion. Their roots are deep in both Kyiv and Berlin, with a sprinkling of extra cosmopolitanism from Lucy’s part-American upbringing. Beneath the surface simplicity lies an intellectual and musical richness that belies all three members’ backgrounds in punk / alternative scenes, and their immersion in everything from 90s WARP records to anime soundtracks. And there’s both a vivid expression of Berlin’s deep rooted electronic music culture and a proud sense of increasingly confident Ukrainian identity, still carrying the energy of the 2014 revolution even as its optimism has mutated into something darker and perhaps more determined.

The trio’s history is tangled – seeds were sown when Mika worked on some visuals for Florian’s modular synth band Driftmachine and a lasting friendship was forged. Mika and Lucy didn’t meet till much later, despite having many friends in common – but when they did formed the trio Nisantashi Primary School. Florian fell for Lucy’s unique style and when Nisantashi played Berlin in 2018, a new collaboration was forged. Over 18 months, they built their frameworks of abstract sounds made into immediate rhythms, with Lucy’s style adapting to the grooves until the total sound you hear now had coalesced.

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