You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and you can't find rare vinyl gems without getting dusty fingers. Except, thanks to the crate diggers art Strictly Breaks, you actually can. Here for the 27th time, are more deep soundtrack cuts from the past. Highlights include the retro moody espionage vibes of "Les Petroleuses Generique" by Marc Collin, the sassy, sidewalk struttin' "Emmanuelle In America" and the classic rare Rod Stewart/Python Lee Jackson raw blues jam "In A Broken Dream".
Retro-minded Londoner Charlie Beale takes his time with his releases. However he's finally back with three new sizzlers that sound like they're straight outta 1941. That's not strictly true of course as Beale also has one foot in the present, and so "The Gal From Joes" has a sassy old skool-swing but plenty of 4/4 thump too. Elsewhere "Diggin' My Potatoes" and "Tale Of AG Smith" both take some mournful bluesy laments and injects them with some accelerated dancefloor adrenaline.
Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section label has recently enjoyed a great run of success, which he is hoping to continue with new signing Tom Burford, aka Contours. The title of the EP, Technician, is a good indicator of his stylistic approach - meticulous and slightly cerebral without ever being dull or dancefloor repellant. There are six deep and unique tracks to choose from including the remarkable percussion and raw atmospherics of the title track, which was the first (of many) Contours tracks to blow Zero away. Now it's our turn to experience the same.
A London based leftfield funker producer, Mr Mamode excels in filling dancefloors with evocative quirky grooves and breathy vocals. Here he drops this seven-track mini-LP for the esteemed Five Easy Pieces and it's a winner. Highlights include the sleazy clavinet-driven grind of "In This Case", the stoned and broken nu-soul of "Like I Do" and the bonkers percussive freakout "JumpWorkShakeMov".
Man of the moment Seven Davis Jr recently consolidated his reputation for quality unpredictable productions on album, Universes. Here two album tracks, "Sunday Morning" and "Welcome Back" get the remix treatment. First up Kaytronik reworks the former as both a throbbing, looped house jam and a quirky Afro/carnival-esque 'Breaks Dub". Meanwhile Yoruba turns the latter into a deep and twisted analogue workout, the instrumental of which proving to be the more immersive listen.
This Italian producer specialises in choppy, late night jazz-funk, and its business as usual on the Tra Soul E Jazz EP. There are three new slick and smoky cuts here: the hazy nu-soul of "Don't Give Me Up", the Fender Rhodes-led jazz-hop jam "In The Rain" and the loungey, funky-drummer-boasting Latin grind of "Dig It".
This is the latest in a series of remixes of tracks from See-I's mighty Knowledge Shine Bright LP. There are eight different reworks included this time round, highlights include the abstract digi-dub-funk remix of "The Chase" by Sol Powers Allstars, the G-funk influenced Afroqben remix of "The Chase" and Oemgaman's widescreen, sunny afternoon instrumental rework of "Revolution".
We've had the Beatles' White Album, Prince's Black Album and Dangermouse's Grey Album and now Moar 'gets back' to the beginning. Despite having produced for 20 years, his White Album is actually his first long player. Completely instrumental, we get 20 self-produced tracks that reveal beat-led jams inspired by African, Asian and American music. Worldwide jams.