A Jamaica born Londoner, Anastasia Baker is a formidable gospel and soul singer who has already appeared on the X Factor UK and won the third series of Time2Shine, the UK's biggest gospel talent show. Having grown up in a very musical family, Annastasia has always been determined for the world to hear her voice and now that moments arrived with the release of You Turn, her debut album. Co-written by Bianca Rose and featuring vocal contributions from the likes of Joshua Rogers, the LP features 11 strong tracks that cover funk, soul and gospel, proving how miss Baker's impressive vocal range can handle them all.
Swiss slicker Banderas returns to Timewarp with two smouldering breakbeat funk originals. "Handbrake" is a horn-heavy exercise in contrasts as we're hyped into a sweaty mess on the Budos Band-style builds before dropping into smooth Skweewif-style main groove. "Faro", meanwhile, takes us into a more dramatic, car-chase experience as we're pursued across the musical metropolis by firing flutes and tightly plucked guitars. Remix-wise, "Handbrake" gets the treatment from Timewarp Inc (samba-style rocksteadiness) and Trotter (Brownswood jazz style) while "Faro" gets the rub from Quincy Jointz (Afrobeat stomp hypnosis) and Fata & Morgana (Italo-angled cosmic heaven). Take two? We'll take all six please.
Barely Breaking Even are very proud to have Dalindeo on their roster. So much so in fact that they've been getting proper poetic in their praise of the jazzy Finnish sextet. Describing their third LP, Kallio, as 'a cinematic jazz creation reminiscent of the ambience of movies by Finnish great Aki Kaurismaki mixed with a Tarantino-esque vibe of danger and suspense', the record originally won "Best Jazz Album of 2013" at the Emma-Awards when originally released in their home country. Now we all get the chance to hear the original 12 tracks (and two bonus ones) that range from Duke Ellington-style swing jazz to Dick Dale surf rock with a cool 50s vibe pervading.
Unfortunately Night Scat is not a concept record about Spud from Trainspotting's unfortunate bedsheet malfunction, but it is a sizzling new three track EP from prolific Italian producer Digitalunderbit. The title track is a pure late night hypnotic choppy-jazz-funk, "Broken Night" fuses vintage jazz piano, meandering bass and breaky percussion for maximum impact and finally "C-Fire" is hazy slo-mo bass heaven.
Sometimes, I Often (feat Geri Kovacs) - (4:45) 96 BPM
Rokka - (3:54) 140 BPM
River Of Roses (feat Gyorgy Ligeti) - (4:32) 111 BPM
Rise Of The Seven - (4:52) 92 BPM
Shiny Shoona Caravan - (4:55) 62 BPM
Arva/Orphan - (4:35) 144 BPM
Sonnenraub/Naprablas - (4:44) 157 BPM
Halalmadar/The Bird Of Death - (3:01) 96 BPM
Forgiven/Bocsanva - (4:34) 147 BPM
Veteran Hungarian producer and former DMC DJ champion, DJ Bootsie brings us his latest solo studio album offering "In Solem Verti". Bootsie's particular brand of instrumental Hip Hop and Bass remains as innovative as ever. Drawing Influence from global music culture and sounds, while remaining free thinking and experimental makes this record more of a journey for the dance floor and the home listener, than something for MC's to ride along, though crisp beats and squelching bass remain constant throughout. "Rokka" and "Forgiven" are the highlight tracks for us; with subtle Trap and Dubstep flavours they really typify an album that perfectly straddles the realms of thought provoking and dance floor shaking effortlessly. This one is not to be slept on.
Things have been fairly quiet in the Dopegems camp since the release of their Necksnappin album one year ago. However they're back with a bang with some new material - a two track single called "Two Ballads" (get it?). As expected the five-piece-band led by Slikk Tim continue to pursue 'that gritty, raw instrumental sound of the '70s', with "Travelling Man" a slow and heavy xylophone-joint, while "Trust Me" opts for a cool, bluesy, guitar jazz-funk vibe. Far out.
Veteran chanteuse Fae Simon (trained in opera and jazz) presents here, "Magic City", the first track to be culled from a forthcoming album Outrospective. The long player sees her fuse styles including hip-hop, rare groove, soul and dub performed with the help of her live band. This track blends vintage style harmonised vocals, psychedelic retrofitted lyrics and soulful trip hop. Remix-wise, we get Mr Bird delivers more hip-hop orientated beats, Paragons Of Goodness go retro lounge and finally Inkswell delivers some lithe retro funk.
We were recently treated to Magic City, the lead single from established jazz and opera trained singer Fae Simon's new album, Outrospective. Now we have the whole shebang and it's an impressive listen. The record was inspired by extensive touring across Europe with cohorts Yarah Bravo and DJ That Fucking Sara, and it centres around the idea that music unites all. Billed as a fusion of styles including hip-hop, rare groove, soul, and dub, the LP features 13 tracks recorded with her live band that stand up tall.