Since their recent inception, the 22a label has developed an awesome reputation for quality, soulful releases. Initially through the medium of limited seven inches, we now can enjoy their tunes digitally too. Londoner Dennis Ayler's "Out It On" is back having sold out its vinyl run. There are three tracks on here - the smooth, distant and jazzy late night soul of the title track. "Ms Chambers' is even more remote and airy, with various undulating background sounds, mournful trumpets, lo-fi percussion and glistening key strokes. Finally "Smoke" brings out the analogue synths for some deep and heavy introspection.
DJ Spinna is known for many things; his productions, sublime DJ mixes and many a hip hop classic as half of Jigmastas. He's also a complete Stevie Wonder obsessive who runs a popular Stevie-themed club night called Wonderful. A series of albums that expand on the party's concept was a logical next step and The Wonder Of Stevie now arrives at a third volume. This edition has clearly been painstakingly curated by Spinna and BBE, consisting of other people's covers of the man's work. Highlights include sweet and sugary 'Buttercup" by The Jackson 5, the bluesy honky tonk jam "It's My Pleasure" by Billy Preston and Quincy Jones' pure liquid funk version of "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me".