Review: Isle Of Jura is an Adelaide based record label from Kevin Griffiths (Tsuba) focusing on reissues of forgotten musical gems with occasional releases from today's artists. For the next official reissue, the label goes back to 1976 to resurrect "Anambra", the jewel in the crown of dub, soul and funk outfit Ozo. The track is is something of a classic: a unique song that's slow, ritualistic and spiritual, mixing African & Nyabinghi drumming with a Buddhist Sanskrit mantra. There are three versions featured here, including an alternate version named "Anambra River" which appears for the first time. Completely re-mastered for 2017. Other reissues in 2017 have come courtesy of British trance innovators Holy Ghost Inc, the Belgian new beat of Chayell and Brian Bennett: best known as the drummer of the UK band The Shadows.
Miroslav Vrlik - "Discovery" (feat Martin Jurenka) - (7:15) 138 BPM
Farhad Mahdavi - "Parthia" - (7:35) 138 BPM
Review: We have been taken aback by this collection of tracks complied and mixed by upcoming Portuguese talent SoundLift. There is a wonderful flow across both volumes, and a nostalgic quality coming from classic sounding, melody rich tracks (many of which are SoundLifts own). Across the 20 tunes there's an abundance of new talent such as; Monkey Top Saloon , Ozo Effy, Spark7, Subimpact, Miroslav Vrlik with stand out highlights for us being; the instantly memorable 'Phoenix' by Sergio Pareira, Mike Foyle's remix of 'Waiting for The Sunrise' by Gary Sunrise, and plenty from the man like SoundLift himself including the emotive 'Mountain' and 'Last Goodbye'.
Review: Since launching in 2016, Kevin Griffiths' Isle of Jura label has become one of the most talked about imprints around, something we attribute to its inspired mix of dusty-fingered crate-digging reissues and the Australia-based Brit's own colourful productions as Jura Soundsystem. This label sampler tells the story so far, gathering together some of the most sought-after slabs from the imprint's growing catalogue. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the disco-reggae sunshine of Yvonne Archer's cover of Chaka Khan favourite "Ain't Nobody", and the deep ambient house trip that is the 'Sun & Moon Mix" of Holy Ghost Inc's "Walking On Air", to the flute-laden, unearthly new age exotica of Zann's "Tatopani" and the hazy, synth-laden Balearic bliss of Chayell's "Beach". In a word: essential.