Review: For her latest long player, Tokyo Dawn informs us that this Swedish-Canadian soul singer and 'first lady of modern funk", opens up wider than ever before. We'll assume they mean musically, and if so, they couldn't be more right. In a big leap from her Art Slave album, this newie sees her collaborate with a pan-international selection of artists hailing from a as far afield as Detroit and Senegal. Highlights include the bonkers stop-start romp of "Just Like Magic", the otherwordly synth-jazz of "One" and the glistening, slow (e)motion overload of "All The Funk I Need (Stray mix)".
Review: Although Misplaced Jukebox by Soulparlor (aka Frank Jensen) originally dropped on INI two years ago, it never really went away. Now the label has decided to further extended the lifespan of this German producer's EP by releasing this set of fresh remixes that 'ride the broken beat & house train further on into 2016'. Early supporters include Lefto and Gilles Peterson, with highlights including Ugly Drums' smooth and soulful deep house take on "Dance Yeah", PCM's funky Afro-step/future-soul take on "Apollo Gees" and K15's moog-heavy, exotic percussive shuffle version of "Pure".