Callum-endorsed graduate of Peterson's Future Bubblers program, new UK soul sensation Yazmin Lacey makes her mark on Gilla's ever-impeccable First Word imprint. Her smoky dulcets wrapping themselves around loose-limbed sunshine grooves, Yazmin spins a vast and alluring yarn from slow-tongued deep yearning and the piano murmurs of "Heaven" to the hazy stumbles and psychedelic chorus flourishes on "90 Degrees" via the breath-taking red light jazz waves of "Burn & Rise". Beautiful from start to finish; there's a reason there's such a buzz around Yazmin right now.
Berlin based Italian Andrea Benini presents a journey inspired by early African electronic music and modern beats on Drumphilia Volume 1. A rhythmic experiment that is a response to many years spent working with, learning about and listening to African and Caribbean percussion. There are no traditional harmonic instruments on the recordings - the aim was to create melody and texture using only carefully tuned percussion instruments, whether organic or electronic. An album of dreamy and hypnotic polyrhythms where the organic and traditional is emulated by the power of modern (and obsolete) machines. A hybrid sound that continues in the tradition of artists like Frances Bebey and more recently - Peder Mannerfelt. Recorded at Benini's Mop Mop Studios based in the German capital.