Review: Twenty years later and we're given another fresh reminder as to why Four Tet is still the guy. Released back in 99, Glasshead, in its original 11-minute form (with bizzarro breaks), sees Kieren Hebden pay tribute to some of his treasured inspirations in the jazz saxophonies of Robin Kenyatta, neu elektronik deutsche musik of Amon Duul and the early mainstream electronica of experimental pioneers Perrey and Kingsley. A future funk classic of freeform fusion, big beat jazz and electronica gone wild, get lost in the ragtime future beats of a legendary artist's formative years.
Review: Still reeling from the Linkwood & Foat self-titled collaborative LP released on Athens Of The North earlier this year, Greg Foat, a versatile mainstay in the UK jazz scene, brings in bandmates Moses Boyd, Art Themen, Clark Tracey and Phil Achille to create Symphonie Pacifique. Ebbing and flowing between ambient soul and liquid jazz in the live and improvised "After The Storm", there's lounge time flamenco in "Pointe Venus" to pastoral acid in "Man Vs Machine". Amid cinematic scores and library music you'll find heavy piano chords in the album's hit "Yonaguni" alongside dedications to the late Duncan Lamont ("Lament For Lamont") and 20th century French painters (Henry Valensi) in the cover art. Magnifique!
Review: Colliding cool jazz with post-UK and post-US club sounds, Kuna & Maze revitalise their palettes with a fresh album that lifts its influences from Chicago footwork, UK garage and two-step to Detroit house! In a truly refreshing and unique album from the French- Bruxelles duo, the pair do Tru Thoughts a true service by delivering a colourful and spritely album that's as much broken beat as is beat down and beautiful. With too many influences and genres to mention, this will go down with us as Tru Thoughts' best release of the year. Our picks? "JPS", "ZBRA" and "Monopoli Driver". Tip!
Review: One of Africa's most influential and enduring musical figures, and big time player in the Ethio-Jazz scene, Mulatu Astatke presents the To Know Without Knowing LP, an inspired work and second collaboration with twelve piece global-funk-machine, Black Jesus Experience. Laced with cool jazz and lounge vibes to wax poetics in both "A Chance To Give" and "Living On Stolen Land" find more laid back, alluring and sultry numbers in "To Know Without Knowing", with hotter rhythms coming through "Ambassa Lemdi" and the cocktail vibes of "Blue Light". Afro-beat free fusion and soul.
Review: Portuguese producer Ricardo Cardoso AKA Ritz returns to his regular home of Piston Recordings with his second long-player, which follows on the heels of 2019's 'Meditation'. Across its 12 tracks, '44' finds him exploring a range of deep house styles: jazz-fuelled opener could have been lifted straight off Vanessa Daou's 'Zipless' album, 'Ecstatic' is cool and dubby, while 'No Way Of Coming Out' has a blissed-out, deep prog feel. Generally speaking, though, it's classic Chi-Town deepness that's the most notable influence, and fans of Messrs Trent, Damier, Heard and Parrish will find much to enjoy here.
Theory Of Revolution (feat Georges Perin - Jay Papa remix) - (3:19) 94 BPM
Theory Of Revolution (Jay Papa instrumental remix) - (3:19) 94 BPM
Review: Greek producer Timewarp Inc's 'Theory Of Revolution' is fast approaching evergreen status. First out as the title track of his fourth album back in November, this funk-soul-reggae fusion was then given a full-on dub makeover on February's EP of remixes and instrumentals, and now it's back in single form, with Jay Papa's vocal and instrumental rubs heading in the opposite direction and toning down the reggae and dub aspects. You end up with a contemporary funk/soul cut that has the same kind of crossover appeal as Pharrell, Aloe Blacc or Cee-Lo Green - though whether it can emulate their commercial success remains to be seen.