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Put It On
22 A010D
01 Jul 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Put It On (feat Tenderlonious) - (4:37) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ms Chambers - (2:39) 113 BPM
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Smoke - (2:11) 81 BPM
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Review: 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.
Time Waves
22 A008D
11 Dec 15
Deep House
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Culture - (1:15) 101 BPM
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Hey You - (2:08) 104 BPM
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Time Waves - (2:21) 115 BPM
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Burdened Funk - (3:06) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Planet Earth - (1:39) 87 BPM
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Bassacada - (3:44) 90 BPM
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Not A Fighter - (1:23) 99 BPM
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Discotheque - (2:16) 118 BPM
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Today's Yesterday - (1:58) 97 BPM
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Redefine It All - (0:55) 95 BPM
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Played by: BRISA
Meroe
22 A016
04 Aug 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Cerasee Doctor - (2:30) 50 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Margoze - (3:20) 148 BPM
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Goya - (0:32) 69 BPM
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Meroe - (3:39) 57 BPM
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Review: Sample-loving downtempo fusionist Mo Kolours has yet to make a duff record, so hopes are naturally high for this dinked EP single on 22a. Predictably, he's in fine form throughout, sauntering between seriously dubbed-out, tropical-tinged hip-hop beats (the ultra-baked heaviness of "Cerasee Doctor"), heavyweight Mauritian drum jams ("Margoze") and hard-to-define Indian Ocean funk (the fretless bass, weird noises and handclaps of quick-fix "Goya". He leaves the best till last, with the skewed hip-hop funk of "Menroe" - all wonky synth-bass, crunchy beats, sampled chants, tropical hand percussion and dubbed-out electronic stabs - hitting home hardest; he's still not made a bad record.
Soul Conspiracy
22A 013
16 May 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Dancing & Drinking Tap Water - (4:25) 62 BPM
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Modern Man - (3:12) 125 BPM
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Tina's Mood - (2:30) 64 BPM
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Soul Conspiracy - (4:04) 58 BPM
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Thanos Interlude - (2:13) 55 BPM
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We Are Good (feat Wayne Snow) - (4:57) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The 22a imprint was originally founded to support underground UK talent, at first specifically concentrating on a small collective of South London producers (Mo Kolours, Tenderlonious etc). Now however, they've thrown their net wider with this, their latest release being from a Parisian artist called Neue Grafik. Soul Conspiracy features six tracks that bear heavy 70s influences (there's a lot of Fender Rhodes work on here) and explores his interest with combining live and programmed electronic instrumentation and drums. Fusing funk, boogie and leftfield house in a totally new way, we're definitely going to hear more from this talented new artist.
MONTESSORI
On Flute
22A 012
09 Dec 16
Deep House
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Ghana - (7:11) 112 BPM
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Autumn Leaves - (3:30) 116 BPM
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Oedo Bushi - (4:01) 110 BPM
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Song For My Father - (6:03) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In A Sentimental Mood - (5:21) 122 BPM
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Dale's Corner - (3:25) 125 BPM
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Review: Despite a very impressive track record - check out his previous EPs on Yoruba, Sounds of the Universe and 22a for proof - Tenderlonious has not quite attracted the same level as hype as some other Peckham-based beat makers. On Flute, a mini-album of gently tropical workouts, kaleidoscopic fusion cuts and hard-to-pigeonhole treats, could well change all that. Highlights come thick and fast, from the wild flute solos and swinging disco grooves of "Song For My Father", and humid synth-jazz outing "In A Sentimental Mood", to the haunting tropical spookiness of "Oedo Bushi", and cheery afro-jazz-funk of "Ghana". In other words, it's an inspired, musically rich mish-mash of styles that doesn't disappoint.
All Your Way
22 A009D
26 Feb 16
Deep House
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All Your Way - (7:02) 128 BPM
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Bobs Riddim - (8:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Nothing else really sounds like Tenderlonious and here on his own label 22a, he again pushes the envelope with two tracks: "All Your Way" and "Bobs Riddim". The title track features thick and creamy disco house grooves, sugary future-soul vocals and hypnotic synth swirls. The latter however is a broken beat night crawler with creepy moog clouds and scattershot rhythms. Pushing things forward as usual then.
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