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Lamin Fofana & The Doudou Ndiaye Rose Family
Bench Mi Mode I: In Motion - (4:22) 113 BPM
Bench Mi Mode II: Red Eye - (7:32) 65 BPM Hot
Bench Mi Mode III: Spectrum - (5:01) 70 BPM
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HJP 98
01 Dec 23
Experimental/Electronic
Holy Tongue, Beatrice Dillon, Lamin Fofana, Labour
Various
Holy Tongue - "Dey Sey" - (3:36) 69 BPM
Holy Tongue - "Dey Sey Dub" - (3:05) 68 BPM
Holy Tongue - "Dey Sey Dub II" - (3:35) 69 BPM Hot
Beatrice Dillon - "2020" - (6:17) 75 BPM
Lamin Fofana - "Niary Ngorong" (Caprices mix) - (6:01) 75 BPM
Lamin Fofana - "Niary Ngorong" (Itinerant mix) - (7:51) 58 BPM
Labour - "Etu Keur Gui" (part 2) - (5:11) 65 BPM
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HJP 97
05 Oct 23
Experimental/Electronic
The Majestic Yes
The Majestic Yes - (9:45) 106 BPM
The Overwhelming Yes - (8:56) 71 BPM
The Stick & Twist Mood - (9:15) 104 BPM
Overwhelming Yes Dub (Mark Ernestus version) - (4:03) 71 BPM
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HJP 96
05 Aug 22
Experimental/Electronic
Head Gone Wrong By Noise
Since Man Crawled Out Of The Slime - (4:15) 97 BPM
Big Stack Attack - (5:53) 93 BPM
Know Fun - (5:52) 63 BPM
Deserts Of Social Isolation - (8:37) 61 BPM
Freeze The Cheese - (9:24) 62 BPM
They Rolled Over For Him & He Rolled Over Them - (9:31) 59 BPM Hot
Character Assassinations Repairs - (5:36) 59 BPM
People Impersonating Persons - (7:53) 86 BPM
Not This, Not That - (4:33) 61 BPM
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HJRLP 86
24 Sep 21
Experimental/Electronic
Str8 Crooked
Str8 Crooked - (7:56) 62 BPM Hot
Build Back Better Sweatshops - (5:52) 64 BPM
Episcopi Vagantes - (16:17) 63 BPM
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HJP 95
03 Sep 21
Experimental/Electronic
Age Of Aquarius
Creator God - (10:14) 56 BPM
Alan - (6:53) 60 BPM
Ogun Calling - (1:37) 70 BPM
Eye Of Ra - (6:22) 73 BPM
Woman Of Amazon - (6:35) 73 BPM Hot
Self/Distance - (6:24) 70 BPM
Paradise Lost - (6:41) 65 BPM
Frequency Interference - (5:56) 100 BPM
Cradle To The Sunset - (2:28) 80 BPM
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HJP 88
06 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
Laniakea
Eternal Return - (11:49) 80 BPM
Perpetual Flow - (16:21) 57 BPM
Circular Time - (11:59) 60 BPM
Perseus-Pisces - (13:32) 80 BPM
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HJP 87
03 Apr 19
Experimental/Electronic
Book Of Sound
Lead The Way - (3:12) 68 BPM
Purple Afternoon - (6:06) 95 BPM
Kepra - (5:58) 75 BPM Hot
Morning Prayer - (4:24) 80 BPM
Now - (6:18) 57 BPM
Solstice - (4:15) 66 BPM
Midnight - (4:56) 66 BPM
Sri Neroti - (4:05) 74 BPM
Heaven And Earth - (4:34) 79 BPM
Synapsis - (4:48) 68 BPM
Royalty - (3:11) 68 BPM
Review: Chicago eight-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble return with their first album in the best part of 10 years. Maturing with age, experience and decoration, they're even more rich, measured and magic than ever before. Our souls are arrested from the moment the slow spell-binding arpeggio of "Lead The Way" ignites the smouldering journey and the dreamy drama doesn't let up until the final whirling synth echoes of the finale track "Royalty". Highlights include the yearning trumpets and pensive plucks of "Midnight", the insistency and pace of "Heaven & Earth" and the playful swooning signature switches on "Now". Once again, a truly singular trip from the Cochrane brothers. Essential.
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HJRLP 74
10 Nov 17
Experimental/Electronic
Moritz Von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna
Koirong Ku - (2:16) 119 BPM
Koichulrdyn Kongur Kuu - (1:18) 64 BPM
Drums - (2:13) 93 BPM
Fragments - (2:55) 141 BPM
Tushumdo - (2:25) 94 BPM
Facets - (15:18) 150 BPM
Mash Kambarkan - (3:06) 134 BPM
Talasym - (2:37) 133 BPM
Kolkhoz Kechteri - (2:23) 151 BPM
Bishkek, May 2016 - (10:04) 90 BPM
Draught - (4:44) 65 BPM Hot
Draught Dub - (4:45) 65 BPM
Improvisation - (2:29) 121 BPM
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150850 7780299
27 Oct 17
International
Moritz Von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna
Koirong Ku - (2:16) 59 BPM
Koichulrdyn Kongur Kuu - (1:18) 64 BPM
Drums - (2:13) 93 BPM
Fragments - (2:55) 71 BPM
Tushumdo - (2:25) 94 BPM
Facets - (15:18) 75 BPM
Mash Kambarkan - (3:06) 67 BPM
Talasym - (2:37) 66 BPM
Kolkhoz Kechteri - (2:23) 75 BPM
Bishkek, May 2016 - (10:04) 90 BPM
Draught - (4:44) 65 BPM
Draught Dub - (4:45) 65 BPM Hot
Improvisation - (2:29) 61 BPM
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HJRLP 76
27 Oct 17
Experimental/Electronic
Sferic Ghost Transmits
Before The Dam Broke - (11:14) 60 BPM
Dive Into The Grave - (10:24) 64 BPM
Five Demiurgic Options - (9:12) 67 BPM Hot
Spheric Ghost/Fear The Crown - (16:04) 65 BPM
Seven Virgins - (11:09) 73 BPM
The Prophet Sequence - (4:20) 65 BPM
Played by: DIONIGI
Review: Shackleton's material for London's Honest Jon's Records has been among the artist's very best and, importantly, most daring work. That's also because the imprint, manned by the enigmatic Mark Ainley, allows its artists to offer their most explorative sides, a quality heard throughout the plethora of its releases. Sam Shack is joined by Vengeance Tenfold, whose vocals first appeared on the man's material via the sublime Music For The Quiet Hour, a definitive release for the British producer. This new Shackleton sound is different, however, focusing more the balance between polyrhythms and the movement of the vocals. The results are prophetic to say the least: darkness, dread, dub, and something inherently bizarre about the whole affair. A Shackleton classic.
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HJP 84
19 Jan 17
Experimental/Electronic
April
April - (5:19) 120 BPM Hot
April Dub - (5:07) 120 BPM
April Parts - (3:18) 120 BPM
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HJP 83
11 Nov 16
Techno
Obadikah
April 8 - (3:27) 60 BPM Hot
Keke Kan - (4:50) 92 BPM
Olorun Kan - (3:23) 70 BPM
Agbara Temi Ko - (3:15) 50 BPM
Iwo Ore Mi - (4:17) 55 BPM
Ajantiele - (6:49) 111 BPM
Erin - (3:17) 85 BPM
Obadikah - (3:51) 131 BPM
Jomido - (4:57) 112 BPM
Orebete - (5:12) 142 BPM
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HJRLP 113
04 Nov 16
International
Disclosure
Stepping On Salt - (1:23) 110 BPM
Phoenicia Wireless - (6:35) 115 BPM
Drift Model - (4:04) 118 BPM Hot
Galaxy Series 7 - (3:15) 132 BPM
Collapsing Dual Core - (2:01) 99 BPM
Monomer - (4:34) 121 BPM
Galaxy Series 5 - (4:01) 90 BPM
Aluminosilicate Mirrors - (4:30) 83 BPM
Long Term Evolution - (2:20) 100 BPM
Molecular Memories - (6:42) 139 BPM
Purple Graphene - (6:15) 96 BPM
Played by: Erdbeerschnitzel
Review: Disclosure is Kassem Mosse's follow up to this 2014 debut long player, Workshop 19. Apart from further cementing the relationship with Honest Jons, it also sees him further pushing his already skewed house sound to the outer limits. "Drift Model" and "Phonenica Wireless" both sound like he took a hammer to the offbeat style on his previous album, while "Stepping on Salt" is just a series of malfunctioning computer blips and bleeps. Mosse finally ventures onto the dance floor with the rickety, haunted minimalism of "Galaxy Series 7", but it's only a temporary divergence and his sense of adventure returns for the broken down rhythm and broken drums of "Collapsing Dual Core".
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HJRLP 73
14 Oct 16
Techno
Devotional Songs
Rinse Out All Contaminants - (7:38) 65 BPM Hot
You Are The One - (13:06) 130 BPM
Twelve Shared Addictions - (12:27) 125 BPM
Father, You Have Left Me - (10:17) 96 BPM
Review: You can count on Honest Jon's to provide the more provocative electronic release around, but we weren't expecting this new EP at all. A collaboration between Shackleton and Ernesto Tomasini was simply too much to envisage: the former is one of the few true pioneers of UK dance music and the latter is an ex-Cabaret dancer who delves in post-industrialism. There are four segments and, thanks to Tomasini's voice, Shackleton's music is transformed and teleported onto new territories, sounding something like a space dance from a long, long time ago. HJ themselves describe this as Shackleton's 'most hallucinatory music to date' and that may well be, but what is certain is that it's very much different from all the other gear he's put out. Recommended.
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HJP 81
22 Jul 16
Ambient/Drone
Chilazon
Chilazon 1 - (12:15) 134 BPM Hot
Chilazon 2 - (5:46) 134 BPM
Lanthanum - (5:51) 164 BPM
Played by: Ploy
Review: After an initial appearance on remix duties for the Honest Jon's label back in 2015, Leipzig beat specialist Kassem Mosse is back on the singular London imprint with a new EP, this time grounded in his more traditional techno roots - the side of his that we love the most and what won us over with his first, and now foundational, EP's for his native Workshop. "Chilazon 1" is a trippy techno work that bounces off the walls with utter ease, and it's the sort of bleep-heavy techno that we're loving at the moment; "Chilazon 2" is less structured and more textural, a decomposing mass of drums and static that blend together to make a solid and palpable groove. "Lanthanum" takes the same distorted approach but this time Mosse escalates the panic with a whirling echo of cascading chords and dubwise drums. A must.
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HJP 82
15 Jul 16
Techno
Mass Migration
Mass Migration - (4:07) 120 BPM
Mass Migration (dub) - (4:48) 120 BPM Hot
I & I Know Bunny - (5:30) 74 BPM
I & I Know Bunny (dub) - (5:26) 77 BPM
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HJP 80
17 Jun 16
Reggae Classics/Ska
Christians Catch Hell (Gospel Roots 1976-79)
Various
Pastor TL Barrett - "After The Rain" - (4:11) 102 BPM
Camille Doughty - "Elijah Rock" - (2:48) 87 BPM Hot
The Howard Lemon Singers - "For The Children" - (4:33) 88 BPM
The Fantastic Family Aires - "Tell Me" - (2:53) 131 BPM
Jean Austin - "Spirit Free" - (3:43) 88 BPM
The Jordan Singers - "Will You Save Me" - (4:17) 68 BPM
The Phillipians - "Never Say What You Want" - (4:28) 101 BPM
The Fabulous Luckett Brothers - "Help Me To Carry On" - (2:54) 89 BPM
Bright Clouds - "I've Got To Make A Change" - (5:45) 91 BPM
The Fantastic Family Aires - "Troubled Mind" - (4:09) 97 BPM
The O'Neal Twins - "Wake Up Everybody" - (4:31) 111 BPM
Rev TL Barrett - "Said It Long Time Ago" - (4:06) 98 BPM
The Fantastic Family Aires - "The Color Of God" - (2:56) 94 BPM
The Brooklyn All Stars - "Blessed Be The Name Of God" - (2:16) 75 BPM
The Original Sunset Travelers - "On Jesus' Program" - (3:40) 118 BPM
Reverend Edna Isaac & The Greene Sisters - "Christians Catch Hell" - (7:14) 80 BPM
The Fountain Of Life Joy Choir - "Thank You" - (5:40) 134 BPM
The Fantastic Family Aires - "Glory" - (4:13) 103 BPM
Played by: Tru Thoughts
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HJRLP 71
04 Dec 15
Soul
In Situ
Situation - (4:29) 89 BPM Hot
Leaves - (3:19) 79 BPM
Nebenwirkungen - (5:00) 130 BPM
Drift - (5:02) 129 BPM
Nah - (3:49) 128 BPM
Shake - (4:05) 134 BPM
Nimrud - (1:41) 78 BPM
Focus I - (8:23) 86 BPM
Played by: AWITW
Review: Laurel Halo is back, presenting her unique take on electronic music once again on her first full length since 2012's Quarantine on Hyperdub. Unlike her previous efforts there are no vocals on this album, marking a definite change in direction. There's undeniably a much dirtier analogue aesthetic smeared across the tracks of this album. "Situation" and "Drift" for instance are are tough UK bass influenced workouts with an attitude, while "Nebenwirkungen" and "Nah" take on a more claustrophobic and paranoid aesthetic, in all their freeform and self-liberating glory. Overall the album's withdrawn and at times uncompromising stance is what makes it so compelling.
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HJPCD 78
25 Sep 15
Balearic/Downtempo
Insect Funk
Pirate Song - (1:59) 80 BPM
Disco In 4 Pieces - (4:06) 61 BPM
We Float In Time - (3:56) 123 BPM
Dead Men Walk In A Straight 9 - (3:58) 91 BPM
Insect Funk - (3:33) 111 BPM
Ultra Busy - (3:15) 100 BPM
Rats - (3:07) 50 BPM
Funky Nerd (feat Ias) - (3:35) 96 BPM
Evil Laughs - (3:14) 146 BPM
Samba Apocalypse 2000 - (3:54) 55 BPM
Tron Song - (3:10) 60 BPM
Don't Lie - (3:22) 53 BPM
Happy Bass Caravan - (3:59) 96 BPM
Balafonix - (0:59) 60 BPM
Played by: In Flagranti
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HJRCD 30
24 Jul 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Sounding Lines
Sounding Line 1 - (10:15) 100 BPM
Sounding Line 2 - (0:28) 97 BPM
Sounding Line 3 - (5:56) 115 BPM
Sounding Line 4 - (4:12) 110 BPM
Sounding Line 5 (Spectre) - (9:05) 120 BPM
Sounding Line 6 - (7:26) 120 BPM
Sounding Line 7 - (5:49) 110 BPM
Sounding Line 8 - (5:51) 55 BPM
Review: For the latest Trio album, Van Oswald substitutes Vladislav Delay with Tony Allen. The afro-beat legend's influence looms large throughout, and that's a good thing. This is most audible on "04.4" and "05.5", where jazzy, rainy-day chords are underpinned by crashing snares and subtle, rhythmic shuffles. On other occasions, like "06.6", Allen's tight playing threatens to overpower Van Oswald's nuanced sound scapes, but despite its fluid nature, the trio is nothing if not cohesive in its restraint. Elsewhere, Van Oswald and Loderbauer take control, and "01.1" and "02.2", droning textures take precedence. It's be interesting to hear who Van Oswald puts behind the drums next, but on Sounding Lines, Allen's presence is a welcome one.
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HJRCD 72
12 Jun 15
Techno
Tapes Meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds
Datura Mystic - (4:26) 69 BPM Hot
Datura Mystic Version - (4:23) 117 BPM
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HJP 77
06 Apr 15
Dub
Tapes Meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds
Datura Mystic - (4:26) 71 BPM
Datura Mystic Version - (4:23) 118 BPM Hot
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142771 1123891
06 Apr 15
Dub
Three Versions
Flowers In May - (9:42) 111 BPM Hot
In The Water Where The City Ends - (5:14) 143 BPM
Long Moon - (4:36) 120 BPM
Played by: Chris Coco
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HJP 75
27 Feb 15
Techno
The Golden Boat
A Boy's Dream - (2:51) 128 BPM
John Ball's Blues - (2:36) 69 BPM
Lamp Of The Invisible Light - (3:45) 81 BPM
Christ Made A Trance - (1:57) 130 BPM
The Golden Boat - (3:27) 150 BPM
The Kingdom Within - (5:16) 110 BPM
The Wakefield Anthem - (3:22) 64 BPM
Andalusian Moon - (3:10)
Tincture Of Tears - (2:16)
Review: London's legendary Honest Jons Records has lined up a rather special release schedule for the new year, and this first release by Crying Lion is just a taster of what's to come from the Ladbroke Grove massive. Recorded in a church in Glasgow by several members of Trembling Bells, this LP contains all elements of the mystical and magical, gliding across nine songs of medieval folk chanting peppered with a dash of electro-acoustic wonder. It's music for true outsiders and an album guaranteed to transport you into a distant world, a different sort of atmosphere. It's also a fine addition to the label's stellar catalogue. There's plenty more to come from both the imprint and artists. A must have, don't miss it.
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HJRLP 110
23 Jan 15
Soundtracks
New Recordings From Siaya County Kenya
Babana - (2:02) 95 BPM
Kadana - (2:05) 145 BPM
Ohangla I - (2:08) 136 BPM
Arum - (2:43) 90 BPM
Lucas Odhiambo - (5:11) 89 BPM
Amunya - (5:14) 111 BPM
Jomaranda - (2:04) 83 BPM
Lemo - (0:21) 118 BPM
Ohangla II - (3:15) 136 BPM Hot
Juma Fundi - (4:19) 91 BPM
Dhero - (2:55) 159 BPM
Anas - (2:41) 73 BPM
Jamienda - (2:42) 55 BPM
Sigala Gala - (2:47) 78 BPM
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HJRCD 70
14 Nov 14
Soundtracks
Let No One Judge You: Early Recordings From Iran 1906 1933
Various
EbrAhim & Royal Orchestra - "Bidad" (homayun) - (2:44)
RezA-Qoli & Akbar - "Gavri" (shur) - (3:15)
Seyyed Hoseyn TaherzAdeh & HabibollAh Moshir-Homayun - "Bayat Esfahan" (homayun) - (2:59)
Seyyed Hoseyn TAherzadeh & Akbar - "Daramad" (homayun) - (3:13)
Unknown - "Tar Solo" - (3:03)
Moluk Zarrabi - "Daramad, Dad" (mahur) - (3:33)
Parvaneh - "Mansuri" (chahargah) - (3:35)
Parvaneh - "Zabol, Mokhalef" (segah) - (3:51)
Abd-Ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi - "MokhAlef" (segah) - (3:35)
Akhtar - "Bayat Esfahan, Bayat Rajea" (homayun) - (3:48)
Javad Badiazadeh - "Morgh-E Bi-AshiAn / Afshari" (shur) - (3:30)
IrAn-Od-Dowleh Helen - "Bidad" (homayun) - (3:29)
Moluk - "Dashti" (shur) - (3:22)
Montakhab-Oz-Zakerin - "Qafqaz I" (segah) - (3:35)
Montakhab-Oz-Zakerin - "Qafqaz II" (segah) - (3:34)
Abd-Ol-Hoseyn ShahnAzi - "Daramad" (homayun) - (3:33)
Hayk - "Shushtar" (homayun) - (3:39)
Qoli & Royal Orchestra - "Abu-Aata" (shur) - (2:52)
Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh & Akbar - "Qafqaz" (segah) - (3:18)
Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh & Hoseyn - "Daramad, Bayat Rajea" (nava) - (3:14)
Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh & Akbar - "Afshari" (shur) - (3:08)
Asadollah & Reza-Qoli - "Shahnaz" (shur) - (3:18)
Reza-Qoli, Baqer, Akbar & Moshir-Homayun - "Na Dideh Rokhat / Bayat Esfahan" (homayun) - (3:03)
Abd-Ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi - "MAvaraa-An-Nahr" (rast panjgah) - (3:31)
IrAn-Od-Dowleh Helen - "Daramad, Dad, Khavaran" (mahur) - (3:02) Hot
Iran-Od-Dowleh Helen - "Delkash, Aeraq" (mahur) - (3:23)
Adib KhansAri - "Aeraq" (mahur) - (3:33)
Iran-Od-Dowleh Helen - "Golriz" (shur) - (3:29)
Ruhangiz - "Daramad, Zabol" (segah) - (3:31)
Akhtar - "Hejaz" (shur) - (3:37)
Morteza Ney-Davud - "Bayat Esfahan, Bayat Rajea" (homayun) - (3:39)
Morteza Ney-Davud - "Aoshshaq, Bayat Esfahan" (homayun) - (3:39)
Moluk Zarrabi - "Daramad, Zabol" (chahargah) - (3:10)
Abd-Ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi - "Bidad" (homayun) - (3:37)
Review: The mighty Honest Jon's Records brings in the new year with an exquisite and highly awaited set of long-lost gems from the most obscure Iranian recordings dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Much like the gorgeous "To Scratch Your Heart" release from a few years back, this stunning collection of ethnic music is easily some of the most tasteful compilations you will ever set your ears on. "Painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road", the music moves from one mystical dimension to another, giving us a detailed snapshot of what was going on back then in cities like Tehran. Trumpets, clarinets, enchanting voices, improvisational strings and a significant swell of nostalgia wrap this winner of a compilation up into what will most likely be one of the most important chronologies of music available today.
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HJRCD 69
24 Jan 14
Soundtracks
Blue
Blue - (7:46) 120 BPM Hot
Blue (dub) - (11:59) 120 BPM
Played by: Resident Advisor
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HJP 73
19 Jul 13
Techno
Dismantle
Dismantle - (8:03) 122 BPM Hot
Tamrat Version - (7:35) 118 BPM
Music For Vampyr: (I) Arrival - (15:37) 144 BPM
Music For Vampyr: (II) Shadows - (5:38) 116 BPM
Music For Vampyr: (III) Finale - (3:37) 117 BPM
Review: Released with the minimum of fanfare, Dismantle represents Rabih Beaini's first substantial release as Morphosis since last year's Tepco Report 12", and comes in the form of a five track release for Honest Jon's. The first part comprises two Morphosis productions obviously aimed at more adventurous DJs, with the title track (in collaboration with Donato Dozzy) comprising subtly rattling percussion and organic tones unfolding over a steady rhythmic pulse, while "Tamrat Version" comes across as more full bodied, with thicker organ textures tied up with pulsing synths. The second part meanwhile is something entirely different, comprising a live score to Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr recorded in Romania; free of rhythm and utilising some outlandish modular sequencing, it's the producer at his most immersive.
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HJP 7
28 Jun 13
Techno
London Is The Place For Me 5: Latin Jazz Calypso & Highlife From Young Black London
Various
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Cuban Nightingale" - (2:26) 126 BPM
George Browne - "Calypso Mambo" - (2:22) 105 BPM
Lord Beginner - "The Dollar & The Pound" - (2:59) 96 BPM
Lord Invader - "Goodwood Park" - (2:55) 157 BPM
Shake Keane - "Trumpet Highlife" - (2:10) 144 BPM
West African Rhythm Brothers - "Ominira" - (3:07) 115 BPM
Caribbean Swing Band - "Jordhu" - (3:49) 88 BPM
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Ghana Special" - (2:11) 133 BPM Hot
Lord Kitchener - "Cricket Umpires" - (3:00) 152 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Kitch's Mambo Calypso" - (2:54) 100 BPM
West African Rhythm Brothers - "Jekafo Ju Agbawo" - (3:30) 88 BPM
Mighty Terror - "Patricia Gone With Millicent" - (2:53) 97 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "My Wife Went Away With Yankee" - (3:05) 159 BPM
The Quavers - "Kitch" - (2:37) 150 BPM
Mona Baptiste - "Tabu" - (2:49) 123 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Jamaica Turkey" - (3:18) 107 BPM
Mighty Terror - "Women Police In England" - (2:43) 88 BPM
Tejan-Sie - "King Jimmy Foo Foo" (with West African Rhythm Brothers) - (2:57) 115 BPM
West African Swing Stars - "My Sorrow" - (2:57) 136 BPM
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HJRLP 61
05 Apr 13
Jazz
London Is The Place For Me 6: Mento Calypso Jazz & Highlife From Young Black London
Various
Dizzy Reece - "The Escape" - (1:20) 148 BPM
Mighty Terror - "Life In Britain" - (2:52) 114 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Romance On The Queen Mary" - (2:53) 115 BPM
King Timothy - "Jiu Jitsu Calypso" - (2:45) 83 BPM
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Sway" - (2:55) 156 BPM
Fitzroy Coleman Quintet - "Uncle Joe" - (3:00) 109 BPM
Lord Beginner - "The Joe Louis Calypso" - (2:34) 100 BPM
Tony Johnson - "Marilyn Monroe Calypso" - (2:50) 81 BPM
Lili Verona - "Big Instrument" - (2:45) 82 BPM
Ginger Johnson - "Mambo Contempo" - (2:21) 108 BPM Hot
King Timothy - "Football Calypso" - (2:57) 88 BPM
West African Rhythm Brothers - "Asikoloto" - (3:01) 100 BPM
Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band - "Song of Joy" - (2:56) 108 BPM
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Positive Action" - (2:16) 133 BPM
Tony Johnson - "Me Donkey Want Water" - (3:02) 102 BPM
Eric Hayden - "Belly Lick" - (2:26) 159 BPM
Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band - "Calypso Rhythm Dance" - (2:28) 108 BPM
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Prospero" - (2:36) 124 BPM
Mighty Terror - "The Queen Is In" - (2:46) 140 BPM
West African Rhythm Brothers - "Nigeria Odowoyin" - (3:31) 144 BPM
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HJRLP 62
05 Apr 13
Rock
New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya
Ndema - (1:35)
Dena - (1:12)
Mambodze - (4:35)
Matatizo - (2:28)
Pepo Mlume - (2:26)
Chela - (3:11)
Bungo - (1:06)
Mafunzo - (7:30)
Bamba - (1:13)
Mwanzele - (4:49)
Ngoma Wira - (1:25)
Puredi - (2:58)
Kiringongo - (2:26) Hot
Gaserego - (3:29)
Review: For their next trick, classic cult label Honest Jon's serve up a collection of field recordings of the Mijikenda tribes, made in different spots in and around Mukunguni village, coastal Kenya. There's 14 in total, and it proves a fascinating listen: first track, the creepily percussive "Ndema" is played to sound like a bat, with shrill frequencies intended to heal the village sick, the chant of "Dena" is haunting, "Matatizo" is fantastic acapella pop, while elsewhere multi drums are utilised to chase away "Pepo Mlume", the devil who poisons the imagination. Essential listening.
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HJRCD 68
05 Apr 13
Soundtracks
No More War EP
No More War - (3:26) 105 BPM Hot
Free The People - (2:56) 69 BPM
Universe In Crisis - (3:32) 115 BPM
Chant Rasta - (4:44) 116 BPM
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HJP 71
29 Mar 13
Dub
Petrol Laughs EP
Elmore Judd - "Petrol Laughs" - (3:37) 120 BPM Hot
Bullion - "DevoEsk" (Bullion version) - (3:02) 100 BPM
Elmore Judd - "Golden Goat" - (3:24) 101 BPM
Elmore Judd - "Wires 2" - (3:23) 80 BPM
Elmore Judd - "Synth Grub" - (3:35) 84 BPM
Bullion - "Synth Grub" (Bullion version) - (2:51) 89 BPM
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HJP 70
09 Nov 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fetch
Jam - (17:31) 120 BPM
Dark - (7:06) 120 BPM
Club - (11:56) 120 BPM Hot
Yangissa - (14:10) 120 BPM
Played by: Deep'a & Biri, NYMA
Review: Inhabiting a space populated by deranged jazz and dub (techno) at its most freaky, Fetch is a slowburning release. "Jam" starts with detached sax solos and rough off beats leading into a tense bassline, with the arrangement evolving over 14 minutes. "Dark" is more succinct, but the mood is similar, as the players conjure up a live take on dance floor techno. "Club" is another rhythm-heavy affair, with a loose, live arrangement set to grinding metal drums, while the trio go back to the freeform approach of "Jam" on "Yangissa". On this occasion, the sounds are more organic and the arrangement even more liquid, with waves of effects seeping out over the unhurried drums.
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HJRCD 67
18 Jun 12
Techno
Maleza
Apocaliptica - (2:17) 117 BPM
Lamento - (3:12) 157 BPM
Vacio - (1:51) 155 BPM
Mina De Sal - (1:41) 140 BPM
Dolencias - (2:30) 103 BPM
Mala Suerte - (1:37) 146 BPM
Duquesa - (2:36) 147 BPM
Desecha - (2:34) 101 BPM Hot
Volverte A Ver - (2:10) 114 BPM
La Surenita Agradecida - (2:03) 158 BPM
Como Si Fuera - (2:23) 93 BPM
Todo - (1:57) 142 BPM
Pico De Botella - (2:06) 136 BPM
Si Se Puede - (3:04) 140 BPM
El Otro Dia - (2:40) 148 BPM
Hombre-Perro - (2:38) 139 BPM
Ya No Quiero - (3:03) 141 BPM
La Ultima Turista - (3:44) 110 BPM
Machu Picchu - (2:44) 87 BPM
Si Te Digo - (1:57) 106 BPM
Con Tu Forma - (3:21) 118 BPM
Insomnio - (1:37) 96 BPM
Luna - (2:41) 148 BPM
Sin Fin - (2:55) 147 BPM
Aguilondor - (2:06) 112 BPM
Tigre De Papel - (2:04) 133 BPM
Mas Alla - (3:50) 142 BPM
Llevame - (2:44) 82 BPM
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HJRCD 57
18 Jun 12
Rock
Kelan Philip Cohran And The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Cuernavaca - (6:38) 101 BPM
Stateville - (5:13) 133 BPM
Frankincense And Myrrh - (8:10) 129 BPM
Aspara - (9:17) 66 BPM
Ancestral - (4:42) 129 BPM
Spin - (10:28) 89 BPM Hot
Zincali - (14:50) 77 BPM
Cabin Tale - (7:14) 94 BPM
Pontiac - (5:50) 119 BPM
Roust About - (3:42) 80 BPM
Played by: Ennio Styles
Review: When your dad is a well-regarded jazz trumpeter, it's perhaps inevitable that you'll follow in his footsteps. A decade ago, the eight sons of Sun Ra Arkestra member Phlip Cohran did just that, forming The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Here they hook up with their inspirational dad for a first collaborative album for Honest Jon's. In typical fashion, they've taken his influences and playing style as the starting point. So, alongside their usual rousing marching funk, we get treated to a string of more experimental compositions. It's these - particularly the emotional strings and cinematic builds of "Ancestral", or the 15-minute space-brass opus "Zincali" - that really stand out.
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HJRCD 65
11 Jun 12
Funk
Silver Silver
Flowers In May - (4:40) Hot
Big Dreams & The Headlines - (4:49)
Never Be That Tough - (3:02)
We Didn't Know - (1:08)
Silver Silver - (7:07)
What The Devil Brings - (3:45)
Long Moon - (1:56)
In The Water Where The City Ends - (4:26)
Star - (1:47)
Frogs - (1:33)
Now The Revolution - (2:25)
Bonnie Brae - (2:31)
Every Little Now And Then - (1:16)
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HJRCD 66
04 May 12
Balearic/Downtempo
RIP
RIP - (1:16)
Ascending - (3:08)
Holy Water - (1:39)
Marble Plexus - (4:42)
Uriel's Black Harp - (2:27)
Jardin - (6:07)
Serpent - (3:56)
Shadow From Tartarus - (5:26)
Tree Of Knowledge - (4:09)
Raven - (5:04)
Glint - (0:37)
Caves Of Paradise - (4:15) Hot
The Lord's Graffiti - (3:04)
NEW - (5:28)
IWAAD - (5:41)
Review: "It's like painting with buttons and sliders... Melting and dripping, seeping yourself liquid into the machinery." So said Darren Cunningham when discussing the creation of R.I.P, his long awaited follow up to Splazsh. It's a compelling image that works in practice too. R.I.P creates microcosmic sound worlds within each track: "Holy Water" for instance tumbles in on itself in a melange of shimmering sinewave droplets, while the pitchshifted waves of "Tree Of Knowledge" seem to inhale and exhale like a living being, crumpling inwards on itself to repeat the same motion ad infinitum. And although it uses much the same, occasionally abrasive sonic building blocks as Cunningham's been developing for many years, the pastoral tones of "Uriel's Black Harp" and the Alva Noto styles of "Jardin" make R.I.P a surprisingly graceful album. It may not be techno as many will know it, but Cunningham has never made techno in the traditional sense anyway - and it's clear on listening to R.I.P that he's only just beginning to realise the musical forms that have been swarming inside his brain for years.
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HJRCD 60
20 Apr 12
Experimental/Electronic
The Marble Downs
I Made A Date (With An Open Vein) - (6:34) 123 BPM
I Can Tell You're Leaving - (4:36) 138 BPM
Ferrari In A Demolition Derby - (4:14) 129 BPM
Ain't Nothing Wrong With A Little Longing - (6:55) 138 BPM
Excursions Into Assonance - (4:22) 119 BPM
Every Time I Close My Eyes (We're Back There) - (5:50) 82 BPM Hot
Love Is A Velvet Noose - (3:39) 135 BPM
My Husband's Got No Courage In Him - (2:15) 83 BPM
Riding - (3:12) 151 BPM
Lord Bless All - (6:44) 160 BPM
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HJRCD 64
06 Apr 12
Rock
Rocket Juice & The Moon
1-2-3-4-5-6 - (3:04) 117 BPM
Hey, Shooter (feat Erykah Badu) - (4:10) 110 BPM Hot
Lolo (feat Fatoumata Diawara & Manifest) - (5:03) 112 BPM
Night Watch - (2:12) 146 BPM
Forward Sweep - (1:49) 131 BPM
Follow Fashion (feat Fatoumata Diawara & Manifest) - (3:57) 110 BPM
Chop Up (feat Manifest & M3nsa) - (2:37) 95 BPM
Poison (feat Damon Albarn) - (3:24) 84 BPM
Extinguished (feat Cheick Tidiane Seck) - (2:39) 98 BPM
Rotary Connection - (2:02) 110 BPM
Check Out - (2:24) 116 BPM
There - (4:51) 81 BPM
Worries - (1:16) 143 BPM
Benko (feat Fatoumata Diawara & Damon Albarn) - (2:34) 133 BPM
The Unfadable (feat Manifest) - (2:57) 96 BPM
Dam(n) (feat Erykah Badu & Manifest) - (2:26) 125 BPM
Fatherless - (3:00) 147 BPM
Leave Taking - (2:07) 98 BPM
Review: For the uninitiated, Rocket Juice & The Moon is Honest Jon's latest unlikely supergroup - a collaborative hoedown between Blur's Damn Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. This debut album, featuring additional contributions from Eryka Badu, Manifest and others, showcases their loose, jazz-inflected approach to music making. With Allen's distinctive drumming and Flea's dextrous, funk-fused bass playing to the fore, there's a definitive post-punk-meets-afrobeat-in-dub kinda feel. With soulful vocals and smart hip-hop raps peppering the loose, Afro-centric late night mix, it's an adventurous but oddly comforting set. Most importantly, it's rarely less than riotously entertaining.
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HJRCD 63B
23 Mar 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Shangaan Shake
Various
Mark Ernestus - "Mark Ernestus Meets BBC" - (9:20) 119 BPM
Oni Ayhun - "Oni Ayhun Meets Shangaan Electro" - (6:35) 134 BPM
MMM - "MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys" - (7:07) Hot
Peverelist - "Peverelist Meets Tshetsha Boys" - (5:36) 118 BPM
DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn - "DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys" - (3:51)
Actress - "Actress Meets Shangaan Electro" - (6:24) 123 BPM
Old Apparatus - "Old Apparatus Meets Shangaan Electro" - (3:58) 130 BPM
Theo Parrish - "Theo Parrish Meets Mancingelani" - (12:45)
Demdike Stare - "Demdike Stare Meets Shangaan Electro" - (5:49) 133 BPM
Anthony Shake Shakir - "Anthony Shake Shakir Meets BBC" - (5:04) 130 BPM
Burnt Friedman - "Burnt Friedman Meets Zinja Hlungwani" - (5:44)
RP Boo - "RP Boo Meets Shangaan Electro" - (3:02) 110 BPM
Actress - "Actress Meets Shangaan Electro 2" - (3:59)
Hype Williams - "Hype Williams Meets Shangaan Electro" - (5:10)
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer - "Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meet Shangaan Electro" - (9:14)
Mark Ernestus - "Mark Ernestus Meets BBC Version" - (9:13)
Review: Shangaan Shake is the complete document of the remixes Honest Jon's commissioned to pit leftfield Western artists against the Shangaan electro of South Africa. It's an all-star cast, from house heroes to dubstep tinkerers. Mark Ernestus turns out an elegant slice of dub techno, while DJ Rashad and RP Boo throw down a sweaty slice of footwork action, and Peverelist plies a typically complex rhythm at a slower, seductive tempo. Out of all the remixers, Theo Parrish is the one unafraid to maintain the original BPM, which leaves his remix stark against the multitude of other tracks. Essential.
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HJRCD 58
24 Feb 12
Deep House
Shangaan Shake
Various
Mark Ernestus - "Mark Ernestus Meets BBC" - (9:20) 60 BPM
Oni Ayhun - "Oni Ayhun Meets Shangaan Electro" - (6:35) 67 BPM
MMM - "MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys" - (7:07) 68 BPM
Peverelist - "Peverelist Meets Tshetsha Boys" - (5:36) 117 BPM
DJ Rashad - "DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys" - (3:51) 80 BPM
Actress - "Actress Meets Shangaan Electro" - (6:24) 122 BPM
Old Apparatus - "Old Apparatus Meets Shangaan Electro" - (3:58) 65 BPM
Theo Parrish - "Theo Parrish Meets Mancingelani" - (12:45) 81 BPM
Demdike Stare - "Demdike Stare Meets Shangaan Electro" - (5:49) 132 BPM
Anthony Shake Shakir - "Anthony Shake Shakir Meets BBC" - (5:04) 130 BPM
Burnt Friedman - "Burnt Friedman Meets Zinja Hlungwani" - (5:44) 100 BPM
RP Boo - "Rp Boo Meets Shangaan Electro" - (3:02) 110 BPM
Actress - "Actress Meets Shangaan Electro 2" - (3:59) 77 BPM
Hype Williams - "Hype Williams Meets Shangaan Electro" - (5:10) 142 BPM
Ricardo Villalobos - "Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meet Shangaan Electro" - (9:14) 69 BPM Hot
Mark Ernestus - "Mark Ernestus Meets BBC Version" - (9:13) 79 BPM
Review: Shangaan Shake is the complete document of the remixes Honest Jon's commissioned to pit leftfield Western artists against the Shangaan electro of South Africa. It's an all-star cast, from house heroes to dubstep tinkerers. Mark Ernestus turns out an elegant slice of dub techno, while DJ Rashad and RP Boo throw down a sweaty slice of footwork action, and Peverelist plies a typically complex rhythm at a slower, seductive tempo. Out of all the remixers, Theo Parrish is the one unafraid to maintain the original BPM, which leaves his remix stark against the multitude of other tracks. Essential.
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132742 8604895
24 Feb 12
Footwork/Juke
Boracay Drift
Boracay Drift (remix) - (13:48) 71 BPM Hot
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HJP 64
25 Nov 11
Experimental/Electronic
Rainy Dub
Rainy Dub - (8:41) 63 BPM Hot
Faceless - (5:56) 61 BPM
Played by: Scott, Rough Fields
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HJP 61
25 Nov 11
Experimental/Electronic
Pinch & Shackleton
Cracks In The Pleasuredome - (6:29) 71 BPM
Jellybones - (5:22) 68 BPM
Torn & Submerged - (6:30) 70 BPM
Rooms Within A Room - (5:21) 66 BPM Hot
Selfish Greedy Life - (5:28) 68 BPM
Burning Blood - (7:11) 68 BPM
Levitation - (6:44) 70 BPM
Monks On The Run - (6:01) 68 BPM
Boracay Drift - (6:01) 72 BPM
Review: Coming completely out of nowhere, this collaborative album between two of dubstep's most revered producers is not only one of this year's best examples of the genre, but some of the best dubstep to emerge since the demise of Shackleton and Appleblim's Skull Disco label in 2008. In a landscape increasingly dominated by the sounds of genre hopping post-dubstep, this album is a timely reminder of the dark spaces dubstep once inhabited; "Jellybones" for instance utilises eastern percussion manipulated to increasing degrees of mind-warping confusion, whilst "Levitation" weaves furious rhythms around radiophonic weirdness, while closer "Monks On The Rum" is a gripping exercise in tension, contrasting cut-glass percussion with a hesitant bass. But for all the structural complexity of these tracks, for example in "Rooms Within a Room", which weaves a brooding string intro and sampled choir around traditional dubstep atmospheres, the pair have never sounded so focused. Essential.
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HJRCD/LP59
18 Nov 11
Experimental/Electronic
Pinch & Shackleton
Cracks In The Pleasuredome - (6:29) 142 BPM
Jellybones - (5:22) 135 BPM
Torn And Submerged - (6:30) 140 BPM
Rooms Within A Room - (5:21) 133 BPM
Selfish Greedy Life - (5:28) 135 BPM
Burning Blood - (7:11) 135 BPM Hot
Levitation - (6:44) 140 BPM
Monks On The Run - (6:01) 135 BPM
Boracay Drift - (6:01) 145 BPM
Review: Coming completely out of nowhere, this collaborative album between two of dubstep's most revered producers is not only one of this year's best examples of the genre, but some of the best dubstep to emerge since the demise of Shackleton and Appleblim's Skull Disco label in 2008. In a landscape increasingly dominated by the sounds of genre hopping post-dubstep, this album is a timely reminder of the dark spaces dubstep once inhabited; "Jellybones" for instance utilises eastern percussion manipulated to increasing degrees of mind-warping confusion, whilst "Levitation" weaves furious rhythms around radiophonic weirdness, while closer "Monks On The Rum" is a gripping exercise in tension, contrasting cut-glass percussion with a hesitant bass. But for all the structural complexity of these tracks, for example in "Rooms Within a Room", which weaves a brooding string intro and sampled choir around traditional dubstep atmospheres, the pair have never sounded so focused. Essential.
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131839 8345654
18 Nov 11
Deep Dubstep
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
Bed Jammin - (11:08) 73 BPM
Untitled Rhythm - (2:48) 64 BPM
Give Thanx To Jah - (5:45) 103 BPM
Easy Knocking - (5:11) 104 BPM Hot
Who Killed The Chicken - (4:46) 65 BPM
Babylon Cookie Jar A Crumble - (5:24) 88 BPM
Some Have Fe Halla - (5:43) 119 BPM
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HJRCD LP109
28 Oct 11
Reggae Classics/Ska
Meet Mancingelani & Zinja Hlungwani
Theo Parrish - "Theo Parrish meets Mancingelani" - (12:53)
Burnt Friedman - "Burnt Friedman meets Zinja Hlungwani" - (5:44) Hot
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HJP 60
28 Oct 11
Experimental/Electronic
London Is The Place For Me 4
Various
Ginger Folorunso Johnson - "Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha" - (3:32) 62 BPM
Young Tiger - "African Dream" - (3:10) 84 BPM
Dorothy Masuka - "Zoo Lake" - (2:23) 60 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Rock N Roll Calypso" - (2:55) 83 BPM
Eric Hayden - "Don't You Go Away" - (2:18) 99 BPM
Shake Keane & His Highlifers - "Mambo Indio" - (2:38) 89 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Alphonso In Town" - (3:21) 133 BPM
Eric Hayden - "Give Her The No 1" - (2:41) 92 BPM
Enoch & Christy Mensah - "Dakuku Dum" - (3:25) 111 BPM
Dorothy Masuka - "Khauleza" - (2:25) 75 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Is Trouble" - (3:33) 106 BPM
Victor Coker - "Ilu Oyinbo Dara" - (3:03) 99 BPM
Young Growler - "V For Victory" - (3:11) 90 BPM
The African Messengers - "Highlife Piccadilly" - (3:10) 132 BPM
Cab Kaye - "Everything Is Go" - (3:17) 110 BPM
Young Tiger - "Chicken & Rice" - (2:51) 157 BPM
Nat Atkins - "Darlin Don't Say No" - (3:11) 101 BPM
Lord Kitchener - "Piccadilly Folk" - (2:46) 94 BPM
Ginger Folorunso Johnson - "African Jazz Cha Cha" - (2:52) 63 BPM Hot
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HJRCD 25
30 Sep 11
Jazz
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