Review: Originally hailing from New Zealand, Mark De Clive Lowe has been a leading light in the nu jazz scene for some years now. Moving to London and now more recently to Los Angeles, he's taken inspiration with him as he goes. Here he's hooked up with this European orchestra to embark on a spacey journey and he wants you on board. With eight tracks of bonkers, future-facing jazz fun-stations (highlights being the disco-jazz of "Relax, Unwind", the saucy funk of "Filthy Fingers" and the title tune's 70s soundtrack-isms), we reckon this in one train you don't want to miss.
Review: Veteran modern soul, jazz and funk peddlers, Tru Thoughts, have done it again with this new release from their in-house iron-lunged warbler, Alice Russell. Teeming with soul and exploding with passion, "Heartbreaker" sounds like some raw funk act's live cover of a lost Mary J. Blige jam. This results in the tune sounding like both a whiskey-weathered old classic and a shiny modern cut, pretty much the label's raison d'etre. FaltyDL converts it into understated glacial garage, Yakine go for brittle, almost broken, beat soul and there's even an acoustic live version if you just want the meat and potatoes!
Review: Croatian singer Yannah recently marked a shift away from her jazz roots with her debut long player which was co-produced by labelmate and 2 step/broken beat hero, Zed Bias. This single features epic album closer "Western Horizons" as well two non-album collaborations with Lay-Far: the deep and sumptuous house of "Brave" and the strings n piano n trumpet party anthem "Empty Heart". Seems that leaving the jazz world wasn't such a bad decision...
Review: Tru Thoughts have been around since the late 90s, championing all things modern with a soul, jazz and funk edge. Now their A&R dude Robert Luis has decided to compile their best disco-style releases, and why not? The Quantic Soul Orchestra's "Pushin On" is cinematic foot music built around an infectious loop, Zed Bias revisits 1980s Minneapolis with the help of Toddla T on the downright nasty groove of "Koolade", Bonobo remixes Nostalgia 77's "Quiet Dawn" in a downtempo jazzy style, Hint's "Aliens Enter" is as close you can get to 80s synth-soul without a time machine and Natural Self's "In The Morning" is a killer, off kilter jazz-meets-funk-and-dubby-house oddity.