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Relax Unwind - (4:33) 123 BPM
   
Blues For Six - (6:34) 119 BPM
   
Filthy Fingers - (6:28) 116 BPM
   
Caravan - (3:49) 126 BPM
   
Money (Don't Let It Catch Ya) - (5:24) 126 BPM
   
El Dia Perfecto - (7:23) 123 BPM
   
Heaven - (5:48) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Take The Space Trane - (7:28) 131 BPM
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.
TRU 267
04 Feb 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Heartbreaker - (3:40) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heartbreaker (Falty DL remix) - (5:22) 133 BPM
   
Heartbreaker (Yakine remix) - (5:52) 128 BPM
   
Heartbreaker (acoustic live) - (4:26) 100 BPM
Played by: The Funk Hunters
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!
TRUDD 066
19 Nov 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Western Horizons - (5:01) 119 BPM
   
Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far - "Brave" - (5:50) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far - "Empty Heart" - (4:43) 117 BPM
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...
TRUDD 073
18 Mar 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Various
   
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Pushin On" (feat Alice Russell - Situation edit) - (7:09) 101 BPM
   
Zed Bias - "Koolade" (feat Toddla T & MdCL) - (6:28) 112 BPM
   
Belleruche - "Northern Girls" (DJ Vadim mix) - (3:49) 115 BPM
   
Maddslinky - "Special" (feat Omar - Atjazz remix) - (7:18) 126 BPM
   
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Take Your Time, Change Your Mind" (feat Alice Russell) - (6:45) 74 BPM
   
Mark De Clive-Lowe - "The Why" (LP version) - (5:10) 110 BPM
   
Nostalgia 77 - "Quiet Dawn" (Bonobo mix) - (7:08) 115 BPM
   
Anchorsong - "Darkrum" - (4:23) 99 BPM
   
Hint - "Aliens Enter" (feat T Fly - Hint remix) - (5:44) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flevans - "The Notion" (feat Sweet Laredo) - (4:41) 113 BPM
   
Belleruche - "It'll Come" (Yam Who rework) - (7:27) 106 BPM
   
Natural Self - "In The Morning" (version) - (4:58) 109 BPM
   
Hint - "One Woman Army" (feat Laura Vane) - (4:08) 100 BPM
   
Kylie Auldist - "One Goodbye" (Hint remix) - (5:02) 120 BPM
   
Belleruche - "Reflection" (Trus' Me remix) - (6:23) 116 BPM
   
Kinny - "Back Street Lust" (Azaxx remix) - (5:40) 100 BPM
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.
TRUDD 064
22 Oct 12
Funk
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