Review: For a new spin on broken beat Morcheeba vibes crossed with something like Air - look to this debut album Strange Beauty album by emerging young artist, Hemai. Taking in collaborations from vocalists Wallace (NZ) and Maralisa (aka Space Captain), to some Japanese Bossa Nova inspired action in "Noa Noa feat. Emilia Anastazja" - Erica Tucceri's flutes take us straight to the pleasure zone all the more in "We Could Be Jaded". Across the LP expect a warm and welcoming concoction of neo-soul, with breezy downbeat sessions in "Gone Surfing" to subtle cosmic disco in "When Day Breaks". Singer-songwriter Fifi Robo appears in the R&B-pop swoon "Lover Dancer" and a very woozy "Bandit's Pockets" - mirrored similarly by "Awake Indigo (feat Ruby Wood)" - with plenty of jazz, electronica and percussion to be explored between.
Review: Japanese artist Masaaki Yoshida aka Anchorsong based out of London is a firm favourite within the Tru Thoughts collective. Having released three albums for the Brighton outpost since 2011, he brings a sweet new double drop to the label in an aptly titled, New World. Bringing shades of a melodic exotica sound to the title-track through the use of traditional folk elements, wind instruments and harpsichords, an infectious and groovy broken beat rhythm does the rest! For your dubbed out alternative with some dusty flutes, swing and vocal snippets to boot, look no further than "Tunis Dream".
Review: Over the last year, we have seen a number of different projects land from Crafty 893, with this latest selection entitled 'Smart Dumb' being what we believe to be what everything has been leading up to. To put it simply, it's a powerful project, showcasing both Crafty's unique production ability with a collection of emotive yet rave-ready instrumentation, coupled with encapsulating lyricism and raucous performances. The project shows so much variety, from the incredible sing-along hook of 'Sincerely, Crafty 893' and 'Back It' alongside Big Zuu, to the more classic grimey flavours of 'Goods' and the 'My Headspace' freestyle. It's somewhat of a masterpiece and we feel that Crafty is well overdue his flowers, with our favourites including the choppy drum rolls of 'Get Down' and of course the unforgettable reload flavour of 'Wotless' alongside the legendary Sir Spyro.
Review: Back in February, former Brownswood Recordings' signees Anushka returned to action for the first time in three years with 'You My Love', an off-kilter chunk of dusty electronic soul rich in flowery piano motifs, oddball electronics and jazz-inflected vocals. 'Speak To Me', the London-based outfit's speedy sequel, is a little more up-tempo in tone, with Victoria Wheeler's sweet vocals rising above warming jazz-funk bass, twinkling electric piano motifs and beats that sit somewhere between deep house and dancefloor soul. It's really rather good, all told. Along with a tidy instrumental version, the EP also boasts the more excitable Wheelup Remix, a jazzy and loose-limbed broken beat revision built around more intergalactic-sounding chords and a rubbery electronic bassline.