Review: Cor blimey. We all know how heavy Turno's "Power" was. One of the most powerful tracks he'd made at the time he named his album after it, anyone on remix duties had big shoes to fill... So it's a good job Low Down Deep have called in the best possible guys for the job: G Dub. Absolute legends from jump-up's most important era (and ever since) Sub Zero and Original Sin's G Dub alias go to town on the original, completely flip the arrangement, add their own take, textures and brazen sense of rolling energy. A powerful tune needs a powerful remix. This bangs.
Review: Contemporary jazz label outta the UK, First Word, brings us a compilation highlighting a select group of artists, groups and collaborations the label has works with and supports, taking in broken beat, hip hop, jazz and R&B to spoken word and soul. Highlights from its UK roster include tracks by Darkhouse Family, Kaidi Tatham and Sarah Williams White to a streak of US artists in 14KT (and that Tall Black Guy remix) to Muhsinah, Stro Elliot & James Poyser. Special mentions go to Melbourne songstress Allysha Joy, New Zealand jazz drummer Myele Manzanza and Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda! French act Souleance turn out some playful latin breaks in "Mont Maudit" with some classy disco coming outta Don Leisure's "Egg Yolk Bun". Full flavoured First Word selections.