Review: Trumpeter and composer Takuya Kuroda outta Brooklyn, New York (via Kobe, Japan), makes his way to First Word Records. Known for his session work and work with American vocalist Jos? James, Kuroda has garnered his own reputation within the NYC jazz scene for his unique and hybrid sound of soulful jazz, funk, post-bop, fusion and hip hop. A recognised artist on legendary label Blue Note also, Fly Moon Die Soon presents Kuroda's sixth studio album that the artist himself describes as an expression between 'irony', 'nature' and 'the beautiful obscenities of humanity.' Find uplifting, body moving ragtime, beatdown and funk tracks in "TKBK" to the live lounge numbers in "Change (feat Corey King)" to this LP's legendary title track with its sweet Asiatic notation and R&B flavours.
Isaac Aesili - "Rock'n'Rythm" (With You reprise) - (5:55) 140 BPM
Review: France's Soulab Records are back with yet another compilation of soul-heavy grooves, and considering that these types of comps are exactly what they do best, it ain't no bad thing either. All the usual label affiliated suspects are here and over the course of the 13-strong tracklist we get acoustic ragtime (Weeland & The Urban Soul Collective's "Josephine's Lament"), retro 60s organ wig-outs (Slow Motion Replay's "Ragged Mustang"), barbershop harmonising (Allen Hoist's "The Closer I Get To You") and raw, thundering gospel (Dan Electro's "Let Them Come").
SOULABDIGICOMPIL 009 22 Mar 13 Broken Beat/Nu Jazz