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Yussef Kamaal (Yussef Dayes & Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu) - Black Focus
Yussef Kamaal (Yussef Dayes & Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu)
Black Focus
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London. Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham. “It's all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that's where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a one-off live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the stage Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It's not so much about complete arrangement, it's more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I'll fill in the groove and we'll just leave the arrangement naturally.” Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmically-inclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synth-draped house 12"s for much-fêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.
Kokoroko - Kokoroko
V.A. - We Out Here
V.A.
We Out Here
2LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
29,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A primer on London’s bright-burning young jazz scene, this new compilation brings together a collection of some of its sharpest talents. A set of nine newly-recorded tracks, We Out Here captures a moment where genre markers matter less than raw, focused energy. Surveying the album’s running order, it could easily serve as a name-checking exercise for some of London’s most-tipped and hardworking bands of the past couple of years. Recorded across three long, fruitful days in a North West London studio, the results speak for themselves: they’re a window into the wide-eyed future of London’s musical underground. The album bottles up some of the vital ideas emanating from that burgeoning movement. A reflection of how London’s jazz-influenced music has reached outward into new spaces, the sound of the record draws from a wide pool. There’s plenty of crossover between each of the groups, too, speaking to the close-knit circles which make up the scene; shared line-ups reflect the mutual cooperation and DIY spirit which are second-nature.
Swindle - No More Normal
Swindle
No More Normal
LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
29,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Connecting Swindle’s grime and dubstep roots with UK jazz, funk and soul, No More Normal was created over a three year period, and spans “strings-laden soul to voicebox-heavy p-funk – often in the course of one song.”The 11-track album features MCs Kojey Radical, Ghetts, D Double E and P Money, instrumentalists Yussef Dayes, Nubya Garcia, Riot Jazz, and singers Etta Bond, Eva Lazarus and Kiko Bun.
Maisha - There Is A Place
Maisha
There Is A Place
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
26,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Brownswood präsentiert das Debütalbum des Londoner Jazz-Sextetts Maisha um Bandleader Jake Long, das sich der Spiritual-Jazz-Tradition annimmt. Maisha veröffentlichten eine erste EP in 2016, steuerten 2018 einen Beitrag auf Brownswoods feiner Jazz-Compilation "We Out Here" bei und supporteten live das Sun Ra Arkestra. Ihr durch Jazz, Afrobeat und Pharoah Sanders inspirierter Sound vereint Trance-induzierte Rhythmen, instinktive, musikalische Kreuzungen und bereichernde, sich wiederholende Melodie-Refrains und verleiht der Formation einen einzigartigen Status in der aktuellen Londoner Jazz-Szene.
Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today
Shabaka & The Ancestors - Wisdom Of Elders
Shabaka & The Ancestors
Wisdom Of Elders
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
29,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Exzellentes Jazz-Album des Londoner Saxofonisten Shabaka Hutchings mit südafrikanischen Jazz-Musikern um Mandla Mlangeni, Bandleader des Amandla Freedom Ensembles. Aufgenommen an nur einem Tag, basiert der Sound auf der südafrikanischen Jazz-Tradition eines Zim Ngquwana und Bheki Mseleku, und ist angereichert mit zusätzlichen Einflüssen aus karibischem Calypso, zentralafrikanischen Songstrukturen und südafrikanischer Nguni-Musik.
Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today In Dub
Toshio Matsuura Group - LOVEPLAYDANCE: 6 Scenes From The Floor
Toshio Matsuura Group
LOVEPLAYDANCE: 6 Scenes From The Floor
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
On ‘LOVEPLAYDANCE’, legendary Tokyo DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura charts a new direction. Casting musical cornerstones in a fresh light, the Toshio Matsuura Group features Tom Skinner (drummer for Sons of Kemet and Owiny Sigoma Band amongst others) as its musical director, as well as some of the UK’s most exciting jazz-influenced musicians. Drawing on years of surveying and curating different corners of music, Matsuura deftly combines this talented pool of players into one singular, wide-ranging album. Includes cover versions of Bugge Wesseltoft ("Change"), Flying Lotus ("Do The Astral Plane"), Rotary Connection ("I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun"), DJ Shadow ("High Noon"), Byron Morris & Unity ("Kitty Bey"), Roni Size ("Brown Paper Bag") and Carl Craig ("At Les").
Gilles Peterson - Brownswood Bubblers Thirteen
Gilles Peterson
Brownswood Bubblers Thirteen
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
26,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Compiled by DJ, record collector and label boss Gilles Peterson, the tastemaking Brownswood Bubblers series returns. The latest outing for Brownswood Bubblers follows in typically eclectic fashion, showcasing a treasure trove of fresh talent whose music spans boogie-dripped soul, UK hip-hop and Afrobeat. As ever, it’s artists who float in the orbit of Peterson and his Brownswood label, featuring the likes of Emma-Jean Thackray, Sonnymoon and Oscar #Worldpeace. A must-buy for anyone in search of an easy primer on some of the most exciting new names to emerge in the last year. Debuting in 2006, along with the founding of the Brownswood label itself, the roll-call of artists who’ve appeared on Brownswood Bubblers speaks for itself. It boasts alumni like Flying Lotus, Hiatus Kaiyote, Dam-Funk and Floating Points. A platform for underground music’s rising stars, each edition is a time capsule of that year’s most exciting musical discoveries.
V.A. - Brownswood 10 Versions
Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Ghostpoet
Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
LP | 2011 | UK | Reissue (Brownswood)
27,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop, Electronic / Dance
Minimalstic, trippy mix of Hip Hop, Blues, Dub, Trip Hop & Electronica. Strange but hella good! Gilles Peterson knows!
Swindle - No More Normal
Swindle
No More Normal
CD | 2019 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
16,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Connecting Swindle’s grime and dubstep roots with UK jazz, funk and soul, No More Normal was created over a three year period, and spans “strings-laden soul to voicebox-heavy p-funk – often in the course of one song.”The 11-track album features MCs Kojey Radical, Ghetts, D Double E and P Money, instrumentalists Yussef Dayes, Nubya Garcia, Riot Jazz, and singers Etta Bond, Eva Lazarus and Kiko Bun.
Skinny Pelembe - Sleep More, Make More Friends
Skinny Pelembe
Sleep More, Make More Friends
12" | 2018 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Zweite EP des multitalentierten, in Johannesburg geborenen, britischen Produzenten/Sänger/Gitarristen Skinny Pelembe, der aus Hip-Hop, Psych-Rock und Jazz-Einflüssen einen magischen Downbeat-Sound kreiert, was ihm nicht nur ein Brownswood-Signing, sondern auch eine aktuelle A-Playlist bei BBC 6 Music bescherte.
¡Subelo, Cuba! - Havana Cultura: ¡Subelo, Cuba!
¡Subelo, Cuba!
Havana Cultura: ¡Subelo, Cuba!
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For a long time, electronic music has been understood in terms of sounds rooted in particular places: the styles of house and techno inextricably wedded to Detroit, or the early ‘90s jungle sound which carries echoes of London. But that’s something which is changing – in Latin America more than anywhere else. A new project, led by Gilles Peterson and rum maker Havana Club (that created the Havana Cultura platform in 2007 to promote the island’s contemporary culture), shines a light on Cuba’s fast-mutating, rhythmically-adventurous underground. It’s a scene where old ideas are transplanted into new contexts, and like-minded scenes are brought together in new dialogues.Havana Cultura: ¡Súbelo, Cuba! showcases an extended network of like-minded, forward-thinking musicians driving Cuba’s music forward. Following repeated trips to connect with venues, collectives and DJs, Peterson and Will LV – one half of LV, who’ve released on Hyperdub and Keysound amongst others – linked up with DJ Jigüe, a much-respected producer and DJ, whose Guámpara label has charted new directions for Cuban music. He’s been profiled by The Fader and Vice, and the album features his extended network of collaborators, connecting Afro-Cuban traditions with contemporary movements and ideas.It was recorded across two weeks in Havana in early 2018. It features Yissy García, an internationally-lauded drummer who leads the band Bandancha (and is the daughter of Bernardo García, one of the founders of legendary group Irakere); Yasek Manzano, a trumpet player schooled at New York’s prestigious Julliard music school, who’s collaborated with the likes of DJoy de Cuba and Wichy de Vedado; El Individuo, an MC who’s part of Havana’s Con100cia collective; Negro WadPro, a percussionist / producer who, as well as producing his own beats, is a regular at different Havana nightspots; Kamerum, whose music – produced for his peers in Guámpara as well as his own tracks – bridges the Caribbean with America; and finally, Sigrid, a musician and vocalist who blends neo-soul with Cuban touchstones like son and filin.The album speaks to the unique circumstances shaping music-making in Cuba, combining traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms with influences ranging from hip-hop, to kuduro, UK funky and the Caribbean’s ubiquitous dembow beat. More than before, it’s possible for Cubans to access the outside world – either on El Paquete (an informal, weekly delivery of TV, music and film to recipients across the island), or through hourly-pass internet connections accessed in public squares. It’s stoked the already-saturated noise of Havana’s sound-drenched cityscape.Havana Cultura:¡Súbelo, Cuba! is a product of that environment and could be described as Afro-Cuban traditions inflected through a bigger frame of reference. It’s an approach which Jigüe defines as Afro-futurist-tropicalia, a term which nods to the balance underpinning his Guámpara collective. Holding their Cuban upbringings, laced with African-influenced rhythms, close to their chest, it’s a base from which to interweave myriad influences from elsewhere.These past few years, Cuba has seen a growing appreciation for less familiar sounds. A case in point is a one-off party during the time which Will LV, Jigüe and Peterson were making the album. Recalling how an exclusively Afrobeats set had emptied the dancefloor in Brussels a few weeks previously, Will LV remembers the electric response it had in Havana. It’s a prime example of how like-minded, distinct sounds are being successfully brought together.The album provides a snapshot of a unique club culture that’s fast evolving. On the one hand, it’s indebted to Cuba’s unique characteristics, where regularly-practised traditions are coloured by intermittently-experienced cultures from outside. On the other, it’s part of a global shift toward de-centred club music, with homegrown, influence-grabbing dance cultures tilting attention from club culture’s traditional epicentres. It offers a new side to Havana that’s firmly rooted in its past.
Hello Skinny - Watermelon Sun
Zara McFarlane - Arise
Zara McFarlane
Arise
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Tracing the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Zara McFarlane explores her interconnected vision of the diaspora. On Arise, Zara McFarlane returns to a buoyant UK jazz scene with a head-turning third album. Exploring the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, it’s a cultural exchange that’s born of London’s current musical climate. Released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, it sees her working with much-feted drummer and producer Moses Boyd. Both rose through London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, a finishing school for many young vanguards of the live, ascendant jazz scene springing up across the UK capital. Sharing Caribbean family heritages, it’s a product of their joint exploration of the meeting points between jazz and the rhythms of Jamaica; reggae, Kumina, calypso and nyabinghi, shaded with hints of the psychedelic.
Gilles Peterson - Brownswood Bubblers Twelve - Part 2
Gilles Peterson
Brownswood Bubblers Twelve - Part 2
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Compiled by DJ, record collector and label boss Gilles Peterson, part two of Brownswood Bubblers Twelve is here. Dividing the first vinyl edition across two releases, the idea remains the same – shining a light on new and under-the-radar talent. The roll-call of artists who’ve appeared on the Brownswood Bubblers series is impressive. Boasting alumni like Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk and Floating Points, the compilations have long championed the rising stars of underground music. The first edition since 2014, Brownswood Bubblers Twelve picks up where the last one left off – by looking to the acts set to make waves in 2017 and beyond. With a whole three years having passed since the last Bubblers was released, too much exciting music has amassed to fit onto one release. For that reason, it’s been split into two parts – making room for an expansive spectrum of new sounds, this second part follows the first edition released in April (followed by vinyl in June). The new compilation arrives as Peterson’s independent label Brownswood Recordings (from which the series takes its name) tails off celebrations for its 10th birthday. Plus, this part draws on two talents, in Broadstrokes and Skinny Pelembe, who’ve been nurtured through Peterson’s Future Bubblers programme – an Arts Council-funded scheme which is about helping new artists into the industry.
Zara McFarlane - All Africa
Zara McFarlane
All Africa
10" | 2017 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
On ‘All Africa’, Zara McFarlane re-casts a landmark track by Max Roach. Taken from We Insist!, his 1960 album born of the US’ then-ascendant Civil Rights Movement, it saw avant-garde jazz used as vehicle for protest. With Roach and vocalist Abbey Lincoln at its core, it nodded to the growing independence movements then emerging in several African nations. The original track's celebration of the present, past and future of Africa feels as relevant now as it did in 1960. Taking the original’s all-out, percussive trip into a looser, more softly mesmerising kind of territory, this new version combines pulsing rhythm with a brighter musicality. The Alternate Take, meanwhile, follows a more groove-oriented direction. Punctuated by bursts of horns and a foot-tapping, syncopated rhythm, it hints at a globally-interconnected spirit.
Gilles Peterson - Brownswood Bubblers Twelve - Part 1
Gilles Peterson
Brownswood Bubblers Twelve - Part 1
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Brownswood Bubblers provides a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. The series distills the stream of exciting new artists that have become semi-permanent fixtures in Gilles' playlists and DJ sets of late to create a suite of perfect bumps.The compilation is now in its twelfth release and there's some real gems on this edition: just some of the highlights are: the soothing inner city blues of Selbeyone's "Are You In Peace?", Kathy Hoskins and the legendary Paul Randolph's magical soul excursion "Could You Be Me?" (channeling the vibe of Roy Ayers' Ramp project) or The Pendletons with the wonderful "Gotta Get Out" which will give you your funky acid nu-jazz fix, for sure.
Dayme Arocena - Cubafonia
Dayme Arocena
Cubafonia
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
With Cuba poised to become more connected to the rest of the world, the Cuban people’s pride in a unique musical heritage has never felt more vital. Arising from that lineage, Daymé Arocena has returned to deliver an ambitious second long player; rooting her compositions in Cuba’s classic rhythms, Daymé encompasses the rich, diverse musical make-up of her home whilst looking outward too – to the world she has spent the last two years traveling. It’s her most polished, fully realised project since meeting her mentor (and record label head), Gilles Peterson, in 2012. Benefiting from Gilles’ expansive vision as a DJ, broadcaster and promoter, Daymé has been nurtured to this point by the Havana Cultura project – a platform for contemporary Cuban creativity driven by Havana Club rum.
Yussef Kamaal (Yussef Dayes & Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu) - Black Focus
Yussef Kamaal (Yussef Dayes & Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu)
Black Focus
CD | 2016 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
17,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London. Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham. “It's all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that's where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a one-off live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the stage Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It's not so much about complete arrangement, it's more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I'll fill in the groove and we'll just leave the arrangement naturally.” Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmically-inclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synth-draped house 12"s for much-fêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.
Sonzeira - Tam Tam Tam Reimagined
Sonzeira
Tam Tam Tam Reimagined
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Während das erste Album von Gilles Petersons Brazil-Projekt Sonzeira ein Come-Together brasilianischer Allstars war, ist der Nachfolger eine Hommage an den legendären Klassiker "Tam Tam Tam" von Jose Prates aus 1957, der die afrikanischen Wurzeln der brasilianischen Kultur herausarbeitete und zur Blaupause für die Entwicklung der populären Musik Brasiliens seit den 1960'er Jahren wurde. Mit dabei bei Sonzeira 2 sind diesmal die Produzenten Will Horrocks (LV) und Rob Gallagher (2 Banks Of 4), der Drummer Moses Boyd, sowie Kassin vom Orquestra Imperial aus Rio de Janeiro.
Mala - Mirrors
Mala
Mirrors
3LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
45,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Mirrors is the second album by endlessly influential South London producer Mala. It follows his 2012 Brownswood release where Gilles Peterson invited the producer to soak up Cuba’s music and culture to turn the results into Mala In Cuba. But Mirrors is less Mala In Cuba Mk II and more the realisation of a creative method that works for this most understated and intuitive producer: digging deep into the roots of a culture, recording local musicians and sounds, and using the recordings as source material and storyboard for a record.The product of repeated visits to dive into Peru’s music, it revolves around tempo and flow, working local Afro-Peruvian percussionists, grassroots tap dancers and an Andean soprano into its fourteen tracks. Mala went there for a month, visiting Lima along with Cusco and the Sacred Valley just outside of the capital. “I was introduced to music from the jungle, music from the mountains, Andean sounds, native sounds, Afro-Peruvian music,” says Mala. “It all goes back to the roots and the rhythms and I related instantly. That primal rhythm is in all of us.”Dancers bring another sound to Mirrors’ palette. Colectivo Palenke are masters of Peru’s stomping battle-dance, zapateo, and their feet-first percussion graces the track titled ‘Sabateo’. On ‘Sound of the River’, meanwhile, you can hear field recordings of a stream running through the Sacred Valley and soprano-anthropologist Sylvia Falcon. It’s a fragile and human performance that soothes and uplifts in equal measure, and it’s a most subtle production.“Mirrors is a bridge joining Croydon and Lima. It creates a link between traditional instruments made from donkey jawbone and dried-out pumpkins and the contemporary box of tricks inside Mala’s laptop. Like all bridges it links the past to the present, giving a clear view of where Mala has been – and where he’s going next.
Dayme Arocena - Nueva Era
Dayme Arocena
Nueva Era
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
25,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
uf ihrem Debütalbum pendelt die kubanische Sängerin Daymé Arocena zwischen Jazz, Rumba und weiteren afrokubanischen Styles. "Nueva Era" wurde mit namhaften Musikern in London aufgenommen und von Gilles Peterson, seinem DJ-Buddy Simbad und Dayne selbst produziert.
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