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Allysha Joy - Light It Again
Allysha Joy
Light It Again
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (First Word)
9,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
First Word Records are extremely proud to welcome aboard Allysha Joy and her first EP
for the label, 'Light It Again'.

Well versed in poetry and performance, Allysha Joy's potent lyricism, unique musicianship and killer vocals have garnered legions of attentive fans the world over. She's an integral member of the Melbourne soul jazz scene, known as part of the acclaimed 30/70 Collective and for her own equally revered solo work.

'Light It Again' is a 4-part expedition across a variety of grooves and deep lyricism that marks a defiant statement of intimacy and hope. Produced and engineered by twice Grammy nominated artist Clever Austin, the EP features accompaniment from an all-star set of Melbourne artists; Horatio Luna, Ziggy Zeitgeist, Danika Smith and Josh Kelly. This EP marks a new sound for the young artist, transmitting her honest and raw expression through the signature crunch and sonic landscape of Clever Austin.

Allysha is already well established across Europe, performing on the live circuit alongside the likes of Sampa the Great, Matthew Halsall, Ezra Collective, Bradley Zero and Children of Zeus, as well as currently hosting two regular radio shows, on Worldwide FM and Reform Radio in Manchester respectively.

Her 2018 debut album 'Acadie : Raw' on Gondwana Records won 'Best Soul Album' at the Music Victoria Awards, was nominated for a Worldwide Award, and featured in many an end-of-year list, including Bandcamp's Top Soul Albums, whilst she's also featured on releases on UK labels such as Rhythm Section, Total Refreshment Centre and now an EP for First Word, 'Light It Again'.

The EP touches on love, shame, mental health, grief & spirituality. 'Watercolours' sets off on a mid-tempo neo-soul jazz tip. Allysha says "I wrote this in the hope that maybe we could all feel the beauty that is present in the every day - in nature, in art, in each one of us mirroring each other so intrinsically. Then maybe we'd all start to live out a message of love."

'Better' follows on an uptempo vibe influenced musically by The Senegambian Jazz Band, who Allysha would watch regularly at Bar Oussou in Melbourne. Lyrically the song explores the external and internal struggles that occur trying to create a more inclusive and compassionate world. "It's about catching myself pointing the finger outwards to challenge social / political systems and certain individuals, then coming to the realisation that I must turn that finger back on myself to ask, "how can I do better, how can I know better?"

Lead track 'Light It Again' begins with Allysha's keys gliding a steppa-like rhythm - head-snap snares and punchy bass accompany ethereal harmonies and delicate vibes on an ever-evolving groove before switching entirely mid-track. This time the subject matter is mental health and "the cycle of addiction and pain, the coping mechanisms that hold us back from reaching our true potential".

The EP closes out with the beautiful 'Mardi'; deep Rhodes, sax and synths build ahead of deliciously slushy percussion and jilted drums. Named for her grandmother, 'Mardi' is a tribute to the spiritual connection they shared before her passing. Allysha writes, "it's about the connective forces of the matriarchal lineage and the drive to step into my own sense of self, in all the beauty and pain which that entails".

Allysha's lyrics weave together a heartfelt mix of love, power, desire, wonder, anger, faith and hope for change. An artist that presents a palette of intricate grace and optimism, whilst unafraid of adding uncomfortable truths. Allysha is an incredibly powerful live performer; her husky vocals sonically synced with her formidable Fender Rhodes playing, whilst her influences are a solid base of jazz, hip hop and R&B; all glazed with the unique special sauce the Melbourne soul scene has become known for globally. A gloriously meditative, raw soul, we are delighted to be able to share her music with you.

'Light It Again' is released on vinyl & digital worldwide, November 20th 2020.
Biodive - 40 Now
Biodive
40 Now
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Church)
13,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Church Marble 005 is upon us and it comes from Cape Town, courtesy of Biodive.
Catching Flies - Silver Linings Remixed
Catching Flies
Silver Linings Remixed
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Indigo Soul)
24,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
George King began Catching Flies in late 2012, drawing inspiration from a wide-ranging palette of music including jazz, soul, hip-hop, house and electronica. His debut album 'Silver Linings' was released in July 2019 and was hailed as "a soundtrack to summertime" by The 405 and awarded Album of the Month by Future Music who described it as "a brilliantly eclectic record…a moving journey that will last long in the memory". Clash Magazine praised the LP's "killer beats" and "artfully orchestrated introspection" whilst London In Stereo praised its "exceptional production". Other coverage for the album included The Guardian, Complex, Dazed & Confused and Nowness, with radio support across BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Worldwide FM and more. Artist support for 'Silver Linings' has come from the likes of Bonobo, Jungle (BBC Radio One Residency), Loyle Carner, George Fitzgerald and Lane 8.
Dego - The Negative Positive
Dego
The Negative Positive
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (2000black)
18,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Hard to pigeonhole and constantly fresh the sound of Dego is as real as it gets…..and once again he shows it in this new offer 'The Negative Positive' album! A balance between inspired ballads like 'Recovered Memories' featuring 2000 Black's new artist Samii and subtle instrumental pieces like 'She Is Virgo' or anthemic jams like 'This Is A Message To You' [this time featuring Nadine Charles] till futuristic opuses like 'Stained With The Tears On Their Faces'.

This is another step into authenticity in Dego's constant quest for the future of Black Music. all songs produced by degomixed by Matt Lord rhodes,pianos,analogue synths & bass by dego guitars and additional production by Matt Lordcs50 on 'The Whole Truth' by Mr Mensahflute on 'She Is Virgo' & bass on 'This Is A Message To You' by Kaidi TathamBLACK Lp007 2000black
Dego - Too Much
Dego
Too Much
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (2000black)
28,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
After a steady stream of releases from the 2000 Black label which serve as a first course, Dego returns with his third album ; A full length LP of his contemporary adventures in modern sound. This album combines Dego's consistent forward looking musical explorations with a host of instrumental and vocal collaborators introducing us to new talents and reminding us of those we may have heard before. Dego continues to find new perspectives within the musical landscape.
Collaborating with singers and songwriters all expressing a distinct sense of where, collectively, we are now. There can be no doubt that this is a time of questions in every way, changes in the world and industry that will affect us all. How and what role music plays in this journey is explored as with any artist in a personal and pensive way from a tear to a smile. There is no preaching here, only statements and explorations. Individuality and sonic diversity combine and reflect the many inspirations and evolutions of style. Cooking up a strong and distinct genre-defying mix of soul, two step, funk, jazz, boogie and R&B, all dance music's that focus on heritage and natural rhythms.
Listening to the music is a relief and delight for lovers of groove and song-craft. It's a 21st century statement accessible and raw, whilst highly advanced in sound design and production. Holistic in breadth and deep in vision, it provides a way into this music for many, and challenges the cultural conversation about jazz without compromising or pandering. Music that utilizes a raw and sincere true openness narrative.
Detroit Riddim Crew & Skapones - Split 7inch
Detroit Riddim Crew & Skapones
Split 7inch
7" | 2020 | US | Original (Abbey Productions)
10,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Killer split single with 2-Tone ska sounds from both sides of the Atlantic DRC are an all start band w/ alums from Detroit's 90's scene, THE Skapones are the UK's top underground act who run the Specialized charity and have recently toured across the UK with THE Specials.
Eahwee - Solitude
Eahwee
Solitude
12" | 2021 | UK | Original (Astral Black)
14,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Astral Black welcome Eahwee (pronounced errr-wee)to the fold for his 'Solitude' EP. Through his production work with MC's such as Mutant Academy's Koncept Jack$on & High Focus' Coop, a handful of releases on Dallas-based label Sunday Dinner and a flurry of bandcamp beat tapes - the London-based producer has quietly made a name for himself on the international beat scene. With the release of 'Solitude', Eahwee joins the ranks of Astral Black alumni & his production peers Budgie, Shy One & JD. Reid amongst the labels forward-thinking-producer blessed catalogue. Across the 12-tracks here on 'Solitude', Eahwee contorts a gold-mine of 70's soul samples into a psychedelic reflection on isolation & the human experience, presented in the form a life affirming 17-minute long mixtape. From the exultantly ethereal sounds of 'Duuduu' & 'Windough' to the heart string pulling 'Naybahuud' & 'Rarecandy', Solitude is a testament to how Eahwee has developed his craft into an effortless touch. Though largely instrumental, peppered along the way are a handful of vocal performances in the form of guest appearances from Blah Records commander-in-chief, Lee Scott, the mafioso memoirs of extra terrestrial MC Melanin 9 and neo-soul sage, Ninjah Aragniz – who closes off proceedings with the infinitely loop-able summer anthem 'yah yah'. The 7" vinyl edition is limited to 100 copies and includes tracks 'loool', 'Shame' & "yah yah' featuring Lee Scott, M9 & Ninjah Aragniz respectively, alongside their instrumentals. Whilst the cassette edition, limited to 30 copies, features all 12 tracks in full on the A-side, with all 12 instrumentals on the B-side. The Artwork, a comment on working with the best & worse of human nature, comes courtesy of Eahwee himself with yypography & additional design by Morgan Hislop.
Electro Deluxe - Home
Electro Deluxe
Home
2LP | 2013 | EU | Original (Collectif Soul Gang)
20,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Play" album from 2011!
Holly Spleef - Garden Grooves
Holly Spleef
Garden Grooves
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Funclab)
19,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Born in 1993 , Leonardo Passanti aka HollySpleef is a skater, producer, sound designer and part-time gardener who hails from Bagnocavallo. Thanks to his training carried out both in Italy and abroad - with extended stays in London, New York and Los Angeles - he had the opportunity to explore new soundscapes and collaborate with artists from the most diverse backgrounds. This album is an eclectic and organic journey into a garden of grooves where seeds of improvisational jazz blur and blossom with ambient hip hop, house and dub sounds.
Hummingbird Archives - Soulful Underground Classics From The Lowlands
Hummingbird Archives
Soulful Underground Classics From The Lowlands
2LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Ruyzdael Music)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
An ecletic musical representation of infamous Rotterdam Jazzclub Bird with well-known and lesser-known Dutch artists from the black music spectrum, varying from Jazz, soul, hip-hop to electronic music. Compiled by Bird musical curators Philip Powel and Guido van Dieren.
Mechanical Man, The - Harmony & Love
Mechanical Man, The
Harmony & Love
Tape | 2021 | EU | Original (Ragoo)
7,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ragoo Records is proud to welcome Nicola Altieri aka The Mechanical Man on Rgt05, the latest installment of the series curated by the label. The Mechanical Man delivers a stunning tape that shows his ability and creativity in messing with his beloved MPC sampler and Casio synths. “Harmony & Love” is a journey into The Mechanical Man’s world, where broken rhythms, funky basslines, ethereal pads, slowed down beats and soulful vocals are perfectly blended. With this groovy eight track tape The Mechanical Man shows us one more time his knowledge and culture.
Mental Cube (Future Sound Of London) - Mental Cube EP
Mental Cube (Future Sound Of London)
Mental Cube EP
12" | 1990 | EU | Reissue ()
13,99 €*
Release:1990 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
First released 30 years ago, 1990 - Written and produced by FSOL before they became The Future Sound of London. This EP brings together the original recordings of the 3 main tracks released by Mental Cube, while the forth was released under a different name, it was intended to be a Mental Cube track. Q - quickly became a dance floor favourite funky 909 drums and speak n spell top line and big warm strings -
Chile of the Bass Generation - Clanking Breakbeat wig-out
So This Is Love- a masterclass in classic UK House music that sounds so good even 30yrs on
In The Mind Of A Child - Originally released as Indo Tribe but in fact was intended as a Mental Cube Release - Bouncy heavy bass 909 drums beautifully constructed top melodies.
Moonstarr - Farfisa 45
Mop Mop - Ritual Of The Savage
Mop Mop
Ritual Of The Savage
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (INFRACom!)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
To celebrate 10 years of this great album INFRACom! is delighted to announce a limited pressing (ltd. editon 500 copies) of Mop Mop s third long player. ́ For the first time on vinyl ! Back in 2010 INFRACom! could only release a CD version. For this vinyl release the original studio masters have been transferred to "reel tape" and received a special vinyl mastering for a great analog sound. The original artwork has been transferred to the vinyl version that comes in a gatefold sleeve. After the highly acclaimed "Kiss Of Kali" Mop Mop are back with Ritual Of The Savage, the third studio album, written, arranged and produced by Andrea Benini. Ritual Of The Savage contains twelve tracks of pure hypnotic Jazz, spiritual flavours, exotic Funk and Soul music influenced by Latin and African beats. Collaborations in the album include the amazing UK vocalist Miss Baby Sol (backing vocaling for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Paloma Faith, Nate James), veteran Jazz crooner Alan Farrington, Down Beat critics poll winner Gianluca Petrella on trombone, the Italian vibraphone Star Pasquale Mirra, the Voodoo sound of Guglielmo Pagnozzi on clarinette and alto sax, percussionist Danilo Mineo and Andrea Benini's co-writer and arranger Alex Trebo on piano and keyboards. Ritual Of The Savage is an album with the philosophy of a soundtrack where the main character is a modern Savage who is searching for a perfect land where music is the only law. He starts his journey after "The Return Of The King", the album's opening track, going to an unknown "Destination" where Jazz meets Funk. Will the Savage be able to reach his goal? Nobody knows. But as the last album's track "Aria" suggests he will land in a space where everything is harmonious. The result is surely mindblowing with a flowing tracklist which sequels as if to tell a story. This album is made for the selective and open mainded music heads and dj's; vintage elements are mixed through a modern way of production and beats are generated by acoustic drums and analog drum machines. As Andrea Benini suggests on "Ritual Of The Savage"'s lyrics : "...Step back, burn all your money, give up to your power silks and chase real pleasure".
Teis Ortved - Parks At Night
Teis Ortved
Parks At Night
LP | 2021 | UK | Original (Bathurst)
20,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
We are delighted to present a raw, young talent from Copenhagen - the city of fairy tales. Indeed, Parks at Night, the debut album from 17 years old Teis Ortved, could very easily provide the soundtrack for a recently unearthed Hans Christian Anderson story. In fourteen moves, the devoted multi-instrumentalist tells us the tale of his relatively short journey so far with confidence that belies his age. There's no ego or showboating here as this modest musician brings together seemingly disparate technologies with apparent ease, marrying sequenced beats and plaintive pianos overlaid by ethereal vocals that take his very special music somewhere other-worldly.
To fully appreciate Teis' universe we need to dip a toe into his upbringing, his wonder years and the family unit that has had so much influence on his fascinating musical output. Both his father and mother are musicians - the former having previously been a drummer in a danish band, and almost from birth, Teis would sleep backstage at his parents shows. Teis has been immersed in music his whole life - even his sister is a renowned violinist. There was no escape from the arts in the Ortved household, nor was there been any desire to do so, which probably explains the sense of calmness in Teis' productions. His music feels like a pleasure; a natural outlet; one that's never been stifled and always been encouraged.
"I'd mostly play piano but also drums and the occasional bass. The saxophone came in a bit later when I was 12 or 13, around the time I began to get into jazz-territory types of stuff." Teis Ortved
Like any good tale, Parks At Night opens with a beguiling introduction that draws you in. I Don't Like Dreaming was written when Teis was holed up in a cabin in the woods, with most of the sounds coming from a single keyboard. The physical and musical restrictions allowed him to experiment and broaden his use of the sax and vocoder to spine tingling effect. An effect that follows through into the beat laden Moments, where sprightly piano, brass and those mesmeric wordless vocals trade places before surrendering themselves to a lush synthesised finale. The vocal layers take his music somewhere ethereal throughout, add something softer to counterbalance the programmed beats, although nothing ever feels at odds with anything else. This communication between generations of instrumentation is akin to the musical communication within Teis' home between parents and child. About Right continues the instrumental hip hop aesthetic with its steady drum patterns, before Relative provides an unexpected plot twist as pads scatter and fracture and Teis picks up the pace before once again immersing us in lashings of luxurious keys and brass. Sequencers feel like an extension of his musicianship rather than something bolted on to traditional instrumentation. They have their own solos as well as the "live" instruments and pass in and out of the conversation that is 'jazz'. As we reach the title piece, a key moment in any story, more space is opened up for the musician's various voices to tell their part, until Later That Night the sound of the syncopated drum returns to duet with swirling horns and take us almost to the midpoint of the story. Damn, despite its assertive title, is a tender moment that moves us on neatly to Dreamfunk, an assured interlude at the centre of this esoteric LP. After a vibraphonic introduction, Cliff continues the confident tone, with brass and piano maintaining their beguiling exchange, whereas Silence lets the piano shine against deft drums and lush strings. Those piano keys gather pace and confidence during the dramatic Aight, before settling down to Leave with saxophones, xylophones and violins combining to take us somewhere quite emotional and climactic. The story's not quite over there though as Shade provides the dark side of its predecessor with a similar refrain offering a perhaps more tenebrous ending to this tale. And like all good tales, it needs an epilogue - in this case an Aaaaaoutro - where Teis' physical voice has the final word.
Theo Parrish - American Intelligence
Theo Parrish
American Intelligence
3LP | 2014 | US | Original (Sound Signature)
32,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
New album by the maestro! Parrish's electronics getting blended with a good dose of Jazz & Soul influence - here the past collides with the future.
Theo Parrish / Maurissa Rose / The Unit - Special Versions
Theo Parrish / Maurissa Rose / The Unit
Special Versions
12" | 2021 | US | Original (Sound Signature)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Sound Signature launches Special Versions with new takes on "This Is For You" by Theo Parrish (with Maurissa Rose) + "Ain't No Need" by The Unit.
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