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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.
Dego & The 2000Black Family - EP
Dego & The 2000Black Family
EP
12" | 2013 | EU | Original (Neroli)
8,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Back in! We are so pleased to welcome back Dego on Neroli, this time not under the minimal enigmatic bass heavy Nutmeg hat but under the rich sound of the ‘2000 black family’ moniker. From the boogie monster ‘Find A Way’ featuring Akwasi and for once Kaidi Tatham on vocal duties and not behind the keyboards, to the deepness of ‘The Hurt’ and the magnificent ‘Sunshine’ [featuring the amazing Bembe Segue] this EP shows Dego and his 2000 Black crew are on a league of their own.
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.
Duke Hugh - Canvas
Duke Hugh
Canvas
2x12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Rhythm Section International)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Bradley met Duke Hugh in Amsterdam, when he handed him a green USB stick after a show. He played the promos in the empty club and the first track immediately grabbed his attention - he knew it was something special. When he remembered the hook to Green Leaf the next morning he signed the release almost instantly. Each song has its own essence, there is absolutely no filler and the entire double pack sits together as a perfect whole. Flirting with aspects of broken beat, Jazz, hip hop and dreamy electronica - Duke Hugh winds together a most idiosyncratic release equally at home on the peak time dancefloor as it would be for a long road trip. Canvas is a big statement from an artist who's here to stay.
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!
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.
Jon Kennedy - Live Test & Demons
Jon Kennedy
Live Test & Demons
7" | 2019 | US | Original (Organik)
11,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
More copies back in! "LIVE TEST" is a muscular breaks track full of menace and driving beats. A hit with Z-TRIP, MARK RAE, DJ VAJRA, FLETCH, etc. when it dropped in 2009. The flipside is a dubbed up remix of "DEMONS" by FARM FRESH's TIM SMITH. Dope. Last copies available.
Matteo Boyero & The People Inside My Computer - Les Robots De Mono
Matteo Boyero & The People Inside My Computer
Les Robots De Mono
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Wahever)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Matteo Boyero and the People Inside my Computer presents 'Les Robots de Mono', an eclectic and fruity 6 track LP inspired and created by various artists from the Wahever vaults.
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".
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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.
Yas-Kaz - Virgo Indigo
Yas-Kaz
Virgo Indigo
LP | 1986 | EU | Reissue (Studio Mule)
22,99 €*
Release:1986 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Studio mule is back with another amazement, opening the roster towards sophisticated spiritual sounds on the crossroads of electrified jazz, oriental fourth-world spheres and deeply composed experimental sounds. this time the label welcomes japanese artist ya-sukazu sato aka yas-kaz, a university-trained percussionist, that gained global success as a composer for the internationally known butoh dance troupe sankai juku, that tours around the world since 1975. his infrequent musical amalgamation of ancient eastern genres, airy soundscapes, and ritualistic dance percussions perfectly accompanied the modern dance movements of an avantgarde dance group that is known for slow, mesmerizing dance passages, whose repetitive body movements sometimes focusing only on the feet or fingers. besides his theatre work, yas-kaz composed scores for japanese movies, performed live along stars like us-american jazz saxophonist wayne shorter or legendary japanese new-age musical group himekami and recorded a number of collabo-rative and solo albums.
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