Albums Of 2019

In case you missed the playlist from a few weeks ago, these were my 20 favourite albums of the year.  In no particular order…  Note, I have changed my mind on one of them since the playlist thanks to discovering the Resavoir album recently (shout out to Haze City!!)

Sampa The Great – The Return

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

Jamila Woods – Legacy! Legacy!

Shafiq Husayn – The Loop

Hector Plimmer – Next To Nothing

Sault – 5

Damon Locks – Where The Future Unfolds

Ryota O.P.P. – Esoterica

Dego – Too Much

Ivan Conti – Poison Fruit

Tenesha The Wordsmith – Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts

Nu Era – Evolve

Daniel Maunick – Macumba Quebrada

Shanti Celeste – Tangerine

Rawtrachs – Archaia​-​6

Gary Gritness – The Legend of Cherenkov Blue

Tribe Of Colin – Age Of Aquarius

Tommaso Cappellato – Butterflying

Joe Armon-Jones – Turn To Clear View

Resavoir – Resavoir

 

Pursuit Grooves – Bess

Here we have a brand new album from the excellent producer and singer Pursuit Grooves. I really loved her last album, last year’s ‘Felt Armour’ which seemed to go under the radar for most. The new one is a tribute to Bessie Coleman, the first Black American female pilot, who was an early aviator in the 1920s. I love a good concept behind the music, fuels the imagination no end. Pursuit Grooves’ music glides along beautifully conjuring up images of Bess doing her thing. There’s even a nice little vocal track about Bess, ‘Standing Firm On Wings’.  The music crosses house, bass and r&b boundaries effortlessly and is a pleasure to listen to.  Check it out at the link below

Rawtrachs – Archaia-6

Music zine creater, label runner, radio host and all round nice guy Anand Patel aka Rawtrachs has a new album out you should check. The album’s full of dancefloor gear all of it produced with a gritty, lo-fi, DIY mentality. There’s plenty of variety too with vibesy housey numbers, grimey bits, techno moments all present. All that and it’s yours to download for £1.49, can’t complain at that.

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue is a brand new record label and vinyl pressing plant run by Patrick Gibin out of Verona Italy. They currently have a couple of great vinyl only releases out in the wild that are seriously good.

First up is Pezzate #001, four wicked disco boogie edits from Twice & Volcov. No titles or details on these, just great music that speaks for itself. If you’re a fan of Patrick’s Black Aroma series you’re going to love these. Click here to secure a copy.

The second release is shrouded in even more mystery than the first. All we have is 黒舌, I’m not sure if this is an artist name, not much to go on here. A listen to the music may well give you a clue who’s behind it, I think I know, though I won’t spoil the fun. Two tracks of groovy dancefloor goodness. Check it out at this link

Nu Era – Evolve

Of all of Marc Mac’s many aliases, it’s his Nu Era guise that always gets me the most excited. He’s been releasing his unique blend of Broken Beat mixed with that warm Detroit Techno sound on and off since the mid nineties. This one is another top quality Nu Era album, edging more towards the techno side of things than some of his previous offerings. Check ‘Closer to Mars’ for my highlight pick, but the whole album is warm, fuzzy and very lovely.

Jonny Faith – Night Lights

This new one by Melbourne’s Jonny Faith has proved something of an earworm for me over the last few weeks. If you follow the blog’s Spotify playlist, you might recognise lead track ‘Fana’, as we featured it a few weeks back. It fetures a great vocal from Mohamed Camara giving a lovely Guinea flavour to the uptempo track. The second single, ‘Stay In Your Lane’, featuring the lazy vibes of Lady K on vocals has just been added to the preview. The whole set is set to be released on the 22nd November with a further 3 tracks still to come. You can of course preorder in the meantime from the bandcamp page at the link below

Future Bumps

Modern Urban Jazz or Mjazz for short was originally set-up by Justice in the nineties to put out forward thinking drum n bass. The relaunched label has been releasing music of a variety of styles and tempos for a good while now.

This latest one for the most part takes in a lovely slow-mo house with a hip hop breaks kind of vibe. And then there’s the closing cut ‘Locomotives’ which ups the tempo somewhat and by all accounts is an absolute belter. Available as a 3 track 45 or 6 track digi. Hit play and thank me later…

Theo Parrish – What You Gonna Ask For

I’ve been a little obsessed with this song, without actually knowing what it is, for something like 18 months now.  Theo played it a long time ago on a guest mix he did for NTS without actually mentioning what it was.  I spent alot of time trying to find out who was behind it, Shazam, asking random people on facebook, scouring endless soulful house releases, hoping to stumble across it.  I think it was the Dego mix he played, as it didn’t sound quite so obviously a Theo production as it does when I listen now.  I’m very happy to see this finally coming out, so I can play it on loop to my hearts content, and I will.  It’s great to also learn that it’s a collaboration with a number of members of the currently super hot Melbourne jazz soul scene.  Featured on the track are as follows…

Lori (Laura Christoforidis) – Vocals
Silentjay (Alejandro Abapo) – Saxophone
Simon Mavin – Keys
Perrin Moss – Drums
Paul Bender – Bass

Snail’s Pace

An album of downtempo treats from the Futurepastzine family, err yes please.  The label has been consistently putting out great and interesting music from like minded friends for some years now.  The output is mostly in a club ready, bass heavy kind of vein so this release is something of a curveball.  I played a couple of highlights on the latest show which you might have heard, but the whole package is worthy of your attention.  All for three and a half quid too, can’t go wrong in my opinion.