Out today, Sonar’s Ghost goes head to head with GMHA for the Sector 12/12 label. As well as being absolute fire, it’s all for a good cause with all proceeds going to support a local homeless shelter.
It’s not a well kept secret that Sonar’s Ghost is one Dominic Stanton flexing his post retirement production skills. The EP opens up with ‘Loveboat’, a glitchy, channel-hopping number that was previously given away as a freebie with a limited run t-shirt. ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ is next with a little rolling drum & bass flavour. Dominic finishes his (virtual) side with ‘The Moltern Mole’, a crunchy dub number. Be warned, we recommend listening to this one with a decent set of speakers to fully enjoy that b-line.
GMHA takes over for round two kicking off with the absolutely gorgeous ‘Hypnotica’. The off kilter drums on this one are an absolute delight. Next up is ‘Rack and Ruin’ which starts off all moody electronics until the banging kick smashes us round the chops halfway through. Finally we have a lovely little downtempo vibe, ‘Marget’ to close the set. Purchase here.
Update – First single Bacurau now available
Ivan Conti is best known as the rhythm section of the fantastic long running Brazilian jazz funk group Azymuth. Azymuth have been going since 1973, but this isn’t the first time Ivan has put out a solo project. Discogs tells me his first solo album came out way back in 1984 featuring this rather fetching cover! One for the shopping list no doubt.
Currently there is only a little 6 minute teaser mix of a bunch of tracks from the new album, but it’s enough to get excited about for sure. The album’s been produced by Daniel Maunick (aka Dokta Venom) and Ivan’s son Thiago Maranhão. The label is promising experiments with sounds more commonly associated with the modern dancefloor. The album is due on Far Out Recordings in the new year. A couple of remix EPs which have preceded the release are still available with remixes from big hitters IG Culture, 22a crew, Max Graef and Glenn Astro
A cool little beat tape on the way from ace Birmingham based label and fanzine Futurepast Zine. The artist behind this one is Cat Therapist, a new one to me. At time of writing five tracks are available, all jazz injected, experimental, hip hop vignettes. The full set will be released on the 6th December as digital or limited cassette. Pre-order at the link below.
pre-order at Bandcamp
Just released is the final release of 2018 from the always on point Whities label. Real life brothers Tessela and Truss are behind this one under the name Overmono. Lead track ‘iii’s Front’ is all about the intricate detailed drums. The level of programming here apparently took the duo two weeks to perfect those beats. ‘Quadraluv’ brings a pulsating gauzey aspect to the EP, with the breaks sneaking in towards the end. ‘Yell0w_tail’ completes the set with it’s angular beats and icy electronics. Whities have had an exceptional year and this is a fitting finale.
So here we have a brand new MC from Peckham with a new EP forthcoming on the mighty Rhythm Section. First track is out now Tropical Bleu. The music has a woozy downbeat feel, definitely something you’d expect from Rhythm Section. Pinty’s lyrics ride the beat effortlessly, bringing something a little different. Full EP City Limits will be released early next year. Worth checking out Pinty’s earlier self-released material from a few years back in the meantime. Links below!
Stream or Buy the new single
Pinty’s previous release
Update : out today!
The Athens of the North record label are mostly known for their reissues of glorious, long forgotten soul, disco and jazz music. Their releases favour in particular the 7 inch vinyl format. There have however been a few exceptions, most notably the beautiful Hampshire and Foat album and now this new one from Andrew Wasylyk which appears to be in a similar vein. Andrew Wasylyk is a pseudonym for Scottish musician Andrew Mitchell. So far only one track is available to preview, Greendive#2 as well as a little YouTube trailer. The tune is a stunning piece of music that certainly whets the appetite. Athens of the North promise an album touching on modern classical, ambient, jazz alongside a touch of folk. We’ll have to wait until next February to find out for sure, but for now you can check out the teaser track and pre-order at their bandcamp.
pre-order on bandcamp
It looks like this one has been a long time in the making! Apparently this album was started way back in 2005 as a follow up to Steve’s Spaceshift album but never completed until now. Not that Steve has been slouching in the meantime what with many other projects on the go including Africa Hitech with Mark Pritchard or Space Invadas with Katalyst. Eglo records have also been issuing a number of Spacek bangers over the last year or so with a trio of EPs. It’s great to see they now have a full album on the way. For the time being we have just the one track to preview, Carnival Nights, which has a great futuristic dancehall vibe. The full album is released December 7th, but you can pre-order via the Eglo bandcamp page now.
Purchase on bandcamp
NameBrandSound’s IG Culture and Alex Phountzi bring a little broken beat flavour to the Talking Heads classic for this vinyl only release. Definitely one for the party season
Purchase on Bandcamp
Olinda records, run by the Colectivo Futuro crew, have been gathering momentum with each release over the last year or so. This their fourth release is particularly special, an album from a Venezuelan quartet, based in Paris, Insólito UniVerso. The music on offer is equal parts joyous uptempo numbers mixed with deeper more melancholic moments. The album successfully fuses traditional Venezuelan styles with a more modern electronic sound. The band are also playing a gig this coming Friday at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, support on the night from the Colectivo Futura DJ’s.
Update – the band will be performing live Friday afternoon on Worldwide FM for those who didn’t get a ticket for the gig
GMHA has been knocking it out of the park recently with a series of self-released EPs over on his bandcamp page. His latest, ‘Cosmik Musik II’ is an ace, fun collection full of dancefloor heat with a couple of beatless spacey moments thrown in for good measure. The tune ‘Astronaut’, I’m told was made from parts of a track Dave Sector and Dominic Stanton were working on but couldn’t quite get together. Dave sent GMHA the parts and was suitably blown away by the results! Elsewhere there’s the awesome ‘De I Comahlee Ah’ and the cheeky ‘Clapping Song’ inspired ‘369’. If this is the first you’ve heard of GMHA, make sure you check out the back catalog over on the bandcamp page, you’re in for a treat.
Cosmik Musik II