Shaking the weekend haze from my brain Sunday Morning after a fantastic celebration of a local record shop turning 5 with JP and friends, I was perusing the Twitterverse to find an announcement from label Local Talk. They'd dug out a few handfuls of their back catalog and posted them for sale on Bandcamp. Releases include classics like Crackazat's "Something Else" and Marcel Lune's first release on the label "Sketches." So if you're looking for an excuse to double your fun (free digital release when you buy vinyl) with some good ol' deepness, from one of the best labels out there doing it right now, look to the sky, we got your back.
More new loveliness is essential! I can't wait to pick up The Royal Juice Cuts No.01 on Rose Records, all those glistening tinkles from M.ono got my glee way up! Joe Goddard's label Greco Roman announced this smokin' Ray Mang mix of the floor-filler Balako - Hora De Balako. No hint at a vinyl release yet, but surely that needs to happen! This mix from Better Listen's Martin Miguel, that ColdCuts // HotWax provided, is incredible, such a well considered flow to the set. We got some afro depth today from Lagaffe Tales, in the shape of this beautiful sunset invoker, Malouane - Akiwowo. If you want loopy beach jammers dig Clicks - Resolution (Ian Pooley Remix). Which, despite starting out all gloomy, morphs into an arpeggiated, clap-punctuated joyfulness. Alright one last one, check out this cavalcade of big hitters that Super Tuff Records has thrown together, this e.p. is gonna be an so.many.bags.
Positivity is the key, and some weeks we need it more than others. This week is one of those where it seems much easier to look at all of the bad. Thankfully, music helps me to escape from the overwhelming negativity, hopefully it does for you as well. Earlier in the week, I was delighted to find that Marquis Hawkes’ newest release, The Phoenix, will be coming out next month on Aus Music. John Penn first introduced me to the UK producer last year, around the time his Social Housing album was released, to which I almost instantly fell in love with Tim's Keys, as well as the vast majority of the album. We may only have the snippets thus far, but part one is already putting a big smile on my face with its beautiful blend of classic and contemporary deepness. Whiskey Disco released the Bumpin' Soul EP today, which has led to a decrease in my own work productivity but an increase in disco induced joy. This pleasant surprise features two label veterans, Alkalino and Love Drop, handling the more traditional sounding disco heat on side A, with fellow alumni Terrence Pearce and newcomer Alex Zuiev striking gold somewhere deep within an African record crate. I’m loving all of these edits, but Ushukela has to be my favorite so far, I can’t help but feel as if Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Mr. Pearce in a dream and implanted him with a complete understanding of the cosmos and a mission to spread this knowledge through a funky, afro-disco jam. Moreover, Jordan Alexander, aka Young Mall Grab, recruited the Japan native, Jun Kamoda, for the fifth release on his Steel City Dance Discs label. No official date yet, but you can listen to Flaming Flamingo in all of its bright, loopy glory, here! To finish off my list, one of my personal heroes and musical trailblazer, Lil B released his first project in over two years, Black Ken. The mixtape is produced entirely by the man himself, and features his patented style of hyphy/trap/outsider rap. Stay positive at all costs friends, till next week!