Werkha – Foolin’ Self (Feat. Berry Blacc)

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Taken from the “For All Hands EP”, the latest offering from producer and multi-instrumentalist Werkha. Comprising four dark and disquiet tracks with an experimental groove. Criticising corrupt systems, the “For All Hands EP” works towards giving something back to the people; to all the hands that run the machine that is our society. The irresistible funk of “Foolin’ Self feat.

Berry Blacc” is the fantastic product of the first collaboration between Werkha and Manchester vocalist/producer Berry Blacc.

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A track created on pure instinct, it’s impossible to ignore the energy and sheer enjoyment gained from these two teaming up; “to have the opportunity to work with and witness Berry Blacc’s development as an artist has been a privilege already”. Berry Blacc’s cleverly crafted vocals are raw and spontaneous alongside Werkha’s transformative electronic beats; teaming up as an unstoppable driving force.

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Oddisee – You Grew Up

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The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee’s new album ‘The Iceberg’ is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, ‘The Iceberg’ is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement.

Moses Sumney – Aromanticism

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Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s musical climate. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

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Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, Mid-City Island, and 2015’s 7″, Seeds/Pleas, Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 Lamentations EP, The California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now his inspired ascent continues.

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His proper debut album, Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate the social constructions around romance. The debut will include the devastating, billowing synths of “Doomed,” which in a way serves as the album’s thesis statement, as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.” It’s a deliberate, jaw-dropping statement that can leave you both enlightened and empty.

#Classic George Benson / Rachelle Ferrell

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Classic ! When Rachelle Ferrell meets the godfather George Benson at Montreux, with great Legendary producer Quincy Jones conducting the Festival … you got GOOSEBUMPS all the way.

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I promise I got tears EACH TIME Rachelle is singing in that duet … Speechless

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Amadou & Mariam – Bofou Safou

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Brand new album from extraordinary duet Amadou & Mariam called La Confusion.

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Greatly produced by French producer Adrien Durand, first album with freshly pressed new tracks in Five years 🙂 A bit more electro than before, but the essence is still there. Looking forward to see them live again !

The Soul Session – TWO

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Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz, Funk and World Music.

Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two” now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa” featuring the voice of L.A. neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is the mind-blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic statement.

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Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self. The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”