Knowsum // Play God & Shit Happens (Money $ex Records)

New vinyl release on Money $ex Records by Knowsum!
Out december 2016!
A Side:
1) Robots are better (00:00)
2) Birds and Bees (01:46)
3) Shower (03:40)
4) Friend called lonely (05:26)
5) Mocontrupsolism (07:02)
6) Centepede (08:49)
7) Buy (10:23)
B Side:
8) Run (11:01)
9) Funk isn’t dead it just smells funny (13:00)
10) Touching after midnight (14:39)
11) Playing god (16:25)
12) Shit happens (18:10)
13) Humans are better (19:53)
14) Change (21:40)


Pura Vida Presents: Beach Diggin’ Volume 1 GUTS/MAMBO

Nothing more painful than hunting that album you’ve wanted in your collection for years and realising there’s just no chance. Surely a repress is on the cards soon?

Hope so.

In the meantime, check the album on Spotify.


Steve Lehman. Are You In Peace

Lehman’s music has always drawn from disparate sources in distinctive ways, but with Sélébéyone, he takes an unexpected turn: drawing, from modern jazz, Senegalese rap, live electronics, and underground hip-hop, to create a unique form of urban experimentalism. The project stands apart from almost every other jazz/hip-hop collaboration that has preceded it: this is not an album where live musicians imitate repetitive samples in 4/4 time. Instead, the musical elements – shifting rhythms, electro-acoustic harmonies, and contemporary sound design – are wholly integrated with the lyrical content. Add to that the unique juxtaposition of English and Wolof that permeates the record, and one gets the sense of the development of a whole new musical universe.

And though the music on Sélébéyone may seem like a radical departure from Lehman’s more recent ensemble work, it is actually the product of his long-standing engagement with experimental hip-hop and its surrounding community. Lehman’s critically-acclaimed octet has released arrangements of seminal hip-hop tracks, like Wu-Tang Clan’s “Living In the World Today” and Camp Lo’s “Luchini.” And his professional ties with Meshell Ndegeocello and other pioneering members of the contemporary R&B community date back to 2004: most recently Lehman was a featured soloist on Ndegeocello and Jason Moran’s 2014 Blue Note release All Rise.


Tam Tam Tam Reimagined is the second album to come from Gilles Peterson’s Sonzeira project. Overseen by the legendary DJ and record collector, this second album picks up where the first one left off. Where Brasil Bam Bam Bam brought together the all-stars of Brazilian music, this album focuses on a key moment in the country’s history; a record made at a crucial moment serves as the jumping off point for an open-ended project of musical reimagining.
Peterson’s fascination with Brazilian music goes way back. Since his early days as a club DJ and pirate radio host, records from Brazil have taken prime position in his record bag. Be it the endless rhythmic possibilities – from batacuda to samba and bossa nova – or simply the sheer excitement channelled through much of it, the music has always spoken to him.
Of all those records released in Brazil, however, the search for one in particular has taken on a real significance over the past couple of years: José Prates’ Tam Tam Tam. An accompaniment to a stage production financed by the Brazil Culture Ministry, it was created to promote the country’s culture to the world. Hearing the album – including its prototype of ‘Mas Que Nada’ that became a Sergio Mendes mega anthem – through Ed Motta during the making of the last Sonzeira album, it sparked a long hunt to get his hands on a copy (including a plea live on Channel 4 news).
With a mint copy successfully procured – not long after Jonny Trunk’s re-issue championed by Record Collector mag – it was taken as a starting point for creating something new. Working with production associates Will Horrocks from UK bass-meddling duo LV and Rob Gallagher from 2 Banks of 4 – along with appearances from drumming prodigy Moses Boyd and Kassin from Rio’s Orquestra Imperial – they picked out phrases and snippets to build songs and tracks around.
Released in 1957, Tam Tam Tam celebrates a distinctly Afro-Brazilian culture that was later suppressed following a coup in the early 1960s that led to a military dictatorship. From sparkling recreations of the atmospheric original to reverb-laden dub, the album takes a magpie-like approach to re-interpreting the most exciting aspects of Prates’ postcard of Brazil to the world. Tam Tam Tam Reimagined forms another part of the Sonzeira project’s aim to take apart and reassemble the pieces of what makes Brazil’s music so unique.
Check out ‘Nós Precisamos de Você’ below. The album is released on CD, vinyl and digital on July 15th.


Pete Rock & CL Smooth. ‘All Souled Out’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s now classic debut ‘All Souled Out’, our buddy Chris Read has crafted yet another stellar mix of tracks from the EP, alternate versions, interview snippets, and original sample material.
Listen up and enjoy!
Artwork by Leon Nockolds
Words by Alice Price-Styles
Track list:
1. O’Donel Levy – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’
4. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
5. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
6. ESG – ‘UFO’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)
8. Eddie Kendricks – ‘Girl You Need a Change of Mind’ (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
9. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
10. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Good Life’
11. O’Donel Levy – ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
12. James Brown – ‘Funky Drummer’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
13. Fred Wesley and the J.B’s – ‘You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight (7″ Version) [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
14. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Go With The Flow’
15. S.O.U.L – ‘Burning Spear’ (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
16. Beside – ‘Change The Beat (Female Version)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
17. Eddie Bo – ‘From This Day On’ (Sampled in ‘The Creator’)
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’
19. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Slide to the Side Mix)‘
20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Surfboard Mix)’
21. Lou Donaldson – ‘Turtle Walk’ (Sampled in ‘All Souled Out’)
22. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘All Souled Out’

Mello Soul Black. What Ya’ Heard (prod. By Jazz Spastiks)


“Fuck what ya heard” – the last twenty years never happened. Jeans are phat, sneaks are low, beats are phat and dope is the flow. Say hi to Texas and Tennessee emcees Mello Soul Blackwho deliver the goods over vintage dusty, jazzy boom-bap amply provided for them by Jazz Spastiks all the way from – er – Scotland. Well, it is summer and the sun is finally out for once. Strickly limited seven inch vinyl. Don’t be sleepin’ on What Ya Heard

Bobby Hutcherson Dead at 75

The acclaimed jazz vibraphonist passed away at home yesterday

Bobby Hutcherson, the master jazz vibraphonist and bandleader, died yesterday at home in Montara, CA, the New York Times reports. His death follows a long struggle with emphysema, according to Marshall Lamm, a spokesman for Hutcherson’s family. He was 75.
Born in L.A. in 1941, Hutcherson made his name in early ’60s New York, where he helped pioneer the vibraphone’s use in jazz with an original four-mallet technique. From 1963, alongside Andrew Hill and Jackie McLean, he helped Blue Note branch into experimentalism. His first album as a leader, Dialogue, came out on the label in 1965, the same year his classic “Little B’s Poem” was released on his Components LP. Throughout the years, his collaborators included Eric Dolphy, on whose staple Out to Lunch he played vibes, as well as Harold Land (San Francisco) and, in Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 film Round Midnight, Herbie Hancock.
After a drug bust in New York, in 1967, Hutcherson moved to L.A., where he continued to release records on Blue Note, before parting ways with the label in 1977. Over the following decades, as he turned his attention to balladry, his influence spread beyond the jazz world. In 2008, he released “Montara” on More Groove, with remixes by Madlib and the Roots on the B-side. In 2014, despite severe ill health, he returned to Blue Note to release the soul-jazz record Enjoy the View, his last.

Air – Mr.Man


Some reissues are unmissable for bringing something obscure to our attention, others for doing everyone the service of finally making a much-loved album accessible for the first time. Very much of the latter category, Be With Records has breathed life back into Air’s one and only album, a stone-cold holy grail coveted by everyone from Floating Points to Jeremy Underground, who puts it second only to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going on in his all time favourites. Unlike other jazz albums that dabbled in a rockier sound, Air never lose sight of the melody, delivered with a naïve, ephemeral beauty by Googie Coppola on cult cuts like ‘Mr Man’. As ever, Be With treat the original with respect, re-creating the die-cut logo and front-flap gatefold for what is an early contender for jazz-funk reissue of the year.