RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 1st JULY
LABEL: FREESTYLE RECORDS
Omar – The Man (single) at EMN Chart HERE
Omar – The Man (single) at EMN Chart HERE
With only weeks away from the release of her 5th album ‘To Dust‘ (4/30 on Tru Thoughts/Caroline) and the commencement of her US tour, Alice Russell delivers a remix from one of the most in demand remixers out; Falty DL, a favorite of Radiohead’s Thom York, Falty DL has opened for the likes of Radiohead, DJ Shadow, James Blake, SBTRKT,Squarepusher and has crafted remixers for The xx, Seun Kuti (son of Fela Kuti), Mount Kimbie, Scuba, Photek, Anthony Shake Shakir and others.
Falty DL’s rework of Alice Russell’s “Heartbreaker” is an intoxicating blend of 2-step influenced vibes with Alice’s piercingly haunting vocals.
Download Alice Russell “Twin Peaks” HERE
The video for the original “Heartbreaker” is directed by Steve Glashier (Fatboy Slim, Juliette Lewis) and stars long-time Alice fan Harry Shearer, the Hollywood actor and cult comedy hero known for roles including Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls, many voices in The Simpsons, and for his long running radio show on LA’s KCRW.
Mount Kimbie, Gilles Peterson, Brandt Brauer Frick, Space Dimension Controller, Skudge & King Midas Sound among new names added to the line-up for September’s festival in Pula, Croatia
Mount Kimbie / Gilles Peterson / Brandt Brauer Frick
Skudge – live / Martyn / Petar Dundov / Zed Bias / King Midas Sound / Blawan / Andreya Triana / Space Dimension Controller / Evian Christ / Dark Sky / Ilija Rudman / fLako / Ossie / Krystal Klear / Funkineven / Locked Groove / Ron Morelli / Anthony Naples / Kutmah / Illum Sphere / Kidkanevil / Wbeeza / Call Super / Tall Black Guy / Locked Groove / Loxy / Truss / Yosi Horikawa / Jackson Blumenthal / Pedestrian / Guy Andrews / Barker / Eddy Ramich / Hiatus & Shura / Alex Coulton / Ant TC1 / LX One / Chris Farrell / Werkha / Bearcubs / Pale / T-Man/ Homeboy / Jon K / Jonny Dub / SP: MC / Eton Messy DJs / CFSN DJs / Sergej Snooze / Arszenik / Bebetto / Voyeur / Pytzek / Mislav / Iggy Dub / Zero / Mimi / Labud / Ganik / Novell / Franic Mario / Rich Reason
Keep Reachin’ Up drew praise from the media and audiences around the globe. The first single, If This Ain’t Love, became a dance floor hit from New York clubs to the UK’s northern soul circles. The second hit single, Feeling Free, was chosen as the Track Of The Year by the renowed music connoisseur Gilles Peterson in his Worldwide Awards in 2006. Keep Reachin’ Up was also listed among the Urban Albums Of The Year by Mojo magazine.The shining stars of contemporary soul music, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, re-emerge with their much anticipated album Tortured Soul on the Timmion Records label. The new album presents a new personal sound for the group, that was first heard in 2005 with their debut album Keep Reachin’ Up.
Naturally, this new album has all the qualities that made their cardinal album a worldwide smash; the raw production techniques of Didier Selin, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators’ unique songwriting and self-styled musicianship, and the sultry stylings of Pekka Kuusisto‘s string arrangements. Several tracks also feature horn arrangements and playing by the multi-talented jazz musician, Jimi Tenor. An equally new turn is the dusky sound of these raw tracks, which could be compared to the era when Motown stepped from their 1960s pop sound to more progressive times.
‘TO DUST’ COMES OUT ON APRIL 30 (NEW US RELEASE DATE)
ON TRU THOUGHTS
‘To Dust’ is the first solo album from British soul sensation, Alice Russell since 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Pot Of Gold,’ and marks the next step forward in her remarkable career. Whether on a big stage with her 16 piece band, charming a crowd of 4000 into staying out dancing in the rain (as she did at Montreal Jazz Festival) or rocking out an intimate club with a stripped-down six piece,Alice’s natural talent and charisma have always commanded attention and affection. Unfazed by taking to the spotlight after a sober Amy Winehouse or joining Roy Ayers live for ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, it is no wonder she has attracted worldwide media support, and praise from fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, David Byrne, Dennis Coffey, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, and Groove Armada.
Tru Thoughts have recently announced the signing of this new solo material for territories including the UK, Americas, Australasia and Japan; reuniting Alice Russell with the label that introduced her to the world, and where she released her first three albums, as well as myriad collaborations since (including the highly acclaimed, BBC 6Music Playlisted “Look Around The Corner” single and album with Quantic earlier this year).
VIDEO: Alice Live on BBC6
Download:Alice Russell ”Twin Peaks”
All Ain’t The Same is a collaboration between Bristol producer Ben Dubuisson, AKA Hundred Strong, and Glasgow singer/songwriter Joseph Malik. Having recorded the title track, All Ain’t The Same, for previous label Altered Vibes some seven years previously, the full length collaboration has been some time in the making. However, it was only a chance conversation early in 2012 between Dubuisson and Malik that led to an exchange of ideas and the completion of the long vaunted project.
Working from his basement studio in central Bristol, Dubuisson sent instrumental files to Malik who drew upon his years of musical and life experiences to create a soulful yet cutting sound. The process was then completed with the addition of live musicians, including Kasbian trumpeter Gary Alesbrook and long time Hundred Strong hammond player Evan Newman. Finally, Dubuisson introduced Malik to fellow Glasgow singerLouise Berry, AKA Lou Angel, who was brought in as backing singer. Through their vocal collaborations a relationship developed which resulted in them getting together outside of the studio. Is there strength in numbers? In this case the collaboration of Hundred Strong and Joseph Malik proves there is.
The single, All Ain’t The Same, was featured on Giles Peterson’s Worldwide BBC radio show several weeks running, and previous single, Dream On Delay, featuring Alison Crockett was nominated for Giles Peterson’s Worldwide end of year awards show.
Hundred Strong and Joseph Malik- “All Aint The Same”- Lp Preview
DOBIE ‘WE WILL NOT HARM YOU’ ALBUM OUT 4TH FEB (BIG DADA)
Dobie is a legendary figure in British bass music and beyond. From working on the first two Soul II Soul albums, he went on to produce London Posse’s all-time classic “How’s Life In London?” before recording a solo LP for Pussyfoot, “The Sound Of One Hand Clapping,” which went some way to defining the “trip hop” sound now enjoying something of a rebirth. In between he has remixed everyone from Bjork, Massive Attack, Les Negress Vertes and Tricky to Gangstarr, Wooky and Wiley and recorded for a host of labels including Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood and BBE, as well as producing and mixing for the aforementioned Roots Manuva. And that’s before you even get into his time as a legendary skateboarder and a photographer of that crowd as well as the nascent UK hip hop scene. A truly amazing figure, his role in Black British culutre from the ’90s onward is a story waiting to be told. His new album, “We Will Not Harm You,” will be released on Big Dada in February 2013.
Download:Dobie – Twitter Riddim
It’s been a year since the magnificent ‘Dark Is The Sun’ first enchanted listeners back in 2011, and we’re thrilled to announce the next installment of mesmerizing non-contemporary jazz byThe Greg Foat Group with their new album Girl And Robot With Flowers.
Evading the dreaded ‘second album syndrome’ with consummate ease, Girl And Robot With Flowers is a sonic soundscape of epic proportions that leaves Dark is the Sun in the dust while propelling the listener into infinity and beyond!
With a doff of the hat to sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss, we’re whisked off on a thematic journey into the emotive and enthralling realms of cinematic jazz, seductive ambience and exciting, majestic drama. Often unpredictable and certainly never dull, British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat uses everything from brass bands and kettle drums, to Moog synthesizer and harmonium, to take us above and beyond the stratosphere of our senses.
As with Dark Is the Sun, this album was recorded in a unique, pure analogue studio in Sweden to capture the full warmth and dynamic range of the wide variety of instruments utilized. The spacious, high quality sound that was achieved by recording direct to tape through high quality vintage equipment is absolutely impeccable, revealing in stunning detail a magical atmosphere the likes of which is rarely heard in the current climate of digitalization and mp3s.
Over the years Greg Foat has collaborated with musicians and artists such as Wendy James, Questlove (of The Roots), The Black Lips, and Justice and The Bees. This past year has been a busy one with tours of Europe and the UK, exposing their music to seasoned audiences; Jamie Cullum, Chris Evans, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Ozwald Boateng, Helena Christiansen, Jude Law, Benicio Del Toro, Lindsay Lohan are just a few of the many faces who have enjoyed the music of The Greg Foat Group.
Cat #: JMANCD054
1) Girl And Robot With Flowers (Part 1)
2) Have Spacesuit Will Travel (Part 1)
3) Girl and Robot With Flowers (Part 2)
4) Girl and Robot With Flowers (Part 3)
5) For a Breath a Tarry
6) Cast Adrift
7) Girl and Robot With Flowers (Part 4)
8) Girl and Robot With Flowers (Part 5)
9) Have Spacesuit Will Travel (Part 2)
10) Clear Skies Select Stick
11) Blues for Lila
12) Girl and Robot With Flowers (Part 6)
Digital Release Date: 14th January 2013
’The PL’ is the new single from Bristol’s hugely talented rising star Typesun - deep, minimal, underground soul music that’s already a firm favourite with some serious soul heads. It has grabbed the attention of such luminaries as Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Mr Scruff, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne, Julio Bashmore and Pete Tong and is already causing a stir across the blogs and key tastemaker sites.
Cryptic but emotive lyrics are set across an expansive instrumental that remains deceptively simple throughout, a huge part of the piece’s charm resting in it’s tension, which never quite releases. The YouTube video has received over 7,000 listens in less than a month..
File alongside Dilla, D’Angelo and Dwele - another hint of the diversity and depth of Typesun’s forthcoming debut LP ‘Work Is Love Made Visible’, due for release later this year.
The remix treatment comes from Behling & Simpson, another of the city’s hardest working production teams who have been making huge moves throughout 2012 with killer releases on the burgeoning ‘Futureboogie’ imprint.
- ‘Changed’ single (with Vidis) was one of the biggest records of 2011 with close to a million hits on youtube, relicensed for 3 different labels and not leaving MTV Baltic Top 20 for 18 months
- He won Producer of the Year in the Music Awards 2011 and is in demand from local pop stars for his production
- Consistent support from across musical styles counting fans from Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong, Jazzanova, Atjazz, Laurent Garnier, Danny Daze, Soul Clap
- His music has been released on Future Classic, Under The Shade and Needwant
- ‘Journey’ features collaborations with his past vocalists Jazzu and Stee Downes plus his biggest tracks reworked into new versions.
Mario Basanov comes from a different angle to most dance music producers. He’s one of a handful from Lithuania to make waves globally and has over a decade of experience despite still being in his twenties.
But his versatility is what really sets him apart. His productions have a pop sheen to them sounding as if they’ve been touched by superstars. His‘Changed’ single from 2011 made with Vidis has almost a million views on YouTube and was relicensed to three different labels (watchwww.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Enywte7HM) a prime example of his ability to turn dance music on its head and create long lasting hits in an usually disposable genre.
The Nile Rodgers of dance music, he is constantly approached by local pop heroes at home to produce their records. Perhaps it’s that he’s not afraid to make slow music, often less than 100bpm. Or perhaps it’s his adept use of vocals, taking classic voices such as Ernesto’s in ‘Changed’and embedding them with expansive melodies and crisp rhythmic arrangements.
In Basanov’s 16 track ‘Journey’ he exposes new and exclusive records featuring the vocalists that brought him to the limelight, such as Jazzutaking root in the elegant atmospheres of ‘Under Your Feet’ and Stee Downes who features on the more buoyant ‘Say What You Want’,shooting punches through the vocal lines and spinning magic within its synth basslines.
Basanov gathers many talented musicians for his long awaited polished full length, from the percussive master Rahjwanti for the graceful ‘Slip Away’, to the feisty Miss Bee and sultry Athena Radford for the anthemic ‘Like A Child’.
These fresh offerings sit alongside revisits some of his biggest tracks to date with rare versions made especially for the album such as ‘We Are Child of Love’ and ‘Lonely Days’, the latter closing the album in epic style, parallel to a modern day Prince ballad.
His consistent and quality production techniques express a style that is both elegant yet enigmatic. His music sits as comfortably in the worlds of deep house, broken beat, nu jazz, disco, as well as the darker territory of acid and electro.
Cat no: NEEDCD009
Distribution: Above Board
Released: Monday November 26th, 2012
’Journey’ will be released on CD, digital and a special vinyl version that will include exclusive remakes for the vinyl release only. The CD version will include a second bonus disc of all his released singles to date. Basanov will be touring the album to every corner of the globe. In his debut album he walks the tightrope between the popular and the underground and makes the crossing with true finesse.
19.10.2012 Stettin, Poland
20.10.2012 Riccione, Italy
25.10.2012 Berlin, Germany
27.10.2012 London, UK
31.10.2012 Pecq, Belgium
10.11.2012 Bolognia, Italy
16.11.2012 Thessaloniki, Greece
22.11.2012 Tbilisi, Georgia
07.12.2012 Bucharest, Romania
08.12.2012 Helsinki, Finland
13.12.2012 Guadalajra, Mexico
14.12.2012 Playa del Carmen, Mexico
15.12.2012 Mexico City, Mexico
22.12.2012 The Nest, London
31.12.2012 Barra Grande, Piaui, Brazil
03.01.2013 D Edge Sao paolo, Brasil
04.01.2013 Warung , Brasil
11.01.2013 Murmansk Russia
12.01.2013 Surgut , Russia