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Album Of The Day | Alfa Mist – Bring Backs | Wednesday 21st April 2021

Alfa Mist is one of the driving forces behind a young and vibrant scene of UK musicians, who’ve taken on jazz as their musical narrative. On his new album Bring Backs the producer, self-taught pianist and rapper takes us on a sonic trip back to his beat-making past on the streets of East London, through the depth and musicality he discovered composing and playing jazz. 2017 saw the release of Alfa’s breakthrough record, Antiphon and the 2019’s album Structuralism were both self-released on his Sekito label. His latest endeavour, 2021’s Bring Backs, sees Alfa taking on new challenges. The record...
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Album Of The Day | Ramon Morris Sweet Sister Funk | Monday, 19th April 2021

Jazz gem in 1973 for the Groove Merchant label. 'First Come First Served' is an excellent example of its style , hard heavy grooves laid by drummer Mickey Roker and bassist Mickey Bass supplemented  by writer Albert Dailey on Electric piano and topped by Morris on tenor sax and Cecil Bridgewater on Trumpet. 'Wijinia' is lovely mid tempo Jazzy groove. 'Sweet Sister Funk' is full on Jazz Funk with a relentless groove. 'Don't ask me' has a more straight ahead Jazz approach  and there is a good version of 'People make the world go round '. Another strong album in...
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Album of the Day | Willie Hutch – Fully Exposed | Thursday, 15th April 2021

Fully Exposed from 1973 was Willie Hutch’s first non-soundtrack album for Motown. It illustrates Willie’s distinctive very rhythmic sound, with full on production featuring strings, horns, and Willie’s so soulful gritty voice. His version of ‘California my Way’, is a fantastic string laden, horn backed semi funky strutting groove track that has all the ingredients of classic 70’s soul. ‘Can’t Get ready For loving You’ is another great upper mid tempo track and there’s a great version of Leon Ware’s ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’. The ballads ‘Sunshine Lady’ and ‘I Just Wanted To Make Her Happy’ hit the...
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Pre Order Album Of The Day | Robert Cotter – Missing You (WeWantSounds) | 7th April 2021

Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the reissue of Robert Cotter’s ultra-rare 1976 album, ‘Missing You’ in partnership with Robert Cotter himself. Originally released on the notorious Tiger Lily label, the album was never properly released at the time and most copies were destroyed before they could hit record store shelves. The few that survived now command unreasonable prices. The album, recorded in New York between 1975 and 76, is also Chic’s earliest recording – or The Big Apple Band as the group was known, which Robert Cotter was fronting at the time alongside fellow musicians Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson and Robert Sabino. Featuring Nile Rodgers...
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Album Of The Day | Stax Southern Soul – Everybody Makes A Mistake | 06th April 2021

20 Superb Southern Soul tracks from the Stax vaults make up this excellent compilation on the Kent label. Eddie Floyd contributes two previously unreleased cuts the lovely floater ‘How can I win your love’ and ballad ‘Everybody makes a mistake’. Isaac Hayes original 75 version of Banks and Hampton’s ‘I’m Gonna have to tell her’ , Fredrick Knight ‘Let’s make a deal’, Israel Tolbert ‘Got to get away from you’ and Randy Brown& Company funky ‘Did you hear yourself’ are also highlights. There are many originally unreleased tracks included. The best are Shirley Brown ‘Ain’t no way’ , Soul Children...
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Album Of The Day | Jazz Is Dead 6 – Gary Bartz, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge | 01/04/2021

Veteran saxophonist Gary Bartz joins forces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Young for the sixth installment of the Jazz is Dead series. Gary is fine fettle primarily on alto throughout on this fine piece of contemporary Jazz which links the tradition with modern production featuring real instruments. The uptempo ‘Black and Brown’, Hip hop influenced beats of the down tempo ‘Spiritual Ideation’, ‘Soulsea’ and ‘Blue Jungles’ and mid tempo ‘The Message’ are all highlights. ‘Visions Of Love’ has a really nice soulful feel with background vocals in the hook line. Really nice album from one of the masters of Jazz,...
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Single of the Day | Ziad Rahbani – Abu Ali | 30th March 2021

Our first ever record of the day of Lebanese origin! The mystical sounding Jazz-Funk-Disco grail from Ziad Rahbani - Abu Ali, recorded in Greece back in the seventies with a mixture of Greek and Arabic musicians. It was a time of turmoil back in Rahbani's home country of Lebanon, which was in the throes of civil conflict and committed to a prolonged war with Israel. A renowned cultural firebrand figure back in Lebanon, known as one of the leading exponents of the prevalent left-wing counterculture of the time and as one of the most biting Lebanese political satirists and playwrights...
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Album Of The Day | Vertaal – Paradigm Shifting | 29th March 2021

UK Jazz outfit Vertaal’s debut mixtape / album on vinyl, Paradigm Shifting, is a stunning body of music, reflecting the rich evolution of the wider UK Jazz scene and its myriad of influences and musical styles. Flitting between Broken Beat and Hip-Hop productions to straight up Jazz-Dance, it is a record unlike any other recent UK Jazz album—a unique and idiosyncratic recording, the groups first vinyl release. The album was funded in majority through a kickstarter campaign—the ensemble of donors thanked on one of the inner sleeves—and recorded and mastered remotely. Polar is a rolling Jazz dancer, underlaid by silky...
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Album of the Day | Str4ta – Aspects | 25th March 2021

Aspects by Str4ta—the new album by J. P. Maunick (Bluey) of Incognitio fame, alongside a few of his long time associates such as Matt Cooper, Ski Oakenfull, Peter Hinds and Francis Hylton - produced by the soulful stalwart Gilles Peterson and released on Brownswood Records - Str4ta, Aspects. The album is an excursion of Britfunk, reminiscent of the Jazz-Funk era of the late 70's and early 80's with London bands like Hi-Tension, Atmosfear and Incognito putting their own take on American Soul, Disco, Jazz and Funk Fusion sounds, music which was simultaneously broacast during that time on London's many pirate...
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Album Of The Day | Tom Brock – I Love You More And More | 22nd March /2021

Tom Brock recorded this great Barry White produced album in 1974. ‘I Love You More and More’ is a brilliant two stepper with soulful vocals. ‘There’s Nothing in This World’ is a another highlight which was sampled by Jay-Z. The beat ballads ‘Have a Nice Weekend Baby’ and ‘The Love We Share Is The Greatest Of Them All’ and Motown influenced ‘ Naked as the Day I Was Born’ are also strong tracks. Overall, a really good 70s Soul album. Buy the LP here Buy the CD here Listen to the album here Tom Brock - Have A Nice Weekend...