Emilie Nana – I Rise – Compost

This has the word, Class blazing all over it. It’s one of those records that you just know is special the moment you hear it. Not just because it is actually about something meaningful, rather than the so much else, but because the production sounds excitedly distinctive, resolutely individual. Based around the poem “Still I Rise” by American poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou speaks for itself, while musically the impact is straight down to pounding drums plus a fiery array of sounds compacting all the simmering intensity. Danny Krivit edits the arrangement with the addition of crunchy snares along with an expansion of the musical landscape extending and then heightening the elements brilliantly.

Release: February 23

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KCTDL627_2000x2000_300dpiTony Lionni
Just a Little More
Madhouse

Been looking forward to hearing this LP from Mr Lionni for some time now, but while it’s no easy feat to pull off an albums worth of self-penned, captivating Dance music it’s achieved admirably here. The title track sets the tone with sassy, shuffling beats combining with funky synth lines fusing the past to the present perfectly. The notable instrumentation continues on Black Orchid as sultry strings are accompanied pulsating bass, although the long player is by no means devoid of the human voice. Robert Owens makes his presence felt on Time Stands Still, with the first single lifted from album featuring Rachel Fraser, Take Me With You doing likewise. There are some lovely instrumental sequences along the way too with Lost Souls pitching an emotive set of chords across a hypnotic array of beats and bass. The deep feel of this album will no doubt appeal to most out there, but having said that this never seems ponderous or underplayed – it’s always bang on target.

Release: November 25

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tony-Lionni/335887796621

Howie B
Frankies City ft. Joe Hirst
HB Recordings

629.5It did take a second listen but glad I did as Howie B and Joe Hirst’s magical blend of sci-fi weirdness alongside the  brutal bass and pulsating tribal drumming is all quite startling. Frankies City, is all that and more while packing more atmosphere into its unnerving 4.37 than most. Authentication, is a lighter proposition/ listen but none the less a stunning one which hints at minimalism while feeling positive, and dare I say even uplifting in the process with rousing, emotional strings plus zero beats. It’s a collaboration with the visual artist from Italy, Fabio Paleari and was made for an exhibit in Turin. The art in noise.

Release: November 25

http://www.howieb.com

dotSTRIPE
Make A Wish EP
Act Natural Records

If it’s dark, brooding intensity you’re after that you’ll find your dreams coming true with this release. Not to put too fine a point on it but the opening About Mary is a deliciously sinister, even compelling listen. Striking drum effects offset the moody, whirling drone with Borg like voices that collectively make imperfect sense. The more hopeful sounding Jazz is next with a stripped back set of punchy drums giving the only possible clue for its namesake. Make A Wish then injects more energy into the bass along with brighter keys, leaving Then It Happened to supply some vocal relief albeit via more dark tales. A captivating set of productions that may well astound you.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/dotSTRIPE/122547971105914

http://actnaturalrecords.com

Tape Edit 006
CheckTheGuns

checkHow could you not love this combination of fiery Latin, percussion accompanied by soaring Flute and Disco sensibilities on the JC Edit of Dream Alive? But then how could you not love the remainder either: Ups and Downs is sure-fire funky, Pass The Music On exquisitely soulful, with the proceeding second Dr Edit (edit) feeling frisky on the sizzling up-tempo vocoder led Never Let Go. Good time Disco-funk for all the family from this Dublin based label.

Release: December 2

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Check-The-Guns/137122486354660

The Salsoul Orchestra
Magic Journey (Expanded Edition)
Salsoul Records/ BBR

Any album containing Run Away is a priceless gem as this beautifully sung and orchestrated production cutely testifies. Loleatta Holloway provides the timeless vocals and the track appears in both its album version plus the extended Danny Krivit Re-Edit. Besides that the albums succession of skillful players breathe life into everything from sassy Latin vibes through to gutsy rock n roll with main man Vincent Montanan Jr. very much at the controls. The excellent Getaway provides another instrumental excursion while the opening It’s A New Day supply’s more party-time Disco moments. This edition also features Walter Gibbons reworking of Magic Bird Of Fire which runs into eight minutes of Congo fuelled bliss, and is always worth your time.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4397

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