Robin Chua (aka KiDG) is well known and loved amongst our music community here in Singapore, and perhaps kind of a legend in his own right. For years now, he's been dishing out the tunes that never fail to move dancefloors as resident DJ for parties like Poptart, Tiko Disko, and Guilty Pleasures. A true collector and great selector, when he plays out, he just wants to see one thing - people having fun.
You've probably also seen or met Robin if you've been to The Analog Assembly or Binyl record fairs with that friendly smile and welcoming demeanour. These days while we're all cooped up at home, he's been doing regular live streams, covering a very wide range of quality music each time. Robin broadcasts on Twitch, and also uploads some of his mixes on Mixcloud.
Here are some of his recent mixes we've been diggin':
In this edition of our Selects' series, Robin picks out 5 great titles from our online catalog that are sure to lift your spirits up. His picks span the styles of Hip Hop, Funk/Soul, Jazz, Brazilian and Downtempo, and truly represent what he's about with the moods they bring out. Put some pep in your step today, listen and have a browse below! Amerigo Gazaway & D'Angelo - Variation Of Voodoo: A Tribute To D'Angelo
"Been a fan of Gazaway's mashups and remixes where he would blends hip hop acapellas with some soul & funk classics. Here he reimagines D'Angelo's Voodoo with live instruments and samples. Gazaway's vinyl albums usually sell off pretty fast and gets out of print easily, so don't miss out on this!" - Robin
"Ghost Funk Orchestra feels like a cousin of Texan chilled trio, Khruangbin, but with more attitude and swagger. Just take a listen to the track "Walk Like A Motherf**ker" and you will know what I mean!" - Robin
"Valle is truly a legend in Brazilian music, and with this self-titled piece you can hear why. From the famous opener "Estrelar", to the woozy whistler "Fogo do Sol", and the get-up-and-groove "Dia D", this album is all killer no filler." - Robin
"A long overdue reissue of a Japanese funk classic! A very fine piece of disco funk that ranges from the kitschy to the eerie. This was highly sorted by a lot of DJs, so I'm really happy that it's finally available at a reasonable price!" - Robin
"As far as quality music labels go, Music For Dreams is one of my favorites. And with Oto No Wa, the label has once again scored with a beautiful compilation of Japanese ambient & downtempo tunes from across three decades. Very well sequenced and plays out beautifully. Perfect music to chill out to." - Robin
There are many different motivations for Vinyl collectors out there from the purist who believes vinyl LPs reign above all, the librarian who loves archiving and finding the rarest, the casual who collects records every now and then or the musical conductor, aka the DJ who finds joy in presenting their valuable finds. Everything comes from the sheer love of music, and Ichiro (aka Itch) is all of the above in our opinion.
The motivation to do what they do as vinyl collectors give the musical journey a sort of focus, allowing one to learn from the chosen path. It can be broad, it can be zoned in or even both, no matter what there's always something to take away! So let's dig into the mind of collector DJ Itch and see where this mystical motivation comes from and leads to.
Hi Itch! Thank you for doing this interview, could we start off with just a little bit about yourself?
Hi Analog Vault, thank you for asking me for this interview. I’m Itch, a DJ and a vinyl collector, and have been actively collecting vinyls inspired by the passion for “local exotic funk a-go-go” music from the ’60s to early ’80s in Singapore, Nusantara, and around the region. The music genres I’ve been collecting are A-Go-Go, Hala-Hala, Melayu-Indo grooves, Chinese Disco, Pop Yeh Yeh, Asian City-pop, and so on. My DJ set specializes in Asian sound and exotic music introducing forgotten local music gems from the past to modern listeners, and brings back nostalgic vibes for old-timers. My vinyl collection journey started from early 2017 when I visit Red Point Record Warehouse to purchase some second-hand Jazz or relaxing music vinyls. But, the owner recommended me to listen to locally produced funky music, and when I listened to it first, it was quite an addictive exotic funky tune that I haven’t heard before. From that day, my digging journey of local gems has started.
* Treasure Hunting with an Itch - Photo Credit Rizman Putra
Yes! we have always noticed your great collection of rare South-east Asian titles from attending some of your gigs! Could you expand a little more about this particular interest and what is your motivation behind this research initiative?
My interest came from after knowing about a Golden Era of Music scene back in 60s/70s Singapore. For many years, I’ve been listening to many kinds of music, and always enjoyed listening to Jazz or Motown soul music in 70s, but I didn’t know much about the same era music scene in Singapore. This curiosity motivated me to start listening to those music from online or YouTube. The vinyl collection of South-East Asian vinyls started when my DJ friend from Japan, Yohei Hasegawa, introduced me to vintage record shop in Singapore, which also helped me to open my journey of digging “local exotic funk a-go-go” vinyl records!
*Recent finds of SEA titles by Itch
1. Saloma - Entah Di-Mana EP
*Recent finds of SEA titles by Itch
2. Mahani Mohd & Jopie - 1000th Ku Nantikan
With that in mind, how do you go about choosing which ones go into your record bag and which ones remain when digging for SEA titles? Is there a particular mood or sound that you usually look for?
Choosing vinyl is the most difficult part. When you start digging, I just look through the shelves randomly and check any title I’ve been searching for. If I find it, those will straight go into my record bag! If not, I sometimes ask the shop owner for any recommendation or new stock, then search from that stack. But my budget is limited on one visit, so I just select those which can be used in the DJ event. The interesting part of digging is to find the dope groove music from the cheaper second-hand records! I try not to buy the expensive one. When I go digging, I just focus on the music produced in 60s to 80s from around the region which can be used on my DJ mix. Recently, I’ve been listening to soul and funk music from Malaysia in 70s, and there many wonderful covers and original songs.
We are also curious as to how you would organize them in your own personal space. Would it be by the era, style, mood, or region?? It's always nice to have a system in place for easier navigation especially for a DJ like yourself.
Never knew that my record collection can become so big in three years, and its always problematic to organize these records in my space. Currently I organize by its region (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japanese, others), then after that will put those in alphabetical order or its musical style. Otherwise, it’s difficult to remember where I put the vinyls. But, usually I always keep my favorite vinyls in my DJ bag, so I can listen to it anytime!
Apart from that, we also realized your love for Japanese City-pop and Funk, where you also have your very own night called “NightCap”. Could you tell us a bit about what the style means to you and maybe one of your favorite City-pop albums for a much-suggested listening.
Yes, “Nightcap”, my monthly night at White Label Records, is a good platform to introduce some of my favorite Japanese City-pop music mixed with Malay Funk or Nanyang Chinese Disco. Am happy that this monthly event turned one in February! As an Asian rare groove DJ, and as a Japanese, I wanted to share some of my Japanese rare groove music collection (Japanese Funk & Japanese city-pop). Some funk and boogie music produced in Japan have great vibes! Tatsuro Yamashita’s “Sparkle” (included in the LP album ‘For You’) and Miki Matsubara’s “Stay With Me” (EP) have been played every time at “Nightcap”, and always happy to see the audience singing together! My favorite City-pop albums will be Tatsuro Yamashita’s “SPACY”, Ruriko Ohgami’s “Typhoon Lady”, Taeko Ohnuki’s “Sunshower”, and so on…
We are always fascinated with collectors who purposefully dig for old records that are super rare to find, it's almost like a treasure hunt. Could you share a little about your focus on your musical journey recently? Is there a DJ / Collector / or ethos that you are inspired by? Maybe one or two rare records that you’ve been wanting to find as well.
Yes, digging vinyls especially the old ones are like treasure hunt! Recently, I’ve been focused on more Malay and Singapore soul and funk from 70s and 80s; Ahmad Nawab, Uji Rashid, Rahimah Rahim, Sharifah Aini, Anita Sarawak, Carefree, Flybaits, etc). Their music has wonderful soul, groove, and boogie with a bit of exoticness, and they can blend well with Japanese City-pop at my events.
I was first inspired by NADA, a sound duo comprised by Safuan Johari and Rizman Putra, who reinterpret Malaysian traditional music with modern technology. I learned a lot about 60s to 80s Malaysian music from them and inspired me to DJ. Then, I always get inspired by music selection by my favourite DJs, Iramamama, Vinylheavy, Tiko Disko, Yuichi Kishino, Hibiki Tokiwa, Yohei Hasegawa, etc.. Their music help expand my music knowledge about Asian music!
To end it off, We would like to say that you are one of the rare music lovers out there with such a sincere and genuine approach. Each record probably brings its own memories and experience back to you. Could you maybe tell us what do these records mean to you at the end of the day and how does it gel into your everyday life?
From these vintage records, each record has its own music culture history and these music brings back the vibes from those era into our daily life. Besides the music, the design or fashion from those era can be seen from the vinyl record, which is interesting part of the vinyl digging experience! Singapore has developed and changed very fast, but through the vinyl record I still can see how Singapore was before. Each vinyl has its own history and story.
A mix by DJ Itch for our Mix series - Providing an all Vinyl mix, picking flavours from the South-East Asian Region, songs and melodies that are nostalgic to all of us here.
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Thank you Itch for taking your time off and shining some light onto some of these musical gems. By doing this interview it has inspired us to always keep the musical search going! So much to learn from the past and so much to look forward to at the same time. Hopefully through reading this, it will inspire you to go on your own musical search and continue to keep your curious nature alive. Keep the fire burning :)
You can find out more about DJ Itch aka Ichiro via the mediums below! Please also check out his weekly mix that he has been doing during the Circuit Break era called "Stay Home Singapura". We Highly recommend to put them on for some time travels and spot on vibes.
We've got something here at the vault for everyone, but sometimes it's hard to find something that truly resonates with you amongst everything else on display! In this series, we ask some of our friends from our local music community to pick out titles from our catalogue that speak to them.
Ice Cream Sundays is a pop up party collective dedicated to serving up outdoor parties centred around community, music, fun in the sun and (of course), ice cream. Featured here are Meltem and Daniel from the crew, each picking out three titles from our current catalogue that spell out their vibe. Their selects cover a range of tasteful LPs, from silky, downtempo pop and cloudy jazz to energetic afrobeat and flashes of hip hop. Overall, an uplifting and tasteful bunch of records that reflects the bubbling energy of their parties and overall outlook on life. Check it!
Emanating the spiritual freedom of the 70s with their mixture of jazz, folk and blues, the soul-jazz form charges the politically fuelled lyrics for a standout album.
From an all-female band consisting of Virginia Rubino (of BeBe K'Roche fame) on keys, Cyndy ”Cynth” Mason Fitzpatrick (of flutemedicine fame) on saxes and flute, Bobi Jackson on bass and Sandy Ajida on percussion. The album features 6 original tracks including the full mix of Common Woman with all 6 poems by critically acclaimed poet and author Judy Grahn, who also contributed to the new liner-notes.
The Time Is Now is a vanguard jazz record, full of the spirit, determination, and innovation inspired by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp. Recorded in 1973 and 1974 and released at the end of 1974, the set shows Ranelin to be an imposing composer and frightfully good trombonist. The original album contained six compositions that are a deep musical brew of avant-garde improvisation, hard bop jazz esthetics, and soulful melodic ideas that were superimposed as a jump off point for both harmonic and rhythmic invention.
Something to push your perceptions - this record is one for those willing to take the plunge. Drawing straight from their collective experience, Wendell Harrison and his group The Tribe force you to lean into discomfort from the get go, meandering into 'justice' eventually. The music reflects the stress, tension and discords that took place within their community along with the positive and harmonious things that happen alongside. The relationship between art and culture, the total vibrations, both positive and negative, are amplified: the message is heavy but for those who are dedicated, the healing force of the universe that is Music will never fail to elevate.
"The compositions we play are reflective of the music of our times whereby we play Jazz, Rock, and African music with its poly or many rhythms. I wrote all the tunes on this particular L.P. and it is written as a suite in 5 movements which means that the music can be performed along with poetry and dancers." - Liner Notes
One of those rare / overlooked records that you have to thank re-issue labels for bringing back to the spotlight. This 1977 gem by Bay Area songwriter, Matthew L. C brings that mellow, laid-back Funk and Soul-Jazz grooves for your listening pleasure. Think of Steely Dan mixed with that dreamy Roy Ayers sound and you will get Pieces – A true salute to the emotion of Nostalgia and Hopefulness. Not exactly in that classic box of the genre Soul Jazz, Pieces still represents those soulful and Jazzy qualities that we love, so we figured why not in our Top 5! Sampled by the likes of Madlib & MF Doom, some of the heaviest diggers out there – further goes to show that this LP is not to be missed. Highly recommended – Check it out!
A special session from the legendary Tribe Records Scene with the combined effort from leader Doug Hammond and keyboardist David Durrah. Goes deep in this one, mixing the sound of acoustic instruments, synthesizers, Rhodes and vocal chants, experimenting and expressing a liberating sound. The groove on this LP comes through as pure instinct, even during the quiet moments, topping it off with some class melodies reminiscent of the late Gil Scot Heron. Remastered and resissued via Pure Pleasure Records, this is a record that is usually overlooked at the vault, so here it is! Highly recommended.
Filed under as Bossanova, Samba, Jazz, Funk, Breaks and Psychedelic Rock, listeners here can expect a 29 minute long LP of unique song arrangements and interesting sonic timbres. Madlib described it as an album he could listen to every day for the rest of his life and we won’t disagree with that. Funky, Jazzy and free yet intimate and soulful, a journey through different emotions. An essential record for all of you starting their journey on Brazilian music.
Portuondo, who is one of Cuba’s most acclaimed artist released her self-titled album in 2000. A true classic in songwriting which features many traditional musical styles, from son to guajira to bolero. On top of that, Portuondo’s voice is close to near perfection, evoking a sense of nostalgia, which instantly teleports the listener to her homeland. Nicknamed “The Fiancee of Feelings ”, this is one of our top recommendations at the vault – true vibes here!
Transa is the fourth album by Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso, originally released in 1972 by Polygram. Recorded during his exile in London - the LP sounds like 70s electric rock fused with that Brazilian feel - strong percussive elements, berimbau sounds and his own Viola playing. Some songs were sung in English and some in Portuguese, all presenting a melancholic vibe with his strong yearning voice paired with beautiful chord changes and dynamic song structures. Sounds ahead of its time! Highly recommend this album.
This 1980s Brazilian psych-folk LP reissued by Altercat records is a true gem. Drawing inspiration from the folklore of the Amazon and Brazil’s northeastern regions, the songs are an introspective journey into the living Amazon expressed through a spiritual touch of strong rhythmic percussions and melodies.
Reissue of 1970’s best-kept Bossa Nova Secret, Werther courtesy of Altercat Records once again. 12 tracks that evoke such an intimate and personal feel supported by subtle musical arrangements. Classic at times - the subtle strums of the guitar and the blowing of the flute paired with raw and honest vocals, makes this one of our top LPs currently at the vault. Can’t get any more real than this! Definitely, a must-listen, underrated piece.
Here are some of our top picks of 2019! It was very difficult to narrow it down to just 10 but we managed to pick some based on what was popular amongst you guys who have supported the vault over this year. We added more tunes to our Spotify playlist so that some of these titles don't get missed out but here are our 10 picks, in no particular order!
*A big shout out to all who came through and spent the year with us listening and discovering music together
1. VA - Pacific Breeze (Japanese City Pop, AOR, Boogie 1976-1986)
One of those compilations that you won’t want to skip a single song. A very good introductory to the world of Japanese City Pop and one of our best sellers here at the Vault. With its eye-striking cover painting done by Tokyo based artist Hiroshi Nagai, we’ve seen many head turners and questions asked purely based on its illustration. Many key City Pop players on here, from Taeko Ohnuki and Minako Yoshida, as well as cult favorites Hitomi Tohyama and Hiroshi Sato. The music ranges from the playful emotions of City pop, its Machine like – Computer funk groove, right down to that distinct nostalgia which we all love from time to time. If City Pop is your thing, this compilation won’t disappoint!
2. Meitei - Kwaidan
Released on vinyl by local imprint Evening Chants, Meitei’s Kwaidan is a weird and wonderful journey into the spooky world of Kwaidan – a style of Japanese ghost stories. Using intricate sound collage as form, the lost Japanese mood is presented in a contemporary spin on this exceptional LP.
3. Fauxe - Ikhlas
Our first release as a label! This wonderful beats album by local producer Fauxe was initially released on cassette in 2018, and we absolutely had to release it on vinyl. Fauxes exploration of the KL music scene is a story expressed through samples of traditional Malaysia music with Hip Hop as its vehicle. Inspired by an eight-month stay in Malaysia, this LP is a true modern ode to the sonic legacy of the country. Likewise, we are inspired by the man's love for music of all sorts and his Ikhlas (sincere) creativity.
4. Various Artist - Hydeout Productions - First Collection
A compilation album, the first of 2 released by Nujabes Hydeout Productions Label. Previously on CD, these beautiful songs have made their way onto wax for the first time. Featuring some major players such as Funky DL, Apani B-Fly Emcee and Shing02 paired with the iconic beats of the late Nujabes. Not much has to be said but this compilation helps to show how far his music has reached out, breaking boundaries and forming a unique vibe truly known to Nujabes. With his classic style of sampling and his known swing, the music here presents a colorful, wavering and watery flow that brings moods of both melancholy and beauty.
5. Bombay S Jayashri - Shravanam
Time Capsule has knocked it out of the park with their fourth release, presenting the transcendental work of intimately spiritual Indian classical music by celebrated vocalist and composer Bombay S Jayashri. The drone of the tambura, intricate percussion and meditative chanting make up its deep musical landscape, truly engulfing any room this is played in; deservedly due to the incredible production. An incredible release by Time Capsule that will touch anyone with a spiritual charge.
6. Keith Jarrett - The Melody At Night
This LP is on rotation at the store most of the time as it fits the vibe of the store perfectly! If you have visited our store in the last 3 months, you probably would have heard it. Melancholic and beautiful from start to end with the solo piano work of Keith Jarrett, this LP is perfect for an after-work listen or just before you head to bed! First time on Vinyl from the good people of ECM Label, we highly recommend it for all music lovers and vinyl collectors :) Perfect album to sum up the end of 2019.
7. Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia
First official reissue of this plantastic masterpiece made up of beautifully synthesized arrangements for flora and fauna. Surely one of the most popular reissues of 2019 with its iconic artwork along with some lovely melodies packed in here. It comes with a very creative seed paper download card - plant it and watch it sprout :) “Warm earth music for plants and the people that love them” – all melodies were created on the Moog, orchestrated by Mort Garson leading the instrument to speak a charming and subtle language. If you haven’t listened to this, we ought you to! Truly putting the synth in photosynthesis is the right tag line!
8. Sampa The Great - The Return
Melbourne artist Sampa The Great here with her debut album The Return. Truly unique rhythmic flow throughout with top productions and water like rhymes. Some key collaborations here as well such as Silent Jay, Jon Wayne and London Jazz collective Steam Down, giving it that extra flavor. Listening to it in its entirety is key here, with each tune touching different styles yet moving seamlessly as it progresses. Surely a must-listen for all hip hop heads and RNB lovers looking for that fresh sound.
9. Resavoir - Resavoir
Chicago collective Resavoir with their first full-length album providing a very refreshing take on Modern / Contemporary Jazz. It features a suite of elegantly orchestrated jazz instrumentals filled with samples and interesting electronic textures. Loads of rhythmic styles on this one as well with that breakbeat, hip hop, house, and soul-jazz type rhythm. If you’re looking for something fresh sounding, Resavoir is a perfect LP to sum up that cross between Modern Jazz, Electronic and Ambient music.
10. The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery
Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is the second studio album by the English group, The Comet Is Coming. With Shabakka Hutchings leading the group with his high paced out style of playing the saxophone / Bass clarinet paired with lush electronic elements and a tightly pocketed drum groove – All the right elements for an interesting listen, definitely one of the freshest sounds in 2019, contributing to the ever-growing sound of the UK Jazz scene.
It was a wax-only affair at the Vault' for our 17th edition of OutIn with guest selectors Itch and Vinylheavy!
A truly excellent pairing! Both are champions of sounds from our region, each with a deep knowledge of the music and a collection to match.
Check out their episode of Diggin' here:
AV Mix Series
The 10th Edition for our mix series is brought to you by Ichiro aka Itch - Providing an all Vinyl mix, picking flavours from the South-East Asian Region, songs and melodies that are nostalgic to all of us here. Keep it locked in for the next hour as Itch makes you bounce, smile and dance, check it out!
In-store live performance byFauxe, playing through some of his original tracks, keeping the emotions high, the melodies lush and the drums heavy. If you've missed out the performance, here is your chance to check it! Keep it locked in for the next hour!
Outin 016 - Halal Sol
In Store live performance withHalalSol for our Outin Series. Halal Sol keeping the transitions smooth and making your feet move. Have a listen!
AV Mix Series
Here is AV 009 from Producer / Artist - Fauxe, presenting an all Vinyl mix for your listening pleasure. With multiple releases under his belt, Fauxe has continued to pursue the idea of Freeform with his music, which is also evident with this mix he cooked up for us! Sit down, plug your ear phones and have a listen :)
Next up for our AV008 mix series we have local producer / artist Halal Sol, part of the Darker Than Wax community, pushing the sound of Deep House and Dance Music here in Singapore. A smooth mix cooked up by the man himself, keeping you locked in for the next 45 mins, check it!
Here’s the get down for our in store session, a journey inspired by his travels to Sri Lanka and Singapore, the chaos and tranquility in contrast to the urban plateau of the ambience of Singapore at night. Here C Kidd plays some of his personal favourites that don’t get played enough - Have a listen!
PS. Recording was a little hot so excuse the peaks!
What a year for music 2018 has been! Here, in no order, are our top 25 favourite releases and reissues of the year:
John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once
A recently discovered recording from 1963 - this brilliantly captures the intensity of Coltrane’s great quartet and hints at the boundary-stretching musicality to come.
Jon Hassell - Listening to Pictures
His first album since 2009, this LP is rich with melody and unbounded rhythms, exploring in a dreamlike manner but still grounded in its vision. One of our favourites from the Vault!⠀
Haruomi Hosono - Philharmony
This is the second solo record from the unbelievably prolific Haruomi Hosono, one of the major architects of modern Japanese pop music. Philharmony is a wild listen, veering from abstract ideas, to synth pop, to tight, funky tunes for the dancefloor.
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Self Titled
The first album by the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra, made up of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono. This boundary smashing debut from 1978 blends synth pop with early electro, hip hop and bleep techno. Seminal and essential!
Ryu Fukui - Scenery
Unquestionably one of the most important Japanese jazz albums ever recorded! Scenery reveals Ryo Fukui as a miraculously brilliant self-taught pianist fusing modal, bop, and cool jazz influences for a very personal, dexterous and game-changing take on classic standards made famous by Bing Crosby and John Coltrane among others.
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
A mainstay in our Modern Jazz collection, this emotionally and rhythmically-charged jazz album is definitely worthy of repeated listens!
N'Draman Blintch - Cosmic Sounds
One of our favourite reissues of the year - A synth-heavy, psychedelic disco record, with artwork to match, Cosmic Sounds marries the sci-fi boogie sounds of US and European dance floors with a Afro-funk grooves for an endless boogie.
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington's 2018 release is such a thrilling multi-genre journey through musical ideas, cementing his place as one of the Jazz greats of today.
Various - J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969 - 1984
This amazing compilation is packed with obscure and sought after rarities that takes the listener on a wonderful journey. From deep spiritual jazz, post-modal Impressionism and dance floor material from artists & composers whose names are generally known to committed collectors of Japanese Jazz.
Various - We Out Here
An incredible compilation by Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings from earlier this year, this brilliantly showcases the UK's flourishing jazz scene. Spearheaded by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, who is credited as musical director, and features sounds from Hutchings, Maisha, Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, and more
Arthur Verocai - Self Titled
In this LP lies perfect doses of Bossanova, Samba, Jazz, Funk, Breaks and Psychedelic Rock. Listeners here can expect a 29 minute long LP of unique song arrangements and interesting sonic timbres. Perfect for a windy day and lovers of Madlib, as described as an album he could listen to every day for the rest of his life :)
Various - Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984 – 94
An awesome compilation selected by Millos Kaiser, one half of Sao Paulo's Selvagem DJ and digging duo. This LP features 16 rare tracks from the 80s & 90s, exploring sounds from Brazil. Packed tight with balearic rhythms, synth driven melodies and classic drum machine grooves of the 80s, this LP is a must have for both DJs and vinyl heads. Perfect for a samba-boogie and an ice cream while listening!
Nujabes – Metaphorical Music
After a long, long wait, this genre defining breakbeat album from the late great Nujabes has finally been made available on our favourite medium, vinyl :)
Various – Untinted: Sources for Madlib’s Shades of Blue
Untintedcontains the source material for Madlib's seminal 2003 project 'Shades of Blue' and is a fantastic intro to compare all the material from both recordings. It's a great dose of jazz in which Madlib focuses on the soul and jazz he used for the remixes. With songs by among others Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Donald Byrd the 12-track album gives you an indication of the wayMadlib created his pieces.
Alfa Mist – Antiphon
Perfect for a late night listen, an insight into Alfa Mist's journey as an artist. Here, modern jazz meets hip hop with style, finess, and tasteful musical vocabulary.
Nils Frahm – All Melody
Nils Frahm's 7th studio album is actually the first out of his works from his new studio in Berlin, painstakingly crafted over two years, deconstructing and reconstructing the entire space from the cabling and electricity to the woodwork, before moving on to the finer elements; building a pipe organ and creating a mixing desk all from scratch with the help of his friends. All Melody is born out of the freedom that his new environment provided, allowing Nils to explore without any restrictions and to keep it All about the Melody.
Weldon Irvine – The Sisters
Throughout the 70s, Weldon Irvine released a series of seminal albums full of deep, soulful, funky grooves. "The Sisters" is a collection of lost tracks and demos from his late-1970s studio sessions with fellow Jazz-Funk luminary Don Blackman. Soul-Jazz at its finest!
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Moving effortlessly through acid house and ambient bliss, Jon Hopkins' first album since 2013 is a wonderful journey through electronic styles, constantly changing - his tracks feel unbound from the metronome, his style cemented and present, his emotions ever so resonant. Singularity is a keeper.
Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today
Mixing jazz with hip-hop and dub production influences, Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today features a band including Nubya Garcia (whose new solo EP Armon-Jones plays on), Moses Boyd, Oscar Jerome, and Maxwell Owin.
Charles Mingus – Jazz In Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery
A must have for Mingus fans - nearly four hours of previously unreleased live material by the legendary bassist, all recorded on a single night in February 1973 for Detroit public radio. This is the glowing intersection of tradition and abstraction.
Mkwaju Ensemble - Mkwaju
The 2018 reissue of MKWAJU (Midori Takada's first album). Here Takada leads the ensemble with marimbas, vibraphone and other percussive elements blending Eastern and Western minimalistic traditions along with afro-latin rhythms to give a truly unique LP. The album covers a wide spectrum of sound, ranging from the spirit of Jazz through its improvisational qualities to hypnotic dance-floor ready percussive pieces, a beautiful listen throughout.
Abstract Orchestra – Madvillian Vol.1
A jazz deconstruction & re-imagining of the classic MF Doom/Madlib collaboration played live! A jazz album as much as it is a hip-hop album, Madvillain, Vol. 1 explores the reciprocal territory between the genres.
Mansur Brown – Shiroi
An integral part of the groundbreaking Yussef Kamaal album, (and also a contributor on one of the standouts on this year`s We Out Here collection), guitarist Mansur Brown comes into his own with his debut, Shiroi. Drawing on on percussive electronics, trap and jazz fusion, Brown's dextrous playing comes into full form on this one.
Carlos Maria Trindade / Nuno Canavarro – Mr. Wollogallu
On this fantastic collaboration, Carlos Maria Trindade and Nuno Canavarro manage an enchantingly adventurous and sophisticated soundscape from a range of sources; disparate instruments from across the globe, synthesizers and samples melt into each other with the use of vintage electronic production techniques. Packed with distinct, contrasting elements, the movements make for a baffling, yet comforting journey. A lovely LP to get lost in.
Aphex Twin – Collapse EP
How often does a late career comeback happen? Richard D James aka Aphex Twin is making some of the best music of his life right now. Joyous, meticulous, skippy, and smooth, Collapse has to go down as one of his finest. The joy is infectious, the programming and sound design ever virtuosic. A definite grin generator for any raver.