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WEEK STARTING 5 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of Don't Rush The Process by Kaidi Tatham.
This is Kaidi's 4th solo album under his own name, following on from 'An Insight To All Minds' (2021), 'It's A World Before You' (2018), and 'In Search Of Hope' (re-pressed in 2020), all released on First Word, along with several EPs from 2017 onwards.

To bring you up to speed, Kaidi Tatham is a legendary multi-instrumentalist born in the Midlands and based in Belfast. Once dubbed "the UK's Herbie Hancock" by Benji B, he's a virtuoso on the keys and a true innovator in sound production as one of the original creators of the Broken Beat sound. Over the years his musical prowess has blessed numerous projects, recently with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Andrew Ashong and with longtime accomplice, Dego. This in addition to session and remix work for artists such as Mulatu Astatke, Slum Village, Marcos Valle, Amy Winehouse, Soul II Soul, Nubya Garcia, Rosie Frater-Taylor and Leroy Burgess, along with First Word label mates Eric Lau, Children of Zeus, Allysha Joy and Darkhouse Family. Kaidi is also a revered DJ known for rocking parties globally, whilst his solo catalogue spans tons of EPs and releases for labels such as Dego's 2000 Black, Alex Nut's Eglo Records and Theo Parrish's Sound Signature.

This new album 'Don't Rush The Process' opens with an intro of sweet strings on 'Mystery Solved', ahead of lead title track, which is on a mid-tempo boom bap vibe, before switching to a more uptempo boogie vein, with the assistance of The Easy Access Orchestra, who also appear on 'We Chillin' Out', which is on a similar boogie tip. 'All I Need' is some gospel flavoured hip hop, whilst 'Knocknee Donkey' steps things up in a jazz-funk fashion. The second half of the album takes on a very Brazilian flavoured stance, with a set of delicious latin flavoured grooves on 'Any Flavour', 'Runnin' Tru', 'What A Dream' and 'Sooretama', the latter featuring the additional prowess of pianist Robert Mitchell. There's a touch more of the hip hop beats thrown in via 'Funky Fool' and the album closes out in inimitable Kaidi style with a short message: 'Mind Yourself'.

A hugely prolific artist, here he adds to an already impressive catalogue, a body of work that falls within the cracks of jazz and dance music, exemplifying modern British black brilliance; uncompromising, innovative, groundbreaking, intricately sophisticated and deeply funky. His fanbase expands on every release and it's no surprise that that fanbase includes a diverse set of peers such as Madlib ("ahead of his time"), Gilles Peterson ("a key part of an entire movement"), K15 ("a limitless source of inspiration") and Kyle Hall.

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: The musician's musician and broken beat pioneer Kaidi Tatham graces us with a lavish selection of boom-bap, semi-instrumental hip-hop and pure broken beat funk. It's an amazing collection from this much-lauded innovator.

TRACK LISTING

1. Mystery Solved
2. Don't Rush The Process (feat. The Easy Access Orchestra)
3. Just Not Right Rudi
4. All I Need
5. We Chillin' Out (feat. The Easy Access Orchestra)
6. Knocknee Donkey
7. Any Flavour
8. Funky Fool
9. Sooretama (feat. Robert Mitchell)
10. Runnin' Tru
11. What A Dream
12. Mind Yourself

Dälek

Precipice

    Dälek, “the subversive indie hip-hop outfit” (Pitchfork),present their eighth album, ‘Precipice’, via Ipecac Recordings, now available to independent retailers on gold vinyl. Forged in the fires of the East Coast underground music scene of the late ‘90s, experimental hip-hop pioneers Dälek have spent the past two decades carving out a unique niche fusing hardcore hip-hop, noise and a radical approach to sound. Their brutal sonic temperament pushes rap music’s capacity for noise and protest to exhilarating conclusion.

    Following in the footsteps of Public Enemy while drawing influences from My Bloody Valentine and Faust, Dälek have succeeded in adding completely new textural and structural dimensions to rap music. Predominantly the work of Brooks and Manteca (aka Mike Mare), ‘Precipice’ was recorded and mixed by the two band members at their Dead verse Studios in Dälek’s hometown of Union City, N.J. Tool’s Adam Jones guests (guitar / synth) on ‘A Heretic’s Inheritance’. The band have supported Tool on tour previously.

    The album’s cover was created by Paul Romano(Mastodon, Withered) with interior packaging featuring the art of Afrofuturist painter, Mikel Elam. The band have toured with and supported a wide range of acts in the hip-hop, rock, metal and experimental genres, including KRS One, Tomahawk, The Melvins, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pharcyde, RJD2, De La Soul, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon and Fantomas, among many others.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Lest We Forget
    2. Boycott
    3. Decimation (Dis Nation)
    4. Good
    5. Holistic
    6. The Harbingers
    7. Devotion (when I Cry The Wind Disappears)
    8. A Heretic’s Inheritance
    9. Precipice
    10. Incite

    Moonchild Sanelly

    Phases

      The trailblazing South African musician Moonchild Sanelly - real name Sanelisiwe Twisha - signed to Transgressive Records in 2020, kicking off with diverse mini-LP Nüdes. Now, she returns to the international label with her genre-crossing second album Phases. Forming a sonic foundation that veers between Amapiano, Gqom, grime, pop, house and R&B while showcasing her vocal talents on more downtempo songs, Phases 19-tracks document the varying chapters of a toxic relationship and subsequent freedom. A double album, the first side is a journey through the relationship with production reflecting those different moods and aspects of her personality; the second side, meanwhile, leads into a clubbier amapiano space. Collaboration has always been core to Moonchild’s alternate world.

      Since her 2015-released award-winning first album Rabulpha! put her on the global map, she has collaborated with local favourites Maphorisa, Sho Madjozi and Thandiswa Mazwai. In the years that followed, she caught the attention of a host of international superstars, leading to high-profile collaborations with artists including Wizkid, Beyonce (featuring on “My Power”) and Gorillaz (on “With Love To An Ex”). Phases is a highly collaborative record, too, with production and guest features from Sad Night Dynamite (their track “Demon” is already a huge hit), Wesley Joseph, Xavier Thomas (Débruit), TOKiMONSTA, Holly and Aramboa.

      The album’s title takes on a multitude of meanings: via the range of genres covered across its runtime, the different sounds and styles that it encompasses and the personal journey that Sanelisiwe Twisha has taken to get to this point. But, for Moonchild Sanelly, it’s more literal than that: “I think that, with this album, I’ve managed to piece all the different parts of me together, because I’m known for different things in different parts of the world. I think you get to know me better with Phases - all the different sides of me.”

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Undumpable
      2. Demon (Moonchild Sanelly And Sad Night Dynamite)
      3. Cute (Ft. Trillary Banks)
      4. April Fool’s Day
      5. Strip Club (Ft. Ghetts)
      6. Let It Rip
      7. Over You
      8. Money Tree
      9. Favourite Regret
      10. Too Late
      11. ULi (Ft. Blxckie)
      12. Covivi
      13. Soyenza (Ft. Sir Trill)
      14. Yebo Teacher (Extended Version)
      15. Chicken
      16. Jiva Juluka
      17. Bad Bitch Budget
      18. Jump
      19. Bird So Bad

      Nas

      Magic

        Produced by Nas’ longtime collaborator Hit-Boy, Nas shares Magic, the transcendent 9 track album including “Wave Gods” ft. A$AP Rocky and DJ Premier. Magic follows the August 2021 release of Grammy nominated album, King’s Disease II.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. "Wu For The Children"
        2. "Speechless"
        3. "Wave Gods"
        4. "Meet Joe Black"
        5. "Ugly"
        6. "The Truth"
        7. "Dedicated"
        8. "40-16 Building"
        9. "Hollywood Gangsta"

        "The Pearl" is a collaboration between Planteaterz and the mercurial NYC rap-mystic, Sensational. The EP features four songs recorded in the winter of 2021 with Sensational on the mic and eaterz on production, and is accompanied by instrumentals and killer remixes by Maara, J. Albert, and Lowjack.

        "The Pearl" is a sound, a world, and definitely a vibe. It's got that truly underground, leftfield hip-hop vibe naied to a T; sounding decidedly fresh and futuristic - gloopy, sci-fi leaning soundscapes with unique, gritty, asphalt-huffing vocal deliveries. If you liked the Boldy James / Sterling Toles colab "Manger On McNichols", or the darker side of Earl Sweatshirt, or even stuff by The Bug - you're sure to find plenty of action here. 




        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: The story of Sensational is an interesting one (check out the youtube link below). A Jekyll and Hyde creative who's had spells of homelessness & addiction. This LP with the ingenious Planteaterz is pretty special if you're into the wonky and darkside of leftfield hip-hop.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Fancy Shit
        A2. Freak Like This (Vocal)
        A3. You Don’t Know Me Like That
        A4. The Flame
        A5. Untitled
        B1. The Flame (Low Jack Remix)
        B2. You Don’t Know Me Like That (J. Albert Remix)
        B3. You Don’t Know Me Like That (Maara Remix)
        B4. Freak Like This (Instrumental)


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