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Genre pick of the week Cover of Could We Be More by Kokoroko.


Could We Be More

    Following the huge success of 2018’s Kokoroko EP and the sensational Abusey Junction (100M streams and counting), Could We Be More is an expansive and ambitious debut album that speaks to the force of Kokoroko.

    Each song possesses the power to evoke memories and harness the feeling of home through music: from the psychedelic, funk-laden previous single ‘Something’s Going On’ to the congregational energy of today’s track ‘We Give Thanks’, ‘Could We Be More’ fuses together the African- London synergy which so naturally underpins the heat of Kokoroko’s identity.

    Winners of a slew of awards in the UK, Kokoroko specialise in soul shaking, horn fuelled sounds with West African roots and Inner London hues. Having played many EU Festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, Elbjazz, & Jazz a la Villette, they are are looking forward to extending their reach further around the globe in 2022 and beyond. The band have performed on several BBC TV shows and their two Boiler Room sets have racked up almost half a million plays between them.

    “Drawing influence from West African highlife and jazz, wellmarinated in enough polyrhythm seasoning to induce fires on the dance floors they play.” Okay Africa

    “Afrobeat, jazz, soul and ’70s psych-leaning funk - luminescent” Cool Hunting

    “This female-led, multicultural collective of under 30s is a vital example of not only jazz’s new form but the shape of things to come.” The Guardian


    A1. Tojo
    A2. Blue Robe (pt.i)
    A3. Ewà Inú
    A4. Age Of Ascent
    A5. Dide O
    A6. Soul Searching
    B1. We Give Thanks
    B2. Those Good Times
    B3. Reprise
    B4. War Dance
    B5. Interlude
    B6. Home
    B7. Something's Going On
    B8. Outro
    B9. Blue Robe (pt.ii)

    Akae Beka's inimitable style of rich, deep, multi-layered songwriting, uncompromising devotion to RasTafari and soulful healing melodies developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite and countless recordings. At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. He is without a doubt one of the most prolific reggae artists ever known.

    The stellar production trinity that is Zion I Kings have been involved collectively and individually in creating some of the most highly regarded contributions to the vast Akae Beka catalogue. Ride Tru, originally released digitally and on CD in 2014, stood every chance disappearing into the all eclipsing shadow of the LP released by them earlier that year, Beauty for Ashes, which had been named by iTunes as the reggae album of the year. A monumental achievement for undiluted, uncompromising RasTafari roots reggae music this side of the millennium. So needless to say, the bar was high and Vaughn Benjamin and Zion I Kings must have known that, as they managed to raise it higher again.

    Ride Tru continues in the same form, rootsy, soulful, refreshingly polished and authentically raw, the threads of anciency that any devout reggae lover will be looking for and the threads of modernity that keep it alive and appealing in the modern day. A uniquely regal tapestry that has become synonymous with music created from the unity of Zion I Kings and Vaughn Benjamin

    Following 8 years of anxious anticipation, for the countless Akae Beka fans that are also vinyl connoisseurs, this LP is now being released on as a 12" vinyl LP courtesy of Before Zero Records. This offers the listener not only the chance to enjoy this LP in an analogue form, but also the chance to hold the artwork as a 12" square masterpiece, created by the hands of Ras Marcus, the artist who gave the powerful visual presence that became synonymous to much of the I Grade / Akae Beka works over the years.


    1. Calm The Day
    2. To Them
    3. To Ge Da
    4. Credited
    5. Conquering Lion
    6. Voices Of The Remnancy
    7. Arise Again
    8. Worry Free
    9. How I'll Carry On
    10. Ride Tru

    Moonchild Sanelly


      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.”


      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

      Debut release from Austudy: "Burning It Up: Australian Reggae (1979-1986)". A
      compilation surveying the influence of reggae on Australia’s preoccupation with rock, pop, post-punk and new wave between the years of 1979-1986. Much like the cross fertilization that occurred here in the UK. This selection of 8 obscure tracks originally issued on 7” records represent some of the earliest examples of reggae sounds in Australian recorded music. Comes with beautifully illustrated lithograph printed booklet. Highly recommended!


      1. Nights In Shining - Surfin’ Reggae
      2. Wide Boy Youth - Busy Bleeding
      3. Delaney Venn - Prisoner (LP Version)
      4. Time Lords Inc. - Don’t  5. Lifesavers - Burning It Up
      6. Janie Conway - Temptation 
      7. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons - Shape I’m In (Dub Version)
      8. The Agents - Night People 

      Various Artists

      Indian Vibes - The Finest Selection Of Electronic Music With Indian Flavor

        Double LP of electronic cuts with a nod to the Indian subcontinent.


        A1. Fakear - Darjeeling
        A2. Panjabi MC - Mundian To Bach Ke
        A3. Télépopmusik - An Ordinary Life
        A4. Better Daze - Stay Right Here
        A5. Nitin Sawhney - Bengali Song
        B1. Asian Dub Foundation - Rivers Of Dub
        B2. Skeewiff - The Bone (Part One)
        B3. T.J. Rehmi - Dil Mai Durad
        B4. Joi - E.SY (Spring Heel Jack Mix)
        C1. Kid Loco - She'S My Lover (A Song For R.)
        C2. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Bollywood
        C3. Fanfara Electronica - Funky Indian
        C4. World Service - Skanking For Jullandar
        C5. Tulika Feat. Nicolas Dri - Love Is Back
        D1. Badmarsh - Easin' In
        D2. The Karminsky Experience Inc. - Exploration
        D3. Up, Bustle & Out - Silks, Perfumes And Gold
        D4. Bonobo - Terrapin

        Various Artists

        Vintage Zouk

          This new volume of the Vintage Collection is dedicated to Zouk, the music originating from the French West Indies. Let the sun shine in your stereo!


          A1. Kassav' - Zouk-La Sé Sel Medikaman Nou Ni
          A2. Jocelyne Béroard - Kolé Séré
          A3. Édith Lefel - Somnifère
          A4. Jocelyne Labylle & Cheela Feat. Passi & Jacob Desvarieux - Laisse Parler Les Gens
          A5. Lynnsha - Ne M'en Veux Pas
          A6. Medhy Custos - Elles Demandent
          B1. Fanny J - Ancrée À Ton Port
          B2. Jane Fostin Feat. Medhy Custos - Pas De Glace
          B3. Thierry Cham - Océan
          B4. Warren Feat. Fanny J - J'ai Trouvé L'erreur
          B5. Kim & Marvin - Ne T'en Vas Pas
          B6. Princess' Lover - Mon Soleil

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