MAGIC MIX

hip hop . r'n'b . trap

WEEK STARTING 23 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of Cage And Aviary by Bryony Jarman-Pinto.
Written over the course of three years, "Cage And Aviary" ties personal reflection to wider social issues, giving an intimate insight in to what it means to come of age in today’s world. Sophisticated songwriting is brought to life with Bryony’s harmonious vocals, layered with jazz, soul and elements of folk, creating a melodic sound that has charmed many major tastemakers. "Cage & Aviary" was created with long-time friend, collaborator and Tru Thoughts label-mate Tom Leah AKA Werkha, highlighting their capacity for musical exploration.

'The album is built around my contemplations on life, love and myself and tying that in with wider global issues.' Jarman-Pinto explains, 'lyrically I have circled around the theme of family and securities I felt at a younger age, measured against my insecurities now and personal desires to my own femininity and personhood'. This lyrical struggle is best represented in “Emerge”, a track written at a time when Jarman-Pinto was experiencing her biggest lack of creativity and insecurity around her writing; she describes a breakthrough in writing, willing for one to come.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Delicate vocals, jazz-flecked instrumentals; Jarman-Pinto causally wears flowers in her hair with a relaxed, diurnal, open-air quality; you get the feeling she's destined for some colourful live performances across the festival circuit. One to check for sure.

High quality laquer cut LP with silver and pink pantone colors on cover. Mutual Intentions is proud to present "Astral Traveling" which is Byron The Aquarius' debut album. A stunning piece of fusion built from everything between jazz, soul, hiphop and house makes Mutual Intentions a perfect platform for the release. String compositions is an on-going theme throughout the album. From the first chord on "Love Is 4U", until the very last second of "Spazzing Out", where Byron raps over a beautiful backdrop consisting only of Fender Rhodes, electric bass & strings. Byron jumps seamlessly between different genres throughout the whole album. From the acid house inspired "Sorry Kari", to 70's prog jazz sounding cuts like "Lost In Love". Once you put the needle on side B, you'll hear "Deep In That ***** feat. MDMA" which sounds pretty much like if Dexter Wansel took MDMA in 2019, inside Legowelt's studio and tried to re-create his classic cut "Theme From The Planets"



The neo-soul movement of the late 1990s, which fused classic soul sounds with contemporary elements, heralded the arrival of some of the greatest R&B recordings of the decade. Albums like Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill", D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar", and Maxwell's "Urban Hang Suite" were all born of this trend, while artists such as Mos Def, The Roots, and Common whole-heartedly embraced the sound, creating some of their most timeless material in the process (most of it we've championed whole-heartedly through the years! - Ed).

These are some of neo-soul's great successes, but a slew of underground acts were what set the initial blueprint for their more pop-friendly acquaintances to follow. Acts such as R&B duo Groove Theory. The New York pair, consisting of singer / songwriter Amel Larrieux, and producer Bryce Wilson, (A veteran of the legendary 80s electronic group Mantronix) helped set the tone for neo-soul via their lone studio release, the self-titled "Groove Theory".

The nearly hour-long record features 14 tracks of Wilson's smooth soul arrangements and atmospherics merged with golden era boom-bap beats, and Larrieux's siren-quality vocals, inspired equally by a combination of Native Tongues, peak Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Soul II Soul, as well as elements of breakbeat, jazz fusion, and even trip hop. It's a definitive, but often overlooked classic of the 1990s, which helped expand contemporary R&B's sound, render Billboard hits out the tracks "Tell Me", "Keep Tryin'", and "Baby Luv", and even found the time for a Todd Rundgren cover. On the cusp of Groove Theory's 25th anniversary, Get On Down is proud to bring you this vinyl reissue of an underrated 90s gem. The original record has never been re-released on wax since its 1995 debut, but is now presented here with fully remastered audio, and bundled in a full-color insert sleeve with complete lyrics and liner notes. 


This is the second collaboration of Joe Buhdha and Terri Walker, the first being 2014’s "Untitled to Entitled" EP featuring "Feel Right" and "Tired Out". The EP received major support from many taste makers and top DJs around the world and now the pair are back with a full length album! With a smorgasboard of high grade collaborations throughout - Children Of Zeus, DRS, Rodney P - Terri Walker merges reggae, house, soul and hip-hop into a distinctly UK-centric brew. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Tasty merging of flavours makes this a highly accomplished UK offering. Rich with a multi-coloured, carnival energy, with a skilled and attentive songwriting to boot. A winner!


This Sunday (August 25) we are down @ThePilcrowPub next to the CIS building celebrating the launch of our new beer… https://t.co/ng2LNvz2SY
Fri 23rd - 3:22
Our very own Ryan here looking very happy with his new @HorsebeachBand album ‘The Unforgiven Current’ which is out… https://t.co/5hvcgSqC3w
Fri 23rd - 1:02
Coloured vinyl from Ghost Funk Orchestra, Tropical Fuck Storm aka @tfs_theband Augustus Pablo Meets King Tubby and… https://t.co/gwcS9ATOYT
Fri 23rd - 12:56
Out day. @work1ngmensclub 7” ‘Teeth’ Limited to 500 copies only. Don’t sleep. https://t.co/2zZgwq94dq Label… https://t.co/Chh4EcsdiT
Fri 23rd - 11:28
Happy New Music Friday everyone. We are open all weekend and we have brand new banners gracing our walls today from… https://t.co/ACNwFvdjHy
Fri 23rd - 10:21
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