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WEEK STARTING 28 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of New Flava Vol. 1 by Various Artists.
"New Flava Volume 1" is an audacious project birthed in Austin Aggrey-Odoom's brain in the Spring of 1995. Austin, being a devoted Christian as well as a massive music fan, was a regular at different churches across the London Area during the mid-90's. He then connected with many young aspiring gospel / soul / r&b singers and had the idea to produce a gospel album that could appeal to a younger crowd, mixing US r&b influences, to create a new kind of Christian r&b that could have radio potential, while showcasing U.K.'s underground soul talents from the gospel community. His love of God and passion for music would finally merge into this hybrid compilation project called "New Flava Volume 1".

With the help of producer Paul Cumberbatch, they recorded a selection of the finest voices that Austin could find amongst the gospel circuit. Inspired by popular US r&b / hip-hop artists of that time, they aimed to recreate a heavy and well-polished sound that would resonate with the fans of Mary J. Blige, Joe and SWV amongst others. The result is quite mind-blowing, Cumberbatch's top-notch productions make a strong foundation to let the artists shine throughout the compilation, such as Tyrone Henry on the instant-classic "Time For You And Me" or the label-favorite "Heaven Is In My Home" by Jasmine Kirby. The UK has always been a great hunting ground for soul talents, and this compilation is yet another example of it. Now for the first time on 2xLP, "New Flava Volume One" is a must-have for any 90's R&B collectors !


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Don't let the god squad put you off! This will still appeal to our secular listeners! Seriously good street-soul, r&b comp from the mid 90s - check!

TRACK LISTING

Tyrone Henry - Time For You And Me
Marissa Anglin & Charlene Reid - I Just Wanna Thank You
John Gibbons - Turn It Inside Out
Janine Cross - That’s What I Believe
Raymond Dyer - Come Inside And Look
Samantha Edwards - My Reason For Life
Jasmine Kirby - Heaven Is In My Home
Tyrone Henry - Curious
Charlene Reid - Spirit In My Life
John Gibbons & Marissa Anglin - Are You In The Light
Stella - Love So Unconditional
Tyrone Henry - Do You Really Know
Gillian Newbhard - Lord We Honour Your Name

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, prolific producer Cabu has come a long way; from his successful remix work – from Joe Hurtz's "Stay Lost" edit to Big Wild's "Empty Room" flip – to his consistently catchy original productions, Cabu's only getting started. He keeps this momentum alive with the EP "So Far To Go", his first to be released by Ta-ku & Jakarta Records' sublabel 823 Records.

823 is a perfect place for Cabu's bouncy, hypnotic grooves and is a return to form for what "Cabu" represents: a driving force in the pursuit of happiness through sound. It's a well-timed collaboration, as Cabu's fanbase has continuously grown over the past few years through features on Australia's Triple J, DJ Complexion's Future Beats Radio, Soundistyle, The South East Grind, Mutual Friends, ThisSongIsSick, Majestic Casual, Soulection Radio, BBC 1xtra, Pilerats, Maison Kitsune and more. To that end, "So Far To Go" features some of the most talented artists to come out of the Pacific continent, such as Milan Ring (95K monthly Spotify listeners) – coined "Australia's R&B Princess" by Apple Music – Brisbane native hit-maker Young Franco (1M+ monthly Spotify listeners), Kamaliza (123K monthly Spotify listeners), NOÉ, Gabby Nacua, Pastel and of course label-head Ta-ku himself.

1st single, "Process" featuring Ta-ku & Milan Ring was released on November 3rd. Hypnotically bouncy, with heavenly synth pads, crisp percussive elements combined with the ethereal voices of Ta-ku and Milan harmonically push the sonic envelope to make this track an infallible groovy knockout. As Cabu says, "Process" is "the dream-like state in which you take gratitude in your current situation whilst being hopeful in the future." The track provides a perfect taste of these artistic and creative powerhouses. The stunningly beautiful music video – directed by Sydney based Redscope Films and premiered on The Sound You Need – is the perfect accompaniment.

2nd single, "Sun & Moon" featuring Young Franco & NOÉ is set to be released on December 10th along with an announcement of the EP and pre-order. The song is a contagiously bouncy bop, with the different vocal harmonies and synth chords giving the track an almost prime 00's throwback, it's the perfect year-end anthem to keep dancing and growing through the good and bad.

The album's focus track, "About U" featuring Kamaliza will be released along with the EP release on January 28th, 2022. The song perfectly blends electronic elements within an R&B / Soul aesthetic, and is all about moving forward with intention, from the lyrics to the groove, making you feel tipsy on life.

All singles off the EP will be accompanied with custom visualizers by Perth-based design / creative firm Gesture Systems. The album's single-releases and videos will be promoted in-house via the artist's and the label's social media channels in Germany and Australia.

The 823 label represents the appreciation for the people, ideas and places that inspire and push their protagonists forward. "823 celebrates the simple beauty of everyday life and the people in it that inspire us." (Regan Matthews aka Ta-ku)

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: I've been waiting patiently for this one, smooth R&B sound with high energy which hits just the right spot. Exciting things coming from Sydney, this is one to watch closely for sure.

TRACK LISTING

1. Reintroduction
2. About U (feat. Kamaliza)
3. Over Me (feat. Gabby Nacua)
4. Interlude (feat. Pastel)
5. Sun Moon (feat. Young Franco & NOE)
6. Process (feat. Milan Ring & Ta-Ku)
7. Falling In

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

Alfredo

    Offered as a surprise release, "Alfredo", the joint project from Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist, features Tyler The Creator, Rick Ross, Benny, The Butcher and Conway The Machine and includes the single "1985". The project is their second collaboration together following their 2018 tape with Curren$y, Fetti, which Pitchfork called 'an example of the good that can happen when seasoned vets link up.'

    "Alfredo" follows Freddie Gibbs's joint album with Madlib, "Bandana", from last year, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Complex, Consequence of Sound, Hypebeast, NPR, SPIN, Stereogum, Vice, Vulture, and many more, their accompanying "Bandana Instrumentals" album, and their NPR Tiny Desk. The project also arrives after an industrious 2019 for The Alchemist. He released his compilation album "Yacht Rock 2", the fifth installment of his "Rapper's Best Friend" instrumental series, collaborations with Action Bronson (Lamb Over Rice") and Boldy James (The Price of Tea in China") and a joint EP with Conway The Machine ("LULU") who features on Alfredo's eighth track "Babies & Fools."


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Now enjoying a well-earned spot in hip-hop's mainstream conversation, Mr. Gibbs' joins up with Alchemist for an effortlessly cool and confident album which sees smooth, smoky, lounge hooks peppered with Freddie's direct and guttural raps. With a prized bag of rhymers in support it's hip-hop solid gold folks!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. 1985
    2. God Is Perfect
    3. Scottie Beam Ft. Rick Ross
    4. Look At Me
    5. Frank Lucas Ft. Benny The Butcher
    6. Something To Rap Ft. Tyler, The Creator
    7. Baby $hit
    8. Babies & Fools Ft. Conway The Machine
    9. Skinny Suge
    10. All Glass


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