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Alfa Mist is considered a frontrunner in the new London jazz movement. ‘Antiphon’ was created around a conversation with his brothers, Alfa blends melancholy Jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul. Beautifully mellow and soulful, this album beams with effortless grace and adding another gem to the London Jazz scene. On the label Black Acre, this double LP is on a special edition orange vinyl. If you like Yussef Kamaal/ Kamaal Williams, Ezra Collective and Kamasi Washington this will be right up your street.

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Millie says: This is one of the most beautiful jazz albums of the year by far, an indication of that might be that this sold out before it could reach our shelves! Alfa Mist has created a wave of inspired nu-jazz broken beat, not one to be missed.

A powerful lyricist and complex story-teller, Rocks’ sound combines hyper-fierce spitting with his own, abstract beat sketches. Having released his impressive debut EP, ‘Legion’, back in 2015 — a raw, self-produced grime-rap hybrid — he has since remained dormant to the outside world, bar a quick-fire feature on Commodo’s ‘How What Time’ LP in 2016.
Written over the course of that period and entirely self-produced, ’Fight The Good? Fight’ digs deeper than ever before into Rocks’ psyche, drawing on both religious elements — “I was more or less force fed it when I was younger” — and his own experiences for much of its lyrical inspiration. He talks money, love, confusion, happiness and ambition to tell the story of his own every day battles. Musically, ‘Fight The Good? Fight’ also broadens horizons, with Rocks widening his scope to take in sounds from beyond the sprawling urban landscape of his home town of Croydon. On tracks like ‘Nitty Gritty’ and ‘Into My Own Hands’ for example, the two tracks that bookend the record, he flows at trademark lightning speed over crunchy rap beats, but its on cuts like ‘Downpour’ and the wandering spoken-word of ‘Red Hand Of Ulster’ that he unmasks a new, more vulnerable guise. Toning down his flow to reflect and take stock, it is in these solemn, inward moments that Rocks shines the brightest.
Comfortable spitting acapella, off-beat or even in spoken word — over straight-up rap beats or woozy Commodo instrumentals — he has long been considered one of the UK’s most compelling young lyricists, but on ‘Fight The Good? Fight’, Rocks addresses his demons, calls out bullshit and comes of age proper.


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Patrick says: I lost my shit when I heard the terrifying bassweight and full blown rage of his debut 12", and Rocks FOE's debut LP brings that energy to a fiesty eight track set. Heavyweight tackle!

Brokenchord

Endless Transmission

    Ernestas Kaušylas aka Brokenchord is a music producer and composer born and raised in Utena, a small industrial town in Lithuania. Kaušylas was quickly picked up by Black Acre, releasing both a 7inch single and an EP, after an exclusive mix of his was aired on BBC Radio One’s Experimental Show hosted Mary Anne Hobbs in 2010.

    Endless Transmissions is the brainchild of Kaušylas who single handily (bar two tracks) wrote and performed the entire album. The only collaboration was with jazz drummer, Augustas Baronas , who he encouraged to play as mechanically as possible. The LP pays homage to creativity and the ability to push the limits of technology with the physicalness of a human body. Kaušylas explains “machines that mimic human grooves is boring but the other way around it becomes quiet interesting”.

    With nods to the likes of Bonobo, Radiohead and Illum Sphere within the LP, Brokenchord also has an exquisite cinematic quality to his production stating “Endless Transmission is a movie painted with sound”.

    His previous accomplishments include; his track Lowe featuring in the Radiohead office chart in 2011, which received an invitation to remix Give up the Ghost, from frontman and personal hero Thom Yorke, which was included in the remix album compilation King of Limbs.

    In 2014, he composed music for Danish Theatre group Hotel Pro Forma spectacle, winning the prestigious Lithuanian Golden Cross Of Stage Theatre Award. Since then he has supported Bonobo’s North Borders Tour in Latvia and Lithuania and radio hosts such as Mary Anne Hobbs, Gilles Peterson and Stuart Maconie have aired his music.

    The talented polymath currently resides in The Hague while he finishes his Bachelor of Music studies at the Institute Of Sonology. ”


    Commodo

    Set It Straight / Solid Gold Telephone

    An artist with minimal online presence and who keeps himself to himself, Commodo is one of an increasingly rare few who make waves through the strength of their music alone. He builds bass-focussed beats with soul and substance that never perpetuate a formula, distancing himself from contemporaries with ingenious sampling and sound design influenced by his long-time affinity with the vibrancy of hiphop. Regardless of whether it’s the tough, dread-pressurised bassweight of his dancefloor-leaning productions or the tonally rich and immersive qualities of his more cerebral work, his scrupulous studio techniques are evidenced by the resounding freshness and longevity of his tracks both new and old. His inherently unique and accomplished production style earned him recognition right from the outset of his ascendancy and garnered early attention from a host of key figures within the dubstep community; finding a natural home for his music at the bastion of low frequency excellence, Deep Medi Musik.

    Having already accumulated a gem-laden discography, there is undoubtedly much more to come from Commodo, who is set to release his debut artist album on Black Acre in April 2016. It's shaping up to be an exciting future for a guy who will continue to challenge himself musically, explore new BPMs and aesthetics, innovate and cement his reputation as one of the UK underground’s best-regarded producers.

    Commodo’s inherently unique and accomplished production style has earned him recognition right from the outset of his ascendancy, garnering attention from a host of key figures within the electronic community. “Set It Straight” features Croydon’s fast-rising rapper-beatmaker Rocks FOE, and like Commodo’s Jme-featuring hit “Shift”, is an instant underground anthem. Commodo blends Madlib-style hip-hop beats with the fierce spirit of grime. The addition of Rocks’ straight-talking charisma and energetic flow transitions “Set It Straight” into an uptempo head-banger.


    N-Type

    Dark Matter / HP Sauce

    Following the all-area smasher "Pinball" and super classy "EchoLow" Black Acre orphanage for sonic outsiders welcomes a true pioneer in the form of legendary DJ N-Type. "Dark Matter" is a departure from the DNA scrambling rippers we've come to expect without sacrificing any of N-Type's trademarked impact. Here he gets all Edgar Alan Poe on the beat as etheric winds slice into the sub and our nocturnal narrator depicts ghostly happenings. The heavyweight bruiser kick / snare tag team anchor the impossibly subtle midrange growl as bongolian tribalist procussion keeps the riddim rolling. Sprinkle some arpeggiated synthetic angel dust over the mix and you've got an original take on a well-practiced classic form. On the flip we unearth the long requested often speculated over "HP Sauce". This long awaited lost dub reeks of the sheer rudeness that kicked off modern dub music, lazer bass rips deep wounds into the rugged halfstep riddim and ultra low-end dabbling squeezes oxygen outta the dance. DJ support from Hatcha, Caspa, Walsh and Mary Anne Hobbs.

    DZ

    Old Timers / Ear Drumz

    Following the last few month's non stop wobbletronic bombardment of dancefloor bangers, Canada's newest hot export ups his game with this no-nonsense slice of dancehall murder balladry. On the A is the long awaited underground anthem "Old Timers". The equation is simple, grinding bass + thunderous drums % by cinematic samples to the power of cocked weapons = Reeewwwiiinnddd! On the B-side DZ displays the kind of dynamic production skills that have got names like Herve and Diplo checking their AIM accounts. "Ear Drumz" is a 4x4 tribal slice of drum funk best described as the Incredible Bongo Band in a fist fight with Jah Shaka at Studio 51! The sheer width of styles covered by this release has garnered support from, Plastician, Diplo, Nick Argon, Herve, Sinden, N-type, Rustie, DJ Yoda and many more.


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