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Robert Glasper Experiment

Black Radio - Deluxe Edition

    Ten years ago in 2012, Robert Glasper changed the game. After several acclaimed Blue Note albums that solidified his Jazz cred while hinting at his Hip-Hop leanings, the visionary pianist went all in with Black Radio, an album that laid out a new paradigm for creative music, reaching beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music and beyond.

    Featuring his Experiment band with Casey Benjamin on sax/vocoder, Derrick Hodge on bass and Chris Dave on drums, the album boasted a rollcall of special guests including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello & others.

    Black Radio would go on to debut on four different Billboard charts peaking at #1 Jazz, #4 R&B/Hip-Hop, and even reaching #15 on the Top 200. The cherry on top came in February 2013 at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards when Black Radio was awarded Best R&B Album.

    Now, a special 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition presents the full Black Radio experience by expanding it to 3-LPs featuring the original album plus three bonus tracks previously unreleased on vinyl, and the remix EP Black Radio Recovered which featured additional contributions from Questlove, Solange, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, and more.

    TRACK LISTING

    VINYL TRACKLISTING:
    LP 1 | Black Radio | Original Album
    Side A
    Lift Off / Mic Check Feat. Shafiq Husayn
    Afro Blue Feat. Erykah Badu
    Cherish The Day Feat. Lalah Hathaway
    Always Shine Feat. Lupe Fiasco And Bilal
    Side B
    Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) Feat. Ledisi
    Move Love Feat. King
    Ah Yeah Feat. Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele
    The Consequences Of Jealousy Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
    LP 2
    Side A | Black Radio | Original Album
    Why Do We Try Feat. Stokley
    Black Radio Feat. Yasiin Bey
    Letter To Hermione Feat. Bilal
    Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Side B | Black Radio | Bonus Tracks*
    Twice
    A Love Supreme
    Fever Feat. Hindi Zahra
    *Previously Unreleased On Vinyl
    LP 3 | Black Radio Recovered | The Remix EP
    Side A
    Afro Blue Feat. Erykah Badu (9th Wonder's Blue Light Basement Remix)
    Black Radio Feat. Yasiin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)
    Twice (Questlove's Twice Baked Remix Feat. Solange Knowles & The Roots)
    Side B
    The Consequences Of Jealousy (Georgia Anne Muldrow's Sassy Geemix)
    Letter To Hermione Feat. Bilal (Robert Glasper And Jewels Remix Feat. Black Milk)
    Dillalude #2

    CD TRACKLISTING:
    1. Lift Off / Mic Check Feat. Shafiq Husayn
    2. Afro Blue Feat. Erykah Badu
    3. Cherish The Day Feat. Lalah Hathaway
    4. Always Shine Feat. Lupe Fiasco And Bilal
    5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) Feat. Ledisi
    6. Move Love Feat. King
    7. Ah Yeah Feat. Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele
    8. The Consequences Of Jealousy Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
    9. Why Do We Try Feat. Stokley
    10. Black Radio Feat. Yasiin Bey
    11. Letter To Hermione Feat. Bilal
    12. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    13. Twice
    14. A Love Supreme
    15. Fever Feat. Hindi Zahra
    16. Afro Blue Feat. Erykah Badu (9th Wonder's Blue Light Basement Remix)
    17. Black Radio Feat. Yasiin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)
    18. Twice (?uestlove's Twice Baked Remix Feat. Solange Knowles & The Roots)
    19. The Consequences Of Jealousy (Georgia Anne Muldrow's Sassy Geemix)
    20. Letter To Hermione Feat. Bilal (Robert Glasper And Jewels Remix Feat. Black Milk)
    21. Dillalude #2

    Various Artists

    Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen

      4-time GRAMMY-winning producer Larry Klein, who produced Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY Album of the Year winning release River: The Joni Letters, has assembled another extraordinary star-studded project with Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. This heartfelt tribute to Klein’s dear friend, the legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, presents stunning renditions of his profound songs by an impressive and eclectic line-up of guest vocalists including James Taylor, Iggy Pop, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, Peter Gabriel, Nathaniel Rateliff, David Gray, Sarah McLachlan, and Luciana Souza. The backing band is no less impressive featuring a remarkable quintet of modern jazz talent including guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Nate Smith.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Steer Your Way - Norah Jones
      2. Here It Is - Peter Gabriel
      3. Suzanne - Gregory Porter
      4. Hallelujah - Sarah McLachlan
      5. Avalanche - Immanuel Wilkins
      6. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye - Luciana Souza
      7. Coming Back To You - James Taylor
      8. You Want It Darker - Iggy Pop
      9. If It Be Your Will - Mavis Staples
      10. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy - David Gray
      11. Famous Blue Raincoat - Nathaniel Rateliff
      12. Bird On The Wire - Bill Frisell

      Grant Green

      Feelin’ The Spirit - Tone Poet Series Edition

        Grant Green was Feelin’ The Spirit on this deeply soulful 1962 date that found the great guitarist interpreting a set of spirituals with a state-of-the-art modern jazz line-up featuring Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, Billy Higgins on drums plus Garvin Masseaux on tambourine.

        This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analogue master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.

        Various Artists

        Blue Note Re:imagined II

          Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents.

          Blue Note Re:imagined returns this year with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene.

          “For more than eight decades the artists of Blue Note Records have continually pushed the envelope of contemporary music, and Blue Note Re:imagined II once again honours that legacy by letting the UK’s most creative young artists reinvent the treasures of the Blue Note catalogue through their own lens.” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Yazz Ahmed - It (Chick Correa)
          2. Conor Albert - You Make Me Feel So Good (Bobbi Humphrey)
          3. Parthenope - Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
          4. Swindle - Miss Kane (Donald Byrd)
          5. Nubiyan Twist - Through The Noise (Chant No.2) (Donald Byrd)
          6. Ego Ella May - Morning Side Of Love (Chico Hamilton)
          7. Oscar Jerome - Green With Envy (Grant Green)
          8. Daniel Casimir Ft. Rita Moran - Lost (Wayne Shorter)
          9. Theon Cross - Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk)
          10. Maya Delilah - Harvest Moon (Cassandra Wilson)
          11. Kay Young - Feel Like Making Love (Marlena Shaw)
          12. Venna & Marco - Where Are We Going (Donald Byrd)
          13. Reuben James - Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)
          14. Binker Golding - Fort Worth (Joe Lovano)
          15. Cherise - Sunrise (Norah Jones)
          16. Franc Moody - Cristo Redentor (Donald Byrd)

          John Coltrane

          Blue Train - The Complete Masters

            To mark the 65th anniversary of the album’s recording, Blue Train will be released in two special editions on September 16 as part of Blue Note’s acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series.

            A 1-LP mono pressing of the original album will be presented in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket, while the 2-LP stereo collection Blue Train: The Complete Masters will include a second disc featuring seven alternate and incomplete takes, none of which have been released previously on vinyl, and four of which have never been released before on any format. The Complete Masters comes with a booklet featuring never-before-seen session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn. Both Tone Poet Vinyl Editions were produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI.

            Blue Train: The Complete Masters will also be released as a 2-CD set and digital collection.

            “Few studio experiences I’ve had can compare with the thrill of listening to the original master tapes—mono, stereo and alternate takes—of Blue Train,” says Harley. “I consider these two new versions the definitive editions of this masterpiece performance by John Coltrane.”

            TRACK LISTING

            2CD
            Blue Train
            Moment’s Notice
            Locomotion
            I’m Old Fashioned
            Lazy Bird
            Blue Train (false Start)
            Blue Train (take 7)
            Moment’s Notice (alternate Take 4)
            Lazy Bird (take 1)
            Blue Train (alternate Take)
            Moment’s Notice (incomplete Alternate Take 5A)
            Lazy Bird (alternate Take)

            1LP
            LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
            Side A
            Blue Train
            Moment’s Notice
            Side B
            Locomotion
            I’m Old Fashioned
            Lazy Bird

            2LP
            LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
            Side A
            Blue Train
            Moment’s Notice
            Side B
            Locomotion
            I’m Old Fashioned
            Lazy Bird
            LP 2 | Blue Train | Alternate And Incomplete Takes
            Side A
            Blue Train (false Start)
            Blue Train (take 7)
            Moment’s Notice (alternate Take 4)
            Lazy Bird (take 1)
            Side B
            Blue Train (alternate Take)
            Moment’s Notice (incomplete Alternate Take 5A)
            Lazy Bird (alternate Take)

            Nubiyan Twist / Swindle

            Through The Noise (Chant 2) / Miss Kane

              Nubiyan Twist and Swindle reimagine two Blue Note classics for Blue Note Re:imagined II; a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene. 

              Ego Ella May / Theon Cross

              Morning Side Of Love / Epistrophy

                Blue Note Re:imagined returns this year with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. This 7” single features two covers from the upcoming album, from Ego Ella May and Theon Cross. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene.

                Ornette Coleman

                Round Trip

                  iconoclastic saxophonist and composer ornette coleman shook the jazz world when he arrived at the five spot café in new york city in 1959 and began his run of seminal albums on atlantic that laid the foundation for the free jazz movement to come.

                  after a period of disillusionment during which he withdrew from public music making, coleman re-emerged on blue note in 1966 and began writing an intriguing new chapter of his legendary career. the boxset round trip: ornette coleman on blue note presents all-analog 180g tone poet vinyl editions of all six albums featuring coleman that were recorded for blue note records, including his five albums as a leader—the two-volume at the ‘golden circle’ stockholm (1965), the empty foxhole (1966), new york is now! (1968), and love call (1968)—as well as his lone sideman appearance on new and old gospel (1967) by fellow saxophonist jackie mclean. the boxset includes a booklet featuring rare photos and an enlightening essay by critic thomas conrad. the tone poet audiophile vinyl reissue series is produced by joe harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues packaged in deluxe stoughton printing “old style” gatefold tip-on jackets. mastering is by kevin gray (cohearent audio), and vinyl is manufactured at record technology incorporated (rti).

                  Norah Jones

                  Come Away With Me - 2022 Reissue

                    “One of the best debut albums of all time” – Rolling Stone

                    Come Away With Me, released in 2002 by a young, unknown singer on a traditionally un-pop label, was a unique blend of jazz, blues, country, folk and pop – and lifted off beyond imagination. To date, the album has sold nearly 30 million times, and has garnered multiple awards, including no less than eight Grammys®. This coming February marks this landmark album’s 20th anniversary and, to celebrate, Blue Note/UMe has worked with the artist and her team on a special collection that will reveal for the first time the full story of the making of this now-classic album.

                    4-LP & 3-CD DELUXE EDITIONS INCLUDE:
                    New remastering of Norah’s legendary debut album
                    22 unreleased tracks: demos, session outtakes, alternate versions & mixes
                    Norah’s earliest demos—the tracks that got Blue Note’s attention, and the demos she recorded for the label—some of which were released on the promo-only EP First Sessions
                    The full previously-unreleased original version of the album—including 11 unreleased cuts—produced by Craig Street and now newly-mixed by Tony Maserati, with alternate versions of well-known tracks and unheard performances
                    Premium packaging with an extensive booklet featuring new liner notes by Norah, rare session photos and detailed track annotations

                    ALSO AVAILABLE:
                    Newly remastered standalone 1-LP includes original gatefold packaging and brief liner notes from Norah, exclusive to this release
                    Newly remastered 1-CD jewelcase with liner notes from Norah
                    Dolby Atmos release of The Demos, First Sessions EP, and the Allaire Sessions

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Standard Tracklisting
                    1. Don’t Know Why (Side A)
                    2. Seven Years (Side A)
                    3. Cold Cold Heart (Side A)
                    4. Feellin’ The Same Way (Side A)
                    5. Come Away With Me (Side A)
                    6. Shoot The Moon (Side A)
                    7. Turn Me On (Side A)
                    8. Lonestar (Side B)
                    9. I’ve Got To See You Again (Side B)
                    10. Painter Song (Side B)
                    11. One Flight Down (Side B)
                    12. Nightingale (Side B)
                    13. The Long Day Is Over (Side B)
                    14. The Nearness Of You (Side B)

                    Deluxe CD Tracklist
                    CD 1 | Come Away With Me - 20th Anniversary Remaster
                    1. Don’t Know Why
                    2. Seven Years
                    3. Cold Cold Heart
                    4. Feelin’ The Same Way
                    5. Come Away With Me
                    6. Shoot The Moon
                    7. Turn Me On
                    8. Lonestar
                    9. I’ve Got To See You Again
                    10. Painter Song
                    11. One Flight Down
                    12. Nightingale
                    13. The Long Day Is Over
                    14. The Nearness Of You
                    CD 2 | The Demos / First Sessions Outtakes / First Sessions EP
                    1. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
                    2. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
                    3. World Of Trouble
                    4. The Only Time
                    5. I Didn’t Know About You
                    6. Something Is Calling You Tabla Version
                    7. Just Like A Dream Today
                    8. When Sunny Gets Blue
                    9. What Am I To You
                    10. Hallelujah I Love Him So
                    11. Daydream
                    12. Don’t Know Why
                    13. Come Away With Me
                    14. Something Is Calling You
                    15. Turn Me On
                    16. Lonestar
                    17. Peace
                    Tracks 1-11 Previously Unreleased
                    Tracks 12-17 Previously Released As The Promo-only First Sessions EP
                    CD 3 | The Allaire Sessions
                    1. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
                    2. I’ve Got To See You Again *
                    3. What Would I Do
                    4. Come Away With Me*
                    5. Picture In A Frame**
                    6. Nightingale*
                    7. Peace*
                    8. What Am I To You*
                    9. Painter Song*
                    10. Turn Me On*
                    11. A Little At A Time
                    12. One Flight Down*
                    13. Fragile
                    * Alternate Version
                    ** Alternate Mix
                    All Tracks Previously Unreleased Except “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” And “Picture In A Frame”
                    Original Recordings Produced By Jesse Harris, Todd Horton, Norah Jones, Jay Newland, Arif Mardin, & Craig Street
                    20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition: Produced By Eli Wolf

                    Super Deluxe 4LP Tracklisting:
                    LP 1 | Come Away With Me - 20th Anniversary Remaster
                    Side A
                    Don’t Know Why
                    Seven Years
                    Cold Cold Heart
                    Feelin’ The Same Way
                    Come Away With Me
                    Shoot The Moon
                    Turn Me On
                    Side B
                    Lonestar
                    I’ve Got To See You Again
                    Painter Song
                    One Flight Down
                    Nightingale
                    The Long Day Is Over
                    The Nearness Of You

                    LP 2 | The Demos
                    Side A
                    Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
                    Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
                    World Of Trouble
                    The Only Time
                    I Didn’t Know About You
                    Side B
                    Something Is Calling You Tabla Version
                    Just Like A Dream Today
                    When Sunny Gets Blue
                    What Am I To You
                    Hallelujah I Love Him So
                    Daydream

                    LP 3 | First Sessions EP
                    Side A
                    Don’t Know Why
                    Come Away With Me
                    Something Is Calling You
                    Side B
                    Turn Me On
                    Lonestar
                    Peace
                    Previously Released As A Promo-only CD

                    LP4 | The Allaire Sessions
                    Side A
                    I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
                    I’ve Got To See You Again *
                    What Would I Do
                    Come Away With Me *
                    Picture In A Frame **
                    Nightingale *
                    Side B
                    Peace *
                    What Am I To You *
                    Painter Song *
                    Turn Me On *
                    A Little At A Time
                    One Flight Down *
                    Fragile
                    * Alternate Version
                    ** Alternate Mix
                    All Tracks Previously Unreleased Except “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” And “Picture In A Frame”

                    Original Recordings Produced By Jesse Harris, Todd Horton, Norah Jones, Jay Newland, Arif Mardin, & Craig Street

                    20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition: Produced By Eli Wolf

                    GoGo Penguin

                    RMX

                      Cooked up in the Blue Note Lab, RMX presents last year’s band-defining masterpiece, GoGo Penguin, re-imagined through the filter of some of the world’s finest producers and remixers. For RMX the idea was both simple and inspired; commission a remix of every track from last year’s album and present a total re-imagination of the record, a remix, or as the band title it, a RMX. In the end they went one better; with a remix of every track (and two of one) plus a remix of the track Petit_a, which was originally released only in Japan before surfacing on their Live from Studio 2 digital EP. The idea behind RMX was also the catalyst for a remarkably inspired collaboration. The Manchester trio's music has always drawn heavily on electronica (alongside jazz, indie and classical influences) and so commissioning ten of their favourite artists to rework their music made perfect sense - and the results are spectacular. One of the very best remix projects you will hear anywhere. Amongst the many highlights are Squarepusher’s thumping remix of F Maj Pixie, alongside Japanese producers Cornelius and Yosi creating sublime new landscapes with the band’s music on Kora and Embers. James Holden assembles an epic synth odyssey around Totem and Portico Quartet produce a sympathetic reworking of Don’t Go. Band faves Clark and Nathan Fake produce inimitable reworkings as does noted French producer Rone, while American producer Machine Drum turns Atomised into dance floor friendly ‘belter’ which is also the first single. Finally, the band have not forgotten their hometown - Manchester is well represented, with remixes from elder statesman and dance music legend Graham Massey (808 state) and new discovery Shunya, whose enigmatic reworking of To The Nth almost steals the record.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: You only need look at the lineup for this to get some idea of how far GGP have come. From their early days as mellow jazz underdogs to their staggering newest LP for the legendary Blue Note records, they've proven their undeniable talent at every turn. This project sees a number of stratospherically big names remixing their work with incredible results. Stunning.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Kora (Cornelius Remix)
                      2. Atomised (Machinedrum Remix)
                      3. Embers (Yosi Horikawa Remix)
                      4. F Major Pixie (Rone Remix)
                      5. F Major Pixie (Squarepusher Remix)
                      6. Open (Nathan Fake Remix)
                      7. Signal In The Noise (808 State Remix)
                      8. Totem (James Holden Remix)
                      9. To The Nth (Shunya Remix)
                      10. Petit_a (Clark Remix)
                      11. Don’t Go (Portico Quartet Remix)

                      When did Tony Allen’s There Is No End become my album of the year? July 24th, Night & Day cafe, DJing. I had just put needle to groove on “Rich Black”, naively unprepared for the bass to meet the bar’s booming soundsystem - and then it HIT! The dancefloor was probably fearing for its life, but I was in love.

                      A collaborative hip hop masterpiece, There Is No End has a real exploratory feel to it, which (as Allen’s spoken word introduction points out) is the whole purpose of the album - to push, to innovate, and to move, through music. With various up-and-coming singers, rappers, and poets lending their talents to each song, the tracklist reads like a supergroup of Next Big Things: there’s Lava La Rue’s no-nonsense flow and controlled beauty, The Koreatown Oddity’s comic images and hard-hitting home truths, Ben Okri’s inspired mess of creationist myths, fairytale tropes, and apocalyptic visions, and Sampa the Great’s unnerving, vocoded whisper loops - and that's just a fraction of the mavericks on mic duty here.

                      All this is to say nothing of the drumming. “Brilliant” would be a gross understatement of just how diverse and original Allen’s beats are - by turns claustrophobic, metronomic, wild, and stuttering, the drums make each song as distinct and… well, brilliant, as the vocals do. Throw swampy bass synths, thickly affected backing vox, and a smorgasbord of tuned percussion into the mix, and what you get is There Is No End: a dizzying swan-song by one of music’s great innovators, and a glimpse into hip-hop’s bright, bright future.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: There are very few drummers (no shade on drummers here) that would be well known of their own accord like Tony Allen is. Having been consistently inventive and undeniably brilliant throughout his life all the way up to his 2020 masterpiece with Hugh Massakela, 'Rejoice', it's really no surprise that this Posthumous release is chock-full of wonderful rhythmic surprises, and has a lineup of perfectly chosen guests. A fittingly wonderful album from one of the greatest (and original) Afrobeat drummers of all time.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      CD (14 Tracks)
                      Tony’s Praeludium
                      Tony Allen

                      Stumbling Down
                      Tony Allen Featuring Sampa The Great

                      Crushed Grapes
                      Tony Allen Featuring Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon

                      Très Magnifique
                      Tony Allen Featuring Tsunami

                      Mau Mau
                      Tony Allen Featuring Nah Eeto

                      Coonta Kinte
                      Tony Allen Featuring Zelooperz

                      Rich Black
                      Tony Allen Featuring Koreatown Oddity

                      One Inna Million
                      Tony Allen Featuring Lava La Rue

                      Gang On Holiday (Em I Go We?)
                      Tony Allen Featuring Jeremiah Jae

                      Deer In Headlights
                      Tony Allen Featuring Danny Brown

                      Hurt Your Soul
                      Tony Allen Featuring Nate Bone

                      My Own
                      Tony Allen Featuring Marlowe

                      Cosmosis
                      Tony Allen Featuring Ben Okri + Skepta

                      There’s No End
                      Tony Allen

                      2LP (12 Tracks)
                      There Is No End
                      Tony Allen

                      Rich Black
                      Tony Allen Featuring Koreatown Oddity

                      Coonta Kinte
                      Tony Allen Featuring Zelooperz

                      One Inna Million
                      Tony Allen Featuring Lava La Rue

                      Stumbling Down
                      Tony Allen Featuring Sampa The Great

                      Crushed Grapes
                      Tony Allen Featuring Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon

                      Gang On Holiday (Em I Go We?)
                      Tony Allen Featuring Jeremiah Jae

                      Mau Mau
                      Tony Allen Featuring Nah Eeto

                      Très Magnifique
                      Tony Allen Featuring Tsunami

                      Hurt Your Soul
                      Tony Allen Featuring Nate Bone

                      Cosmosis
                      Tony Allen Featuring Ben Okri + Skepta

                      My Own
                      Tony Allen Featuring Marlowe

                      Shop favourites (2016 end-of-year chart high-rollers) Gogo Penguin return for their latest outing on legendary jazz label, Blue Note. The thing about Gogo penguin is, they're a jazz band, but without all the things you'd associate with a jazz band. The beards are as few as their years, and the chin-stroking is not only minimal, but actively discouraged. Their last outing (the stunning 'Man Made Object') mixed the subtle downtempo percussion and slowly unfurling progressions of traditional jazz with tender, minimalistic electronics and ambient textures reminiscent of modern-classical contemporaries liberally littered around the Erased Tapes roster.

                      Whilst their compositions are completely instrumental, there seems to be a wealth of outside influence making itself known through the phrasing and keys used. While 2015 / 2016 were in no way dream years for society in general, it was clear that there was a playfulness in their delivery of songs like 'Quiet Mind' (incidentally, this particular piece reminded me of the other 'Penguin' band, no bad thing).

                      As soon as we finish the frenetic buzzing and claustrophobic atmospheres of 'Prayer', it becomes clear that the rather torrid world climate has indeed osmosed into their compositions, swapping out the languid bobbing atmospheres of yesteryear for a highly charged, powerfully visceral sound experience. While the melodic counterpoints are as ever, impeccably realised (and perfectly accentuated by Turner's mindblowing skin-smacking), the euphoric peak is often hidden behind a flurry of call-response dialogue, the peak only being reached through an intentionally laboured conversational swell.

                      While throughout the album, the simmering malaise invariably breaks through into a grand and sweeping relief, it is in pieces like 'A Hundred Moons' that we get the full-force of their compositional genius, breaking through the residual gloom with airy, tropical percussion and a cleansing palate of major-key lifts and twinkling plucks. Without waxing lyrical about every song in turn, there really isn't much more that can be said, you'll just have to listen to it yourself. Truth of the matter is, Gogo Penguin are one of a kind, and continue to pioneer their own spellbinding brand of electronic jazz. 


                      It’s been an astonishing couple of years for GoGo Penguin, the UK trio of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth. Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen their 2014 album 'v2.0' shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin, GoGo Penguin has created a brave new sound that is wholly their own.

                      Now signed to iconic jazz label Blue Note Records the trio release their new album. 'Man Made Object is the sound of a band confidently pursuing their own path. “The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation,” says pianist Illingworth, a statement that begs for elaboration. “We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanized and it seemed like a good album title, one that also means something different to each of us, and hopefully to each listener.”

                      Indeed, although they're predominately an acoustic piano trio, GoGo Penguin’s music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music, one where you can hear arcade game bleeps, glitchy breakbeats, hypnotic Aphex-style melodies, grinding bass lines and a rumbling low-end. It has been described as “acoustic electronica”, a term which perfectly sums up their modus operandi. “Many of the songs on this album started out as electronic compositions that I made on sequencing software like Logic or Ableton,” says drummer Turner. “I’ll then play it to the band and we’ll find ways of replicating it acoustically.”

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1 All Res 5:16
                      2 Unspeakable World 4:44
                      3 Branches Break 4:23
                      4 Weird Cat 5:39
                      5 Quiet Mind 4:24
                      6 Smarra 6:31
                      7 Initiate 4:47
                      8 GBFISYSIH 3:22
                      9 Surrender To Mountain 3:59
                      10 Protest 4:45

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                      Boogie Woogie Stomp

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                        We love it Michael. Can’t wait for tonight! Get the album here https://t.co/pOy3FdQcvq Last tickets for tonight… https://t.co/fV1ueCWJLm
                        Fri 2nd - 1:12
                        RT @markbrownstudio: Interesting behind the scenes info from the @PiccadillyRecs review - No.1 album winner @michaelheadtreb sent in handwr…
                        Fri 2nd - 1:04
                        We all love it Mark. Sterling work as ever 😍 @markbrownstudio Get a copy here from the website… https://t.co/XkoE64IbDF
                        Fri 2nd - 12:57
                        Some more launch party tickets available in 5 mins. ⏰ https://t.co/KL1FeMVnG5 https://t.co/qBr6CKy4u9
                        Fri 2nd - 10:54
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