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Skeewiff are masters of turning all-time classics into unique modern reworks. Having gained recognition for the quality and style of their work from fans aplenty worldwide, they celebrate 25 years in the game with a LP loaded with 12 joyful interpretations, featuring well know jazz melodies, intricate big band instrumentation, classic riffs and infectious grooves. This limited LP comes on transparent violet coloured vinyl. Irresistible!

TRACK LISTING

1. Misirlou
2. Exclusive Blend
3. These Boots Are Made For Walking
4. Soul Bossanova
5. Spanish Flea
6. Mah Na Mah Na
7. Sway
8. Wack Wack
9. Amen Brother
10. The Cat
11. Coming Home Baby
12. Yakety Sax

Smoove & Turrell

The Light / Geno's Discotheque

Hailing from the North East of England, Smoove & Turrell have dominated the UK funk & soul scene for over a decade with their unique blend of northern soul and electronica. Their latest 7" release comes with 'The Light' which features legendary Blue Note keyboard genius Ronnie Foster. Frontman John Turrell reflects on the challenges of recent years and calls for unity, love, and solidarity against corrupt politics and media greed. On the flip is 'Geno's Discotheque', a tribute to a mythical club that never existed but a place we all want to be.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Modern funk which, on "Geno's Discotheque" skips happily into new disco territory. Sure to be big with Mr. Craig Charles and other aficionados of the funk.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Light (feat. Ronnie Foster)
2. Geno's Discotheque

Smoove & Turrell return to the fold with their seventh studio album, once again showcasing their commitment to creating quality songs, with meaningful lyrics shining through in every single one. The album's title pays tribute to Ellen Wilkinson, an influential UK politician who championed social justice, and reflects their socially conscious stance and northern roots.

Lead singer John Turrell articulates their vision, urging love to reclaim its place amidst a world filled with turmoil and deception, over Smoove's masterful productions laid down with the assistance of their seasoned band members (every single one of whom is quality both live and recorded). Further collaborations with the likes of Ronnie Foster, a legend from the Blue Note camp to label mate Izo FitzRoy and her choir, adds depth to an album that addresses various themes, including unity, hope, relationships, and heartfelt tributes to departed family members. An inspiring listen for those looking to stand up for good and to support one another, for only love can conquer hate.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Light (feat. Ronnie Foster)
2. IGOTCHA
3. Mary's Song
4. Echoes
5. Empty Bottle Serenade
6. Joy!
7. Violet Hour
8. Waiting For Your Call
9. Geno's Discotheque
10. Red Ellen

Kraak & Smaak

Twenty

    Kraak & Smaak have established themselves as a formidable force in electronic music over the past two decades.

    2023 sees the Dutch masters of nu disco, funk and all things electronic celebrating their 20th year in the game. This anniversary will be marked with hand-picked selections from their outstanding catalogue on Jalapeno Records and their own label Boogie Angst, called simply - 'Twenty'.

    The album works its way through the band and fan favourites and showcases some of the incredible guests they've worked with over the years – from Lee Fields to Parcels, Romanthony to Mayer Hawthorne, Ben Westbeech to Durand Jones. A wicked listen from start to finish, 'Twenty' is a collection that does not disappoint...

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: What better time for this best-of collection of downbeat heaters and beach-bar grooves from Balearic-disco-funk legends, Kraak & Smaak. Swimming with groove, and filled with a whole host of collaborative gold too. Perfect timing.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Dance Macabre
    2. Keep On Searching
    3. Bobby & Whitney
    4. Hold Back Love (feat. Lex Empress)
    5. I Don't Know Why (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)
    6. Squeeze Me (feat. Ben Westbeech)
    7. Money In The Bag
    8. All For Love (feat. Durand Jones)
    9. Sweet Time (feat. Izo FitzRoy)
    10. One Of These Days (Kraak & Smaak Remix)
    11. Stumble (feat. Parcels)
    12. Man Of Constant Sorrow
    13. Good For The City (feat. Sam Duckworth)
    14. I'll Be Loving You (feat. Ivar)
    15. Dynamite (feat. Sebastian)
    16. Hands Of Time (feat. Alxndr London)
    17. Don't Want This To Be Over (feat. Satchmode)
    18. How We Gonna Stop The Time (feat. Stee Downes)
    19. The Future Is Yours
    20. Let's Go Back (feat. Romanthony)

    Izo FitzRoy

    A Good Woman

      Izo FitzRoy's third album 'A Good Woman' explores life as a single woman, railing against convention, battling depression, wrangling shame, and having a more embodied connection with herself. It's a masterclass in soul music, touching on elements of gospel, folk, and rock. Production comes courtesy of Kraak & Smaak's Oscar de Jong, who takes her song writing into a new territory (and he's no stranger to creating quality hits as an artist himself). The result is vibrant and ecstatic musically, with lyrics ranging from introspective and soul searching to uplifting and empowering.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Hope Divine
      2. Chasing Days
      3. Keep Your Light On Me
      4. Call Me Pilgrim
      5. Somewhere Beyond The Wreckage
      6. Scram
      7. God Gets A Little Busy Sometimes
      8. Released (Interlude)
      9. A Good Woman
      10. Sum Of Its Parts (Interlude)
      11. Small Mercies
      12. Give Me The High
      13. Love And Affection

      'Hypnotise' is the spellbinding new single from sampler slayers, The Allergies. Who, once again, build funky new worlds out of dope beats and loops from their wild and wonderful record collections.

      Here, the Bristol-based duo break new ground, sampling the incredible Deli Sosimi and heading out on the housier side of things, working a deadly dancefloor 4/4 around their signature soulful stylings.

      Pulsing kicks and playful percussion keep the pace, as euphoric Afrobeat horns and insistent vocal lines build the energy in the room.

      It's a captivating cut, made for discerning DJs and discos. But, as soon as you let the infectious double bass-led groove hit you, you'll mesmerised by the music.

      'Vamonos' on the flip laces old school boogaloo and salsa samples with sizzling hi-hats, claps, and club-ready breaks. It's an anthem for beach bodies, holiday heroes, and sun-seekers, hell bent on escaping the rat race.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Hypnotise
      2. Vamonos (feat. Andy Cooper & Marietta Smith)

      Without change, there is no progression, and being stagnant has never been an option for Gizelle Smith. On her third album, Revealing, the singer flexes her newfound artistic freedom, moving past the creative limits that have kept her pigeonholed as a soul and funk artist for too long.

      Born and raised in Manchester, with a multicultural upbringing steeped in soulful music, Gizelle was destined to follow in the footsteps of her father, Joe Smith, the former guitarist, musical director and songwriter for Motown stalwarts The Four Tops. She took up singing at a young age, and in 2009, cut her first album of gritty deep funk tunes with the Mighty Mocambos in Hamburg, Germany, followed by extensive touring throughout Europe. Her follow-up, Ruthless Day, was released nearly a decade later, also rooted in the sounds of soul ingrained in her musical DNA.

      For her latest effort, Gizelle could have played it safe and recorded just another soul album. But in a tragic twist, the course of her future was altered forever by her father's death in 2019, which prompted a total creative reset. "I was pretty much emotionless towards music in general and I had lost all sense of direction with my own artistry," Gizelle says of her darkest hour. "My whole identity as a song-writer and musician vanished into the ether with my dad, like a cord had been severed." Unable to focus on the material she had already been working on, she decided to start from scratch, "because regardless of what was happening in my life, an album needed to be written." Hunkering down in New York City with her producer Steffen Wagner and her fiance, bassist Joseph Sam, she embarked on a 10-day writing spree.

      The nine tunes emerging from this session represent a unique combination of R&B and funk, but the singer doesn't shy away from experimenting with pop and rock stylings. With her impressive yet restrainedly candid voice, laced with a combination of coolness and sensitivity that's near impossible to mimic, Gizelle communicates authenticity, a completely fraught concept and one absolutely central to her art. In many ways, Revealing is a testament to Gizelle's musical growth, personal freedom and maturity.

      It also draws attention to her writing talents. When songwriters talk about life-altering experiences, they often do so in exaggerated tones. But Gizelle's songs don't come off overstated, they are grounded and relatable. Take the opener "Agony Road," an almost therapeutic exercise in dealing with the seven stages of grief. Or take "Better Remember (They're Controlling You)," which addresses social conditioning. "Three Tiny Seeds" is a testament to self love and spiritual growth, and "The Girl Who Cried Slow" serves as an inspirational hymn for personal fulfillment. "Over the years, I feel like my lyrics especially have become more meaningful and they are particularly important on this album," Gizelle says of her writing.

      Viewed in the context of her evolving sound, Revealing is more of a logical continuation of Gizelle's music, not a radical departure from her background in soul and funk. For connoisseurs of Aretha Franklin or Lyn Collins, there's still plenty to love here, as long as you're allowing Gizelle to take you with her on her new path. "I have such a plethora of beautiful influences, I just want to channel and express myself in any musical way I want, across musical landscapes that I choose," she explains.

      With Revealing, Gizelle Smith reveals herself. This is what freedom sounds like.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Agony Road
      2. Superstar
      3. Better Remember (They're Controlling You)
      4. Maybe Baby (Lovin' You Was Never Ideal)
      5. The Girl Who Cried Slow
      6. King Of The Mountain
      7. Three Tiny Seeds
      8. Miss World (Less Is More)
      9. Riot Cars

      The fourth album from ephemerals, 'the third eye' sees them build and develop the work they started on their Alice Coltrane inspired record – 'egg tooth' as they continue their ever-evolving musical journey.

      Fusing styles including spiritual jazz, psychedelia, and spoken word, to convey an identity that is unmistakably their own. The core of the work is built from the honest and incisive compositions of Hillman Mondegreen combined with the unmistakably emotive vocal delivery of singer Wolfgang Valbrun.

      Experimenting with recording and mixing techniques to illustrate the artistic concepts behind the songs has been key in the overall character of the record. Hard panning is used to group together specific sounds and instruments to the left and right to convey masculine and feminine sides within the track as within the individual.

      For songwriter Hillman Mondegreen, the LP is a deeply personal and conceptual body of work using ambiguous harmony to discuss gender identity, polychords to demonstrate the power of being between the gender binaries, and modal changes to remove the homeliness that you find in traditional major/minor songs, speaking to the alienation of being transgender.

      Although drawn from Hillman's personal experiences the writing is always universal, and singer Wolfgang Valbrun relates the pieces to his own experiences of a young black man leaving the USA to live in a new country where even language had to be re-learned to discover where he fit in in this new world.

      The band has evolved exponentially over the course of four albums, and they continuously push beyond the boundaries of traditional genre ideas and traverse unexplored musical territories.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Poly
      2. Blur
      3. Coral
      4. Electricity
      5. Float
      6. Avatar
      7. Origin
      8. Rising
      9. Thiefin
      10. Homebody
      11. Instagram 


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