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Cult Italian combo Calibro 35 celebrate ten years of bumping jazz grooves and mellow moochers with their 6th studio album "Decade". Their first album recorded with an enlarged orchestral-inspired line-up that features horns, strings and percussions. Mixed and recorded by Calibro's usual suspect and Grammy Award winner Tommaso Colliva, on the album all the influences collected by the band during their last ten years' journey like music, collaborations, movies, gigs, books find their space. "DECADE" is Calibro 35's "time capsule" and is as rare and complex as a timeless work.
Musically Calibro 35's inner influences like Ennio Morricone, listen for instance to the epic journey of the album's end credits "Travelers", Luis Bacalov and David Axelrod are still there but are now mixed with elements from afrobeat or cosmic jazz. "Psycheground" sounds like Tony Allen involved in writing a score for a vintage Hollywood production while Sun Ra lurks on "Modo". Everything is mixed up with new influences from modern musical languages. References to Jaga Jazzist, Budos Band or Alternative Jazz and Alternative Hip Hop new acts such as Makaya McCraven, Yussef Kamaal, Oddisee can all be found on the album. In tracks such as "Modulor "you realize that Decade is certainly not a point of arrival and expresses the ambition of the band to look further and evolve. All classic Calibro's vintage instruments such as clavinet, eco, analog synths, fuzz guitars are now supported by new ones such as Dan Bau, Balafon and Waterphone ("Polymeri") in the band's new wall of sound. Thanks to the enlarged line-up and the orchestrated parts involved, which pushed the band to experiment new methods of composition, Calibro 35 on "Decade" sound strong, full and tight as never before.


Patrick says: Skipping between forward thinking jazz, textured funk and cinematic symphonies, Calibro 35's latest LP is a must have for fans of Morricone, Axelrod, Go Go Penguin or Penguin Cafe.

Soul Run is the debut album by Edmonton-raised Tanika Charles, produced by (amongst others) Slakah The Beatchild  best known for his work with Drake.
Growing up on a musical diet of Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Bob James, Stevie Wonder and D'Angelo, Charles' impeccable music taste shines throughout the album.
A lot of modern soul tries so hard to proclaim its authenticity that it forgets the actual soul bit, not a problem for Tanika and her band who sound like they've been searching for the perfect beat down in Muscle Shoals since about 1968 and now they're in the groove they're going to SHOUT about it.
If you're a fan of either Sharon Jones or Amy Winehouse, we're about to make you very happy. I reckon you won't hear a better soul record all year and it isn't even Easter yet, thank me later...

The Diplomats of Solid Sound are back with their fifth full length, and if the last album was their senior effort, with "What Goes Around Comes Around" the band has officially graduated! Once again mixed and edited by Freestyle's boy wonder Adam Gibbons aka Lack Of Afro and featuring The Diplomettes on vocals, the cuts included here are a strong showcase of the growing maturity and sophistication of the group. From the sing-along chorus of opening track "B-O-O-G-A-L-O-O", to the smooth soul number that gives the album its title, the uptempo "Back Off", or the instrumental groover "Bailout", "What Goes Around Comes Around" draws on a variety of styles but always keeping things soulful and funky!

The vintage sound of The Diplomats has been fine-tuned by almost a decade of releases, and ever since their first album in 2001 the band has been making a name for itself by firmly establishing it's credentials as one of the tightest contemporary soul outfits out there. "What Goes Around Comes Around" The Diplomats Of Solid Sound raise the stakes up a notch. Though the formula remains unchanged, there's an added depth to the music, making this album a heavyweight must-have no matter how you listen to it!

Joe Kane & The Privates Hammond Orchestra

I'm Sorry (Can I Please Come Home) / The Battle Of Yoker

In collaboration with Scottish label Starla Record Kicks brings us The Privates Hammond Orchestra a new explosive organ trio who made up the backbone of Scottish R&B / funk luminaries The Boogaloo Investigators and The Five Aces. Choosing a more direct and raw sound the threesome are now specialising in 60s infused R&B, beat instrumentals and soul. On their first single "The Orchestra", along with noble bass-maestro Richard Anderson, were drafted in by Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter extraordinaire Joe Kane for backup. The result is this R&B / mod stormer "I'm Sorry (Can I Please Come Home)". On the flipside "The Battle Of Yoker" a grinding funk cut.
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Afrika Man - Inc. Diesler Remix

On the heels of their critically acclaimed "Heavy Hustling" album, the lions of New York City Afro-beat return with "Afrika Man" a brand new single featuring legendary Fela Kuti/ Daktaris / Antibalas drummer JoJo Kuo. Complete with flawless beats, heavy percussion, soaring horns, funky keys "Afrika Man" is destined to smash dancefloors for years to come. Sounding better than ever, Kokolo reaffirm their international reputation as kings in todays Afro-beat jungle with a bonafide crowd pleaser that brings them back to their original Afro roots. The B-side features a killer remix by Diesler (Tru Thougts / Freestyle).

Milano Jazz Dance Combo

Much More - Feat. Colonel Red / Sam Blues

Milano Jazz Dance Combo is a new project lead by LoGreco Bros. Gianni and Enzo LoGreco are living legends of Milan's modern / nu-jazz scene. As Soulstance and Quintetto Lo Greco they released five albums on Schema Records, and they produced acts like Gerardo Frisina, Nicola Conte and Mario Biondi. For this new project they've brought together some of the most talented musicians from the city's nu-jazz scene. On this first single you'll also find the great Colonel Red on vocals. Here he rides soulful piano-led jazz-dance stormer "Much More" in his unique style. On the flipside we get a cover of Sambalanco Trio's Latin-jazz stormer "Sam Blues". It's a hot, fast and furious jazz-dance cut, full of horns, percussion and groove. If you dig Soil & PIMP, Quasimode or The Five Corners Quintet, then this is for you.

Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra's fourth album, "Heavy Hustling", finds the NYC powerhouse group expertly mashing up Fela Kuti stylings into James Brown classics with a twist of Latin and Jamaican flavours thrown into the mix. This album is without question their best offering to date and showcases Kokolo at the height of its innovative powers. The band are one of the best-loved new Afro-beat / modern funk acts around and this record breathes new life into the genre and demonstrates what the contemporary deep funk scene sounds like.

Deep funk maestros The New Mastersounds already have five long players and 21 singles to their name, so they decided to take a break and let some of their contemporaries have a go at remixing some of their tracks. The band have obviously gained some fans along the way, so could draw on an A list of remix talent for this project: There's Gilles Peterson jazz award winner Nostalgia 77, Kenny Dope, Lack Of Afro (Freestyle), Tru Thoughts bandito Dielser, Lanu (aka Lance Ferguson from the The Bamboos), Ju Ju Orchestra, Smoove (Acid Jazz), Holland's Afro-beat phenomenon AIFF (Unique), DJ Farrapo, Montreal's Afrokats Records crew, and many more.

Baby Charles

Back Of My Hand / Coming From A Higher Place

The long-awaited debut Baby Charles single is finally here! This limited edition 45 precedes the band's debut album, and includes irresistible R&B stomper "Back Of My Hand", featuring vocals by Dionne Charles, and instrumental deep funk monster "Coming From A Higher Place". If you dig Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Sweet Vandals or Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, you'll definitely love this 100% deep funk and soul goodness.


7" Info: Limited dinked 45.

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