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Sometimes writing press releases is really hard. There’s a certain artwork to summing up the essence of a composition to someone who hasn’t yet heard the music.

Thankfully - this is not the case with the latest EP from Manchester's Hidden Spheres. Tom is in his purple period - and after nearly a decade of releasing delicately constructed songs that sit in the hinterland between dancefloor and home listening, he’s finally cracked the code for creating ABSOLUTE BANGERS, with all the class and lightness of touch present from his previous work.

Hidden Spheres is in turbo mode - and you’ve most likely heard these tunes without knowing it - "Tanzen" has been a staple in Bradley Zero’s set for the last year and has always, always caused complete dancefloor destruction. Add in the Italo flavoured Paula Tape remix and you have one of the most exciting dancefloor propositions of the year.


Matt says: The Mancunian producer / DJ and Rhythm Section all star drops a fully club-focussed EP that's been causing 'nuff damage to those lucky enough to have an upfront promo.


A1. Tanzen (ft. Ina) (club Mix)
A2. Tanzen (ft. Ina (mate Mix)
B1. Mind Over Mate
B2. Not Of This World
B3. Tanzen (paula Tape Remix)

Gayance joins forces with Rhythm Section for her debut album ‘Mascarade’ - a swaying dance that moves between poetic, soulful odes to the past, accounts of the Afro-diasporic feminine experience and playfully energetic dancefloor grooves.

'Mascarade' is a collection of dancey, broken rhythms, interwoven with heartfelt stories and bright, unapologetic outpours of joy. In her own words, “It's the story of my 20's. I wanted to pay homage to this kid everybody knew, but not deeply. It's about taking back a power that is mine and was always in my hands...It's about making peace with the past and moving forward”.

Gayance (real name Aïsha Vertus) takes her alias from the Haitian creole word for joyfulness.Based in Amsterdam, born and raised in Montreal-Nord, she started as a DJ in 2013, and has toured the world with shows in Paris, Brooklyn, Marrakech, Berlin, Sao Paulo and more, bringing electrifying and contagious energy wherever she goes.

Her own production is influenced by underground UKG and the respective house scenes of Detroit and New York, with nods to the vivid, sun-soaked colours of Latin America. Shades of blues, jazz and gospel can also be heard in her newest project, pulling together styles from each corner of the world. For this full-length debut album on Rhythm Section she has brought some fellow Montrealers along for the ride.


Matt says: Quintessential Rhythm Section offering here that covers us in jazz, downbeat, hip-hop and soul by the bucket load. It's a funny one - I can't help draw comparisons with RS and the sadly defunct MCR label - Grand Central. The way they blend genres, keeping it soulful, keeping it dancey.


A1. Interlude Between Brussels & Rio
A2. Dead End (ft. Janet King)
A3. Clout Chaser's Anthem (ft. Janet King , Hua Li)
A4. Jazz Cats Run (ft. Sarah Mk)
A5. 1996 Inner G
A6. Shore Apart
A7. Lord Have Mercy (ft. Judith Little D ,raveen)
B1. Nunca Mais
B2. In The Gaze
B3. Mascarade
B4. Moon Rising (10 Years) (ft. Judith Little D)

Rhythm Section INTL are back with another release from Saul - the group made up of Jack Stephenson-Oliver (keys player of fellow Rhythm Section signee, Vels Trio) and producer Barney Whittaker, aka Footshooter.

Their newest project is a feel good, summer-ready soundtrack, bursting with uplifting synths and groove-heavy broken beats. When the two of them get together, their jam sessions result in a fusion of alternative future jazz which has that classic broken beat mood. There's some curveballs in there too - the Detroit-meets-UK indebted hi-tech jazz - breakbeat hybrid of "Lifted" a perfect example.

Collaboration is a key element to the creative output of Saul, shining a light over individual talents such as Allysha Joy, Natty Wylah, Lex Amor and James Mollison.

A beautifully realized album that shows off the dizzying depth of these two rising stars' songwriting and production. Recommended! 


Matt says: The ever-reliable Rhythm Section invite Barney Whittaker & Jack Stephenson-Oliver for a second session. It's a brilliantly vibrant journey through house, broken beat, jazz and neo-soul.


A1. The Light Ft. Allysha Joy
A2. Can’t Wait Ft. James Mollison
A3. Flowers Ft. Lex Amor
B1. Coalesce Ft. Natty Wylah
B2. Pause
B3. Lifted
B4. Breaking Moon Ft. Aden A1. The Light Ft. Allysha Joy
A2. Can’t Wait Ft. James Mollison
A3. Flowers Ft. Lex Amor
B1. Coalesce Ft. Natty Wylah
B2. Pause
B3. Lifted
B4. Breaking Moon Ft. Aden

Bristol based band Cousin Kula announce their debut album “Double Dinners”. With co-signs from the likes of BADBADNOTGOOD and newly signed to Rhythm Section, Cousin Kula have created their own musical universe of otherworldly pop serenity with vastly distinct, but complementary elements: ‘the possibilities of jazz, the emphatic energy of club culture, and the sonic tapestries of psychedelia’ CLASH Magazine remark.

Living and recording together, nestled in the sun-drenched hills on the outskirts of Bristol, Cousin Kula are masters of their craft, and also of restraint; widely regarded by their fans for their superior live show. Having performed live in various bands for the past 10 years since their early teens, not being able to hit the stage during lockdown took its toll on these musicians. Ever resourceful, however, Cousin Kula began a series of their own home-made live sessions, which lead in turn to a Boiler Room Session and further a request from XL signees BADBADNOTGOOD to record a live adaptation of their new single.

Now, Cousin Kula flutter into the collective consciousness with a timeless slice of psychedelic soul on debut album “Double Dinners”. The latest band to emerge out of the buoyant Bristol music scene, they have stripped back all excess baggage for their most accomplished recordings to date. Existing on a similar plane to contemporaries such as Connan Mockasin, Mildlife, Toro Y Moi, Mac DeMarco and HOMESHAKE, the band caught the attention of renowned tastemaker Bradley Zero with their “Casa Kula Cassette” EP at the end of 2020, with the Rhythm Section founder swiftly taking the 5 piece under his wing, with him commenting:

‘The band balance an outsider approach with more hooks than you can shake a stick at... the result being a gently beguiling sound that effortlessly draws you in, revealing more character with each listen.’


Matt says: Hushed, languid, incredibly intimate new soul music here from Bristol group Cousin Kula. Surely destined to be gigantic when everyone catches on; there's elements of Mac Demarco, Connan Mockasin, Fleet Foxes, Cleo Sol and Mild High Club - yes it really is this good!


A1. Baby Back
A2. Now That You're Gone
A3. Mclovin You
A4. Liquid Love
B1. Something So Sweet
B2. Mcwindy's Home Improvements
B3. Morning Dew With You
B4. Are We Ever Gonna Work It Out
B5. It's All In Your Head

The Colours That Rise ensure Rhythm Section's current bombardment of new releases continues unabated. "Mixtape 1" comprises of one brand new studio production and two new compositions recorded live from the mothership in 2020 AD.

The new record may be short but contains 3 very different moods which seek to transport the listener away from the current toils and tribulations we face on planet Earth. Yussef Dayes returns to the drumkit on "Special Request" for a smudged and skewed slice of future-funk which is heavy on the head nod and likely to make Ras G spark up a fat one from beyond his grave upon hearing...

“Axel G” is the clubbier track outta the three; think Afrika Bambaata meets Drexciya. Psychedelic electro is a genre with relatively few contributors but this number, here performed live, should inject the next generation with some creative juices to work with.

The EP is closed out with the smoochy bedroom business of “Polo 1.2” - a welcome return of Simeon Jones to vocal duties who douses the track in his inimitable homesick blues.

Top stuff from this fledging band, definitely ones to watch as we close off this most tumultuous of rotations around the Sun...


A1.Special Request
B1. Axel G (Live)
B2.Polo 1.2 (Live) 

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