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When You Call Me / Night Flight

    In a natural departure from their intoxicating signature new-wave-jazz-funk sound, STR4TA present the double side 12” vinyl - “When You Call Me/Night Flight” available 8th July 2022.

    ‘When You Call Me’ is already available digitally and has received early support from Rampage (BBC 1Xtra) and Deb Grant (Jazz FM) plus NTS, MiSoul, Solar Radio, KCRW (US), KEXP (US), Concrete Islands, CRACK Magazine, Nu-Funk (Spotify) also achieved Jazz FM playlist since release in early April. In this latest offering, STR4TA unveil a refreshing neoteric layer reverberating with the essence of electro-street-soul in the UK.

    STR4TA is the new wave jazz-funk project pioneered by Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick. Long-time friends and collaborators, STR4TA sees them mine new musical possibilities inspired by a shared formative era. Their debut album ‘Aspects’ was released in March 2021 to a rapturous reception, in the first material that Maunick and Peterson have released together in over a decade. With standout tracks ‘We Like It’ achieving over 1 million streams on Spotify, ‘Rhythm In Your Mind’ exceeding 12 weeks on Jazz FM’s playlist, and a remix EP featuring Melé, Dave Lee, Greg Wilson, Dave Aju & more released at the end of 2021. Heavily supported by BBC 6Music, The Guardian, Wax Poetics, The Vinyl Factory, CLASH, Télérama (FR), Radio Nova (FR), Rolling Stones Italy & Japan.

    STR4TA are in the studio working on their latest body of work tipped for release later in 2022, with selected live dates scheduled over the summer.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. When You Call Me
    AA1: Night Flight

    Anushka

    Bad Weather / STR4TA Remix

      The 12” will be released on limited 500 press DJ promo style vinyl and features the STR4TA remix, STR4TA remix instrumental and original album track. Taken from the band’s LP ‘Yemaya’ – named after the Goddess of the Sea, protector of women and the Eternal Mother in the Santeria/Yoruba religion – the original of “Bad Weather” was inspired by the life-giving essence of water, referencing the guidance and support Yemaya offers her children, helping them to grow. Transforming the track with their iconic Brit-funk style, Gilles Peterson and JeanPaul “Bluey” Maunick AKA STR4TA immerse Anushka’s vocals in a dancefoor groove tinged with explorative electronic melodies and lively instrumentation. “Bad Weather (STR4TA Remix)” is thefrst exclusive remix from STR4TA following the release of their album ‘Aspects’ which saw support pour in from the likes of The Guardian, Jazz FM, Mixmag, The Independent, Echoes, BBC 6Music and Clash Magazine.

      TRACK LISTING

      Bad Weather (STR4TA Remix) 
      Bad Weather (STR4TA Remix Instrumental) 
      Bad Weather (LP Version)

      Str4ta

      The Invicta Mixtape (Mixed By Gilles Peterson & Sam Bhok)

        Brownswood Recordings are proud to present an extension of the ever-evolving world of STR4TA, the brainchild of long time friends and collaborators Gilles Peterson and JeanPaul “Bluey” Maunick. ‘The Invicta Mixtape’ is a limited edition cassette format mixed by Gilles Peterson & Sam Bhok (Worldwide FM/Stay Put). Available on pre-order from November 1st, released on December 3rd 2021 with only 200 available worldwide. ‘The Invicta Mixtape’ features an array of illustrious producers and polymaths unleashing their unique interpretations of STR4TA’s standout tracks.

        With a percussive stripped-back rework of ‘Dance Desire’ by Steve Conry & Takashi Nakazato; a funk-laced ‘Rhythm In Your Mind’ by Ashley Beadle plus Glasgow’s Nuovi Fratelli add a cosmic disco flare in the mix. Dave Lee’s rework of ‘After The Rain’. ‘Vision 9’ is reconceived by Melé’s rhythmic inventiveness & Delfonic’s virtuoso. Also iconic reworks by technopioneer Dave Aju, the spellbinding Demus Dub & DJ veteran Greg Wilson. The mixtape honours the importance of Radio Invicta, London’s very first soul station running from the late-60s to mid-80s. The B-side contains the complete STR4TA album.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A

        A1. Dance Desire (Steve Conry & Takashi Nakazato Remix)
        A2. Rhythm In Your Mind (North Street West Space Funk Rework #1)
        A3. Rhythm In Your Mind (Steve Conry & Takashi Nakazato Remix)
        A4. Rhythm In Your Mind (Nuovi Fratelli Cosmic Disco Remix)
        A5. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Dub)
        A6. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Mix)
        A7. Vision 9 (Delfonic Mix)
        A8. Vision 9 (Melé Mix)
        A9. Vision 9 (Melé Dub)
        A10. Dance Desire (Dave Aju Remix)
        A11. Aspects (Demus Dub)
        A12. Aspects (Greg Wilson Mix)
        A13. Aspects (Demus Dub)

        Side B

        B1. Aspects
        B2. Rhythm In Your Mind
        B3. Dance Desire
        B4. We Like It
        B5. Steppers Crusade
        B6. After The Rain
        B7. Kinshasa FC
        B8. Vision 9

        Dave Lee gets to load up the stems of STR4TA's "After The Rain" into his disco desk, the modern 12" mix aficionado carrying on the timeless tradition and giving us two, side-long interpretations of this killer STR4TA track. Produced by Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, STR4TA is the catalyst for a homegrown, new wave of jazz-funk movement.

        This rework of "After The Rain’=" harps back to the classic Brit-Funk era whilst tailoring it to contemporary club culture with a spaced out dub; conscientiously keeping the essence of what is magical in the original mix. With the aim of giving more exposure to parts which are not so prominent in the original, Lee’s production process involved rearranging and rebalancing those parts, using a fading technique to create tension, moments and surprises that flow together, capturing that raw, moment to moment interaction and improvisation by the musicians involved.




        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Dave Lee, Giles Peterson and Jean-Paul Maunick under a Brit-funk state of mind? Sounds like musical heaven - and it is! A joy on the ears and the feet, you can tell how much enjoyment everyone involved is having from as soon as the needle hits the record. Your next living room disco needs this!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Mix)
        B1. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Dub

        Gilles Peterson has partnered with Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick to reinvigorate the loose, protean energy of the early-80s Brit-funk scene. STR4TA sees them mine new musical possibilities outof that shared formative era. On “Aspects”, they revisit that important period and the spirit that guided it: self-taught, DIY vitality, and a raucous energy built on live performance. Bringing a fresh slant to a sound first developed by groups like Atmosfear, Hi-Tension, Light of the World and Freeez – with Maunick, it should be noted, also a member of the latter two bands – it’s the first material that Maunick and Peterson have released together in over a decade.

        It’s an idea that had been in the works for a while, but which was encouraged by a surprising catalyst: the award acceptance speech by Tyler, the Creator at the 2020 Brit Awards, where he shouted out the influence of “British funk from the 80s”. It was an acknowledgement of the particular sound that Maunick and his peers had honed, where their US influences were reoriented through their own circumstances. “Like everybody else who plays music, we tried to emulate our heroes,” Maunick says. “But we didn’t have the tools, we hadn’t studied music: were all playing by ear, and we were coming off bits and pieces that we liked off certain records.” This record is guided by the same ethos. An array of musical touchpoints have fed into the album’s direct, no-frills entries: each track’s parts are cut back to the bare bone. In writing and recording the album, the pair of them would work together to strike upon the point of departure – more naive, less considered – that had produced that killer Brit-funk sound. Peterson would dig out records that showed particular flashes or moods as jumping off points, and Maunick would then work with collaborators to build new directions out of those prompts or suggestions.

        It’s the latest chapter in a story that started with Peterson interviewing Maunick in his parents’ garden shed, the first interview that the former had ever conducted. Later, they would reconnect to put out a string of celebrated Incognito albums on Peterson’s pioneering, now-defunct Talkin’ Loud imprint. Now, linking up once more, they unpick an under-appreciated flashpoint in a vital musical lineage, one which each of them has been instrumental in shaping.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Aspects
        2. Rhythm In Your Mind
        3. Dance Desire
        4. We Like It
        5. Steppers Crusade
        6. After The Rain
        7. Give In To What Is Real
        8. Kinshasa FC
        9. Vision 9


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