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This is the long awaited repress of Tenderlonious’ groundbreaking ‘On Flute’ EP, originally released back in 2016. This stunning six track EP demonstrates how diverse Tenderlonious’s musicianship is as he embellishes each song with his signature flute sound. ”Ghana” sets the pace of the record with up-tempo afro beats, complimented by keys, strings, a distinctive lead synth and of course a soaring flute solo. “Autumn Leaves” follows with a more UK broken-beat flavour, revealing a darker sense of atmosphere.

Other tracks include the modern classic “Song For My Father” (as featured on Kamaal Williams DJ-Kicks compilation), an upbeat number fusing funk and disco to create the perfect dance floor filler that builds to a climax with a wild flute solo from the man himself. “In A Sentimental Mood” follows and, as the title suggests, shows the listener how this producer came by his name. Tender flute inflections and sensitive lead synths, backed by quiet whispers. The EP finishes with “Dale’s Corner”, another broken feel on this one with delayed Rhodes supported by tasteful flute lines throughout - it leaves the listener feeling uplifted and wanting more!

This essential release on 22a recieved mass acclaim back in 2016, and support for some of the biggest tastemakers and DJ’s on the circuit, including Bonobo, Gilles Peterson, Bradley Zero, Kamaal Williams, Alexander Nut, Lefto and many more.


22a label founder, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tenderlonious continues to evolve away from his recent jazz projects and delve further into the world of house and electronic beats.

This is his most club orientated release to date, yet he still manages to capture the essence of his live instrumentation. Detroit techno via Woking and South London!


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’Hard Rain’ follows hot-on-the-heels from the acclaimed Ruby Rushton album ‘Ironside’, but whereas contemporary urban jazz was the focus there, Tender’s solo record marks a return to another of the multifaceted artist’s skills: dope house and beat music that oozes futuristic funk.

This sparse but perfectly-populated masterpiece takes inspiration from J Dilla and echoes elements of vintage Blaze, Larry Heard and Carl Craig. Warm and soulful, but also spacious and clean, Tender extracts maximum flavour out of just a few ingredients.

“Casey Jr.” kicks proceedings off with a neck-snapping bass heavy p-funk
monster, like Slum Village or Platinum Pied Pipers by way of Surrey and
onwards to south London. Real electro laced cosmic jazz funk keys and techno hi hats coalesce exquisitely on “Buffalo Gurl”, whilst the breathtakingly deep. ‘Hard Rain’ sounds both current and classic. “Low Tide” is an ambient jazz interlude that clears the palate, before “Another State Of Consciousness” trips the light on a kaleidoscopic discoball of pure synth ecstasy. Bumpy and blunted, the break-fuelled flute ride of “Aesop Thought” and LA style abstractscience of “Workin’ Me Out” shine a new light on trip hop, before the album closes with the smouldering, emotive brooder “Almost Time”.

After a long studio hiatus, this is a sign of good things to come from Tenderlonious and the 22a camp!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Peckham rises once again as the 22a firm display some more sonic wares from their locale. Tenderlonious at the controls for a mellow, smoked-out modern jazz / electronics composition.


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