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Alice Russell

I Am

    Alice Russell is universally acclaimed as one of the best modern soul voices of our time, while her raw talent and charisma commands attention and affection.

    The much-loved British soulstress returns with the most personal album of her career. I Am is vulnerable and bold while addressing how we must all work on ourselves to heal - so that we can love and connect with those and the world around us more honestly and with depth.

    Life, loss and grief have been a central part of this period and a new approach to creating music: "Two little ones have joined me, and one has left - my dad passed away the summer after To Dust was released. The day after my Dad's funeral, I found out I was pregnant with my first little one." Alice continues: "The grief journey has cracked me open and created a more urgent need to be focused and try to go deeper with how I communicate creatively and who I am today, and I welcome it with open arms".

    Written and produced alongside long-time collaborator TM Juke, I Am is the first offering of new music from the iconic singer in over a decade and marks a new era in the remarkable career of the down-to-earth vocal powerhouse. This summer, Alice graced the main stage of Gilles Peterson's We Out Here, supported Nile Rogers and performed as part of a tribute to Aretha Franklin across France, marking her return to the stage, where she belongs.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Agreement
    2. Gravity
    3. Square
    4. I Am
    5. I See You
    6. Rain
    7. Things
    8. Sinner
    9. Light

    Sly5thAve

    Liberation

      Layered with orchestral arrangements, jazz improvisation and Hip- Hop production, 'Liberation' is an accomplished record of courage, musical conviction, and growth.

      Known for his sophisticated compositions, Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II AKA Sly5thAve's first experiences with large-scale arranging were with the Club Casa Chamber Orchestra and recording instrumental covers of popular modern songs. Notably, his orchestral tribute to Dr. Dre, 'The Invisible Man,' garnered widespread praise and attention, even earning the admiration of Dr. Dre himself. Through these recordings Sly5thAve felt he had found a way to make people connect with orchestral music; "I've long felt orchestras around the world are inaccessible to  most people – whether it be the programming or the cost, or the location".

      This LP is Sly5thAve's first full album of original orchestral arrangements and features the musicianship of Sly5thAve's collaborators and Ghost Note bandmates - headed by Snarky Puppy's multi-Grammy–winning percussion duo Robert "Sput" Searight and Nate Werth, alongside previous collaborator Roberto Verástegui. Sly5thAve's passion for collaboration is expressed on singles from 'Liberation', as he revitalises the beloved Destiny's Child classic 'No, No, No Pt. 2' with help from Jonathan Mones; through the MonoNeon bassline of 'Monoxide' featuring MacKenzie on vocals and guitar from Peter Knudsen; and on closing track 'Big Brother' feat. Daniel Wytanis, a track that features and pays tribute to both Robert "Sput" Searight and Nate Werth, alongside Ghost Note member and mixing engineer Ben Burget.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Water Suite (Thirst)
      2. Water Suite (Drown)
      3. Water Suite (Renewal) Feat. Michael Jelani Brooks
      4. Liberation
      5. No No No Pt. 2 Feat. Jonathan Mones
      6. Actin' Whyte Feat. Kyle Rapps
      7. Exodus
      8. Proverbs
      9. Monoxide Feat. MonoNeon MacKenzie & Peter Knudsen
      10. Big Brother Feat. Daniel Wytanis
      11. No No No Pt. 2 Feat. Jonathan Mones (Instrumental)
      12. Actin' Whyte (Instrumental)
      13. Monoxide Feat. MonoNeon MacKenzie & Peter Knudsen (Instrumental)

      Moonchild

      Reflections

        Inspired by the band's iconic Tiny Desk performance, 'Reflections' sees the band reimagine and revisit old songs, featuring acoustic versions of hit singles 'The List' and 'Cure'. An essential collection for all Moonchild fans.

        "Reflections, an EP covering our older songs, naturally shows some of our growth as musicians over the last ten years. Amber's vocals, in particular, are a fantastic example of that. A more subtle example of growth might be our musical maturity and restraint. Leaving space for the music to breathe. I think that's the main reason we created this new project, and we are excited to share Reflections with our fans." - Max Bryk

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Money
        2. Cure
        3. Run Away
        4. The Truth
        5. Back To Me
        6. The List

        The Seshen

        Dive / 4AM

        “Dive / 4AM” is the latest outing from San Francisco Bay Area-based sixpiece, The Seshen. The 7” outlines the steps the group has made since their critically acclaimed sophomore album in 2016, both as a band and as individuals. “Since ‘Flames & Figures’, a lot has been taking place both internally and externally.

        Side A opens with distorted four-to-the-floor chomper, “Dive”. Aggressive yet danceable, gritty but somehow unstoppable, “Dive” is inspired the profound need for change, catalysed through the somnambulant Larry Heard-esque bassline meshed to the warped tones of Lalin’s vocals. “The path towards my power, my strength, being okay with being unapologetic is just starting. I’m reclaiming what I have lost, reclaiming what has been passed down to me. The song is about the ground beginning to shake”, Lalin preaches.

        While in contrast on side B, “4AM” untethers the listener by exploring a sense of spaciousness, flourishing the sparseness, distracting with moving snippets of delicate production. Lyrically tackling the insomniacs waking nightmare, “4AM” is about the witching hour, battling against oneself. “I was experiencing anxiety at night...where I would review all my actions and all the things I said throughout the day in search of something that I did wrong. At times it would keep me up, and I felt that I was at war with my mind.”

        TRACK LISTING

        Dive
        4AM

        Gawd Status

        Firmamentum

          ‘Firmamentum’ is the debut album from Gawd Status aka King Kashmere and Joker Starr. Fronted by lead singles “Heavy Metal” - which was premiered on Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music) show - and “The Alchemist ft. Fae Simon”, the LP showcases Gawd Status’ versatility and eclecticism as an unconventional prodder/MC duo, delivering a killer and off-kilter record that lies in between the worlds of hip-hop, psychedelia and soul.

          “Heavy Metal” is an experimental hip-hop meets psychedelic trip-hop listen that is boisterous, chaotic and marked by a profound sense of urgency. Exploring disparate but interwoven themes of Roman Catholic priests, Afrika Bambaataa, Braintax, the origins of humanity, Babylon and devilish behaviour - Joker Starr’s intention is to uplift and discomfit the listener; “heavy metal for the devil” he ominousness preaches in sinister and satanic voice. “Heavy Metal” closes with a psychedelic outro, that pays a closer tribute to the experimental pop of early Animal Collective than their UK hip-hop counterparts.

          “The Alchemist ft. Fae Simon” pours hypnotic soul and genuine jazz vibes, reminiscent of the hey-day of trip-hop kings Massive Attack. Featuring as a guest vocalist, Fae Simon adds her darkly sensual melodies to track. Introduced initially to King Kashmere through fellow UK rapper Jehst (who Fae Simon collaborated with on “Timeless”), Fae’s smooth, effortless and instantly recognisable voice allures vocal valour. While DJ Jazz T guests showing off him turntablism skills, scratching sparsely with choice vocal clips below hip-hop rhythms. Featuring on the record, fellow UK MCs Micall Parksun and Big Cakes (who has collaborated with the Godfather of grime Wiley) team up on politicallycharged, Thabo Mbeki-inspired “I Am An African”. “Messiah Hybrids” showcases the duo delivering what they do best, a conscious straight-up hip-hop banger.

          TRACK LISTING

          Heavy Metal
          Messiah Hybrid
          I Am An African Ft Micall Parknsun & Big Cakes
          Amplified Science Ft Anyway Tha God
          The Alchemist Ft. Fae Simon / Admiral Byrd
          Uranium
          From Nibiru With Love

          Written over the course of three years, "Cage And Aviary" ties personal reflection to wider social issues, giving an intimate insight in to what it means to come of age in today’s world. Sophisticated songwriting is brought to life with Bryony’s harmonious vocals, layered with jazz, soul and elements of folk, creating a melodic sound that has charmed many major tastemakers. "Cage & Aviary" was created with long-time friend, collaborator and Tru Thoughts label-mate Tom Leah AKA Werkha, highlighting their capacity for musical exploration.

          'The album is built around my contemplations on life, love and myself and tying that in with wider global issues.' Jarman-Pinto explains, 'lyrically I have circled around the theme of family and securities I felt at a younger age, measured against my insecurities now and personal desires to my own femininity and personhood'. This lyrical struggle is best represented in “Emerge”, a track written at a time when Jarman-Pinto was experiencing her biggest lack of creativity and insecurity around her writing; she describes a breakthrough in writing, willing for one to come.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Delicate vocals, jazz-flecked instrumentals; Jarman-Pinto causally wears flowers in her hair with a relaxed, diurnal, open-air quality; you get the feeling she's destined for some colourful live performances across the festival circuit. One to check for sure.

          TRACK LISTING

          For The Bird
          As I’ve Heard
          Saffron Yellow
          Sweet Sweet
          All About Life
          Sun Kissed
          Alchemy
          Emerge
          Threads
          Day Dream
          Sour Face
          Company
          For The Bear

          Space Captain

          All Flowers In Time

          "All Flowers In Time" is the debut album from Space Captain, built around the themes of love and nostalgia with a pinch of bitterness and betrayal. With intricate arrangements of fluttering guitars, sparkly keyboards, and cyclical layers of background vocals, all bound together with dreamy indie-pop melodies for a sweet curve-ball of a finish, this beautifully crafted release takes the Brooklyn 7-piece to new heights.

          Extensive influences range from Thundercat through Amy Winehouse to Bon Iver, but Space Captain are never anything but themselves, as this release shows. It sees the band moving away from the electronic and experimental sounds of their previous EP, instead taking them back to when they first formed, whilst also pushing the boundaries of their familiar R&B realm. For the band, "All Flowers In Time" quite literally signifies the flowering of their careers and the work they have put in to get there. As the band grow together, their aesthetic and musical styles continue to transform, expanding their accessibility to audiences of all tastes.

          Space Captain are determined to continue finding new sounds and experimenting with new techniques. While never consciously setting out to confound expectations, by following their inbuilt curiosity and indulging the unique musical chemistry in their ranks, Space Captain have marked themselves out as a deliciously unpredictable creative force.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side Eye
          Blue
          Daybreak
          Sycamore
          Loveline
          The Drive Home
          Cells
          Hollow
          Hours
          Flood

          ‘Undefined’ is the second album from talented LA-based electronic producer, Lost Midas. The new long player attests to a year-or-so spent stripping back musical methods and rebuilding them, putting a strong focus on the deceptively simple art of classic song-craft. ‘Undefined’ sits at the heart of unique leftfield electronic and gleaming pop music.

          Lost Midas’ ‘Undefined’ celebrates the LA producer’s enjoyment of iconic aesthetics found in contemporary pop, by pairing them with a sensory experience of sinuous IDM beats and synths, backed up with relatable and honest subject matter which touches on real relationships. Other personal flourishes like using his father’s photography in the artwork show Lost Midas imbue deeper meaning to the project through these simple humbling touches.

          Lost Midas is the project of producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jason Trikakis, who is originally from Boston but now rooted in LA – a city which fascinates and frustrates in equal measure, and whose contrasts heavily influence his sound. He developed much of his new material with the help of friend Josh Wood – an in-demand songwriter who produces under his vocal moniker Kalispell and whose major collaborations include projects for Janet Jackson, Pitbull and Krewella.

          TRACK LISTING

          Yucaipa
          For Nothing (feat. Rachel Geller)
          Nebula (feat. Rachel Geller)
          San Gorgonio
          Undefined (feat. Rachel Geller)
          Arroyo Seco
          Kayla’s Lullaby (feat. Kalispell)
          San Jacinto (feat. Ken Nana)
          Dancer (feat. Rachel Geller And Kalispell)
          Montecito
          Calipatria (feat. NüTrik)

          The latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations, compiled by A&R and label co-owner Robert Luis, 'Shapes: Circles' brings the best of the current sound of the label across 12 tracks and 2LPs, including a handful of remixes, upfront exclusives - a newbie from brand new signing Titeknots and an upfront album track from rising soul sensation Harleighblu - and cuts previously only available on other formats, as well as the odd stone cold classic.

          Serving to reinforce Tru Thoughts’ reputation as home to a diverse array of talent, the artists showcased here include Harleighblu, Belleruche, Ty, Wrongtom Meets Deemas J, Hint feat. T-Fly, Mark de Clive-Lowe feat. Omar & Sheila E, Titeknots, Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far, The Bamboos feat. Aloe Blacc, Drumagick, Sleepin’ Giantz and Natalie Storm. Vinyl also comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

          TRACK LISTING

          CD Tracklisting:
          Disc 1
          1. The Valleys Feat. Tanya Auclair & Milly Blue - Natural Self
          2. Let Me Be - Harleighblu
          3. Twin Peaks - Alice Russell
          4. Wasted Time (Ross PTH Remix) - Belleruche
          5. Like You Never - Ty
          6. We Renegades Feat. Nia Andrews - Mark De Clive Lowe
          7. Plum Rain Anchorsong
          8. Aliens Enter Feat. T-Fly (Hint Remix) - Hint
          9. Ghost Town - Hot 8 Brass Band
          10. Magdalena (Acoustic Version) - Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Barbaro
          11. The Chosen - Menagerie
          12. They Reminisce Over You (TROY) - Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo
          13. Jump + Move + Rock - Wrongtom Meets Deemas J
          14. Live Up Feat. The Peoples Army & Mighty Moe - Rodney P
          15. Where Does The Time Go? Feat. Aloe Blacc (Si Tew Take It Back Remix) - The Bamboos
          16. Tuesday Is Friday - Freddie Cruger & Anthony Mills Are Wildcookie
          17. Floating Zzzzzz - Kinny

          Disc 2
          1. Mind Open Titeknots
          2. Vorka (King Britt Remix) - Hidden Orchestra
          3. Get Started Feat. Omar & Sheila E (Full Crate Remix) - Mark De Clive Lowe
          4. Empty Heart Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far
          5. Dub Is For Real Feat. Mr Scruff Maddslinky
          6. Maracatu Drumagick
          7. Take The Space Trane Mark De Clive Lowe & The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra
          8. Crash And Burn Feat. Natalie Storm (C.O.N.E Remix) Hint
          9. Jump + Move + Rock (Benny Page Remix) Wrongtom Meets Deemas J
          10. Raving Bully Sleepin' Giantz
          11. All Of You Feat. Aruba Red & Plan B Riz Mc
          12. Badness Feat. Skream Zed Bias
          13. Money Mad (Drumagick D Step Remix) London Posse

          LP Tracklisting:
          1. Harleighblu - Let Me Be
          2. Belleruche - Wasted Time (Ross PTH Mix)
          3. Ty - Like You Never
          4. Wrongtom Meets Deemas J - Jump+Move+Rock
          5. Hint Feat. T-Fly - Aliens Enter (Hint Remix)
          6. Mark De Clive-Lowe Feat. Omar & Sheila E - Get Started (Full Crate Remix)
          7. Titeknots - Mind Open
          8. Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far - Empty Heart
          9. The Bamboos Feat. Aloe Blacc - Where Does The Time Go? (Si-Tew Take It Back Mix)
          10. Drumagick - Maracatu
          11. Sleepin’ Giantz - Raving Bully
          12. Hint - Crash & Burn Feat. Natalie Storm (C.O.N.E. Remix)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Features four brand new tracks, all of which are appearing on vinyl for the first time!

          Alice Russell hooks up with USA soul legend Darondo for 'Breakdown', a track recently featured on Steven Soderburgh’s Magic Mike.

          Natural Self produces a sublime cover of Electrelane’s 'The Valleys'.

          The Hot 8 Brass Band continue their rich vein of tributes with their version of the Stevie Wonder classic 'All I Do'.

          Plus previously unreleased and completely exclusive 'Enough Now' from 23 year old soul singer and new signing to Tru Thoughts Harleighblu (that’s her real name!)

          LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOR THE UK

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Alice Russell - Breakdown (Feat. Darondo)
          A2. Harleighblu - Enough Now
          B1. Hot 8 Brass Band - All I Do
          B2. Natural Self - The Valleys

          Maddslinky Feat. Skream

          50 Shades Of Peng / Serato Control Tone

            When Maddslinky released his debut album "Make Your Peace" in 2003, it radically influenced the fledgling musical mind of a then teenaged Oliver Jones, aka Skream. Fast forward a few years, and when Skream and Maddslinky crossed paths they knew they had to make a track together. No surprise then that there are big basslines involved and the tune blows up on the dancefloor. "50 Shades Of Peng" is taken from the upcoming "Make A Change" album. The track has already been getting constant spins by the likes of Benji B on BBC 1xtra and Mr Scruff on dubplate and now Tru Thoughts do the honorable thing and release the track on one side of 12" vinyl (cut at 45rpm of course).

            The flipside features one of those handy Serato Control Tone things for you more computerised DJs out there.


            Hint

            Driven From Distraction EP

              Hint's new EP, "Driven From Distraction" is a brilliant taster of his eagerly-anticipated forthcoming album. Featuring a mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks - with contributions from Laura Vane, Kinny and the young Brighton-based MC Rizzle – this 12" is a sublime example of Hint's accomplished skills as a producer and composer across a range of the styles he loves, from hip hop to fiery soul to no-nonsense dancefloor bombs. Also includes a vinyl release for Hint's remix of the Me & You track, "Sneaker Thief".

              Alice Russell

              Under The Munka Moon

                Here Tru Thoughts collect together Miss Russell's finest recordings to date, and some exclusive material recorded especially for this LP. There's new versions of Quantic Soul Orchestra's "Take Your Time, Change Your Mind" and "Something That's Real", Quantic tracks "Apricot Morning" and "Search The Heavens" and her own single "Sweet Calling" plus many more raw soul / funk and wonky grooves (recorded with TM Juke, Nature Boy and Quantic) that highlight her amazing voice.


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