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Shapes: Diamonds

    ‘Shapes: Diamonds’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations put together by A&R, label co-founder and renowned DJ Robert Luis. After 20 years of independently releasing music, the ‘Shapes’ LPs continue to encompass the best of the Brighton-based label’s wide-ranging and international roster and feature the finest of Tru Thoughts’ classic cuts, recent releases and inspired remixes.

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    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive orange vinyl.

    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Quantic

    Atlantic Modulations (Remixes)

      ‘Atlantic Modulations’ on 12" brings together reworkings of Will “Quantic” Holland’s critically acclaimed album “Atlantic Oscillations”, featuring remixes from Sampology, Dan Shake, Alfa Mist and Quantic himself. EP opener “You Used To Love Me ft. Denitia (Selva Remix)” epitomises Holland’s relocation to Brooklyn, building his new recording studio ‘Selva’ and taking up a bi-monthly residency at ‘Good Room’ (NY); with the essence of the NY club scene radiating through the Selva Remix. A key figure in London’s burgeoning jazz scene, talented pianist, producer and composer Alfa Mist reworks “You Used To Love Me” with the addition of melancholic brass and keys, giving the original a contemporary jazz twist.

      “September Blues” is granted the heavyweight house treatment by Moodymann-stamped-seal-of-approval, Dan Shake. Adding his well-loved mesh of sparky acid synths, Brazilian samba percussion and itchy groove-funk to the song, fuelling “September Blues” into a peak-time contagious weapon. Brisbane-based producer, DJ, and Worldwide FM resident, Sampology gives “Orquidea” featuring Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve, a delicate touch of tropical-disco and dub-variants, slowing down the brass horns and distorting the bedrock of the track.

      ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ marked the return of world-renowned British producer Quantic with his most cohesive and intricate album to date; “Atlantic Modulations” cements that release, contextualising it on the dancefloor.

      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.”

      “The Next Chapter/Recognise Me (I’m An African)” marks the return of the godfather of British hip-hop, Rodney P aka The Riddim Killa, with his first solo release in over a decade. Out on Tru Thoughts, the white promo 7” represents the Rodney P of today. The two killer tracks embody and personify the evolving music and culture of his heritage while paying homage to his contribution to the UK hip-hop canon. “The Next Chapter” is both personal and cultural. It’s a reintroduction to the hugely influential legend while laying out the next chapter in his respected career. “Recognise Me (I’m An African)” sees Rodney reconnect on a deeper level with his West-Indian heritage as a second-generation immigrant. Referencing Ghanaian politician and revolutionary Kwame Nkrumah, Rodney explores themes of identity and the ideology of pan-Africanism (the idea that the destiny of all people of African descent, depends on the fate of the continent of Africa). A pioneer who inspired a generation of hip-hop and grime MCs with his homegrown reggae-influenced flow, Rodney P set the scene ablaze back in the late ‘80s with the seminal group London Posse. Since then, he has had a rich and varied career as a radio and television personality, while musically collaborating with the likes of Bjork, Skinnyman, Omar, MJ Cole and countless others.

      ‘Little Ghost’ marks the return of LA-based trio Moonchild with their fourth album to date. Led by first single “Too Much to Ask”, the release sees multi instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson channel boundless sonic energy as they explore some of the most personal aspects of human relationships. With a unique style of soul and new-school jazz that has cemented their spot in the LA music scene, Moonchild continue to intertwine lyrical concepts with expansive glistening melodies, harmonies and irresistible interludes. Taking its name from the most emotional of celestial bodies (in the eyes of the band), ‘Little Ghost’ follows the widely-praised ‘Voyager’ (2017), ‘Please Rewind’ (2015) and ‘Be Free’ (2012).

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      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

      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.

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        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition gold vinyl.

        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.


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        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.

        New album from the legendary Bonobo. "Animal Magic" utilizes the producer's heady pot of breakbeats, pad sounds, jazzy live instrumentation and naked emotion to create another spewing of out of his multifaceted personality. Downtempo electronic music often wanders into EZ-listening terrain, but "Animal Magic" has enough underlying feeling and intelligent arrangements to keep any listener’s interest.

        Bonobo aka Simon Green has a real flair for dynamics: the melodies are a blissful, magical aroma of vibrantly lit-up sounds which all seem to standout like receiving your favourite gift for Christmas. If that wasn’t enough, the drums are crisp clean and have no turn-off regarding sound quality. Those simple little drums and cymbals both function like hearing a flock of birds chirping in the morning; quiet and alluring. “Animal Magic is just about masterful in every way possible.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition yellow 180 gram vinyl.

        ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ marks the return of world renowned British producer Quantic with his most cohesive and intricate album to date. Bringing together new players and concepts with a dance orientated sound that has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world for nearly two decades, it showcases Will “Quantic” Holland’s artistry and rare ability to intertwine the electronic with the orchestral.

        Embracing his own love of albums that travel, taking the listener on twists and turns, with the loss of the album narrative that has occurred in this day of streaming, Holland utilises the space created to explore more creativity as a producer. As he admits, “on the whole, the common theme on this record is that it is probably more intricate and arranged than previous records. I spent three times as long as any other Quantic record and spent a lot of time in the detail”. This meticulous attitude is apparent throughout; each track has been crafted to draw the listener’s attention, with elements of both musical originality and a sense of modernity.


        Hidden Orchestra is an imagined orchestra created by composer / producer Joe Acheson and currently based in Brighton. The releases feature a wide variety of guest musicians from different musical backgrounds, recorded separately, and combined by Joe in his studio to create an ‘imaginary orchestra’ that doesn’t really exist. Displaying the very art of the over-dub, dark orchestral textures with field recordings, bass, and layers of drums and percussion all blend under a cloud of DSP. The result is an enchanted and beguiling listen that'll appeal to fans of early Kieren Hebden and, indeed, more recent Four Tet. Here we see a remixed companion album, featuring the creme of modern producers. From Nuage's multi-textured canvas that opens proceedings to Max Cooper's icy, shimmering version of "Wingbeats" and back through the gritty future-tek of Throwing Shade. Electronic / glitch stalwart Matthew Herbert makes an appearance alongside modern dancehall / dub act Wrongtom. There's plenty more to get stuck into, basically, if you loved the first inception of the album then this isn't gonna disappoint. Also, if you've a penchant for any of the artists mentioned, or just a passing interest in Hidden Orchestra, or even a fleeting interest in modern electronica then this release will surely please.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Double LP, black vinyl, printed inner sleeves, silver foil effect on cover.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Certain to hit the spot for fans of Abstract Orchestra's 'Dilla' set, the latest offering from multi-instrumentalist and producer Sly5thAve is a sumptuous orchestral jazz tribute to the phenomenal production of Dr Dre. Taking us through both the hits and lesser known moments in Dre's career behind the controls, "The Invisible Man" delivers a soulful and smooth selection of visionary jazz workouts. Joining the dots between the Doc and the 70s composers he sampled (David McCallum, David Axelrod), this dope set features excellent collaborative appearances from Will “Quantic” Holland (‘The Edge’) and Marc de Clive-Lowe (‘Drelude for Woo’) to Jimetta Rose (‘Let Me Ride’) and Melissa McMillan (‘I’d Rather Be With You’), each significantly contributing to the album’s rhythmic and melodic flair. 


        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.

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        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        ‘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.

        'Love & Poverty' is the debut album from Strange Faith, a new collaborative project involving country soul singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and jazz/soul/folk producer and composer Benedic Lamdin, acclaimed for his output under the Nostalgia 77 moniker alongside work with the likes of Valerie June, Jamie Cullum and Prince Fatty.

        Strange Faith brings a rich and vibrant, breezy and jazz-inflected twist on the laid-back soul sound and earthy lyrical slant that has seen Wales-based American artist Nichols crowned the "high priest of country cool" by Rolling Stone magazine.

        Although his voice is unmistakable, 'Love & Poverty' is a far cry from being a Nichols solo effort, and it shines with the essential and equal input of a talented ensemble: in attendance at the original session, held at drummer Antonio Feola's studio, were Jeb Loy Nichols on guitar and vocals, Feola himself on drums, Ned Crowther on bass and vocals, and Lamdin playing guitar.

        The sound of this album is infused with the contrasting atmospheres of the inner London location where the sessions took place and the Welsh countryside, where Nichols lives and where the songs started their lives.

        The second instalment of the Tru Thoughts Covers compilation series brings together some of the intriguing cover versions that have been released and loved as album tracks, singles or one-offs on the label.

        As well as contributions from familiar Tru Thoughts artists there are some previously unreleased tunes that have been sought out and signed specifically for this compilation, with La Grima's dub style rework of Nirvana, Fingathing taking Donna Summer down a disco jazz tip, and Nizzle Hizzle transforming War's "The World Is A Ghetto".

        Opening in a deep, down-tempo direction, the album kicks off with Quantic and Alice Russell exploring a gospel sound on the hugely popular "I'll Keep My Light In My Window", taken from their acclaimed 'Look Around The Corner' collaborative LP. The Bamboos take James Blake to a soul basement, with Megan Washington on vocals. Zed Bias tackles a Soul II Soul classic whilst Kinny and Harleighblu bring their own unique and illuminating versions of The Cure and Eurythmics, respectively.

        Ramping up the raucous factor, The Hot 8 Brass Band give a new meaning to The Specials' iconic Ghost Town by transposing it onto a post-Katrina New Orleans, and Quantic gives a Cumbia rendition of a Dr Dre classic, while Youngblood Brass Band rock up with a club and festival favourite in the shape of their punchy instrumental brass takeover of Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody".

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Limited blue vinyl edition.

        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.

        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

        The Hot 8 Brass Band

        The Life & Times Of...

        'The Life And Times Of… The Hot 8 Brass Band’ announces the emphatic return of New Orleans’ premier purveyors of roof raising, jazz infused, funk and hip hop fuelled marching band music, straight from the heart and fresh from the second line parades. This is Hot 8 Brass Band’s first new material since their acclaimed debut put them on the global stage.

        Hot 8 Brass Band boast a rare depth of vocal talent to illuminate their tales, and ‘The Life And Times Of…’ finds them exploring this further; switching from commanding, funky lead vocals, to rapped verses laid down with passion and skill, to melodic hooks and harmonies - that range from emotive, gravelly baritones through instinctively whooped falsettos - with abandon.
        ‘The Life And Times Of…’ is itself the first part of a two album project; showcasing the party side of the band, it is packed with joyful grooves to get feet moving. The next instalment - to follow in Spring 2013 accompanied by live dates in the UK and Europe - will be more reflective, an emotional tribute to fallen band members and the funeral parades which centre on this music.

        Includes current single, a cover version of the Specials' "Ghost Town".

        "Beats, Treats & All Things Unique" is the debut album by fast rising star Benji Boko. An innovative, energetic DJ and producer, Benji Boko is the boy from Brighton with the big hair whose larger-than-life DJ presence and amazing mixing skills are matched by his creative prowess as a producer and beat-maker. Boko’s musical spark was initially ignited by the eclectic selection of records to be found in the second-hand shops and flea markets of his home city; this appetite for all types of music is combined with an appreciation and talent for sound and sample manipulation, and a habit of sliding into highly visualised forays of imagination. His fresh, melodic, slightly twisted hip hop-infused pop is as much influenced by Beardyman, DJ Yoda, Fatboy Slim and The Neptunes as it is by cartoons, Peter Sellers, Monty Python and fairytales.

        If the hyperactive, livewire DJ is one side of his personality, then "Beats, Treats And All Things Unique" reveals another facet of Benji Boko’s musical persona. The album explores a wide spectrum of influences, and yields an equally diverse selection of sounds; from the deep, evocative beat of the single which is complemented by Maxi Jazz’s inimitable soul-felt vocals, through the hypnotic instrumental track, “Glider”. Then at the other extreme - more in line with the relentless energy of his DJ set - is “No. 1 Sound”, which has a really ‘live’ vibe, as Ricky Rankin freestyled the whole thing. Dotted around the album are a host of little skits, each with its own charm, including “I Had A Dream (Mini Obama)”, inspired by a fortune-telling vinyl record found in a charity shop.

        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.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 12" Info: Limited yellow vinyl pressing. Music on side A, Serato Control Tone on side B.

        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".

        Out of the rich cultural melting-pot of London's underground music scene comes Saravah Soul. This half-Brazilian, half-British outfit's debut album explores the rich territory between Afro-Brazilian rhythms and 60s funk syncopations, in the process creating a whole new signature sound. Along the way the band serve up maracatu-funk, samba-funk, afoxe, one of the most African Brazilian rhythms, a touch of funk and afro-beat, capoeira and baiao, the folk dance music of Bahia.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: Double LP also comes with album on CD.

        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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