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Kingdem

The Kingdem EP

    Kingdem - Rodney P, Ty and Blak Twang, a brand new supergroup formed of UK hip-hop heavyweights and a trio who need little introducing.

    London Posse affiliate and all-round Godfather of British hip-hop: Rodney P links up one of UK Black music’s true innovators and popularisers: Ty, and the original South-London colloquial hip-hop geezer: Blak Twang, to deliver a fresh future bass anthem that is rooted in their artists legacy to the UK hip-hop canon.

    Fresh off the back of a powerful Fire In The Booth with Charlie Sloth (Beats 1) Kingdem fill in the missing chapters of UK hip-hop’s history: 'The UK hip-hop scene has gone way underground - so we set up Kingdem to let artists come up from behind us. We want the next generation to know that they don’t need to be chasing that grime sound, that rap sound. I think a lot of young people just don’t know we ever existed and assume that hip-hop in the UK started in the early ‘00s when grime came out', Rodney P explains. 'We made it easier for the grime scene to come out and use their own accents. We paved the way to make people have an understanding and respect of the UK accent, this UK vernacular in the music.'


    TRACK LISTING

    The Conversation (We Ain’t Done Yet)
    KingStep
    We’re Just Saying
    Rhino

    Quantic & Nidia Gongora

    Almas Conectadas

      ‘Almas Conectadas’ (Connected Souls) is the sophomore album from renowned British producer Will “Quantic” Holland and Colombian folklore singer-songwriter Nidia Gongora.

      Bubbling with symphonic flourishes, the release explores the unique, rich, and mystical musical traditions of the Colombian Pacific Coast while being recorded at Quantic’s Brooklyn-based studio and creative powerhouse Selva. Delving into the concept of the album, Nidia explains:

      “Almas Conectadas refers to the interrelation of cosmic energies, the aura and the way they manifest from the abstract; we are more than body and flesh and there are countless elements that connect us as beings that interact in the universe, physical contact does not always exist to be connected.”

      ‘Almas Conectadas’ explores the nostalgia of impossible love, celebrates eternal bachelors, mourns souls lost at sea, and tells stories of dwellers from Timbiqu (whose location and cultural contrasts provides endless inspiration). Protecting the essence of the region’s rich songbook and treating the cultural traditions of the Pacific coast with the utmost reverence, ‘Almas Conectadas’ is the perfect marriage of musical diversity, collective creation and intercultural dialogue.

      Nidia Gongora’s magnetic voice and captivating songwriting is matched to the unparalleled musicianship and pioneering production of Quantic, across eleven flawless tracks.

      TRACK LISTING

      Doncella
      El Chiclan
      Balada Borracha
      Almas Conectadas
      Orozul
      Adorar La Sangre
      Adi S Chac N
      Pronto Alivio
      Macumba De Marea
      El Avin
      Vuelve

      ‘Yemaya’ is the long-awaited new album and Tru Thoughts debut from future soul and electronica duo Anushka. The LP takes its name from the Orisha Yemaya - the Goddess o fthe Sea, protector of women and the Eternal Mother in the Santeria / Yoruba religion. It is believed in Santeria that Yemaya guides and supports her children, helping them to grow; as explored with the reference to the life-giving essence of water in focus track ”Bad Weather”. Celebrating their progression and those who have helped them on the way, the title expresses the oneness that the duo felt making the record. This growth is explored on album opener “So Far Journey”. Written by Victoria Port (singer / songwriter) as a ‘call to the ancestors’, the track explores coming back to yourself and who you truly are after a period of feeling displaced and lost. With astrally charged synths from Max Wheeler (producer), it sits alongside the cosmic love story of “You My Love” and the luminous “Serenity”. Speaking of the latter, Port adds: ‘It’s that feeling when a person makes it feel like home wherever you are. When something isstressful and you know they can help you find your peace’.

      TRACK LISTING

      So Far Journey
      You My Love
      Speak To Me
      You Mine
      Brave
      Bad Weather
      Breathe
      Serenity
      Go
      Free Will
      Did I Wake You
      Move Right Through Me
      We Live In Hope

      Sly5thAve

      Super Rich Kids / Hold On, We're Going Home (RSD21 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


        Exclusively for Record Store Day 2021, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sly5thAve presents a limited edition orange marble 7î featuring two tracks taken from his critically acclaimed ìCompositeî EP (with download card featuring the full EP). Having sold out all previous special limited edition releases, this 7î will be the first time tracks taken from ìCompositeî ñ the EP that launched Sly5thAveís successful career ñ have been pressed to vinyl.

        The recording had been first devised as a benefit concert in LA which was at- tended by Dr. Dre who took to the stage to express thanks for Sly5thAve’s ar- rangements. Having spent the past three years performing the project with orchestras around the world, ‘What It Is’ sees Sly5thAve retain the high-quality that fans and critics alike have come to expect from him while stepping out with something considerably different, delving deeper into the worlds of hip hop, jazz and soul.

        Celebrating not only his own versatile musicianship but that of his collaborators and friends, ‘What It Is’ is a collection of tracks showcasing the best of the multi-faceted musician. A sought-after collaborator himself, Sly5thAve has attained much respect from his work with a host of highly f ted musicians including; Prince (as a member of the New Power Generation Band), Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Taylor Swift, Janelle Monee, Freddie Gibbs and Quantic.

        “It’s a little jazzy. There is some hip hop in there. A little bit of orchestral chamber vibes... It’s me”, Sly5thAve admits. From the NYC-Texas inspired sounds of “More Or Less” featuring prolific New York rapper Marlon Craft to the politically charged Brazilian-Portuguese “Expatria” recorded with Grammy-nominated Thalma de Freitas, the album spans a myriad of genres and offerings from fellow talented musicians.

        TRACK LISTING

        Boulevards Feat. Denitia
        Consequence 
        What It Is Feat. Scienze & Lex-us
        C-Side Feat. Denitia
        Daddy Warbucks Feat. Sene 
        Interlude A / Expatria feat. Thalma De Freitas
        The Night Feat. Melissa McMillan
        Expatria Interlude
        Right Here Feat. Denitia
        More Or Less Feat. Marlon Craft
        Interlude B 
        With You Feat. Denitia

        ‘Shapes: Sideways’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations, compiled and curated by A&R, label co-founder, and renowned DJ Robert Luis. After 21 years of independently releasing music, the ‘Shapes’ series continues to encompass the best of the Brighton-based imprint’s wide-ranging, eclectic, and international roster. ‘Shapes: Sideways’ features the finest Tru Thoughts classic cuts, recent releases from the new generation of the roster, stirring remixes and world exclusive tracks.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Tru Thoughts' iconic imprint continues to dazzle after 21 years; providing a vital insight to this Brighton-based label's outernational approach. Encompassing bass, breaks, downbeat, new jazz and electronic sounds... nodding your head never felt so good!

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. Tiawa - Life Is Not A Crime
        2. Sly5thAve - The Edge (feat Quantic - Swarvy Remix)
        3. SUb_modU - RAM Generation
        4. Gawd Status - Amplified Science (clean)
        Side 2
        1. Bryony Jarman-Pinto - All About Life (Wonky Logic Remix)
        2. Rabii Harnoune & VB Kuhl - Traveller (VB Kuhl Remix)
        3. Magic Drum Orchestra - Original Nuttah (feat Bunty - DJ Madd Remix)
        Side 3
        1. Strategy - Nom Wah Tea Parlour
        2. Rhi - How Deep (Nuff Pedals Remix)
        3. WheelUP - Vitruvian Man
        Side 4
        1. Soul Central - Work It Out (feat Jennifer Wallace - West Loop Chicago Mix)
        2. J-Felix - Mind Up (feat Andrew Ashong - Werka Remix)
        3. Hot 8 Brass Band - Can't Nobody Get Down (Kabuki Remix)

        The Bamboos

        Twenty Years 2000-2020

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
          LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


          To celebrate 20 years of the Australian funk and soul band, The Bamboos present a collection of their most loved tracks on dinked black 7" vinyl in a full colour double gatefold sleeve.Featuring tracks from 'Rawville' (2007) and '4' (2010), this limited release is an essential item to any fan collection.

          "Party Girl" sees the classic Zero dB track come to 12” vinyl, joined by remixes from innovative UK producer Fixate AKA Declan Curran and jungle / DnB pioneer and one half of 4hero, Marc Mac. Originally released on 2010’s "One Offs, Remixes and B Sides", "Party Girl" is a high tempo, jazz house track decorated with lush sax and built on upright bass licks. Speaking of the re-release of "Party Girl", Tru Thoughts A&R and co-founder Robert Luis said: 'I have always been a big fan of Zero dB and the track was a big anthem at the original Tru Thoughts Brighton club night phonic:hoop and still gets regular plays by me today. At Tru Thoughts we had been working the publishing for the track in recent years and recently it got synched to a car advert and we feel that was a good excuse to commission some new remixes for some new interpretations and a new re-release on Tru Thoughts.'

          Zero dB AKA Chris Vogado and Neil Combstock, have been keeping busy at the cutting edge since the release of their seminal "Bongos, Beeps & Basslines" (Ninja Tune), making killer club music under various monikers, and packing out dance floors with DJ sets in some of the biggest clubs and best sound systems known to man, including Plastic People and Japan’s Club Yellow. Vogado runs the boutique Fluid Ounce label from his legendary Fl. Oz. Studios and Combstock has also seen his muse lead him round the globe, living, DJing and making music variously in Japan and Thailand among other places. "One Offs, Remixes and B Sides" has become an essential listen not just for existing fans of Zero dB’s unique concoction of Latin heat, jazz colour, startling beats and pure bassline filth, but for anyone who has been remotely moved by dance music in the last half decade.


          TRACK LISTING

          Party Girl (Fixate Remix)
          Party Girl
          Party Girl (Marc Mac Bruk Remix)

          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

            ‘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.


            TRACK LISTING

            1. Divergence
            2. Incendium
            3. September Blues
            4. You Used To Love Me (feat Denitia)
            5. Atlantic Oscillations
            6. Now Or Never (feat Alice Russell)
            7. Orquidea (feat Sly5thAve)
            8. Motivic Retrograde
            9. Tierra Mama (feat Nidia Gongora)
            10. La Reflexion
            11. Is It Your Intention

            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)

            Wrongtom Meets The Ragga Twins

            In Time

              "In Time" sees renegade roots and reggae producer Wrongtom team up with Hackney's veteran beatbeat / jungle MCs the Ragga Twins. The album drops the jungle, D&B and garage sound that the Ragga Twins are recognised for in favour of a truly authentic ‘80s reggae and dancehall revival piece - the landscape where they originally started out. Throughout the record, the Ragga Twins recall and explore a 30-year-long journey, where they uncover prescient lyrics and stories of their youth. Wrongtom provides the beats and riddims as a perfect setting for this celebration of the dancehall and reggae scene. Coming into fruition thorugh a legendary festival performance in 2013, Wrongtom, Flinty Badman and Deman proceeded to exchange dub mixes and one-take recordings, working on the album back and forth until it was completed. Although digitally produced, the album follows the tradition rub-a-dub style of early dancehall, and veers strictly away from the aggressive, homophobic end of the cannon. It's more than respectfully done, many of these are brand new anthems in their own right, adding to the encyclopedia of reggae and dancefloor tracks that'll inspire generations to come. 

              Various Artists

              Shapes In Space Vol. 2

                'Shapes: In Space' is the latest in Tru Thoughts' series of essential label compilations put together by A&R and co-owner (and renowned DJ) Robert Luis. Encompassing the best of the Brighton based label's eclectic and international current roster, as well as some classic cuts and three exclusive tracks.

                As well as the sonic variety, this collection also highlights the diverse origins of the music on the label. From the UK, there are the soulful, forward-looking and beat-laden offerings of rising stars Werkha, Bryony Jarman-Pinto and Harleighblu, while from the USA there is Moonchild, Lost Midas, The Seshen and Space Captain. Repping the authentic New Orleans sound, Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band have continued to win more and more fans across the world since they first started working with Tru Thoughts a decade ago.

                TRACK LISTING

                2xCD Tracklisting:
                CD1
                1. Werkha - Dusk (feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto)
                2. Harleighblu - Mmm Feat. Dr. Zygote
                3. The Seshen - The Fall
                4. Jonny Faith - Le Sucre
                5. Moonchild - The Truth
                6. J-Felix - Patience Feat. Abi Flynn
                7. Lost Midas - Archetype Forgotten
                8. Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAVe - Watermelon Man
                9. Quantic Presents The Western Transient - A New Constellation
                10. Space Captain - Remedy
                11. Sleepy Time Ghost - Feel Feat. Bahia (Hylu Remix)
                12. Wrongtom - Afraid A' You Feat. Tippa Irie
                13. Ghost Writerz - Shut Up! Feat. Rodney P
                14. Dizz1 - Clocks
                15. Manu Delago - Disgustingly Beautiful Feat. Isa Kurz
                16. Hot 8 Brass Band - Just My Imagination
                17. Strange Faith - Walking Over
                18. Contours - Gato

                CD2
                1. Quantic Presents The Western Transient - Creation (East L.A.) (The Reflex Revision)
                2. J-Felix - 101 Reasons (El Train Remix)
                3. Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAVe - Chameleon
                4. Werkha - Sidesteppin' Feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto (Henry Wu Remix)
                5. The Hot 8 Brass Band - Sexual Healing (Werkha Remix)
                6. Titeknots - Hummingbirds
                7. Anchorsong - Oriental Suite
                8. Lakuta - Bata Boy
                9. Jonny Faith - Firefly (Clap Clap Remix)
                10. Dizz1 - Higher Feat. Frank Nitt (DJ Manny Remix)
                11. Ed West & RTKal - Style Pon Target Feat. Ghostwriterz (Esgar Remix)
                12. Ghost Writerz - Ghost Writerz - Back It Up (Aries & Gold Dubs Remix)
                13. Pete Cannon Meets Ghost Writerz - How We Living
                14. Rodney P & DJ Die Feat. Indigo Kid - Holes In The Building
                15. Jago - Undercover Feat. DJ Vadim
                16. The Bamboos - On The Sly (Jonny Faith Remix)
                17. Gold Dubs - What!

                2xLP Tracklisting
                A1: Werkha - Dusk (Feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto)
                A2: Moonchild - The Truth
                A3: J-Felix - Patience Feat. Abi Flynn
                A4: Space Captain - Remedy
                A5: Harleighblu - Mmm Feat. Dr. Zygote
                B1: J-Felix - 101 Reasons (El Train Remix)
                B2: Werkha - Sidesteppin' Feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto (Henry Wu Remix)
                B3: Anchorsong - Oriental Suite
                C1: The Bamboos - On The Sly (Jonny Faith Remix)
                C2: Gold Dubs - What!
                C3: Ed West & Rtkal - Style Pon Target Feat. Ghostwriterz (Esgar Remix)
                C4: Rodney P & Dj Die Feat. Indigo Kid - Holes In The Building
                D1: Lakuta - Bata Boy
                D2: Titeknots - Hummingbirds
                D3: Jonny Faith - Firefly (Clap Clap Remix)
                D4: Dizz1 - Higher Feat. Frank Nitt (Dj Manny Remix

                Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno

                1000 Watts

                  '1000 Watts' is the third album from the tropical reggae and dub-infused Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project. This outing sees musical explorer Will "Quantic" Holland making a more concerted foray into pure reggae-roots territory, although flashes of Holland's Colombian influences still shine through. A sun-drenched record, the LP is charged with atmosphere and a fitting tribute to dub music's evolution.

                  Drawing together a set of classic style rhythms for the dancefloor, '1000 Watts' was recorded direct to tape, with all the band members in the same room; for this outing, Holland enlisted his most prestigious roll-call of guests yet. Alongside Jamaican toasting legend U-Roy and long-time collaborator Alice Russell, the featured artists include popular reggae singers Hollie Cook and Christopher Ellis. The late, great keyboard maestro Ikey Owens and legendary Jamaican drummer Santa Davis, known for his work with the likes of Bob Marley and The Aggravators.


                  Harleighblu

                  Futurespective

                    Harleighblu’s ‘Futurespective’ album charts the exciting development and artistic exploration of a gifted young singer and songwriter, bringing an eagerly awaited physical release for tracks from her acclaimed “Futurespective” digital EP series, alongside a previously unreleased track.

                    The project sees Harleighblu - one of the most tipped talents in the UK’s soul / electronic world - fusing her classic, hip hop-infused soul background with a varied and arresting platter of future beats, and a joyfully free and experimental vocal approach.

                    Since her earliest releases, Harleighblu’s inimitable vocals have been hugely in demand by many of the world’s hottest producers. The ‘Futurespective’ album illuminates a stunning collection of songs that have been developed over the last year in collaboration with a cluster of international talent. Taking the boards, there’s production from SpectraSoul, Audio Sparks, Captain Supernova alongside label mates Lost Midas, J-Felix and Jonny Faith. Each track brings a fresh sonic spin, with Harleighblu’s charismatic vocals and heartfelt, gritty songwriting tying it all together into a deeply immersive listen.

                    '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.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Sun Gone West
                    2. Hard Work In (Good Lovin Out)
                    3. Fair Weather
                    4. Just A Man
                    5. My Old Friend
                    6. Muriel
                    7. Walking Over
                    8. Just A Few Feet From The Gutter
                    9. Tell Me Why
                    10. Sweetest Sweetheart
                    11. Say Thank You

                    Various Artists

                    Tru Thoughts Covers 2

                      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".

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Barbaro - I'll Keep My Light In My Window
                      2. Natural Self - The Valleys
                      3. The Bamboos - The Wilhelm Scream Feat. Megan Washington
                      4. Alice Russell - I'm The Man, That Will Find You
                      5. La Grima - Lithium
                      6. Belleruche - Mirror In The Bathroom
                      7. Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Nuthin' But A G Thing (Dre En Cumbia)
                      8. Harleighblu - Who's That Girl
                      9. Hot 8 Brass Band - Ghost Town
                      10. Mark De Clive-Lowe & The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra - Caravan
                      11. Fingathing - I Feel Love Feat. Jesca Hoop
                      12. Zed Bias - Fairplay Feat. Jenna G
                      13. Nizzle Hizzle - The World Is A Ghetto
                      14. Saravah Soul - Fire
                      15. Youngblood Brass Band - Ain't Nobody
                      16. Kinny - The Love Cats
                      17. Quantic & Anita Tijoux - Doo Wop (That Thing)

                      Quantic Presents The Western Transient

                      A New Constellation

                        Quantic Presents The Western Transient is the latest project from Will "Quantic" Holland, bringing together a handpicked band of some of his favourite American musicians to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. 

                        The resulting album, 'A New Constellation', is out on Tru Thoughts; in characteristically mercurial fashion this new outing sees Holland following up the explosive, worldly electronic and vocal direction of his hugely acclaimed last solo album, 'Magnetica', with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in the old ways of music making. His thirst for musical exploration has seen British born Holland release over 15 albums - ranging from electronic solo productions via the full live funk and soul bands the Quantic Soul Orchestra and the Combo Bárbaro to Latin, African and Caribbean styles - and become renowned as one of music's modern trailblazers. On moving to New York in early 2014, he started rediscovering his love affair with instrumental jazz and soul records in which the studio ensemble takes the spotlight. He has previously collaborated with Aloe Blacc, Alice Russel, Anita Tijoux and Sharon Jones. He decided to record a full length album paying homage to recording in this classic sense and also to collaborate with many of the musicians that he had worked with in the city of Los Angeles - these revered musicians included Brandon Coleman, Todd Simon, Sylvester Onyejiaka, Wilson Viveros and more.

                        Werkha

                        Colours Of A Red Brick Raft

                          This Manchester based musician encompasses a range of influence on his debut album to showcase his talents as a truly exciting producer. Building on the success of acts like Mount Kimbie and Bonobo this record is an exciting mix of bass-led jazzy house. Via the delicate, transcendental string and vocal-led beauty of “Dusk" (featuring vo by Bryony Jarman-Pinto) and the forward-thinking, deep house-meets-FlyLo chicanery of “Falling Through The Wall”, the two track lead single hints at the eclectic range of the album. The gleefully catchy standout “Sidesteppin’” rightfully takes its place, and the earthy yet finely honed vocals of this star in-the-making intertwine with funky guitar work and fuzzy electronics from Leah for an ode to the movement and buzz of urban life in “City Shuffle”. The title bubbling evocatively with the themes and imagery within, ‘Colours Of A Red Brick Raft’ is a record on which the excitement, movement and personal and artistic development of recent years are palpably present.


                          Various Artists

                          Shapes - Wires

                            ‘Shapes: Wires’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations put together by A&R and co-owner Robert Luis. Encompassing the best of the Brighton based label’s eclectic and international current roster, as well as some classic cuts and an exclusive track for good measure, this great collection of music is out on double CD or double LP (with full 30 track download code).

                            Having celebrated 15 years of independent success in 2014, Tru Thoughts is riding high with flagship artists like Quantic, Alice Russell, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Nostalgia 77 and Hidden Orchestra – and UK legends like Ty and Zed Bias - being joined by a powerful new wave of talent, pushing the boundaries of diversity and quality yet further. Cutting edge electronic explorations and thundering bass and dub sit alongside spine-tingling soul and folkloric fusion through to dexterous hip hop, not to mention combinations of all the above and more.

                            New acts showcased on “Shapes: Wires” include the luminescent hip hop-rooted instrumental sound of Melbourne based Scot Jonny Faith, whose first album ‘Sundial’ is out in February, and Brighton based Bristolian J-Felix with the sweet and energetic P-funk synth stylings of his new “101 Reasons” EP.

                            Other future stars include Werkha, the Gilles Peterson-championed producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester, whose imminent full-length debut is eagerly awaited following the 2014 “Beacons” EP; the forward-thinking, beat driven compositions and gripping vocals of female fronted San Francisco seven-piece The Seshen; and LA’s Lost Midas who attracted acclaim including Guardian Guide Single of the Week and BBC 6Music Album of the Day for his pop-inflected melodies and adventurous beats. Ghost Writerz are blazing a trail for Sharp And Ready, the new platform for Sound System Culture on Tru Thoughts, with heavy support across BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Bang FM to name a few; Titeknots’ celebrated genre-blending take on house music has been infiltrating clubs the world over; and of course young soulstress Harleighblu continues to carve out a niche for her inimitable voice and charisma.

                            “Medicine Chest Dub”, the BBC 6Music Playlisted single by Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77, is one of the biggest hitting tunes of recent months for the label, and it naturally takes its place here; as does the Werkha Remix of Quantic’s Muevelo Negro feat. Nidia Góngora which has brought a new spin on Quantic’s massively acclaimed and popular ‘Magnetica’ album. And this collection would not be complete without the version of Alice Russell’s “Breakdown” featuring vocals from the legendary Darondo (RIP), which is not only a timeless cut but also found its way into hearts and minds the world over when it was chosen to soundtrack AMC’s Mad Men Season 7 trailer.

                            In addition to the aforementioned and many other core Tru Thoughts tunes, acclaimed producer Si Tew joins the fold with a new and exclusive track, “Crocodile”, snapped up (geddit!) especially for this compilation. 


                            ‘Measures’ is the second album from the Nostalgia 77 & The Monster guise, bringing a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz. The collection of songs sees Ben Lamdin's long time collaborator, bass player and arranger Riaan Vosloo stepping to the fore, bringing six original compositions. The album also contains nods to the two dominant influences on this group over the years, in renditions of Sun Ra's otherworldly 'An Island In The Sun' and British firebrand (and previous Nostalgia 77 collaborator) Keith Tippett's 'Thoughts To Geoff'.

                            Nostalgia 77 and the Monster is the second incarnation of the Nostalgia 77 Live band, his original Nostalgia 77 Octet having been disbanded after the death of drummer Graham Fox. Lamdin and Vosloo’s aim was to produce an album ranging from the chaotic to the meditative. On ‘Measures’, Vosloo's writing strikes a delicate balance between strong themes and free space for the improvisers - a perfect canvas for the impressive cast of Kit Downes (piano), James Allsopp (reeds), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Tim Giles (drums) and Vosloo himself on bass. The record captures the fiery fluidity of the band’s live performances.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Measures
                            2. Apple
                            3. Archipelago
                            4. Thoughts To Geoff
                            5. Island In The Sun
                            6. Arches
                            7. Scallywag
                            8. Rules

                            Various Artists

                            Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary

                              This year sees the 15th Anniversary of Tru Thoughts Recordings, the pioneering and innovative label from Brighton which won the coveted Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award for Best Label way back in 2005 and has continued to go from strength to strength, amassing a truly international roster and fanbase as well as mainstream acclaim. This double CD compilation - all compiled by A&R Robert Luis - celebrates the past, present and future of his thriving independent label’s eclectic and adventurous catalogue. The deluxe CD booklet also includes exclusive photographs and an in depth interview with Robert Luis and label co-owner Paul Jonas.

                              This celebration of independent artistic talent encompasses the early leftfield electronica of Bonobo and Quantic’s trailblazing world explorations, to Alice Russell’s powerhouse soul and New Orleans’ iconic Hot 8 Brass Band; UK legends like Rodney P and Zed Bias, through to the stars of tomorrow with cutting edge production from Lost Midas, Titeknots and Werkha and the natural vocal prowess of Harleighblu. The double CD features some previously unreleased exclusives, including Wickaman’s D&B remix of the popular Wrongtom Meets Deemas J cut “Jump+Move+Rock”, and a new rework by Paul SG of Bonobo’s classic “Terrapin”.


                              Various Artists

                              Shapes Rectangles - Compiled By Robert Luis

                                ‘Shapes: Rectangles’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations, compiled by A&R and label co-owner Robert Luis. This great collection of music is out on double CD and double LP (with full 30 track download code inside).

                                2014 sees Tru Thoughts celebrating its 15th Birthday, and this compilation illuminates a hothouse of musical talent, bringing a wealth of newer signings in amongst the more established artists on the label.

                                A leftfield remix of 'Harleighblu' comes from Astro Raw, the production half of rising New York based duo Lion Babe. Hot 8 Brass Band bring boisterous brass from their Grammy nominated album; and Quantic makes a welcome appearance, with an intoxicating new track from his ‘Magnetica’ LP on which he fuses electronic production with various styles and artists from across the world in the unique way only he can. Essential hip hop cuts come from Rodney P, Ty (remixed by DJ Spinna) and Dizz1 (featuring Aloe Blacc in rare rapper mode).

                                The second CD raises the tempo for dancefloors of all shapes and sizes. DC Breaks on remix duties provides a drum & bass rocker, while drum & bass legend Peshay showcases his change of direction with some tropical disco; elsewhere the flavours range from the deep bass of Zed Bias, via the inventive house music of 'Titeknots', to FBR’s jungle spin on Wrongtom, and beyond.


                                Quantic

                                Magnetica

                                  The sum of many musical adventures, Will “Quantic” Holland’s new album ‘Magnetica’ sees him revisiting his electronic roots, blending cutting-edge and distinctive production with elements of folk, reggae, soul, highlife, cumbia and more; demonstrating the rare quality and artistry that has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world, over more than a decade of releasing music on Tru Thoughts.

                                  ‘Magnetica’ is the first studio album from Quantic under his main solo moniker since ‘An Announcement To Answer’ in 2006, so anticipation is running high. He has, of course, been far from quiet in the intervening years, with releases from many acclaimed side-projects including The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, Quantic & Alice Russell, Flowering Inferno and Ondatrópica, and a host of thrilling and high profile live shows to match.

                                  Nostalgia 77

                                  A Journey Too Far

                                    Benedic Lamdin’s fifth solo album under his main Nostalgia 77 alias, to add to a host of live, collaborative and experimental side projects.

                                    A beautifully crafted album of blues, psych and jazz-inflected folk songs, showcasing another leap forward for producer, musician and songwriter Nostalgia 77; continuing his partnership with the beguiling singer Josa Peit, the LP also features guest vocals from Jeb Loy Nichols (Island).

                                    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

                                    Natural Self

                                    Neon Hurts My Eyes

                                      'Neon Hurts My Eyes', out 11th March, is Natural Self s fourth album and his third on Tru Thoughts. Three years in the making, the LP unveils a striking departure for the producer and DJ as he takes on the role of singer-songwriter fully for the first time. For an upfront taste of this new sound, the track 'Red Wire Blue Wire' was released as a free download; showcasing the imaginative structures, dynamic beats and impishly offbeat vocals to be found on the album, it premiered with KCRW radio play, a Clash feature and widespread praise from the media and music fans.

                                      Sleepin' Giantz

                                      Sleepin' Giantz

                                        The Sleepin’ Giantz project sees Zed Bias joining forces with two MCs: Rodney P (the London Posse man widely regarded as the Godfather of British hip hop) and Fallacy, often described as the missing link between UK hip hop and grime. Joining the dots between hip hop, house, grime, dubstep and garage, the ‘Sleepin’ Giantz’ album is a masterclass from these three UK heavyweights, with guest spots from Fox and Jenna G.

                                        True to the genre-crossing musical links being forged across the album, “Sleepin’ Giantz Theme” is a fitting opener, bringing together early 90s boom bap with 2012 production flair; warped bass and looped synthline melodies accompanying the wallop and klack. Guest stylings come from MC Fox (who featured on the huge Zed Bias single “Dancing” last year). Next up, “Mucky” is a dirty slice of grime which Fallacy rides like a rocking horse; then “Badungdeng” kicks in, showcasing Zed’s unmistakable rhythmic take on house - applying tribal percussion, over thick bassline melodies and a glistening synthline, topped off with the flow of two of the best to ever hold a mic. You’ll be chanting “Badungdeng” all year, no doubt, but the lead single is far from being the only out-and-out classic cut here. On “And The Ting Went…”, three totally different yet complementary verses from Rodney, Fallacy and Btch Pls (aka Chase & Status collaborator Jenna G) rub up against a punchy, stripped back dubstep rhythm with high-pitched 808 stabs; The short, sharp, charged up breakbeat garage bomb “Hand Grenade” ups the momentum with a driving bassline; giving way to classic garage tune “Raving Bully” - with vocal stabs that add to the rhythm, this drops into a proper dusty roller. Serious dancefloor business continues on “Draw For Tha Zee”, a slab of deep and dark dubstep, the echoing synthline in the last quarter taking it a notch deeper. “Life” featuring Strategy is a pounding hip hop nodder with a neatly dropped sample spreading the song’s title through the track like a stick of rock. Anthemic house is the order of the day on “MC Pt. 1”, an ode to the dancefloor with a bouncy bassline; the closest thing to a commercial dancefloor moment on the album, this one ratchets up the ante. On “Kerosine” a hedonistic tribal garage rhythm joins forces with a melody that nods to ‘90s rave. The tempo stays up for “Final Curtain”, with jukey 808 toms and high speed claps, but closure comes care of Jenna G’s melodic, catchy vocal hooks and the multi-layered atmospherics, winding things up in euphoric style.

                                        Belleruche

                                        Rollerchain

                                          ‘Rollerchain’ is the fourth album from Belleruche. Showcasing a stunning new progression in sound for the acclaimed London trio.

                                          On ‘Rollerchain’, Belleruche have created a darker, more bass-heavy and evocative sound, whilst still retaining the melodic soulful touch that sets them apart and has gained them a worldwide fanbase. “Stormbird” is a sub-bass driven pop song with clipped drums, tempo shifts and swells of looped feedback, unlike Belleruche's previous work but drawing from the same cabinet of sonic references.. As the album opener, this gorgeous little distorted oddity of a track grabs your attention and runs away with it through the shadows into a new sonic underworld.

                                          Combining a very modern aesthetic with classic song writing ability, the album is a collision of haunting vocals, tough analogue sounds and bleeding edge electronic production. Stranger rhythms and basslines inhabit this record; both in the studio and onstage, Belleruche have picked up new instruments and ideas to create a complexity and an attack that take the band's core elements - vocals (care of Kathrin deBoer), guitar (Ricky Fabulous) and turntables (DJ Modest) - to a new level. Away from the distractions of their hectic touring schedule, they spent the last five months of 2011 writing and recording the album; taking sounds and twisting them, recording straight versions of songs with bass, drums and guitar and then tearing the idea apart to find a novel and captivating style. This unconventional approach to songwriting has resulted in a record which is introspective yet aggressive; the harmonies flit between menacing and angelic, and soulful siren deBoer is by turns endearingly candid and enticingly enigmatic.


                                          Hint

                                          Daily Intake

                                            Hint’s third album ‘Daily Intake’ sees this highly respected underground producer, remixer and DJ working with incredible vocal talent from around the World; mashing up dancehall, hip hop, house and UK bass music influences to create a flowing yet constantly surprising album, which is a scintillating record for dancefloors and headphone moments alike.

                                            ‘Daily Intake’ features a handful of uniquely talented vocalists, with women heavily outnumbering men; while this bias was not intentional, it has a striking effect. Album opener “Crash And Burn” featuring Natalie Storm is an upbeat ragga-tinted UK funky banger. The track characterises the album’s sense of being both weighty and a lot of fun. Prodigious teenager T-Fly is from Austin, TX, and is Hint’s most momentous discovery since a pre-Rizzle Kicks Rizzle featured on his last album. “Aliens Enter” grew from a killer beat that Hint had made but could not pinpoint the right vocalist...

                                            ‘Daily Intake’ is a new beginning for Hint that sees him consciously moving away from the more downtempo elements of his two previous long-players to reconnect with his passion for party music, from jungle to dancehall to house and contemporary hip hop. Everything, right down to the album’s darkly striking artwork, represents this new vibe of freshness with an edge. Doing a number of acclaimed remixes in recent months for the likes of Lanu, Stac and Maddslinky - as well as his lauded rework of MJ Cole and Wiley - has helped him hone his style.

                                            Mark De Clive-Lowe

                                            Renegades

                                              ‘Renegades’ is the highly anticipated new LP from Mark de Clive-Lowe on Tru Thoughts. MdCL’s ninth solo longplayer under his own name, ‘Renegades’ finds the prolific producer and musician bridging a transition between two continents, and mining a rich seam of personal creativity and inspiration, having recently relocated to Los Angeles after ten years in London.

                                              Alongside his own impeccable skills on beats, basslines, synths and more, the record features guest performers from both sides of the Atlantic, including vocalists Nia Andrews (Common, Janelle Monae), Tawiah (Warners) and Bembe Segue; percussionist extroadinaire Sheila E (Prince); bassist Pino Palladino (D’Angelo); strings virtuoso and Flying Lotus collaborator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson; drummers Lil’ John Roberts (US), and Richard Spaven (UK); guitarist to the stars Mike Feingold; and new label-mate Omar, the king of UK soul.

                                              The overall sound of the album hinges on MdCL's energetic, pristine production - club cuts flavoured with soul, funk, tech-Afrobeat and Latin twists topped with fine, organic songwriting; all orchestrated by MdCL showcasing his ability to meld the science of beat-making with musicianship.


                                              Zed Bias

                                              Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth Of The Nanocloud

                                                Heavily anticipated new album from UK club music don Zed Bias (aka undergound dubstep pioneer Maddslinky), marking his return in emphatic style. Features collaborations with Skream (Magnetic Man), Mark Pritchard (Warp), Toddla T, Falty DL, Sam Frank, Mark de Clive Lowe, Dynamite MC, Serocee and more.

                                                On this all killer, no filler LP the prolific and perfectionist producer distils and reworks a wide spectrum of club styles, from house to R&B, dancehall to dubstep to UK bass / funky. Also includes the new ‘Biasonic Version’ of UK garage anthem “Neighbourhood” feat. MC Rumpus and Nicky Prince - the track that saw Zed Bias storm the official UK Top 20 in 2000, plus brilliant funky version of Soul II Soul's classic "Fairplay" featuring Jenna G on vocals.


                                                Beta Hector

                                                Sunbeam Insulin

                                                  ‘Sunbeam Insulin’ is the debut solo album from Brighton based producer / DJ Beta Hector, aka Simon Hill, founder member of acclaimed funk band Baby Charles

                                                  A mixture of heavy drums and psychedelic electronic sonics, the album brings a diverse selection of soulful, bittersweet songs and soundtracks, with five vocalists including UK soul queen Dionne Charles and LA MC Shane Hunter. Influences range from Flying Lotus to Portishead; Broadcast to the Heliocentrics to 60s bossa nova. The single and whole album have a retro-furturistic, disco inflected sci-fi vibe running through them, melding old and new influences and marking Beta Hector as an offbeat, quirky and fresh voice in today’s scene.

                                                  Benji Boko

                                                  Beats, Treats And All Things Unique

                                                    "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.

                                                    Lanu

                                                    Her 12 Faces

                                                      "Her 12 Faces" is the stunning new album from producer / guitarist Lanu, aka Lance Ferguson, the composer, bandleader and creative force behind acclaimed Australian funk outfit The Bamboos. Drawing on his passion for a sonic world where beat culture collides with indie, dream-pop, lounge and folk music, this solo record marks a stylistic point of departure for the prolific musician.

                                                      Lanu’s vision is completed by the captivating vocals of Megan Washington - one of Australia’s biggest and brightest new stars. Washington appears on all the vocal tracks - five in total. This pairing has created a sound that mixes modern, kooky immediacy and timeless charm. Think the eclectic, crossover appeal of Little Dragon, Feist, Emiliana Torrini, Charlotte Gainsbourg or Janelle Monae.


                                                      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.


                                                        Saravah Soul

                                                        Cultura Impura

                                                          "Cultura Impura" is the second album from half Brazilian, half British, London based purveyors of Afro-Brazilian funk, Saravah Soul. This vibrant record sees the band channelling '60s Brazil via 21st Century East London.

                                                          "Alforria" talks about freedom and immigration based on the real experiences of Nascarella when he was refused entry into the UK. Elsewhere on the album you'll find Ethiopian melodies pushed up against an old school soul rhythm section, psychedelic Carnival sounds with Afro-beat and even a gutsy Frevo version of Jimi Hendrix's immortal hit, "IFirei". By mixing the traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms like Jongo and Coco, and instruments like Pifano (bamboo flutes), Afoxe and Berimbau, with Highlife and Afro-beat, along with the down-to earth nitty gritty of their own life experiences, Saravah Soul conjure something totally new and fresh.


                                                          Domu

                                                          One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides

                                                            The eagerly anticipated "One Offs, Remixes and B-Sides" brings together the many standout musical moments of Domu's illustrious career to date including remixes of tracks by the likes of Maddslinky, MF DOOM, Daedelus, Jazzanova, Nathan Haines and more, along with a whole host of rarities and hard-to-find, highly sought-after cuts. The CD represents a pause and a look back over the last 10 years, and highlights Domu's musical diversity and development - not to mention the fascinating personal history that is documented by such an eclectic and dense body of work making it utterly essential listening for anyone who is familiar with Domu, and a perfect starting point for those yet to be introduced.

                                                            Lizzy Parks

                                                            This & That

                                                              "This And That", Lizzy Parks second album on Tru Thoughts, is a stunning collection of new and exclusive acoustic material, interspersed with stripped back and re-imagined acoustic versions of songs from her acclaimed debut. The album is produced by Nostalgia 77, who is gaining an enviable reputation as a collaborator and soundsmith of choice.

                                                              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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