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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.

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2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition purple vinyl.

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Moonchild

The Truth (DJ Jazzy Jeff & James Poyser Remix)" / "Run Away (Eric Lau & Kaidi Tatham Remix)

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    Exclusively for Record Store Day, Moonchild release remixes from DJ Jazzy Jeff & James Poyser and Eric Lau & Kaidi Tatham on red hot/blue splatter vinyl for the first time.Reworking Voyager's "Run Away", acclaimed producer Eric Lau and the remarkable Kaidi Tatham (Bugz in the Attic, The Herbaliser) blend the laidback '80s electronica of the original with their unique character and rhythm to draw out a carefree groove that scintillates with plucky guitar licks.Putting their spin on the Please Rewind classic, prolific DJ and Will Smith's Fresh Prince partner Jazzy Jeff and legendary producer, The Roots member and deft keys-player James Poyser, take on "The Truth" - carving silvery keys through a laid-back groove to create a smooth, future jazz vibe.

    ‘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

    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!

    With his debut singles championed by global tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Jazzanova, Quantic was quick to follow on the initial success of ‘The 5th Exotic’ Like Tru Thoughts label-mates Bonobo and Jon Kennedy, who went on to record with Ninja Tune and Grand Central respectively, Quantic took his inspiration from sleepy 1990s chill and his enviable collection of funk 45s.

    Apricot Morning, Quantic’s ambitious sophomore full length, is built upon the achievements of its esteemed predecessor. Plentiful strings find themselves in friction against the hoots & parps of afrobeat brass, the loping percussion is tasked with drawing these elements together into a cohesive whole. Some inspired instrumentals were further fleshed out by the wonderful vocal contributions of EQ, Bristolian hip-hoppers Aspects and the majestic Alice Russell.

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    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    "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.


    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.”

    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

    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.

    ‘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.

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    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 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.

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    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!)

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    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.


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    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".

    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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