Tenderlonious After The Storm 22a main man Tenderlonious returns with a brand new 4 track EP, seamlessly cooking up a blend of hybrid house and broken beat with his unique analogue productions and signature flute instrumentation. The title track 'After The Storm' picks up where 2019 album 'Hard Rain' left off (Bandcamp's electronic albums of 2019) - a stormy, atmospheric 4/4 groove, with flute flurries, build the track to a state of euphoria. The EP continues with 'G Flex', a tune dedicated to Tender's mentor Sterling Styles, aka Equinox (Scientific Wax). Broken drum machine loops are brought to life by classic Tender flute and synth solos. Fans of his 2016 'On Flute' EP will be feeling this one! 'D Low' is the 22a squad pick on this cut! Deep house vibes, with a classic London soundsystem style hook, shaking bass lines and twisted synths. 'Broken Heart's Club' rounds things up and may sound familiar to 22a heads. Beefy broken drum machines take centre stage, making way for some more synth magic from Tender's vast array of hardware. First time on vinyl for a track that's been doing the rounds for a couple of years. This 12' EP follows up Tender's sell out "Think Twice EP" from September last year. Limited to 300 copies! 22a 12"
Lorenzo Morresi / Tenderlonious ACQUA Lorenzo Morresi and Tenderlonious follow up their critically acclaimed 2020 release 'Cosmica Italiana' with another hard-hitting 7" single, 'Acqua' The pair continue to explore their love of Italian film soundtracks and library music with these two fresh offerings. The title track "Acqua" is a joyful upbeat song with a steady 6/8 groove accompanied by optimistic flutes, winding saxophones and a multitude of arpeggiated synthesizers. The B side, "Tema Cinque", is more like an electro ballad with a hypnotic drum machine that provides the back drop to luscious sweeping pads and a moody soprano saxophone solo. These two tracks give listeners another taste of what's to come from Lorenzo Morresi and Tenderlonious' forthcoming album, which is due for release on 22a later in 2022. 22A 7"
Tenderlonious Ragas From Lahore In April 2019, 22a boss and multi-instrumentalist, Tenderlonious embarked on a trip to Pakistan to work with Lahore based instrumental quartet, Jaubi. Following on from the success of the three-track limited edition 10" vinyl release of 'Tender in Lahore' earlier this year, 22a presents the full LP-length suite of improvised Ragas from a one day recording session in Lahore, featuring four previously unreleased tracks. Opening track 'Shalah Bagh' is inspired by the Mughal gardens in Lahore they visited. It is a fully improvised track guided by Kashif Ali Dhani on tabla and vocals, with Tenderlonious on soprano saxophone. Raga Chandrakauns acts as the basic framework, evolving into a free conversation between tabla and saxophone. 'Azadi' is the Urdu word for freedom and is a pure raga composed in the beautiful and devotional pentatonic Raga Bairagi, also based in the 12-beat rhythmic cycle (Ektaal). Like everything during these sessions, this raga was shown to Tender moments before the one take recording and what ensued was an improvised conversation between the musicians. Featuring Jaubi members Zohaib Hassan Khan on sarangi - Zohaib is a 7th generation sarangi maestro and one of only 5 professional sarangi players left in Pakistan practicing this ancient art form. Plus Jaubi guitarist and band leader Ali Riaz Baqar, providing the guitar accompaniment. Other tracks include 'Kirwani Part II' is an alternate take of the original, this time featuring Tenderlonious on soprano saxophone in conversation with Kashif Ali Dhani on tabla. 22a CD | LP
Lorenzo Morresi / Tenderlonious Cosmic Italiana In the 1970's, Italian soundtrack and Library music went through its most experimental, prolific and dazzling period. Musician's and composers such as Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni and even Ennio Morricone were experimenting with idiosyncratic combinations of jazz, electronic, disco, funk and psych, regularly for TV, film scores and advertising. Their output from this period was wonderfully joyful, atmospheric and ironic, with its treasures only now encountered by the most dedicated of diggers and enthusiasts. It was the mutual love of these 70's soundtracks that brought Lorenzo and Tenderlonious together. After meeting at a festival in Italy back in 2017 they quickly bonded over Jay Richford and Gary Steven's album "Feelings', actually produced by Italian composer Stefano Torossi. The idea was quickly conceived to put together a fresh take on that '70s Italian style, with contemporary analog sounding arrangements and experimental, joyful "tongue in cheek" sounds that could work on the dancefloor as well as at home. Cosmica Italiana & Nuda Sorgente are the first two tracks taken from Lorenzo Moressi and Tenderlonious' album due for release in 2021 on 22a. 22a 7"
Tenderlonious Tender In Lahore In April 2019, 22a boss and multi-instrumentalist, Tenderlonious embarked on a trip to Pakistan to work with a Lahore based instrumental quartet, Jaubi. These 3 deeply spiritual, improvised raga's are the first recordings to come from a 3 day recording session in Lahore. Hand stamped 10" with an insert, limited to 350 copies. 22a 10"
Tenderlonious Tek-88 2021 brings the return of 22a sublabel - DAM (Dennis Ayler Music). The third release on the label sees the prolific multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer, Tenderlonious make his debut on DAM with a brand new collection of studio productions. The 4 track EP is inspired by the iconic Roland TR-808. Classic analog beats and twisted synth lines lay the foundations for dark, sci-fi inspired soundscapes that are dragged into dance floor territory by 808 drum patterns, jazzed-out synth solos and sub-shaking bass hooks. Dennis Ayler Music 12" Out of Stock
Tenderlonious The Shakedown feat. The 22archestra 'The Shakedown' is the debut album from Tenderlonious and features a new band - the dream team of top talent he named the 22archestra, who he leads seamlessly throughout. Listeners are exposed to the full breadth of Tender's technical and compositional skills, ranging from subtly meandering jazz, to hip-hop, afrobeat, latin and exhilarating free form jazz. 22A CD | LP Out of Stock
Tenderlonious Hard Rain ’Hard Rain’ follows hot-on-the-heels from the acclaimed Ruby Rushton album ‘Ironside’, but whereas contemporary urban jazz was the focus there, Tender’s solo record marks a return to another of the multifaceted artist’s skills: dope house and beat music that oozes futuristic funk. This sparse but perfectly-populated masterpiece takes inspiration from J Dilla and echoes elements of vintage Blaze, Larry Heard and Carl Craig. Warm and soulful, but also spacious and clean, Tender extracts maximum flavour out of just a few ingredients. “Casey Jr.” kicks proceedings off with a neck-snapping bass heavy p-funk monster, like Slum Village or Platinum Pied Pipers by way of Surrey and onwards to south London. Real electro laced cosmic jazz funk keys and techno hi hats coalesce exquisitely on “Buffalo Gurl”, whilst the breathtakingly deep ‘Hard Rain’ sounds both current and classic. “Low Tide” is an ambient jazz interlude that clears the palate, before “Another State Of Consciousness” trips the light on a kaleidoscopic discoball of pure synth ecstasy. Bumpy and blunted, the break-fuelled flute ride of “Aesop Thought” and LA style abstractscience of “Workin’ Me Out” shine a new light on trip hop, before the album closes with the smouldering, emotive brooder “Almost Time”. 22A CD | LP Out of Stock