Nick Walters Active Imagination Trumpeter and composer Nick Walters returns to 22a with his second mini-album for the label - a free and spiritual journey of avant-garde leaning jazz. 'Active Imagination' is a result of the bringing together of musicians for a day in the studio, with minimal rehearsal, to collectively experiment and improvise in the moment - in contrast to the more composed and structured recordings of the Paradox Ensemble album 'Awakening' from January 2019. All musicians contributed their distinctive individual voices, creating a united force of spiritual, freeform jazz. Each composition is based on a different mode, all with their own distinctive flavour: "So Long Chef" nod's to Coltrane with its chords jumping by major thirds, before a more static middle section, offering a chance for Walters and Jeff Guntren (tenor sax) to explore the Lydian mode. 22A CD | LP
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 On Flute Long awaited repress of Tenderlonious’ groundbreaking ‘On Flute’ EP, originally released back in 2016. This stunning six track EP demonstrates how diverse Tenderlonious’s musicianship is as he embellishes each song with his signature flute sound. 22a 12"
Ruby Rushton Overture 1 / Yardley Suite Tenderlonious led jazz quartet, Ruby Rushton, return with a brand new limited 7” single, a swift response to their highly acclaimed ‘Ironside’ album released back in April of this year. This is a, one off run, limited edition 7” single. 300 copies only with bespoke painted artwork from Lorna Robertson. No repress! 22A 7"
Jeen Bassa All My People One of the three outrageously talented Deenmamode brothers (Mo Kolours & Reginald Omas Mamode IV), Jeen Bassa has carved out a reputation as one of the leading beat-tape producers in the game today. His warm and woozy productions mix up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes. An artist that clearly stands out in a world that’s saturated with bland Dilla and Madlib-esque pastiches. 22a 12"
Neue Grafik Soul Conspiracy Following hot on the heels of label boss Tenderlonious's mini album, London's 22a introduces us to a new extended family member, Neue Grafik. Located in Paris, Neue Grafik represents a generation of artists at the forefront of electronic music. Routing his influences in a heavy 70s feel, his latest EP 'Soul Conspiracy' invites the listener to explore a fusion of live and programmed electronic music. Grafik makes good use of live instrumentation on this EP, featuring plenty of Fender Rhodes and lead synth, as well as a sprinkling of live drums and a strong guest vocal from the soulful likes of Wayne Snow. Tunes like 'Modern Man' and 'Thanos Interlude' adopt an inspired broken beat approach, reminiscent of early Bugz productions, whilst the title track 'Soul Conspiracy' has a distinct 22a quality, fusing classic house beats with a lo-fi boogie feel. 22A 12"
Tenderlonious & Dennis Ayler Brick City The 17th release from the 22a label, bringing together label owner Tenderlonious and producer Dennis Ayler. The pair enters into album territory with “Brick City” a ten track project takes the listener on a journey through Afro-House, Funk, Rare Groove, Boogie, and Broken Beat to name a few. The label has gone from strength to strength since dropping its first 12″ back in 2013. Judging from the first glimpse “Funky Booda” this one sounds like another big release for the label and one you need in your collection. 22A LP
Jeen Bassa Time Waves If 2014 was a breakthrough year for Mo Kolours and Reginald Omas Manmode IV, then 2015 has served a similar purpose for the third Deemamode brother, Jeen Bassa. Here, he follows up the well-received All My People 12" with Time Waves, a mini-album that showcases his take on the family's now familiar globally focused, "deep house-meets-MPC-beats" sound. Predictably, it's something of a humid and smoky treat, delivering tracks bristling with soulful intent, rich musicality, dusty beats and wayward samples (sources include Mauritian drum records, scratchy reggae, and blazed East Coast hip-hop). While there are some superb individual tracks, it should be considered as a single artistic expression; judged in these terms, it's very special indeed. 22A 12"
Mo Kolours Meroe EP Anglo-Mauritian producer, percussionist, and vocalist Mo Kolours makes a welcome return to Tenderlonious's 22a following on from his two highly acclaimed albums on One Handed Music. The tropical Meroe EP takes you on a journey through hip hop, dub, funk and upbeat rhythms. 22A 7"