Shapes: Sideways Various Artists ‘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. TRU THOUGHTS LP
Bonobo Animal Magic Since first emerging at the tail end of the ‘90s, Simon Green aka Bonobo has become downtempo music’s most marketable star. Animal Magic (originally released in 2001) is still fresh with Green’s signature beats encouraging a state of relaxed bliss that begs to be basked in. This debut is a lovely little exercise in chill music, with Green blending breakbeats, pad sounds, jazzy live instrumentation and naked emotion to create a sound all his own. Downtempo electronic music often wanders into EZ-listening terrain, but Animal Magic has enough underlying feeling and intelligent arrangements to keep any listener’s interest. Green has a real flair for dynamics, the melodies are a blissful, magical aroma of vibrantly lit-up sounds which all seem to standout like receiving your favourite gift for Christmas. If that wasn’t enough, the drums are crisp clean and have no turn-off regarding sound quality. Those simple little drums and cymbals both function like hearing a flock of birds chirping in the morning; quiet and alluring. “Animal Magic is just about masterful in every way possible.” Tru Thoughts 12"
Moonchild Please Rewind The new full length album from Moonchild. Exploring new soul / jazz / electronic ground, and with a penchant for exquisite arrangement, they create textured and catchy riffs which will excite everyone from post-bop jazz lovers to contemporary neo-soul crowds. TRU THOUGHTS LP
Carolina Lins & Os Planatos I Predict A Riot Carolina Lins & Os Planatos present an infectious reworking of the Kaiser Chiefs’ classic “I Predict A Riot”. Appealing to those who are fans of Musica Popular Brasileira, the Kaiser Chiefs and football alike, this track is a sweltering funky take on the British anthem. Tru Thoughts 7"
Quantic Apricot Morning Re-issue of Will Holland's long out of press second Quantic album, originally released in 2002. 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 respec-tively, Quantic took his inspiration from sleepy 1990s chill and his enviable collection of funk 45s. Tru Thoughts LP
Hidden Orchestra Wingbeats “For as long as I can remember, I have found that what draws me to a piece of music can often be one small detail – a single characteristic or maybe a fleeting moment of beautiful sound or compelling rhythm… So, for a Hidden Orchestra composition I often create lots of individual source pieces – orchestral sketches, drum arrangements, solo instrumental improvisations, manipulated field recordings – and pick out bits to reinterpret as samples with which to write a full track, combining and arranging them to create an imaginary orchestra”. - Joe Acheson Tru Thoughts LP