Nerija Blume Nerija is Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija. Vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current, Blume takes you on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work of their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so. Domino Records CD | LP Pre-Order
Ibeyi Ash French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back with their second album Ash, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. Ash is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name. While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past - the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded. XL Recordings CD | LP
XL MIDDLETON 2 Minutes Till Midnight After making serious noise in the modern funk world, XL Middleton makes a return to the g-funk/hip hop sound that marked his earlier work with "2 Minutes Till Midnight." It’s a funked out, synth-heavy excursion with an equal amount of appeal for modern funksters or the underground legions of g-funk fans that put XL on the map originally. Those familiar with his most recent albums, “Tap Water” and “Things Are Happening,” will recognize the signature synth leads and intricate analog bass lines. Those unfamiliar with Middleton as an MC will find that he challenges standards in the worlds of both underground and mainstream rap, eschewing the backpack as much as the Bentley, falling into a space that few can. XL’s lyricism is cerebral and well-read, yet it’s clear that he comes from a part of the world that relishes khakis, Chuck Taylors & Zapp records. "2 Minutes Till Midnight" stands firmly rooted in the funk tradition of Los Angeles, showing reverence for the music that inspired it by bringing g-funk legends Kokane & Domino ("Getto Jam") into the fold as guest artists and by featuring album artwork from Joe Cool, who designed the iconic "Doggystyle" album cover for Snoop Dogg. XL's contemporaries, such as labelmates Zackey Force Funk, Moniquea, & I, Ced, also join in and help to remind us that the album is not just a self-indulgent tribute to a bygone era of music. As modern funk grew largely out of hip hop, XL takes that growth backward, and moves the music forward as a result. MOFUNK RECORDS CD | LP Pre-Order
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs Flat Tummy Tea Flat Tummy Tea / Bandana featuring Assassin, with instrumentals and bonus beats. Flat Tummy Tea is from the forthcoming album Bandana. Other tracks are exclusive to this 12” release. Traffic Entertainment Group 12"
The Notorious B.I.G. Unbelievable A 7" single from the legendary Notorious B.I.G. Unbelievable 7" Edit plus the instrumental version on the flip-side. Lil Static 7" Pre-Order
Boca 45 Forty Five The 7” is arguably one of the 20th century’s greatest art forms. What should have been a disposable format, either as the herald for the altogether more serious LP or the truncated version of the extended 12”, ended up a the perfect expression of modern music - tightened up, fat free and to the point. At some point during a DJ career that’s lasted pretty much the entirety of his adult life, Boca 45 (aka Bristolian Scott Hendy) eschewed all other formats to choose the 7” as his weapon of choice. Embracing and celebrating the limitations of the format (both in terms of record length and the type of music showcased on discs of that size), Hendy set out on a truly singular path for soundtracking parties the world over. In 2015 Banksy personally requested him to DJ with his 45s at the opening night at his Dismal Land Show, now, in his forty fifth year on Planet Earth, he’s made an album that reflects a life well spent flipping through the racks the world over. Mass Appeal LP
Jeen Bassa Cassava Pone This is a classic beat-tape style LP from one of the most under rated Hip Hop producers in the U.K. right now. Warm and woozy productions that stand out in a world saturated with bland Dilla and Madlib-esque pastiches. Heavily influenced by Bassa's Mauritian roots, the album takes you on a journey through aboriginal and pan African sounds with heavy layers of percussion and samples from his fatherland. Features Mo Kolours, Al Dobson Jr, Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Shepherd Manyika. 22a LP Pre-Order
Amerigo Gazaway Endless Summer Legendary producer behind world-famous mash-ups BIZARRE TRIBE, FELA SOUL, MISEDUCATION & YASIIN GAYE struts out with a new 12 track excursion of hot summertime vibes. Silky, smooth, cinematic, moody and groovy, these jams emote pure warmth appealing to fans of city pop, boogie, and jazzy hip hop. Full picture sleeve. LP Pre-Order
Micall Parknsun / Mr Thing Klingon Face Remixes / 8 Bricks Remixes Following their highly anticipated sold out 2018 LP 'Finish What We Started' Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing are back with a pair of deadly remixes from the album on a limited press 45 The A side features a remix of the uptempo, break heavy nod to the Britcore era 'Klingon Face' Originally by Parky, Mr Thing & Joker Starr, the remix also welcomes UK veterans Jehst & Essa (formerly known as Yungun) Whilst on the flip is Mr Thing's remix of the gritty '8 Bricks' featuring one of Londons finest lyricists, Melanin 9. This remix was originally a digital only bonus track on the album but was much needed on wax Released on Village Live Records, limited edition 7" vinyl, run of 300 Village Live 7"