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NAANVA: Rivulet EP

NAANVA:  Rivulet EPBack awhiles just over a year ago, a track by the name of Flowers Of Spring landed on the monkey’s virtual doormat from someone called Naanva. All preconceptions of this being some sort of world music project instantly dissipated as a Cotton Club-style jazzy intro quickly became imbued with the sound of b-boy drums and then it was all about how the jazzy influences alternated
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KENO: Around The Corner

KENO:  Around The CornerRating: ★★★★★ The new year is finally upon us but what lies around the corner from producer David Hanke? Appropriately enough, it’s a new sample-based cinematic downtempo LP entitled Around The Corner under the nom-de-plume Keno. Which means that ‘the producer with a thousand names’ (well, alright five at least) has added yet another moniker to a growing list that already includes
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JON KENNEDY: Enchantica (2017)

JON KENNEDY:  EnchanticaWhile you wait for the next full-length release from Jon Kennedy, he gets his trip-hop on with atmospheric new single Enchantica. The track is built around all-enveloping organic bass and drums as washes of sax and xylophone drift in and out of focus along with what might be a cut-up vocal loop from Bobby Darin’s version of Nature Boy wafting around in the background too. The
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CHRISTIANA: Lights More Lights (MANOSJMT edit)(2017) Free download

Lights More Lights Christiana ManosjmtNot a man to sit idly and twiddle his thumbs when it’s colder than an inuit’s outside toilet, Manosjmt has been having a fiddle around with 70s and 80s Greek folk singer Christiana. Not literally you filth mongers! I meant he’s tweaked her old folk pop hit Lights More Lights by dint of adding a dusty break and created a slinky lil downtempo disco funky number. You can fit this one right in there
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AFTERNOONS IN STEREO: Echo Valley (2016)

echo-valley-afternoons-in-stereoAfternoons In Stereo takes a trip down jazz canyon on sixth LP Echo Valley which fuses multiple genres with, well, jazz, obviously. The title track (and opener) is a beatless Rhodes piano mood piece that swiftly gives way to the crisp breakbeat intro of City Of The Future and its jazz fusion vistas. Eames In Dub by contrast juxtaposes spacey echoes with jazz disco beats
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MANOSJMT: Garifalle (2016) Free download

garifalle-manosjmtAs likely to mix swing as funk, and rock n roll as soul, Athens-based producer Manosjmt gets on a funky downtempo tip for his latest effort – Garifalle which samples the back catalogue of Greek band Peloma Bokiou. The band originally came together in autumn 1970 and their first single was Garifale, Garifale-Min Kles (Don’t Cry) – a.k.a. the sort of thing that might turn up on a
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SKINSHAPE: Oracolo (2015)

Oracolo SkinshapeRating: ★★★★★ Skinshape (a.k.a Will Dorey of Horus Records) follows-up his self-titled debut LP of last year with an impressive end-of-year effort that falls out of the psychedelic tree and hits every single branch on the way down. Oracolo combines sixties American roadtrip psychedelia with its slightly more pastoral English sixties cousin, throws in a healthy smattering of the more organic
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EPHEMERALS: Howl (Brighton Sessions version) (2015) Free download

Howl Ephemerals BrightonWhat’s this? Howl? Have bright young soul-hopefuls and most-likely-tos Ephemerals gone all Ginsberg? Stream-of-consciousness spoken wordy-gubbins over Miles-ish beat-free trumpets and Rhodes-piano business? It certainly seems so, for such is the closer to current LP Chasin’ Ghosts – now offered as a free download by the band who are currently in the middle of a free giveaway
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SKINSHAPE: Old Days (2015)

Old Days SkinshapeNothing like a little bit of retro psychedelia is there? Especially when it’s got a downtempo funky groove locked down. Heads up then because this is the new one from producer/ multi-instrumentalist Will ‘Skinshape‘ Dorey whose Old Days channels the new old sound of Tame Impala via the sort of rhythms favoured by downtempo beat-heads of yore. Imagine DJ Shadow at a Grateful Dead
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DAYTONER: Synchronicity (2015)

Synchronicity DaytonerGood lord! Has it really been three years since Daytoner‘s Wass Records debut? The answer is ‘yes’, as he finally provides a follow-up to the sample-delic, genre-hopping, retro-beat-fest that was 2012’s Sunburst Radio. Mind you three years is a relatively swift wait given that new label (Skeewiff’s Pedigree Cuts) took the practically insane step of telling a producer to “take as long
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