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JON KENNEDY: Ha! EP (2017)

Jon Kennedy is back with full length album Ha! in the summer and here’s the Ha! EP by way of a teaser. Clearly not a man for long release names these days, he makes up for the brevity of the title with the number of remixes on this drop – a mighty eight no less, plus bonus exclusive cut Lord Tarries feat. Coreysan on vocal duties. Of course with that many remixes you can cover a lot of
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THE BLUE SQUARE: The Blue Square LP (2017)

the-blue-square-blue-squareOohh this is what you need when you’re head’s hurting the day after the New Year’s Eve before – The Blue Square LP from Athenian outfit The Blue Square who make sure it’s all straight dealing when it comes to cinematic beats. The first two tracks Believe (soothing vibraphone, soporific trumpet, hi-hat driven break) and Tic-Toc (slo-mo, rolling boom-bap drums, vocal loops and piano
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C.J. PLUS & I-ONE: Altair (2016)

altair-cj-plus-i-oneMore quality emerges from abstract hip-hop’s Odessa files as Ukrainian producer C.J.Plus and keyboardist I-One employ vintage Soviet-era synthesizers like the Opus, Estradin-230 and Electronica EM25 along with Japanese Yamaha and Roland grooveboxes and also samples digitized from Soviet vinyl records to create nine-tracker Altair. Naturally naming your release after one of
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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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BONE 40: Groovin’ EP (2016) Free download

groovin-bone-40Is it time for a bit of downtempo breaks? I think it is – it’s been a while – so here’s Dutch producer Bone 40 with his six-track Groovin’ EP on which he aims to combine the live jazzy and soul vibes of everyone from Booker T, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis on the one hand with Madlib and Dangermouse
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SAVAGES: Five Finger Discount (2016)

Five Finger Discount SavagesYou’ve heard of the Five Fingers Of Death and the ‘Five Finger Fillet’ game (as made famous by a Colonial Marine and an android with a knife on Aliens) but what about the Five Finger Discount? The mind boggles. A budget kung fu flick? A shorter version of ‘Five Finger Fillet’ in which a hatchet is used? How about a five-track vinyl album by Hungarian producer Savages? You’re nearly right on the last
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APANEMIC: A Thousand Secrets EP (2016)

A Thousand Secrets ApanemicMore dusty downtempoisms and the shade of 1995 yet again today, this time in the form of Apanemic‘s A Thousand Secrets EP. A thousand secrets but only four tracks that is and this time we get shades of Portishead’s pals, Earthling. The flavour is a bit more strings n scratching, there’s a bit more reverb and on the title track there’s even some bluesy harmonica. Four really nice cuts
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PURGATORY OF SOULS: Tripmatic EP (2016)

Tripmatic Purgatory Of SoulsYou can tell it’s January because it doesn’t seem like anyone can bear to release anything that isn’t trip-hop. Mind you – when it seems like it’s night for most for the day and you feel like you’ve got S.A.D. even when you haven’t, you can see the attraction of slo-mo beats redolent with vinyl crackle. It’s basically because trip-hop is the musical equivalent of a duvet – and this month
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EMAPEA: Seeds, Roots & Fruits (2016)

Seeds Roots Fruits EmapeaWhat year is it again? 2016? I thought it was 1995 – at least I did when I heard Emapea‘s Seeds, Roots & Fruits which channels all those Mo Wax comps. from the mid-to-late nineties. Beats? Dusty. Samples? Crusty. Raps? Laid back. Basslines? Chunky. There’s plenty of variety too – Orange and Good Old Days and Milky Haze are dead ringers for early Nightmares On Wax or DJ
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BEAT RIDE: Dreamers (2016)

DReamers Beat RideDid you overdo it over the new year? You did didn’t you? You’re never drinking again, work should be banned…where’s your duvet? What you need is something to capture your mood – not too energetic, smokily evocative, perhaps a little sombre and tinged with bluesy regret. Say hello to Beat Ride‘s trip-hoppy new whose four track Dreamers EP. Another Bad Day is the one for
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