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VARIOUS: We Are Friends (2014) Free download

Various We Are FriendsNow I know pan-European co-operation is not exactly de rigeur this year what with recent events on the eastern side of the continent (not to mention the persistence of piss-weak ‘What corrupt bankers? It’s immigrants!’ narratives beloved of governments) but a more hopeful model (and message) is provided on We Are Friends, a free twelve track drop of funk, soul, breaks and a dash of dub, latin and afro beats from artists from no fewer than six labels. Six?! That’ll be Agogo Records, Hiperbole Records, Jalapeno Records, Lovemonk, Légère Recordings, Wonderwheel Recordings, then.

Contributions come from all and sundry including Omar, Kraak & Smaak and Hidden Jazz Quartet. Of particular note however are the ‘just loungin’ opener of Renegades Of Jazz‘s Triberg remix, Alexia Coley‘s soul burner Love At First Sight and the exclusive Los Fulanos/ Pepperpots collab. Latin Soul Gentleman. Cop it off the player below and play widely. Who knows ? It might increase the peace and silence the violence…

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