there were seven – remixes


18 months on from the release of their critically acclaimed 7th album, ‘There Were Seven’, UK Hip-Hop/Funk/Soul pioneers The Herbaliser return with ‘There Were Seven – Remixes’. Released on the band’s own Department H label the album features 15 newly recorded and remixed versions, plus a further 8 bonus instrumental cuts, from the likes of 2econd Class Citizen, Wah Wah 45’s Colman Brothers and Drum’n’Bass/Electronica pioneer T Power. Purchase on Bandcamp, stream after the jump.

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beyond the mist


Parisian duo Pacific Shore land on Cosmonostro with their first full-length ‘Beyond The Mist’ – twelve blissful cuts perfect for the summer months ahead. From the sultry soul of ‘Street Confusion’ to the hypnotic head-nod of ‘A Normal Way’, Pacific Shore prove their flair for finding the groove, crafting organic jams that ooze soul, with real attention to detail when it comes to production values. The collaborations are on point here too, with Sarah Linhares providing gorgeous vocals akin to the likes of Erykah Badu, & Moka Only laying down some poetic truths that perfectly complement the hip-hop flavours found throughout.

‘Lost In Love’ breathes new life into a much-covered soul classic, whilst ‘Atlantic Island’ marries the most cosmic of beats with a sax solo that’ll make you melt. Above all ‘Beyond The Mist’ proves that electronic music can be full of life, and maybe, just maybe, machines do have souls after all. Out June 16th, order here.

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talk is cheap


Kaytranada and Ta-Ku provide their remix versions of Chet Faker‘s ‘Talk Is Cheap’. The original version was recently released on Chet’s debut album ‘Built On Glass‘. You can stream both flips and the original version below. Don’t forget to have a listen on ‘Built On Glass‘.

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favourite things | 5.14


bklyn’s latest soundcloud selection holds about 43 tracks out of various genres. The collection 5.14 includes tracks by Fink, Moods, Electric Wire Hustle, BadBadNotGood, Madlib, J Dilla, Tom Misch, Taylor McFerrin, Nick Price, Guts, Alice Russell, and some more. Check out our latest selections on the daily updated soundcloud page.

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as we move


After a highly impressive debut in 2013 with the “Do You EP“, Reginald Omas Mamode IV returns with a deeper, bolder statement of intent with the “As We Move” EP.

2013 saw Reggie’s ‘earthbound heart and soul music’ gain widespread support from Lauren Laverne and Lefto, for whom he did a one-take live session. This EP takes the tough, organic soul of Do You and twists it into highlights such as the raw 4/4 of Fire Burning, the EP’s lead track. Know You Better unfolds amidst West Coast synths and jazz percussion, whereas Understand Me, already receiving heavy support from Gilles Peterson and Lefto, is a slow burning London soul jam about relationship communication breakdown. Out June 2014.

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pray for love


Electro-soul singer Kwabs from the UK recently released his second EP after Sohn produced “Wrong Or Right“. “Pray For Love” is produced by Plan B. You can listen to “Pray For Love” and some more tracks below. Out now, available digitally on iTunes (US only). Be sure to check out his previous songs on Soundcloud.

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mr. scruff


The new Mr. Scruff LP is definitely worth a second mention. Scruff’s first LP after a five-year gap is now out on Ninja Tune Records. “Friendly Bacteria” contains all new tracks, and features vocals from Mancunian genius Denis Jones, the splendid Vanessa Freeman and out & out legend Robert Owens, alongside collaborations with Matthew Halsall, Andy Kingslow, Kaidi Tatham, Sara Dowling, Tazi Modi & Phil France. Order your copy now, from the Ninjashop or iTunes.

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The forthcoming new Mark de Clive-Lowe album “Church” will be released on may 27th. The new project features multi-instrumentalist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Miguel, released the famous live recording of „Suite for Ma Dukes“. The iTunes pre-order comes with two instant download tracks, “The Ghaziya” and Hollow, featuring singer Nia Andrews. Out on Mashibeats/Ropeadope Records, pre-order on iTunes or Bandcamp.

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Kaytranada quietly released a bunch of his unreleased work. “Whatever” is a free zip-file, he stores on Mediafire – immediate download here. The 150mb includes the combination of remixes, originals, bootlegs tracks by artists such as J Dilla, Roots, Jill Scott. He also produced the GoldLink track ‘Sober Thoughts’, which is ready for streaming on soundcloud.

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numbers and steel


The official release date of Electric Wire Hustle‘s fourthcoming  album ‘Love Can Prevail / Blackwater’ is set on Monday 8th September. Watch the album teaser below. ‘These Are The Last Days’ EP including Flako and Eliphino remixes released Monday 2nd June. Get a free download of the first single ‘Numbers And Steel’ here. Tour dates and more information about the band the new project on their official website.

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