London's 22a follow up their sell-out Tenderlonious / Al Dobson Jr split EP with nine more exclusives from Henry Wu and Jeen Bassa. Originally limited to just 100 copies, this has become a hugely sought after 12"!
Henry Wu applies jazz infused hip-hop sensibilities to these synth-boogie, and deep house tracks. This was Wu's debut release and set the platform for further massive releases on Eglo and Rhythm Section. On the flip Jeen Bassa goes in deep with percussive house infused afro-beats laden with jazzy hip hop rhythms. Haling from a family of talented musicians (Mo Kolours and Reginald Omas Mamode IV) he has since gone on to similarly large releases, including last years sterling Time Waves EP on22a.
a1. Henry Wu - Misled (Talk About It) ft Tenderlonious
a2. Henry Wu - Interlude
a3. Henry Wu - All Over ft Shepherd
a4. Henry Wu - Outro
b1. Jeen Bassa - Movement
b2. Jeen Bassa - Know The Deal
b3. Jeen Bassa - New Pastures
b4. Jeen Bassa - Chocolate Boots
b5. Jeen Bassa - Fania Club
In his dynamic mixes, we've heard Vangelis to Shuggie, and Delia Derbyshire to Sergio Mendes. Now, we hear more of Jeen Bassa's universal and dextrous style in his third release for South London family, 22a; Time Waves is a straight-to-the-point, 10 track EP that mixes up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes.
a2. Hey You
a3. Time Waves
a4. Burdened Funk
a5. Planet Earth
b2. Not A Fighter
b4. Todays Yesterday
b5. Rdefine It All
22a’s eleventh release comes from Sterling Styles. A newcomer to the 22a roster, Sterling offers two cuts of classic garage, originally recorded in 1998. If you know about 22a then you’ll know what to expect. Limited to 500 this is a release not to be missed.
A. Bye Bye (Original Mix)
B. Nobody (Dub)
Fresh from an in-demand EP release on Osunlade's 'Yoruba' label, Tenderlonious is back on his own 22a label, focusing once again on the outer reaches of the club. Opening with the deep, low-swinging, technosoul of 'All Your Way' (featuring a rare Tenderlonious vocal) the mood then switches on 'Bob's Riddim' with lean, broken-beats rumbling beneath jazzy, moog tones.
a1. Tenderlonious - All Your Way
b1. Tenderlonious - Bobs Riddim
As the title suggests 'On Flute' shows us how diverse Tenderlonious's musicianship is as he embellishes each song with his signature flute sound. 'Ghana' sets the pace of the record with up-tempo afro beats, complimented by keys, strings, a distinctive lead synth and of course a soaring flute solo. 'Autumn Leaves' follows with a more UK broken-beat flavour, revealing a darker sense of atmosphere. Side A closes with 'Oedo Bushi,' a comparatively stripped back tune, a simple conga rhythm with flute and xylophone solos weaving in and out as if in conversation with each other.
Side B starts strong and steady with 'Song For My Father', an upbeat number fusing funk and disco to create the perfect dance floor filler that builds to a climax with one of Tenderlonious's wild flute solos (one of my personal favourites!). 'In A Sentimental Mood' follows and, as the title suggests, shows the listener how this producer came by his name. Tender flute inflections and sensitive lead synths, backed by quiet whispers make this the perfect accompaniment to an intimate candle lit dinner. The EP finishes with 'Dale's Corner,' another broken feel on this one with delayed Rhodes supported by tasteful flute lines throughout - it leaves the listener feeling uplifted and wanting more.
a2. Autumn Leaves
a3. Oedo Bushi
b1. Song For My Father
b2. In A Sentimental Mood
b3. Dales Corner