Release Date - 8th March 2019
After releasing some sleeper classics and essential cuts you never knew you needed on primo-labels such as !K7, Futureboogie, Hypercolour sibling Losing Suki, and Optimo’s Bucky Skank imprint (to name but four) Jabru comes correct for Tha’ Purp with his debut LP - Ill Conceived ; far and away the most extensive and vibrant exploration of his unique sound thus far.
From broken beat experiments and heart breaking neo soul ballads, to extended spaced out dubs and the odd dancefloor slammer - all aided by some top shelf vocal collaborators - there’s nary a sonic stone left unturned across the album’s comfortable runtime. This is no “jack of all trades” grab-bag of unrelated sounds optimised to appease jittery streaming types mind you. Nah. The record is curated deftly across its two act span (to a degree bordering on obsessive) to ebb & flow very much in the sequence it is presented in and not on “shuffle” but, should you chose to chronologically defile our product, you’re still in for a winner; as the entire album is held very much in blissful unity by Jabru’s deft ear for soulful colour, emotive arrangements, Proper Songs and a downright smutty thumping groove.
Defiantly released on lovingly crafted yet financially suicidal gatefold double vinyl Ill Conceived is not just an album title: It’s an album title and / or accurate assessment of trying to make a living from producing physical music in 2019).
a1. Jabru - Conflict of Styles (Intro)
a2. Jabru - Church Redux ft. Joel Culpepper
a3. Jabru - Recollider ft. Moss Isley
a4. Jabru - Egress ft. Joshua Idehen
b1. Jabru - Breathe Stars ft. Adjua
b2. Jabru - State of Flow ft. JMan
b3. Jabru - Year of the Horse ft. Jessie Banks
c1. Jabru - Oddity
c2. Jabru - Into My Arms
c3. Jabru - Ms Jones & I
d1. Jabru - First Place Loser
d2. Jabru - In Limbo (Tails Out)
Released 9th December 2016
Space. An infinity of possibilities to be explored. A potential refuge for future generations as our selfish and gluttonous society continues to indulge, expand and consume our current world?
Who gives a shit.
That was just a faux-portentous, melodramatic and somewhat tenuously referencing attempt to grab your attention on account of Purple City Soufflé’s maiden voyage coming hot ‘n’ fresh out the kitchen courtesy of Brighton based Space Cadet and all round lovely chap Etch.
The EP is called the Cosmic B-Boy EP. So you see? There’s that tenuous link we mentioned earlier.
We won’t bother going overboard on the wanky track descriptions like most labels either as the audio is attached to this very press release (provided our PR girl isn’t being a complete wastewomman) but basically it’s six slices of some of the freshest, most psychedelic hip-hop out there at present, taking in influences as broad reaching and downright cutting edge as Kool Keith in his Doctor Octagon guise, Lil Flip in his bog standard stoned southern drawl and substandard lyric guise and Nigella Lawson in her Goddess who could quite realistically find a way to make you want to genuinely wank over a meat hammer guise.
The Cosmic B-Boy EP is suitable for both boys and girls. It is 100% organic, free range, has zero carbon footprint and sees Etch branch out into previously uncharted sonic territory (we could probably crowbar another space exploration / final frontier reference in there if we weren’t writing this whilst trying to microwave a pastie.)
It’s available on all half-decent streaming services and digital download (boring) or available on delicious purple vinyl with fully illustrated sleeves courtesy of the Burma Shave Construction Co. (Well good)
a1. Pandora's Box
a2. Gravity Flip
b1. Spider Leg Shuffle
b3. Passive Removal Procedure