Release Date: 2nd October 2020
a1. Lårry - Bias Point
a2. Lårry - In My Restless Dreams
b1. Lårry - Prince Moth Mothy Moth Moth
b2. Lårry - Celphine Cut
Release Date: 30th October 2020
b1. Feel Da Heat
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
At this 3rd Park Sessions; we find some excellent deeper melodic and soulful tracks from Tommy The Cat. The cat opens with the "Park Sessions" title song - which has that soul in it we are used to hear at this serie. With "High Drama" the cat takes you back to the 90s with great melodic junglebeats. Then "In the Shimmering Sun" we finding ourselves on a nice beach and last not least; the cat introducing "NLS" to this EP with the excellent warm breakbeat track "Hazelnut" !! Not one to miss !!!
a1. Tommy The Cat - Park Sessions
a2. Tommy The Cat - High Drama
b1. Tommy The Cat - In The Shimmering Sun
b2. NLS - Hazelnut
Release Date: 9th October 2020
London-based Kouslin's Le Chatroom imprint presents LCR003; a percussion-heavy release of four tracks from close friends and affiliates.
Taking inspiration from rhythms around the world and the uproar within the new-gen UK Funky scene, Le Chatroom once again exhibit their ethos of eclecticism that has found them in the record bags of the likes of Ben UFO and Call Super.
Big Brothers' frontman Amor Satyr (also of Parisian collective Boukan Records), channels heavy baile funk on 'Hohohoi', with razor-sharp low-end separation and haunting harmonies.
Soreab (Baroque Sunburst/BeatMachine) serves up a hearty cut of low-slung, tribal drum funk with a groove synonymous of Hessle Audio sets.
Having recently featured on an R&S Records compilation, plus a release on More Time Records, rising artist DJ Tess presents her new “Mala Femmina” alias and offers up a triplet-based 4x4 groove with relentless icy blows and rotating polyrhythms.
Livity Sound's Cando close out with a remix of Soreab's 'Cave Walk'. Racing away with dancefloor panic, the intricacies of the remix shine through via its claustrophobic and pristine mixdown.
a1. Amor Satyr - Hohohoi
a2. Soreab - Cave Walk
b1. Mala Femmina (DJ Tess) - Ruff
b2. Soreab - Cave Walk (Cando Remix)
Release Date: 16th October 2020
In the 1960’s when Atlantic, Stax and Motown were at their peak; a little-known label in Norfolk, VA headed up by Noah H. Biggs, called Shiptown, was also giving young kids a chance to perform.
Mr Biggs owned many labels locally and viewed many of the releases as a chance to showcase young, talented artists and performers in order to get them placed at larger national record companies. As a result, many of Shiptown’s releases can be extremely hard to track down with most pressings limited to 200 or less.
One of the last releases on Shiptown came in the mid 1970s by The Grooms, a few years before the passing of Mr Biggs. The only single the band ever released consisted of a phenomenal A Side, a mid-tempo funk track with amazing vocals and a killer horn arrangement called ‘Slow Down’. This is a track that’s hard to define - it takes inspiration from so many soulful genres.
On the flip is a devastating beat ballad called ‘I Deserve A Little Bit More’. This track builds to a spine tingling crescendo. Raw soul at its best, with a wonderfully gritty mix of tight harmonies and unhinged emotion.
If this one doesn’t move you, check your pulse.
a1. The Grooms - Slow Down
b1. The Grooms - I Deserve A Little Bit More
Release Date: 9th October 2020
The combined production powerhouse of Deekline, Ed Solo & Specimen A bring forth 10,000 blowtorches to celebrate the vibe that only music can create alongside the vocals of Jamaican reggae superstar Blackout JA.
If you were lucky enough to witness the burner cans of the original dancehall movement or the vast array of lighters flickering to ‘94 Amens, you know what to expect here. This is upfront jungle with a full canister of gas, one hell of a bouncy bassline and an excellent delivery of lyrical goodness. Blackout JA was certainly a fine choice to voice this beat, riding it effortlessly and requesting you all to “let the music play”.
You’re getting both the club mix and the slightly shorter and perhaps less aggressive original in this fine package from Jungle Cakes. Two for two as they say.
Fire in the basement.
a1. Ed Solo & Deekline - Have Some Fun ft General Levy
b1. Deekline, Ed Solo & Specimen A - Let The Music Play ft Blackout JA