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xoaHeaded up by multi-instrumentalist Nick Tyson, XOA fuses golden era 1970s Afrobeat with deep grooves and contemporary electronic productions sizzling with analogue synths, guitars and percussive rhythms. XOA’s new release - ONE001 - follows on from his Aiye Le debut released on Dan Shake’s imprint in
June and featuring vocals from Fela Kuti’s musical director Dele Sosimi. The record was premiered by Gilles Peterson, Boiler Room and received radio play around the globe. This 6 track EP is released on new label One House Records and features vocals from LeaLea, Anthony Joseph and Monika Liu, as well as some on-point remixes from Orchards and Byron the Aquarius, and an XOA club edit.
On the new EP Tyson demonstrates the breadth of the project with a broad spectrum of sounds and styles across the record: ‘Burn’ is a full band composition with sweeping guitar riffs and anthemic vocals from LeaLea; next up is Gil Scott-Heron-esque “Storm Windows” with a piercing spoken word piece delivered by British-
Trinidadian poet Anthony Joseph; the A-side finishes with “In So”, a rich groove orientated track featuring sweeping vocals from Monika Liu.
The B side is all about the remixes. XOA steps up for a club ready edit of ‘Burn’; Orchards provides Kaytranada influenced production for ‘Storm Windows’ and rising US House star Byron The Aquarius’ remix of ‘In So’ is a slice of soulful House with bubbling synths and lush vocals. The record will be followed by a series of full live shows leading up to festivals next summer. XOA will also be touring as a DJ act over the same period.

boogiebelgique“Nostalgic, soulful and, of course, boogie-woogie.” That’s how Belgian DJ producer Boogie Belgique (AKA Oswald Cromheecke) describes the enticing combination of styles and sources from different decades that make up his music. Taking vintage inspirations, most notably from swing and jazz eras, and merging them with
contemporary beats and textures is the young producer’s forte. This is pleasingly evident onVolta, the latest Boogie Belgique album for the Cold Busted label.
“Jungle Law” gives a glimpse into Boogie Belgique’s sonic palette. Tough hip hop beats and funky live guitar follow an intro of jungle ambience as a trumpet presents the melody. Soon some swingy big band jazz enters the song in an almost ghostly manner, while the insistent beat keeps the dance floor moving. Album opener “Go Slow” shows a different side to the coin giving the listener an uptempo broken beat rhythm, some bouncy bass guitar, snippets of string loops, and a lovely, forlorn vocal line that echoes the past. It’s a beautiful concoction, and Boogie Belgique delivers on many aspects of this style throughout his eleven track album. Volta is a satisfying trip in an aural time machine.

suraquintetIf you're a fan of finest Chillout & Lounge Music, then chances that you've already heard 'The Sura Quintet' are pretty high. Their new Album 'Refinements of Feeling' combines Chillout, Chillhouse and Downtempo and includes - in addition to already released well known tracks like 'Sundrops', 'Onda de Bossa' and 'Shared Moments' - brand new Stuff. Don't miss it!

ryx‘Deliverance’ is the lead single from Ry X’s eagerly anticipated debut album, just been released on Infectious Music, that has already gained world wide acclaim by fans and media alike. He’s always sung his way into our hearts, no matter whether he did it as ‘Ry X’, ‘The Acid’ or ‘The Howling’ together with Âme’s Frank Wiedemann. As such it comes as no surprise that Innervisions’ artist and lover of beautiful melancholic melodies, Eagles & Butterflies, was mesmerised by the album at first listen and moved to create his own mix.

LA based producer Chris Barratt, aka Eagles & Butterflies, is as busy touring as in the studio. Releasing original music on Innervisions, Exit Strategy, Get Physical and Bedrock over the last months, as well recently finishing remixes for Moby, Underworld, Andhim and now Ry X. The Eagles & Butterflies remix of ‘Deliverance’ will be available from 13th June via Beatport.

soundmeThe latest offering from the folks at We Grow Wax is from Polish trip hop band Sound Me, delivering a delicious twelve track album titled Growing. Sound Me fully embodies the ambiance and a sense of dualism captured between a dark past giving way to a brighter future. Inspired by the struggle of living day to day in
working class Poland, vocalist Aani spins her lyricism into an art that paints a picture of love lost searching for a genuine connection. The almost reminiscent old school values that this world seems to have long forgotten is wistfully echoed in the unique style of Sound Me.
A perfect concoction of heavy-hitting drum breaks, dubby instrumentation, live trumpet, rhythmic turntablism, and angelic vocals,Growing inspires its listener drop out and drift away. Deep and moody soundscapes laced with dark, hypnotic beats and powerful vocals remind one of Massive Attack or Portishead while bringing out a new flavor from the classic trip hop sound. This one’s ready for the headphones and a slow night drive through the cities of eastern Europe.
Release Date: July 4, 2016 (CD) / September 19, 2016 (digital)

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