Kyle Hall – Must See EP
At one time during the mid-2000’s many people were left wondering where the next generation of Detroit innovators would come from after the likes of Model 500, Carl Craig and the Three Chairs finally packed it in. Yet, with the release of his Must See EP, in 2010, Kyle Hall put those fears firmly to bed. Over the EP’s strikingly beautiful four tracks, Hall master’s dreamy house (‘Ghosten’/’Must See’), grainy offbeat techno (‘Osc 2’) and ambient electronica (‘Body Of Water’) to create an accomplished EP to rival the best work from the Motor City.
Letta Mbulu – Music….The Village Never Sleeps
One of the best ever records from South Africa finally returns to vinyl this month! Originally recorded alongside her husband Caiphus Semeny in 1983, Music….The Village Never Sleeps features a sumptuous blend of R&B, disco and classic African influences which are all underpinned and enriched by Mbulu’s delicate emotionally charged vocals. Whether you stick on the tropical soul of ‘Down by the River’, the joyful jazz- funk of the title track or the moody boogie-infused standout ‘Normalizo’, you will find something to love about this record.
Boscoe – Boscoe
A favourite of Hunee’s, Chicago’s Boscoe’s 1973 self-titled debut represents one of the great ‘lost’ political albums of the 1970’s. Combining the mysticism of Pharaoh Sanders, the spoken word musings of Gil Scott Heron and the melancholy of Jeff Buckley, the album explores issues such as black empowerment, spirituality and religion. An intoxicating mix of styles, in many way it evokes a time gone by, where the paranoia of the 1970’s had finally replaced the idealism of the previous decade. The summer of love was over, revolution was in the air.
Cultural Vibe – Ma Foom Bey
A favourite of Young Marco and featured on Nebraska’s recent Stamp Mix, Cultural Vibes’ ‘Ma Foom Bay’ is one of the most famous tracks from Tony Humphries brilliant label. Originally records in 1986 , the track is comprised of a classic drum machine, an infectious, yet slightly sinister vocal chant and offbeat synth lines. Yet this simplicity does not detract from the tracks greatness. It is a lo-fi oddball delight which is impossible not to find in anyway charming.
Move – Workshop 13
Originally released in 2011 on Workshop, 13 is undoubtedly one of Move D’s most timeless and gorgeous creations. ‘Untitled 1’ starts innocently enough with delicate percussion, a rolling beat and ghostly echoes of a female vocal, until an electrifying strum of guitar comes into focus and the tracks beauty is revealed. Whilst overshadowed, the B side is a disco-inflected house chugger which recalls the work of Mark E.