Cortex – Tropeau Bleu
A favourite of collectors for years and sampled by countless hip hop producers from MF Doom and Madlib to the likes of Rick Ross and Tyler the Creator, French Band Cortex‘s 1975 debut is a soul-jazz classic to sit comfortably alongside the work of Roy Ayers and Grover Washington Jr. A wild almost unclassifiable fusion of influences combine on the album from American jazz, Brazilian samba, funk and chamber folk, which still continues to attract a dedicated legion of fans every year.
Fatima Yahama – What a Girl To Do
The story of ‘What a Girl to Do’ is nearly as brilliant as the song itself. Released in 2004 by Fatima Yahama (an alias of Dutch producer Bas Bron), the track nearly fell into obscurity before Jackmaster stumbled upon it in a record store in his hometown and it quickly became an anthem at his legendary Numbers parties. It took nearly a decade until the world cottoned on to the track’s brilliance and after much demand it is finally been reissued on Bron’s own label – Magnetron Music – alongside Dekmantel.
Oni Ayhu – OAR 003
Released in 2009, Oni Ayhu (Olof Dreijer of the Swedish band The Knife), released one of the most of hypnotic, dreamy and downright gorgeous techno tracks of recent years with ‘OAR 003-B’. Seemingly muscular yet delicate at the same time, filled with tension yet relaxed, the song is a 11-minute aural journey through glacial synth and warm melodies which has been a mainstay in Dixon’s set for years now.
Amazones de Guinee – Samba
Mr Bongo triumphantly announce their new Africa 45’s series with Amazones de Guinee’s ‘Samba’, a highly charged African funk classic which comes equipped with powerful french vocals and triumphant horn solo’s. The track was recorded live in 1984, which explains the sounds of crowds cheering and it’s lo-fi gritty quality, which we feel gives the track an unmistakable charm. Mr Bongo continues to enhance their reputation as the go-to label for continental sounds.
Tasty Treats – Believe in Something
Recorded in 1993 by Tasty Treats on CTI Records, ‘Got to Believe in Something’ brings together high charged vocals, emotional chords and a propulsive bassline to create what is considered by many as a classic. As people and magazines continually obsess about constant innovation and evolution in dance music, the track is a timely reminder that sometimes nothing is better than a hand in the air, highly charged and soulful slice of 90’s New York house.