Download: Kashmere & Doctor Zygote = Strange U – The Cake Is A Lie

Dropping as a free download followed up by a limited stamped vinyl pressing (keep an eye here), Strange U (aka Kashmere aka King Kashmere IV and Doctor Zygote) follow up their 2013 Eglo debut (The Scarlet Jungle EP)  with some darker shit.
The EP, #2040, is forthcoming on Boot Records.
Free download at Bandcamp,

Below: Scarlet Jungle from the 2013 Eglo EP

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Preview: Mono/Poly preps Golden Skies LP for Brainfeeder


Following collabs with Thundercat on his album in 2013, plus Flash Bang Grenada with Busdriver and Nocando, LA’s Mono/Poly has his debut LP for Brainfeeder ready to launch.

Photograph by LA’s theonepointeight

I think I first heard of his work for the split 7″ he did with Manchester’s Illum Sphere for Fat City Recordings, Part 3 of their Producer #2 series (listen to Oil Fields here). He contributed a Beat Dimensions track on Volume 2 and went on to release the cosmic George Machine EP for Faces Records. 

Golden Skies seeks to be even more sweeping – have a listen to the full album over at Pitchfork Advance. My personal favourite at the time of writing is Light Age.

It’s out this coming Monday, 25th August on LP, CD and download.

1. Winds Of Change 
2. Transit to the Golden Planet 
3. Ra Rise 
4. Golden Gate 
5. Golden Skies 
6. Light Age
7. Alpha & Omega 
8. Urania 
9. Empyrean (feat. Mendee Ichikawa) 
10. Dreamscape 
11. Night Garden 
12. Euphoria 
13. Gamma 


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BBE present Nana Love: Disco Documentary Full Of Funk

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 20.40.37This one looks interesting from the peeps at BBE. This album originally came out in 1978 on Nestor Records. They’ve gone and found the original masters from arranger/producer Reindorf Nana Oppong, transferred them to digital – and even found unreleased material.

It’s out on CD and double LP as well as digital – order from BBE direct, where you can also listen to previews, or check digital links below.

Buy links:



New music: Subculture Sage 1=1=1


Good to hear some new stuff from this crew, who’ve also just announced they’ll be supporting Dead Prez on their UK tour in October.

Recent people to jump on the good ship Subculture Sage include  Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank, the increasingly on-it Mixmag and CLASH.

The ‘Subculture Sage’ EP will be released on August 25th via Twisted Hearts Records.

Artist: Subculture Sage
Label: Twisted Hearts
Release Date: 25th August 2014
Pre Order Link

Live Dates:
Boomtown – 6th-10th August
Bestival – Reggae Roots Stage – 7th Sept
London – EP Launch Party – TBC
Liverpool - 23rd October
Leeds - 24th October
Oxford - 28th October
London Jazz Cafe - 29th October (W/ Dead Prez)


Download: Yogi mix for Bonafide magazine

yogiYou’ve probable head this already since it’s had 40K plays in three days, but just in case here’s Yogi’s selection for Bonafide.

Link to Bonafide article
Download on Soundcloud


1. Just Blaze & Baauer – Higher
2. Ludacris – Fantasy (Refix)
3. Macklemore – Can’t Hold Us (Major Lazer Remix)
4. What So Not – Jaguar
5. YOGI feat Pusha T – Burial
6. Schoolboy Q – Hell Of A Night (YOGI Remix)
7. Aquadrop Vs Nadastrom – Favelas (RL Grime Private Pussy Edit)
8. Kanye West – New Slaves (DJ Snake Remix)
9. MIA – YALA (Bro Safari & Valentino Kahn Remix)
10. Major Lazer – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)
11. Wacka Flocka feat Wale & Roscoe Dash – No Handz (CRNKN Remix)
12. YOGI Mash Up
13. Drake feat. James Fauntleroy – Girls Love Beyonce (YOGI Refix)
14. YOGI Mash Up
15. TC vs Pharrell – Get Down Low (YOGI Edit)

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Preview: Mammal Hands debut LP ‘Animalia’ on Gondwana Records


Mammal Hands are the newest signing to Matthew Halsall’s renowned Gondwana Records, and follows two dope recent albums for the label from Matthew (When The World Was One) and GoGo Penguin (v2.0).

Pre-order the CD and digital over at Gondwana’s Bandcamp page, and listen to track previews over at Kudos.

The album’s produced by Matthew Halsall. Find out more info about these guys in the press release below, and catch them on Facebook, Twitter  and their own site.


1. Mansions Of Millions Of Years
2. Snow Bough
3. Kandaiki
4. Spinning The Wheel
5. Bustle
6. Inuit Party
7. Street Sweeper
8. Tiny Crumb 


Press release:

Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart keyboards, Jesse Barrett drums and tabla, and Jordan Smart saxophones. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo and Pharoah Sanders to Cinematic Orchestra, alongside elements of North Indian and African music, they produce their own beautiful, inimitable music – at times wistful and melancholic and others raucous and catchy. They evoke a range of moods, from delicate and subtle to explosive and frantic, blending thoughtful compositions with spontaneity and interplay.  On the road they have been wooing audiences from the Norwich Arts Centre to Mostly Jazz Birmingham, King’s Place London, Band On The Wall Manchester and most recently Love Supreme Glynde. Indeed it was at Mostly Jazz that the band were heard by Gondwana Records recording artists GoGo Penguin’s bassist Nick Blacka, who liking the band’s unique sound brought them to the attention of label boss Matthew Halsall, who immediately signed them to the label and has now produced their sublime debut album, Animalia, which is released on 15th September.




Mammal Hands met in April 2012, while busking in Norwich. They gelled quickly, drawn to each other’s open approach to music making. The brothers Nick and Jordan were already playing together as an electronica duo but with drummer Jesse joining the band they developed a distinctive sound drawing on their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world and jazz music. Drummer Jesse’s knowledge and understanding of Indian Classical music brings a unique/distinctive approach to the rhythmic framework of the band’s tunes. His disciplined study with tabla maestro Sirishkumar has allowed him to develop the ability to explore intricate and complex rhythmic patterns and the freedom to explore time signatures and rhythmic patterns less commonly heard in the western world. Jordan brings a love of DJ culture as well as the influence of Pharoah Sanders to his playing whilst pianist Nick brings a knowledge of classical Jazz harmonies but also a deep interest in the minimalist composers (Terry Riley, Steve Reich) which has influenced his compositional approach, striving to create hypnotic, rhythmic patterns that can provide a foundation for Jordan and Jesse to build on. It is this unique combination of influences and their unusual baseless line-up that makes Mammal Hands’ sound so distinctive.



Brilliantly produced by Matthew Halsall and recorded at his home away from home, 80 Hertz Studio, in Manchester, and engineered by George AtkinsAnimalia opens with the lyrical Mansions Of Million Years, a slow building tune that takes it’s name from Egyptian mythology and draws the listener into the band’s distinctive sound world. Snow Bough is a short, melancholic, but moving, ambient composition which gives way to the gorgeous, hooky Kandaiki which makes stunning use of looped melodies in different time signatures, creating a wonderful interplay between the parts. Some of the melodies are inspired by Irish folk music as is the down tempo, but anthemic, Spinning the Wheel, which also features drum beats inspired by chopped up electronic drum patterns and hip hop instrumentals. The jaunty Bustle is a frantic, upbeat tune with slower breaks for melodic fragments and hints at the influence of bassist Avishai Cohen’s hugely influential trio, whereas the delightful Inuit Party moves from a downtempo section through groove to end on a hint of free-jazz and Street Sweeper is inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s orchestral music. Finally the album closes with Tiny Crumb, which explores melodic ideas inspired by Alice Coltrane and Joe Henderson and builds in intensity from a quiet start to a powerful collective improvisation and heavily features Jesse’s Tabla. It is this mixture of quietness and intensity that gives Mammal Hands their unique flavor and that marks them out as the breakthrough band of 2014.



Mecca:83, Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble & DistantStarr are REdefinition – Bahia Affair EP out now



The Expansions family follow up their recent compilation (free download here) with a super team up between Mecca:83, Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble and DistantStarr as REdefinition and the release of the Bahia Affair EP.

The EP sees the producers combine classic sixties and seventies Brazilian influences with MPC beats and Fender Rhodes licks – order the vinyl or download the digitial and the Expansions Bandcamp page.

Next up is the ASA album from Dagmxy

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