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Kamasi Washington: The Epic 3LP pressing

As long awaited for me as the To Pimp A Butterfly vinyl pressing, Kamasi Washington’s landmark album gets a vinyl release in October. It’s beautiful. You can pre-order it from Ninja Tune or Bandcamp, both with free postage.  

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Sofrito Island Series: Martinique 7″

Sofrito’s excellent world-encompassing island series continues with a visit to Martinique and two seventies rarities. A: Oulé Collé // Michel Bagoe B: Hamsters Frappé // Les Hamsters Purchase the 45 here. Promo info on the artists from Sofrito: Michel Bagoé Nothing if not well-travelled, Michel Bagoé spent his early years moving between Senegal and Martinique prior to relocating to Paris in the

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Owiny Sigoma Band: Nyanza

Brownswood bring out the third LP from this great outfit. So named because two members of the band come from Nyanza Province in Kenya, this album was recorded there in an effort to soak up life in the area. You can grab the orange vinyl version, plus CD and digital, over at Bleep (with an exclusive extra track) and Bandcamp

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ThisisDA: Hotstepper, prod by Mankub

Fresh from his Blu-featuring joint Won’t Change, ThisisDA releases a new video for track Hotstepper – yes, it features a little ode to another well-known tune of the same name. Tight as you like production again comes from Mankub, with scratches from Audiosnax. Eric Sings guests on this one – check out his material here. ThisisDA’s Based Off Black EP

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NxWorries aka Anderson.Paak and Knxwledge release video for Suede

These two are working on a full length for Stones Throw, and Anderson.Paak has been getting some great coverage from his appearances on Dre’s Compton album. Do yourself a favour and buy Hud Dreems from Knxwledge. Hud Dreems by Knxwledge.

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Download: Culture of Soul x Paris DJs – West Indies Funk

This is brightening up my morning no end… in honour of Cultures of Soul’s upcoming second volume of its Tropical Disco Hustle compilation, they’ve got together with Paris DJs for a new mix. Download it here (scroll down for the massive download button!). Grab some good shit from Cultures Of Soul’s Bandcamp here.

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Beats O Freen: Dimensions EP on Darker Than Wax

Dimensions EP by Beats O Freen This hazy, dreamy EP comes from Singapore’s excellent Darker Than Wax stable, where Netherlands-based producer Beats O Freen previously released his Dilla tribute Coloured Dreams in 2013. The prolific Jasper Staal also drops in for a rework of SAM. Stream the EP below, and buy it on Bandcamp.

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Manchester: Peanut Butter Wolf & Breakbeat Lou 45s show // Aug 24th

  Breakbeat Lou is encrusted into the backbone of hip hop’s history, not only bringing out (and editing tracks for) the Ultimate Breaks and Beats series with Lennie Roberts between 1986 to 1991 (for the uninitiated, each volume collected breaks sampled by hip hop producers), but living and breathing that experience at jams since the age of nine. Peanut Butter

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Hot 8 Brass Band celebrate 20 years with Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Vicennial LP and tour

Believe it or not, Hot 8 have been at it for a full twenty years – their first new music since 2013 sees a single release for Papa Was A Rolling Stone / We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City from their new album, Vicennial – 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band. You must, must catch them

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Groovement Interview: Son Little + new track Lay Down

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Son Little upon his visit to Manchester’s Soup Kitchen last November, where he was playing with label mate Curtis Harding. He really enjoyed my company, look: Great interview with the man @sonlittlemusic tonight, rockin @soupkitchenmcr with Curtis Harding A photo posted by Agent J (@jamiegroovement) on Nov 28, 2014 at 1:24pm

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