Release: 19 May 2014
Returning to an LP format following a series of 12 inches for his last album, Ninja Tuna (did you see that tuna USB?), the new Mr Scruff sees a slightly different approach than previous releases; ‘tougher, sparser, less samples, more bass. More vocals and collaborations and shorter tunes,’ remarks Scruff.
1. Stereo Breath feat. Denis Jones
2. Render Me feat. Denis Jones
4. Thought To The Meaning feat. Denis Jones
5. Friendly Bacteria
6. Come Find Me feat. Vanessa Freeman
7. Where Am I?
8. He Don’t feat. Robert Owens
10. We Are Coming
11. Catch Sound feat. Denis Jones
12. Feel Free
Huh? Two worlds continue to collide with the news that Kelis has signed to Ninja Tune. The likes of Danny Brown and Kanye West have looked towards more traditionally (for hip hop) leftfield producers in the last couple of years, but going the whole hog and signing to an independent label is a thing to behold. I look forward to the collabs this might open up (Illum Sphere, Scruff, I’m looking at you) especially with the close links to Brainfeeder the label has, and rejoice in the fact that lines remain blurred in music – that is, after all, why we’re called Groovement rather than Hip Hop And Beats.
The album Food is out in April, on Ninja. Read the full news item over hearya.
It’s been a couple of months, but I’ve got a bag of new hip hop, jazz and funk to open December. Highlights for me are the most successful LabelGroovement release so far from Mecca 83, that Polystation track (Chilean beats from Discos Cetaceos) and the dons Jungle Fire, who I hooked up with on their Manchester date at Band on the Wall. An amazing band (featuring members of Orgone, Breakestra, Ozomatli and the like) who should smash 2014 – the track below is taken from their limited-to-3oo tour CD, available only at shows. Also a shout to the homie Depakote, who has a couple of features on this mix – his new one, Creative Freedumb, is out now on Zypher.
Debian Blak’s getting some wider exposure, Bolts has a forthcoming thing on Original Cultures, that Debruit and Alsarah album on Soundway is full tilt badness, the Teotima Ensemble track is 7 minutes of bliss, and all the hip hop on this mix demonstrates the top drawer quality about at the moment.
Oh and that Slugabed B-side.. Zoinks!
All song titles are clickable for buy, info and download links. Enjoy, and let me know what you think over on Twitter or Facebook.
New long player The North Borders, featuring Portico Quartet vocalist Cornelia and Erykah Badu amongst others, is out now – listen to clips and purchase vinyl and digital at the Ninja Tune shop. Check the heavyweight 10″ box set here too. BONOBO – THE NORTH BORDERS (NINJA TUNE) // TRACK LISTING
01. First Fires Feat. Grey Reverend 02. Emkay 03. Cirrus 04. Heaven For The Sinner Feat. Erykah Badu 05. Sapphire 06. Jets 07. Towers Feat. Szjerdene 08. Don’t Wait 09. Know You 10. Antenna 11. Ten Tigers 12. Transits Feat. Szjerdene 13. Pieces Feat. Cornelia
Following the ridiculously good times had by all with Gilles Peterson and Werkha, So Flute show no signs of stopping as the new Manchester club night juggernaut. And it’s at the bloody Roadhouse too, home to Hoya Hoya and our night In The Loop, so we consider them brothers in arms. Just watch, they’ll be playing in the Printworks outside those screens and the corner shop next. I jest! So Flute are seriously ramping up for their second year of existence, and Letherette (whose debut Ninja Tune album is imminent) land with adopted Manc homeboy Rich Reason (of the unstoppable Hit & Run).
Catch the FB event here. Tickets at Resident Advisor doth be here.
Pardon? Did So Flute do a Groovement podcast? Yeah bwwwoyy catch it here.