From the heart: Daptone present Orquesta Akokán

I was lucky enough to hear a little of this courtesy of Neal Sugarman when he played Band On The Wall back in July, so had a big smile when I

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On wax / Ty’s fifth album, A Work Of Heart

One of the UK’s most grounded and skilled MCs and on all our radars since 2001’s Awkward (this very blog’s name is inspired by a track name from Upwards), Ty

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On 45 / Chip Wickham: The Beatnick / Rebel No.23

The Beatnik / Rebel No.23 by Chip Wickham The Beatnik / Rebel No.23 by Chip WickhamChip Wickham’s newest 45 is a vinyl-only affair from Madrid’s Lovemonk Records, released this Friday

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On Wax / Dabrye returns with Three/Three

Tadd Mullinix has been anything but slack, as the past few years have seen him explore waves of electronic sounds, including the launch of his own label, Bopside. February 2018

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On Wax / Funkonami: Into The Deep Ocean

Village Live Records’ latest release is Funkonami’s follow up to his debut Deep Into The Forest. The producer used exclusively an E-Mu SP1200 and an Akai S950 to make the

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On Wax / Alex Puddu: From The Beginning

A lush, bittersweet soul album from Schema Records and Alex Puddu’s label Al Dente, called From The Beginning. It’s got a classic sound peppered with Latin funk, featuring founding member

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On Wax / The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso from Mr Bongo Records

17 November sees a new compilation drop on Mr Bongo, The Original Sound of Burkina Faso. It follows the very well received The Original Sound of Mali compilation released back

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On Wax / Danny Elfman: Batman Returns on Mondo

Not my favourite Batman score (that would be Elfman’s 1989 soundtrack, which cost me £14.99 on CD in 1990!), but a worthy follow up to one of the most defining

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On Wax / Souleance: Bamboule EP

This pair never let us down, do they? Souleance, aka Fulgeance and DJ Soulist, are back on First Word Records with a new 12″. It’s five tracks of eclectic beats,

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On Wax / Mammal Hands: Shadow Work

As you can surmise yourself from the beautiful sounds in the video above, Mammal Hands’ new album is a must-purchase. Shadow Work is their third album on Gondwana Records, tapping

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On Wax / Aim x Mikey D.O.N. are MAIDM: Tun Up Di Heat

Krispy 3 veteran Mikey D.O.N. has joined forces with modern age legend Aim to form MAIDM – their debut single is a 10″ grape juice piece of wax on Aim’s label Atic

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The final album / Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Soul Of A Woman

So here it is. I was playing a gig with Neal Sugarman (head honcho of Daptone Records) at the back end of July when he mentioned there was a final

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On wax / Darkman OST, art by Francesco Francavilla

One of my favourite artists has been busy completing the cover art for the vinyl release of the Darkman soundtrack on Waxwork Records. Sam Raimi’s Phantom Of The Opera-inspired  character

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Video / Children Of Zeus: Smoke With Me

This video FLOATS along and mainly consists of Konny trying to bell Tyler. As you’d expect from CoZ, the beat drives straight into your soul and doesn’t let go. The

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On wax / La Mambanegra: El Callegüeso y su Malamaña

Although this record came out back in March, I’ve only just come across it flicking through the racks in Piccadilly Records. I’m gutted to have missed these guys performing live

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On wax / Phil France vs Mr Scruff on Gondwana Records

Mr. Scruff Vs. Phil France: Joy of Brass Remixes by Phil France Gondwana follow up their reissue of France’s album The Swimmer with a remix double header courtesy of Mr

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On wax / Tony Allen: The Source

A brand new album from the legendary septuagenarian afrobeat drummer, his debut for Blue Note and co-written with good friend and saxophonist Yann Jankielewicz. The cast of the album included

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On Wax / De Beren Gieren: Dug Out Skyscrapers

Fulco Ottervanger (piano), Lieven Van Pée (bass) and Simon Segers (drums) are de beren gieren, an experimental jazz trio formed in Ghent in 2009. Their second album (2013’s A Raveling)

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On Wax / Son Of Sam: Cinder Hill ft Large Pro, J-Live, Sadat X, Guilty Simpson, Prince Po, Quelle Chris, Masta Ace and more

Producer Tom Caruana (of Wu-Tang vs The Beatles fame) returns with a vengeance. Son Of Sam originally formed as a live hip hop band in 2003, consisting of brothers Joe

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On Wax / Antibalas: Where The Gods Are In Peace on Daptone Records

12 piece Brooklyn madness from one of the best modern ‘classic’ Afrobeat bands around. Out on Daptone Records September 15, pre-order on Bandcamp. Where the Gods are in Peace by

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