West coast jazz-rap to intergalactic funk, tribal psychedelic explorations to meditative percussive trance.
Djibouti funk to Zanzibari Taarab,
Interstellar jazz breaks to Ugandan techno.
Funky Detroit house to Eletronic Gnawa; Japanese lo-fi soul to Ghanian Roots Reggae.
1. R.A. The Rugged Man – All My Heroes Are Dead [Nature Sounds] R.A. The Rugged Man is hip-hop’s best kept secret. Despite starting out in the early 90s, his controversy-soaked career has only borne three studio albums, with All My Heroes following the 2013 classic Legends Never Die. At twenty-two tracks, the length is […]
A mix series that will unearth forgotten treasures and peddle future classics.
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1. Shabaka and the Ancestors – We Are Sent Here by History [Impulse!] Prolific British-Barbadian saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings must feel the future of jazz weighs heavy on his shoulders. Frontman for afro-jazz-punk-futurist groups Sons of Kemet and the Comet Is Coming, Hutchings delivers a more ominous offering on his second LP recorded with the Ancestors, […]
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1. The Heliocentrics – Infinity Of Now [Madlib Invazion] The London-based, genre-defying collective grace us with their tenth studio album, and their first on legendary hip-hop producer Madlib’s label. Slovakian singer Barbora Patkova incorporates her soulful vocals with a mind-bending sonic palate that The Heliocentrics are renowned for: a hypnotic brew of psychedelic funk and […]
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