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Since Miriam Aïda’s successful album Meu Brasil, recorded with some of Rio de Janeiro´s finest musicians, she has continued to explore the Brazilian music in its different facets with the devoted musicians in this group. On Letras ao Brasil the Swedish dreamy and romantic melodies are given a new flow and a natural sounding smoothness with the beautiful Brazilian- Portuguese language. Miriam presents an intimate setting with voice, acoustic guitar and percussion who delivers the dynamic variation from a gentle whisper to the carnival-feeling of Rio and expressive Afro-Samba from Bahia. Letras ao Brasil contains new-written poetry in Portuguese by highly acclaimed Brazilian poets Guilem Rodrigues da Silva and Etel Frota.

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Freedom, Rhythm and Sound Soul Jazz Records are proud to present this amazing collection of sleeves from the deepest, deepest jazz music ever – compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.

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ROLAND SCHWARZ RELEASES THE CRUNCH EP “The Crunch“ leads you into a world, where Jazz and House are unified like it never has been different. A homogenic backtrack with a ruff electro-bassline carries a saxophone solo which dances into extasy – and takes you with it. Remixes on the EP come from UK producer Diesler, bringing a deep nu jazz dancefloor feel along side a sublime remix from Schwarz’s label mate Parov Stelar. Get it here.

La Troba Kung-Fú Coming to the U.K. Direct from Barcelona La Troba Kung-Fú returnlogocartro2 to London after making their UK debut at this year’s La Linea festival. Troba Kung-Fú were formed by singer and accordionist Joan Garriga from the ashes of another great Barcelona band, Dusminguet. Troba Kung-Fú’s innovation has been to weld Colombian cumbia to the dance rhythms of gypsy Rumba Catalana, seasoned with dub to deliver a manic and electrifying live show. The band are stepping off their November regional UK tour with soulmates Ojos de Brujo to play this headline show. Russ Jones the Hackney Globetrotter spices the night with a set of cumbia cuts and mestizo platters.

Drum Poems Verse 2Drum Poems, Verse 2 Welcome to ‘Drumpoems Verse 2’, a selection of tracks created by Zurich’s Drumpoet Community and compiled by label head-honchos Alex Dallas and Ron Shiller. Drawing heavily on the Alpine backdrop of their home city and its relaxed vibe, the artists have assembled a selection of exclusive tracks and one-off edits to reflect the rhythm of Zurich and it’s cosmopolitan feel. Essentially it’s music with soul – but don’t think vocals – it’s about the depth of the electronic music, and how, when executed with the panache of this group of Zoorichans, it moves your body and soul. Friends of the community were happy to lend a hand on the album, and so we find brand new tracks from Cavalier, The Lost Men, Langenberg, Quarion, Kawabata, Azuni, Hunch a previously unreleased track from DC and special Edits from Manuel Tur & Dplay, Soultourist and Crowdpleaser & Ly Sander.

468095Silk Road Ensemble Off The Map Over the years, the Silk Road Ensemble has evolved from a group of strangers, brought together by artistic director Yo-Yo Ma, into a close-knit band of friends. On November 10, World Village presents Off the Map, a testament to that transformation, as the Silk Road Project celebrates its 10th anniversary. Featuring compositions by Gabriela Frank, Angel Lam, Evan Ziporyn and Osvaldo Golijov and the playing of such renowned superstars as Kayhan Kalhor, Wu Man, Cristina Pato and Wu Tong, the Ensemble’s collective spirit shines through, proving great things can happen when strangers meet. The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of approximately sixty internationally renowned musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers from more than twenty countries. Each ensemble member’s career illustrates a unique response to what is one of the artistic challenges of our times: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition. Click HERE to stream the full album.

SVEDKA_pod_600x600SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Podcast The first edition of Giant Step’s podcast series, hosted by Benji B of Deviation on BBC 1Xtra, features a variety of artists and emerging acts from around the globe, crossing genres from soul to hip hop, electronica, dubstep, rock and much more. The SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Podcast represents the best soon-to-be-released, just released and unreleased music. In the first of the series, Benji B highlights the music of Kylie Auldlist, Silky, Silhouette Brown, Wale, The Hawthorne Headhunters, Kareem Riggins and The Pimps of Joytime. Enjoy the sounds of 2033 and stay tuned for next month for the second installment here.

New Releases Bugz In The Attic Got The Bug 2 The Follow up to their original remix album. Got The Bug 2 is an even more perplexing look at the world of ‘Broken Beat’. This time featuring remixes of highly regarded artists such as Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx, Roisin Murphy and Soul II Soul. +++ Ralf GUM & Monique Bingham return! GOGO Music, Ralf GUM and Monique Bingham are responsible for ‘Kissing Strangers’, the biggest soulful house tune of 2008. And their new track “Little W. 12th St.” is another unparalleled outing with both Monique Bingham living up to her reputation as one of the scene’s finest lyricists and Ralf GUM as one of its most outstanding producers. Listen here

scr_84756_300Next up from Los Angeles’ Supa Crucial label is the new single “Ultra Light,” by The Angel. The track features the amazing vocals of Jhelisa and was recorded while Jhelisa was on a visit to Los Angeles. Also recently released on Supa Crucial, “Supa Crucial Downtempo Remixes and Rarities” compiled by The Angel. Compiled by The Angel with tracks from her Supa Crucial Recordings label featuring vocalists Mystic, Tre Hardson, Navigator and Divine Styler along with remixes by Divine Styler, Ming+FS, Spearhead, DJ Drez, Headset, Dread Flimstone and The Angel. More info. here

Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing

Part II

The second installment in the five part “Strange Breaks & Things” series contains superb songs; some you’ve probably never heard of, some which may make you go: “I recognize this sample!”…because it was once used as the backdrop for a classic Hip Hop track. If you liked the legendary “Strange Games” compilation series on BBE compiled by the likes of Kenny Dope & DJ Spinna, you’ll love “Strange Breaks & Mr Thing II”

Release Date: October 27

Julien Dyne

Pins & Digits EP

Best known for his work with Fat Freddy’s Drop, this is Julien’s first worldwide release. Taken from the album of the same name,Julien has created a blend of Jazz-Electronica with a hip-hop background leaving it impossible to define as any one genre.




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