Tuxedo // July

The best news in this overflowing river of bad news is that Tuxedo are back in business! Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One have dropped a short and sweet EP of their signature boogie bangers. We love the title track ‘Fux With The Tux’ (obviously) but at the same time we can’t resist a good old slow jam. So here is the hot ‘July’. Check out the whole EP.

Ollie

Mullally // Wonderful

Bubbling to the top of my most played tracks in recent weeks is this new track from Mullally. ‘Wonderful’ brilliantly kicks off with a contemporary shuffle groove that drags you into a big chorus and spits you out for a jazz nerd modulating key change. It’s modern production mixed with classic soulful songwriting. Big fan. And the Internet tells me Mullally is originally from Norfolk. It’s not often you read that.

Quite a ‘zesty neo-soul’ statement from Mullally. Looking forward to listening to what comes next.

Ollie

Dionisio Maio // Dia Ja Manche

Analog Africa have done it again and located an absolute treasure trove of undiscovered gems all the way on Cabo Verde, 350 miles off the cost of West Africa. They managed to unearth a bumper collection of electronic dance floor grooves packed and extraterrestrial synths that had gone relatively unheard for decades.

Word has it that a ship packed with synths Baltimore 1968 bound for Rio De Janeiro, the first major showcase of electronic equipment and gadgets in South America. But the ship went missing and appeared off the coast of Cape Verde three months later like it had fallen from the skies. The cargo ended up in storage in a local church, no use to a community without electricity. As electricity became more widespread in the 70s and 80s a cosmic funk scene developed. Great story – even if it isn’t quite true!

They’ve given us a taste of what to expect in this exciting compilation with Dionisio Maio’s ‘Dia Ja Manche’. Full on funky banger with scratching guitar, cutting synths and harmonised vocal hooks. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the release and dig into this music. I spent most of 2015 listening to William Onyeabor so I’m looking forward to making my 2016 about Space Echo and cosmic funk.

Ollie