The second full length offering from Anchorsong – AKA Tokyo-born, London-based electronic artist Masaaki Yoshida – came out last week on Tru Thoughts and I’ve had it on rotation all week. Ceremonial is an album that, quite literally, wears its African influences on its (record) sleeve.
‘Last Feast’ is a standout track from the album for me. Yoshida’s minimalist production works so well in combination with the playful vocal sample that builds with catchy marimba lines and swirling organs straight out of the West Africa of the 1970s. Full on marimba fun.
It’s eclectic genre-hopping stuff and very Tru Thoughts. Check out some Clap Clap if you want more big African inspired production and if thats all a bit heavy check out ‘Butterflies‘ – one of the lighter and jazzier tracks on Ceremonial.
Manchester producer Werkha has dropped his next single following 2014’s ‘Beacons EP’. After seeing him perform live, supporting Genre Confused firm favourite Chet Faker, we were keen for some new music from him. The new single ‘Dusk’ does not disappoint.
‘Dusk’ has a really beautiful down-tempo feel with lush strings and picked bass anchoring the soulful vocal of Bryony Jarman-Pinto (of Sidesteppin‘ fame). Its that great combination of jazz-tinged swing and subtle production touches that we love. Chilled grooving goodness. Keep your ears firmly pointed towards the superb Tru Thoughts for the full LP release. If these first tracks are anything to go by then it should be a very special record.
This track from recent Tru Thoughts signing J-Felix is an wonderful 80s melting pot. And why the hell not. Sharp drum machines, fuzzy electo bass and woozy vocals make you feel like you’re driving along a sunny Californian beach. Or what I imagine that might feel like.
I’m still constantly listening to Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe and its that sort of sound that I hear and love in this EP. Looking forward to hearing what comes next for J-Felix. Tru Thoughts know. They just know.
Waves is a new compilation series profiling the best in cutting-edge electronic music with tracks from forward-thinking labels such as Black Butter Records, Future Classic, Tru Thoughts, Bad Life, and Numerology Records. Waves, Vol.1 is mixed by fast-rising producer and all around funny man, Murder He Wrote. Murder He Wrote winds through blissful electronic beats from Lost Midas, Fakear, Sailor & I, Qtier, and Pyrénées, before he steps up the groove with cuts from Lucatwana, Bodhi and heavier hitters from Black Butter’s Gorgon City, Eats Everything and Kidnap Kid. Check out this sampler featuring a couple of tracks from the compilation. Definitely a Genre Confused favourite, especially because everyone will find something they will like. Em