After releasing the Bernauer Strasse Shuffle EP last month, the Berlin-via-Australia producer Jad & The carries on with with his creative output, dropping another 4-track project. Bells Creek Road is full of deep and hazy vibes that will transport you to the back room of a smokey jazz bar.
Porto-based label Tooli Créme doesn’t follow pure concepts, aiming to release sounds that are raw, primitive and rough around the edges by nature. On their fourth EP, named Tooli Sande Systema, the label invites four Porto producers to give their unique twist to some of their favorite samples and records.
New wax from Distant Hawaii coming on friday. Mystery man, Mood J returns to the London-based label to drop Looking Further, Looking Forward. Blending a mixture of groovy house and twinkling melodies, dusty terrace bangers and lush synth lines, the 4-track EP flows through soulful moments of deep joy.
Influenced by a fusion of jazz, 80's boogie, world music, italo house, balearic beats and funk, the debut album from the italian quintet Aura Safari is a sublime mix of various individual tastes, backgrounds and different musical eras.
On three tracks, the Blacks & Blues project is faithful to the highest standards defined by the 2000Black label, in charge of the release. Wonderfully written and performed by Obenewa, accompanied by the absolute groove of instrumentals and production from Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
With two original tracks that exemplify the ever-evolving progression of Sivey’s sonics, his new EP released through CoOp Presents, reflects his orientation around jazz and obscure ‘70s fusion records, with a love for the resurgent broken beat movement.
Fusing no-wave dance punk, afro-latin rhythms and space disco in eight tracks, The Mauskovic Dance Band releases a surprising debut LP through Soundway Records. The eponymous album blends elements of ‘70s and ‘80s legacy of afro-latin psychedelic music.
Inspired by and dedicated to Tompkins Square Park, in New York City, Omena label boss Tooli delivers three tracks rotating on deep house and nu jazz themes. The Swedish producer achieves a vibrating and consistent project, deeply influenced by jazz elements.
With another high-karat-gold EP, Ben Hauke returns with Gettin Twisted, released through Nervous Records. Composed by four pure house bangers, full of soul influences, this one goes straight to the best dance floors.
Continuing the incredible amount of brilliant releases from March, this month’s playlist carries on a eclectic note. Our favorite songs from every artist that we showcased during April are included, making this playlist another personal journey through what we’ve been into.
Nejrup, a Copenhagen-based newcomer, is releasing his debut EP this week. Manda merges contemporary house with space-age jazz & broken beat and his backed a trademark remix from London soul stalwart K15.
A reference in the modern beatmaking scene, hailing their light from France towards the entire world, La Fine Equipe - the joint project of Blanka, oOgo, Chomsky and Mr. Gib - steps forward into the craft of its members to release the impressive 5th Season LP.
Salin Records, a platform for art and electronic music run by the Salin couple, sets out to serve up a 4-track EP as Christophe Salin produces You Took My Love - a modern take on the theme of melancholy, effortlessly switching between jazz, house and trip-hop themes.
Hailing from Strasbourg, Dope Tones Records is an independent label, coming out with a smooth approach to the broken beat vibes. With two EP’s released in one month, they introduce us to two new producers and their respective debut projects: FUN GRiD by Syncop73; and STRAS by 67100.
Launched in 2018, with two EPs, Broken District continues to explore alternative music styles with the third installment of its VA series. On its 03 edition, the series is composed by six tracks, each one of them produced by different artists. Jus Jam and Momla, the label’s co-founders, return, accompanied by Leon Revol, Setwun, Duktus & ODC Live Band and Turbojazz.
March is typically a month, in which, an overwhelming amount of great music is released. As the great work of independent artists and labels further spans worldwide, it is truly remarkable the amount of original, creative and groovy inputs we are constantly receiving at o sótão.
Bobby Donny head Frits Wentink is back with the third edition of his BODOX - vinyl only - remix/edit series, serving up four more tracks of pure dancefloor ecstasy. The Amsterdam-based house hero keeps his unmistakable approach into the world of fuzzy synths and drunk organs, all drenched in his ever so dusty grooves.
The electronic vibes created by the french duo Nikitch & Kuna Maze roam around the influences of jazz, downbeat and hip hop, with an evident love for broken-beat. Mush, their new EP, is an animated opus of moods, with a crispy groove throughout the five tracks that compose it.
Co-producing the influential Hiatus Kaiyote collective, Clever Austin (born Perrin Moss) has his debut album released through Touching Bass. Pareidolia is a genre-bending sonic and emotive trip with virtuosic, percussive groove at its core.
Based at opposite corners of the earth right now, distance doesn’t seem to be an issue, as 2XM’s partnership signature lush and jazzy sound pays a smooth tribute to the more gentle tunes of the mid-2000’s, pre deep-house era.
Following last year’s collaborative EP with Jenna Camille Pedro returns with another jazzy release through Wolf Music Recordings. She Is EP flows effortlessly in a canvas of modern jazz and electronic vibes, with piano keys floating over a rugged aesthetic.
Released through Esencia, Forgotten Ones is the new album from the experimental London-based quintet Culross Close, led by master K15 (a.k.a. Kieron Ifill). Following Home, released in 2016, the new project further delves into the band’s experimentation on ambiance, electronic and jazz elements.
Words Can’t Explain is the result of a fruitful collaboration between Hidden Spheres trademark blend of jazz and house music with the guitar, voice and touch of Oscar Jerome. It’s the continuation of both artists stellar discography, this time with Church’s stamp on it.
Having produced records for legendary names like Azymuth, Marcos Valle, Terry Callier, Incognito, and most recently Ivan 'Mamão' Conti's Poison Fruit, Daniel Maunick steps forward with his debut dance release under the high-karat-gold seal of Far Out Recordings: A Vicious Circle.
Known for his deft, soulful hip hop production, 14KT has broadened his palate for his First Word Records debut, releasing The Power of Same featuring Muhsinah and remixes from Kaidi Tatham. This is the first offering from his upcoming jazz-influenced project IAMABEENIE, to be released in the forthcoming months.
Pinty has risen to considerable prominence within the South London musical community. City Limits refers, in its sonic signature, to the unstoppable London movement of creativity, traversing hip hop, house, UKG, jazz and darker electronic sounds with ease.
February was rich in anthems that we will hear far beyond this month. We composed a playlist of 50 tracks to summarize the best ingredients we were able to use on this special cocktail. Eclectic as always: jazz, electronic, hip hop and soul music from all over the world.
Over the past years, with an impressive discography, the Chaos In The CBD brothers have been able to mark themselves out as one of the most eminent underground duos to emerge out of the South Pacific. Their new EP - Orange Blank / Green Dove - has a slow and smooth build up with an intense but mellow peak that just goes on and on.
Following on from 2013's acclaimed La Beat Tape, the Parisian duo Souleance return for 2019 with French Cassette, released by First Word Records, and composed by 27 tracks that play like they were part of each other, part of a superior piece of musical knowledge and groove.