Articles for 2010

December 29, 2010

Copywrite delivers his most personal album to date …

The last two years have seen Copywrite grow in technical and creative skill they have also seen Copywrite at his lowest. Tragedy and loss struck Copywrite first with the loss of his longtime friend and creative partner Camu Tao, then his mother and most r

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December 29, 2010

RF finally release their debut album …

The first 7inch single released in 2009 sold out instantly, creating a huge buzz and hunger for more. Alas the record was not to be repressed but the wait is finally over as RF finally release their debut album. The album starts with the aforementioned

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December 28, 2010

This is Afrodesia …

Jack Millman, aka Johnny Kitchen, had a hand in many interesting, obscure and highly collectible records from the 1960s and 1970s. Producing, composing, recording, editing, releasing, licensing - you name it, Millman did it. The records he touched had an

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December 28, 2010

“Psych-Funk Sa-Re-Ga (1970-83 from India)” covers the golden years of the psych funk movement…

Indian music has become a global musical language but its south Asian roots remain strong, diverse and local. As with our introductory anthology of this kind (Psych Funk 101 - WPFC 101) this anthology covers the "golden years" of the movement, from approx

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December 28, 2010

Hospital Records presents Hospitality Drum & Bass 2011 …

With over 50 separate club night dates across the globe in 2010, Hospitality is, as Mixmag puts it quite simply "the biggest thing in drum & bass". After the unprecedented success of the download only 2010 compilation, "Hospitality Drum & Bass 2011" bring

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December 27, 2010

Tony Cook is back to reality …

Tony got his start as James Brown's drummer (while still a teenager) as soon as he graduated from school. He drummed off and on for James as well as Etta James, all the while recording his own music that sounded nothing like either artist. A bunch of h

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December 27, 2010

Tony Cook

Upon its emergence in the early 1970s, disco was relatively harmless. It didn't cut itself, spit in your face, or try to split your skull open with a bass guitar. But it also adversely affected a number of long-standing traditions. Among them, pioneering

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December 27, 2010

Zero Cash

Zero Cash aka Fabian Stall was only 14 years old when he decided to dedicate his life to electronic music. He produced his first tracks on his father's computer using old-school tracker software, before he equipped his studio with synthesizers and drum co

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December 27, 2010

Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra meets the Hooked On Classics series …

Shawn Lee dons his Ping Pong Orchestra hat for an album inspired by the Hooked On Classics series of the early 1980s. This popular series of albums (arranged by Louis Clark of Electric Light Orchestra fame) took well-known classical pieces and gave them a

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December 27, 2010

“Supply For Demand” is the latest release from producer, DJ & MC Damu The Fudgemunk …

"Supply For Demand" is the latest release from producer/DJ/MC Damu The Fudgemunk. The title is a nod to his growing and loyal fanbase, whom this album caters to. Following the successful release of Damu's critically acclaimed instrumental LP, How It Shoul

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December 27, 2010

Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Hooked Up Classics (Ubiquity)

Shawn Lee dons his Ping Pong Orchestra hat for an album inspired by the Hooked On Classics series of the early 1980s. This popular series of albums (arranged by Louis Clark of Electric Light Orchestra fame) took well-known classical pieces and gave them a

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December 22, 2010

Staff Charts 2010

I figure it's been a pretty epic year for music and our beloved industry. Seriously, I've got very little to complain about. To sum it up, 2010 was full of blown speakers, sweaty "Old Desperate Bitch" t-shirts and the surprising comeback of stage diving.

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December 21, 2010

Various – Strictly The Best 42 (VP)

"Strictly The Best Vol. 42" features new and current 'singer's hits' focusing on the smoother side of the reggae scene. The STB series is known for featuring the newest hits first, and this year is no exception. Top talent, big hits, distinctive packag

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December 16, 2010

Crown Royale

Crown Royale, the group which pairs veteran Michigan emcee Buff1 with World Famous Beat Junkie DJ Rhettmatic made perfect sense from the start. The brainchild of DJ Haircut (aka Mayer Hawthorne) and A-Side Worldwide's own Jackson Perry, the pairing came t

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December 16, 2010

Art Bleek

Arthur Pochon (aka Art Bleek) started studying piano at age 6. He enrolled in the conservatory at age 9 to study saxophone and music theory. He graduated from the prestigious institution 12 years later. During his years of study, Arthur played in various

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December 16, 2010

Xinobi

Xinobi is Bruno Cardoso, a major in fine arts and a musical explorer by excellence. He has his roots in punk, rock and skateboarding but he also really likes disco and to dance. Over the past few years the mastermind from Portugal has developed his very o

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December 13, 2010

Crown Royale pairs Buff1 with DJ Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies …

Crown Royale pairs veteran Michigan emcee Buff1 with World Famous Beat Junkie, DJ Rhettmatic. The brainchild of DJ Haircut and A-Side Worldwide's JacksoN Perry, the pairing came to fruition after they were approached with an idea and discovered there was

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December 13, 2010

“Art Supplies” is the long awaited Loungin’ follow up by Art Bleek …

As an accomplished musician, Arthur Pochon (aka Art Bleek) has evolved and developed his production craft over the last ten years and his latest opus "Art Supplies" weaves elements of house, funk, soul, jazz, rare groove and more into a rich musical tapes

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December 13, 2010

The Brief Encounter – Special Release (Jazzman / Holy Grail Series)

The elusive and mysterious "Special Release" album by the Brief Encounter has eluded many an intrepid record collector over the years. Despite being a relatively well-known and highly-respected soul/funk band, their highly sought-after album on Seventy Se

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December 9, 2010

Richard Norris

Transcending musical genres, and then creating a new one is left to very few music producers, and to those individuals we owe a debt of gratitude - Richard Norris is one of the musical elite, who has done just that. After leaving school in the Home Counti

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December 9, 2010

Deluxe four CD set assembling the complete works recorded by Dennis Brown for Joe Gibbs …

A deluxe four CD set assembling the complete works recorded by Dennis Brown for legendary producer Joe Gibbs. The two classic albums "Visions" (1978) and "Words Of Wisdom" (1979) are complemented by two discs of 26 classic singles for the Joe Gibbs empire

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December 9, 2010

The music of Culture will live forever …

A deluxe four CD set assembling the complete works recorded by Culture for legendary producer Joe Gibbs. The three classic albums "Two Sevens Clash" (1977), "Baldhead Bridge" (1978) and "More Culture" (1981) are complemented by a fourth disc of non-album

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December 6, 2010

Black Van

Black Van is the coming together of KoweSix, usually standing tall with Moonbootica, and Kris Menace (Compuphonic). Independently of one another, they have chalked up countless singles, artist albums, mix compilations and remixes for various heavyweights.

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December 6, 2010

Intalek & Ritchcraft – Lives And Vibes (Jakarta Records)

Intalek, a rapper from Virginia, collaborated with Ritchcraft, a producer from Halifax, N.S. Canada and together they created their own vision of atmospherical independent hip hop, what is now known as "Lives And Vibes". An intimate interpretation of floa

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December 2, 2010

Artificial Intelligence

Hailing from North London, Artificial Intelligence are a production duo comprising of Zula Warner and Glenn Herweijer. Riding high on their early success they state their ethos as wanting "to spread our music to as many people as possible, that's the whol

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December 1, 2010

Reissue of exceptionally rare soul & funk LP by The Brief Encounter …

The elusive and mysterious "Special Release" album by the Brief Encounter has eluded many an intrepid record collector over the years. Despite being a relatively well-known and highly-respected soul/funk band, their highly sought-after album on Seventy Se

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December 1, 2010

Horsepower Productions return with their third album “Quest For The Sonic Bounty” …

Tempa are proud to announce the return of Horsepower Productions to Tempa, with their new album entitled "Quest For The Sonic Bounty". Horsepower Productions, alongside Zed Bias and El-B are considered as some of the original founders of dubstep and he

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December 1, 2010

The second “Shapes” compilation of 2010 …

The second Shapes compilation of 2010 - Tru Thoughts A&R Robert Luis treats you to a whopping 30 tracks from artists across the label's roster. The two disc collection includes more previously unreleased and exclusive cuts than ever, plus many that hav

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November 30, 2010

Concord Dawn

Nestled within what old-world Englishmen would call The Antipodes, New Zealand is truly an exceptional place. Taking huge pride in their native musicians, radio stations are bound by law to give over a fixed percentage of airtime to New Zealand artists. T

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November 30, 2010

Stevie Kotey has emerged from his winter hibernation with his new project Kotey Extra Band …

Alpha Bear Stevie Kotey has emerged from his winter hibernation with his entourage in tow. Yes folks, the Kotey Extra Band album is now upon us. The "Extra Band" project is a platform for our illustrious leader to partake in some fine collaborations with

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November 30, 2010

First Word Records are proud to present the debut album from Mike-L …

First Word Records are proud to present the debut album from Mike-L, the fantastic "On A Columbo Tip". Following on from other First Word releases this year, Mike-L has crafted an album that shares the dusty-fingered, crate-digging sound of Herma Puma wit

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November 30, 2010

Shawn Lee presents an album inspired by the Hooked On Classics series …

Shawn Lee dons his Ping Pong Orchestra hat for an album inspired by the Hooked On Classics series of the early 1980s. This popular series of albums (arranged by Louis Clark of Electric Light Orchestra fame) took well-known classical pieces and gave them a

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November 30, 2010

Break

Acquiring a love for the breakbeat through jazz and funk records, Break took to the drums at a young age, learning piano along the way and taking to the turntables at the age of fourteen before progressing to his own productions at sixteen. Crisp breaks,

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November 29, 2010

Sascha Dive

Whenever dance music threatens to become a preserve of the elderly, a ray of light appears on the horizon. At the moment, that shining beacon is Sascha Dive, a scarily young Frankfurt-based producer in charge of the label Deep Vibes Recordings, currently

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November 29, 2010

Israel Vibration – Reggae Knights (Mediacom)

With over 30 years in the business here's the welcome return of the legendary harmony vocal group in rasta reggae roots music! The new longplayer was recorded at Jimmy Cliff's Studio (Sun Power), and the musicians backing the 14 tracks of "Reggae Knights"

November 26, 2010

Concord Dawn’s new album provides a rich tapestry of tastes and flavours across the drum & bass spectrum …

Nestled within what old-world Englishmen would call The Antipodes, New Zealand is truly an exceptional place. Taking huge pride in their native musicians, radio stations are bound by law to give over a fixed percentage of airtime to New Zealand artists.

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November 26, 2010

Break is set to raise the bar again …

Following on from the release of his "Symmetry" LP, Break is set to raise the bar again this December with a second LP, "Resistance", released on his own label Symmetry Recordings. Break launched Symmetry Recordings in 2006, honing and refining his sou

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November 26, 2010

Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – from Lagos to Leeds with love …

Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra formed in late 2007 when members of the Kidkanevil live show and First Word stalwarts Homecut began a series of late night afrobeat sessions at Leeds jazz venue Sela Bar. It was out of these jam sessions that the 8 piece band was

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November 25, 2010

Lyrics Born

Lyrics Born has gone about the creation of his latest effort "As U Were" in a less-than-conventional manner. One defining characteristic of his sound thus far has been that it can be described as unequivocally fun, and this remains true of "As U Were". Ho

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November 22, 2010

Kasper Bjørke

After more than a decade as a fulltime producer and DJ, Copenhagen based Kasper Bjørke has released his music on labels like hfn Music, Plant Music, Fine, Thugfucker, We Love This and V2 Records – and even more labels are to be added in the upcoming mo

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