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77 karat gold grooveman spot sauce81 love memories in the rain soul

A good colloboration is like gold. Hard to find and of great value. Grooveman Spot and Sauce81, both hailing from Japan, decided to team up and release a double-sided 7″ under the name 77 Karat Gold on Jazzy Sport. The title track “Love” is a beautiful, mellow Soul song slighty reminiscent of some old unreleased Dwele material from 2001. Let us remind you we l o v e that ish! Already available in Japan and in stores worldwide on November 15th. Juno and Rush Hour might be your best bet in Europe.

julien dyne december wonderful noise bbe

One of our favorite Japanese labels, Wonderful Noise, has released it’s 31st release. And it’s a big one at that! Release no. 31 is Julien Dyne‘s third album “December”. The New Zealander has really outdone himself again this time and comes harder than a slab of concrete. Bangin’ beats with some vocal additions from Mara TK, Parks, She’s So Rad and Dalziel complete the circle. Watch for the imited 8-track EP and note that BBE will also release this one later this year. All in all…a definite cop!


Music / Soul / Video

Our buddy Mr. Speak was kind enough to get us hip to the collective known as Snarky Puppy. Check out a video of their song “Something” performed live with miss Lalah Hathaway.

omega supreme records raw silk volume one modern funk

Boy do we have something funky for you. Just feast your ears on Omega Supreme Records‘ first installment of it’s “Raw Silk” compilation. The first one features eight Modern Funk track from Bus Crates 16-bit Ensemble, K-Maxx, East Liberty Quarters, Benedek, Sasac, Turquoise Summers and our very own Dutch producer Henning! Get your digital freak on or just go old school and order yourself some limited edition vinyl or pop a cassette in your tapedeck.

rojai & e-live hardpressed funk

As mentioned before, I met Rojai & E-Live during my visit to San Francisco earlier this month. Eli is a bit of a nutty professor, while Rojai is that smooth cat like Heathcliff. These Bay area funksters released their “Hardpressed” EP earlier this year and recently featured on the Tempo Dreams Vol. 2 compilation. Make sure you check out their project on iTunes as well as on limited edition 12-inch vinyl.

reggie b dna tokyo dawn records funk

Today we invite you to take a listen to Reggie B‘s brand new album out on Tokyo Dawn Records. Take a whiff of his musical “DNA”, a personal testament of his unique funk. Now Reggie is not alone on this space odyssey and gets some backup from fellow funkateers such as B. Bravo, DJ Spinna, Kan Sano, Onra, Salva, 00genesis and more.



Multi-talent Mark de Clive-Lowe is currently raising funds to record and release his 11th (!) studio album “CHURCH”. Taking the concept from his popular clubnight by the same name, the album will find him collaborating with a variety of contemporary artists from jazz musicians to hip-hop greats.

To accompany the campaign, MdCL started a brand new video series of one take solo performances displaying the essence of his live process. I’m proud to premiere the latest in the series, in which Mark creates an uptempo broken beat influenced track from scratch. Make sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign which runs until Tuesday November 12th!

black milk no poison no paradise

Black Milk has a new album out entitled “No Poison No Paradise”. We gave it a quick listen and found it rather enjoyable at times. With songs such as Chords and Parallels featuring Ab, Mr. Milk manages to create some neck snappage. The cherry on top accoring to us is “Sonny Jr. (Dreams)” featuring Robert Glasper & Dwele G, so get some Poison on iTunes.