anushka kissesArtist: Anushka
Release: Kisses  
Label: Brownswood Recordings 
Genre: Dance 

“If there was ever a definitive sonic interpretation of a massive sugar rush, then “Kisses” is undoubtedly it.” – Noisey/Vice

Anushka’s 3rd single ‘Kisses’ taken from their debut album Broken Circuit will be out on the 19th of January. The package will include this version with Trim and a remix from Dark0.

Brighton-based duo Anushka consist of Max Wheeler on the production and Victoria Port delivering sweet soulful vocals to the mix, culminating in a classic British concoction of jazz-inflected heady dance floor thrills. While Victoria’s melodies bring the sweetness, the tracks have the low-end weight to please DJ mavens like Karizma and Brackles on Rinse and Moxie and Annie Mac on Radio 1. Describing their sound as “vocal bass music from the future”, Anushka’s sound is firmly pushing boundaries of dance music, without forgetting past influences, as DJ MAG aptly put it; “playfully subverting the pop formula with modern electronic sensibilities Anushka remain both accessible and interesting.”

The duo took Europe by storm in summer 2014, performing at festivals all over the continent including Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in Sète, France and Soundwave Festival in Croatia. Showcasing a number of incredibly soulful electronic tracks from their debut album “Broken Circuit”, Victoria Port’s sweet vocals alongside Max Wheeler’s expertly playful blending of jazz inflected beats all has the recipe for a great live show.

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orlando juliusArtist: Orlando Julius 

Release: Back to My Roots: The Very Best of Orlando Julius 
Label: Orlando Julius Afro House of High Life 
Genre:  World – African 

Orlando Julius is one of the heroes of Nigerian music. A saxophonist, singer and songwriter, he began fusing African influences with American R&B and soul in the 60s, and was a major influence on Fela Kuti and Afrobeat.

After serving an apprenticeship in Dr I.K. Dairo’s band Julius formed his own band, Orlando Julius and His Modern Aces and made his mark by being one of the first artists to blend the multiple guitars & horns of highlife with American R&B and soul. His sound, which laid the groundwork for the popularization of ‘afropop,’ was cooked up at his club residency in Ibadan, Nigeria during the 1960s and mastered in his 1966 Super Afro Soul LP. Following the rapturous reception of that album in his homeland, his success began to grow and he managed to obtain a record deal with Polydor Records to record across Germany, London and Switzerland. After returning to Nigeria, OJ famously met and performed with The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in 1969, with both men making a firm impact on each other’s sound. In 1974, OJ moved to the States where he would begin a new chapter with a new band called Umoja. During the 70’s and 80’s, OJ collaborated with international stars including Hugh Masekela, Lamont Dozier, and The Crusaders.

Despite all this Orlando’s music went largely unnoticed on the international stage, that is until the year 2000, when ‘Super Afro Soul’ re-released by UK label Strut to widespread acclaim. Crate-digger Frank Gossner followed with a repress of OJ’s 1972 album ‘Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders’ on his own Voodoo Funk label. Since then, Orlando has embarked on numerous tours all over the world and in early 2014, UK psych-jazz band The Heliocentrics brought him to their studio in North London, where they backed him in a series of recordings that became the acclaimed album ‘Jaiyede Afro’, released in September 2014 on Strut.

Ahead of his 2015 European tour OJ has compiled original recordings of many of his best tunes for this best of compilation.

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meat waveArtist: Meat Wave 

Release: Brother 
Label: Brace Yourself Records 
Genre: Punk

“An invigorating blast of sleazy, snarling noise punk” – The Guardian – November 2014

“…will have you seeking to mosh at the soonest convenience.” – The Line of Best Fit

Meet MEAT WAVE, a Chicago trio who play insanely catchy punk rock. The band’s chemistry between Chris Sutter (vocals, guitar), Joe Gac (bass) and Ryan Wizniak (drums) propels their songs with undeniable force and charisma. ‘Brother’ is a raw, under-two-minute romp and the video’s stuttering images echo the song’s claustrophobia & restlessness. ‘Brother’ is backed here on the ‘Brother EP’ by 6 other slices of crucial pop-punk, including the vicious, swaggering ‘Sham King’.

Sutter, Gac and Wizniak found each other in 2011, all twenty-something participants of the local Chicago scene. The three released a self-titled album in 2012 with the help of Hawthorne Street Records (home to Pelican, Sweet Cobra & others). Meat Wave’s sinister bass lines, maniac drumming and fuzzed out guitars draw from influential post-punk bands like Hot Snakes as well as Chicago pillars Jesus Lizard and Naked Raygun.

As one fan described them on Bandcamp earlier in 2014, Meat Wave are “snotty and radical and explosive – like sneezing while eating pizza”. Chow down!

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j felixArtist: J-Felix 
Release: 101 Reasons 
Label: Tru Thoughts 
Genre: Dance 

Out 19th January 2015, “101 Reasons” is the debut release from new signing J-Felix on Tru Thoughts. The digital single lifts the lid on three addictive tracks with a heavy ‘80s funk lilt and a dubby rhythmic driving force, showcasing the sound of this Brighton based producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist as he works on his full LP.

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