Zara McFarlaneArtist: Zara McFarlane
Release: If You Knew Her
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Genre: Jazz – Contemporary

This wonderful new album by Zara is already being received as the UK jazz album of the year by many. Recorded for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, ‘If You Knew Her’ is a more ambitious collection that draws from many more influences: from the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.

 

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sonny WhartonArtist:  Sonny Wharton
Release: Pandemonium
Label: Skint records
Genre: Dance – House

Sonny Wharton offers his follow up to Raindance, an old school dance floor banger ‘Pandemonium’ supported by Fatboy Slim, Kiss FM, Piemont, My Digital Enemy, Freemasons, Mihalis Safras and many more. Pandemonium launches into the year with that familiar sense of euphoria lifted from the piano riff, whilst opposing vocals battle it out between the sexual balearic warmth provided from the female, and the earthy electro touch from the robotic vox. A great start to what is set out to be a very promising year for Wharton.

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Melvin TaylorArtist: Melvin Taylor
Release: Plays the Blues for You
Label: Isabel Records
Genre: Blues – Chicago Blues

He may well be the most talented guitarist to come along since Stevie Ray Vaughan. Melvin’s unique sound and outstanding performance skills continue to thrill and entertain audiences around the globe. Originally recorded in 1984, ‘Plays the Blues for You’ is a cult blues album of the Chicago based “volcanic guitarist” (New York Times) – Featuring Lucky Peterson.

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animal ChukiArtist: Animal Chuki
Release: Capicúa
Label: ZZK Records
Genre: Dance

ZZK Records, one of Latin America’s most innovative and exciting record labels, is putting Peru’s underground on blast with the release of Animal Chuki’s debut release, ‘Capaciu EP’. After years of releasing music from Argentina, all the while tediously scouting the rest of the continent (and world) for those experimenting the most daringly with Latintronica, ZZK Records is proud to introduce Peru’s Animal Chuki. 

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