Artist: Typesun
Release: The PL
Label: Root Elevation
Genre: Electronic

Deep, minimal, underground soul music from Bristol’s Typesun, this time featuring vocals from a man who would rather keep his identity on the down low for now. Already a firm favourite with some serious soul heads world-wide, ‘The PL’ has grabbed the attention of such luminaries as Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Mr Scruff and Pete Tong to name a few. Cryptic but emotive lyrics are set across an expansive instrumental that remains deceptively simple throughout, a huge part of the piece’s charm resting in it’s tension, which never quite releases…

File alongside Dilla, D’Angelo and Dwele – another hint of the diversity and depth of Typesun’s forthcoming debut LP. The remix treatment comes from Behling & Simpson, another of the city’s hardest working production teams who have been making huge moves throughout 2012 with killer releases on the burgeoning Futureboogie imprint. Known to have something of a penchant for a catchy R&B vocal, the duo leave the subtlety of the original behind and flip the whole thing on it’s head in a whirlwind of low-slung, jacking, slow-mo house.

Gilles Peterson – “Feeling Typesun, love ‘The PL’. One to Watch!”

 

 

 

Artist: Batida
Release: Alegria EP
Label: Soundway Records
Genre: Electronic

Angolan / Portuguese Batida is back with the Alegria EP, the second remix laden offshoot single from his debut LP released early this year. Mixing the syncopated, synthetic rhythms of kuduro with elements of classic 1970s semba and congolese-influenced guitar licks Batida’s creator Pedro Coquenão and others have extended and re-worked three of the best album cuts. Batida had a recent Boiler Room gig and the release has been supported by the likes of  BBC Radio 1 (B Traits), BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, and XFM (John Kennedy).

 

 

 

Artist: The Carter Bros
Release: Metropolitan
Label: Tsuba Records
Genre: Electronic

Quality cross-genre full length album from The Carter Bros on the mighty Tsuba Records. Australian siblings Tim and Gavin Carter have created their own sonic bubble far away from trends and hipsters in the Northern Hemisphere, and Metropolitan brings together their myriad of influences. Their sample-inspired long player crosses genres and styles from funk to techno via house and disco, as their own production takes lead from their crate-digging heritage in adopted Adelaide, as if re-imagining The Avalanches had they chosen house music over hip-hop.

 

 

 

Artist: Amalia
Release: Makings Of
Label: Tokyo Dawn Records
Genre: Electronic

TDR throws you head first into the deep end of Amalia’s growth as an artist. Time shifting back and forth, tumbling towards funk ecstasy, a soulful quest to find her true-self through lost releases and cosmic connections. Reflecting on lust, hope and heartbreak, we experience a confidence exuding her debut ‘Art Slave’. Amalia opens wider and battles her intrinsic obsession with freedom, collaborating with a worldwide underground of artists from Detroit to Senegal. Breaking out, she tries to fly outside her comfort zone to challenge any pre-conceived notions of what true love and funk may be.