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On a Saturday morning at the start of November 2013, First Word Records took 3 of our favourite producers out of London to spend the day browsing through the vinyl shelves of the biggest record nerd we know - the incomparable Mr Thing. This was the culmination of an idea that first manifested itself on Record Store Day 2012. Like most ideas it was a natural conclusion to a conversation about records and music - kidkanevil had expressed a desire to dig through Mr Thing’s sizeable collection for some inspiration. Chatting to Mr Thing it seemed unfair to limit this to only one producer - Tall Black Guy and Eric Lau were top of our wish list. So - a double 7” (Mr Thing would make a beat too - they are his records after all) in time for Record Store Day 2013 (yes, we’re a year late). There was however one stipulation about the records from the usually mild-mannered Mr Thing:
‘The guys can sample anything they like, but Nothing Leaves The House….’
And who were we to argue…..
The result is four tracks that celebrate our love for record digging, sample chopping and the simple love of a dope beat.

Out April 22 on Juno

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Illustration/ Lee Hodges (http://www.leeho.co.uk/)


If you were wondering why there hadn’t been much action from Panama Cardoon and the Carnibal Records stable recently, here’s your answer.
After a few years of booties and remixes on such labels as Resense, Bombastic Jam and Danny Massure’s Spring Strut, Carnibal one half Cardoon is releasing his debut LP ‘Hasta La Wiggle’ on which he gives full rein to his twin loves of latin breaks and reggae beats.
While there might be no surprises in terms of the sort of content to be found on ‘Hasta La Wiggle’ though, you might raise an eyebrow at its brevity - thirty nine minutes is hardly an odyssey. Yet the canny Athenian manages to squeeze in ten tracks and still leave you wanting more. Highlights include - well - most of it to be honest but
especially reggae reboot ‘Upnaked’, the centrepiece of ‘Don’t Let Me Know’ (massive bashment beat, cheeky rhyme from BnC and a super catchy female hook), the fat latin breaks on ‘El Ausente’, retro laundry-anthem ‘Dubbydeo’ and the dubbed-out ‘Besame’ complete with west coast psychedelic trimmings.
Most similar to efforts by fellow travellers Daytoner and Andy Taylor this is a shoe-in to appeal to a similar audience.
Hasta la wiggle, baby!

(Tony Lansdowne - April 2014/ monkeyboxing.com/ Mako & The Hawk)

On a Saturday morning at the start of November 2013, First Word Records took 3 of our favourite producers out of London to spend the day browsing through the vinyl shelves of the biggest record nerd we know - the incomparable Mr Thing. This was the culmination of an idea that first manifested itself on Record Store Day 2012. Like most ideas it was a natural conclusion to a conversation about records and music - kidkanevil had expressed a desire to dig through Mr Thing’s sizeable collection for some inspiration. Chatting to Mr Thing it seemed unfair to limit this to only one producer - Tall Black Guy and Eric Lau were top of our wish list. So - a double 7” (Mr Thing would make a beat too - they are his records after all) in time for Record Store Day 2013 (yes, we’re a year late).

There was however one stipulation about the records from the usually mild-mannered Mr Thing:

‘The guys can sample anything they like, but Nothing Leaves The House….’
And who were we to argue…..

The result is four tracks that celebrate our love for record digging, sample chopping and the simple love of a dope beat.

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Unapologetic and often outspoken, Elliphant has lived all over the world, including the streets of India as a teenager, and it’s exactly these unique life experiences that have led her to create such powerful material in the studio.

Elliphant’s ‘Look Like You Love It’ EP features a superstar cast of producers including DJ/producer extraordinaires Skrillex, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Dr. Luke and Diplo.

The first single off the EP ‘Revolusion’ embodies Elliphant’s undeniable edge and desire to shake things up amongst an already complacent generation and is exactly what sets her apart from other female artists who dominate the charts.

Watch the Revolusion Music Video @ http://youtu.be/QTRGx6kv3ps

Taking her new material on the road, Elliphant will be performing live in Brooklyn and Los Angeles in April and plans to tour more cities this summer.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/18 – Echo – Los Angeles, LA

Produced and Mixed by A.C and Billboard for Prescription Songs

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Munich’s Drunken Masters are on the move, and have been crafting some ferocious remixes that have seen support from a list DJs. This duo are in the middle of ramping up for their second Hour Of Power tape, which features more than a dozen edits and remixes, as well as an original with Willy Joy and a stack of other bangers. They graciously handed off their bootleg of OWSLA artist David Heartbreak‘s “Acid Youths,” which takes a vibey tune and gives it a bit of a punch with moombahton and vibe feels. It’s available for free download, and best believe we will be following up when their mixtape drops on April 21.

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Zara McFarlane – Open Heart
Swindle, Diggs Duke & Alex Session Remixes
Brownswood Recordings
Released Digitally 28th April
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Echoes of Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald shimmer at the margins, along with the sound of a rising talent claiming new ground of her own. LA Times
An understated yet dazzling second album AllMusic.com
(Zara) constructs a kind of black music that descends from Nina Simone and Pharoah Sanders: serene, post-folk, post-soul, mystical. New York Times
If You Knew Her is poised to be one of 2014’s breakthrough jazz albums USA Today
If You Knew Her is a strong showing from this gifted artist Downbeat

The second single from Zara McFarlane’s highly acclaimed second album ‘If You Knew Her’, ‘Open heart’, is released digitally on the 28th April. In this track, that opens the album, Zara has crafted a beautiful and deeply personal track about love lost with lyrics that evoke both sadness and redemption. Accompanying Zara’s voice is the unique hang drum, played by virtuoso musician Manu Delago. ‘Open Heart’ instantly grabs the listener with its sparse arrangement and hypnotic chorus.

Flipping the script, Swindle (Deep Medi Musik) takes ‘Open Heart’ to new directions, adding his trademark sound that has seen him transcend the worlds of grime & dubstep with his jazz inflected keys, sub-heavy riddims and raw percussion.

Brownswood’s Diggs Duke adds his own twist to ‘Open Heart’ through his deft use of keys and double bass. Having released his debut album ‘Offering for Anxious’ in December last year to critical acclaim, Diggs Duke is a man on the rise. His musicianship unquestionable, the 28 year old from Washington DC deftly rearranges the original, adding Rhodes and double bass licks to meditative effect.

Finally up and comer Alex Session brings elements with house, garage and a myriad of UK bass and urban flavours - his fusion of the past and the present is winning him plaudits from the likes of Radio 1 and 1Xtra lynchpins Annie Mac and Mistajam.

Links:
Open Heart Official Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ol7qh8Ykcg&list=UU-dbAMT_ZkZlByJge49qlfA

Open Heart Soundcloud Stream:
https://soundcloud.com/brownswood/zara-mcfarlane-open-heart-1

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