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Soul-Identity Radio

This past East Sunday, Rob once again dropped into the MEATtransMISSION radio studio to supply another two hours of Soul-Identity endorsed good music. This month there’s plenty of new beats and pieces to uncover, with a selection of exclusive Record Store Day finds as well as a few Bandcamp goodies and a tasty deep techno workout from Mike Davis which is forthcoming on the new Sector 12/12 label. Check the playlist below and dip in for a cheeky afternoon listen.


1. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Love From The Sun (Trio Records)
2. Bayeté – Free Angela (Thoughts… And All I’ve Got To Say) (Ninja Tune)
3. Visioneers – Smilin’ Billy Suite (Omniverse Records)
4. The Detroit Experiment – Space Odyssey (Ropeadope)
5. A Race of Angels – Just Begin (Wildheart Recordings)
6. Flava Dré feat Oz – Aurora (Bandcamp)
7. Tenderlonious – The Way You Are (22a)
8. Los Charly’s Orchestra – Rediscovering The Big Apple (Cy Gorman & Ennio Styles Remix) (Imagenes)
9. Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Large Professor Remix) (Columbia)
10. Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playin’ Yaself (Payday)
11. NSM – The Hype Rerinse (Jazzy Sport)
12. Nasdroic – Step Back (Instrumental) (Lucky Me)
13. IAMNOBODI – Adderall (Jakarta)
14. Moodymann feat Charlotte OC – Hangover (Moody Guevara Remix) (KDJ)
15. AD Bourke – Kid Jupiter (Five Fold Records)


16. Wolfram feat Haddaway – Thing Called Love (Legowelt Remix) (Permanent Vacation)


17. Domu – Sunshrine (Sector 12/12)
18. Mike Davis – Pedestrian Sound (Sector 12/12)
19. ESP – It’s You (Underground)
20. Mike Davis – Pedestrian Sound (Sector 12/12)
21. Terrence Parker feat Reno Ka – Finally (Baby Be Mine) (Planet E)
22. SSOL – Track 2 (SSOL)
23. Diesel / Jarvis & DJ Harvey – In The City (Moton)
24. Jakki – Sun Sun Sun (Pyramid)
25. Conquest – Body Movement (Instrumental) (Prelude)
26. Donna McGhee – Mr Blindman (Groove Line Records)


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Low Leaf

Ever since Californian native Low Leaf dropped a King Britt assisted beat for free last month, we’ve been keeping a cursory eye on the Fresh Selects Bandcamp page with a view to copping the producer’s next release. Well it seems that time is nearly here and with ‘AKASHAALAY’, her new album edging ever closer to its release date, the multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for piano, harp, guitar and beats has recently premiered not one, but two tracks off the forthcoming project. Both are pretty dope in our book, channeling as they do that leftfield electronic sound that continues to bubble in the Los Angeles underground but with heavier doses of organic goodness mixed in for good measure. ‘Rise Up’ is no doubt a call to arms tasked with awakening the world’s weary with a spiritual tone, while ‘Set Me Free’ carries more than a passing ressemblace to the heady work of Sonny Blount and June Tyson updated for the 21st century. Both are seemingly essential and only serve to get us more curious about what other delights might lie in wait on the full ten-tracker when it’s officially released on Tuesday 29th April.

You can pre-order the album now and have it delivered on its release, while kicking back with both the aforementioned tracks in the meantime. Coming in both digital and cassette flavours, it certainly sounds like this may well be something to get excited about. Take a listen yourself below.

Jesse Futerman

The Toronto beat maker follows up his trilogy of atmospheric Jazz drenched EPs for London label Jus Like Music Records with an album of unreleased tracks, b-sides and remixes.

There’s something a little melancholy about the music of Jesse Futerman. Whether it’s the siren calls of long forgotten Jazz divas excavated from the past that are often so richly sampled, or rather the moods that he creates with each additional layer of instrumentation, Futerman’s work is deep. Rooted in hip-hop, but with flourishes of soul, Jazz and electronica, the producer has already crafted three exquisite EPs for the Jus Like Music imprint and here he closes out this particular chapter of his work with the release of ‘Hidden Basement’, a ten-track exploration of previously unreleased beats.

At just over 30 minutes in length, it’s a short but engaging listen, one bubbling with a traditional hip-hop sensibility but twisted in way that somehow makes the end result sound otherworldly. In the process of constructing his tracks, Futerman pulls from a variety of sources to elaborate on the ethereal vibe he very often creates, a crisp kick drum or snare pushed front and centre in the mix to bring that little bit of bite to each piece. The first five tracks very much tread the same route, beat-driven downtempo sounds rich with samples derived from dusty old jazz records, film dialogue and a touch of psychedelic folk in places. The results are well produced and glide effortlessly along but it’s not until the producer pairs with Toronto associate Deebs on the excellent ‘Lonely Soul’ that we get a little something different, handclaps and a Moroder-esque synth workout pushing things in an almost nu-disco direction. There’s further experiments in four to the floor territory as ‘I Don’€™t Go Out Very Often’  turns into memorable late night jam heavily inspired by the late Terry Callier, while the all too brief ‘Futureman’ is perhaps the most straight ahead take on house with its analog synths and bassline throb. A pair of remixes close out the set, both firmly planted in beat territory, Kidkanevil dropping a tasty reflip of ‘A Good Man Is Gone’ (originally released on Futerman’s ‘Super Basement’ EP) while Ryan Hemsworth reworks the previously unreleased ‘Santiago’ into a bass heavy monster.

Overall it’s another inviting glimpse into the world of the producer and his ongoing experiments, and with a release forthcoming on the R&S affiliated Apollo Records, the future looks bright for the young Canadian. Stream the album below and head on over to Bandcamp to name your price.

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Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane dropped her second album ‘If You Knew Her’ on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings late last month and following hot on the heels of that full LP release is ‘Open Heart’, the second single to be taken from the project. Encompassing a sparse and almost accapella performance from the versatile singer, the original version is probably one of the most effective torch songs released this year, the singer’s emotionally fragile vocal soaring above the humble sounds of a kalimba.

Whilst previous single ‘Angie La La’ benefitted from a deep as the hills remix from the high priest himself, Osunlade, this time around it falls to UK producer Swindle to raise the temperature on the first official remix to be previewed ahead of the April release date. Fresh from his own Long Live The Jazz’ debut on Deep Medi Musik last year, the artist sculpts an inviting bed for McFarlane’s voice, allowing the track to slowly unfurl amidst a cascade of percolating synths, crashing bass and assorted bleeps. It’s an intriguing remix and certainly one that might take a few listens before it fully grabs you, but ultimately Swindle’s creatively, and in places his restrain, colour this track with just the right amount of feeling.

You can preview the track yourself now via Bandcamp and if you are also unaware of the excellent source material, you can peep the official video for ‘Open Heart’ below.

The remix drops April 28th alongside versions from Alex Session and Diggs Duke. To pre-order the complete release for just £3, head on over to the Zara McFarlane Bandcamp.

Henry Wu

There’s a certain type of sound we instantly get hooked on here at Soul-Identity and it appears that Henry Wu might just have found it. A little musical Tic-Tac-Toe through assorted sources led us to stumble upon this talented South London beatsmith a while back after he delivered one side of a split twelve for the boutique 22a label, and on venturing to his Soundcloud account this week, we came across another pair of choice recordings that instantly grabbed our attention. Released last week and available now to purchase digitally through the XVI Records Bandcamp, the Natural Complexion EP is a siren call to those of us still yearning for a steady stream of quality soulful underground beats and we’re hoping it’s a statement of intent by the young producer after a promising year of releases.

A talented keyboard player who has appeared on stage with the likes of Floating Points and Fatima of Eglo Records, Wu delivers a strong two-tracker that firmly stakes its claim as one of our EPs of the month for February. The title track alone is sure to cause a few worries in the dance, with its elastic melodies, skippy drums and ethereal vocal from Tenderlonious, proving there is still a thing as proper UK produced deep house. ‘Dutty Double’, the second offering, pairs a distinctively bombastic drum pattern alongside soulful keys and synth for a delicate jazz-infused workout that more than holds its own. Stream both tracks below and if you’d like more Wu in your life, check out this mixtape that he completed for the Stamp The Wax website this week.

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