Welcome to this week’s run down of new titles shipping from the Kudos warehouse. We have plenty of new electronic, jazz, reggae, soul and funk offerings for you so let’s dive in.
To kick things off, the formidable Mammal Hands are back on Gondwana for their 4th album. Brothers Nick & Jordan Smart and Jesse Barrett have further polished their distinctive sound with some meteoric live shows prior to “the event”, and this really shines through on Captured Spirits. Their trademark melodic rhythmic patterns mix with North Indian influences and electronica influenced arrangements to provide something truly of their own. Available on CD, LP and limited edition clear LP.
Laksa appears on Timedance this week proving adept at retrograde synthy futurism, but dancefloor chops abound too. Next up we have an LP and a 12″ from the late cult artist Muslimgauze dropping on Staalplaat this week. Collectors, die hards and new listeners will all have something to connect with across these plates.
Disco Gecko have released a stunning 9 track ambient album from Andrew Heath, The Alchemist’s Muse continues Heath’s obsessive exploration of minimalism, texture and tone – this is a must grab. Rounding off the electronic offerings we have Villete aka Amsterdam based producer Anne Korteweg returning to Scissor and Thread with a brilliant new EP.
Soul/ R&B, Funk
PTR pay tribute to the Exciting & Dynamic Sounds of the Hammond B3 Organ on their new compilation LP w/ tracks from Gene Butler, Bill Cole, Timmy Sims and many other expert keysmen. Matasuna also pull out a treat this week with a two-tracker housing two archival jams from the legendary Placebo.
Reggae, Latin, Folk/Roots
On the reggae front, we have a 4 track EP from Barry Isaac on Reggae On Top. Brooklyn based label Names You Can Trust are also back with a 2 track cumbia single from Frente Cumbiero. The Zonke Family are some of the few remaining master musicians of the matepe, a type of lamellophone which belongs to the family of the mbira, and their At the Studio LP for Philophon sister label Lokalophon really is a must listen.