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We are more than stoked to be helping present this one with Melbourne’s own 'Crown Ruler'. A huge line up of reimagined and amalgamated RnB, boogie and hip hop is coming through Brisbane. The likes of MNDSGN, Ivan Ave, Joyce Wrice, Benedek and Silent Jay & Jace XL are all coming through together this summer for your party pleasure! This night is gong to be one to remember. Artists from around the globe to swoon and move you.
Ivan Ave continued to make waves in 2017. His profile has been slowly building since catching everyones ears with the ‘Low Jams EP’ in 2014. Ave linked up with MNDSGN for the project and the result was smooth, thought provoking butter. The production was unmistakably MNDSGN while Ivan effortlessly flowed through the jazz inspired instrumentals. Reconnecting with MNDSGN for his second solo LP that got put out towards the end of last year, it appears the two have been building their synergy. A more synth driven funk and RnB direction was taken this time around while Ave spits abstract bars covering fickle lovers, conspiracy theories and biohazards. It shows evolution in the artist and is possibly his strongest statement to date.
Joyce Wrice, also no stranger to the production of MNDSGN, has been navigating her own lane through the music world and it’s due time for everyone to notice. A rising voice out of the LA scene, since the release of her debut EP ’Stay Around’ Wrice has a voice that can melt your mood as you get lost in the sultry tones and emotive moments. Her homage to the early RnB predecessors is beautiful to listen to and those pipes captivate with every word.
Benedek is a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and DJ. Combining house, boogie, hip-hop, jazz fusion and experimental new age compositions, he creates a synched out, blissful experience for your listening journey. After numerous EP’s and singles Benedek released his debut Untitled LP on ‘PPU’. He is steadily touring and had his 2nd LP ‘Bene’s World’, drop mid last year. His performances often have a live element such as a guitar or keyboard as he sends you through a lush combination of funk, house and RnB.
Australian RnB visionaries, Silent Jay & Jace XL have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut ’Sacrifice’ in 2016. They have a unique strain of future sounds while staying rooted in retro RnB. The smooth vocals and harmonies along with on point production create a vibe you want to be a part of. Silent Jay is one of the busiest guys in the game producing and performing with for the likes of 'Sampa the Great' and 'Alejandro Jay Abapo' while working on a sophomore release with Jace XL. Jace has also been working with and featuring on tracks with fellow rising star, Billy Davis. Together the duo also released a christmas album, for a festive listen, to round out 2017.
This showcase of talent all together in one night is one you don’t want to miss. Tickets are available now. Come and join the aural pleasures on offer.
Thank you to Freedom Time Festival for helping us bring in the New Year and helping us tick off some lifetime dancing experiences - Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, Leroy Burgess, Johnny Osbourne and Sassy J! Now we're ready to get back into this year and bring some viiiibes back to lil ol' Brisbane town. Along with a big show we're working on with Crown Ruler for the 25th January there's also a bunch of other sweet gigs to check out this January.
January 11th - Jordan Rakei @ The Triffid
January 13th - Local Transmission @ Secret Beach Location - (Message us for details ;))
January 13th - XL presents Frits Wentink @ The Warehaus
January 19th - Shade presents Project Pablo & Winters @ TBC
*January 25th - Crown Ruler & ALS present MNDSGN, Ivan Ave, Joyce Wrice, Benedek, Silentjay & Jace XL @ The Foundry
January 26th - IWTFA x Taapion Feat. Shlømo & AWB @ Secret Warehouse
January 27th - Subtrakt: The Last Dance ft Shanti Celeste @ The Foundry
‘Godtet’ is the debut live band project from Dave Rodriguez. Although better known as Sydney guitarist, producer and beat-maker, Godriguez. Classically trained and spending years in jazz bands, Rodriguez spent most of his life with a purist, anti computer approach to music. However, that changed as he branched out and developed a powerful skill set in creating beats. He has been most praised for his production on ’The Great Mixtape’ by Sampa the Great.
This release has Rodriguez stepping back into the live format of production with a full band. "This record came about with no preconceived ideas of what we were making or what it would sound like. The sessions felt very meditative. We hope the deep love, respect and open hearts we have for each other can permeate from the music into everyone who hears this.” as explained by Rodriguez. The 12 track LP came from conducting a series of sessions with fellow musicians Tully Ryan, Jan Bangma, Andrew Bruce and Dominic Kirk. There is obviously a cohesive and electrifying dynamic between the group as they produced a sonically intriguing collection of grooves that open your mind and encourage you to listen closer. It has a sense of freedom in the composition as it seems the players were able to just play. The result is organic and beautiful.
‘Sometimes For You But Mostly Just Because’ is a captivating debut 12” from Melbourne’s own ‘Winters’. This release is the first for 'Parallel People’ and a strong launch for the up and coming label.
After circulating throughout Melbourne’s underground for the past few years, ‘Winters’ has emerged with a beautifully blissful jazz inspired house EP. It holds warm melodic progressions from front to back to set a sublime landscape for your ears to bask in. Unique percussive loops percolate throughout each track surrounded by lush synth leads to produce a charmingly organic and emotional journey. Powerfully mellow, this release illustrates shifts between joy, melancholy, and cautious optimism. A truly excellent listen!
With BLESSmas ft. Jay Daniel around the corner we thought we'd dig up this interview that XLR8R had with Jay following the release of his debut LP - Broken Knowz
Where were you born?
I was born in DC, moved to Detroit at three, then moved to Maryland with my Dad for five years during high school. I then moved back to Detroit.
What were your first forays into music and production?
Well, my dad is a drummer and a big music head and so is my mom, she’s a singer and has been involved in the industry and likes all kinds of music. She has a real eclectic taste. Music has always been around me since an early age. I haven’t had any formal training or music lessons or anything like that, though.
So when did you meet Kyle Hall? I read that he was a catalyst to you getting more heavily into DJing and the house scene in general?
I met Kyle through a set of mutual friends who he went to high school with; I didn’t go to high school with Kyle but met him when I went back to Detroit.
I was already into DJing because of my mom actually. She put out that record in ‘93, so I was already aware of the culture of DJing but I was too young to get into it all before I moved back to Detroit. When I was younger, around 11, I met Carl Craig—before I moved from Detroit. My mom took me to meet him because I wanted to learn to DJ, but he was telling me about all the technical aspects of DJing which kind of deterred me. I was thinking, “This doesn’t sound fun at all.”
So DJing was the introduction. When did you start making music and producing?
It was 2013 that I started making music but I've been playing the drums since I was three years old because I played in my high school's gospel choir. I guess that’s when I first started “making music,” but it was 2013 that I started producing on my own, and soon after that I released on Sound Signature.
For an artist that is now quite well known in the house scene, there is scarce information online about you. Has that been purposeful? Do you not feel comfortable in the limelight?
It’s not that I don’t feel comfortable; it’s just that I haven’t released enough music for people to be hip with me as a producer. The reason I haven’t been releasing much music is because I’ve been deterred by the business side of the music industry. Getting into it can be nasty; well, not even nasty, but there’s a lot of politics involved. People like to put their feelings first and I don’t like that. If you’re doing better than someone, people tend to hate and they like to throw salt on your game. It’s really been an unconscious thing, self-defacing would be a term, and not dumbing myself down for the sake of others. It’s not productive or progressive.
Not long after those first few releases came your label Watusi High. Did you create that specifically for your own releases or other artists as well?
I definitely want to work with other artists too—releasing other artists and collaborating with other artists. I want to present not only my ideas but other people's ideas as well.
Will that be mostly Detroit artists?
Yeah, mostly artists from Detroit. I’m looking to release a few EPs this year on the label; one of them will be a collaboration with my boy Isamu, that’s one of the guys who went to high school with Kyle. We’ve been working on some stuff and it’s definitely not house music: it’s more world music, some hip-hop, just trying to defy genres.
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2017 marks the the first time A Love Supreme had the pleasure of collaborating with Jungle Love Festival. A beautiful habitat and location paired with open fun loving festival goers made for a vibe filled weekend. A Love Supreme were at the helm, curating the ‘Jungle Boogie’ Stage and the ‘Kunst Klub’ for Saturday’s attendees. From exotic latin and middle eastern jams to afro, disco and house flavours, the riverbank of people came together in a beautiful way at the Jungle Boogie Stage. The crowd was excitable, dancing and swimming into the evening and the ALS fam enjoyed every minute. Later, the Kunst Klub was erupting! Things got deeper, and heavier but the room could not stop dancing until the sun was well and truly in the air on Sunday morning. A huge thank you to everyone who came and experienced Jungle Love with us this year. Hope to do it all again next year.
One of the ultimate collectors and records dealers in the game. This time coming at us with a 2 hour Arthur Russell tribute mix.
And we're here. Silly season is upon us.
We'll be hosting 2 great internationals ourselves this month. BLESSmas is back with a very special international guest in Jay Daniel. Couldn't be more excited to bring that soulful Detroit goodness as a little Christmas treat for everyone.
Secondly we'll be teaming up with our brothers BTHC to close out the year with a bang. Hailing from Washington DC the Beautiful Swimmers duo are going to bringing their broad and eclectic taste to the Foundry dance floor for one last boogie with the extended fam.
Dec 1 - The Kush Club presents Pearson Sound (UK) @ Inner City Warehouse
Dec 2 - Pasifika W∆VE // Noah Slee x Kaiit @ District Studios
Dec 16 - Sabrosa : Discoteca Tropical Xmas @ Can You Keep A Secret
*Dec 23 - BLESSmas - Jay Daniel (US) @ The Foundry
*Dec 29 - BTHC & ALS presents Beautiful Swimmers @ The Foundry
Nice to see our buddies Penelope Two Five get a little light from Purple Sneakers on their debut EP
"Lost Tapes for Calvin is the debut EP from Brisbane club music duo, PENELOPE TWO-FIVE and is, endearingly, an amalgamation of thoughtfully written lyrics and innovative house/ techno beats. It embraces and introduces sounds that are finding increasing popularity in the Australian clubbing scene and, in doing this, brings a new take on the culture. #DadAcid is how the two describe their music on Soundcloud but the depth of genre does not just end there. Like all good emerging artists Penelope Two-Five offers something more and something not quite definable; the creation of new genres, conflicting ones and hybrids unheard of."
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What a night! Thanks to everyone of you that came and shared the experience that was Fatima and Alexander Nut! A small showing to start the evening but the room filled out as Tiana Khasi, the hometown soulstress, took to the stage with surprise backing from Sampology and live percussion. Captivated, the whole room was sent swaying and bobbing as they hung onto every word and every note. The crowd got moving as Sampology played a short intermission before Fatima and Alexander Nut took the stage. All eyes on Fatima as they stepped out.
Charismatic and charming she warmed the crowd and got the whole room bouncing as she missed not one beat performing new heat and old gems from her back catalogue. After a short encore Fatima stepped down and Alexander Nut took the reigns, commanding the dance floor with up tempo edits, slow groovers and party fire that had everyone off the wall and moving! Local clown, whoever he is, Sean Bate kept the party going as Alexander wrapped up his set. Sean performed what we can only assume were songs he had definitely played many times before in almost the exact same structure. Some people liked it, most were less than impressed. A huge thank you to Tiana Khasi, Sampology, and the main event, Fatima and Alexander Nut for making the night one we won’t forget!
Photos: Alex Zanda & Todd O'Rourke
We weren't lucky enough to catch Ge-ology & Red Greg go b2b at this years Dekmantel 2017 so this has to do us. Dons!
It's getting to that time of the year. Always plenty of artists touring and great events to check out. This year is no different. Nice warm up into the summer silly season.
We'll be hosting the talented Fatima along with Eglo Records head honcho Alexander Nut for the first live gig we've done in a minute. Backed up by local soulstress Tiana Khasi.
At Jungle Love Festival this year A Love Supreme will actually be taking over 2 stages over the last day. Bringing together the extended ALS fam for a well curated day of music taking you through an afternoon by the waterside at the Jungle Boogie Stage all the way to the wee hours of the morning in the Kunst Klub.
Nov 10 - SHADE pres: Boat Party - Francis Inferno Orchestra (AUS) @ Brisbane River
Nov 25 - 10 Years of Subtrakt - Fred P (US) & Simon Caldwell (AUS) @ The Foundry
Nov 30 - Nai Palm @ The Zoo
We lost another absolute icon last week. As far as I'm concerned Al Jarreau had no equal. Very few vocalists have displayed their talent with such flamboyance and dexterity. He was the essence of Jazz - A true improvisational master, and a superior ballad interpreter. Al would extend songs with off the wall inflictions that could lift a conventional standard to something far more emotive and divine. He was brash yet perfectly restrained, a feat achieved by only the very elite. He was joyful in his delivery and when combined with his beautiful voice and some fantastic songwriting, the result was pure soul healing. If you want proof of what a god given blessing he was to the human civilisation, listen to Look To The Rainbow which is in my opinion one of the greatest live albums of all time. Since his passing I've learnt that he even healed the planet in the most practical sense too. Al in fact worked as a vocal rehab counselor in the late 60s! It was at this time where he'd earn his break singing for George Duke's Trio.
It would be understandable to sleep on his ability. Admittedly as he gained critical acclaim, he began to conform to commercial appeal with much safer R&B and Pop recordings that would form the large majority of his output throughout the 80s and 90s. He became grammy fodder owned by an "adult contemporary" audience turning off both jazz purists and those yearning for something more left of centre. Nonetheless if you cared to listen, you would find he still shined. There are many standout moments in his smoother work too deliciously complicated for any old R&B crooner to pull off. His album L Is For Lover produced by none other than Disco icon Nile Rodgers is a slept on gem in my opinion. We're In This Love Together is an absolute classic two-stepper that stands up next to your favourite Bobby Caldwell or George Benson cuts. Even in his older age, Al managed to remain far more relevant than most of his contemporaries. Regrettably i never saw the man live. He continued to perform right until this year. As backed up by countless critical and fan reviews, I believe this was where he really stood out from the pack. Do yourself a favour and listen to some Al Jarreau today. I promise you'll feel better for doing it. RIP.
One for the House heads as famously utilised on Pepe Bradock's Deep Burnt.
Its no secret Australia isn't exactly a treasure trove for deep groove and jazz funk collectors. A subject I've already touched on. However, that's not to say there isn't the odd pearl to be dug up. Australia has produced some absolute gems long sought after by some of the deepest record enthusiasts across the world. There's been a handful of seasoned crate-diggers who have championed our homegrown sounds. Names like Arks, Delta, Katalyst, James Dutronc, Milesago, James Pianta, Chris Gill have played a big part in my education over the years. There's plenty of others out there. A particular mention must go to Kinetic's wonderful blog which has become an invaluable resource for the uninitiated. There's many staple dollar bin records with hints of the funk one shouldn't sneeze at. Though often they're not exactly great albums you want to listen right through. Who knows about the use of Daly Wilson Band's break on Mobb Deep's Shook Ones pt II ? By no means a complete list, here's just a few of my favourite rare LPs that one should instantly cop if you're so fortunate enough to stumble across in an op-shop or garage sale.
SUE BARKER - ST (Crest, 1976)
The only release from Sue Barker featuring this fantastic cover of Curtis Mayfield's Love To The People. This gem recently featured on Guts & Mambo's Beach Diggin compilation series out through Parisian re-issue kings Heavenly Sweetness.
HIROSHI & CLAUDIA - SIX TO SIX (Atom, 1979)
An incredible piece of Spiritual / Jazz Funk. To this day not much is known about this album other than its a collaboration between Japanese guitarist Hiroshi Yasukawa and an unknown singer known simply as "Claudia". It was recorded in both Tokyo and Sydney. Very very rare. Copies of this go for incredible loot. I'm still hunting for a copy!
THE MOIR SISTERS - LOST SOMEWHERE BEYOND HARMONY (EMI, 1975)
A beautiful slice of high pitched harmonies. This pop outfit were quite successful in the 70s. The lead single Good Morning (How Are You?) with its rich arrangements was an Australian chart topper but its this cut Stop The Music that is one of my absolute favourites. Haunting melancholic soul! This one pops up here and there if you're looking.
JUDY BAILEY QUARTET - COLOURS (Eureka, 1976)
An essential piece of killer Jazz Fusion. This is a highly sought after four tracker from pianist / arranger Judy Bailey. Colour Of My Dreams features some scatting on top of a fantastic piece of modal jazz that is straight Flora Purim! Fall Down Dead is a break-beat led burner for the Hip Hop heads. Then there's probably my favourite cut The Eleven Eight Song, a mesmerising 10 minute session of beautiful keys and flute. Easily one of my favourite Aussie Jazz records!
LEONG LAU - THAT ROGENG SOUND (Sunscape Records, 1977 / RE: Left Ear Records, 2014)
Another extremely rare album that recently got the re-issue treatment as the debut release from Melbourne's Left-Ear Records. Now even that pressing is going for some serious cake! An incredibly original sounding record that fuses Jazz, Rock and Funk from the Malay Australian. His only follow up album Dragon Man is another impressive offering of psychadelic fuzz and wild vocals but this is the one for groove heads. A really amazing release that stands up internationally.
JOHN SANGSTER - A HEAD OF HAIR (Festival Records, 1969)
All hail the king! John Sangster was the man. There's a heap of gems in Sangster's prolific output but i chose this one as arguably his most classic slab of Jazz Funk. Sangster's interpretation of Galt MacDermot's musical composition Hair is killer! Big drums and funky bass lines, its no wonder this became so desired by the Hip Hop generation. What a cover! With a sound like that coming from this beautiful bearded man whats not to love?
Our favourite community radio show Beats Of No Nation on 4ZZZ Digital have recently taken the plunge into a new chapter of the brand with a debut 12" from their eponymous label. Keeping it local to start with, they deliver to us Super Fun Bumper Edition! A collaboration between the crew's own Jad Lee (Sonar Kolektiv / Toy Tonics) and fellow Brisbane export Charles Murdoch (Future Classic). The name couldn't be more fitting. This 4 tracker is pure playful, dance floor goodness! Trends is the result of a couple of jam sessions between the two producers. We think its pretty damn impressive! You can hear the touch of both within this diverse EP as it moves from rolling house grooves to moody tech and dashes of bent rnb. Another world class offering from our own city! This thing seriously bumps. Drop in or jump to our webstore to grab a copy from your friendly, local record store.
Incase you've been sleeping under a rock, Jazz-Fusion is well and truly back! From the Brainfeeder camp that has delivered us the likes of Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Kamasi Washington to a new wave of producers blurring the lines between club and something more cerebral like Floating Points or Max Graef, and even to the mainstream success of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, Jazz is finally cool again. Right now there seems to be something very exciting bubbling within London. While one can argue they've all been around for a minute now, a string of releases finally surfacing for the public's enjoyment are showcasing these incredibly talented musicians and rocketing them to stardom. Their understanding of the boundaries of music is pointedly both undefined and unrefined. Just the way we like it. Here's three artists we think you should get acquainted with if you haven't already.
The UK's answer to Kamasi Washington? Shabaka's beautiful and innovative tenor sax work has become a regular sight on the London circuit. He is already the driving force behind critically acclaimed groups Son's Of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming and a feature in Sun Ra Arkestra. Now Shabaka has turned to perhaps his most ambitious project to date, Shabaka And The Ancestors, and their debut Wisdom Of Elders. Joining up with a collective of South African musicians led by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, this album is a beautiful slice of Afro-Futurism, blending traditional African and modern London influences, all within Shabaka's impressive compositions. The sky is truly the limit for this brilliant musical mind!
You might already be familiar with the name Henry Wu, having made waves with his synth-draped house 12"s on labels like Rhythm Section International, 22A and Eglo Records. Now Wu (Kamaal Williams) has teamed up with fellow South Londoner and fabled drummer, Yuusef Dayes on a live jazz project that is much informed by the sounds of UK Bass culture as it is Jazz Funk. Driven by grooves, their output is a beautiful marriage of rich keys and hypnotic drums creating some very interesting results. Keep your ears pealed for the debut Black Focus on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint early November.
Another South London export, Moses Boyd is one of the world's most exciting young talents today. An absolute drumming prodigy, He's taken out the Steve Reid Innovation Award in 2014, The MOBO Awards Best Jazz Act in 2015 for his work with saxophonist Binker Golding, and The John Peel Play More Jazz Award at Gilles' Worldwide Awards in 2016. He's already toured and collaborated with the likes of Lonnie Liston Smith, Zara McFarlane and Soweto Kinch, whilst leading his own outfit The Exodus. Like the artists mentioned above, Moses is as much influenced by the modern London sound as he is with Jazz traditions. If his dance-infused 12" monster on his own Exodus Records is anything to go by, this kid is about to be very hot property.
Check this incredible footage of him taking Afro-Beat lessons with the legendary Tony Allen!
It's finally arrived! Noise In My Head's nascent label Efficient Space have delivered again. Their latest compilation Midnite Spares is yet another beautifully compiled archive of overlooked left-field treasures. This time its focused on our own backyard. An extremely well curated selection of Avant-Pop, Post Punk and New Wave works from Australia compiled by deep tastemakers András and Instant Peterson. We think this is an essential piece you need in your collection!
From Efficient Space -
"On Midnite Spares, Australian music devotees András and Instant Peterson hold a candle to overlooked avant-pop and electronic works by antipodean artists and outsiders working through the 80s and 90s. Through co-presenting weekly radio show 'Strange Holiday', the duo slowly upturned their locale for inspiration - archives, country bookstores, private collections and convenience stores, searching for a place to anchor their own identities in the oceans of the island continent. The 10 tracks acknowledge a minor history, passed on via a network of friends, friends of friends, the libraries of Melbourne radio station 3RRR and more often than not, the artists themselves.
Renowned mixed media artist Maria Kozic enters with the mysterious downbeat of 'Trust Me', her parner Philip Brophy responsible for digital and analogue sonic construction. A recurring character in András and Instant Peterson’s investigations, Brophy reappears with a score piece from his divisive feature film 'Salt, Saliva, Sperm and Sweat', recorded as →↑→ (pronounced “Tsk Tsk Tsk”).
Other links are thread under the surface. Melbourne inner north experimentalist David Chesworth explores his Australiana songcraft leading Whadya Want?. The short lived project also featured Philip Jackson, whose duo The Couch is restored from 'Fast Forward’s dance issue - a pioneering cassette fanzine published by early-80s 3RRR personality Bruce Milne.
The collection binds a certain musicianship that’s indifferent to fame or chart success, although some artists unwittingly experienced this before and after. Poets of the Machine’s Grace Jones techno-wave was a modest moment for Coral Island and Red Stripe, an English migrant who once celebrated a #1 UK Christmas single with an acapella cover of Yazoo, while the morbid coming of age electronics of Foot and Mouth is a lesser known prologue to Sean Greenway and Matty Whittle’s rise as legendary teen punks heroes God. Quickly becoming a modern dancefloor hit, Mumbo Jumbo’s sole release 'Wind It Up' is only now basking in it’s brilliance.
The remaining figures shape the diversity further. There’s Sydney dub addicts The Igniters, Mix’s groovy synth song about masturbation and the Cameron Allan/Graham Bidstrup soundtrack for petrol headed ozploitation film, 'Midnite Spares' - the compilation’s namesake."
This week I've found myself listening to Anita Baker on repeat, a recurring ritual I find myself captured in every couple of months. For any discerning listener who likes their pop music a little more sophisticated or slightly left of centre, Anita is the obvious choice in the field of great "soul divas". Forget Whitney, forget Beyonce, to me Anita is the greatest of the modern generation, no question. Her classy and refined brand of romantic soul is simply unparalleled. Where many could be put off by a lot of mainstream R&B of the 80s and the overproduced chase for dance pop success, Anita was always so elegant and tasteful. A distinct brand of adult sophistication. Alongside Luther, they almost single-handedly reclaimed R&B as a high-brow art form, at least within the mainstream.
Emotionally rich yet subtly restrained, Anita forges traditional pop with jazz and gospel undertones. Ignore the obvious differences in production, it's clear she carried the spirit of Sarah Vaughan or Nancy Wilson in her delivery. Her sultry sound is quiet storm personified. Light the fire place and pour a glass of red music. Music that will seal the deal on your hot date, and bring you to tears when in solitude (I can honestly vouch for both). Of course Anita maintained some crossover pop sensibilities, but it was always so smoothly executed. Alongside her predominant production collaborator and former Chapter 8 band mate, Michael Powell, her sound was the perfect marriage of slick jazz arrangements with emotionally charged, buttery soul. The feeling in the music carries itself. Not dependent on catchy hooks or club production. Mind you, I did recently attend an interview with Larry Heard where he mentioned the hypothetical dream of collaborating with Anita Baker. Can you imagine her voice over Mr Finger's lush chords? one can only dream, but I digress. And how about that alto? Seriously, I can't think of too many other vocalists with such an effortlessly beautiful voice. Anita has the most exquisitely rich and delicate tone, and cuts through tracks so powerfully yet never overdone. Get lost in her music and you really will get chills. I'm absolutely no authority on the matter, but I think if you wanted to find the spirit of femininity and empowerment, you can find it in Anita's voice!
Anita never did the choreographed dance routines or the risque outfits. She didn't have to. Like her music, she was pure style and elegance. She reinforces that in the world of pop, you don't need to overproduce your sound or play eye-candy to have a hit record. Her breakout success Rapture gets most of the attention and rightly so. That album is absolute perfection and arguably the greatest quiet storm full-length ever made. But don't sleep on her other work. Her debut The Songstress while maybe a little more raw, is equally essential. Her Rapture follow ups Giving You The Best That I Got and Compositions also have stand out moments. I really can't even list my favourite Anita ballads because there's simply too many. To me Anita Baker will always be the greatest. She encapsulates what soul music is all about in the purest sense. Emotionally rich, heartfelt and full of romanticism. If you aren't familiar I highly recommend you get acquainted.
A Love Supreme Records is back! We are very excited to announce the launch of a new chapter in the form of a pop-up within the quality surrounds of mutually discerning gentleman's store Apartment. You can expect an even further, highly curated range of some of the most forward-thinking independent releases from Australia and around the world. We will continue to strive to deliver music seldom seen on the Brisbane map & to promote quality local music that deserves your attention. Coinciding with the new storefront is our revamped online store! For those not in Brisbane we will be shipping worldwide. Already in stock are releases from Left-Ear Records, Butter Sessions, Good Company and Noise In My Head's retrospective label Efficient Space. Plenty more releases expected in the coming weeks. Drop in and get your mitts on some wax you need in your life!