Japanese electronica, LA hip-hop, Nigerian Afro-funk, and more.
This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and Lazlo Rugoff, alongside Jesse Bernard, James Hammond, and Emily Hill.
50 Locked Grooves by Beatrice Dillon
Whether as conceptual works, novelties, or as tools for DJs, locked grooves present a curiosity for vinyl lovers. This set of 50 locked grooves from Beatrice Dillon is no exception. Erring heavily towards DJs with an adventurous streak, the collection also provides an intriguing deconstruction of last year’s Workaround LP – one of our favourite albums of 2020. True to the diversity of rhythm to be found on that LP, there’s an open invitation to experiment amongst this broad canvas of beats and sounds. – JH
‘Get The Music Now’ / ‘Africa’
(Acid Jazz Records)
A one-two punch of deeply groove-inducing Afro funk, Acid Jazz unearth two tracks by little-known Nigerian group Ipa Boogie with their Get The Music Now / Africa release. Even the most hardened listener will find to it hard to resist involuntarily assuming a serious bass face. The record also marks the first offering in Acid Jazz’s new 45s series showcasing sounds from the label Albarika. Get to know. – GH