THE WHOLE TRUTH WITH MO KOLOURS – DON’T TELL ME NO LIES
The Whole Truth returns for a second round of precision engineered dub boogie hybrids, this time featuring the mighty Mo Kolours on vocal duties. The first Whole Truth release, which featured Errol Bellott, garnered praise from DJs like JD Twitch, Hugo Mendez and Zaf Chowdhry, and WT002 finds this anonymous project exploring even more dubwise territory. One-Handed's Mo Kolours guests as a singer and percussionist on the lead track, Don't Tell Me No Lies, while Steppas Don't Lie, Truth Groove and Myth Dub represent a more stripped down instrumental approach. Full bespoke artwork comes courtesy of Lewis Heriz, known for his contributions to the Sofrito and Soundway labels.
SAHIB SHIHAB - SENTIMENTS
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track, but which also seems to influence the whole record all the way through – not just in Sahib's amazing phrasing on soprano, baritone, and flute – but also on the album's angular modal rhythms from Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. The record's one of the hippest that Drew's ever played on – and has a vibrant feel that's much more Saba/MPS than the usual sessions on Storyville. All tracks are original – and titles include "Ma'nee", "The Call", "Rue De La Harpe", "Sentiments", "From Me To You", and "Companionship". ~ Dusty Groove
NICOLA CONTE - SANDALIA DELA FEAT. HEIDI VOGEL / BALTIMORE ORIOLE FEAT. BRIDGETTE AMOFAH
A pair classic jazzy tunes, interpreted by modern master Nicola Conte! "Sandalia Dela" is a brilliant take on the classic Brazilian number, probably most famous for the version sung by Flora Purim. Conte is faithful to that classic groove, but he definitely brings some fresh life to this time honored tune, with nicely raw percussion, sweet keys, flute and standout lead vocals by Heidi Vogel. The flip is another fresh take on a classic tune – Hoagy Carmichael's "Baltimore Oriole" – with Bridgette Amofah singing, and it's another gem! ~ Dusty Groove. Available on vinyl.