CYRILLE AIMEE - LET'S GET LOST
Vocalist Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French father and Dominican mother. As a curious child in Samois-sur-Seine, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love with gypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners with friends while traveling across Europe. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocal competition - which included the financing of her first self-produced album. In her second Mack Avenue Records recording, the groove-spirited Let’s Get Lost, rising-star vocalist and bandleader Cyrille Aimée wonderfully displays her versatility as a sweet-sounding jazz songbird with a catchy repertoire—from new takes on old-time standards to crowd-pleasing originals and even a hip singer-songwriter tune that closes the 12-song collection.
BRAZILIKA UNMIXED: BRAZIL & BEYOND (VARIOUS ARTISTS)
The latest edition in the Brazilika series played host to our innovative DJ friend Spiritual South's stonking mix of firmly floor-focused Brazilian reworks. Now, for the first time, every single track from Spiritual South's mix is available individually, or as a complete set. The wealth of previously unreleased tracks on Brazilika Unmixed includes seven scorching remixes from Spiritual South himself, Daniel Maunick remixing the legendary Azymuth in his Dokta Venom guise, the head-spinning fusion of Latin and footwork from TS Repman (one of the many alias’ of UK dance trailblazer IG Culture) and the heady ambience of left-field hip-hop maestro Paul White’s remix of The Ipanemas’ ‘Seu Dario’. Also included is a track from Ashley Beedle's hotly-tipped new 12" release, the samba-soaked cosmic house remix of Sabrina Malheiros' 'Opara'. All this without even mentioning the timeless cuts from true dance music trailblazers such as Theo Parrish, 4Hero, Mark Pritchard and Jazzanova.
WILLIAM KURK - LEGACY: A TRIBUTE
William Kurk's always given us plenty of great music on his own – but this time around, he pays tribute to a host of classic talents in soul music – with performances of tracks by artists who include Harvey Mason, Leon Ware, Donald Fagan, Michael Jackson, Chick Corea, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, and Herbie Hancock! The sound is great overall – much richer than you might expect from the 8-bit videogame parody image on the cover – and, if anything, Kurk's even further developed his musical style out of respect for the legends on the record – working here with lots of great jazzy currents that really fit the tunes. Titles include "Lazy Nina", "Movin Out", "Secret Life Of Plants", "All The Same Tonight", "Your Eyes", "Love's Holiday", "Breakout", "Spiraling Prism", "Cool & Caressing", "Come Live With Me Angel", and "Through The Fire". ~ Dusty Groove