Expansions x Mellow Orange present First Light

Really nice beat tape / compilation now available as a free download or name your price from Mellow Orange and Expansions.

We’re proud to present our new compilation “First Light”, released in conjunction with our extended family Mellow Orange. Spanning 23 tracks, the compilation features some of the freshest and most innovative talent in the Hip Hop and Instrumental Beat scenes from around the globe.
From the 8bit inspired synths of Submerse’s “Makise’s Blips” to the boom-bap drums of Dutchy’s “This Could Be Us” and the jazz excursions of Mecca:83’s “Open”: First Light documents the diversity and constantly expanding sound of the scene. We think it’s one of our finest releases to date and we hope you do too

The limited edition cassette is sold out but you can download the album on Bandcamp

Polyversal Souls – Invisible Joy

With their debut “Invisible Joy” the Polyversal Souls are ready to take off. Produced at the Berlin based Ru-Ting Clan Sound Lab by Max Weissenfeldt (Whitefield Bros., Poets of Rhythm), the band invited artists from all around the world to join their musical journey: from N.Y.C. Africa Baby Bam (Jungle Bros.), from Ethopia Hailu Mergia (Walias Band) and from west Africa’s beautiful Ghana the music award winning griot Guy One, Ebo Taylor’s son Roy X and freedom poet Y-Bayani. The result is a unique piece of global raw soul.
Available now on CD and Double Vinyl on philophon.com/

Listen to more Philophon sounds on their Soundcloud page.

Chris Read – All Night (Remixes & Productions 2010​-​2015)

London based DJ and producer Chris Read has been a fixture at BBE now for over five years, a period during which he has put his hand to no fewer than four BBE compilations.
All Night rounds up the best of his BBE remixes, placing them alongside productions and remixes for a stellar catalogue of guest vocalists and labels.

Now available on the BBE Music website and iTunes.

For all the people in London, there will be a release party at Ace Hotel’s basement club Miranda on Thursday 9th July.

Stream the whole album here:

Listen to the promo mix here:

'All Night' Album Promo Mix (BBE Records) by Chris Read (Musicofsubstance) on Mixcloud

Thundercat – Them Changes

Virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years.
Thundercat’s new ep is called The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam and it will be released digitally on Monday 22nd June via Brainfeeder.

Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers – African Party

Freestyle Records are incredibly proud to reissue the music of Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers. Its bedrock of African drums, hi life, and jazz was in fact the precursor to Afrobeat. In the 60s Ginger was mentor and guru to a young Fela Kuti. Ginger’s London home became a vibrant hub of African music activity for Fela and an entire host of musicians who would gather there to exchange news, talk, eat and jam for hours on end. To Fela, and all who gravitated towards Ginger’s home, he was simply known and addressed as ‘Father’.
The Reissue of this sought after album will be available on Freestyle Records June 22.

And while you’re at it, take some time to watch the untold story of Ginger Johnson, the legendary forefather of what eventually became Afrobeat, and the mentor to a young Fela Kuti in 1960s London.