Bonobo Albums!

Simon Green was born and grew up in rural Hampshire, escaping to Brighton aged eighteen. There he fell into the jazz/hip hop/funk/soul scene centred around Rob Luis and nights like phonic:hoop. An accomplished musician as a teenager, he began producing his own tracks, pushing at the template established in the sweaty little venues studding the Lanes.

Over the last couple of years, Bonobo has become one of the premier artists on the Ninja Tune imprint and certainly one of the most listened to, with over 16 million plays recorded on LastFM. His combination of superb live shows and studio wizardry means that he is now perfectly placed to push on into a yet bigger league. With ‘Black Sands’, Bonobo has made the record to achieve it.

For more info and buy check: www.bonobomusic.com

2000 – Animal Magic
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Tracklist

01. Intro
02. Sleepy Seven
03. Dinosaurs
04. Kota
05. Terrapin
06. The Plug
07. Shadowtricks
08. Gypsy
09. Sugar Rhyme
10. Silver

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2003 – Dial ‘M’ For Monkey
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Tracklist

01. Noctuary
02. Flutter
03. D Song
04. Change Down
05. Wayward Bob
06. Pick Up
07. Something For Windy
08. Nothing Owed
09. Light Pattern

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2006 – Days To Come (Limited Edition)
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Tracklist

CD1
01. Intro
02. Days To Come (feat. Bajka)
03. Between The Lines (feat. Bajka)
04. The Fever
05. Ketto
06. Nightlite (feat. Bajka)
07. Transmission 94 (Parts 1 & 2)
08. On Your Marks
09. If You Stayed Over (feat. Fink)
10. Walk In The SKy (feat. Bajka)
11. Recurring

CD2
01. Days To Come (Instrumental)
02. Between The Lines (Instrumental)
03. Nightlite (Demo Version)
04. If You Stayed Over (Instrumental)
05. If You Stayed Over (Reprise)
06. Walk In The Sky (Instrumental)
07. Hatoa

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2010 – Black Sands
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Tracklist

01. Prelude
02. Kiara
03. Kong
04. Eyesdown (feat. Andreya Triana)
05. El Toro
06. We Could Forever
07. 1009
08. All In Forms
09. The Keeper (feat. Andreya Triana)
10. Stay The Same (feat. Andreya Triana)
11. Animals
12. Black Sands
13. Brace Brace

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2012 – Black Sands Remixed
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Tracklist

CD1 – Black Sads Remixed
01. Prelude (Lapalux’s Finger On The Tape Remix)
02. The Keeper (Banks Remix)
03. Kiara (Cosmin TRG Remix)
04. Eyesdown (Floating Points Remix)
05. Eyesdown (ARP 101 Remix)
06. Eyesdown (ft. Andrea Tryana & DELS)
07. All In Forms (FaltyDL Remix)
08. Ghost Ship
09. Stay The Same (Mark Pritchard Remix)
10. Eyesdown (Machinedrum Remix)
11. All In Forms (Mike Slott Remix)
12. Stay the Same (Blue Daisy ‘Not Quite the Sam’ Remix)
13. Brace Brace
14. Black Sads (Duke Drumont’s ‘Grains Of Sand’ Reconstrucion Edit)

CD2 – Bonus Black Sands Remixed)
01. Nightlite (Zero dB Reconstruction)
02. Pick Up (Fourtet Remix)
03. Between The Lines (Nostalgia 77 Remix)
04. The Keeper (Grasscut Bitter Peace Remix)
05. Nightlite (Bonobo Remix)
06. The Keeper (Redeyes Remix)
07. Eyesdown (Appleblim & Komonazmuk Remix)
08. Recurring (Mice Parade Remix)

CD3 – Black Sands Reminimixed
01. Black Sands Reminimixed

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Rise – Messages

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Debut album from this beat technician/crate digger/musician from Manchester. Rise has worked with and produced for artists such as Deborah Jordan, Replife, Jazz Chronicles, Low Budget Soul, Beit Nun, Truth & Spinnerty to name a few. Under aliases such as Meccca:83 and REdefinition, he continues to explore new genres and spaces: expanding the ever growing list of pseudonyms that make up the Solar Sound System. Messages is a deep, spiritual Jazz record with splashes of Hip Hop and heavily influenced by Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Madlib, Strata East & Black Jazz.

For more info and buy check: www.kudosrecords.co.uk

Tracklist

01. Shine a Light
02. Messages Part 1
03. Psalm 64
04. The Truth
05. Dusk On The Sudan
06. Time For Peace
07. Requiem
08. Messages Part 2
09. Ra Speaks
10. Prayer For Love
11. Eastern Sermon
12. Shine Down
13. In Those Days…

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Skalpel – Konfusion

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Polish duo Skalpel return with their second album for Ninja Tune and it’s a deeper, darker, more satisfying journey into the roots of Eastern European jazz and breaks than they have ever managed before.  Very much one for jazzers, beat heads and strong cigarette smokers, “Konfusion” is an album to soundtrack your espresso breaks and to play so that you don’t have to read Jean Paul Sartre. These boys are celebrities in their mother country, which suggests that the Poles have slightly better taste than we do.

for more info and buy check. www.ninjatune.net

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Tracklist

01. Shivers
02. Flying Officer
03. Long Distance Call
04. Hiperbole
05. Beep Breath
06. Konfusion
07. Test Drive
08. Wooden Toy
09. Split
10. Seaweed

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Gianni Gebbia Trio – Outland

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Saxophonist and composer Gianni Gebbia is deeply influenced by Ornette Coleman and the late Jim Pepper. His trio with drummer Vittorio Villa and bassist Lelio Giannetto — and guest Massimo Simonine helping out on electronics and turntables and keyboards — delves deeply into the simple repetitive melodies Coleman is so famous for, and turns them into epics. This is a music based in the most basic elements of harmonic construction, where a melody can be created and deconstructed while it continues to play through the listener’s mind as the improvisation moves over it. It is never totally absent in the ensemble’s playing, such as in the amazing “Verso Kamarina,” with either Gebbia or Villa carrying the essence of that melody through a blowing fest that is adorned with all manner of electronic trickery by Simonine. Elsewhere, on “Immer Gerardeaus,” the lyric sensibility seems absent amid the wooly free jazz improvising, but, nonetheless, it is there, somewhere between horn and bass, spitting itself out in bits and pieces like jagged shards of pretty glass. The title track (dedicated to cartoonist Berke Breathed) is a shambolic exploration of a high register line that is adorned by percussion and a droning bassline. Here, too, the melody is in the line itself that seems to come from a non-Western source. Finally, Gebbia’s true genius comes to play in “Shamal,” a monolithic work that crosses jazz boundaries into North African street music, Middle Eastern chant, and vanguard lyricism á la Don Cherry’s MU albums. The interplay between the sampled voices and Gebbia’s alto is unsettling it’s so close, and the droning rhythms of Villa and Giannetto that are guided through the knots by Simonine’s electric piano are truly hypnotic. There is no resolution in this piece as it moves through you rather than around you; it encapsulates everything within itself and then just buries it whole. This is in its own way a very confrontational, yet very listenable, work of Italian vanguard jazz. Amazing.

Tracklist

01. Verso Kamarina
02. Immer Geradeaus
03. Zero In Geometria
04. Outland
05. Shamal

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Flanger – Outer Space/Inner Space

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Flanger is the piss-take version of the Compost Records thing – Germans with samplers appropriating jazz. Not only do Burnt Friedman (Drome, Nonplace Urban Field) and Uwe Schmidt (Atom(tm)) do their wanking while wearing smirks – humor being a very rare commodity among Teutonic jazzbos – they don’t shy away from the conceptual implications of what they do either (pontificating is another no-no for cool studio cats). The liner notes, for instance, claim that the title is inspired by a J.G. Ballard essay, and offer a rambling, half-bullshit/half-on-to-something critical analysis of the album’s music in a marvelous spoof of real jazz sleeve commentary.

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Tracklist

01. Outer Space/Inner Space
02. Galak
03. The Mne Who Fell From Earth
04. Inner Spacesuit
05. Le Dernier Combat
06. Unosietecero
07. It Ain’t Rocket Science
08. Hirnflug

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Arts The Beatdoctor – Progressions EP

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Arts the Beatdoctor (born in 1983) started producing for emcees some years ago, only to decide he liked most of the tracks better without vocals. So he continued to develop his mostly instrumental style, and his warm sound and diverse yet ever dreamy style have since then gained in reputation. After doing several little projects (The QuadraphoniQuartet) and taking the battle honors that STW didn’t claim, he released his half-instrumental EP “Fragments” on spring 2006, and also released his first solo-album.

Numbered release, limited to 500 copies.

for info and buy: myspace.com/artsthebeatdoctor

Tracklist

01. Progressions
02. Be Alright
03. Meditate
04. Sleep (Arts The Beatdoctor Remix)
05. Sleep (Arts The Beatdoctor Remix Instrumental)

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Acusmatic Group – Pilot

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ACUSMATIC GROUP is an instrumental cinematic-jazz-funk studio project, founded by 2 musicians / producers (Romeo Sandri and Michele Berselli) based in the North-West of Italy.

INSPIRED BY: spy movies atmospheres, blaxploitation and 70′s italian cop movie soundtracks. They combine the magic of ‘crime jazz’ and funk from those days, giving it a fresh treatment with today’s grooves. James Bond vs John Shaft

“Pilot” is their debut album, released on La Douce (IRMA records). It contains only original compositions, except for one very special cover of ‘Walkin’ On The Moon’ by The Police that could easily come from a blaxploitation OST.

for more info and buy: www.acusmaticgroup.com

Tracklist

01. Appuntamento al Porto
02. Walking On The Moon
03. Fish Food
04. Momento Suspense
05. Secret Lovers
06. S’Apercevoir
07. Mac Guffin
08. Inst4action
09. Regolamento di Conti
10. Any Questions
11. Supablax
12. The Fixer
13. Un Grosso Guaio
14. Regolamento di Conti (End Titles)

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Skalpel – Polish jazz

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Skalpel are nu jazz DJs and musicians, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło, from Wrocław in Poland. Their musical style is a distinctive blend of hip hop beats, laced with samples lifted from the rich seam of Polish jazz records of the 1960s and 1970s. In 2000, after interviewing DJ Vadim for a Polish hip hop magazine, Skalpel discussed samples, obscure breaks and the Polish music scene with him. That led to a combined tour with Skalpel and Vadim’s live band, The Russian Percussion, during which they performed with four turntables. Later that year, Skalpel released a demo CD entitled “Polish Jazz”, which gained praise in from the Polish music press.

for more info and buy: ninjatune.net/ninja/artist.php?id=98

Tracklist

01. Newly Arrived From Poland
02. Tension
03. The Dream Of The Sleepless Man
04. Directions
05. The Fairy Tale From a Dusty Crate
06. Sculpture

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The Cinematic Orchestra Albums!

The Cinematic Orchestra is a British jazz and electronic outfit, created in the late 1990s by Jason Swinscoe. The band is signed to Ninja Tune independent record label. In addition to Swinscoe, the band includes PC (former DJ Food member Patrick Carpenter) on turntables, Luke Flowers (drums), Tom Chant (Saxophone), Nick Ramm (piano), Stuart McCallum (guitar) and Phil France (double bass). Former members include Jamie Coleman (trumpet), T. Daniel Howard (drums), Federico Ughi (drums) and Alex James (piano). The most recent addition to the band is Mancunian guitarist Stuart McCallum.

The Cinematic Orchestra’s sound, in both live and studio contexts, employs a live band which improvises along with a turntablist and electronic elements such as samples provided by Swinscoe. In their studio releases Swinscoe will often remix the live source material to produce a combination of live jazz improvisation with electronica, such that it is difficult to tell where the improvisation ends and the production begins.

fore more info check: www.cinematicorchestra.com

1999 – Diabolus EP
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Tracklist

01. Diabolus
02. Diabolus (Reprise)
03. Continuum

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1999 – Channel 1 Suite Ode To The Big Sea
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Tracklist

01. Channel 1 Suite
02. Channel 1 Suite (Hefner Mix)
03. Ode To The Big Sea
04. Ode To The Big Sea (Fourtet Mix)

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1999 – Ode To The Sea Channel 1 Suite [Remixes]
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Tracklist

01. Ode To The Big Sea (Axis Mix)
02. Channel 1 Suite (Tom Tyler Mix)

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1999 – Motion
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Tracklist

01. Durian
02. Ode To The Big Sea
03. Night Of The Iguana
04. Channel 1 Suite
05. Bluebirds
06. And Relax!
07. Diabolus

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2000 – Remixes 1998-2000
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Tracklist

01. Faze Action – Moving Cities (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)
02. The Cinematic Orchestra – Channel 1 Suite (Tom Tyler Remix)
03. Kenji Eno – The Fear Theme (The Cinematic Orchestra’s Re-interpretation)
04. Les Gammas – Guauanco (The Cinematic Orchestra’s Extended Version)
05. Piero Umiliani – Panoramica (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)
06. Nils Petter Molvaer – Vilderness (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)
07. DJ Krust – Re-Arrange (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)
08. The Cinematic Orchestra – Exit Music (Radiohead cover)

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2002 – All That You Give
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Tracklist

01. All That You Give (Radio Edit, feat. Fontella Bass)
02. All That You Give (Dr.Rockit’s Giving Mix)
03. All That You Give (Herbert’s Raving Mix)
04. Kalima (Bootleg Cassette Version)
05. All That You Give

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2002 – Every Day
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Tracklist

01. All That You Give (feat. Fontella Bass)
02. Burn Out
03. Flite
04. Evolution (feat. Fontella Bass)
05. Man With The Movie Camera
06. All Things To All Men (feat. Roots Manuva)
07. Everyday
08. Oregon
09. Horizon (feat. Niara Scarlett)

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2002 – Horizon
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Tracklist

01. Horizon
02. Oregon
03. Evolution II (Mixed By Mr P)
04. The Revoltuion (Brother – Gil Scott)
05. Familiar Ground
06. Time And Space
07. Borrowed Time

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2002 – Radio Session
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Tracklist

01. The Revolution
02. Familiar Ground
03. Time & Space
04. Borrowed Time
05. Evolution (PC Remix)

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2003 – Man With a Movie Camera
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Tracklist

01. The Projectionist
02. Melody
03. Dawn
04. The Awakening Of A Woman (Burnout)
05. Reel Life (Evolution II)
06. Postlude
07. Evolution (Versao Portuense)
08. Work It! (Man With The Movie Camera)
09. Voyage
10. Odessa
11. Theme De Yoyo
12. The Magician
13. Theme Reprise
14. Yoyo Waltz
15. Drunken Tune
16. The Animated Tripod
17. All Things

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2007 – Live at The Big Chill
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Tracklist

01. Introduction
02. The Awakening Of A Woman (Burnout)
03. Child Song
04. As The Stars Fall
05. Familiar Ground
06. Breathe
07. Ode To The Big Sea
08. Evolution

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2007 – Ma Fleur
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01. To Build A Home (feat. Patrick Watson)
02. Familiar Ground (feat. Fontella Bass)
03. Child Song
04. Music Box (feat. Lou Rhodes and Patrick Watson)
05. Prelude
06. As The Stars Fall
07. Into You (feat. Patrick Watson)
08. Ma Fleur
09. Breathe (feat. Fontella Bass)
10. That Home (feat. Patrick Watson)
11. Time & Space (feat. Lou Rhodes)

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2007 – Ma Fleur (Live At The Barbican)
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01. The Awakening Of A Woman (Burnout)
02. Child Song
03. As The Stars Fall / Into You
04. Familiar Ground
05. Ode To The Big Sea
06. Breathe
07. Man With A Movie Camera
08. To Build A Home
09. Channel 1 Suite
10. Rites Of Spring

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2007 – Past, Present & Future Classics-Instrumentals & Exclusives
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01. All That You Give
02. Channel 1 Suite
03. Burn Out
04. All Things To All Men
05. Man With The Movie Camera
06. Ode To The Big Sea
07. To Build A Home (Instrumental Version)
08. Breathe (Instrumental Version)
09. Into You (Instrumental Version)
10. Time & Space (Instrumental Version)
11. That Home (Instrumental Version)
12. Familar Ground (Instrumental Version)
13. Time & Space (Vocal Edit)
14. Borrowed Time
15. Found
16. In The Beginning
17. Brother
18. Lullaby

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2007 – Soundtrack Collection 1
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01. Soundtrack Collection (Mixed)

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2008 – Live at The Roundhouse
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CD1
01. Live At Roundhouse
CD2
01. Child Song
02. As The Stars Fall
03. Breathe
04. Music Box
05. To Build A Home
06. Time And Space
07. All That You Give
CD3
Photos

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2008 – Live at The Royal Albert Hall
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01. All That You Give
02. Child Song
03. Flite
04. Familiar Ground (feat. Heidi Vogel)
05. To Build A Home (feat. Grey Reverend)
06. Prelude
07. Breathe (feat. Heidi Vogel)
08. Man With The Movie Camera
09. Time & Space (feat. Lou Rhodes)
10. Ode To The Big Sea

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2009 – Les Ailes Pourpres
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01. Opening Titles
02. Arrival Of The Birds
03. The Dance
04. Soda
05. Hatching
06. Marabou
07. Exodus
08. Transformation
09. Hyena
10. Life Of The Bird
11. First Light
12. Crimson Skies (feat. Luo Rhodes)

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Nicola Conte – Bossa Per Due

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Nicola Conte is an Italian DJ, producer and guitar player known for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorporates bossa nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960s, easy listening themes, and ethnic Indian music.

Conte, a classically-trained musician, is mastermind of a collective of acid jazz revivalists, “The Fez Collective,” based in the Italian town of Bari, and the Idizioni-Ishatr / Schema label, their record label for promoting their distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz.

Conte’s first album was Jet Sounds of 2000. The single “Bossa Per Due” gained international recognition and was an underground hit. It was used almost immediately for a prime-time commercial for Acura automobiles. The album was licensed for American distribution by Thievery Corporation’s Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label in the summer of 2001 as Bossa Per Due, and was a slightly reconfigured version of the Italian Jet Sounds album. This was followed by the Jet Sounds Revisited remix album in late 2002. Two years later, Blue Note’s French subsidiary released Conte’s next album Other Directions. In November 2008, Conte released his latest album, Rituals. In November of 2009, Nicola released “The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte”, versions in jazz-dub, on Schema records. Unlike his 2002 remix album which featured artists largely reworking his songs, this two disc set had Nicola releasing original titles and featured some of his jazz styled remixes of other people’s works.

Conte also produced albums by other artists such as Rosalia De Souza and Paolo Achenza Trio.

Tracklist

01. Arabesque
02. Bossa Per Due
03. Dossier Omega
04. Il Cerchio Rosso
05. Fuoco Fatuo
06. Forma 2000
07. Missione a Bombay
08. Jazz Pour Dadine
09. The In Samba
10. La Coda Del Diavolo
11. Mambo de los Dandies
12. Jet Sounds
13. Trappola Mortale

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Clutchy Hopkins Albums!

Clutchy Hopkins is purportedly a multi-instrumentalist musician based out of California. His existence has not yet been fully verified, though he is widely believed to be a pseudonym for one of several popular DJs. The true identity of the person (or people) behind the music is not publicly known. For more info check www.clutchyhopkins.com

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2005 – The Life of Clutchy Hopkins

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01. 3:06
02. 3:02
03. 4:08
04. 3:25
05. 2:15
06. 3:11
07. 2:07
08. 3:26
09. 3:34
10. 3:05
11. 3:14
12. 3:24

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2006 – MF Doom meets Clutchy Hopkins (bootleg)

Tracklist

01. Change the Beat
02. My Favorite Ladies
03. Melody
04. Impending Doom
05. Vomitspit
06. Air

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2006 – Sleepers Never Dig, Diggers Never Sleep (bootleg)

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01. Part1
02. Part2

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2008 – Walking sdrawkcaB

Tracklist

01. Sound of the Ghost
02. Song for Wolfie
03. Love of a Woman
04. 3rd Element
05. Para Los Ninos
06. Horny Tickle
07. Percy on the One
08. Rocktober
09. Alla Oscar
10. Good Omen
11. Swap Meet Me at the Corner
12. Last Time for Your Mind

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2008 – Clutch of the Tiger (with Shawn Lee)
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01. Full Moon
02. Two Steps Back
03. Things Change
04. Bill Blows It
05. So Easily, So Naturally
06. Leon Me
07. Dollar Short
08. When I Was Young
09. Across the Pond
10. Bad Influence
11. Till Next Time
12. Indian Burn

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2008 – The Misled Children meet Odean Pope
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01. Dadadun
02. Four Track
03. Foregone
04. Grimey
05. Laugh Track
06. Misled Kid
07. Odean Hopkins
08. Ruff Seven
09. Bananas Foster
10. Uno

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2008 – People Market

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01. 3:25
02. 4:52
03. 1:52
04. 2:59
05. 2:53
06. 1:17
07. 3:35
08. 5:00
09. 1:14
10. 3:41
11. 3:00
12. 1:38
13. 3:24
14. 3:38

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2009 – Clutchy Hopkins meets Lord Kenjamin – Music Is My Medicine
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01. The Old Spot
02. Brother John
03. Cold and Wet
04. Riff Raff Rollin
05. Lord Kenji
06. Doty’s Leslie
07. Tune Traveler
08. Shadowfish
09. Gourds of the Desert
10. Turtle Rock
11. Heavy Hands

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2009 – Fascinating Fingers (with Shawn Lee)

Tracklist

01. 70 MPH Isn’t Fast Enough To Get Out Of Nebraska
02. 7 Inch
03. Mimi Tatonka
04. Root Trees
05. Cross Rhodes
06. Chapter 2
07. Ancient Chinese Secret
08. Fish Sauce
09. Name Game
10. Bootie Beat
11. Willie Groovemaker
12. What More Can I Say (Top Chillin)

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2010 – The Story Teller
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01. Giraffe Crack
02. Laughing Jockey
03. No Contact…Contact
04. Miles Chillin’
05. Nina
06. JT Goldfish
07. Truth Seekin
08. Thinkin’ Of Eva
09. Light As A Feather
10. Drunk Socks
11. Verbal Headlock

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The Detroit Experiment – The Detroit Experiment

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In this talent-packed project, a varied cast of Detroit players were thrown into a studio for a few days to see what would happen. Produced by techno pioneer Carl Craig, the lineup includes jazz heavies (reedist Bennie Maupin, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, pianist Geri Allen, and violin sensation Regina Carter), Motown session players (guitarist Percy Hughes and drummer Ron Otis), and various hip-hop and electronic people. The result is a tidy musical package crammed with rich ambient textures, percolating rhythms (stellar percussionist Francisco Mora sees to that), and strong grooves that still leave enough room for the jazz folk to solo comfortably. Ranging from the smooth-jazz-like “Revelation” to the interstellar bop of “Space Odyssey” to the outright hip-hop of “The Way We Make Music” to a surreal reading of Stevie Wonder’s “Too High,” the 14 tracks here have a little something for everyone, without sacrificing quality. Rarely has this new electro-jazz-hip-hop hybrid had such soul, but what else would you expect from Detroit?

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Tracklist

01. Space Odyssey
02. Think Twice
03. Revelation
04. Baby Needs New Shoes
05. There Is a God – Geri Allen, Regina Carter
06. Church
07. Enterluud
08. Vernors
09. Too High – Amp Fiddler
10. Highest
11. Midnight at the Twenty Grand
12. Taste of Tribe
13. Way We Make Music – Athletic Mic League, Invincible
14. Revelation Reprise

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