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JUNGLE / DNB

Marvellous Cain

Return Of The Hitman (4 x 12" Boxset)

Suburban Base Records

SUBBASELP8

4 x 12"

£32.99 NO DISCOUNTS


HOUSE

Pig&Dan

Rock You All Night

Crosstown Rebels

CRM273

12"

£6.99

Mona Yim

Gotta Do This, Gurl

Rekids

REKIDS205

12"

£6.99

Francisco Allendes

What You Do (Incl. Harry Romero Remix)

Crosstown Rebels

CRM272

12"

£6.99

Bontan

Gold Teeth

Hot Creations

HOTC193

12"

£6.99

Jamie Jones

Bionic Boy

Hot Creations

HOTC192

12"

£6.99

Fulltone

Far From This World EP

All Day I Dream

ADID083

12"

£7.99

Crackazat

Everybody Talks About It EP (Incl. Cody Currie Remix)

Freerange Records

FR279

12"

£6.99


TECHNO

Roman Flügel presents Tracks On Delivery

Yes People

Rekids

REKIDS204

12"

£6.99

Joplyn

We Will Forgive Ourselves

Crosstown Rebels

CRM271

12"

£6.99


IMPORTS (PLEASE PRE-ORDER)

Saturday Love

2 B Free (Incl. Kon / Oliver Dollar / Baltra Remixes)

Fools Gold

FGR286

12"

£14.99 NO DISCOUNTS

Sharon Redd

Never Give You Up (Incl. Michael Gray Remix)

Prelude

SPEC-1813

12"

£9.99 NO DISCOUNTS


COLOURED VINYL REPRESSES

Crackazat

Evergreen (Green Vinyl Repress)

Freerange Records

FRLP41G

LP

£19.50




Releases in detail:

JUNGLE / DNB

Artist Marvellous Cain
Title Return Of The Hitman (4 x 12" Boxset)
Label Suburban Base Records
Cat No SUBBASELP8
Format 4 x 12"
Price £32.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 15/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Drum & Bass] [Jungle]

Track Listing

A1. Marvellous Cain - Hitman (Gun Talk Album Only Version)

A2. Marvellous Cain - Hitman (DJ Stretch 95' Dubplate)

B1. Marvellous Cain - Life Is Rollin

B2. Marvellous Cain - Miss Out

C1. Marvellous Cain - Will I See You? (95' Unreleased Promo IQ012)

C2. The Runninz Kru - Hi Chaperal (Cain Dubplate Version 1995)

D1. Marvellous Cain - Jump Up (DubPlate Special 1994)

D2. Co-Cain - Homicide (Paul Z Remix 1996)

E1. Marvellous Cain & Bizzy B - Everyday Junglist

E2. Marvellous Cain - Believe It

F1. Libra & Marvellous Cain - Nu Music (Unreleased Alternative Studio Version 1996)

F2. Lion Man aka Marvellous Cain - Wheel Up

G1. Marvellous Cain - CB4 (Still On The Block' Remix 2022)

G2. Marvellous Cain - Dubplate Style (FreezeUK & Nicky Blackmarket Remix)

H1. Marvellous Cain - Respect Down (Cain Unreleased Personal Dubplate 95')

H2. Marvellous Cain - Da Power (VIP Duplate Version 96')

Description

THE HITMAN aka MARVELLOUS CAIN delivers his most sought after tracks on vinyl!

RETURN OF THE HITMAN collects together 16 of the most exclusive cuts from Marvellous Cain’s extensive back catalogue, all remastered and presented as a collectable vinyl box set package.

This album has been a long time coming, much of that time spent by Marvellous Cain digging through his studio to find original DAT recordings of his most in demand hits, in the process unearthing some exclusive, never before released gems!

This album kicks off with 2 versions of arguably his most notorious track Hitman, a certified jungle classic from 1994! For this compilation, Marvellous Cain has selected the version of Hitman previously only available on his debut Gun Talk LP back in 1995 (released on Suburban Base). He’s also treated us to the very long overdue, unreleased, DJ Stretch Dubplate VIP, originally produced in ’94, but never pressed to vinyl!

On the flip are two cuts from the infamous Lucky Spin imprint... Life Is Rollin & Miss Out. Both tracks were originally available as a very limited white label press, but never got a full release. This has been selling for £90 on reseller sites due to its scarcity.

Record 2 is again packed with rare music, with 3 of the 4 cuts being unreleased to date. The first track Will I See You? has traded hands for an incredible £500 on Discogs, we can see many buying Return Of The Hitman for this track alone!

Our 3rd slice of vinyl see’s Marvellous Cain teaming up for studio collaborations with original jungle don Bizzy B on Everyday Junglist, also with Libra for an unreleased alternative version of Nu Music discovered on the original session DAT from 1996.

The 4th and final slice of wax in this package introduces new remixes of a couple of classic tracks. CB4 has been reworked for 2022 by Marvellous Cain himself. Dubplate Style has a fresh ‘22 lick by D&B’s hardest working DJ Nicky Blackmarket alongside production partner FreezeUK who’s recently released on Ram Records sister label Prog:Ram!

We close out with two dubplate exclusives from 95 & 96 respectively, taken from Marvellous Cain’s personal arsenal of DJ ammunition, and now available for the first time to the record buying public.

HOUSE

Artist Pig&Dan
Title Rock You All Night
Label Crosstown Rebels
Cat No CRM273
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A. Rock You All Night

B. Let Yourself Unwind

Description

Known as the “Dynamic Duo” Pig&Dan celebrate twenty years by making a long-awaited debut on Crosstown Rebels next month. The two-track Rock You All Night EP draws inspiration from the USA’s heritage house scene, with a slice of Hot Filtered Disco!

The influences of Chicago and New York are heard right from the offset, with rolling homegrown stabs coupled next to heavy and wholesome bassline grooves. There’s an inherent feel-good atmosphere to the piece, reflective of the era’s freedom and openness, before Let Yourself Unwind finishes proceedings on a similarly euphoric close. Disco-esque melodies flitter beneath an upbeat, repeating vocal as choir-like instrumentals build to create the perfect synergy for both dancefloor and radio play.

Pig&Dan have firmly established their presence as one of electronic music’s most esteemed duos. The pair’s releases speak for themselves, be it on Sven Väth’s Cocoon, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode or John Digweed’s Bedrock to name a mere few of the labels they’ve found success on. Their DJ performances are similarly impressive, with recent years marking the launch of a new live show that debuted across some of the biggest global stages, including Fabric (London), Warung (Brazil) and AIM festival (Canada).

HOUSE

Artist Mona Yim
Title Gotta Do This, Gurl
Label Rekids
Cat No REKIDS205
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A1. Gotta Do This, Gurl

A2. Gotta Do This, Gurl (Radio Slave Remix)

B1. Dots Obsession

B2. Dots Obsession (Radio Slave Remix)

Description

Mona Yim debuts on Rekids with ‘Gotta Do This, Gurl’, featuring remixes from Radio Slave.

Born and raised between Singapore and Germany and now based in Berlin, Mona Yim spent time bouncing between the clubs of London, Berlin, and Paris while honing her craft, culminating in a recent remix for DJ Seinfeld’s ‘Tell Me One More Time’ on Ninja Tune. Now readying her debut solo release on Rekids, Mona Yim delivers two dreamy house cuts for the imprint, backed with a pair of remixes from label-boss Radio Slave.

Leading the release, ‘Gotta Do This, Gurl’ brings crispy, bouncing drums alongside moody pads and subtle vocal chops, building up to an emotive breakdown. Radio Slave beefs up the drum patterns with breakbeats for his remix, adding additional atmospheric FX to existing melodic elements for a chunky, driving track.

‘Dots Obsession’ sees floaty percussion, gentle synth work and vocals working in tandem to craft a soft yet evocative house jam. Injecting a pumping 4/4 pattern alongside elements of the original, Radio Slave’s interpretation brings the energy levels up with pitch-perfect dub FX and swirling synthesis.

HOUSE

Artist Francisco Allendes
Title What You Do (Incl. Harry Romero Remix)
Label Crosstown Rebels
Cat No CRM272
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House]

Track Listing

A1. What You Do

B1. What You Do (Harry Romero Remix)

B2. Maratone

Description

Chilean-born Francisco Allendes returns to Crosstown Rebels for the first time in six years this May. Serving up the three-track What You Do, the title number has already received global airplay via Damian Lazarus himself. Now, the full release will be made available next month and includes a remix by US-legend Harry Romero.

A contemporary dose of four-on-the-floor house, What You Do leaves few prisoners in its wake, as rampant drum patterns converge on a heady combination of kicks, synths and irresistible vocals right the way through. There’s an infectious energy to the track, paving the way for Harry Romero’s similarly up-tempo remix. It’s feel-good, club-ready dance music at its best, packed full of low-slung groove that opens neatly into the closing sequence: Maratone, a stripped-back, techy cut that bears all the hallmarks of a true Ibiza anthem.

Hailing from Chile and now based in Ibiza, Francisco Allendes is a leading light in today’s scene. Be it Loco Dice’s Desolat, Steve Lawler’s VIVA or Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, his productions have graced some of the industry’s most well-respected labels. Such quality hasn’t gone unnoticed - he picked up the ‘Best Ibiza’ DJ Award in September 2019 and has gone on to complete several South American tours. A much loved affiliate of ANTS, Francisco has a long standing residency at both Ushuaïa in Ibiza and their affiliated tours, in addition to hosting the weekly radio show.

Seminal American house talent Harry Romero is a well-established figure on the worldwide music circuit. A prominent global DJ and producer since the ‘90s, early productions on Cutting Records and Cutting Traxx helped set the tone for Harry’s career trajectory, opening the doors to a coveted BBC Radio 1 ‘Essential Mix’ in recent years.

HOUSE

Artist Bontan
Title Gold Teeth
Label Hot Creations
Cat No HOTC193
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 29/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House] [Tech House]

Track Listing

A. Gold Teeth

B. Heart Shaped Leaf

Description

Long-established house talent Bontan makes a much-anticipated return to Hot Creations in June. Gifting us with the two-track Gold Teeth, it showcases the UK-native at his best and continues a standout 2022 that has already seen him release on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound last month.

Shamanic-like drums create a hypnotic sensibility right from the word go, as we’re graced with echoing vocals on Gold Teeth. There’s an air of tribalism throughout via shimmering maracas and rhythmic hi-hats, before Heart Shaped Leaf takes on a techy edge. Cow bell-esque percussion undulates beneath a low-slung bassline whilst spacey lyrics repeat nearby, forming a peak-time, club-ready cut.

Since first bursting onto the circuit in 2015, Bontan has become one of the best-selling acts on Beatport, a winner at the prestigious DJ Awards and has firmly cemented himself in the underground house scene. He has released on labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Defected and Origins and remixed for artists including Groove Armada, Booka Shade, Melé and Yousef. He kicked off 2022 with a remix of Agenda for Lazarusman, which reached Number 3 in Beatport’s Afro House chart, as well as releasing Stutterman on Club Bad. His releases this year have received support from Jamie Jones, Skream, Eats Everything, Agoria and Chris Lake to name a few, a testament to Bontan’s keen ear for production.

HOUSE

Artist Jamie Jones
Title Bionic Boy
Label Hot Creations
Cat No HOTC192
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House] [Tech House]

Track Listing

A1. Bionic Boy

B1. Moment Of Clarity

B2. Here Comes The Drums

Description

Genre defining label Hot Creations welcomes in another milestone release this July, as imprint-founder Jamie Jones makes a long-awaited return with the three-track Bionic Boy. It acts as his first solo EP on Hot Creations since last September’s Handy Work, continuing a standout 2022 for the UK talent.

We’re graced with JJ’s techy, groove-laced sound right from the offset, as Bionic Boy leads the charge. Packed full of hard-edged percussion and rampant kick-hat pairings, a well-known female vocal takes us to the dancefloor and beyond before Moment Of Clarity soon arrives. Euphoric piano stabs live beside Chicago-esque key solos, paving the way for Here Comes The Drums. Darkened pads, tribal drums and whomping kicks meld to form a late-night, club-driven number that represents the signature Jamie Jones sound that we know and love.

As a world-renowned DJ and producer, head of Hot Creations and founder of the global Paradise event series, Jamie Jones has etched out a legacy in electronic music that few others can attest to. His personally curated Paradise series offers an international showcase of house and techno’s most recognisable artists, whilst his flagship label, Hot Creations, continues to pioneer a contemporary house sound. 2022 sees the label host a ‘Ten Year’ anniversary tour, with events planned across Miami, London, New York and Amsterdam, whilst Paradise makes its home in iconic Ibiza nightspot Amnesia. Confirmed guests for the weekly Wednesday residency include Joseph Capriati, Nicole Moudaber, Loco Dice, The Blessed Madonna and many other genre-leading performers.

HOUSE

Artist Fulltone
Title Far From This World EP
Label All Day I Dream
Cat No ADID083
Format 12"
Price £7.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [Melodic House & Techno]

Track Listing

A1. Far From This World ft. Zein

A2. Kairo

B1. Chain Of Longing

B2. Under The Dome

Description

Egyptian artist Fulltone heads to All Day I Dream with his latest EP filled with a diverse range of soundscapes to explore.

HOUSE

Artist Crackazat
Title Everybody Talks About It EP (Incl. Cody Currie Remix)
Label Freerange Records
Cat No FR279
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 01/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A1. Everybody Talks About It (Cody Currie Remix)

A2. Everybody Talks About It

B1. I'm Easy (Crackazat Mana's Dub)

B2. I'm Easy

Description

Freerange Records present the second jazz-flecked EP taken from Crackazat's recently released 'Evergreen' album, featuring a stunning rework from irrepressible Berlin-based producer, Cody Currie.

Following the arrival of the recent Beacon Of Light EP, the word is well and truly out about Ben 'Crackazat' Jacob's breathtaking metamorphosis from dubbed- out dancefloor igniter to fully-fledged singer/songwriting talent. Incorporating a new level of compositional mastery while maintaining his well-earned club credentials, Jacobs continues breaking new stylistic ground with the 'Everybody Talks About It' EP.

Curating an organically-inspired match between two of UK house music's most outstanding and musically refined artists in recent years, Freerange invite Cody Currie to commence proceedings with his typically deft interpretation of 'Everybody Talks'. The London-born producer has made an enormous impact on the dance underground since emerging in around 2016, releasing a flurry of jazz- inspired titles on benchmark labels including Toy Tonics, Razor N Tape, and Classic. Making his Freerange debut, he elegantly reframes the track while retaining the essence of the original. Gently nudging the drums to add a touch of floor-focused gravity, he carefully spaces out the instrumentation and effect- laden vocal, allowing driving chords to power the US garage-inspired groove deep into sun-kissed dancefloors.

Next to appear is Crackazat's original version of the title track, a song that perfectly encapsulates the intelligent pop-centric focus of the forthcoming album. 'Everybody Talks About It' explodes with emotion, with its searing vocal rising over shimmering pads and bass before building to a horn-filled crescendo. The composition sees Crackazat at his song-writing zenith, adding an irresistible crossover sheen to the propulsive club groove.

On the flip, we find Crackazat's 'Mana's Dub' of 'I'm Easy', stripping back the vocal and adding bite to the drums as looped instrumentation and celestial synths build to a club-ready fervour. As with the previous single, the inclusion of this well-crafted instrumental transports the track into dubbed-out realms and is sure to hit home with admirers of the vintage Crackazat sound. Finally, the deep disco of the original version of 'I'm Easy' sees blissful chords glide over weighted bass as the vocal powers across the panorama, bursting with Quincy Jones-inspired horns above delicately woven keys and raw house drums.

This neatly varied package once again demonstrates Crackazat's meteoric artistic development while tipping the cap to his dance-focused roots.

TECHNO

Artist Roman Flügel presents Tracks On Delivery
Title Yes People
Label Rekids
Cat No REKIDS204
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 22/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Techno]

Track Listing

A1. Yes People

A2. Play Simple

B1. Jam

B2. Mysterious Delight

Description

Roman Flügel’s pioneering Tracks On Delivery series returns for a new EP on Rekids.

In the early 000’s, Roman Flugel’s ‘Tracks On Delivery’ releases saw the producer put out four records on Ongaku Music that helped defined an era of oddball minimal techno. Returning to the concept in 2022, the Frankfurt-based electronic music luminary delivers four idiosyncratic techno tracks for Radio Slave’s imprint.

Active since the 90s, Flügel has been at the forefront of electronic music for decades. Founding the labels Ongaku, Klang Elektronik, and Playhouse, Flügel also boasts a storied discography across labels such as Running Back, ESP Institute, Dial and many more, as well as having contributed to both Live at Robert Johnson and fabric’s iconic mix series.

TECHNO

Artist Joplyn
Title We Will Forgive Ourselves
Label Crosstown Rebels
Cat No CRM271
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 29/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A1. We Will Forgive Ourselves

A2. We Will Forgive Ourselves (MK Dub Remix)

B1. We Will Forgive Ourselves (Damian Lazarus Re-Shape)

Description

Berlin talent Joplyn is next up on Crosstown Rebels making her debut release on the label titled We Will Forgive Ourselves featuring remixes from prolific producer MK and label-head Damian Lazarus. Serving up two remixes in the form of MK’s Dub and Damian Lazarus’ Re-Shape, it acts as another milestone release for the near twenty-year-old imprint.

We Forgive Ourselves is the perfect musical metaphor for Joplyn’s inspiration. The track opens proceedings with elegant drum pads which are paired beautifully with quaint hi-hats. A gentle, healing vocal, followed by a deep heavy bassline creates a profound juxtaposition. Galactic-like sounds fizz in and out, fusing everything together to create a real sense of utopia that truly embodies Joplyn’s vision.

Brimming with a signature MK sound right from the offset, we’re treated to six-and-a-half minutes of perfectly executed contemporary deep house. Warming, subtle and inherently groove-led, soft kicks open into Joplyn’s haunting vocal offerings before rhythmic hats coalesce alongside, forming a modern dance anthem that is sure to light up many a club setting this summer.

Damian Lazarus’ Re-Shape comes next. Shimmering with an ethereal quality, the nine-minute piece undulates between moments of spiritual bliss to pummelling, acid-laden danceability. Whirring synths help create a galactic quality, as we travel between feelings of introspection, euphoria and everything in between.

IMPORTS (PLEASE PRE-ORDER)

Artist Saturday Love
Title 2 B Free (Incl. Kon / Oliver Dollar / Baltra Remixes)
Label Fools Gold
Cat No FGR286
Format 12"
Price £14.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Disco] [House] [Nu Disco]

Track Listing

A1. 2 B Free (Kon's 12" Disco Mix)

B1. 2 B Free (Oliver Dollar Remix)

B2. 2 B Free (Baltra Remix)

Description

"Saturday Love's timeless disco anthem "2 B Free" is remix catnip, and every producer knocked this one out of the park. The piano-soaked collaboration between Boston beatsmith Kon and New York vocalist Fiorious gets masterfully reinvented by heavyweights Oliver Dollar and Baltra. With Kon's extended disco mix on this record, the question now is how can you only pick one of these for your set?"

IMPORTS (PLEASE PRE-ORDER)

Artist Sharon Redd
Title Never Give You Up (Incl. Michael Gray Remix)
Label Prelude
Cat No SPEC-1813
Format 12"
Price £9.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Disco]

Track Listing

A1. Never Give You Up (Michael Gray Remix)

A2. Never Give You Up (Michael Gray Dub Mix)

B1. Never Give You Up (Original)

B2. Never Give You Up (Tribute Mix)

Description

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COLOURED VINYL REPRESSES

Artist Crackazat
Title Evergreen (Green Vinyl Repress)
Label Freerange Records
Cat No FRLP41G
Format LP
Price £19.50
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 26/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A1. Beacon of Light

A2. Everybody Talks About It

A3. I'm Easy

B1. Simple Things

B2. It's All Different

B3. Evergreen

C1. Cedencia

C2. True Power

C3. Save Something

D1. Nominee For Love

D2. Thank You

D3. Good Enough

Description

Freerange Records are thrilled to announce the arrival of Crackazat's latest long-player, the scintillatingly soulful and jazz-enriched masterpiece, 'Evergreen'.

There can be few artists to have emerged in the last decade or so who've made a more indelible mark on the deep house universe than producer, Ben Jacobs, better known as Crackazat. The accomplished musician's effervescent productions routinely hit the sweet spot between elemental dancefloor fire and cerebral musicality – thanks to a propulsive sound combining influences of jazz, house, garage, funk, hip hop, Latin, neo-soul (and far beyond). While he's already forged an instantly recognisable sonic palette all of his own, new album 'Evergreen' represents his most accomplished work to date. Making his full vocal debut while introducing a new level of songwriting prowess to his long-established dancefloor credentials, this is the complete Crackazat.

Composed during – and undoubtedly informed by – these trying times, 'Evergreen' explores themes of adversity and gratitude, arriving as both a masterclass in contemplative songwriting and a celebration of musical influences. Elegantly bridging the gap between the soulful house underground and jazz-flecked crossover realms – inhabited by the likes of Jacob Collier, Thundercat, Tom Misch, and Jordan Rakei – the album echoes of a time where jazz-funk sensibilities and popular appeal were not mutually exclusive. Few artists boast the musical aptitude or creative vision to attempt such a bold fusion of styles, and thanks to its exceptional execution and irresistible appeal, 'Evergreen' is primed to introduce Crackazat's sound to an entirely new audience.

'Evergreen' is endowed with a distinctly live feel throughout, with virtuoso musicianship combined with carefully assembled song structures – elements so often missing in the dance canon. “It's the album I’ve always wanted to make” says Crackazat. Soul-heavy vocals – performed by Jacobs himself – are a cornerstone of the collection, with the power and soul of his delivery proving something of a revelation. “By far the hardest part was getting my vocals to a standard I was happy with,” he says. “So I was over the moon when Freerange responded to the first draft with two thumbs up and a big grin.” The album's arrival on benchmark UK deep house label Freerange feels like a particularly natural fit. When, in 2020, Crackazat started posting clips of himself singing alongside live bass and Rhodes, it quickly piqued the interest of the label's ever alert A&R team. “Crackazat really nails the sonic realm where crunchy house beats inspired by the likes of Masters At Work and Mood II Swing meet contemporary neo-soul and jazz-influenced rhythms,” says the imprint's co-founder, Jimpster. “There’s not many that can fuse the two so well and I get a sense that big things lie ahead for Ben. We're very proud to be able to release this brilliant LP on Freerange!”

Blending the purest forms of deep house with authentic jazz sensibilities, opening track 'Beacon Of Light' lays down a tantalising statement of intent – with its combination of live instrumentation, heartfelt vocal, club-ready beats and compelling arrangement offering a vivid introduction of what's to follow. Illustrating the pop-centric focus of the album, 'Everybody Talks About It' explodes with emotion – its searing vocal rising over shimmering pads and bass before building to a horn-filled crescendo, showcases Crackazat at his song-writing zenith.

The deep disco of 'I'm Easy' sees blissful chords glide over weighted bass as the vocal powers across the panorama, bursting with Quincy Jones-inspired horns above delicately woven keys and raw house drums. Nowhere are the album's meditations on hardship more vivid than on the modern jazz ballad 'Simple Things’, This compelling composition blends shades of Robert Glasper with futurist deep house to dramatic effect.

Fusing modal jazz with UK garage, we segue directly into the warm throes of an enraptured dancefloor via the irresistible bump of 'It's All Different', its soulful vocal embellishing a heavy club rhythm as the trumpet solo and Rhodes chords cascade across the horizon. Title-track 'Evergreen' opens with a sprightly jazz swing before dusty drums add body to the sophisticated instrumentation, presenting jazz and house as a single entity as the well-orchestrated wind instruments, keys and mallets dance over an improvised walking bass line. The distant vocal elevates the track into the stratosphere before the arrangement resolves, neatly leading us into the Collier-esque accapella and vintage jazz aesthetics of 'Cedencia', where signature vocal cadences ascend to celestial heights for an interlude that ushers in a departure from the futurist first-half of the album.

Arriving in the funk-infused second act, the salsa rhythms of 'True Power' intoxicate as they propel the Peven Everett-inspired vocal, with driving percussion skipping over live bass and keys before horns add tension to the groove, dissipating for a dub-heavy outro. The scattered, broken jazz of 'Save Something' finds Crackazat and his live band in full effect. Fiercely dynamic while intellectually riveting, the track incorporates Latin energy with understated cool to devastating effect.

Once again illustrating an unparalleled songwriting prowess, the Hancock-esque e-piano solos, slap bass and enthralling lead vocal of 'Nominee For Love' prove spellbinding as they combine, the sing-along chorus interplaying with buoyant horns for an unfettered celebration of life. Maintaining the celebratory sentiment, boogie-themed 'Thank You' arrives as an exuberant outpouring of gratitude, once again marked by breathtaking orchestration and a proudly positive aesthetic as loose-limbed piano solos and boogie bass cement the track's authentic Stevie meets MAW feel. Finally, the immaculate collection comes to a close with the self-nurturing intention of 'Good Enough', where sparkling chords, emotive synth solos and impassioned vocal merge for an emotional modern soul ballad.

'Evergreen' is nothing short of a triumph, exhibiting all the hallmarks of a future classic while propelling Crackazat into stratospheric artistic dimensions. Expertly fusing primal dance magnetism and jazz dexterity with a flawless production sheen, this remarkable album is destined to find its way into the playlists of a multitude of admirers while enhancing this exceptional artist's already glittering reputation.