Ah Que Legal (Reginald Omas Mamode IV remix) (3:21)
Ah Que Legal (Jeen Bassa remix) (3:42)
Review: Joe Davis' Far Out Recordings is indeed an endless source of good music and outernational slickness. The British digging veteran has given us an insurmountable amount of pearls over the years but, specifically, he's opened a whole Pandora's Box of Brazilian music; word on the street is that he was the man who sold Gilles Peterson his first, now rare-as-hens-teeth, Brazilian 12s and LPs back in the 90s. His latest 12" features Azymuth drummer Ivan Conti, remixed and reinterpreted in the finest of UK flavours and, more specifically, form a selection of artists whom we rarely see these days. Broken beat pioneer IG Culture rewires "Mamao's Brake" in the most poignant of fashions, tearing up that percussion and letting it run wild amid scores of trippy synths, while 22a's Tenderlonious gives the tune a funky albeit minimalistic sort of flavor. "Ah Que Legal", on the flip, is first retouched by Reginald Omas Mamode IV, who turns in a beautifully stripped-back, lo-fi waver, and then by Jeen Bassa who goes for the hazy, boogie sort of flex. This is very warmly recommended. 5 stars.
Review: One third of Azymuth and an all-round legend Ivan Conti is set to drop his first solo album in over 20 years next year. And here's a wee teaser with three on-point versions from three exceptional soul craftsmen: Max Graef goes on the cloud hopping dreamy jazz tip, allowing Ivan's brushed drums to shimmer in the all the right spaces, Contours flex hard on a classic bruk vibe where the main players are Conti's swing and the juicy fruit bassline while Glenn Astro gets lively with a heavily shaking afro rhythm and sweeping p-funk chords. Bring on the album.