Legendary Chicago house singer Robert Owens’s new album, Night Time Stories (Compost Records), is out February 22. Owens is backed by an all-star production cast that includes Charles Webster, Jimpster, Atjazz, Wahoo, Marc Romboy, Kirk DeGiorgio, and Kid Massive.
The influential broken-beat and future-funk outlet Goya Music has been reconstituted… sort of. New digital store Adela Street has opened for online business and carries a complete line of funk, house, Latin, and broken-beat releases in digital format from Afronaught, Sinbad, Colonel Red, I.G. Culture, Domu, Phil Asher, Bugz In The Attic, and more.
Speaking of broken vibes, London’s bass-heavy Latin lovers Zero dB release their new “Heavyweight Gringos” EP on Ninja Tune this month. Remixes on the single come from Stockholm’s Dibaba, plus the U.K.’s Goetz and A.F.T.C.
Richard E of Solar Apple Quarktette, along with Further Out Recordings, will be active on the DJ and release front in 2008. He promises new tracks on FO from Bossa Futura, DJ Saturn, and K-Scope (feat Jennifer Moore) plus remixes from Nu Tropic, Sidewinder, Aaron Jerome, Flowriders, and more.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistan’s greatest Sufi devotional singer who passed away in 1997, lives on with new interpretations of 2007’s Gaudi album Dub Qawwali on Six Degrees. Dub Qawwali Remixes drops February 19 (digital download only) and features reworks by Bristol dubstep innovator Pinch, Cheb i Sabbah, Pathaan, and Gaudi himself.
The Mixdown recommends the following recent and new release singles burning up our music folders and record crates:
Austria-based Dorian Concept's “Two Hour Power” EP (TrebleO) is killer, with Flying Lotus or Dilla-style headnod beats; dreamy and dope.
4hero's “Morning Child Remixes” contains deep reworks from Landau Orchestra and Massive Attack’s Daddy G.
Chieko Kinbara’s house single “Time To Love” (Nitegrooves) is produced by Louie Vega and Blaze, with gorgeous vocals and violin solos; a Shelter classic in the making.