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Album review: Scrimshire – ‘Nothing Feels Like Everything’: expansive, opulent soul-jazz with a real beating heart

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KRATOS HIMSELF is the singular musical vision of Jethro Kratos Hopmans, whose mission is to meld icy electronics, potent cinematic beats and an expansive library of sound recordings in order to take you into a place of dark breaks. He’s set to release his fifth album of the past decade, Vectors, on February 26th via …

Arrogance Is The Death Of Men is such a different creature to Skinshape’s last, Umoja. It’s got that guitar thing going that Will does so wonderfully; lyrically, you can hear the catharsis of this year, the trials and tribulations. It’s a lovely record full of emotion and guitar that helps usher in the end of this year. Win.

IT’S BEEN days, mere days, since Will Dorey, the quiet, guitar-playing minor genius behind Skinshape, dropped his last single, Arrogance Is The Death Of Men – a sun-blissed shuffle, languid on the surface but with an angry, conscious current of lyricism about where we’re at underneath. But then, it’s been a busy year creatively for …

NOT AN artist content to rest on his laurels, ever restless, ever exploring, Will Dorey, who records as Skinshape, is set to release his second full-length album of the year; his second in three months, in fact. It was only at the beginning of September, the very end of the summer heat, that he dropped …

NEW YORK’S Still Brothers, who announced their signing on the dotted line for Hoxton’s Lewis Recordings back in midsummer with the uplifting jazz breaks of “The Deep” (we took a butcher’s, here) have just dropped their second delicious missive, “Wake Up”, for which they’ve called on the services of Brazilian cantora Marina B. Take a …

PELA, the duo of Olly Shelton and Hannah Coombes who delight in a line of stoned immaculate, blissful chillout, have just dropped their latest single, “In The Young” – you can watch the lyric video below. We’ve covered the singles they’ve been dropping right through the summer: we found “South Of” “set us adrift on …

IT’S BEEN a proper learning curve: I mean, we’ve all had to find our own ways of dealing with … this, haven’t we? Whatever gets you through.  Personally I’ve got friends who’ve deep-dived into utter vinyl addiction; who’ve really got into 5k running, or taken up painting for the very first time; who’ve planted out …

HOT on the heels of the languid sunbliss of “South Of”, celebrating their side of the Thames, PELA today release the honeyed summer melodies of “Reverie”. It’s a more uptempo offering than their last; it glimmers with electronics and a soft soul shuffle, all hand claps and the suggestion of beats, over which Hannah Coombes’ …

WILL HOLLAND – aka eclectic polyrhythmic producer Quantic – has just released a strictly limited, clear vinyl 7” (250 only!) – under the latest of his many aliases, Teletronix. And for those of you who like your beats to carry big retrotronic vibes, this is a treat. A-side “Metropolitan” grafts the Latin percussive polyrhythms he …

OFF THE back of their debut single, “You Got Me” last month, South London’s PELA have shared their second outing, “South Of”.  It’s a beguiling, dazed bliss of a track, with an underscore of Rhodes shimmer and a lazy break shuffling forward, courtesy Olly Shelton; south-of-the-river chanteuse Hannah Coombes drips honeyed sun over the top.  …