The thing that impresses me most about Far Out is their commitment to new music. With a market place who`s thirst for reissues seems unquenchable, it would be easy for them to fall back on their vast knowledge – and contacts – cash-in and stick with only archival releases. But instead they seek out young artists and producers. Plough label profits back into recording sessions. Jake`s selections here are a clear reflection of that commitment.
So as not to be boring and self aggrandising, I haven’t chosen any Far Out releases for this…
Three Tracks For Dancing
Joe – Tail Lift – Hessle Audio
Straight up banger from the elusive Hessle Audioean. It samples Barely Breaking Even too!
Dego & Kaidi – Treasure Beach – Sound Signature
Two of the very best at their very best on Theo Parrish’s label. I`m not even close to taking this one off regular rotation yet.
Deoke – Kamby Version – Tiffs Joints
A scorcher from Born Cheating’s new imprint that gets the best out of an Idris Muhammed tune I can’t remember the name of.
Three Tracks For Chilling
Duval Timothy – Ibs pt2 – Carrying Colour
Beautiful track from a very talented and exciting young pianist / composer. Hope ‘ibs’ doesn’t stand for what I think it does though.
Carlos Nino & Friends – Organic Self – Leaving Records
Standout track from a brilliant new LP by the LA impresario.
Visible Cloaks – Terrazzo – Rvng Intl.
2017 was another great year for ambient music and this was a particular highlight.
Three Long Players
Vibration Black Finger – Blackism – Enid Records
Self described as ‘Spiritual Jazz with a Post-Punk attitude’ but there’s way more than that going on in this record as well. In Rhythm is one of the freshest and most buoyantly funky tracks we’ve heard this year.
Lord Echo – Harmonies – Soundway
The Kiwi multi-instrumentalist drums up another glorious LP of dubbed up soul. It’s impossible not to love Lord Echo.
Ruby Rushton – Trudi`s Songbook: Volume One – 22a
22a are on fire right now, Volume Two of this was just as great.
Raw Soul Express – Best Kept Secret – Athens Of The North
A flawless rare Soul LP. AOTN doing what they do best.
The Other People Place – Lifestyles Of The Laptop Cafe – Warp
The first ever reissue campaigned for by a change.org petition was finally reissued and for some reason I haven’t seen it in any other end-of-year charts so far???
Pastor T. L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail) – Light in The Attic
Gospel like absolutely nothing else. Stunning.
Ron Trent – Prescription – Rush Hour
Loads of amazing and bangin’ House from the legend Ron Trent. An investment but well worth it.
Various – Musica Per L’Immagine – Fly By Night Music
A deep delve into the wonders of Italian Library Music.
Various – Funky Chimes Part 1: Belgian Grooves From The 70’s – Sdban
Like Musica Per L’Immagine, this highlights a little known world of music that is just fantastic.