22a deliver another finely worked collection of global facing homespun beats.
Positioned as always with our ears to the ground, there’s been one name that’s cropped up persistently over the last few years when it comes to London: ’22a’. Grouped in with the likes of NTS presenter Charlie Bones’ Do!! You!! record store and radio show, Paul White’s spiritual freak-out’s and Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section club night and label, they’re components on a loosely fitting imaginary axis that runs down the Eastern side of the Capital from North to South. Trend adverse and with a carefree, DIY way about things, these institutions bathe in a shared good vibe based around the charmingly simple principle of high quality music served with a smile.
22a specifically has released music from former Hyp mix contributor Al Dobson Jr and rising stars Henry Wu and Tenderlonious, as well as brothers and breakthrough acts Mo Kolours and Reginald Omas Mamode IV. The third of the three Deenmamode brothers, Jeen Bassa has maintained a relatively low profile til now – his only release a split EP with Henry Wu last year. That’s set to change though, with his ‘All My People’ due to arrive as an 11 track calling card centred around his inimitable style of, “future rare-groove”.
Two of the cuts from this breezy 22 minute affair – in the shape of ‘Cocoa Lotion’ and ‘All My People’, are available to stream below in full ahead of their official vinyl release next Monday 23rd March. The former and the longer of the two is a handclap laden groover that sounds just as at home in the middle of the Disco as it does drifting out of the hi-fi on a lazy Sunday, bringing to mind echoes of Kenny Dixon Jr – although in the most natural way possible. ‘My People (7 Seas)’ meanwhile, is more languid still – with lashings of coiled Funk guitars and distant laughter making it a highly pleasant place to while away a minute and a half or so…
‘All My People’ is out on 22a next Monday 23rd March, pre-order your copy here.