BROWNSWOOD 10 VERSIONS
Brownswood are celebrating 10 years with a vniyl only compilation of 10 cover versions - one for each year of its existence.
Sourced from Brownswood artists past and present, it’s testament to the independent label’s diverse, multifarious legacy. Starting with little fanfare, the label started slowly. Its first signings were as eclectic as you’d expect: Ben Westbeech’s bass-weighted soul music, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions’ third album of (in their words) “death jazz”, followed by the delicate meditations of Elan Mehler’s jazz quartet. Since then, the label’s sonic trajectory has remained just as tough to pin down — from Mercury-nominated Ghostpoet’s debut to Mala’s re-configuring dubstep with Cuban sound system culture, it affirmed its place as a platform for artists to grow or do something different. This collection of covers is the perfect vehicle for the ever restless, open-ended musical policy of the label. With a solid grounding in jazz, there’s Emanative’s beefed up Sun Ra stargazing (in a previously unreleased mix), Daymé Arocena’s take on a Patrick Forge-discovered, latter-day Dingwalls classic and Soil & “Pimp” Sessions’ explosive version of Art Blakey. Elsewhere, there’s British-Kenyan outfit Owiny Sigoma Band’s previously unreleased cover of Can’s “Vitamin C”, reworking hazy krautrock with their nyatiti master Joseph Nyamungu. Mala’s ‘Cunumicita’, meanwhile, sees the dubstep talisman re-framing one of Peru’s traditional touchstones.
- Emanative & Ahmed Abdullah - Love In Outer Space (Celestial Love Mix)
- Soil & “Pimp” Sessions - A Wheel Within a Wheel
- Daymé Arocena - Asking Eyes
- Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band - Think Twice (4 Hero Remix)
- Sonzeira - Southern Freeez
- Mala - Cunumicita
- José James - Spirits Up Above
- Zara McFarlane - Angie La La
- Elan Mehler - Elvis Presley Blues
- Owiny Sigoma Band - Vitamin C