JP Manova – Longueur d'Onde

Despite not understanding a word of what’s being said, I know I like JP Manova’s rehash of Pusha T’s – Numbers On The Board.

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There’s just something about French hip-hop that works, and this one’s definitely on my wavelength.

Ata Kak – Sounds from Ghana

Having first unearthed the Ghanian highlife artist Ata Kak’s super tune ‘Daa Nyinaa’ on a cassette whilst crate digging in the Cape Coast, Ghana, niche blogger (check out the very excellent Awesome Tapes From Africa) Brian Shimkovitz embarked on a 12 year search to track down the man behind the tune.

The long search led him to discover that the singer, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, had been in Canada when the track was recorded and that only 50 copies were ever pressed. With no master to work from, the cassette he’d purchased had to act as the source for all future editions.

Re-released on 3 March, Obaa Sima, is available to buy now (LP, CD, MP3).

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Timeless production and a real heart string puller of a lyric, Leon Bridges‘ lead track Coming Home showcases what promises to be a true talent to watch develop over the coming years.

Pretty disappointed that I wasn’t on the ball to catch his first London show during March, but I hear he’s returning for some UK festival dates this summer. Don’t miss them

Roots Manuva – Facety 2:11

It’s been a while, for us and Rodney Smith, but guess what, we’re both back with all the energy and flavour we had before plus some more!

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Roots Manuva’s new slammer Facety 2:11 has been doing the rounds this week and it’s definitely hitting the mark.

Released on Big Dada on 4 May (Big Dada / iTunes), with production from another London stalwart Four Tet, this one will blow the winter cobwebs off your speakers for sure.

Bok Bok feat. Kelela – Melba's Call

Having teamed up previously on Kelela’s game changing 2013 mixtape (it’s not a mixtape, it’s an album but let’s not split hairs) for tracks Guns & Synths and A Lie, Bok Bok and Kelela have once again joined forces to deliver a jittery hyper-funk belter – Melba’s Call.

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Kelela’s vocal is soft and playful layered over the shuffle and rumble of Bok Bok’s beat. This is definitely one to crank in the Nova when out on your weekend cruise.

Melba’s Call is released on Bok Bok’s very own Night Slugs on 31 March 2014. Pre-order it here.