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Sampa The Great
Birds And The BEE9 

Born in Zambia, based in Sydney, she prefers coming at her albums from the point of view of a mixtape, hence a wild mix of songwriting, poetics and calls for social action over hip-hop, soul, samba all tied together within the web of modern pop. In many respects an album that simultaneously appeals to those looking for the next Kendrick Lamar and for a future Mercury Music prize winner ahead of the crowd, we’re mixing up Nina Simone’s classicism and Lauryn Hill’s urban beauty.
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King Geedorah
Take Me To Your Leader

We’ll let you in on a little secret: King Geedorah is an alias (a mask, if you will) of MF Doom’s, inspired by a Godzilla monster. Take Me To Your Leader dates back to 2003, when Doom was on the highest of top forms. Fantastic underground hip-hop with mighty flows and the kind of samples that only come from years of crate-digging and mad intuition. Double LP reissue on Big Dada.

Young Fathers
Tape One / Tape Two

Essential re-issue of the early years of eventual Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. 'Tape 1' and 'Tape 2' saw the band honing their near unclassifiable sound which blends hip-hop with influences from indie, jazz and soul. 'Tape 1' in particular is totally magnificent  - a call to arms that ensured that we were in the presence of something really special. 

Farai
Rebirth

It’s unclear whether Farai is to be seen as a new solo project of vocalist Farai Bukowski-Bouquet or as a collaboration between herself and producer TONE. The press release says that Rebirth is a collaborative affair, but the ‘featuring TONE’ tag on single ‘Punk Champagne’ suggests that the group’s debut LP may have been driven by Farai. However, what’s for sure is that this sparky punk-rap record is a perfect fit for Big Dada. Micachu & The Shapes drummer Marc Fell thumps a few tubs here.
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Roots Manuva
Brand New Second Hand

Due to the huge success of ‘Witness (1 Hope)’, a lot of people see Roots Manuva’s career as kicking off in 2001 with Run Come Save Me. Now that’s a fine record indeed, but to put all your energy into that album and overlook Rodney Smith’s 1999 debut LP Brand New Second Hand is a wrong move. Over beats that blended reggae, boom-bap, jungle and scratch influences, Roots Manuva delivered bars of potent dub poetry here. The overall effect comes off like Linton Kwesi Jonson remixed by DJ Shadow and makes Brand New Second Hand one of the first great UK hip-hop records. Ignore at your peril.
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WEN
EPHEM:ERA

WEN’s new set EPHEM:ERA observes grime from a studied distance, taking the core club ingredients of the sound and applying the WEN magic to them in order to construct semi-abstracted electronic music that makes you wonder: is this a piece, or a track? Either way, twelve slices of great audio. EPHEM:ERA is out on Big Dada.

Onyx Collective
Lower East Suite Part Three

After the first two instalments of their Lower East Suite series garnered considerable interest, NYC neo-jazz ensemble Onyx Collective complete the trio with an LP. The group's music combines serious jazz/free-jazz chops with techniques from music concrete, hip-hop, neo-soul and other genres, and is imbued with the same sparky DIY aesthetic as fellow Big Apple upstarts Wiki and Princess Nokia. It makes for a dense, evocative listening experience.

Young Fathers
Only God Knows feat. Leith Congregational Choir

Young Fathers new track is extra notable in two ways: first of all, it features in the big-deal new film T2: Trainspotting. Secondly, it features Leith Congregational Choir, who enable the Young Fathers to ascend to amazing levels of gospel-powered electro-punk-hop. What a wonderful ecstatic tune! 7” single on Big Dada.
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EERA
Reflection of Youth

A curveball from Big Dada here, a label not known for its work with singer-songwriters in the PJ Harvey mould. Nevertheless, that’s what we get on EERA’s debut LP - ten fiery songs that bear a pretty strong influence of Peej, as well as Cat Power, Deerhoof and Angel Olsen. Much like Devon’s famous daughter, the one born Anna Lena Bruland is in possession of a rich, earthy voice. A limited edition red vinyl is available.
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Visionist
Value

Big Grime buddy Visionist is putting out a new record on Big Dada. Barely taking a breath after late 2015's Safe, Louis Carnell has produced another study in vulnerability, this time approaching themes of machismo and effeminacy rather than safety and anxiety. Oh, and between the beats you might even spot the vocals of Visionist himself.

Zomby
GASP!

Hot on the heels of his impressive 'Ultra' album this three tracker from Zomby explores a more hardware driven sound, eschewing saturation and overdubbing in lieu of a relentless barrage of breaks and beats that is said to fit somewhere between a darkened dance floor and a chugging factory. We think we know what he means. 
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Hype Williams
Rainbow Edition

After several years off pursuing their own projects, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are back with a new album as Hype Williams. Except they aren't, as the press release reckons neither of them are involved. Or are they? The woozy, disjointed music they previously concocted has spawned lots of imitators but now we get the real thing. Or do we? 

Kutmah
TROBBB!

After multiple releases on Obey and Hit+Run, and doing a mix for Ninja Tune, Kutmah makes his debut for Big Dada with THROBBB!. High octane mash of fiery hip hob beats and a spitting punk attitude. Think Death Grips meets Run The Jewels and Edan. Features tracks with many guest artists, including Natureboy Flako, Gonjasufi, Jeremiah Jae, Akello G Light, and many more.

Wen
Carve + Gaze

We were all asking … Wen we’d be hearing something new from one of the most original voices in instrumental grime. Having been quite quiet since a flurry of releases in 2014 and 2015, the Kent producer has resurfaced on Big Dada and fronted four tracks of square-wave skullduggery. The anti-drop on lead single ‘Blips’ is a joy.

Samuel
Luv Cry

Apparently no relation to the Four Tet shuffle-anthem, Samuel’s Luv Cry is a 4 track set of futuristic R&B. Samuel’s vocals are full of feels, and they are supported by shiny and lively production from Kwes (plus a bit of work from Lockah and Ozkharp). 10” on Ninja Tune affiliate Big Dada.

Roots Manuva
Switching Sides

5 fresh new tracks from Roots Manuva here for Record Store Day. He sounds properly energised here: some of the hazy lethargy of his earlier work seems to have been blasted away by the tight and heavy productions of With You (incorporating Switch and Daouda Leonard). 500 12” vinyl copies on Big Dada.
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Congo Natty
Jungle Revolution in Dub

Jungle Revolution by Congo Natty was universally praised by critics from the likes of DJ Mag, Mojo, The Guardian, The Times and Q Magazine. Jungle Revolution in Dub takes its influence from over 30 years of British bass music maximising the bottom end that the various styles have in common. Fans of Shy FX, General Levy, Serial Killaz and Mungos Hi Fi will find plenty to like here. CD and 180gm black vinyl with 3mm spine on Big Dada.

Wiley and Zomby
Step 2001

Long-term premium grime MC Wiley has his ‘Step 20’ track reworked by the younger (but still firmly established) producer Zomby, who turns it into Step 2001. Wiley’s ever glorious flow (“I’m a chicken and pasta man /I like rice / Basmati”) is kept front and centre, Zomby firmly supporting him with a super-fresh grime vibe. 12” vinyl on Big Dada.
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Roots Manuva
Bleeds

Bleeds is Roots Manuva’s first album since 2011’s 4evereveloution. Manuva has jokingly suggested that the title refers to the fact that he is ready to bleed for his art. It is also thought that the title refers to his melding of genres from hip-hop to techno, to funk and reggae - the way they bleed into one another. Four Tet and Adrian Sherwood guest on what has been described as his best album since his classic Run Come Save Me in 2001.
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  • Big Dada

Roseau
Salt

The Rouseau sound essentially melds soulful, introspective pop vocals with serious sub-bass and spacious synthesiser melodies. Salt has a strong feeling of simmering intimacy, like a mournful contemplation of love gone wrong. This is Roseau’s first record for the Big Dada label, and comes as a CD or as an LP.

Offshore
Offshore

Sad to say, Offshore (Ewan Robertson) is no longer with us: this album is being released posthumously, with all proceeds from its sale going to a relevant charity. Offshore’s tracks hop around with a light touch, synths, drum machines and a tune-centric sensibility all playing off each other perfectly. CD / patterned vinyl on Big Dada.
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Young Fathers
White Men Are Black Men Too

Boldly titled follow-up album to Young Fathers’ award-winning debut, White Men Are Black Men Too. This group are not afraid to stir things up with their lyrics, their politics and their productions, which continue to mix hip-hop structures with all sorts of not-so-expected sonics. Released by the Big Dada label.

DELS
Petals Have Fallen

DELS is an alternative hip-hop artist whose flow and motivation is based on contradictions: he goes in for tragicomedy with darkly funny verses about his own experiences and those of the people who fill his life. This is his second record, 'Petals Have Fallen', produced by none other than Kwes, who gives the record its swaying, often raw tones. 
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  • Big Dada

Tre Mission
Stigmata

Idiosyncratic cross continental beats from Tre Mission. Stigmata is a journey encompassing all things hip-hop from Canada, England and America. His range of influences is similar in scope to his range of collaborations on this record. It's got elements of grime, trap, garage, R&B with poppy sensibilities but is rooted firmly in hip-hop. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Big Dada.
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  • Big Dada

Diplo
F10RIDA

Dance dad Diplo has been doing his own thing for a decade now and 'F10RIDA' nods at the time lapse sheepishly, offering a bunch of new tracks that celebrate the long, strange trip he's had in being a solo artist. It's a tribute to Florida, his old stomping ground, where a lot of his musical magic began.
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  • Big Dada

Kate Tempest
Everybody Down

“Wow”. Not my word but the word of none other than Chuck D. on hearing the debut album by British singer and poet Kate Tempest. Indeed the album was something of a revelation on release. Tempest's gritty street words on prostitution and drug addiction blending uniquely with Dan Carey's lively and inventive production leading to the album being nominated for a Mercury prize in 2014.  

Paris Suit Yourself
My Main Shitstain


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Thavius Beck
Dialogue


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