Friday, 20 May 2011

First Word Is 7 (First Word Records free download)

So First Word is 7 years old which in these tough times for music and small independent labels in particular is a ripe old age and to celebrate they have put together a nice little compilation from their catalogue which is up for FREE download for seven days from now.

If you don't know this nice UK based label have been putting out some quality Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Beats since 2003 including artists like The Haggis Horns, Kidkanevil, Eliphino, Lotek, The Simonsound and the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, just in case you didn't think they were serious.

Kidkanevil kicks things off with a couple of leftfield beat adventures before Homecut supplies some conscious hip hop and one of our favourite new generation beatmakers, Elephino, drops some classy jazzy instrumental hip hop vibes. Red then goes on a bass bin destroying sci-fi mission before Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra send out some classy Afrobeat vibrations.

Lotek gets forceful but fair on a righteous riddim, paving the way nicely for Herma Puma to deliver his distinctive vocals over some fresh beats before ASM gets all hyperactive over some classic drums. Simonsound then goes vaguely mental in the electro-sonic lab before Souleance return us to the soulful sounds of planet earth and The Haggis Horns hop on a plane to Mama Africa for a tasty slice of jazzy Afrobeat. Jack & Juke then provide a funky as hell cover of Sugar Hill Gang's '8th Wonder' with a electro twist before 6is Toys go back to the soul and funk source with their 'Do Your Thing' swinger.

Honestly this compilation is something you wouldn't mind paying for it's that's good so a BIG thank you to First Word. Many Happy returns and here's to another seven years of quality music. Cheers.

First Word Records Website