Dego & Kaidi – EP2

Ever since Dego turned his back on New York to return to the UK, the 4hero co-founder and 2000Black label-head has been as busy as in his early days. The last couple of months alone saw several new releases on Rush Hour, Sound Signature and, of course, his own label. As of this week, the second Dego & Kaidi on Eglo Records adds to his impressive discography. The track you can hear above was teased for months (months!!) by Eglo co-founder Alexander Nut, and now you finally pre-order the vinyl directly from the label’s Bandcamp store. One more word about the artwork, which is once again the work of Sassy J, who designs her own clothing line and is a magnificent DJ.

Pre-order your vinyl copy today and it will ship on June 17th today, the same date goes for the digital release. Don’t sleep!

2000Black – Make It Hard

Dego and the usual suspects Kaidi Tatham and Akwesi Mensah have reunited under the name of 2000Black and are about to release their first EP on Amsterdam’s Rush Hour imprint. And whether it’s the name of this renowned label or the fruits of Dego’s creative exchange with FaltyDL, the most suprising element for me in this liaison is big music sites such as Resident Advisor or XLR8R are actually writing about it! A good thing since these cats have been overlooked way out too often in the last decade or so.

“Make It Hard” is one of three tracks on the EP, and you can pre-order your copy from the Rush Hour store. If I remember correctly, Alexander Nut was playing another new cut by Dego & Kaidi, taken from a forthcoming record on Eglo, their second following the self-titled debut from last year. Keep your eyes peeled!

Update Actually, Alexander Nut played the mentioned Dego & Kaidi track again last weekend

Scratcha DVA – Shazam City Mix

Hyperdub man Scratcha DVA goes all broken on his latest mixtape uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Despite being called Shazam City Mix, the software was not able to identify all the tracks. Even worse, it includes a couple of tracks I know sitting somewhere in my shelf, but I wasn’t able to identify them all (the Bembé track mixing into Jill Scott bugs me the most!)01. Reel People feat. Darien – Upside (Bugz Dubside Mix)
02. unknown
03. Shokazulu – Hips Don’t Fail Me Now
04. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks – Stars Shine For You
05. unknown
06. Dego & Kaidi – Acting up on that Shit Don’t Count
07. Vikter Duplaix – Manhood
08. Jill Scott – Golden (Remix)
09. unknown
10. Jazzanova – Soon (Domu Vocal Mix)
11. Shokazulu – Sammy Sebastian
12. DVA feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome – Solid
13. IG Culture – DJ Power (Use It)
14. The Free Design – Lullaby (J-Nova Remix)

If you’re able to help, feel free to post a comment!

K15 – Bordeaux

Tomorrow is the day that K15‘s new EP on WotNot Music will see the light of day. The London-based producer is known to have a broad taste in music, however, his love for house music hasn’t materialized on vinyl until know. Among the remixers are Kaidi Tatham and the duo of Glenn Astro & IMYRMIND. Having known Kieron for some years now, I know how much the Kaidi remix means to him (I’m proud of you, man!), and it’s just as good as you’d expect it be – but listen for yourself:

As mentioned before, “Bordeaux” will be available on vinyl and digitally on June 23rd, 2014.

Eric Lau & Tawiah – Favourite Truth

Following 2010’s Always Will and a guest-spot on the Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks, Eric Lau reunites with Kaidi Tatham on his latest record on Northern Shore. The track you can hear above is a first taste from his Love Call EP, to be released on May 12, 2014 on flexi-disc and digital download. Pre-order your copy today from the label’s Bandcamp store.

Kaidi Tatham – Test Mastering Nose

I’ve already expressed my love for the new Dego & Kaidi EP on Eglo (I guess I always had a thing for them doing vocals on their own), now here’s another new demo by Kaidi Tatham sounding very promising. There have been several demos that never made it on a release or stayed up on SoundCloud for longer than a couple of months, so take a good listen before it vanishes for good.

Also, how much longer do we have wait until we can hear a proper London-LA collaboration? Chances might be better than ever before, as Eglo have a Shafiq Husayn record lined up next!

Dego & Kaidi EP

I wasn’t always sure what to make about those last couple of releases by Dego and Kaidi Tatham. The line between having a distinct sound and sounding the same can be a thin one, and indeed it sometimes seemed to me that all that changed was the name under which their music was released. Or maybe I was just into something else at the time. It doesn’t matter anymore, because their latest EP on Eglo Record sounds all good to me. Apart from that I’m happy to see the label and two of my favourite producers working together.

The self-titled 12-inch was released earlier this week, sports four new track (all of which you can stream above) and artwork by Swiss DJ and illustrator Sassy J. Available in all good record stores as of now or the Eglo Bandcamp.

Dego & The 2000black Family

Dego & The 2000black Family

Another year, another moniker for Dego and his longterm collaborators Kaidi Tatham and Akwasi Mensah. It can be confusing if you’re not a devoted follower and the purpose isn’t always clear, I certainly find it difficult to make out a difference. But at the end of the day it’s the music I care for and incidentally the 2000black family consists of some of my favourite musicians.

So, there’s a new record coming out on Enrico Crivellaro’s Neroli imprint, the label that released some of Dego’s finest dance music many moons ago. Judging from the snippets, the highlight of the new EP is the opener Find A Way featuring Kaidi and Akwasi on vocals. The other vocal track brings back Bembe Segue, who we haven’t heard of in a while.

You can listen to the snippets or simply pre-order your copy on Rush Hour or Juno, the release date is September 2, 2013.

Kaidi Tatham live at Jazz Re:freshed

We used to do this more regularly, but I don’t recall any decent recordings of Kaidi Tatham at what’s he’s doing best: playing the keys. The fine people of Jazz Re:freshed uploaded this one moments ago, it shows Kaidi playing at one of their concerts back in 2011. The first track is Do What You Gotta Do taken from In Search of Hope, not sure about the second.

Note to Adam and Bunny: Great job, love how the video looks!

Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks – Mr Pickles

2000black are teasing us properly lately, first the free downloads, then a video from the recording sessions. Today, they present us another video and a first full track from the forthcoming album by Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks. Still no details on the album, but I’m getting used to this teasing – keep them coming!

In the studio with Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks

There’s no doubt the forthcoming album by Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks will be good, a look at those names makes it clear already. Once you’ve watched the video and seeing them have a good time during their record sessions, you know the album won’t just be good – it will be great! I certainly had a smile on my face and I’m looking forward to more details on the new album. In the meantime, you can download these freebies if you haven’t already.

2000black Freeness Vol. 4

As mentioned on Twitter the other day, there’s a new Kaidi Tatham album in the making. Scratch that, it’s actually an album by Kaidi Tatham, Akwasi Mensah, Matt Lord and Dego, a team that has collaborated before in one way or another. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks, or let’s just call them TMLR for the moment. There’s no title for the TMLR album yet (presumably self-titled), neither is there a release date – but being finished raises hopes that it might not be too long.

For now there are a couple of outtakes available for download. Keep an eye on the 2000black for further announcements from TMLR!

Kaidi at Jazz Re:freshed

Kaidi at Jazz Re:freshed


It has become a kind of tradition by now that in the last week of August, the great Kaidi Tatham is gracing London with a live appearance. We’ve posted videos of these events more than just once, so if you’re in London this Thursday make sure not to miss this show at Mau Mau Bar!

The concert is once again hosted by Jazz Re:freshed, who also released the Kaidi’s 5ive a year ago. For more details, visit their website and check the Facebook page for the event. Hope to see you there!

Jazz re​:​freshed Live – Prelude

Jazz re​:​freshed Live - Prelude

Cover Artwork

Only yesterday we talked about the Jazz re:freshed anniversary. Now there’s a free compilation for everyone that couldn’t make it to their celebration yesterday. Oh Jazz:refreshed, I always wanted to, but I never attended one in 9 years. Anyway, here is one track for every year, including favourites such as Kaidi Tatham, Mark de Clive-Lowe or Richard Spaven – and a lot of artists I’m looking forward to discover myself!01. Kaidi Tatham – Night With Jude
02. 12 Tone Brass Band – Good Times
03. Séb Pipe’s Life Experience – Dice
04. Dan Waldman Band – Vulcan Elements
05. Mark de Clive-Lowe Trio – Smoked Something (interlude)
06. Grant Windsor’s 3 Five Blind – 3 Five Blind
07. Richard Spaven – Maz Live
08. Al Scott Trio – It’s A Start Live
09. The Unknown Mystic Musound – Into The Unknown Live

You can download this live album for free, it’s only the prelude of more live recordings to come in the future.

I have to big up Adam, Bunny Bread and all the others for the artwork, the liner notes and of course for making all of this happen in the first place. If you read this, please grant me one wish and announce your events as early as possible – I would love to witness Jazz re:freshed live once in my life!

Kaidi Tatham – Organic Juggernaut (live)

As the latest show by Benji B has a Maida Vale session by Kaidi Tatham, I was looking on YouTube for any videos of that. Coincidence or not, I found this newly uploaded video from last year’s album launch party.

Rumor has it there’ll be a new album sometime this year. In the meantime you can pick up his last one, or educate yourself by listening to K15’s excellent Introduction to Kaidi Tatham.

And as if there wasn’t enough coincidence involved yet, Kaidi Tatham will play at the Jazz Re:freshed birthday party tonight!