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Kofi Holmes Attivor aka Mined is - quite literally - a man of many names. Born to a Ghanaian family in Tooting in London, this electronica newcomer, philomath and a Molecular biologist was given eight names at birth. Raised on the RnB and soul from his parents record collection, he was granted his wish to get his first “sleek, silver Casio”. Putting his musical experiments on hold, Kevin went on to pursue his other passion of science at University of York and a Molecular Cell biology degree. While investigating the sonic landscapes of Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” and the work by artists like Spooky Black, Majical Cloudz and Foals, he started developing his own sound that embodied his philomath pursuits. Mined deals with his emotions with brutal sincerity while placing these lyrics in a sanctuary-like, pastoral sonic sphere, gravitating towards the tranquility of James Blake, Caribou and Boards of Canada. “I’ve always been more drawn to poignant honest music that evokes a sense of melancholy, or sadness or nostalgia”, he explains. Written in his room in London, his tracks were created as a form of escapism. Partnering up with the filmmaking duo The Rest (Jungle, Little Simz) and illustrator/Stormzy collaborator Sam Adefe to visualise the crisp richness of Mined’s quintessential British electronica. The intricacy of his sound, stunning visualisation and candid attitude towards songwriting makes him a compelling new name in the British electronic music scene.
In 1978, famed Latin Jazz percussionist Willie Bobo released a promo-only 12” single featuring a “Special Disco Version” of “Always There”, a cut from his most recent album Hell of An Act To Follow. Pressed in extremely limited quantities and never available commercially, this 12” quickly became a highly sought-after rarity for DJs and collectors. Now, this lost treasure is back in print while supplies last, complete with an exclusive a new multitrack edit of “Always There” from DJ / crate-digger extraordinaire Kon (BBE / Soul Clap) on the B-side. Released in partnership with the Bobo family, this official pressing revisits a dancefloor-ready masterpiece.
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Paul Johnsons debut album originally released in 1995 is a classy mixture of deep soulful house and harder, more techno style house beats. Born and raised in the birthplace of House Music, Paul Johnson has released a vast amount of music for some of the most consistently underground dance labels before hooking up with Peacefrog. 12” releases on the likes of Cajual / Relief and Dance Mania led to his debut album release “Bump Talkin” in 1996. This and the follow up “Feel The Music” became two of the most talked about releases of their time. His remix work for Stacy Kidd, Joey Beltram, Green Velvet, Armando, CC Penniston, Ron Trent, K-Alexi, and Steve Poindexter amongst many others have made their way into all the big DJ’s boxes, many of which remain there to this day. Paul’s breakthrough moment arrived in 1999 with his International hit “Get Down” which is still heard in clubs and on the radio to this day.
"If I Was Your Girlfriend" was the second single from American musician Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times. The song was a hit in the United Kingdom but was only a minor hit in America. It was originally from the Camille project of 1986, which was to be released under the guise of Prince's alter ego named Camille. The song is delivered from an androgynous male perspective to a woman, wherein Prince explores the possibilities of a more intimate relationship if he were his lover's platonic girlfriend. The B-side to the track was another "Camille" track, "Shockadelica".