To mark the end of the year, we thought it would be worth asking Strut’s Quinton Scott to pull out a few of the albums that have been on repeat at the label HQ during 2014. Hope you enjoy this round-up of archive African gems, soul stompers, DIY electronics and more.
Big thanks to everyone who has supported the label this year and wishing everyone a really happy and peaceful Christmas.
10 COMPILATIONS / REISSUES
V/A – Haiti Direct (Strut)
Hugo Mendez collects together stunning set of compass and twoubadou rarities.
Nana Love – Disco Documentary: Full of Funk (BBE)
Essential oddball West African disco set.
Well curated deluxe version of classic album with massive previously unreleased cover of ‘Me! I Disconnect From You.’
‘70s Malian legends celebrated in a superb Stern’s deluxe package.
Early Jam & Lewis slick soul genius from Brainstorm, SOS Band and more.
Superb previously unreleased ambient pieces from US artist Kerry Leimer.
Juan Atkins and Richard Davis with their seminal ‘human life meets technology’ opus from ‘83.
V/A – Suburban Base Records: The History Of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass 1991-1997 (New State)
Always a favourite rave label during the original days. Brilliant, raw, DIY dancefloor bombs and long overdue comp.
Fantastic collection of gems soundtracking Elaine Constantine’s film. Great for connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
Dark and strange DIY electronics from ‘80s West Germany.
10 New Albums
The master Terje flexes his production guns with a great mix of disco, exotica and soul on his full length debut.
Meridian Brothers – Salvadora Robot (Soundway)
Surreal soundscapes from Colombia. Future music genius.
Brilliantly bleak and blown out electro / drone soundscapes.
Primal and bonkers album mixing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms with properly wigged out psychedelics.
Expertly crafted lush synth-meets-falsetto set.
Completely obsessed with Frahm’s music and ‘Spaces’ is minimal, spiritual majesty from start to finish.
Futuristic Afro sketches touching on electro, juke and hip hop.
Kept going back to this album in 2014. Quality atmospheric soundtracky house-scapes. Fantastic production.
Massive honour to work with the Afro-soul legend this year. New album found him on top form, revisiting compositions from his youth.
Forward thinking beats and hard-knock raps. Madlib still untouchable.