We started First Word Records in late 2003. The core team is based in London, but our roster is comprised of artists from all over the globe. As we look ahead to our 20th anniversary, and hit our 200th release, this EP is a collaborative effort from some of our current artists.
As a label, we’ve often championed musicians that create sounds that fall within the cracks of more defined-genres. Our aim has always been to highlight unique talent where we find it, and ultimately find things we deem worthy of inclusion in the great mixtape of life! Quite often the links may not seem apparent, but we feel blessed to have been able to slowly build a family of artists that not only have great respect for each other, but will quite often collaborate together without any prompts from us. This collection of music is a series of examples of that. ‘A Family Affair’.
For this vinyl EP, there is a heavy dancefloor vibe, with four tracks that nestle within the realms of broken beat.
Following her debut EP ‘Light It Again’ for us in late 2020, Allysha Joy’s track ‘Better’ is re-visited by the don Kaidi Tatham, who reworks the track in his own inimitable way; starting on a half-tempo neo-soul vein, before switching to his trademark fusion of bruk, boogie and jazz mid-way.
After a lengthy absence we’re delighted to welcome back Quiet Dawn and Sarah Williams White, with a collaborative piece between the two entitled ‘One By One’. You can expect longer projects from them both later in the year, but here’s a little vibe to wet your whistle. This, the ‘Bruk It’ version doing exactly what it says on the tin.
On the flipside, we have a delicious rub of Takuya Kuroda’s ‘Fade’ featuring the vocals of Corey King and taken from Takuya’s highly-acclaimed LP ‘Fly Moon Die Soon’. The remix work on this one courtesy of a killer combo in their own rights, KEARL aka Earl Jeffers (Darkhouse Family) and K15 (Profusion).
Speaking of K15, this EP closes out with his interpretation of Teotima’s ‘But I Can’t’ originally from their 2019 album ‘Weightless’. Taking elements of the original vocal from Ellie Rose Rusbridge, K15 transforms this one into a dreamy boogie-tinged groove – previously supported by Mary Anne Hobbs and the like.
Two of these tracks have never been available on vinyl before, whilst the other two are brand new tracks being released for the first time on any format.
‘A Family Affair’ is out on First Word Records on 12″ vinyl, April 16th 2021.