London based label 22a have been ruffling a few feathers over the last year with their no-messin’ brand of dance music acting as a creative hub for a collective of like-minded musicians; Tenderlonious, Al Dobson Jr, Jeen Bassa, Mo Kolours, Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Henry Wu. Now into the label's sixth release, comes their first ever album by Ruby Rushton. Tearing up the rule book, reaching beyond traditional jazz and coffee table conformity, this innovative bunch fuse hip-hop, afro-beat and electronic music to create "tomorrow’s music, tomorrow’s sound."
Ruby Rushton’s debut album Two For Joy was recorded in 2011 - deeply personal instrumental compositions fueled by a love of Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and Fela Kuti to more contemporary artists like Slum Village. Ed Cawthorne handles saxophone, flute and percussion alongside drummer Yussef Dayes, trumpeter Nick Walters and keyboard player Aidan Shepherd.
Moving from moments of ramped-up spell-binding energy, meditative slow-build solos, and melancholic grooves. Recorded live in one day with no overdubs, Two For Joy is the result of four friends coming together and pouring their hearts out in the most expressive way they know how.
Children of Zeus
Children of Zeus is a soul project from two of Manchester’s most respected artists Konny Kon & Tyler Daley. Konny Kon is a DJ, MC and beatmaker best known as one third of Broke’N’English alongside fellow Mancunians DRS and Strategy. Tyler Daley, also known as Hoodman went from being a respected MC and actor to one of the most in demand soul singers of recent times, lending his vocals and writing credits to music from Goldie, LSB, Soul II Soul‘s Caron Wheeler, Lenzman, Lisa Mafia, Bugsy Malone, and more.