Happy New Year!

by First Word on January 23, 2013

Before you bring it up, yes, it’s almost February, we know, we know…. One of our new year’s resolutions at FWHQ is to lavish more attention on our beautiful website. As the more eagle-eyed of you will notice, we hadn’t posted here for two months – preferring to use Facebook and Twitter to keep our fans informed of our news. This will change this year! We promise! With that in mind, here’s what website users may have missed: in December we released the second album from Leeds-based afro-warriors Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra. Towards Other Worlds is 8 tracks of pure space-afro-funk goodness, that recently picked up a nod from Gilles Peterson at this year’s Worldwide Awards, getting a mention in the ‘Tropical’ section. Nice! You can take a listen to it here. The end of 2012 also saw us release the 8th instalment in our free Two Syllables compilation series. Cop that here.

But enough about 2012, what about 2013 I hear you ask? Well, next week sees the first release of the new year in the shape of Souleance’s La Beat Tape – a budget-priced, 20-tracker of pure dancefloor dynamite. Listen here, and take a look at the limited edition 7″ you can get with it here. We’re also gonna have a new 7″ from Yosi Horikawa featuring the incredible Jesse Boykins III…. but more of that later. Till then, check out the Ariya and Souleance albums, and pick up your free compilation. We’ll be in touch real soon!

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