Tokyo Dawn Records – The Nature Volume 1 [Compilation]
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01. DRMNGNOW – Australia Does Not Exist feat. Adrian Eagle, Philly & CultureEvolves
02. Natalie Slade – Humidity
03. Eliza Dickson – Gold feat. Braxton Cook & Lauren Desberg
04. Ruru – Ether
05. Inkswel & Man Made Mountain – The Master Plan (Jungle Mix)
06. Spikey Tee – Sweet Nothings
07. Planetself – You Plus Me
08. il Combo – Throw Me A Line
09. Belove – Slippin’
10. Lander – Zurs feat. Allysha Joy
11. Cool Out Sun – Plabba
12. Decades – Road To Nowhere feat. Brian Ruiz
13. Resin Dogs – Ride feat. Kel on Earth
14. Charli Umami & Jus – Where The Water Used 2 Run
15. Dreamkatchers – Oh Dear feat. Kev Brown
16. Silent Titan – Out of Sight feat. Jace XL
17. Paul Gorrie – Infinite / Limitless
Tokyo Dawn Records – The Nature Volume 1
‘The Nature’ represents an antipodean landscape of Australian voices. A melting pot of sultry depictions, deep embraces from beyond and reflections locked in the groove. The landscape vast, the influences many, but the common ground being a unity exemplified by the soul.
DRMNGNOW opens things up with some food for thought in the form of ‘Australia Does Not Exist’ featuring Adrian Eagle. Natalie Slade follows with haunting ‘Humidity’ produced by Simon Mavin from Hiatus Kaiyote. Representing Adelaide, Eliza Dickson touches on the topic of ‘Gold’, outlining her artistic journey and the struggles of expression every artist faces. Ruru then effortlessly glides over Lord Finesse style production from Funkwig on ‘Ether’, an introspective outer space journey looking deep into the soul, followed by Inkswel’s tropical mix of ‘The Master Plan’ from Melbourne Hip Hop duo Man Made Mountain.
Australian-residing Jamaican Soul legend Spikey Tee steps forth with the Jim Dunloop produced ‘Sweet Nothings’, offering a teaser for his forthcoming TDR album. Tokyo Dawn regulars Planetself then provide their hit ‘You Plus Me’, one part Bossanova soul groover, two parts love song.
Sydney boys il Combo step up next with their blues-tingled pearler ‘Throw Me A Line’, think Shuggie Otis meets D’Angelo. Melbourne up and comers Belove round things in the middle with their song ‘Slippin’, a smooth spacey tune reminiscent of Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei, but equally unique and original. Up and coming free jazz/soul band Lander follow with their encapsulating track ‘Zurs’ featuring 30/70 leader Allysha Joy on vocals, truly reflecting the bubbling Melbourne soul scene.