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Your May guide to the best new music available today.

todayMay 9, 2023


May new music appreciation!

If you’re looking for new music, you’ve arrived at the right place! Welcome to the May edition of the LiQUORiCE Nu Music Show. This month’s new music features soul funk magic from Tel Aviv’s Sababa 5 on Batov Records. Jazz Funk brilliance from Batavia Collective, a sublime neo soul cut from Reel People and gorgeous world music via Putumayo and afrobeat from Dele Sosimi. We finish on a soulful house vibe to give you a sizzling hot May New Music show. Read on for more details and click the link above to hear what we’re getting so excited about! 

Batavia Collective – BTVC

Jakarta based trio Batavia Collective have made an instant splash on the music scene with their infectious brand of neo-jazz fuelled funk. For our new music show we went with one of our favourite cuts ‘Riot on Friday’ from the EP. The production and musicianship is first class and sounds better and better with each listen. 

Rick Clarke – Guess Who

Street soul grail alert! We drop a much-needed reissue for the previously white label-only Guess Who LP – originally self-released anonymously by Rick Clarke in 1992.

Crossing ruff-but-sweet UK street soul sensibilities with stripped-back house, garage and hip-hop flavours, the Guess Who LP was dropped stealthily during a period in the early 90s – when Rick was signed up to Soul II Soul’s Funki Dreds label, which contractually restricted him from releasing his music elsewhere. Bubbling with creative energy and a slew of ideas, he just couldn’t help himself from getting out this there. Clarke brought a range of friends and collaborators to his MJB Records studio in West Kensington where the LP was produced and recorded on his trusty Fostex E16 within a couple days time.

Raw drum machines and simple but effective bass-lines & melodies abound across the album’s 9 offerings, with tracks at times feeling like pencilled musical ideas still in flux. Highlights include Jill Francis’ sublime vocal on the stripped-back samba-esque groove of Gonna Make You Happy, the sugary soul harmonies of Imaani’s Share My Love With You, and criminally short outro track Sweet Vibrations. Freestyle Records reissue the previously white label-only ‘Guess Who’ LP, originally released anonymously by Rick Clarke in 1992 Raw drum machines and simple but effective basslines & melodies abound across the album’s 9 offerings – with tracks at times feeling like pencilled musical ideas still in flux. ‘Guess Who’ blends ruff-but-sweet UK street soul sensibilities with stripped-back house, garage and hip-hop flavours.

Reel People & Paula – Vibe (Mood Remixes)

VIBE was originally released back in 2021 as part of the bands three-track EP, HEARTS COLLIDE and features versatile Atlanta-based singer PAULA, who brings earthbound maturity and heft to VIBE despite its idealistic lover’s gaze.
The single is also part of the new REEL PEOPLE album, LOVE2 dropping on 24th March 2023.

MOODS is the project of Rotterdam-based producer NICK LUBBERSEN.
Having already established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in electronic music with his slinky original productions and tight, crisp mixes the man is in demand right now. Recent collaborations and remixes with the likes of TWO ANOTHER, PIP MILLET,T and BONDAX have enhanced his reputation further and on Spotify he has received in excess of 60 million streams.
MISTAJAM, MONKI and JAMZ SUPERNOVA are consistent champions of his work across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra while in the US he enjoys regular play on key stations including KCRW and Sirius XM

New music from all around the world

BBE Music presents the remixed version off the critically acclaimed Jazz album ‘Reflections’, crafted by the award-winning Harv-inder Singh also known as DJ Harv alongside his partner in studio Sub One of We Are The Horsemen fame.

Mastered with love by Grammy award nominated The Carvery Studios, this infectious house-themed version of Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane’s classic track will take you on a journey of musical discovery. Immerse yourself in Alina and We Are The Horsemen’s reimagining of Fire today! Bzhezhinska’s music is a unique blend of classical, jazz, and avant- garde influences, and she has been praised for her expressive and intricate playing. She has appeared at major festivals and venues across Europe, the US, and Japan, as well as an iconic performance at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Sounds. Her music is both ambitious and accessible, and she is a passionate advocate for the harp’s potential as a modern instrument. This remix of Fire transforms this much loved Jazz classic into a dancefloor filler, worthy of a place in any worthwhile DJ’s pen drive. DJ Harv (We Are The Horsemen) is an award-winning London-based DJ and producer. He has been producing and DJing for over 20 years, and has established himself as one of the most respected and innovative DJs on the UK music scene. His blend of styles and sounds, from house to hip-hop, Jazz to Afro Latino, His Outernational Sounds & Record Label have made him one of the most sought after DJs. He has performed at some of the biggest festivals and clubs around the world and has released a number of successful records. His music has been featured on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and has been supported by artists like Skream, Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson and many more. He is an active member of the underground music scene and continues to push boundaries with his unique and forward thinking approach to music.

This collaboration is definitely one to savor for all occasions, a wonderful reimagination of Alice Coltrane and Joe Henderson’s iconic track. 


‘Limited Edition Clamshell Box’, which doubles up as a DJ box for your Brazil 45s collection.

A. Inês Soares – Toyota – Um Amor Para Toda A Vida / B. Nichollas Mariano – Dita Cuja / C. Sebastião Tapajos / Pedro Dos Santos – Cantico Del Agua / D. Pedro Dos Santos Y Sebastião Tapajos – Todo Es Moda (Tudo É Moda) / E. Hareton + Meta – KM110 / F. Hareton + Meta – Hippie 12 / G. Módulo 1000 – Big Mama / H. Módulo 1000 – Isto Não Quer Dizer Nada / I. Erasmo Carlos – É Preciso Dar Um Jeito, Meu Amigo J. Erasmo Carlos – Meu mar

For the fourth instalment of our much-loved Brazil 45 Boxset series, we have the privilege of presenting a selection from true hip-hop royalty, Mike D of Beastie Boys. The boxset brief is simple, a curated selection of your most beloved tracks from Brazil’s rich musical tapestry. Mike didn’t disappoint, digging deep to unearth incredible funky psych rock, dreamy MPB and experimental nuggets. In a reflection of his most famed musical output of hip-hop and hardcore punk; it’s no surprise he has cherry-picked from the experimental and leftfield side of what Brazil has to offer.

Things kick off on the first 45 with a curveball. An obscure and mysterious promotional only 7″ track by Inês Soares recorded for Toyota cars and originally released in Portugal. This is paired with Nicholas Mariano’s solitary 7″ single ‘Dita Cuja’, an ultra-raw, distorted, garage rock rough diamond. Up next, we have two leftfield offerings from the visionary composer / percussionist / instrument inventor, Pedro Santos, alongside guitarist Sebastião Tapajós. These are followed by two slices of genius taken off Hareton Salvanini’s sought-after Hareton + Meta EP from 1971. Circling back to the psychedelic rock vibe, we have both sides of a supremely rare Modulo 1000 7″ compacto originally released on Odeon Records in 1970. Mike’s love for the dreamy 70s MPB / ‘Clube Da Esquina-esque’ lush sound is represented by two selections from the impeccable Erasmo Carlos. 

Having Mike involved, we knew this project was going to be special. He has delivered a wondrous boxset that has his identity stamped and forged in the selection.


From virtual obscurity to the top of the game, Captain Mustache has seen a meteoric rise with a plethora of high profile releases and collaborations displaying his signature aesthetic.

Ranging from electro to indie infused electro clash, his talent is varied and shines true with this brand new double pink vinyl 12″ LP. With already stellar productions, some of electronic music’s heroes are featured as collaborators or vocalists including the legendary K-1 of AUX 88, Dave Clarke, dynArec, and Hiroki Esashika.

Now Available: A brand-new set of remixes by Commuter, CYRK, Larionov, Sound Syntheses, Raiders of the Lost ARP and Science Cult co-owner Syrte for Captain Mustache’s iconic debut album on Science Cult. 

Joris Feiertag is a Dutch producer and live-act from Utrecht in the Netherlands who makes music that is a finely balanced combination of organic and synthesised elements, often using ingenious syncopated rhythms combined with instruments such as the harp and kalimba.

This autumn he will release Roots, his third album on revered German imprint Sonar Kollektiv. Having concentrated his attention on catchy hooks and a number of guest voices on his first, and deeper breakbeat workouts on his second, Joris felt it was time to deliver something that sat comfortably in a space somewhere between the two. The LP features not only a plethora of vocalists from across the globe including Noah Slee, Falle Nioke, Nego True and OSHUN, but also sees the producer playing with some of his favourite vocal samples, as he does on Didn’t Know Why (You Lost Your Soul), the third single to be taken from the album.

When searching for a simple vocal hook to play around with, Joris had to look no further than his, or at least his label’s, own backyard. Taken from the 2018 album The Pool by Sonar Kollektiv founders Jazzanova, Slow Rise features the soft, soulful vocals of Bolivian born and Berlin based indie folk artist, David Lemaitre. Sampling your own back catalogue surely chimed with German efficiency, and before long David’s voice was being harnessed to great effect on this very catchy dance floor chugger.

There’s more new music!

Elsewhere in the show we have the amazing Demarkus Lewis on Viva Recordings, Oscar Martos on Rocafort Records, Str4ta on Brownswood, Emamkay on Stay True Sounds and much more for you to add to your record collection for this month.

You can restream the show on our Mixcloud page and also tune in to the show and many additional releases that we couldn’t fit into the 2 hours here.

That’s all for now but see you again for the May Nu Music Show blog.

About The LiQUORiCE Nu Music Show

There’s so much good new music out there, it’s hard to keep up! Digital technology makes accessibility much much easier but also more proliferative! So we’ve curated a show that brings the art of crate diggin into the modern dynamic where only the best new music we come across gets featured. Without specialist shows of this nature, the artist/label are in the impossible situation of trying to self promote and standout in an increasingly saturated, competitive and AI-influenced marketplace. We want to lend a hand, or should that be an ear, to the art of curating a good new music show whilst introducing you to some of the amazingly talented artists and musicians out there.

The show is live-streamed on the 1st Sunday of each month and is broadcast every day on LiQUORiCE.FM

Written by: Station Manager