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Gilles Peterson has partnered with Jean-Paul ?Bluey? Maunick to reinvigorate the loose, protean energy of the early-80s Brit-funk scene. Long-time friends and collaborators, STR4TA sees them mine new musical possibilities out of that shared formative era. It was through Maunick?s band, Incognito ? one of the essential groups of an oft-overlooked, vital pocket of Black British musical history ? that they first connected. On ?Aspects?, he and Peterson revisit that important period and the spirit that guided it: self-taught, DIY vitality, and a raucous energy built on live performance.
Bringing a fresh slant to a sound first developed by groups like Atmosfear, Hi-Tension, Light of the World and Freeez ? with Maunick, it should be noted, also a member of the latter two bands ? it?s the first material that Maunick and Peterson have released together in over a decade. First appearing in October 2020 with single ?Aspects?, the pair didn?t make public that they were behind the project; the limited edition 12? quickly sold out nonetheless, and the track received radio play from Moses Boyd (BBC Radio 6 Music), on KEXP and KCRW, and from Francois K (Worldwide FM), Trevor Jackson (NTS) and Colin Curtis (Worldwide FM).
Brownswood released Aspects on Fri Mar 26 2021. The 8 track Disco release features Str4ta.
Brownswood has released vinyl by Emanative, Gang Colours, Ghostpoet Feat Fabiana Palladino, Jose James, Mala, Owiny Sigoma Band, Zara Mcfarlane, Anushka, Diggs Duke, Dresden, Theo Parrish, Troumaca, Leron Thomas, Swindle, and Dayme Arocena.