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The Invicta Mixtape
Brownswood Recordings
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December 3, 2021


SIDE A: Exclusive Cassette-only continuous mix of 'STR4TA - Aspects' remixes compiled by Gilles Peterson and Sam Bhok

SIDE B: Includes full STR4TA - Aspects Album

  1. Aspects
  2. Rhythm In Your Mind
  3. Dance Desire
  4. We Like It
  5. Steppers Crusade
  6. After The Rain
  7. Kinshasa FC
  8. Vision 9

Brownswood Recordings are proud to present an extension of the ever-evolving world of STR4TA, the brainchild of long time friends and collaborators Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick. Their debut new wave Jazz Funk album ‘Aspects’ was released in March to a rapturous reception, garnering the attention of tastemakers on a global scale. ‘The Invicta Mixtape’ boasts an array of illustrious producers and polymaths unleashing their respective unique interpretations of STR4TA’s standout tracks. This release is a limited edition cassette tape with only 200 available worldwide and features a continuous mix of the reworked and reimagined music by Gilles Peterson and Sam Bhok (Worldwide FM/Stay Put). A digital version (‘The Invite Remixes’) with the individual tracks will be released separately.

Opening with a percussive stripped-back, cowbell-driven rework of ‘Dance Desire’ by Steve Conry (Ten Lovers Music) & Japan’s finest cuban-inspired percussionist Takashi Nakazato, orchestrated by Colin Curtis, and a funk-laced ‘Rhythm In Your Mind’ by Ashley Beadle (North Street) plus Glasgow’s Nuovi Fratelli add a cosmic disco flare in the mix. Dave Lee’s rework of ‘After The Rain’ harps back to the classic Brit-Funk era whilst tailoring it to contemporary club culture with this spaced out Dub; conscientiously keeping the essence of that raw magic in the original. ‘Vision 9’ is catapulted to cult underground dancefloor status, reconceived by Melé's rhythmic inventiveness and Delfonic’s virtuoso. The mix also features LA-based experimental techno pioneer, Dave Aju, and the spellbinding Demus Dub originally released on an 12” white label in September 2020. To compliment his massive overview of U.K. Jazz-Funk published in Wax Poetics, DJ veteran Greg Wilson remixed STR4TA’s debut single ‘Aspects’ strictly for the dancers.

At the core of STR4TA is pure party music inspired by the gritty DIY sounds of the cult 80s Brit Funk era, emanating a live, raw & improvised energy, where musicians and dancers alike lay it all out on the dancefloor. The mixtape honours the importance of Radio Invicta, London's very first soul station running from the late-60s to mid-80s. Set up by passionate vinyl collectors Peter St Crispian and Tony Irons from Tony’s bedroom in Mitcham, the station expanded to a studio and from 1978 the station began operating every Sunday for three hours from midday. This innovative pirate station became a rich source of inspiration for Club DJs. Radio Invicta was the one that got there first. It was the first soul station in Europe, one of the first pirates to make the jump to VHF, one of the first to introduce stereo and live broadcasting from a separate studio location, and the first to give a home on the dial to the top club DJs of its day. Invicta set the blueprint for all the dance music stations that followed. (Full article written by here). The B-side contains the complete original STR4TA album.


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