Books – High Praise Edits Vol. 1 (XVI Records)


London-based producer Books returns to XVI Records with two funky grooves that make up the ‘High Praise Edits Vol.1’ release.

Steeped in his love for all thing deep and soulful, London’s Hugo Mari aka Books has been releasing quality material for some time now. His ‘Feel It In My Bones’ EP was welcomed with open arms by the likes of Moodymann, The Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson, Sassy J and Seven Davis Jr and now he’s unleashed the first in the ‘High Praise Edits’ series.


‘In The Groove’ gets things underway with its high-tempo, electrically charged 4/4 beats that’s the foundation for quality soulful male vocals and plenty of crowd interaction. Plenty of brass action really add to the flavour of this rhythmic, dazzling slab of funk.

‘Passage Of Time’ takes things a little deeper with plunging Rhodes chords, high-string fx lines, shuffling percussion and melancholic trumpet breaks that really grab your attention. Dusty intergalactic funk, sums it up for us.

Books ‘High Praise Edits Vol.1’ is available now via XVI Records here.

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