Ask anyone: Detroit’s Andrés is having an excellent year.
The house veteran (and one time Slum Village DJ) has long been one of the city’s most important characters, releasing funk-heavy records for Moodymann’s KDJ/Mahogoni labels and collaborating with Theo Parrish. Still, he recently charmed us all over again with the astonishing ‘New 4 U’, a summer jam which, we suspect, will work equally well as a winter warmer. He’s also recently snipped the ribbon on a new label, La Vida, and flitted effectively from boom-bap to boogie on the great Things You Like EP.
Andrés is now set to drop a super-limited new 12″ through Sounds Of The Universe. ‘Ribena’ arrives as part of the label’s Art+Sound 12″ series, previously home to Tevo Howard and Hieroglyphic Being. It’s a bright, soulful cut, trading in the barely-restrained excitement of ‘New 4 U” in favour of something much more languid.
The disc arrives augmented with a hand-etched engraving on one side (courtesy of “extreme hand letterer” Ski Williams), and each release is hand-numbered. Best be quick: only 300 copies have been printed, and the record will only be available from the Sounds Of The Universe record store and Soul Jazz Records.
Sounds Of The Universe are keeping the track under wraps for now, but you can listen to ‘New 4 U’ below. (Update: clips of the track are streaming over at the Sound Of The Universe site)