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TC & The Groove Family – First Home (2022 FLAC)

TC & The Groove Family - First Home (2022 FLAC)

TC & The Groove Family – First Home (2022 FLAC)

Artist: TC & The Groove Family
Album: First Home
Release/Reissue: 2022
Genre: Jazz

01. Tio
02. Bossfight
03. Dueño
04. Duende
05. Sleeping Lions
06. Sucker Punch
07. Weh Dem A Do?
08. Clipston Parade

Soaring horns, jangly highlife guitars, Latin-Caribbean polyrhythms and rousing, socially/politically-charged lyrics collide in pulsing afrobeat and UK jazz conversation on First Home, the debut album by Leeds-raised 10-piece, TC & The Groove Family, forthcoming this June 2022 on the Gilles Peterson-approved, Bristol based label, Worm Discs.


Produced by Nubiyan Twist’s Tom Excell (Onipa, Ego Ella May, Nerija) and following in the footsteps of fellow Leeds-grown talents, Submotion Orchestra and Necktr, TC & The Groove Family’s First Home melds a divergent and international pool of influences whilst also telling the story of a group of friends returning to the city where they once assembled, to chant down the powers that be and further widen the British jazz sound through a distinct 2022 Leeds filter.


Comprising members who learnt their chops performing across Leeds’s thriving live-music circuit, the band formed as the brainchild of drummer/percussionist and Midlands-raised, Tim Cook. All but one of the group studied at the renowned Leeds College Of Music and through their communion on the dancefloors/streets of Leeds’ famous Subdub, Leeds West Indian Carnival and at Cosmic Slop parties, TC & The Groove Family’s mixed-gender and multicultural unit bring together a stylistic range that encompasses Soulful house/UKG-inspired vocals, King Tubby, post-punk/indie and DJ Shadow. Inviting such a disparate group of musicians might have seemed random at first but what was to follow was an unmatched sense of comfort and familiarity.


Recorded over the course of a hot early summer’s week in Sheffield at Yellow Arch Studios, First Home blends dexterous Latin percussion, Central African psychedelia and UK soundsystem culture across eight exchanges of cross-genre exploration, augmented by Tom Excell’s finessed production and studio engineering.

Tim Cook – Drums
Paolo Mezzoni – Percussion
Mikey Scott – Guitar
Nath Sayers – Guitar
Beth O’Lenahan – Bass
Grifton Forbes-Amos – Trumpet
Hannah Mae-Birtwell – Tenor & Baritone Saxophone
Max Purcell-Burrows – Trombone
Pariss Elektra – Vocals
NikNak – Turntables