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We’ve been looking forward to announcing this for some time now, and the moment has finally come.

The first official signing to Albert’s Favourites, outside of the founding three, is Hector Plimmer. Hector had music featured on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers 11, won the Steve Reid InNOVAtion award, has a regular night at The Ritzy in Brixton with Wu-Lu and hosts a regular NTS Radio show.

“Very, very good.” Gilles Peterson

“Gorgeous, hypnotic.” Dom Servini

“A subtly infectious little cracker.” The Monitors

Psyche-Pop Afrobeat

We first became aware of his original compositions while at Sounds Of The Universe for his close friend Wu-Lu’s Ginga tape launch (buy this, it is essential). And since then Hector has brought to us an album of incredible music, which we intend to release to you next year.

But first, we have the 7″ single, Eastern System. Written and recorded with his, then, neighbours Drahla, it is psyche pop, afrobeat, middle-eastern melodies and hip hop confidently rolled into one. It’s amazing.

But, now, we bring to you, with the help of the excellent The Ransom Note, the hypnotic b-side, Kalimba, AND, thanks to Music Is My Sanctuary, the a-side Eastern System.

Listen here and then be sure to pre-order either 7″ or download.

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Radio support from:

Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK

Nemone, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK

Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK

Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK – Beat Of The Week

Dom Servini, Amazing Radio, UK

Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp Weekly, US

Lefto, Studio Brussels, Belgium

Born Cheating, Radar Radio, UK

Gilles Peterson, Worldwide FM

Thris Tian, Worldwide FM

Pete OnTheCorner, Worldwide FM

Chris P Cuts, NTS Radio, UK

Phil Levene, Likwid London, UK

Jason Pulaski, KUCI, California, USA

dr Snikkers, 95bFM, Auckland, NZ

Mucho Soul, Likwid London, UK

DJ Mr Lob, Melbourne, Australia

Dobo Marzov, The 45 RPM Show, Bulgaria