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Two Syllables Volume Eighteen

by First Word Records

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Doing these compilations every year has become a marker for me; a time to reflect on the year from a musical perspective and to take a cautious glance forward into the year to come. It’s hard not to allow the state of the world to creep into this contemplation in normal times, let alone in the challenging state of affairs that face us yet again. Anyway, I’ll avoid dwelling too much on the C-word here, as I’m guessing you’re here for a little respite from the realities of 2021. All I’ll say is that I hope you’re staying safe and well, and that music, whether it was from our little crew or elsewhere, has provided some comfort over these past twelve months.

It has certainly been a source of joy and security for me, and I’m proud that we were able to release a couple of great albums from our more established artists as well as welcome a handful of new additions to our musical family. These thirteen tracks are diverse; but from the dubbed out pop-soul of Sarah Williams White to the space-age bruk of Kaidi Tatham there is a thread running through it that is at the core of everything we do. This is music with soul, from the heart of a group of musicians, producers and vocalists that I’m lucky to call my friends.

Most of these tracks were released this year but there’s a couple that are new for this compilation. There are two tracks from artists releasing new music with us early in 2022: Sarah Williams White and Don Leisure have LPs that I’m very excited for you to hear - watch this space for announcements. Tyler Daley has blessed us with a special track just for this comp and we also have another exclusive track from FW extended family member Mo Fingaz as well as Risa T’s ‘Lucky’ courtesy of our friends over at CoOp Presents.

We’ll be back with more in 2022 so thank you again for supporting independent music and allowing us to keep doing what we do.

Much love

Gilla x

This compilation is free - if you choose to pay we'll be donating our label share to The Trussell Trust.



released December 21, 2021

Compilation/Artwork by DJ Gilla


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