We always talk about the hardest working men in show business. We are not talking James Brown today, nor are we talking about J Zone, Questlove or Pat Van Dyke. We are talking it to the UK and speaking on Tenderlonious. Label founder, DJ, saxophonist, flautist, and producer, Ed Cawthorne is a man that works damn hard. He can be found making music in bands like this or Ruby Rushton, putting out deep house/ broken beat 12″ records through Ninja Tune, Sounds of The Universe, Brownswood, Far Out, and Yoruba. His production speaks for itself: spins from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Osunlade, and more. His moxy has made a reputation for himself as being the hardest working lad in the South London Jazz world. Grabbing the torch and running with it high, he, alongside peers such as Henry Wu/ Kamaal Williams, Nubya Garca, Shabaka Hutchings, and Moses Boyd, have raised the bar in the London music scene. This debut record for his new outfit Tenderlonious features a new band he calls the 22archestra. A dream team of sorts, the band features Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne (flute & synthesisers), Hamish Balfour (keys), Fergus Ireland (bass), Yussef Dayes (drums), Reggie Omas (percussion), Jeen Bassa (percussion), and Konrad (percussion). The record itself runs the gamut from jazz to afro beat to hip hop to latin to even free form jazz joints. Highlights include “Maria”, a hot flute Brazilian influenced track that features Yussef Dayes (Yussef Kamaal) on drums and gets you out of your seat, “Togo”, a future afrobeat gem that builds steam into a locked in groove, and “SV Disco”, a funky disco track that has synths galore and if you haven’t guessed it by now, pays tribute to the mighty SV aka Slum Village. The track featured here today is “Yussef’s Groove”. The title does not lie, this one is funky and in the pocket for sure. Another piece of the puzzle that is The Shakedown. This is exactly the kind of record that we need in our life. It’s got a broad selection of influences that form together like Voltron to really get the job done. Cawthorne is not just the hardest working man in South London, but a very talented musician to say the least. This record was recorded in one eight hour session at Abbey Roads Studios, so let’s add that cherry on top of the record, shall we? Check out “Yussef’s Groove” on the stream below, and pre-order the record after the stream. Don’t miss out on this one people, it’s one of, if not the best in its class of 2018.