Brownswood Basement: Tru Thoughts – Robert Luis with Bryony Jarman-Pinto, Nostalgia 77, Sly5th Avenue and Rhi

First broadcast date: 15 March 2018

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts present their Brownswood Basement session, with live sessions, interviews and mixes from musical maverick Nostalgia 77, the ever soulful Bryony Jarman-Pinto, electronic producer and musician Rhi and NY-based multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve.

Presented by Tru Thoughts A&R and founder Robert Luis, expect everything from the classic right through to the cutting edge; from jazz and funk to soulful grooves and bass flavours with a healthy dose of hip hop thrown in.

Photography Martin Eito

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Bryony Jarman-Pinto

Having come to the attention of Tru Thoughts via her guest vocals for Werkha, Bryony Jarman-Pinto is now signed to the label as a solo artist, bringing with her shimmering soulful vocals and unique songwriting talent. Her debut album is due out in 2018.

Nostalgia 77

Ben Lamdin – the musical maverick behind the Nostalgia 77 guise – has been releasing on Tru Thoughts for fifteen years, with eclectic projects spanning jazz, hip hop, blues, funk, downtempo, soul and psychedelia. His retrospective LP (Fifteen (Best Of)) was released in February 2018.


Sly5thAve is the project of NY-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. The Grammy award-winning horns player has worked with a host of highly-fêted musicians including; Prince, Stevie Wonder, Quantic and Taylor Swift.


Described as “one to watch” by BBC 6Music, producer/singer Rhi masterfully blends her soulful voice with chilled-out beats, which range in style from bass music to hip hop and lo-fi. Her most recent album, Reverie, which explores themes of love, loss, reality and existence, is set to be pressed on limited edition purple transparent vinyl for Record Store Day in 2018.


Mink – Yellow Dust [White Label]
Parris – Hanging With The Birds [The Trilogy Tapes]
Moonchild – The List [Tru Thoughts]
Space Captain – Blue [Tru Thoughts]
Sirplus – E Hawkins (83.5 BPM) [Street Corner Music]
Nocturnal City Rhythms Eastern Swing [White Label]
Contours – Gato [Tru Thoughts]

Bryony Jarman-Pinto Live //

Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Sweet Sweet
Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Company
Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Day Dream
Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Sunkissed

Sly5thAve – Let Me Ride Feat. Jimetta Rose (Extended Version) [Tru Thoughts]
Craig Mack – Flava In Ya Ear [Bad Boy Ent.]
Ocean Wisdom Feat. Rodney P & Roots Manuva – Rightious [High Focus]
Mellowblacksoul – Deez Beats (Nirobi Edit) [White Label]
Amy True – Save Urself [Unreleased]
Lakuta – Pique (Contours Remix) [Tru Thoughts]

Nostalgia 77 Guest Mix //

Charles Mingus – Freedom (Part One) [Blue Note]
Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Maui [Nimbus West Records]
The Last Poets – North East West South [Unreleased]
Nostalgia 77 And The Monster – Thoughts To Geoff [Tru Thoughts]
Mary Lou Williams – Praise The Lord [SABA]
Game Show – Peter Pan [Impossible Ark]
Jerry David Dagicca – Watermelon [Impossible Ark]
James Allsopp Quartet – I’m A Fool To Want You [Impossible Ark]
Sly5thAve – Let Me Ride Feat. Jimetta Rose (Instrumental) [Tru Thoughts]

Sly5thAve Guest Mix //

Leon Ware – I Wanna Be Where You Are [Gordy]
Prince – Extralovable [White Label]
Prince – Purple Music [Unreleased]
Roberta Flack – I Wanted It Too [Atlantic]
Sly5thAve – Curtis [Tru Thoughts]
Marvin Gaye – Come With Me Angel [Motown]

Rhi Live //

Rhi – Real
Rhi – Romance
Rhi – Night Driving
Rhi – Too High
Rhi – The Same
Rhi – Cherry Glow

Rhi – Night Driving (Ivy Lab Remix) [Tru Thoughts]
Proc Fiskal – A Fragrance [Unreleased]
Dennis Brown & Aswad – Mosman Skank [Island Records]
Vivian Jones & Russ Disciples – Fire [Imperial House Music]
Vivian Jones & Russ Disciples – Fire Dub [Imperial House Music]
Uniting Of Opposites – Vortex Number 9 [Forthcoming on Tru Thoughts]

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