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One of the highlights of 1999 was Variations, a vicious LP bringing together afrobeat, house and nu jazz into one awesome package.  The geniuses behind the album were Tim Hutton and Nick the Record, otherwise known as the Soul Ascendants. 

To say the creation of the Ascendants was unlikely is a bit of an understatement.   Hutton had many years of experience as a musician, performing everything from experimental techno for Aphex Twin to backing Lady Kier from Deee-Lite on her solo dates. Nick is one of the more famous dance collectors in the UK, well respected for his disco library.

Nick's love for the groove combined with Hutton's skill on a number of instruments made the Ascendants click.  When they somehow convinced Tony Allen to join them for a couple of tracks, their fate was sealed.   Forward-thinking Nuphonic signed them up and the album was an instant classic.

Whether there will be any new Ascendants releases is up in the air.   Hutton is in the process of resuming his solo career, Tony Allen continues to travel the world with his 21st century dubbed-out afrobeat and Nick the Record is back to searching down rare records and overseeing compilations for various labels.

Soul Ascendants' Deepest Groove

Variations (Nuphonic, 1999)
An epic and inspired album.  True to Nuphonic's mission of expanding the parameters of music, Variations destroys genre classifications, as much Masters At Work as Mizell Brothers. Essential listening.  Please, sirs, may we have some more?

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