These Times

Vinyl EP

First Word Records is extremely proud to welcome the legendary New Sector Movements to the label, and the first new release from this moniker in 15 years! A 5-track EP for These Times, comprised of street soul, hip hop, jazz and bruk-tinged vibes. Founded, headed and produced by DJ & musician IG Culture (CoOp Presents / LCSM), this all-new quasi-group project also features the vocal talents of Allysha Joy, Mike City and Natalie May with additional accompaniment from Wonky Logic, Wayne Francis, Alex Phountzi and the NSM Fusion Starship! New Sector Movements (aka NSM) were the first out the gate at the dawn of the original broken beat movement, releasing their first single Groove Now / New Goya on the People label in 1997, then releasing several singles and EPs through to the late noughties, and dropping a classic album on Virgin entitled Download This. The previous incarnation featured several other artists from the bruk foundation era, including Kaidi Tatham, Izzy Dunn, Julie Dexter and Eska Mtungwazi amongst others. Awarded a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 2019 Worldwide Awards, NSM's IG Culture is a hugely pioneering prolific artist in the UK music scene. His catalogue of releases over the years has seen numerous aliases, collaborations, remixes and productions. 

After a turbulent few years in the world, it seemed a poignant moment to reinvigorate the soul, and reflect upon These Times. Here we have five brand new tracks, each illustrating a pertinent mood and attitude representing the current climate. Allysha Joy leads the vocal on EP opener These Times, a sumptuous slice of street soul with a deeply infectious horn hook. Stand is next - uptempo boom bap for the dancers, this one featuring the soulful pipes of Mike City. Hope is a midtempo jazz-funk dub again feature vocal licks from Allysha, and introducing the mysterious NSM Fusion Starship into the fold. H.E.A.T. picks up the pace with some infectious jazz-bruk business, this one lead by Natalie May on the vocals, who explains 'heat = movement, motion'. And finally Bless with closes the set on a four-four riddim with bruk sensibilites, inviting Mike City back with an uplifting vocal requesting we 'bless the people just trying to make it'. An essential EP of cross-genre vibes to resonate cross-generations, New Sector Movements do not ramp. IG Culture and crew proceed to give you what you need for These Times.


  1. These Times (ft Allysha Joy) 
  2. Stand (ft Mike City)
  3. Hope (ft Allysha Joy & NSM Fusion Starship)
  4. H.E.A.T. (ft Natalie May)
  5. Bless (ft Mike City)