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Too Shy

by Emma-Jean Thackray

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dronelove69 Grooves so hard Favorite track: Emma-Jean Thackray - Too Shy (12" version).
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Bob Hill Illicit Grooves What a great track. Emma-Jean Thackray is a particular favourite of all of us at The Illicit Grooves Radio Show for both her voice and trumpet playing. Wow, just wow.
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King Hippo The concept behind CHICAGOxLONDON is simple: exchange ideas, erase borders and create art. So crucial, especially considering there have been so many mechanisms created to keep us apart. Big ups to anyone down with the concept.
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78spinner This is quite to beautiful bubbler of a song. It love how it starts with a great percolating beat and then the organ and sax send the song into the stratosphere. Favorite track: Makaya McCraven - Run 'Dem (Gilles Peterson edit).
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One of the hands-down head-bangers of Makaya McCraven’s 2018 release "Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)" was bubbling London-based producer/composer Emma-Jean Thackray’s contributed track, “Too Shy.” Slotted into the B-side of the DJ-style suite, Makaya’s finishing touch on the mixtape format of the collection meant that we would miss the full extension of Thackray’s work – which was intended, as she originally made it, to run a minute longer than it does on "Where We Come From," and also include a half-time bonus beat outro.

Being the banger that it is, it seemed appropriate to give Thackray’s original “Too Shy” its own focused format, and hence we (International Anthem) have partnered (once again) with our good friends at Total Refreshment Centre to present this 12” version on limited edition wax.

The B-Side of this 12” is a smoking re-work of another cut from the original CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape, “Run ‘Dem,” courtesy of the one and only Gilles Peterson!


released November 15, 2019

Production by Emma-Jean Thackray, Makaya McCraven & Gilles Peterson

Instruments & Voices by Emma-Jean Thackray, Makaya McCraven, Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones & Soweto Kinch

Engineering by Dave Vettraino, David Allen & Emma-Jean Thackray

Mastering by David Allen

Cover Art by Raimund Wong

Executive Production by Scott McNiece & Alexis Blondel


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International Anthem is a Chicago-born recording company that produces and promotes progressive media.

The IARC mission is to make positive contributions to the changing state of the music industry, and to vitalize the demand for boundary-defying music by presenting unique sounds in appealing packages to untapped audiences.
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