Yazz Ahmed | La Saboteuse

Bahraini-British performer, Yazz Ahmed, is transforming what jazz means in 2017. This trumpet and flugelhorn-playing artist has worked with Radiohead and These New Puritans, experiments with electronic effects, and combines sounds from her shared heritage to author a new narrative for the genre. Part of the new wave of artists credited with stirring up the sound, including Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal, Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming, Yazz Ahmed is thrilled by the possibilities of making something new. “I feel like I’m a part of modernising jazz and connecting it with audiences today,” Yazz says. “It’s exciting.”

Her new album ‘La Saboteuse’ is a deep exploration of both her British and Bahraini roots. Ably assisted by musicians including Lewis Wright on vibraphone, Shabaka Hutchings on bass clarinet and Naadia Sherriff on Rhodes keyboard, it’s composed of undulating rhythms, Middle Eastern melody and Yazz’s sonorous trumpet lines. ‘La Saboteuse’ will be released in four chapters incrementally, unravelling the story, before the full version is available. Each chapter has its own cover, with beautiful illustrations by Bristol artist Sophie Bass. “I feel really touched, nobody’s created art from my music before, it’s really special,” Yazz says.

Out on Naim Records, available on Bandcamp.

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Dwight Trible | Inspirations

Gondwana Records presents Los Angeles based jazz singer Dwight Trible’s new album. A key collaborator with the likes of Pharoah Sanders and Kamasi Washington, Trible is a long time favourite of the Gondwana record label owner Matthew Halsall. The label-debut release „Inspirations“ is produced by and features Matthew Halsall on trumpet, alongside members of The Gondwana Orchestra.

„Inspirations“ will be released on the 30th June 2017, pre-order here.

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Ruby Rushton | Trudi’s Songbook

„Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One“ is the new album by 22a-artist Ruby Rushton, written and arranged by Tenderlonious (Edward Cawthorne). The album features Edward Cawthorne on flute & sax, Nick Walters on trumpet, Aidan Shepherd on the keys, Fergus Ireland on bass, Joseph Deenmamode percussions, Eddie Hick on the drums.

Out on 22a, released May 19, 2017, available on Bandcamp, stream the entire album after the jump.

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Danielle de Picciotto & Alexander Hacke | Unity

„UNITY“ is a meditation soundtrack by Danielle de Picciotto & Alexander Hacke. During their long years of nomadic traveling Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have resorted to meditation and yoga practice to remain centered in spite of a restless lifestyle. After being asked by many fans worldwide if they would compose a soundtrack suitable for spiritual and body work, they have now finished an album with this intent.

The album is the Hacke -de Picciotto mixture of drones, throat singing, spoken word, violin harmonies, electric bass guitar and soundscapes with an extra dose of “bow chime” and Indian harmonium. The album contains three extended pieces of music each 20 minutes long specifically composed to accompany yogic exercise and to induce a meditative state.

Order on Bandcamp, stream below.

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favourite things | 4.17

favourite things 4.17/soundcloud holds songs by: Hejira feat. Lay, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Leifur James, Neue Grafik feat. Wayne Snow, Children Of Zeus, Lou Phelps feat. Kallitechnis, Future feat. Terrace Martin, Curren$y feat. T.Y., Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla feat. J Rocc, Homeboy Sandman, Ol Burger Beats feat. Chester Watson & Kent Loon, IAMDDB & Laura Ell, The JuJu, Richard Spaven feat. Jordan Rakei, Blue Lab Beats feat. Nubya Garcia, Gabriel Garzón-Montano feat. Karriem Riggins, S. Fidelity feat. Harleighblu, Quickly Quickly, (Conative) Clay, Kiefer, MFakka, DJ Harrison, Malik Abdul-Rahmaan.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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favourite things | 3.17

favourite things 3.17/soundcloud holds songs by: Bei Bei & Shawn Lee, Clutchy Hopkins & Fat Albert Einstein, Yazz Ahmed, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Collocutor vs. The Expansions, Henry Wu, Alfa Mist, Butcher Brown, Jonah Levine Collective feat. Mndsgn, Elusive, Lojii & Swarvy, Bryant Dope, McKinley Dixon, Children of Zeus, HWLS, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib feat. MED, Joey Bada$$ feat. Schoolboy Q, Cohenbeats feat. Quelle Chris, Ol Burger Beats feat. Oliver The 2nd & Ivan Ave, Kiefer, Sugi.wa, Joey Fatts feat. Curren$y & JMSN.

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Lojii & Swarvy | Due Rent

„Due Rent“ is a collaborative double album by solo artists Lojii & Swarvy. Written and recorded in the summer of 2016 in L.A. by the two Philadelphian transplants. Lojii says „this tape is a score to being a broke nxgga in AmeriKKKa (emphasis on the KKK) – full of dreams and hustlin‘ to make ‚em happen, but dealing with the everyday pressures of making ends meet. A.K.A trying to pay rent.“ Raps by Lojii, beats and all instruments by Swarvy. Mastered by Brad Fischer, executive producer Kenny (Fresh Selects).

Available on Bandcamp – Stream below.

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Madlib | Bad Neighbor Instrumentals

Bang Ya Head Entertainment is gearing up to release the Instrumentals to the critically acclaimed Bad Neighbor LP by MED and Blu. All beats produced by Madlib. 15 banging instrumentals and 3 bonus beats for your enjoyment. Everything Madlib creates is innovating but the production on Bad Neighbor LP is timeless. Also listen to the unreleased track „The Turn Up“ featuring Oh-No below.

Available on Bandcamp

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A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2

If Music’s Jean-Claude returns for a second spellbinding edition of ‚A Journey Into Deep Jazz‘. Going even deeper than volume 1, this triple vinyl pack is one to truly lose yourself in, with several of the tracks running over 12 minutes in length – Sparrow’s ‚Latin Black Funk‘ even over 20 minutes! The obscure gems contained on this compilation have either flown under the radar or remained out of print for many years, so there are bound to be fresh treats here for even the most obsessive collector. Dense without being over-challenging, raw yet enchanting, ‚Deep Jazz Volume 2‘ is a collection of soul-stirring rarities to nourish the spirit.

Released February 24, 2017 – Available on Bandcamp.

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