favourite things | 5.17

favourite things 5.17 BesideZion, Quickly Quickly feat. Lordapex, Rejjie Snow feat. Joey Bada$ & Jesse Boykins III, Sensible J feat. REMI & Sampa The Great, JD. Reid, G-Eazy, Little Simz, Tall Black Guy, Sampa The Great feat. Estelle, Daoud, Blue Lab Beats feat. Kojey Radical & Tiana Major9, Kiefer, Castelluzzo, Chinsaku, Emanative, Tamara Renée, Twit One, Ruby Rushton, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Elena Pinderhughes, Glenn Astro & Ajnascent, Arnheim, Vels Trio, Prequel, Yazz Ahmed, Yadava, Flako feat. Kutmah, Buddy feat. Kaytranada.

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Vels Trio | Yellow Ochre

British jazz band, Vels Trio are about to release their debut EP. ‚Yellow Ochre EP‘ demonstrates the virtuoso jazz talents of the band while maintaining the hip-hop inspired funk that has come to define their sound. „The slender keys of Jack Stephen Oliver glide over Dougal Taylor’s breakbeat fire landing with Cameron Dawson’s funky wah bass lines all culminating in an explosion of synths and tasty licks.“

Out on Total Refreshment Records, available June 9, 2017 on Bandcamp.

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Moonchild | Voyager

‘Voyager’ is the third full-length album from LA’s Moonchild, whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Since cementing themselves into the vibrant LA soul scene, Moonchild have released two albums and collaborated or toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) and more. Along the way, Moonchild have accumulated a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator who have all shown love for the band.

Available in all formats on Bandcamp.

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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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