Masayoshi Fujita is a Japanese vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Masa first learned how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own, mostly jazz and electronic-influenced compositions.
Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques, Masayoshi started to prepare his instrument with pieces of metal, strips of foil and other objects in the search for new possibilities with the instrument. The resulting new sounds help to expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character. His recent collaboration with German electronic musician Jan Jelinek received a lot of attention from experimental music fans around the world on recommendation by UK magazine The Wire.
‘Apologues’, his new album sees Masayoshi for the first time use an array of instruments besides his lead instrument – such as the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, French horn, accordion, piano and snare drum played by friends, but arranged by Masa himself.
„Apologues“ is out today via Erased Tapes, listen to the whole album after the jump.
Manchester based DJ, bandleader and trumpeter, one of the UK’s brightest jazz talents Matthew Halsall again teamed up with The Gondwana Orchestra. The well known jazz collective will soon release their new album. „Into Forever“ features guest-productions by Josephine Oniyama and Bryony Jarman-Pinto. Out October 2nd available on Bandcamp.
“’Kind Of Blue‘ meets The Cinematic Orchestra…saturated in a life-affirming glow ”. Time Out
The monthly soundcloud-playlist of ‚favourite things‘ for August 2015 contains 27 tracks and 1,30hrs of nice productions by Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro, Giorgio Oehlers, Tom Misch feat. Loyle Carner, Potatohead People, Taylor McFerrin feat. Vincent Parker, Burhou, Chet Faker, Handbook feat. Supreme Sol & Marvolus, Freddie Joachim & Gyrefunk, Blended Babies feat. Anderson .Paak & King Chip, Little Simz, Moods & SIAM, Belleruche, SRAW, Ben Beal, Illa J, Michael Christmas, Dramadigs feat. Flo Mega, IanEwing, Whereisalex, nepo, Es-K, Je$u$, Döll feat. Dexter, Fashawn, The Herbaliser feat. Twin Peaks, and finally Lupe Fiasco.
Check out the latest selections on our consistently updated soundcloud page.
‘miscJAZZ#2′ is the sequel of 2013 mix „misc„. Featuring productions by some of our favourite producers, the recent compilation is a 56 minute jazz/hip-hop-fusion journey for the eased moments. We hope you enjoy this mix.
Full tracklist and Player after the jump / You can also listen on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.
The soundcloud-playlist for may 2015 contains 19 tracks and 1:06:02 selected tracks/remixes/productions by: Adrian Younge, Karolina & Loren Oden, Bilal, Ghostface Killah, BadBadNotGood & Island Riot, Slum Village, Je$u$, Devaloop, Blunt One, CoryaYo, Hubert Daviz, Adam Santoya, JuJu Rogers, Lion Babe & Suff Daddy, Jordan Rakei x Kiran Kai, Beauville, Es-K & Loupo, Flako feat. Dirg Gerner, Dorian Concept, Clarinet Factory & Hidden Orchestra.
» Music Player after the jump.
The Skydive Trio is a good, old-fashioned guitar trio that is solidly rooted in a melodious landscape, and is nourished by rich harmonies and the sonorous guitar wizardry of Thomas T. Dahl. His playing surfs on the rhythmic waves made by Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori (Oddarang, Tomasz Stanko) and Norwegian bass player extraordinaire Mats Eilertsen (Tord Gustavsen). The members of the SkyDive Trio have worked together as part of a larger band for a number of years, and it shows. All three play on Mats Eilertsen’s Radio Yonder (2009) and SkyDive (2011), as well as in Eilertsen’s major work “Rubicon”, which had its world premiere at the Vossa Jazz Festival in 2014.
„Sun Moee“ was recorded at Village Recording Studios in Copenhagen, and was produced by the band members themselves. This is an inspired jazz album from a rock-solid trio. Out on HUBRO, available on iTunes or Grappa.
Our monthly soundcloud playlist „Favourite Things 4.15“ contains 23 tracks and 1:14 hours of music by artists such as: BluntOne, nepo, KA-YU, FloFilz, Hubert Daviz, Wun Two, Dexter, Swarvy, Freddie Gibbs x KAYTRANADA, Nomine, Emanative, Four Tet, Roots Manuva, Sonzeira x Werkha, Lapalux feat. Andreya Triana, Frameworks, Annabel (lee), Bahamadia x aCatCalledFRITZ, Jonwayne feat. Anderson Paak, Suff Daddy, Kàhmi Wan, Nugat, Mecca-83 x Tom Misch, Saga x Marco Polo, JR&PH7 x Chuuwee x Blu x Brenk Sinatra, DistantStarr x IAMNOBODI. » Music Player after the jump.
For more listening-experience, check out our soundcloud page.
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s renowned poem of untimely death, Annabel (lee) muses on the refrain “in a kingdom by the sea…” as she whispers from beneath the currents, “I shall never leave you”. The duo project, from Annabel (lee) and Richard E, invokes the haunting classicism of Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, intermingled with the quiet folklore of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, tipped with the jazz stylings of Miles Davis and Billie Holiday.
Annabel and Richard met despite being divided by the Atlantic Ocean. She, a New York-based vocalist, was searching for a way out of the madness of monotony, singing jazz and cabaret standards by numbers. He, a London-based Yorkshire-man, was a highly respected though discontented dance music arranger/producer who knew it was only a matter of time before he would chance upon the river of uncharted waters. She no longer suppressed her enduring appreciation for English prose and poetry (as a child, she would spend countless days in a dreamlike state, memorising and reciting classics to anyone who would listen, often quietly to herself), and it was that love and ability to best express herself via her own poetic writings, combined with her vocal prowess, that allowed Annabel to creatively break free. His admiration for all things William Blake (in addition to similar artistic forms of Romanticism), combined with production and arrangement skills, paved the way for a distinct and definitive project of endless possibilities.
Available now on vinyl and digital at Ninja Shop.
The jazz trio from Germany/Frankfurt Contrast Trio released their new LP on WHYEMPTY Records. The Band consisting of drummer Martin Standke, pianist Yuriy Sych and bassist Tim Roth created a sound without the presentation of single instruments. „Zwei“ is less virtuosic, but much more creative sound-aesthetic than their first album „Second Wave“.
„Zwei“ is available on CD here and digitally on iTunes. Check their tour-dates on contrasttrio.de.
Jazzist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington’s upcoming „The Epic“ is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus. The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin, keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble. »Read the full description on Ninja Tune«
Released 4th May 2015 on Brainfeeder. Pre-Order via iTunes and Ninja Shop.