The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.
Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.
Yussef Kamaal will release his debut album „Black Focus“ through Brownswood records on November 4th.
„Wisdom of the Elders“ was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Shabaka Hutchings took there to immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts. An episodic unfurling of a sonic journey across the Atlantic.
“The grand scheme of this album is to present the musical language that I normally associate with my UK bands in the context of SA musicians and musical sensibilities,” – explains Shabaka Hutchings.
Eight men in a studio in Johannesburg; one tenor sax, one alto sax, one trumpet. One on vocals, one on ivory, one bass, one on percussion and one the drums. 800 million voices. 700 years. Millions of bones cracking under the weight of 22 false free years. Innumerable tiny sparks. One uncontrollable blaze.
Available September 16th, order on Bandcamp. Stream after the jump.
First Word Records introduce the new EP from their latest signings Darkhouse Family. The production duo consisting of Don Leisure and Metabeats have previously released music through Fat City and Earnest Endeavours, building up a dedicated fanbase that includes Gilles Peterson, Gaslamp Killer and Lefto. The „Solid Gold EP“ is the start of a new chapter for the pair, exploring fresh textures and BPMs within the beats scene.
Available on Bandcamp, stream below.
Our soundcloud-selection for june 2016, „favourite things 6.16“ holds 1,5 hours of new music.
The Set features tracks through various styles of music, by artists and producers such as Jonwayne, Sigmund Washington, Black Milk, Snoop Dogg, A Country Called Earth & Yassin Bey, Jeedo, DJ Shadow featuring Nils Frahm & Matthew Halsall, Kuba Kapsa Ensemble, Jono McCleery by Anthony Valadez, Chet Faker, Sarathy Korwar, The Yussef Kamal Trio, DâM-FunK, SWARVY feat. Versis & Melanie Charles, FloFilz, Twit One, Sumthin Gunny, Freddie Joachim, René Schier, Tom Misch, Sonzeira, Lion Babe feat. Angel Haze, Selah Sue by MNDSGN, Jeff Parker and finally Lady Wray.
Check out the latest selections on our consistently updated soundcloud page.
The extraordinary debut album from percussionist, drummer and producer Sarathy Korwar – „Day To Day“ – fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics. It’s a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. » read more on Ninja Tune.
Releases July 8th on Ninja Tune, available online at Bandcamp.
BADBADNOTGOOD has just released news that they are following up their 2014 project „III“ with „IV“ out on record label Innovative Leisure on July 8th. „IV“ is the Young Canadian Jazz groups fourth studio album. Last year, they released a collaboration with Ghostface Killah entitled „Sour Soul“. On their upcoming release they feature guest appearances by Colin Stetson, Kaytranada, Mick Jenkins and also Charlotte Day Wilson.
Listen to the newest tracks „Time Moves Slow“ featuring Sam Herring and “Speaking Gently”, which has the hip-hop loving jazz trio working their smooth, sunset-coloured magic.
Pre-order via Bandcamp.
30/70 is a nine-piece exploratory soul collective from Melbourne, Australia. The band with singer Allysha Joy released „Cold Radish Coma“ in late 2015. Their 15-track deep debut is best described as polyrhythmic time structures, astrological explorations of 1970s funk and generally good vibes polished with strange electronic flourishes. Stream the entire album below
„Cold Radish Coma“ is out on Moontown Records, available digitally and vinyl via Bandcamp.
After her second release „No Deal“ back in 2013, Belgian singer Melanie de Biasio is back with her new EP „Blackened Cities“. „Melanie de Biasio’s 25 minute-long track „Blackened Cities“ is already attracting whispers suggesting it could be ‚her masterpiece.‘ Inspired by the post-industrial landscape of her home-town Charleroi, Blackened Cities finds unexpected hope rediscovered in cities such as Manchester, Detroit and Bilbao.“ Watch the teaser clip below.
Released through Play It Again Sam on 20th May, order on iTunes.
The soundcloud selection ‚favourite things 4.16‘ holds two hours of brand new music. Including songs and productions by artists such as Jameszoo featuring Arthur Verocai, Sarathy Korwar, BADBADNOTGOOD, Braxton Cook, ThisIsJBird, 2LATE, Stro Elliot, Ding, Mecca:83, KA-YU, Little Simz, Remi with Sampa The Great, Syd from the Internet, The Invisible with Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Barney Artist and Jordan Rakei, Alexis Davis, Ivan Ave, De La Soul, DJ Manipulator, Smoke DZA & Flying Lotus, Bishop Nehru, J Dilla & Bilal, Snoop Dogg, Action Bronson, DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels, Romare, Henri Texier remixed by Bonobo, Fink on Grasscut and the Owiny Sigoma Band.
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The new Mammal Hands album, „Floa“ will be released on Gondwana Records on May 27th. Produced by Matthew Halsall and recorded/mixed/mastered by George Atkins at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester the album also features string players from The Gondwana Orchestra on tracks ‘In The Treetops’ and ‘The Falling Dream’. You can catch the band live in the UK on tour (tour dates). Pre-order „Floa“ online on Bandcamp on vinyl or digital.
Watch the official video to the first lifted track „Hourglass“ here, or listen after the jump.