Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd has worked and collaborated with the likes of Lonnie Liston Smith, Four Tet, Floating Points, Zara McFarlane, Giles Peterson, Kwabs, Jimmy Napes, Soweto Kinch and many more. Whilst leading his own outfits The Exodus and Solo Exodus. „Time And Space EP“ is the 2nd exploration of the relationship between man and the cosmos. Available on Kudos.
„Wax & Wane“ is the sophomore album from harpist Brandee Younger. Evoking the musical equivalent of rare gems, Younger emerges from the legacies of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane as she ushers in a new era that celebrates the unsung titan of string instruments. The album was recorded at the Breeding Ground Recording Studio by Tariq Khan.
„Wax & Wane“ will be released on February 19th, available on iTunes.
To celebrate the Residency Philadelphia Summer of ’64 series, the guys from Paxico Records released a compilation featuring Sigmund Washington, MoGiLLaH, Stainless Steele and Josh Hey.
„Over the past summer, Residency and Paxico Records curated a series of performances to pay tribute to the Summer of 1964 in Philadelphia and all the monumental music that was recorded in that time. Looking to Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane and Stan Getz for inspiration, contemporary hip hop artist reworked those recordings and played them live at Sarah’s Bar all summer long.“
The final ‚favourite things‘ for 2015 holds 1:35 hours of music by artists and producers such as Kadhja Bonet, Sigmund Washington, Pacific Yew, Tropico, Little Simz x BadBadNotGood, SMR, DJM, Sampa The Great, FloFilz feat. Ivan Ave, Anderson.Paak feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise, S. Fidelity feat. Tesla, Bluestaeb, Butcher Brown, Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought, Flitz & Suppe, Chester Watson, Jewbei, Monte Booker feat. Ravyn Lenae, Blitz the Ambassador, Kwabs feat. Zak Abel & Tom Misch, Iamnobodi, Seven Davis Jr feat. Mono Poly, Session Victim, Portico, and Ólafur Arnalds with Nils Frahm.
Sons Of Kemet are born of many vital elements – including a name that nods to ancient Egyptian culture, and a line-up that comprises some of the most progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz and beyond. Band-leader, composer and sax and clarinet don Shabaka Hutchings (himself named after a Nubian pharaoh-philosopher) brings together his fiery vision alongside London-based bandmates Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford and latest addition Theon Cross.
These collaborative players have previously won major praise in celebrated acts such as Polar Bear, Hello Skinny, Melt Yourself Down, Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics, and Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Their new album ‚Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do‘ was released back in September 2015 and is available on Bandcamp.
After their ‚v2.0‘ Mercury Prize shortlisted album, the UK trio GoGo Penguin, signed with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records and are set to release their label debut ‚Man Made Object‘ in early 2016. The trio consisting of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth is deeply influenced of music by John Cage, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin, they’ve created their own new kind of sound.
“The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation, … We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanized and it seemed like a good album title, one that also means something different to each of us, and hopefully to each listener.” – Illingworth
Out 5th February 2016 on Blue Note Records, available for pre-order at iTunes.
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.