VA | We Out Here

A primer on London’s bright-burning young jazz scene, this new compilation brings together a collection of some of its sharpest talents. A set of nine newly-recorded tracks, We Out Here captures a moment where genre markers matter less than raw, focused energy. Surveying the album’s running order, it could easily serve as a name-checking exercise for some of London’s most-tipped and hardworking bands of the past couple of years. Recorded across three long, fruitful days in a North West London studio, the results speak for themselves: they’re a window into the wide-eyed future of London’s musical underground.

Out February 9th on Brownswood Recordings, via Bandcamp.

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Black Flower | Intermediate State

Having released their critically acclaimed second album ‘Artifacts’ in early 2017, Belgium’s Black Flower return with a new 10” vinyl entitled ‘Intermediate State’.

The inspiration of came from Salvador Dali’s creative dreaming ritual. With a pair of scissors in his hand, he sat back, closed his eyes and slid into sleep. The moment his body and mind enter deep sleep, the scissors dropped and waked him up. Dali then started painting using the inspiration he gathered from his dreams. These paintings can be considered the result of an intermediate state between consciousness and subconsciousness, a zone between being awake and sleeping.

Available now on Bandcamp.

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Mast | Thelonious Sphere Monk

MAST’s Thelonious Sphere Monk is a cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday. MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Epistrophy” and “Well You Needn’t.” As well as more obscure titles like “Misterioso,” “Pannonica,” “Friday The 13th” and “Bemsha Swing.” MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats. This is done in concert with the Low End Theory, Los Angeles beat culture Conley is a part of. Harmonious with the mystical and metaphysical hand painted cover art by Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama, each track created is a unique world unto itself and the listener travels from one musical planet to the next on the spaceship Monk.

Out on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 11.17

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favourite things 11.17 Om, ADB & DRB of Drumetrics, Noya Rao, Jitwam., Flockey Ocscor, Feelgood Experiment, Poppy Ajudha, Oscar Jerome, Darkhouse Family, Mick Jenkins, Blue Lab Beats feat. OthaSoul & Daniel Taylor, KALA, Nubya Garcia, EABS, Evidence, WESTSIDE GUNN & MF Doom Remix by Je$u$, Talib Kweli feat. Anderson .Paak, Madvillain & Four Tet, Kojey Radical feat. Shae, SiR & ScHoolboyQ, Jaze Baqti, Gabriel Garzón-Montano feat. Little Simz, Hello Skinny.

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Drumetrics | DRB-ADB-001

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The Drum Broker teamed up with Drumetrics to bring you the digital version of their “DRB-ADB 001” release. Drumetrics is a collective of artist that produces sounds that can be categorized as a harmonious blend of electronic, psychedelic, funk music inspired by the minimal sound of Library Records from the 1960’s. The Drumetrics Collective DRB-ADB consists of Drummer Danny Ray Barragan (DRB), Bass/Multi-Instrumentalist Andrew David Barragan (ADB). This is a producers sampling dream of heavy warm drum & bass chops. From Deep Funk to Cinematic Down Tempo. All Engineered and Co Produced by Michael Raymond Russell (MRR), utilizing 1960’s vintage gear to capture the heavy analogue warmth.

Listen below, purchase here.

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EABS | Repetitions

EABS debut album entitled “Repetitions (Letters To Krzysztof Komeda)” is a dedication to Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda. This album is an analysis of conscientiously selected compositions by Komeda between 1962-1967. EABS explores some of Komeda’s lesser-known compositions featured in ballet etudes, movies, short films, documentaries, animations and compositions illustrating Polish poems recited in German.

“The growth in popularity of jazz music in recent years has been described as a renaissance or new chapter for the genre. Attracting new audiences has seen a growth in acclaim for international artists including Kamasi Washington & The West Coast Get Down collective or BadBadNotGood. This resurgence has also been felt within british jazz scene. Musicians such as Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka Hutchings, Ruby Rushton, Nubya Garcia or Moses Boyd have put a new stamp on jazz music by fusing elements of classic jazz with modern sounds. Polish septet, EABS applies a similar philosophy to their music, blending traditional Polish Jazz with sounds from other genres, thus creating a new and personal interpretation of modern jazz.”

Stream below – Available on Bandcamp.

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Horatio Luna | Victual Tincture

Horatio Luna released a new tape “Victual Tincture”. Henry Hicks is a melbourne based musician and  founding member of the “30/70 collective“. They released a new project entitled “Victual Tincture” . – Stream the entire Session”Victual Tincture” below.

Henry Hicks on Bass/Synth/Percussion, Mondo Flockard on Drums/Percussion and The First Baboon Civilization on Guitar/Synth/Percussion/Flute.

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Jitwam | ज़ितम सिहँ

Jitwam, born in Assam, Gauhati, in Northeast India, currently based in New York released his new album “ज़ितम सिहँ”on Cosmic Compositions. His music draws influence from a litany of iconoclasts including, but not limited to RD Burman, Moondog, The Velvet Underground, Yayoi Kusama, Jay Electronica, Jay Dilla, Moodymann, Leon Thomas, Madlib and Asha Bhosle.“

Since he first shared his music with IZWID Records boss Kutmah at a Brainfeeder afterparty in London, jitwam has released through Leaving Records, Cosmic Compositions, and The Jazz Diaries. He’s also written with Inkswel (BBE) and Paul White (R&S), featured on Moodymann’s K7! DJ Kicks compilation and been championed by Gilles Peterson, Alexander Nut, Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp), and Funkineven. Mixed and mastered by Matthew David at Stones Throw studios in Los Angeles, “ज़ितम सिहँ “will be available on vinyl and digital formats through Cosmic Compositions and hhv.de.

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