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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walter’s call


UK producer Swindle released his debut EP “Walter’s Call” on Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings. Available on 12” vinyl or digital on Bandcamp.

» … he also played piano for the Mala in Cuba Live shows in 2012/13, a testament for his ability to waver between styles and genres impeccably. As well as this, Swindle holds a key role in the Butterz label and Collective, and has produced for the likes of Roll Deep and Footsie. Now well known for his dynamic live shows, Swindle’s sound is truly unique and constantly developing. With ‘Walter’s Call’, Swindle dives straight in at the deep end with sirens and footwork inspired drums, gradually building themes of energetic brass brilliance into the mix. Seamlessly produced, this sets the EP off to a blazing start, introducing the influences of early 20th century chaotic jazz, which run throughout. ‘Summer Fruits’ is a track that begins with a gentle and disarming piano tune, swiftly developing into a lively melodic combination of well delivered vocal samples and prevailing brass rhythms. It gets your feet moving and renders the feeling of an easy sunny afternoon, with smooth harmonious flows combined with bursts of energetic flare resonating his influences. Disjointed classic house piano chords kick off ‘Smash N Grab’, which again carries Swindle’s distinctive bouncing sound. At one point calm, then at the next in full swing, it’s just as much of a roller coaster as the rest of this smashing EP. «

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if you knew her


Zara McFarlane‘s sophomore album is slated for an early 2014 release. On her new project she’s featuring NYC’s Leron Thomas on vocals and trumpet. Release on 20th January 2014, now available to pre-order on iTunes.

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bubblers 8

Brownswood Bubblers Eight

Gilles Peterson’s compilation series “Brownswood Bubblers” continues. Volume Eight is a handpicked journey through folk and electronic music featuring songs like One Little Plane‘s “She Was Out In The Water”, Hello Skinny‘s “Crush”, Def Sound‘s “(A)gain”, “Manchild” by HadynNick Mulvey‘s “River Lea”, “The Harbour Wall” by Rough FieldsDarkhouse Family‘s “Take On The World” and others. Stream the album teaser below, release-date is 16th July via Brownswood Recordings, Juno or Amazon.

01. One Little Plane – She Was Out In The Water
02. Hello Skinny – Crush
03. Leron Thomas – Mr New York
04. Criolo – Linha de Frente
05. Def Sound – (A)gain
06. Hadyn – Manchild
07. Ana Tijoux – Volver
08. Nick Mulvey – River Lea
09. Rough Fields – The Harbour Wall
10. Darkhouse Family – Take On The World (feat. Om’Mas Keith)
11. Everett James – Shot Through The Heart
12. Rainy Milo – ‘Bout You
13. 2morrows Victory – Lift Off

lions of judah

emanative & Ahmed Abdullah

Brownswood Recordings and The Steve Reid Foundation celebrate the life and spirit of one of the world’s greatest jazz drummers – Steve Reid – via a deluxe 12” featuring a brand new interpretation of the classic “Lions Of Judah” by emanative & Ahmed Abdullah backed with a Four Tet re-edit. Pre Order this very special release from the Brownwood Online store here.

The Steve Reid Foundation was established by Gilles Peterson in memory of his friend. The aims of the foundation are to fundraise on behalf of struggling musicians in need of help and support. All profits from the sale of the ‘Lions Of Judah’ 12” will go to the foundation.

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havana cultura: the search continues

Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura: The Search Continues

Three years have passed since Gilles Peterson initial exploration of the Cuban underground uncovered Havana’s fertile – and fiercely independent – hip-hop culture: nodded to the riotous thump ‘n’ grind of Cuba’s homegrown reggaeton movement and highlighted a clique of artists innovating in the spaces between jazz, soul, traditional Cuban rhythms and hip-hop. Peterson’s excursion under the skin of the Cuban underground in 2011 underlines the same spirit of experimentation on CD02 and raises a clutch of new talent (including Djoyvan, Afrikun, Kola Loka and the Creole Choir of Cuba) from local notoriety to worldwide exposure, showcasing new collaborations and exclusive tracks from Danay Suarez, Edgaro “El Productor en Jefe” and El Tipo Este.

The album is now available for pre-order from Brownswood, Amazon and iTunes. Free download on Havana Cultura website.

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until tomorrow

zara mcfarlane - until tomorrow

Jazz singer Zara McFarlane is about to release her first album “Until Tomorrow” will be out via Brownswood Recordings on 10th October. You can now preview the album and download the track “Mama Done” for free. Pre Order the album here.

Zara McFarlane – Mama Done

Zara McFarlane – Until Tomorrow Album Preview

Tracklist: 1. More Than Mine  2. Captured (part 3)  3. Mama Done  4. Until Tomorrow  5. Blossom Tree  6. Feed The Spirit (The Children & The Warlock)  7. Waking Sleep (Thoughts)  8. Chiaroscuro  9. Desire  10. More Than Mine (alternate take)

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