Raw Poetic, Archie Shepp & Damu the Fudgemunk: Tulips + LP Stream

Beautiful sounds from Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk, as they bring us a new video from their recent album, which they made alongside jazz legend, Archie Shepp. It’s basically a jazz album, but with the added energy of Raw Poetic’s lyrics, which are delivered over a series of improvised recording sessions. Tulips is one of the gems to be found on Ocean Bridges, and you can hear the remainder of the album below. It’s also available to download and stream. Continue reading “Raw Poetic, Archie Shepp & Damu the Fudgemunk: Tulips + LP Stream”

Telemachus ft. Jerome Thomas: Greed

Another stunner from the forthcoming Telemachus album, as he treats us to the second single, Greed. The production is like a jazzy dreamscape, sparse but refined, and with the added beauty of Jerome Thomas’s vocals gliding effortlessly through it. The video was made by This & That Media. Boring & Weird Historical Music is out on 22 May.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 001 (Stream)

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been working on more new music together, following on from the success of their Midnight Hour collaborations over the last couple of years. Jazz Is Dead 001 is the first in a series of albums that the duo have been working on over the last year. Enlisting the talents of many other great musicians, they have created what looks set to be one of the most promising series of releases in some time, if this first session is anything to go by. Featuring support from the likes of Roy Ayers, Doug Carn and Marcos Valle, the album is a heady trip through jazz’s many areas of influence. You can hear the joys for yourself below and there are downloads, plus a whole bunch of merch bundles, available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz Is Dead 001 (Stream)”

Oscar Jerome: Sun For Someone

I can’t get enough of this latest single from Oscar Jerome. Sun For Someone is exactly the sort of joyful distraction we need right now, driven by the funkiest of basslines and its hopeful hook, the track provided me with exactly 4 minutes and 13 seconds of escape from the current climate of fear and confusion. Co-produced by Oscar and Beni Giles, the track is strengthened further thanks to the innovative dance related video from Sonder. Sun For Someone is out now.

Moses Boyd: Stranger Than Fiction

One of the many artists at the forefront of the UK jazz renaissance is multi-award winning drummer and composer, Moses Boyd, and he has just released his latest single. Stranger Than Fiction follows on from last year’s triumphant Displaced Diaspora album and is a horn-driven, suspense building piece, which confirms his place as one of my favourite jazz artists of the moment. The single is also available to stream on all the usual digital platforms.

Joe Armon-Jones ft. Jehst: The Leo & Aquarius

Joe Armon-Jones recently gave life to his second solo release, in which he showcases his multiple disciplines alongside a bevy of talent including Georgia Anne Muldrow and Obongjayar, as well as frequent collaborators, Nubya Garcia and Oscar Jerome. The project draws on a number of influences outside of jazz, with hip hop, RnB and funk all finding their way into the mix. The Leo & Aquarius, which you can listen to above, sees the Ezra Collective founding member teaming up with YNR Records head and UKHH stalwart, Jehst. Turn to Clear View is out now on Brownswood Recordings.

Aver & Move 78: Housecat / Live From The Village (Stream)

Fantastic union of talent here, as The Natural Curriculum’s Aver teams up with self-described Berlin-based dystopian jazz band, Move 78, for two new singles. The group features a trio of exceptional musicians, including Doron Segal, who recently released his own jazz album on Village Live. As well as more traditional jazz themes, the two pieces also embrace the more modern art of sampling, thanks to Aver’s love (and skill) for the discipline. You can stream the two singles below and digital downloads are available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Aver & Move 78: Housecat / Live From The Village (Stream)”

DJ Yoda: Home Cooking (Stream)

I have just spent a bit of time digesting the new album from DJ Yoda and I am happy to report that it is another win for the Cut and Paste legend. Last year we were treated to the album’s first single, London Fields, featuring Joel Culpepper, which was a very obvious yet successful departure from Yoda’s previous material. The rest of Home Cooking continues in the same vein, with production levels at such a high standard, you end up feeling like this might have been Yoda’s calling all along. Continue reading “DJ Yoda: Home Cooking (Stream)”

Ezra Collective ft. Loyle Carner: What Am I To Do?

Another stunning track from Ezra Collective, as they unveil What Am I To Do? Following on from their triumphant collaboration with Jorja Smith last year, this time round the jazz collective have enlisted the talents of UK hip hop star, Loyle Carner. The result is a laid-back head nod inducing number, which further stokes the anticipation for their new album. You Can’t Steal My Joy is released on 26 April.