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.
Jazzy strains on the latest single from Harleighblu and Bluestaeb, as they finish paving the way for their album, which arrives in full tomorrow.
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.
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)”
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)”
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.
Fresh new jazzy flavours from Talos and the first leak from his upcoming Iridescent EP. The full release will arrive on 20 March, with features from Coops, Gabriella Vixen and Jerome Thomas. Streams and downloads for Poly Chrome are available from the usual platforms.
Delicious bit of jazz from Kamaal Williams here, as he returns with a new video – New Heights (Visions of Aisha Malik). The track is co-produced with Darkhouse Family, with Kamaal handling all the instrumentation. The heavily East Asian influenced video was made by Greg Barnes. New Heights is also available to stream and download from the usual platforms.
Okay so Pan Amsterdam and Iggy Pop may not be the first collaboration that you would expect to hear, but neither of them have ever been one for following the status quo. Plus if it works, go for it. The recording for Mobile took place while Pan Am was travelling through Texas and is an allusion to that most notable of Texas assets – oil. It’s also part of the forthcoming Pan Amsterdam EP series, Elevator Music, which will feature a bunch of other talented special guests. You can stream the track below, as well as the B-side, 15 Seconds, which features production from Malik Ameer of Madison Washington fame. There is also limited 7″ vinyl edition available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam x Iggy Pop: Mobile”
New Black Thought bars to digest, as the Roots MC lets rip over some luxuriously jazzy production from Adrian Younge. Younge explains that his work is a “reminder of how music can lay the groundwork for self-expression and cultural awareness”, while urging us to “embrace Black History Month and take the time to realize how black music has shaped the cultural narrative of America”. The link to stream Noir is below. Continue reading “Black Thought x Adrian Younge: Noir”