Wrong Channels is the latest video from Doron Segal and his recent debut jazz masterpiece, The Addition Of Strangeness. The album was released in full on Friday and is available to buy over at the Village Live store.
The ever-reliable Village Live Records are just about to release their next album and this time it’s another healthy flex of their jazz muscles. The Addition Of Strangeness is the very accomplished debut from Israeli jazz pianist Doron Segal and arrives at the perfect time, as jazz continues through its recently revitalised renaissance period.
The album boasts a number of marvels and high-points, including a marvellous reworking of the Soundgarden classic, Black Hole Sun. As well as Doron’s own proficiency on the keys, he is also joined by Daniel Dor on drums and Tom Berkmann on bass. Pre-orders for The Addition Of Strangeness went live yesterday and the full release is scheduled for 8 February. You can hear a promo mix for the album below. Continue reading “Doron Segal: The Addition Of Strangeness (Album Promo Mix)”
Today High Focus unveiled a brand new album, from one of my favourite breakthrough producers of the year. Talos first came to my attention thanks to his jazz-heavy production for Coops, before releasing a stunning EP earlier this year, which featured Jerome Thomas and Nubya Garcia among others.
Now he has returned with a full length project, comprised of 16 instrumentals which provide a clear window into the strength of his production. There is also a new video to accompany the release, which you can watch above. The album, Dissonance, is available to stream below, as well as on all the other usual platforms. Continue reading “Talos: Talos Enters + Album Stream”
Beautiful union on the new single from rising jazz stars, Ezra Collective, as they enrol Jorja Smith to assist on Reason in Disguise. The two parties have had a connection for a while, as Femi from Ezra has been playing the role of Jorja’s drummer recently, including during her successful visit to the NPR offices. Reason in Disguise is available to stream/download now.
More great sounds from Pan Amsterdam, in the form of Landlord Elijah. Its lifted from the recent album, The Pocket Watch, which has deservedly been getting attention from the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Iggy Pop and other like-minded fans & critics who have tapped into the unique brilliance of PA’s overall vibe. You can stream Landlord Elijah below and the album is out now via Def Presse. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam: Landlord Elijah”
Intriguing project from High Focus, as Coops’ favourite, Talos, releases his debut solo EP. I say intriguing because if this first taste is anything to go by, it signals a shift away from the reliable hip hop parameters that have rightfully earned HF their legions of fans. This is a heavily jazz influenced track, made even more apparent by the appearance of Nubya Garcia, the London-based jazz saxophonist and composer. Great start to the EP and it’s definitely piqued my interest for the rest of the project. You can stream/download the Lowlight EP at all the usual spots.
It’s Friday, the sun is shining, Trump is getting the British welcome he deserves and we can finally indulge ourselves in the debut album from Children of Zeus. It has been a very long time coming and any regular visitors to my blog will know the work that the Manchester duo have put in over the years to get to this point. Weighing in at 13 tracks, Travel Light is everything I was anticipating. The MCR family vibe is as strong as ever, with guest spots from LayFullStop, [KSR], Metrodome and DRS, plus further production credits from Juga-Naut, Sebb Bash and Beat Butcha. Their trademark hip hop-soul sound is the most prevalent on the album, but there are elements of reggae and jazz at work too, making Travel Light a highly ambitious album, but one that works incredibly well. You can stream it in full below, with downloads and physicals available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Children Of Zeus: Travel Light (Stream)”
Another jewel in the crown that is the latest album from Robohands. Strings, keys and psychedelia in the video too; what more could you ask for? Green is out now on Village Live Records.
A masterful return from Kamasi Washington and his latest sprawling album, Heaven and Earth. The double album is conceptual, with each disc dealing with themes of idealisation in Heaven and reality here on Earth. It’s definitely not an album for purists, but is fuelled by the essence of the genre, meaning it should satisfy at least some of the traditionalists out there. Street Fighter Mas is one track lifted from the Earth section of the album and last week we saw the arrival of a new video to accompany it. Heaven and Earth is available now from all the usual spots.
Village Live show no signs of slowing down their slew of releases and even seem to be stepping up a gear, as they prepare to drop yet another album. This time it’s a step away from the dusty hip hop instrumentals that have become their M.O. and an excursion into the jazz renaissance that is gathering strength at the moment. Robohands is the artist providing the music and his album, Green, looks set to be a very accomplished project. Lost is one of the tracks that will be found on there and gives you a good insight into Robohand’s sound and also his approach, as the video sees him laying down some drums in the studio. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album, which is released in full on 23 May. If you head over to Bandcamp you can pre-order and listen to a couple more tracks from the album.