New music from Kamaal Williams and his most recent album, Wu Hen. The London producer has delivered a sophomore album which escapes the all too real curse that plagues a lot of second offerings. Assists from Miguel-Atwood Ferguson, Lauren Faith and Quinn Mason help boost the allure, with Williams’ amalgamated brand of jazz sounding as strong as ever. You can listen to lead single, Mr Wu, above, with downloads available on Bandcamp.
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.
Lively DnB collaboration from Caxton Press MC, Amy True, as she unites with one of the leading lights in the UK jazz renaissance, Nubya Garcia, for this Sleepy Time Ghost remix of her track, Changes. The video was made by Global Faction.
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.
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.
Stunning new single from London-based jazz collective, Ezra Collective, as they gear up to release their new album. Quest For Coin comes packed with the sort of rhythm that challenges you to do nothing except get up and dance. You Can’t Steal My Joy is due for release on 26 April.
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.