EABS | Repetitions

EABS debut album entitled “Repetitions (Letters To Krzysztof Komeda)” is a dedication to Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda. This album is an analysis of conscientiously selected compositions by Komeda between 1962-1967. EABS explores some of Komeda’s lesser-known compositions featured in ballet etudes, movies, short films, documentaries, animations and compositions illustrating Polish poems recited in German.

„The growth in popularity of jazz music in recent years has been described as a renaissance or new chapter for the genre. Attracting new audiences has seen a growth in acclaim for international artists including Kamasi Washington & The West Coast Get Down collective or BadBadNotGood. This resurgence has also been felt within british jazz scene. Musicians such as Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka Hutchings, Ruby Rushton, Nubya Garcia or Moses Boyd have put a new stamp on jazz music by fusing elements of classic jazz with modern sounds. Polish septet, EABS applies a similar philosophy to their music, blending traditional Polish Jazz with sounds from other genres, thus creating a new and personal interpretation of modern jazz.“

Stream below – Available on Bandcamp.

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Horatio Luna | Victual Tincture

Horatio Luna released a new tape „Victual Tincture“. Henry Hicks is a melbourne based musician and  founding member of the „30/70 collective„. They released a new project entitled „Victual Tincture“ . – Stream the entire Session“Victual Tincture“ below.

Henry Hicks on Bass/Synth/Percussion, Mondo Flockard on Drums/Percussion and The First Baboon Civilization on Guitar/Synth/Percussion/Flute.

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favourite things | 10.17

favourite things 10.17 Nai Palm, 30/70, Jitwam, Ash Walker, Poppy Ajudha, King Krule, Little Simz, J.I.D, L’Orange Music, Sampa The Great, Hasan Hujairi, EarthGang, Azizi Gibson, Ian Ewing, Keem The Cipher, Pacific Yew, FloFilz, MoRuf, Iman Omari, Godtet, Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa, Horatio Luna, Tamten, Twit One, Miryam Solomon.

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Reginald Omas Mamode IV | Children of Nu

 

Reginald Omas Mamode IV follows last year’s self-titled debut album with ‘Children Of Nu’, set for release on 3rd November 2017.

“We are all related. We’re all brothers and sisters with common ancestry, common history and a common origin regardless of race, geographic location or belief systems. Love and compassion are universal feelings/practices we all should embrace and apply to all aspects of our lives, our interactions and our relationships, regardless of the kinship”. – Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Along with Mo Kolours, Jeen Bassa, Henry Wu, Al Dobson Jr and Tenderlonious; he’s helped forge in the 22a co-operative that The FADER calls “a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hip-hop, house, and groove investigations bound by one thread: a timeless belief in rhythm as a universal language”.

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Jitwam | ज़ितम सिहँ

Jitwam, born in Assam, Gauhati, in Northeast India, currently based in New York released his new album „ज़ितम सिहँ“on Cosmic Compositions. His music draws influence from a litany of iconoclasts including, but not limited to RD Burman, Moondog, The Velvet Underground, Yayoi Kusama, Jay Electronica, Jay Dilla, Moodymann, Leon Thomas, Madlib and Asha Bhosle.“

Since he first shared his music with IZWID Records boss Kutmah at a Brainfeeder afterparty in London, jitwam has released through Leaving Records, Cosmic Compositions, and The Jazz Diaries. He’s also written with Inkswel (BBE) and Paul White (R&S), featured on Moodymann’s K7! DJ Kicks compilation and been championed by Gilles Peterson, Alexander Nut, Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp), and Funkineven. Mixed and mastered by Matthew David at Stones Throw studios in Los Angeles, „ज़ितम सिहँ „will be available on vinyl and digital formats through Cosmic Compositions and hhv.de.

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Elevate | 30/70

Melbourne based 30/70 ensemble, around Allysha Joy, Ziggy, Henry, Thhomas & Jarrod, are about to release their new album.

The sound of 30/70 is a cosmic mélange of boom-bap dynamics, neo-soul harmonies and jazz-funk licks, all steeped in a deep spiritual tradition reaching from Alice Coltrane to Kamasi Washington.

„Elevate“ will be released October 27th on Rhythm Section– available on Bandcamp.

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Ruby Rushton | Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two

After the success of ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One,’ Ruby Rushton are back with their highly anticipated follow up, ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two.’

Comprised of a further six cuts, ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’ is a welcome succession to its predecessor. Stand out tracks include ‘Tisbury Truckin,’ which is a stunning opener! Starting with an atmospheric soundscape it unexpectedly drops into a neck-snapping hip-hop groove with a punchy melodic line before effortlessly sliding into an up-tempo, afro-beat inspired rhythm with strong solos from trumpet and keys in tow. ‘Song For Christopher’ is a heartfelt ballad, which begins with a touching flute solo and continues to take the listener on a journey through the emotions, ending in a crescendo of optimism – a fitting tribute to the late Christopher Rushton. ‘Charlotte Emma Victoria’ is another strong track and includes some tasteful sousaphone and trombone parts to add extra oomph to its bounce, accompanied by a soaring saxophone solo by band leader Edward Cawthorne (aka Tenderlonious). The album ends with a classic Herbie Hancock jazz-fusion standard, ‘Butterfly,’ which the band handle with finesse. A fitting cover that I have no doubt would impress its original writers. ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’ is a fantastic album, which further solidifies Ruby Rushton’s place on the modern jazz scene. – Words by Rodriguez Guido

Out on 22a Music,  releases November 10th. Available here.

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favourite things | 9.17

favourite things 9.17 Madlib, Rapsody feat. Busta Rhymes, El Michels Affair, Will Sessions feat. Wendell Harrison, 30/70, Oddisee, Danny Watts feat. Aye Mitch, Chester Watson, Mick Jenkins, Young RJ feat. Joyner Lucas & Statik Selektah, EarthGang, Ivan Ave, FloFilz, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Mecca:83 feat. Monma, Mndsgn, B. Cool-Aid feat. Swarvy, Budamunk & Yotaro feat. TSuggs, James Vickery feat. Blue Lab Beats, DAYO feat. Simo Jelqzkov, The JuJu Exchange, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Matt Martians feat. Kaytranada & Badbadnotgood, BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Colin Stetson, Jordan Rakei, Vibration Black Finger feat. Maggie Nicols, Broadstrokes, Silo, KUPLA, Roberto Echo, René Schier, DJM trio, Kaytranada, Samiyam, Carlos Niño & Friends

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Children Of Zeus | The Story So Far​

Children of Zeus, the Hip-Hop duo from Manchester/UK released their EP. Konny Kon and Tyler Daley met back in 2005, after both performing a show near Paris in their respective crews, Broke’N’£nglish and Body Roq. The duo met up back home in Manchester, spurred on initially by a mutual admiration of each others music, and produced their first track together, aptly entitled ‚Coming Home To You‘.

A few years later, Tyler approached Konny about producing a full EP together, ‚The Story So Far…‘ is out on First Word Records – available on Bandcamp.

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Melanie De Biasio | Lilies

„Lilies“ is new upcoming new album by multi-instrumentalist Melanie De Biasio casting a mesmerising shadow over the proceedings alongside her long-term ensemble of players. The album is released through Le Label/Play It Again Sam and is available on Bandcamp.

“For me, Lilies has a darkness, but it’s also luminous. After my experiences with ‚No Deal‘ and ‚Blackened Cities‘, I just wanted to retreat to a cave with my Pro-Tools, my computer, and my cheap, 100Euro Shure SM-58 microphone. I could have gone to a big studio, made a big production – but I wanted none of that. I wanted to go back to the seed of creativity, the simplest materials. I was in this room where there was no light, no night or day at all, no heat. Very uncomfortable. But I felt free. I was happy to have this feeling – ‘I don’t need more, I have everything I need here.’“ – Melanie De Biasio

 

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Zara Mcfarlane | Arise

On „Arise“, Zara McFarlane returns to a buoyant UK jazz scene with a head-turning third album. Exploring the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, it’s a cultural exchange that’s born of London’s current musical climate. Released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, it sees her working with much-feted drummer and producer Moses Boyd. Both rose through London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, a finishing school for many young vanguards of the live, ascendant jazz scene springing up across the UK capital. Sharing Caribbean family heritages, it’s a product of their joint exploration of the meeting points between jazz and the rhythms of Jamaica; reggae, Kumina, calypso and nyabinghi, shaded with hints of the psychedelic.

Available now on Bandcamp.

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Jordan Rakei | Wallflower

New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist, Jordan Rakei newly signed to Ninja Tune Records. His new album titled “Wallflower” will be released on 22nd September 2017.

“In Australia, I was stuck in a bubble”, Jordan explains. „When I moved to London I had to deal with my introversion through ‘exposure therapy’. Every day I met new people for a whole year. I met every producer, songwriter, and musician I could. You have to improve as a person to improve as an artist”

Stream and purchase on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 8.17

favourite things 8.17 Apollo Brown & Planet Asia, Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman, KMD feat. Jay Electronica & DOOM, Žiga Murko & wuf, BudaMunk & Youtaro,, Dil Withers, Bishop Nehru, Iman Omari, Mulatto Beats feat. Mick Jenkins, Castelluzzo, Kazumi Kaneda, Tim, Natty Reeves, Ben Hayes & Alfa Mist, DAYO feat. Desy & Volen, Miryam Solomon, Jordan Rakei, Mecca83 feat. Octavio Santos, Phill Musra Group, Moses Boyd, Lloyd Miller, Danan Hargeysa feat. Mohamed Huro Abdihashi, Alpman, German Oak, Rodinia, Milo.

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Bottle Tree | Bottle Tree

Bottle Tree is a new collaboration conjured from the Southside Chicago storefront chapel of singer/scholar A.M. Frison and composer/cornetist Ben Lamar Gay. With Italian expat Tommaso Moretti on traps, the sound-rendered folklore of Bottle Tree embodies a heart beating to West African mutated funk with the spirit of avant-garde jazz and a Motown-molded melodic mind — like a futuristic fantasy of Stevie Wonder backed by Don Cherry and Novos Baianos in the early 1970s.

Stream below – available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 7.17

favourite things 7.17 Sigmund Washington, Leifur James, E Scott Lindner, Medline, MFakka, Chris Keys, Eets, Ivan Ave, Dibiase x Devonwho, Giorgio Oehlers, Eu-IV, Acie, Drew Dave, Mujo 情, Z.Z. x Olive Tree, Tawiah, Ladi6, Kiefer, OTG feat. Little Simz, Little Simz feat. Josh Arcé, Tyler, The Creator, Mono/Poly x Alyss, Joey Bada$$, Danger Doom, Declaime feat. Blu, Curren$y, Chester Watson, Skyzoo, Swarvy, Karriem Riggins, Four Tet, Blameful Isles.

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favourite things | 6.17

favourite things 6.17 Kutmah feat. Gonjasufi, Domo Genesis, Curren$y, Figub Brazlevic, Scallops Hotel, Mogillah, Rizván feat. Diggy Dupe, MeloDownz, Axeman, MC Eiht & Brenk Sinatra feat. Outlawz, Action Bronson feat. Big Body Bes, Duñe x Crayon, Jameszoo feat. Niels Broos, Hudson Mohawke feat. Remy Banks, Sudan Archives, Timetable, Mounika feat. Cavetown, Jordan Rakei, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Blue Lab Beats feat. Sheldon Agwu & Yelfris Valdes, JBird, Giorgio Oehlers, Idris Rahman & Leon Brichard & Tom Skinner, Ruby Rushton, Medline, Abby Lee Tee, Jaze Baqti.

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