A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2

If Music’s Jean-Claude returns for a second spellbinding edition of ‚A Journey Into Deep Jazz‘. Going even deeper than volume 1, this triple vinyl pack is one to truly lose yourself in, with several of the tracks running over 12 minutes in length – Sparrow’s ‚Latin Black Funk‘ even over 20 minutes! The obscure gems contained on this compilation have either flown under the radar or remained out of print for many years, so there are bound to be fresh treats here for even the most obsessive collector. Dense without being over-challenging, raw yet enchanting, ‚Deep Jazz Volume 2‘ is a collection of soul-stirring rarities to nourish the spirit.

Released February 24, 2017 – Available on Bandcamp.

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Collocutor | The Search

To follow-on from the acclaimed Collocutor debut album, ‚Instead‚, Tamar (Collocutor) has written ‚The Search‘ and together with her seven piece ensemble and On the Corner Records released at the end of 2016.

„Collocutor is an opportunity to explore musically all the cultural connections which are part of being a human being, particularly in the 21st century, in somewhere like London, where you do meet everyone from everywhere. If you’re open-minded you’ll have the opportunity to engage with them and find out which bits of each other’s cultures connect and make sense“ – Tamar Osborn

„The Search“ is available on Bandcamp.

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Jonah Levine Collective | Attention Deficit

Trombone and piano player Jonah Levine’s debut album is now available on Alpha Pup Records’ jazz imprint World Galaxy. „Attention Deficit“, follows up stellar World Galaxy releases from Ronald Bruner Jr., Josef Leimberg and Miles Mosley.

Jonah Levine’s time studying under jazz legends such as Kenny Burrell and James Newton reveals an important road towards the creation and release of Attention Deficit. Time spent with Anderson .Paak before his career shifted towards stardom is another important road. All of Jonah’s collaborative access points over the years have been integral elements to the creation of Attention Deficit, including recordings and live stints with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, Josef Leimberg, Nx Worries, MNDSGN, Iman Omari, Ryan Leslie, Jeff Parker, Bennie Maupin, Chris „Daddy“ Dave, George Watsky and Shafiq Husayn. All of these voices and more carry influence over Attention Deficit, brought together with a culturally integrated collective that includes Emile Martinez (trumpet, flugelhorn), Josh Johnson (alto saxophone), Owen Clapp (upright & electric bass), Jonathan Pinson (drums) and Kiefer Shackelford (piano).

Available on Bandcamp – stream the album below.

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Bastien Keb | 22​.​02​.​85

22.02.85′ is the new album from Bastien Keb. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), ‚22.02.85‘ has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a half-forgotten dream, familiar yet unnerving. He says all the songs are all about girls apart from two about a big lug. You may catch a phrase here and there but the context is all in the feel: „There’s a melancholy edge, but I don’t wanna depress people. Sad but hopeful? If that’s possible.“

A guitarist first and foremost, Keb also plays trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments. Layering and pitching his voice to imaginative effect, you might feel an influence of Bon Iver or Jai Paul but in truth it’s more indebted to The Impressions or The Delfonics. Keb makes a living writing music for TV and film and you’ll hear hints of cinematic direction throughout. The soundtracks of Isaac Hayes taped from Madlib’s second hand SP-303 for a re-scored Twin Peaks. Recorded by himself in Leamington and Hackney he discloses – „I don’t really mic shit up proper, so I gotta go lo-fi. Warm, fuzzy, dirty and honest; an antidote to over-production and over-analysis.“

Released March 3, 2017 –  Available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 2.17

favourite things 2.17/soundcloud  holds songs by Thoma, Christian Scott, Blood Wine or Honey, Jamil Jamal, Halal Cool J, Flako, Loveturl, Natty Reeves, JBird, Will Sessions feat. Allan Barnes, Tom & Laura Misch feat. FloFilz, Kiefer feat. David Otis, Iojii & Swarvy, Steve Lacy, JMSN, Shiboski, Jonwayne, Lou Phelps feat. KALLITECHNIS, Oddisee, Cookin Soul, Little Dragon, and Mndsgn.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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Alfa Mist | Antiphon

Created around a conversation with his brothers, the London producer and pianist player Alfa Mist blends melancholy Jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul. Featuring vocals by Kaya Thomas-Dyke and Jordan Rakei. The entire album is recorded, mixed and mastered at Pinkbird Recording Co. „Antiphon EP“ is released 3rd March, available from Alfa’s Bandcamp page. Continue reading

Karriem Riggins | Headnod Suite

For „Headnod Suite“, Karriem Riggins second album on Stones Throw Records, he expertly builds on his credentials with 29 tracks of pure hip-hop. Each track deftly crafted with swing that only a drummer would know. Swing is the weapon. And there’s always a message, be it verbal or instrumental. “Headnod Suite is a concept of several rhythmic ideas fused together,” Riggins says. “I wanted to explore the power of interludes and marrying different styles and harmony together.”

Common makes a reciprocal vocal appearance on the track “Yes Yes Y’all,” which gives way to literal grunts from James Brown and the 1-2 shot of “Trombone Love” and the 16-bit funk “Crystal Stairs.” If 2012’s Alone Together was right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz, Riggins’ current path is less the jazz found in his family and career lineage, and more the hip-hop culture he found on his own.

Album out now – available on Bandcamp. Stream below.

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Jonwayne | Rap Album Two

After an intense period in his life, Jonwayne renewed his inspiration in music. He now released „Rap Album Two“, which is the sequel to 2013 „Rap Album One“ album (Out on Stones Throw Records). The album is now out on Authors Recording and available at Bandcamp. – Stream the full album after the jump after the jump »

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favourite things | 1.17

favourite things 1.17/soundcloud  holds songs by Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Jonwayne, Kid Koala feat. Emilíana Torrini, Eeph, Joey Bada$$, CoryaYo, Golden Rules, Emune, Loyle Carner, Quickly, Quickly, Wale, Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Fashawn, Stro, Pesnoo feat. MED, Oh No & DJ Romes, Relaén x Tusken, Josh Hey, DJM, Karriem Riggins, Daedelus, Pablo Queu, Knxwledge, Nohidea, Paul White, Mop Mop feat. Anthony Joseph x Kalbata, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & Floating Points, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Sigmund Washington, Thundercat feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, and Nate Smith.

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Fabiano Do Nascimento | Tempo dos Mestres

„Tempo dos Mestres“ (Time of the Masters) is the second album from the tireless, young Brasilian guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento. It finds its roots in the depths of the Amazon rain forest, passed down through generations of Native Brasilians, and is imbibed by the Afro-Brasilian culture that arose after Portuguese colonization. It is the third Brasilian album released on Now-Again, following Seu Jorge and Almaz and Do Nascimento’s debut Dança dos Tempos. Do Nascimento’s is joined on Tempo dos Mestres by his long time percussionist, Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas on trap drums and percussion, and Sam Gendel on saxophone and flute. Vocals are performed by Thalma de Freitas and Carla Hasset.

The album was produced and mixed by Dança dos Tempos producer Luther Russell, who recorded Do Nascimento and his band directly to a 1/2″ Ampex tape machine with engineer Jason Hiller. It was sparingly mastered by Elysian Masters to focus on the subtleties of the performances. Do Nascimento’s fans include legendary percussionist Airto Moreira, who recorded Dança dos Tempos and can be found playing live with Do Nascimento. “He’s Brazilian but (his mind is) from a place in Brazil that is not common.” Moreira states. “Fortunately, we still have some musicians who like to play music and who like to touch the instrument and who like that energy!”

Released on Now-Again Records, available on Rappcats.

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