Bassistry-Behind These Eyes
Kamasi Washington-Re-run Home
The Gray Area and
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Helena Hauff-Lex Tertia (EP)
The new single from Marcel Pusey's 3rd Bassistry project: 'What the Hell Do You Call This?', congregates a special line up of British musical talent-from Incognito's Imaani to Brian Eno collaborator Robert Logan naming only a few. Katy Seath & Nicola Bull feature on this with an understated string intro leading into Sam Aggard's syncopation. Even better is the 'B' side, 'The Art of Negotiation'. Soulful moods and vocals held together by Marcel's bass and Michael Winawer's rhythm guitar. An easy answer to the album title.based on this evidence.
Brainfeeder takes another fork in its travels to the golden fleece of pioneering music. This time, it's in the form of Kamasi Washington, a tenor saxophonist, dedicated to his chosen artform of jazz following self-produced LPs and guest appearances over the last 10 years, Kamasi forewarns of what could be a triple jazz album for the ages (due in May). This 14-plus minute taster exalts to the modal-jazz heights of Freddie Hubbard's 'Gibraltar' with all you could hope for in a piece of music. The solo and colloboration work is outstanding - complemented by an outstanding rhythm section, arrangement and composition. Out now.
Helena returns to Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune after a short spell away with a 5-track single. A hark back to the TR-808drum sound that was the foundation of early '80's Electro-Funk music on tracks like 'The First Time He Thought, He Died.' The modern influence of the Grime generation completes an unsettling and addictive fusion.
It's been a while since those Trüby Trio days of 'High Jazz', 'Jaleo' and A Go Go' from the Nu-jazz era for Rainer, returning to collaborate with Italian producer and DJ Corrado Bucci of Rebirth Records. Deep melodic house music is the order of the moment, giving us the minor moods often absent in so many so-called of the genre. The B-side, 'Sidestep' is the preferred choice over 'Step Forward', offering a little more force to proceedings. The ever-dedicated Compost Black Label continues to host the best in electronic and dance music. Out now.
Feather-light, downtempo beauty lifted from the debut album of this Californian duo. Their foundations lie in a rich background of Pink Floyd, John Digweed and Chopin. Guest featuring Nikko Gibbler from Visionquest/Culprit on vocals, supporting with instrumental input too. The single and 'The Sun Also Rises' are just out now on Supernature Records.
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra- Wëndelu
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A stalwart of British Dub music and an original pioneer from the Dubstep scene, Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic's chief Pinch arrive with their debut long player. An album that will, already, standout for its importance this year via the likes of 'Music Killer's Dub version, skittering high-hats, Lee 'Scratch' Perry/Congo Natty vocals and all. Leaning back and forth between past and present in sound, the two gems that shade it are the nervy, tabla-pulse of 'Africa 138'; the foundations of trip-hop are felt on the beauty 'Wild Birds Sing': its whispered vocals and unobtrusive tinkling of the ivories make it something special. Guaranteed end-of-year list status.
Sherwood & Pinch-Late Night Endless
The essential sound of Afro-beat and its offshoots, adopted and adapted by artists worldwide, including this outfit, signed to Ubiquity Records. Translated as 'Wanderer', these 11 tracks spread beyond the genre. Electronics, percussion, choral chants and a dominant horn section collide on tracks like 'Your Way' and its remix, 'Which Direction' takes a similar route however the compositions that really stand out are the Reggae and Dub inflections with personal favourite 'Let it Flow's sultry vocal and 'Usurpation', led by its tromobone. The spiritual ballad intro of 'Empty Words' leads into a pacey vamp. Welcome to an 11-piece, all Polish line-up; full of soul and intent.
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Pioneer of the bass guitar; go-to teenage session musician from the late '70's; influence on Miles Davis' return to music in 1981 and colloborator until his death; soul/funk giant of the '80's; film composer-most recently, jazz & funk solo artist of 22 years. The list is too big for this site as Marcus returns on his 16th studio LP 'Afrodeezia'. 'Hylife's' shuffling afrobeat supported by Mr Miller's blistering funk bass and Alex Han's Sanborn-sounding alto is the album track of the week. Out on Blue Note.
Dance Spirit-Where You Want to Be
To the Argentinian leftfield and Snr Krygier's fifth collection. The composer and multi-instrumentalist tells a story of a 'man of stone' (the title), along the way, embracing worldwide styles such as Reggae on 'Alcohol', 'Lo tendré que adivinar' opens with funk guitar riffs, heading onto a dancefloor of past times,', 'Changarín''s skipping drums contains a terrific horn line and organ while 'Invitame' even touches on Grime. Certainly appealing to those beyond Spanish-speaking borders, this should bring global attention to Argentina's current rich undercurrent. Appearing are those very players including Daniel Melingo, Diego Arcaute on drums and Juana Molina arranger Juan Ravioli on guitar. With us soon on Crammed Discs.
Axel Krygier-Hombre de Piedra
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