Jazz music has definitely gone through its share of phases over the years. Whilst a resurrected interest in the genre manifested through late 80s and 90s Hip-Hop, as well as the rare groove and acid jazz scene of the same period, the music slowly took backseat to various modern and not so modern forms of music. However, in this day and age, it takes an almost Godsent act to be able to brilliantly bridge the gaps between the past and present, doing it in a manner that is classically respected and currently accessible. Perhaps Swiss singer Lucia Cadotsch was sent down from the Heavens. With her 2016 critically acclaimed ‘Speak Low’ LP placing the singer among the top tier list of current jazz singers, her latest record ‘Speak Low Renditions’ perfectly restructures the album into experimental works of art that sounds like nothing else at the moment.
It’s been two years since Mercury-nominated artist Ghostpoet released his critically acclaimed album ‘Shedding Skin’. Having consistently taken his sound in various directions, the magical question was, where would Ghostpoet sonically venture with a new release? His new single ‘Immigrant Boogie’ finds the South London native treading the waters of darker, post-punk-driven production. Touching on the delicate topic of men and women crossing borders for a better life, the haunting soundscape provides the perfect backing for Ghostpoet’s narrative which coincides brilliantly with the current political climate.
Zurich-based JPTR is a hybrid. What appears to be one is actually two, a third if you factor in other components and what you hear can even be a masking of sorts. Comprised of KIU and IKARU,the group, which stresses the visual emphasis just as much as the sonic one, operate in the form of a collective pushing the boundaries of art. Nothing could be more evident than their self-titled debut LP. Musically JPTR flows in the manner of avant-garde pop, using drums and vocals as the weight of the Read more […]
The Physics House Band are creating some of the most interesting music out at the moment. Having previously shared their mind-blowing single ‘Calypso’, the trio have now brought forth the video to the cut. Combining clips of various vibrant images mixed with a live session, the song itself is taken from The Physics House Band’s upcoming mini-album ‘Mercury Fountain’, out the 21st of April via Small Pond Records.
If we are to discuss the music of South London native Hector Plimmer, it is best to stay away from the idea of genre. Sure one could possibly sort out various elements in terms of the type of music he creates, but to even dwell that far into dissection is almost to miss the beauty and craftsmanship of his art. If a description just had to be placed on his new LP ‘Sunshine’, possibly sonic voodoo could come close. Perhaps dream state music is appropriate. No matter what description one chooses to attribute to Plimmer’s sound, one thing is certain, ‘Sunshine’ is truly a gorgeous ray of light, lifting and point blank beautiful.
Nick Cave has announced the the upcoming album ‘Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’. Originally scheduled to get released back in 2015, the record celebrates a monumental 30 years for the group. Compiled by Nick Cave and Mick Harvey, along with the current Bad Seeds members, the album will be available in various formats with a Super Deluxe edition set to include a book and a DVD containing unseen footage of the band.
The art of improvisation has been one of the staples of jazz music. It is the feeling of the moment that many musicians have tapped into releasing a sound that often times have resulted in something spiritual. Whilst these days music tends to be overly structured and glistening with sonic perfection, Swiss band UFO have challenged the idea of conventionalism with their new album ‘III’.
The music of Rebekka Karijord is poetry, it’s passion…it’s art. It is the kind of art that is soul touching, often times helping to foster tear-led moments within the listener. Whilst those reoccurring periods have been a constant throughout her musical career, Karijord’s latest album ‘Mother Tongue’ reflects one of the most dynamic and powerful moments…the birth of life.
If there was an artist whose voice was like a vessel carrying the spirits and energies of past greats, Berlin’s Lucia Cadotsch would undoubtedly be that person. With sometimes haunting, sometimes seductive vocals that are entrancing like a hypnotist at work, Cadotsch’s power is like a modern Billie Holiday, ripe and pure.
Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers have unveiled their new single ‘Only God Knows’, taken from the ‘T2 Trainspotting’ soundtrack. Experimenting with electronica and gospel, the song features Leith Congregational Choir.
With three Young Fathers songs featured on The ‘T2 Trainspotting’ soundtrack, other acts include Wolf Alice, Blondie, Underworld and more.