All posts tagged: Jazz

KAOS Protokoll’s ‘New Chapter’ is a Deep Journey into Musical Expressionism

Jazz – a music that has been a source of cultural and spiritual connections of a people trapped in a cruel web of uncertainty; a sound that has undergone multiple transformations over decades whilst simultaneously taking the world by storm. This was the form of expression for a charismatic trumpeter from New Orleans to a North Carolina-born saxophonist who used it to communicate to the heavens above, proving the ultimate supremacy was that of love. Yet in 2018 with the general public’s ears being more attuned to synth-driven pop songs or bass-quaking trap music, where jazz stands in the mainstream psyche is indeed that of question. However the counter question is, does it really matter? When the music is produced with passion, heart and respect it will find its way to touch the emotions of people.

Mica Millar’s Track ‘The Defender’ is Lifting

Helping to bring awareness to issues various societal issues as well as paying homage to those who are helping to combat the ills with ‘The Defender Campaign’, singer Mica Millar has shared her latest single which boasts the same title. ‘The Defender’ is a soulful and slightly haunting blend of Hip-Hop drum patterns underneath jazz-tinged toppings. Using her powerful vocals to deliver gripping lyricism, the brilliant song includes additional production from drum and bass legend Goldie and James Davidson.

Dave Koor of The Expansions Interview

Throughout the UK the sound of jazz music has been an integral part of inspiring some of the country’s most rooted and forward-thinking scenes. Whether it be DJs like Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs laying down a foundation for the acid jazz movement in the late 80s that would go on to also encompass soul and Hip-Hop or the likes of 4Hero, Goldie and LTJ Bukem who fused jazz into drum and bass, charging with a Herbie Hancock aim of futurism, the music has flowed into various sub-genres even at times when it wasn’t the most fashionable in its traditional state. The broken beat community would go on to use the music as a backbone for a universe leaping style of production dripping with sophistication with artists such as 4Hero, Bugs In The Attic, IG Culture and a slew of others meshing that which is complex yet grooving. With the current state of music being dominated by trap-oriented sonics and synth-piercing pop, South London’s The Expansions are continuing to push the legacy of jazz and funk-stirred rhythms that are not only core but boundary pushing in the same breath.

ColoRising Interview with Dave Koor of The Expansions

Throughout the UK the sound of jazz music has been an integral part of inspiring some of the country’s most rooted and forward-thinking scenes. Whether it be DJs like Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs laying down a foundation for the acid jazz movement in the late 80s that would go on to also encompass soul and Hip-Hop or the likes of 4Hero, Goldie and LTJ Bukem who fused jazz into drum and bass, charging with a Herbie Hancock aim of futurism, the music has flowed into various sub-genres even at times when it wasn’t the most fashionable in its traditional state. The broken beat community would go on to use the music as a backbone for a universe leaping style of production dripping with sophistication with artists such as 4Hero, Bugs In The Attic, IG Culture and a slew of others meshing that which is complex yet grooving. With the current state of music being dominated by trap-oriented sonics and synth-piercing pop, South London’s The Expansions are continuing to push the legacy of jazz and funk-stirred rhythms that are not only core but boundary pushing in the same breath.

Isaac Waddington’s ‘Nothing’s Changed’ is a Soulful Look at Life

Photo by Tom Joy Typically when artists release a track dedicated to the not so high points of life, the song tends to be on the dark and gloomy side. However, Isaac Waddington’s recent single ‘Nothing’s Changed’ is a jazzy analysis of life at a standstill yet keeps hope at close bay. With a voice that is utterly soulful, he is able to musically shine a beacon of light on quite the somber topic. Touching on ‘Nothing’s Changed’, Issac Waddington stated: “‘Nothing’s Changed’ came from a Read more […]

Ruth Koléva Unveils Her Jazzy Single ‘I Don’t Know Why’

Bulgarian songstress Ruth Koléva have announced the release of her new album ‘Confidence. Truth’. Scheduled to land March 30th, she has also unveiled her latest single entitled ‘I Don’t Know Why’. The soulful track taps into the ethos of future jazz and broken beat, reminiscent of acts such as Bugz In The Attic and 4Hero. With Koléva topping off the tune with her golden vocals, ‘I Don’t Know Why’ is a lush and lovely set up to her upcoming LP. Stream the song down below.

Stream Marva Von Theo’s Debut LP ‘Dream within a Dream’

Marva Von Theo have released their debut album ‘Dream within a Dream’. Comprised of twelve tracks, the LP marries various styles of electronica with elements of jazz, rock and dark pop. Whilst definitely experimental, there are also considered factors to the various orchestrations of the music, making it slick and logical. Below is a stream of ‘Dream within a Dream’.

Modified Man’s ‘Modifications: Set 2’ Shines with Sophistication

Adam Scrimshire and Dave Koor come from a lineage of trailblazers constantly pushing music forward, stylistically embedding sounds ranging from jazz, soul, broken beat, house and more. Both having been long time key fixtures in the London scene, their 2016 debut release ‘Modifications: Set 1’ under the group name Modification Man was a flawless piece of work, championed by various taste makers, as well as a reminder that in this day and age, there are still musicians who can create timeless music through the use of analog gear.

Oscar Jerome Shares His Soulful Tune ‘Smile on a Screen’

South London has been bubbling with young artists delving into the sounds of jazz and soul with a Hip-Hop sensibility. Oscar Jerome is among those that have been delivering impressive recordings for the past year and a half. Dropping his self-titled EP back in 2016, Jerome’s latest single ‘Smile on a Screen’ featuring James Massiah is a silky selection bursting with radiance. The track is reminiscent of the golden period of acid jazz, early 90s Hip-Hop and the 70s jazz fusion era all rolled up into one well presented package that is fitting for the now.

Eastern Barbers Address Gentrification in South London on ‘Blue Flakes’

With the cost of living continuing to escalate in London, the ever problematic housing crisis and the exodus of Londoners who can no longer afford to stay, siblings Eastern Barbers have addressed the issue of gentrification in South East London in their new single ‘Blue Flakes’. The mellow, slow-rolling soul/jazz instrumentation is coupled with commentary of things that are no longer the same and the clearer understanding of the changes as one gets older. The lyrics also bask in the more simple Read more […]