favourite things | 2.18

favourite things 2.18 – PRhyme, Era feat. Dave East, Jay Rock & Kendrick Lamar, Smoke DZA feat. Joey Bada$$, Curren$y, JD Reid feat. Jay Prince, Mick Jenkins, CZARFACE, Dabrye feat. Shigeto, Stono Echo, Lojii, Rejjie Snow feat. Jesse Boykins III, Jericho Jackson feat. Amber Navran, FloFilz & Psalm Trees, SiR, Jordan Rakei, Hector Plimmer feat. Emma-Jean Thackray, Idntrmmbr, Swarvy, Sape J, Surly, The Natural Yogurt Band, Kuzich, Blameful Isles, Quiet Dawn, Ryan Porter, Sons Of Kemet, Culross Close, Blue Lab Beats feat. Kaidi Akinnibi, Kerem Akdag, Horatio Luna, The Expansions, Underground Canopy, Jeremy Talon.

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Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969​-​1984

In the years following the World War Two, Japan developed one of the most insatiable, dynamic and diverse markets for jazz. For a crucial period of little over a decade – from the late 1960s to the early 1980s – Japanese jazz culture progressed at an astonishing rate, producing an extraordinary array of artists, recordings and record labels that created some of the most forward thinking and impressive jazz to be committed to tape. This amazing journey is explored on ‘J Jazz’.

This compilation from BBE uncovers some of the most sought after and rare material from this period and pulls together key artists who shaped the postwar modern jazz scene in Japan. ‘J Jazz’ includes obscure and sought after rarities like the bass-driven power jazz of Koichi Matsukaze’s ‘Earth Mother’, the holy grail rarity of Aizawa Tohru Quartet’s ‘Dead Letter’ and the loping majesty of Takeo Moriyama’s ‘North Wind’.

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Jeremy Talon | Outs

Beautiful mix of 15 lo-fi beats and soft electronics by french beatmaker Jeremy Talon made back in 2015. Out on Menace records, stream the entire collection below, purchase digitally on Bandcamp or vinyl at HHV.

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Hector Plimmer | Sunshine Remixed

Born and raised in South London, Hector Plimmer is a designer, producer and DJ, who has been making some considerable waves in recent times. Beginning with an appearance on 2011’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation, Hector proved his talent when he was selected as the winner of the PRS Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award. Originally released in early 2017, his Sunshine LP now gets a series of remixes. Some blunted urban hip-hop flavour on Reginald Omas Mamode IV’s remix of “Sunshine”, that dusty MPC deep house sound of Berlin courtesy of their city’s finest Glenn Astro, on his remix of “Bossa” while Mr Beatnick turns in an utterly hypnotic remix of “Kalimba 2”.

Available now on Bandcamp.

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Anenon | Tongue

Released on Friends of Friends Records, the fourth LP from the musician and composer Anenon born Brian Allen Simon was created in just under a month far away from his native Los Angeles near the small town of Palaia in Italy’s Tuscany region.

If its backstory sounds almost absurdly picaresque, it’s a reflection of Anenon’s drive to find a setting staggeringly gorgeous enough to match the iridescence of the compositions. It was born inside a makeshift attic studio on the third story of a 16th Century Tuscan villa, during April of 2017.

Available on Bandcamp.

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The Lightmen | Fancy Pants

Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. “Fancy Pants” is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.

This is the first time that “Fancy Pants” has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. This reissue was remastered from Bubbha’s original master tapes. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs.

Available now on Rappcats.

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favourite things | 1.18

favourite things 1.18 – Nils Frahm, GoGo Penguin, Laurent de Schepper Trio, Poppy Ackroyd, Black Flower, Anenon, Fiium Shaarrk, Laurence Pike, Joe Armon-Jones, 2 Times Nothing, Jackson Milas, Mast feat. Brian Marsella, Laqueus, God.Damn.Chan feat. Fadeaway J, Buttering Trio & Free The Robots, Run Child Run, Bahla, Harry Griffiths, Horatio Luna, Theo Parrish, JD. Reid feat. Henry Wu & Venna, Dabrye feat. DOOM, Evidence feat. Jonwayne, FloFilz feat. Rejjie Snow, Black Milk, B.Cool-Aid, Rejjie Snow, Oscar Jerome, Lando Chill & The Lasso, Khruangbin, Malik Abdul Rahmaan, Summers Sons, The Mouse Outfit feat. Iamddb & Fox, Hector Plimmer & Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Chris Dave and The Drumhedz feat. Anderson .Paak, Kali Uchis, QNA feat. Bush Tea, LayFullStop.

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VA | We Out Here

A primer on London’s bright-burning young jazz scene, this new compilation brings together a collection of some of its sharpest talents. A set of nine newly-recorded tracks, We Out Here captures a moment where genre markers matter less than raw, focused energy. Surveying the album’s running order, it could easily serve as a name-checking exercise for some of London’s most-tipped and hardworking bands of the past couple of years. Recorded across three long, fruitful days in a North West London studio, the results speak for themselves: they’re a window into the wide-eyed future of London’s musical underground.

Out February 9th on Brownswood Recordings, via Bandcamp.

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