favourite things | 6.17

favourite things 6.17 Kutmah feat. Gonjasufi, Domo Genesis, Curren$y, Figub Brazlevic, Scallops Hotel, Mogillah, Rizván feat. Diggy Dupe, MeloDownz, Axeman, MC Eiht & Brenk Sinatra feat. Outlawz, Action Bronson feat. Big Body Bes, Duñe x Crayon, Jameszoo feat. Niels Broos, Hudson Mohawke feat. Remy Banks, Sudan Archives, Timetable, Mounika feat. Cavetown, Jordan Rakei, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Blue Lab Beats feat. Sheldon Agwu & Yelfris Valdes, JBird, Giorgio Oehlers, Idris Rahman & Leon Brichard & Tom Skinner, Ruby Rushton, Medline, Abby Lee Tee, Jaze Baqti.

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favourite things | 5.17

favourite things 5.17 BesideZion, Quickly Quickly feat. Lordapex, Rejjie Snow feat. Joey Bada$ & Jesse Boykins III, Sensible J feat. REMI & Sampa The Great, JD. Reid, G-Eazy, Little Simz, Tall Black Guy, Sampa The Great feat. Estelle, Daoud, Blue Lab Beats feat. Kojey Radical & Tiana Major9, Kiefer, Castelluzzo, Chinsaku, Emanative, Tamara Renée, Twit One, Ruby Rushton, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Elena Pinderhughes, Glenn Astro & Ajnascent, Arnheim, Vels Trio, Prequel, Yazz Ahmed, Yadava, Flako feat. Kutmah, Buddy feat. Kaytranada.

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Vels Trio | Yellow Ochre

British jazz band, Vels Trio are about to release their debut EP. ‚Yellow Ochre EP‘ demonstrates the virtuoso jazz talents of the band while maintaining the hip-hop inspired funk that has come to define their sound. „The slender keys of Jack Stephen Oliver glide over Dougal Taylor’s breakbeat fire landing with Cameron Dawson’s funky wah bass lines all culminating in an explosion of synths and tasty licks.“

Out on Total Refreshment Records, available June 9, 2017 on Bandcamp.

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Moonchild | Voyager

‘Voyager’ is the third full-length album from LA’s Moonchild, whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Since cementing themselves into the vibrant LA soul scene, Moonchild have released two albums and collaborated or toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) and more. Along the way, Moonchild have accumulated a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator who have all shown love for the band.

Available in all formats on Bandcamp.

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Yazz Ahmed | La Saboteuse

Bahraini-British performer, Yazz Ahmed, is transforming what jazz means in 2017. This trumpet and flugelhorn-playing artist has worked with Radiohead and These New Puritans, experiments with electronic effects, and combines sounds from her shared heritage to author a new narrative for the genre. Part of the new wave of artists credited with stirring up the sound, including Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal, Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming, Yazz Ahmed is thrilled by the possibilities of making something new. “I feel like I’m a part of modernising jazz and connecting it with audiences today,” Yazz says. “It’s exciting.”

Her new album ‘La Saboteuse’ is a deep exploration of both her British and Bahraini roots. Ably assisted by musicians including Lewis Wright on vibraphone, Shabaka Hutchings on bass clarinet and Naadia Sherriff on Rhodes keyboard, it’s composed of undulating rhythms, Middle Eastern melody and Yazz’s sonorous trumpet lines. ‘La Saboteuse’ will be released in four chapters incrementally, unravelling the story, before the full version is available. Each chapter has its own cover, with beautiful illustrations by Bristol artist Sophie Bass. “I feel really touched, nobody’s created art from my music before, it’s really special,” Yazz says.

Out on Naim Records, available on Bandcamp.

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