ALFA MIST : BRING BACKS

LABEL: ANTI ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Producer, pianist, band leader and MC Alfa Mist holds the conflicts between rough and smooth, present and past, to create an individual sound within the London Jazz scene. This week in Britain as local election results are counted, there is a narrative being sold that London is other, differentContinue reading “ALFA MIST : BRING BACKS”

AROOJ AFTAB : VULTURE PRINCE

LABEL: NEW AMSTERDAM ALBUM IN A SENTENCE:  The third album from Brooklyn Based Pakistani Composer reinterprets the tradition of Hindustani classical music on an album that transcends grief and loss. The main reasons I’m writing this blog are to encourage myself and others to emotionally invest in contemporary music and inquire what can be seenContinue reading “AROOJ AFTAB : VULTURE PRINCE”

THE ANCHORESS : THE ART OF LOSING

LABEL: KSCOPE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Intelligent alternative electro-pop that explores ideas and situations surrounding grief. There’s a Rothko print that usually (currently needs rehanging) takes pride of place on the chimney breast wall of our living room. It was a present from my little sister twenty-years plus ago who at the time knew IContinue reading “THE ANCHORESS : THE ART OF LOSING”

FLOATING POINTS, PHAROAH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : PROMISES

LABEL: LUAKA BOP ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A 21st CENTURY ELECTRONIC SYMPHONIC IMPROVISED TONE POEM MASTERPIECE Promises, the new electronic symphonic tone poem wrought from collaboration between Sam Shepherd, working as Floating Points, and Pharoah Sanders, with a weighty contribution from the string section of the London Symphony Orchestra, is genius. It is operating aboveContinue reading “FLOATING POINTS, PHAROAH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : PROMISES”

REALLY FROM : REALLY FROM

LABEL: TOPSHELF ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A fully confident third album from a group that fuse the flavours of emo and jazz to explore the challenges and heartbreaks inherited by people with mixed-raced identity in modern America. Food and music go together. Whether it’s Shakespeare’s ‘if music be the food of love’, Aretha Franklin beltingContinue reading “REALLY FROM : REALLY FROM”

A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN : INVISIBLE CITIES

LABEL: Artificial Pinearch Manufacturing ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Brussels based ambient / contemporary classical duo make a concept album inspired by Italo Calvino’s experimental novel Invisible Cities One way to arrive at Astoria is on the back of a steel-eyed falcon, wings beating against the prevailing wind; the trade currents that scoop the ocean andContinue reading “A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN : INVISIBLE CITIES”

VALERIE JUNE : THE MOON AND STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS

LABEL: FANTASY ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A big hearted, big sounding, big souled record for big dreamers. Valerie June’s new album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers reminds me again of one of the most important conversations in my life. Half a life ago, I was talking with a friend over a problem theyContinue reading “VALERIE JUNE : THE MOON AND STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS”

CASSANDRA JENKINS : AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE

LABEL: BA DA BING ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A New York singer songwriter paints a gorgeous panoramic landscape of human connections with a palette of ambient folk. An Overview On Phenomenal Nature, the new album by New York singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins is a brave album. It is a thoroughly, ravishingly beautiful album. It is anContinue reading “CASSANDRA JENKINS : AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE”

ARCHIE SHEPP & JASON MORAN : LET MY PEOPLE GO

LABEL: ARCHIEBALL ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Saxophonist Archie Shepp and Pianist Jason Moran speak from the heart through a collection of spirituals and jazz standards. Archie Shepp is a new artist to me, even though he is a vastly distinguished saxophonist with over a half century of ground-breaking albums behind him. The apex of hisContinue reading “ARCHIE SHEPP & JASON MORAN : LET MY PEOPLE GO”

Black Country, New Road : For The First Time

LABEL: NINJA TUNE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Explosions happen when seven friends from Cambridgeshire concoct a potion of post-punk, post-rock, and jazz at their local science fair. Instinctively, almost on principle, I love Black Country, New Road. For The First Time is an exuberant cacophony, charged with inventiveness and chemistry. One of the best complimentsContinue reading “Black Country, New Road : For The First Time”