Freitag, 17. Februar 2017

Collocutor - The Search

There is always something very cinematic and colourful about Tamar Osborn's Collocuter. Since the release of "Instead" this group is certainly one to look out for. "The Search" is a worthy successor which has, even before its release, caught not only the London jazz scene's attention.

On this record the compositions' character is one of steady motion and features a wide array of sonic influences. The fact that Mulatu Astatke himself has already stated his affection for it is one thing, the way in which Collocutor manufactured North African scales into deep grooves and luring atmospheres is another. There are majestic moments and virtuosic horns, infectous rhythms and improvisation. It all adds up to an impressive piece of intriguing music.

"Collocutor is an opportunity to explore musically all the cultural connections which are part of being a human being, particularly in the 21st century, in somewhere like London, where you do meet everyone from everywhere. If you’re open-minded you’ll have the opportunity to engage with them and find out which bits of each other’s cultures connect and make sense" – Tamar Osborn

"The Search" will be available on LP and digital in mid March on the nicely progressing On The Corner Records. Stream a preview on Bandcamp.

Donnerstag, 16. Februar 2017

Scott D - Slice Of Life

Some artists make producing hip hop tracks look so easy - just know how to use and loop your background sample and have a way with words. Now LA's Scott D seems to have a great sense for his samples and certainly some poetic skills, but mostly his tracks just sound like a very fun thing to do - and if you manage to deliver that feeling you're definitely doing something right and don't necessarily need an elaborate production.

His new single "Slice of Life" features all the verbal symbolic paintings, soccer references and positive vibes known from his previous releases. It is availalbe on Bandcamp and available as free download.

Frozen Planet.... 1969 - Electric Smokehouse

Lots of fuzzy guitars, a little bit of psychedelia and sheer endless improvisational freedom - that has been the winning recepy ever since for Paul, Lachlan and Frank's Frozen Planet....1969 whose catalogue now features another installment in "Electric Smokehouse".

It marks the band's fourth instrumental record and can be purchased on 12" vinyl. It is certainly not an album that will be remembered for this riff, that chorus or anything else that you can easily pin down and probably won't serve your short attention span. You will have to take the full ride and sink into the bands grooves and dynamics, the building up and breaking down of tension, the rumbling basses and ever-evolving guitar tracks. Any practicing rock musician will find joy in listening to the jams of this band and wish for a teleporter to their rehearsing room.

Get the full album stream on Bandcamp.

Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2016

Mister Ott - Single Shot

Matt Ottignon is the main man behind Australia's grooving jazz outfit Mister Ott. Together with a talented group of musicians he just released "Single Shot", the second album by the group which is packed with a brand of jazz that draws influences from Ethiopia with a unique psychedelic twist.

What certainly stands out are the infectous rhythms which range from mulatuesque stompers to uptempo afrobeat shakers. But "Single Shot" is also about building and breaking down of arrangements and atmospheres. "Space Will Win", the ending track, is a tunes that will take you on one of those journeys where psychedelic keys and spacy sounds suck the listener in and slowly build to an impressive jam along lines of simple melodies.

Get the full album on Bandcamp.

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2016

Michael Chapman - Sometimes You Just Drive / That Time Of Night

Michael Chapman has proven more than once in his long career that he is one of the most talented and passionate songwriters in the genre - Balancing his tunes somewhere between rock, folk, soul and just some beautiful arrangements and harmonies. And the good news is that he is not only on some nice reissues on Light In The Attic Records - he is still recording new songs and a full-length record plainly entitled "50". The album will be released early next year on Paradise of Bachelors and features ten new tracks. Two of them, "Sometimes You Just Drive" and "That Time Of Night" can already be streamed in full. While the latter is a dreamy downtempo tune, "Sometimes You Just Drive" features a floating drive and of course Chapman's uniquely gruff and world weary voice.

Get the stream on Bandcamp.