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 infectours 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 so called songwriter 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.

Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2016

The Meltdown - Colours in the Sky

Since the release of their superb single "Better Days" from early last year it was a long wait until the next sounds from Australia's soul band The Meltdown could be heard. "Colours In The Sky" is the new track that welcomes you with the group's trademark warm brass sounds. It is a slow and soft track - almost too soft, but great soul bands always knew how to walk this fragile path and The Meltdown proof to be one of them. So it is great news that they are also preparing for a full-length record early 2017 on Hopestreet Recordings.

Get the stream and video below or on Soundcloud.

Freitag, 1. Juli 2016

Rosario Di Rosa Trio - Pop Corn Reflections

Rosario Di Rosa is what you might want to call a progressive jazz musician. Delving into ever more ways of exploring the genre the Italian pianist focussed on a minimalistic approach on his recent album "Pop Corn Reflections".

This new records features a small personnel of Di Rosa, Paolo Dassi on bass and Riccardo Tosi on drums. Just a brief look at the song titles and you can already see how a lot of tracks are inspired by older experimental forerunners. Di Rosa uses their innovative spirit and sometimes whole patterns to create his own free floating jazz experience. Despite a lot of improvisations and the indicated names being the likes of Steve Reich and Schönberg, this album yet showcases a very entertaining and rhythmic character as it creates individual momentums out of simple patterns.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Sonntag, 10. April 2016

Dday One - Gathered Between

It's a good thing beatmaker Dday One decided to reconstruct some old tracks by memory that had been lost in one of those familiar hard drive crashes. The result is his latest and fifth album "Gathered Between" which is a real beauty for any fan of honest and dusty beatmaking.

Compared to lots of other contemporary beatmakers the first thing that strikes about these tracks is the organic sound composition. It's almost like the playing of a rather unconventional band with the eventual use of vocal samples. In doing so Dday One accomplishes to create intense and original vibes that might remind you of early records of the beatmaking era.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.