favourite things | 5.18

favourite things 5.18 – The Mouse Outfit feat. IAMDDB, Louis VI feat. Jelani Blackman, Mac Miller, Curren$y & Harry Fraud feat. Action Bronson, Conway X Sonnyjim feat. Budgie, Pusha T, Blvck Spvde, Your Old Droog, Jonwayne, Azizi Gibson, Audio Push, Lou Phelps feat. Kaytranada, Rome Fortune, Tane feat. Boyce Griffith, Bastien Keb, Patrick Paige II, R+R=NOW, Bobby Earth feat. Adam DeWalt, Radius Etc, Mecca:83 feat. Brothermartino, Thundercat, James Blue, Omas Sextet, Kamaal Williams, The Expansions, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Takumi Moriya, Masayoshi Fujita.

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Otis Sandsjö | Y​-​OTIS

Helsinki’s We Jazz Records presents “Y-OTIS”, the debut album from Berlin-based Swedish saxophonist/composer Otis Sandsjö, joining forces with keyboardist Elias Stemeseder, bassist Petter Eldh and drummer Tilo Weber. The album is a forward-reaching, multilayered collection of eight originals penned by Sandsjö and produced by Sandsjö and Eldh.

Otis Sandsjö hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is known previously for example for his inspired work on singer Lucia Cadotsch’s globe-trotting trio formation “Speak Low”, also featuring “Y-OTIS” co-producer and bassist Petter Eldh. Elias Stemeseder was dubbed one of the top 15 young European musicians to watch by All About Jazz in 2017. Tilo Weber ranks among the most creative young drummers in the scene. Stemeseder is currently based in New York, while the remaining three musicians here live in Berlin. Live on stage, the band performing the material on the new release is called Y-OTIS.

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Aqueduct Ensemble | Improvisations On An Apricot

Aqueduct Ensemble is a collaboration between Ohio (USA) based artist Keith Freund and his neighbour Stu, who is a piano tuner and professional pianist. Their debut album together, “Improvisations On An Apricot” is the second release from label Last Resort.

“It’s been a couple years, but I’ve put together a new record, this time with my neighbor Stu and a few other friends. Stu’s been tuning the piano Linda and I were using for our Lejsovka & Freund and Trouble Books recordings, and I’ve always enjoyed the test scales and vignettes he would run through checking his work. I floated the idea to collaborate on a sortof 70s/80s ECM kinda vibe, and soon started bringing my laptop and a couple microphones over to his house to collect his improvisations and have him add to pieces I had started. Other friends from the neighborhood dropped by to add parts here and there as well.” – 

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Kamaal Williams | The Return

The Return is a natural evolution from the Yussef Kamaal project, mining the influence of visionary jazz but blended with all kinds of texture, sounds and signals from the over-saturated London streets. The Return will be the debut album released on Wu’s new label Black Focus Records, releases May 25, 2018.

Kamaal Williams – Keys, Pete Martin – Bass, MckNasty – Drums, Richard Samuels – Engineer

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favourite things | 4.18

favourite things 4.18 – James Creole Thomas, Tenderlonious, Louis VI feat. Mick Jenkins, Eric Biddines, Emune & Sensi, Knxwledge feat. Traffic, The Internet, Horatio Luna, Mo Kolours, Bastien Keb, Lionmilk, Winters, Emma-Jean Thackray, Elusive, Otis Sandsjö, Portico Quartet, Waaju, Jon Hassell, Wilma Archer, Leon Vynehall, Sam Gendel, WVR BVBY, James Blue, Yellow Days, Cleo Sol.

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DJM Trio | Cave Art Two

DJM trio breathes fierce artistry into grooved out renditions of Solange, Patrice Rushen, Slum Village, Madvillain, Ohbliv and more. It’s upon this precipice that Dominic James Marshall makes his mark, at the helm and on the keys of Cave Art Two – a slate of scintillating digital sounds, spontaneously arranged, etched in wax. The project is a thoughtful and inventive response to a long tradition of musical sampling.

The DJM Trio is led by Dominic James Marshall, an Amsterdam native who is a current member of renowned British nu-jazz and electronic outfit The Cinematic Orchestra. A rising jazz piano star, Marshall was nominated for the Edison International Jazz Award, and the trio earned a coveted set at BBC’s Manchester Jazz Festival, as unanimously selected by a jury including Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum and Jez Nelson.

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WVR BVBY | WVR BVBY

WVR BVBY (pronounced WAR BABY) is the next link in the chain to the Melbourne soulful sound that has been developing strongly over the past decade. They create cinematic sounds through roaring horns, synth arpeggiation and a rhythm section that sways from meditative grooves to dramatic, complex rhythmic interplay with tight precision. Recorded at Fitzroy’s Plug Seven Studios, The 8 track LP was inspired by mixture of crate digger culture and 70s production techniques, recorded in one take sessions using direct to tape technology.

The album is the sophomore release of independent label Plug Seven Records, run by Plug Seven Records store and studio owner, Ari Roze. Available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 3.18

favourite things 3.18 – DJM Trio, Blameful Isles, Ill Considered, Nubya Garcia & Maxwell Owin, Neue Grafik, Glenn Astro & Hodini feat. Ajnascent, Mildlife, Tristan de Liège, The Motion Orchestra, Louis VI, Bishop Nehru feat. Kaytranada, QSTN, MED & Guilty Simpson feat. Black Milk, IDK feat. Joey Bada$$ & Russ, Tyler, The Creator, Mick Jenkins, Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program, Lojii feat. Vida Jafari, Jaze Baqti, Bugseed, BLVCK SPVDE feat. Bianca Fitzpatrick, Najii Person, Zado, Brenk Sinatra, FloFilz, Nitai Hershkovits feat. MNDSGN, Phil Stroud

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