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Review: For two whole decades now, New Orleans street music ensemble Hot 8 Brass Band have redefined people's ideas of what a brass band can be. Now to mark their 20th anniversary they're releasing 'best of' compilation, Vincennial. There are 11 of their most loved funked-up, hip-hopped jazzy covers including "Whats My Name", "Sexual Healing" and "Just My Imagination". The perfect introduction to a unique band.
Review: Following 2014's When The World Was One, Halsall and the Gondwana collective continue their spiritual jazz adventure with another immaculate narrative. Now with much more vocal prowess, singer Josephine Oniyama plays a lead role in the story, adding consistency and personality to the Halsall's swooning, cinematic odysseys. Highlights include the Hathaway-style half spoken/half sung "Badder Weather", the frenetic double bass and brushed drum crescendos of "The Land Of", the (lark) ascending strings and oriental scales of "Cushendun" and the smoky, faraway Coltraneisms of the title track. Modern jazz doesn't get any more authentic than this.
Review: Brighton jazz/soul two piece Soccer96 get a makeover for their Jupiter Masterdrive release from 2014. NYC's legendary Danny Krivit gives "Flight Formation" a re-edit that only a true master of the artform truly can. He definitely emphasises the best parts of the track, not to mention all the uplifting soulfulness of it.. like he does! Berlin's purveyor of dusty hip-hop influenced deep house Glenn Astro also steps up to resplice the source material of said track too, giving it his Midas touch. Finally Danvers does a remix of "Step Overs" and does a fine job, remaking the track into a deep funky house jam that honours the late nineties sound, vaguely reminiscent of the French Touch style.
Review: London garage producer is back on Studio Rockers with a full length, but this time exploring the realm of nu jazz and broken beat, showing off another dimension of his studio prowess. Starting things off nicely is "Nova" which is smooth dreamy soulfulness reminiscent of Atjazz, as does "Feel It" later on in the album. Similarly "Slo Mo" is wicked and reminds us of the old jams by legends Bugz In The Attic. "Beyond" is groovy Herbie Hancock inspired soul that'll appeal to 2000Black fans. His old garage influences come back in to the fray on "Realtime" and "Twisted" the latter featuring the gorgeous vocals of Bahia. Closing things out is the emotive UK Bass of "Battle" featuring the smooth crooning of Romaine Smith.
Review: Bristol musician Pete Josef is probably best known for his role in The White Lamp, a collaboration with former Underworld man Darren Emerson that proved quite popular several years ago. Indeed, it was Sonar Kollektiv's licensing of The White Lamp track "Make It Good" that proved the genesis of Josef working with the German label which now results in his debut album Colours. Some 11 tracks deep, Colours features a real blend of styles with Josef's wonderfully warm vocals the one element that binds them all together. Brushed with jazz, soul, broken beat, and more, there is a clear sense of melancholy and nostalgia to much of Colours, with Josef impressively responsible for all elements of production and recording! A real gem from the SK crew