With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for new music to drop online and go unnoticed. To help prevent this, we’ve picked five records you don’t want to sleep on. Stream music from Yusef Rumperfield, OKE’, Pan African People’s Arkestra, Le1f and Luke Howard Trio. If you like what you hear, support the artist.
Yusef Rumperfield – Jazz In Motion
The newest member on the Tall Black Guy Productions Label Yusef Rumperfield recently dropped this killer album. At only $5.00 this is worth your money, with an hour of incessantly funky, deep jazzy grooves, this is one hell of a debut release on TBGP.
OKE’ – Tree Of Life
OKE’ is the collective effort of three kindred spirits who enjoy astral traveling, and following their own pineal glands, or perhaps telepathy, accidentally collided planet QS. They like to describe their output as an eruption: it’s the fire of creation that tries to reach the sky, and every gram of its magma fell on the ground it’s pure fertility. Weird and wonderful cosmic music. Don’t sleep!
Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra – The Call
Not a new release, but an essential one. Horace Tapscott conducts the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra on this rare Nimbus LP, The Call. One of the best, yet often overlooked jazz albums from the late 70’s. We’d highly recommend adding some Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra to your collection.
Le1f – Riot Boi
NYC-based hip-hop artist, Le1f dropped his debut studio album, Riot Boi, back in November last year and it’s all we hoped and more. The album features guest vocals from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Junglepussy, Don Christian, and Miss Geri, among others, and production from SOPHIE, Lunice, Boody, Blood Diamonds, Salva, Dubbel Dutch, Evian Christ and more. Le1f continues his impressive rise to being one of the most exciting young artists around.
Luke Howard Trio – The Electric Night Descends
The Luke Howard Trio’s minimalist aesthetic blends elements of improvised and popular music, featuring compositions by both Luke and bassist Jonathan Zion. The talented trio brings an expertise in crafting unique soundscapes to their 3rd album of atmospheric, carefully crafted, ambient jazz. I’m a new fan of The Luke Howard Trio, but I’m very excited to see what they bring us in the future.