Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Idiom EP

Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell OwinIf you were searching for this year’s Black Focus, look no further. Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin have delivered a further shot in the arm to the already burgeoning South London jazz scene.

The first collaborative effort from keyboard wizard Jones and producer/bassist Owin is a sublime showcase of the pair’s myriad of influences. The release also calls upon some fine young players with Jake Long on drums, Nubya Garcia on tenor saxophone and, guitar from Oscar Jerome.

Idiom may only consist of six tracks, but it comes packed with a range of sounds from 2-step and future beats on SE Discotheque and Easy Now to spacey jazz production like the title track with guitar from Oscar Jerome and the wandering Floating Points-esque closing number Midnite Oil (Sparkzzz).

The standout moment Tanner’s Tango is a kaleidoscope of wonky house grooves, intricate touches of dubstep and 2-step with Nubya Garcia adding a mellow, almost sultry saxophone.

The crisp production and beats from Owin alongside the dazzling keys courtesy of Armon-Jones illustrate that these two artists are well and truly ahead of the game.

There’s a bucket load of talent between the two of them, and this debut effort is hopefully the only the start of things to come.


Idiom is out now via Yam Records – buy from Bandcamp. (vinyl sold out)


CF Smith

Permeating your ears with good music.

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