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 releases you need to hear. Stream music from Yudko, The Cactus Channel, 30/70, Melanie De Biasio and Natasha Agrama. If you like what you hear, support the artists.
Yudko – Abstractions
Yudko’s debut solo album on Raw Tapes is a unique release. His distinct style makes him stand out in the family, bringing a fresh breeze of experimental sound. His approach to electronic music is influenced greatly by his early jazz studies. An amazing debut record and here’s hoping that Yudko returns quickly to give us more as soon as possible!
The Cactus Channel – Stay A While
The Cactus Channel’s third album Stay A While takes the orchestrated soul futurism that has become their signature sound and adds silvery vocal dimensions, as the band’s own Lewis Coleman steps up to the mic. Superb stuff.
30/70 – Elevate
The sound of 30/70 is a cosmic mélange of boom-bap dynamics, neo-soul harmonies and jazz-funk licks, all steeped in a deep spiritual tradition reaching from Alice Coltrane to Kamasi Washington. A very strong second album that will likely be amongst the albums of the year. We couldn’t click replay fast enough!
Lilies resonate with beauty, multi-instrumentalist De Biasio casting a mesmerising shadow over the proceedings alongside her long-term ensemble of players and will undoubtedly once again see her further the acclaim of fans both in Europe and further afield. Once again De Biasio blows our socks off!
Natasha Agrama – The Heart of Infinite Change
The Heart of Infinite Change is a representation of roads defining Natasha Agrama’s artistic connection to the LA music world and beyond, diving into master compositions by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson, and Bilal. A very solid offering introducing a special new talent.