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 that you need to hear. Stream music from Beating Heart, Sam Gendel, Qasim Naqvi, ghost and tape and Elsa Hewitt. If you like what you hear, support the artists.
Beating Heart – South Africa (Originals) Recorded by Hugh Tracey
A collection of stunning original field recordings made by High Tracey in 1950s South Africa. Proceeds support gender equality in South Africa through the Women’s Legal Centre, as well as helping to teach music production skills to kids at Grahamstown’s Access Music Project. Press play and be sure to support.
Sam Gendel – 4444
Eleven tracks of slow and tender psychedelic jazz courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Sam Gendel. What more could you ask for?
Qasim Naqvi – FILM
Qasim Naqvi’s new album Film is a body of analog electronic music created for the feature film Tripoli Cancelled and the three-channel video installation Two Meetings and a Funeral. Each track is expertly crafted, deeply layered with dark, spacious sounds.
ghost and tape – Vár
The new album by ghost and tape is a stunning foray into the world of warm, organic ambient soundscapes. Well worth your time and attention.
Elsa Hewitt – Peng Variations
Peng Variations is the final album in a trilogy of releases from Elsa Hewitt. The quality hasn’t dropped as with her delicate tones drifting over a blend of electronic and ambient soundscapes. Playful and very entrancing we can’t recommend this and her previous releases highly enough.