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 Kerem Akdag, Selectors Assemble, The Expansions, Mubashira Mataali Group, and Young Fathers. If you like what you hear, support the artists.
Kerem Akdag – Kerem Akdag
Dimensions Recordings’ fifth release sees the label step into the world of the long-player with Istanbul native, Kerem Akdag’s self-titled debut album. Delicious grooves that move through a variety of styles from broken beat, soul, house and jazz rhythms. Top notch.
Selectors Assemble – Selectors Assemble Volume Two
The first release from CoOp Presents an all-new record label, founded by IG Culture and Alex Phountzi, set to focus on the depth and wealth of talent that exists within the London Bruk movement and beyond, a project which they consider to be a continuation in the same spirit of the legendary CoOp movement. Another solid offering from the Selectors!
The Expansions – Murmuration
This debut album from The Expansions showcases an array of sounds, from funk to jazz to fusion and more. You can hear the influences of Idris Muhammad, Grover Washington, even parallels with South London peers Yussef Kamaal and Ruby Rushton. But The Expansions have tirelessly worked to create a sound of their own. Please don’t sleep on this one.
Mubashira Mataali Group – Mubashira Mataali Group
This album is great. Release number seven on Tom Blip imprint Blip Disc comes courtesy of 25-strong collective Mubashira Mataali Group. A 5-song collection of killer dancefloor curveballs from Kampala, Uganda, performed and composed by the traditional mataali drum and vocal troupe Mubashira Mataali Group (pron: moo-ba-shee-ra).
Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
The third album from the brilliant Edinburgh trio Young Fathers. The 12-track project finds them operating with newfound clarity and direction, and is, without doubt, their most confident and complete statement to date.