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 albums you may have missed. Stream music from Binker & Moses, Tenderlonious & The 22archestra, James ‘Creole’ Thomas, Emanative and Kadhja Bonet. If you like what you hear, support the artists.
Binker & Moses – Alive In The East
The third release for the collaboration between jazz saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd featuring Yussef Dayes on drums, Tori Handsley on harp, Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, and Byron Wallen on trumpet. The label describes the album as “full of vehement improvisation and shamanic spiritual free jazz trances”. Take a listen for yourself below.
Tenderlonious & The 22archestra – The Shakedown
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and 22a label founder Tenderlonious shared his debut album last week. Listeners are exposed to the full breadth of Tenderlonious’ technical and compositional skills, ranging from subtly meandering jazz to hip-hop, afrobeat, latin and exhilarating free-form jazz.
Backed by a stellar cast of musicians including Hamish Balfour on keys; Fergus Ireland on bass; Yussef Dayes on drums; Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Jeen Bassa and Konrad on percussion this is a superb album full of expert craftsmanship and skill.
James ‘Creole’ Thomas – Omas Sextet
Reginald Omas Mamode IV presents the long-anticipated Omas Sextet LP, showcasing another limb to the abundant talents of the Deenmamode family – James ‘Creole’ Thomas. The 16 song project sets gentle jazz melodies against, hip-hop, soul and broken beat with deep tropical and outernational flavours, making it perfect late night listening. Well worth the wait for this gem.
Emanative – Earth
A welcome return from Emanative, Earth is a fantastic album that mixes UK jazz with African, Indian and Middle Eastern influences. The UK jazz scene seems to be dropping amazing albums daily but with formidable guest appearances from the likes of Idris Ackamoor (The Pyramids), Ahu, Nat Birchall, Jessica Lauren, Dele Sosimi, and Sarathy Korwar sets this LP a class apart.
Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen
Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Kadhja Bonet returns with Childqueen, which retains her signature style from The Visitor but if anything this LP has a slightly stronger feel then her debut. A solid album that gets better with each play.