With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for brand-new music to drop online and go overlooked. To help prevent this, we’ve picked five albums that you may have missed but definitely, need to hear. Stream releases from Maisha, Axel Rigaud, Joseph Shabson, Mickey Pearce and Georgia Anne Muldrow. If you like what you hear, support the artists.
Maisha – There Is A Place
More essential London jazz music – this time from Maisha! The six-piece group led by bandleader Jake Long, explore spiritual jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop and soul on their new album. The collective of musicians on the record includes saxophonist Nubya Garcia and guitarist Shirley Tetteh. At times its peaceful and contemplative at other times vibrant and full of energy this 6-track really takes you on a journey to your own little paradise. Released on Brownwood who continue their seemingly endless slew of great new jazz releases.
Axel Rigaud – Transformation
Transformation is the debut album from Parisian multi-instrumentalist Axel Rigaud. Across ten tracks Rigaud uses analogue synths, reed instruments and blends them with shuffling beats and booming bass drops. Beautiful stuff.
Joseph Shabason – Anne
Anne, the second album By Toronto saxophonist and composer Joseph Shabason, is a tonal essay on his mother struggles with a degenerative illness. The music featured on the 9-track album takes jazz, electronic, and new age. Evocative and deeply enthralling.
Mickey Pearce – One Hundred Smiles
Mickey Pearce returns with ‘One Hundred Smiles’, a new album of swaggering UK club music experimentations. More essential material from Pearce who throws grime, house, techno and more into his creative pot of sounds. Released on his new label Box Of Toys.
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
LA-based musician and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow returns with her follow-up to A Thoughtiverse Unmarred after a two-year break. Overload, her 16th album, and first for the Brainfeeder label, finds Muldrow in fine form once again; crafting a modern soul classic of the highest order.