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 unmissable releases that we think you need to hear. Stream music from Pan Amsterdam, Dwight Trible, Dexter Story, Nick Kurosawa, and Lucas Arruda. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Pan Amsterdam – Elevator Music Vol 1
Pan Amsterdam has been on a hot streak for quite some time now, and now, we have a new release to love. Under his Pan Amsterdam alias, the multi-talented Leron Thomas returns with Elevator Music Vol 1 which follows the release of ‘The Pocket Watch’ – one of our favourite albums of 2018. The new project marks the first in a three-part series of EPs to be released this year on Def Pressé and includes collaborations with Open Mike Eagle and Iggy Pop and Madison Washington’s Malik Ameer Crumpler. Like Pan Am says, ‘I do like to get weird. And it all seems to get weirder’. Pure eclectic vibes that are worthy of repeat listens…
Dwight Trible – Mothership
Dwight Trible is back with a new project titled ‘Mothership’. The album follows his collaborative LP with Matthew Halsall called Inspirations in 2017 and last years Colours EP with The Gondwana Orchestra. Some of the distinguished collaborators on the project include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola, Mark de Clive-Lowe on piano, Carlos Niño on hand percussion, and Kamasi Washington on tenor sax. Recorded at LA’s Sunset Sound, the 12-track album mixes spiritual jazz, soul, gospel, and psychedelic rock.
The musicianship is exemplary throughout, and his voice, full of passion and soul, will have you hooked from its very first note.
Dexter Story – Bahir
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Dexter Story follows up his 2015 album Wondem with a stunning new LP titled Bahir. If his previous album was a brief glance into Story’s new creative vision, Bahir is a pinpoint refinement of that purpose, the fine-tuning and expanding of the world he created on his Soundway debut. Just like the rest of Story’s output, this release is absolutely wonderful and worthy of your time.
Nick Kurosawa – Home
Nick Kurosawa music reeks of class. On Home, the Oahu-born soul singer and guitarist creates timeless original songs alongside influential classics by Bobby Caldwell, Sam Cooke, and Kalapana. We’ve had the EP on rotation for a few weeks and our faves include ‘I’ll Come Running Back To You’ and ‘Possible’, and ‘Victim’. Take a listen below and discover your own through his stellar debut release.
Lucas Arruda – Onda Nova
We first delved into Lucas Arruda’s work a few a years ago, when he teamed up with legendary singer, songwriter and arranger Leon Ware on the wonderful ‘Melt the Night’ from his 2015 LP Solar. Onda Nova, his new and third album which was mostly written, composed and arranged by Arruda, features his old mate Fabricio di Monaco, his brother and musical partner Thiago Arruda, and Gaël Benyamin. Across the nine tracks, Arruda brilliantly fuses together Brazilian,blue-eyed-soul, pop, soul and Brazilian styles. If your ears have not been blessed by Lucas Arruda before, now is the time, because Onda Nova is brilliant and absolutely worthy of your attention.