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 releases you may have miss that we think you need to hear. Stream music from The Comet is Coming, Cykada, Meitei, JAB, and Kolida Babo. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
The Comet is Coming – Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
London trio The Comet Is Coming have been producing Afro-futuristic space jazz music for over six years and their latest offering ‘Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery’ pushes their outer worldly ideology even further. The title of the album, the band say, concerns “finding meaning in that which you cannot grasp”, it considers “truth in the existence of a primordial energy”. Steeped in a broad range of influences from jazz, electronica, funk, psychedelic rock and more the album is a full-on near 45-minute assault of energy and innovation from one of the leading jazz groups out there right now. Standouts include ‘Because The End Is Really The Beginning’, ‘Summon The Fire’, ‘Super Zodiac’, ‘Astral Flying and ‘Unity’. This is jazz but not as we know it.
Cykada – Cykada
London jazz collective comes through with their debut album. Comprising of members of Maisha, Ezra Collective, Myriad Forest, Undergrooveland and Don Kipper. The six-piece mix a heady brew of jazz, Turkish, Flamenco and West African influences. Recorded in late in 2017 at the Total Refreshment Centre their debut album serves up 40 minutes of music built as 5 compositions. Excellent release on the ever-reliable Astigmatic Records.-
Meitei – Komachi
On his new album Hiroshima based artist Meitei once again explores what he calls “the lost Japanese mood”, an era and culture that he hopes to keep in our collective consciousness as society moves away from some of Japans more traditional aesthetics. The 12-song release is dedicated to his grandmother who recently passed away and pulls inspiration from J Dilla, Hayao Miyazaki and Susumu Yokota to name a few. It’s another blissful collection which further showcases his wonderful talents.
JAB – Erg Herbe
New York-based composer and musician JAB aka John Also Bennet lands on Shelter Press for his debut solo album, Erg Herbe. Across the seven tracks, Bennet taps into the rich history of New York loft music, recalling downtown artists like La Monte Young, Phill Niblock and Laurie Spiegel. He also cites Takehisa Kosugi, Dominique Lawalrée, Jon Gibson and Pauline Anna Strom as key influences. Using both analogue and digital instruments with various flutes, including his father’s Chinese czi, the album embraces New York minimalism, ambient, and classic electronic music with effortless grace and is a must listen.
Kolida Babo – Kolida Babo
Greek woodwind musicians Socratis Votskos and Harris P, aka Kolida Babo land on MIC for their self-titled debut album. The distinctive sound you’ll hear across the 8-track project is the Armenian Duduk – a double reeded woodwind instrument made of apricot wood, accompanied by a dum, and a Moog synthesiser. Kalido Bado mixes influences from Armenian folk music, Greek Rebetiko, German Kosmiche, spiritual jazz, Brian Eno, John Hassell, British trip-hop, and West African funk. They also cite Dijvan Gasparyan as the main influence. A wonderfully varied album that’s a must buy for lovers of spiritual jazz and abstract electronics. Recommended.