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 that are worth your attention – stream music from Shafiq Husayn, Ruby Rushton, Piotr Kurek, Athlete Ziminino and Progression. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Shafiq Husayn – The Loop
Many years in the making, Los Angeles-based artist Shafiq Husayn has finally unveiled The Loop. The 17-track release journeys through off-kilter R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and psychedelic influences and features a star-studded list of collaborators including Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Fatima, Jimetta Rose, Anderson Paak and many more. As expected, it’s a ridiculously good album that you won’t want to miss – well worth the wait!
Ruby Rushton – Ironside
Ruby Rushton, the London-based jazz quartet, fronted by the supremely talented Tenderlonious recently shared their fourth studio album. The new record called ‘Ironside’ follows the band’s 2017 two-album series ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One’ and ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two.’ Pulling inspiration from jazz legends like John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and the Headhunters, the record also explores the depths of hip-hop, afrobeat and UK underground music. Tracks worth a special mention are ‘One Mo’ Dram’, ‘Eleven Grapes’, ‘Return of the Hero’, ‘Prayer for Grenfell’ and the poignant Pingwin VI” a song dedicated to a hero of Tenderlonious – the Polish jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda. This LP is a bit special and it is in our opinion easily their best work to date.
Ziminino – Ziminino
Ziminino is a collaboration between Ricô Santana, Rafa Dias and Boima Tucker. The artist connected in Rio de Janeiro, having sat trading Youtube clips of UK grime MCs, Chicago footwork dancers in Chicago and Atlanta trap producers. Realising their shared desire to use music to celebrate Africa’s contribution to world culture they embarked on a journey to create an album, with lyrics in French, English and Portuguese, and with references to a diversity of black rhythmic genres in order to help bridge the gaps that normally separate people of African descent around the world. If you are looking for something a little leftfield and interesting this album is the one for you. Just press play above and see for yourself!
Piotr Kurek – Polygome
Piotr Kurek is a Warsaw-based musician known from his numerous aliases, collaborations and albums released for labels such as Digitalis, Crónica, Sangloplasmo to name a few. With ‘Polygome’, Kurek goes against the grain of current trends in experimental electronica. This will undoubtedly be a one-off for the genre this year.
Athlete Progression – Dark Wave
Danish jazz and hip-hop combo Athletic Progression come through with their debut album ‘Dark Smoke’. The LP features nine tracks that showcase their unique sound and includes collaborations with Minna Forouzandeh, Isatta Sheriff and Blacc El. This is a very strong album from a band worth your time and attention.