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 new releases you may have missed — stream music from Hania Rani, Jouis, Fémina, Yves Jarvis and Ariwo. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Hania Rani – Esja
Warsaw and Berlin-based pianist, composer and musician Hania Rani recently released her eagerly awaited solo debut via Gondwana Records. Titled Esja the 10-song LP is a series of beautiful melodic vignettes. Sensual, sensitive, rhythmic, atmospheric, free but harmonious, beguiling and hypnotic, collectively they project a sense of unlimited space and time. This is a magical record from Rani – an absolute must listen!
Jouis – Mind Bahn
Brighton trio Jouis make a welcome return with their second album and their first album for None More Records. Across nine beautifully crafted tracks, the band pull inspiration from the Canterbury Scene groups of the late 60s / early 70s such as Caravan and Soft Machine. Mind Bahn offers a near 40 minutes of colourful psychedelic folk-rock that’s unlike anything we’ve heard in a while. Packed full of mellifluous West Coast harmonies, inimitably skewed grooves and ambitious, spaced-out musical explorations it’s a wonderful album to lose yourself in.
Fémina – Perlas & Conchas
Argentina trio Fémina return with Perlas & Conchas their enchanting Quantic produced new album. Made up of Clara Miglioli and the two Trucco sisters, Sofia and Clara the trio channel blissed out, harmony-soaked soul music with a purpose. Lyrically poignant with Latin folk and hip-hop influences, ‘Perlas & Conchas’ is the group’s third full-length and unlike earlier LP’s, is primarily an electronic statement. From the meditative sounds of ‘Brillando’ to the pounding trap-tinged flavour of ‘Resist’ featuring vocals from Iggy Pop via the pulsating drum machine rhythms found on ‘Plumas’, this unique and diverse collection will be up there with the best come the year’s end.
Yves Jarvis – The Same But By Different Means
I think it’s safe to say that Yves Jarvis new album The Same But By Different Means is one of the most imaginative and eclectic records you are likely to hear this year. Songs on the record range from 14 seconds long to over eight minutes. From soulful grooves to hip hop scratch sounds by way of indie folk and ambient soundscapes this album covers a lot of ground and is not easily pigeonholed into one genre. Not all the 22 tunes hit the mark and there is often a feeling that a focus on quality over quantity wouldn’t have gone amiss but that’s a small quibble as overall he excels on this project.
Ariwo – Quasi
Our favourite Cuban/Iranian trio Ariwo just drop their second studio album Quasi. Filled with the band’s signature eclectic mix of styles the record sees the trio delve into new sonic territories. The 7-track LP follows 2017’s self-titled album and features contributions from Binker Golding, Joe-Armon Jones, Yelfris Valdés and Tommy Lowry Garcia who add a whole new twist on the left-of-centre jazz the band have become revered for. The music is a dazzling blend of techno, avant-garde jazz, taking influence from West Africa and the Caribbean. A wonderful album that you’ll keep coming back to.