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 ILL CONSIDERED, Nérija, Shigeto, Moodyman and Osunlade. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
ILL CONSIDERED – ILL CONSIDERED 8
London’s ILL CONSIDERED new album is a stunner. Their eighth self-released album was recorded live during their tour in the fall of 2018. Challenging and rewarding in equal parts the quartet of saxophonist Idris Rahman, electric bassist Leon Brichard, drummer Emre Ramazanoglu, and percussionist Satin Singh just keep going from strength to strength…
Nérija – Blume
London-based septet Nérija follow up their killer self-titled EP with Blume their debut album released via Domino. Nérija is composed of a dream team of top talent including Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Creating an addictive of blend of jazz, Afrobeat, and hip-hop the album is more than a promising debut from band. Highly recommended.
Shigeto – Shigeto EP
Detroit based Zach Saginaw aka Shigeto with an eponymous 4 tracker on Vanity Press Records, following up strong EPs and albums over the years on Michigan’s Ghostly International. After a career starting in jazz drumming, moving into hip hop instrumentals and now morphing into hybrid live sets and a live ensemble, Shigeto presses pause on the chameleon evolution of his sound over his career and focuses on the dancefloor. With strings, Rhodes and piano-laced between drum patterns and breaks, this record is underpinned by jazz but rough and ready for the club.
Moodyman – SINNER
Kenny Dixon Jr., AKA Moodymann returns with an 8-track project called Sinner. The album features three new tracks, a live version of ‘I Got Werk’ from his eponymous 2014 full-length and two cuts off last year’s Pitch Black City Reunion 12-inch. Needless to say, you need to press play – enjoy below.
Osunlade presents Racially Charged
Osunlade recently shared Racially Charged featuring DJ and spoken word poet Rich Medina, piano player Jesse Gannon, and poet and writer Aturah. This challenging EP tells two stories, one about racial injustice the other about social media. Kicking things off Aturah’s ‘They Say’ tells the story of Danye Jones, a familar and sad tale of police brutality experienced amongst black men in America. On ‘The Sickness, Rich Medina speaks on the monster that is social media and its passionate, outspoken and mostly clueless users featuring backing vocals by Osunlade and piano by Gannon. The release also includes a Burlie Mac remix of ‘They Say’ and an instrumental version of ‘The Sickness’. Another superb set from Osunlade!