With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for albums to drop online and go overlooked. To help prevent this, we select ten new albums, from across the musical soundscape, that require your attention. Stream music from Carlos Nino & Friends, Channelers, Andre Mateo, Penguin Cafe, 3TM, Jane Weaver, Masok, Greg Foat, Glacier Lustwrek, Piotr Damasiewicz & The Power of the Horns Ensemble. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Carlos Nino & Friends – Bliss On Dear Oneness
Always have time for a new Carlos Nino & Friends album! Following 2017’s Going Home, this new LP is another deeply experimental and free-flowing affair featuring frequent collaborators Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Deantoni Parks, Dexter Story, Iasos, and Jamael Dean as well as Laraaji, Photay, Sam Gendel, and more. Bliss On Dear Oneness is the 6th Carlos Niño & Friends release in an on-going series of highly collaborative musical explorations that started back in 2009. Blissful layers of instrumentation, spiritual improvisation and intricate arrangements intertwine to create a unique, beautiful and multi-layered album. Enjoy it.
Channelers – The Depth of Rest
The Depth of Rest by Sean Conrad, aka Channelers, is a vibrant and meditative listening experience. Released via his own Inner Islands label, this four-tracker is a genial exploration of subtle electronics combined with more organic field recordings, dulcimer, and Irish low whistles. Influenced by the sublime beauty of nature, you’ll hear sound sources such as fauna and flora happily co-existing with machines. Indeed, The Depth of Rest is a beautifully crafted work that showcases the best of this artist in his ambient guise. Enjoy it below.
Andre Mateo – Sounds of Messages
End the week nice and smooth with the new album from Andre Mateo. From the horns to the guitar, bass, drums, percussion and vocals, everything was written (mostly improvised), by Mateo. The majority of the tracks were recorded with no overdubs, often in the first or second take resulting in a unique, stream of consciousness feel that provides the listener with a wide range of sonorities from jazz, blues and funk. Get ready for ten freewheeling gems from a virtuoso talent. This guy is seriously one to watch!
Penguin Cafe – Handfuls of Night
Beautiful new album from Arthur Jeffes legacy project Penguin Cafe. Formed in 2009 as a continuation of his father works with Penguin Cafe Orchestra following his untimely death due to an inoperable brain tumour in 1997. Ten years on from its inception and Penguin Cafe transmits their unique musical identity while still doffing its cap to his father’s project. The LP opens and closes with ‘Winter Sun’ and ‘Midnight Sun’, two atmospheric ambient piano pieces. In between, you’ll hear the string-laden folk sounds of ‘Chinstrap’, the melancholic and minimalistic ‘Adelie’, beautifully cinematic ‘The Life of an Emperor and much more. An ideal soundtrack to keep you warm during these cold winter days.
3TM – Lake
‘Lake’ is the follow up to award-winning Teppo Mäkynen’s 3TM debut album ‘Form’. A forward-thinking project bringing together inspiration from acoustic jazz and abstract electronic music in a highly personal way. From the production to the arrangement and musicianship this album is distinct and innovative on every level. Highlights are many from the utterly elevating title track to the spacey uptempo vibes of ‘Laws Of Life’ the tender ‘Woods’ and A Pile Of Broken Dreams with its incredible airy electronics. The 3TM trio consists of Mäkynen (drums), Jussi Kannaste (tenor sax) and Antti Lötjönen (bass) all three are highly regarded players in the Helsinki scene. Beautiful stuff.
Jane Weaver – Fenella
‘Fenella’ is the latest project from Jane Weaver – inspired by Marcell Jankovic’s 1981 cult animation Fehérlófia. Having already released three critically-acclaimed LP’s within the last five years, Weaver’s creative juices show no sign of slowing down. The new LP arrives quickly after her Loops In The Secret Society album earlier this year and features bandmates guitarist Pete Philipson and keyboard player Raz Ullah. Over 17 tracks you’ll hear a mixture of ambient textures, menacing drones and spine-tingling vocals combining to create a rich soundscape saturated with hypnotic moods and cinematic atmosphere. As always, Weaver has created another interesting new piece, welcome to Fehérlófia…
Masok – The Bigger The Risk
Masok is a new band from Tel Aviv and the latest to join the city’s ever-excellent Raw Tapes label. The four-piece future soul band consists of Jenny Penkin, Nomok, Tal Kohavi and Omri Shani. If you loved Penkin’s EP from earlier in the year, you’re going to devour their debut LP ‘The Bigger The Risk’. The quartet distilled 10 tracks (no fillers!) of the most elegant contemporary soul, graceful and catchy melodies on the smoothest groove. Loads of quality on this highly recommended album.
Greg Foat – The Dreaming Jewels
London-based pianist Greg Foat continues his prolific output with ‘The Dreaming Jewels’. This collection is Foat’s second solo album of the year and as with all his work his intuitive ear for melody and formidable creative mind, he never plays it safe and always looking forward. A world away from the jazz/library/soundtrack leanings of The Mage this one finds him moving to a more rhythmic space. On opener’ Sapphire Dreams” the track titillates between twinkling keys, subtle drumming, and warm basslines, smooth tenor sax notes. ‘Eric’s Breakdown’ is driven by a mesmeric percussive groove with other instruments floating in between the spaces. ‘The Door into Summer’ is a jazz fusion gem that would sound out of place on an Azymuth record. The title track and ‘Lake Kussharo’ take you through two differing yet highly emotive soundscapes. The incredible drumming you hear throughout is from Malcolm Catto (The Heliocentrics), while the distinctive sax and guitar work comes courtesy of Binker Golding and Hugh Harris (The Kooks). Enjoy the album below, it’s a stunner!
Piotr Damasiewicz & Power of the Horns Ensemble – Polska
We are well and truly taken by Piotr Damasiewicz & Power of the Horns Ensemble’s exceptionally bold and dynamic album Polska. Recorded on the day before and on the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, often moving, sometimes complex and always uplifting the music on this project perfectly articulates the unwavering spirit of the Polish people. Play it loud and play it in its entirety. These guys are seriously onto something, enjoy below.
Glacier Lustwrek – Information
Get your Friday dance on with the new album from New York-based producer and DJ Galcher Lustwerk. Familiar sounding yet decidedly different, his low-key hip-house music won us over instantly back in 2103 with the 100% GALCHER mixtape. Traversing all sorts of deep, smooth, psychedelic sounds, that is equally at home in the club, after-hours, night drives, or headphones. Undoubtedly one of the best house LPs of 2019 from one of the dopest producers around right now.