With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for albums to drop online and go overlooked. Each week we select five new releases, from across the musical soundscape, that require your attention. Check out our weekly mini-guide to the best new records you may have missed – stream music from Web Web, Kiko Dinucci, Ajate, Trees Speak and Claremont 56. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Web Web – Worshippers
Web Web’s lastest offering ‘Worshippers’ is a welcome return from the German jazzers. On their third album, the band fuses Afro-and spiritual jazz on what we feel is best so far. The primarily instrumental group, bring in singer Joy Denalane who like Majid Bekkas on their previous album takes the bands sound into new and previously unexplored territories. Highlights include the three-part ‘Free A.M’, ‘Two Faces Lost’, ‘Paranormal Question’, ‘Inner Revolution’, and ‘Mystic Flowers’ but to be fair, every track is class. Refreshingly brilliant and very easy to get drawn into listening to from start to finish!
Kiko Dinucci – Rastilho
So, my introduction to Kiko Dinucci is this terrific album full of freewheeling, and warming Brazilian guitar-led compositions. Dinucci is a skilled musician, and on Rastilho the melodies and arrangements are confident and slick as well as intricate yet catchy. ‘Exu Odara’, ‘Marquito’, ‘Foi Batendo o Pé Na Terra’ ‘Dadá which features vocalist Ava Rocha and the title cut are amongst the strongest tracks. With its 32 minute run time this is a brief but very satisfying offering. One not to miss.
Ajate – Alo
Japanese afro groovers Ajate returns with their first album in three years. If you’ve not come across the band before they play a unique blend of afro-groove dance music mixed with Japanese traditional festival music called “Ohayashi”. Their style hasn’t changed much from their debut; the album is packed with the same vibrant and uptempo songs like ‘Uka’, ‘Galar’ and ‘Mammamelie’. There are also mid-tempo offerings like the epic ‘De De’, and the standout ‘Sowah’. All in all, a quality set, more than worth a listen!
Trees Speak – Ohms
Experimental rock band Trees Speak recently unveiled their second album, titled Ohms, via Soul Jazz Records. With an exciting blend of Krautrock, post-punk, kosmische and jazz that lands them somewhere between Can, Tangerine Dream and Liquid Liquid the new offering continues where their sizzling self-titled debut left off! Arriving on Soul Jazz Records, the London label only releases the best of the best, and so it proves with this monster of an album. The title track is a cosmic journey of layered waves of synths sounds, ‘State of Clear’ is a motorik groover that tips a wink to Neu while ‘Blame Shifter’ is a moody and atmospheric number. ‘Nitrous Cross’ is shrouded in dark atmospherics, which gets a little brighter as the song progresses. At the same time, ‘Sleep Crime’ is a slow starter with a sinister bassline, tumbling drums and eerie sax that gradually intensify as the track moves into a menacing new direction. Sure it has elements of the genres we mention before, but the music they create is a style which is uniquely their own. Fans of Beak> and Caravan Faults should definitely be checking this out. Essential!
Claremont Editions 01 – Various Artist
After a lengthy break from releasing compilations Paul “Mudd” Murphy’s Claremont 56 imprint drop a new comp series called Claremont Editions. There’s such a wide and wonderful array of styles on display on this brilliant record, each track blossoms into something new and exciting. It includes a trippy cover of Eagles classic’ ‘These Shoes’ by Angel Spells, and there’s also a fine disco-reggae cover of Hall & Oates’ seminal track ‘I Can’t Go For That’ by HF International. Elsewhere German krautrock combo Fursatti serve up an 11-minute journey through heavy punk-funk grooves on ‘Leerlauf’ and Yamp drops a slo-mo groover in the form of ‘Fuyu No Ne’. Welcome back, Claremont!