Between The Cracks: Essential Releases You Need To Hear

 

With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for albums to drop online and go overlooked. No lengthy write-ups as who reads those anyway? We keep it short and to the point because you’re here to listen to the music! Check out our weekly mini-guide below and if you like what you hear, click the links and support the artists.

Sélène Saint-Aimé – Mare Undarum

Paris-based contrabassist, singer and composer Sélène Saint-Aimé recently blessed us with her new album, titled Mare Undarum. The album title means “the sea of waves”, the name given to a lunar pool. It is also a reference to the artist’s first name, Sélène, who was the goddess of the full moon in Greek mythology. The eight-song album tells the story of her life and combines six original compositions by Sélène with three “re-compositions” of works by Steve Coleman, Villa Lobos and Mussorgsky. Deep, meditative jazz that comes in many forms! 

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Cosmic Vibrations ft. Dwight Trible – Pathways & Passages

It’s debut album time for LA-based spiritual jazz ensemble Cosmic Vibrations led by acclaimed jazz vocalist Dwight Trible! Their 11 track album titled ‘Pathways & Passages’, blends soul-stirring jazz, cosmic grooves, African-influenced percussion and instrumentation with the warmth of Trible’s tones. It all makes for a rewarding listening experience from a group of talented artist that I could listen to all day long. Essential release.

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Mama Odé – Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons

Brothers Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa join forces as Mama Odé on ‘Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons’. Their sounds travel the borderlines of jazz, funk, blues and reggae to un-placeable but definite Afro-drum patterns, with Golden-Era-rap flows, which echoes ATCQ and Slum Village. The LP also draws inspiration from their Mauritian heritage with warm tropical flavours and Sega vibes running throughout! We’ve heard Mamode IV on the mic countless times, but Bassa’s smooth rhymes are a real revelation. Whack on the headphones, and give yourself the time to listen to this twenty track deep album from start to finish.

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Bastien Keb – The Killing of Eugene Peeps

A truly stunning album for those who like music that leaves you with a different feeling after each listen. Entirely written, composed, and produced by Keb in his bedroom, the virtuoso artists third album The Killing of Eugene Peeps, features a heady mixture of jazz, soul, psychedelic folk and warped funk. The music flows in a scenery of spoken word stories pulled from his journals, delicate orchestral arrangements and his signature hauntingly beautiful layered vocals. Whilst sounding similar, yet decidedly different from his first two albums, this album will please longtime fans while picking up some new ones along the way.

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The Quiet Ones – The Quiet Ones

Ear warming soothing vibes from longtime musical comrades Chris Franck and Mark Brown. Drawing on influences ranging from folk, jazz, disco and dub as well as their love for Brazilian and African music this album moves freely around the world but has a London vibe always at its heart. Calling on the talents of some wonderful vocalist who voices works so well with the music, we especially love the contributions from Lex Amor, Tila Raye, Malachi and Jacob Nieman. The Quiet Ones is perfect in just about every possible way. The musicianship, production, songwriting and vocal performances are all top draw, I hope many more people will check out this wonderful album. A lovely and varied listen.

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Spencer Zahn – Sunday Painter

This new album from Spencer Zahn took a few listens to sink in – but is now on the top of the relaxing Sunday listening pile. With the help of some talented friends, Zahn creates a lush collection of instrumental songs that undulate along waves of jazz, ambient pop, Americana, and neo-classical — pulling from his established musical background and collaborative ethos. Click play and lose yourself to the spacious sonic soundscapes and splendidly arranged compositions of Spencer Zahn.

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Singles

Baba Stiltz – Running To Chad (DJ Python ‘Opho’ Remix)

Perfect for the dark wintry nights ahead, DJ Python turns the warm indie-pop of Baba Stiltz’s latest single Running To Chad into a cold and eerie minimal house journey. This one will have you hooked on each and every pulsating electronic wave.

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Marker Starling – Silk Rock

What we have here is two exceedingly good versions of the same track. On one side Marker Starling with the help of his band and 3-piece choir drop a cool slice jazz/pop boogie. While the flipside sees Haha Sounds Collective and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier shake up the track by taking the initial concept and stretching it out, giving it breathing space and a considerable mood. Tip!

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Sasso – Sometimes I Get It

Big tune alert! Sasso hooks up with Yorkshire’s finest jazz funker, Dan Goldman aka JD73. This one screams dancefloor the only thing missing is a darkened basement to throw some serious shapes – I guess the living room will have to do.

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Lonnie Holley – I’m A Suspect (Galcher Lustwerk Remix)

Released back in 2018 Lonnie Holley’s brilliant track on racial profiling I’m A Suspect is given a stunning work over by Galcher Lustwerk. Over a pumping house beat, Holley sings of injustice and lets anyone within earshot know that black lives do indeed matter! 

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Something extra for the weekend:

Felbm – Tape 4

Theo Parrish — Wuddaji

Misha Panfilov – Rain (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Employee – Hold Music Vol. 1

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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