Between The Cracks: New & Notable Releases That Need Your Attention

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.

Mia Doi Todd – Music Life

Mia Doi Todd is gearing up to release her 12th album ‘Music Life’. Comprised of eight tracks, the LP follows on from Todd’s 2018 ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ soundtrack and features guest performances from Jeff Parker, Money Mark, Fabiano do Nascimento, Sam Gendel, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Laraaji. The album, produced with husband Jesse Peterson, explores motherhood, mortality and the creative life. Stream the title track below and get excited folks…

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Nick Walters & The Paradox Ensemble – Implicate Order

Nick Walters’ Paradox Ensemble just dropped their new album titled Implicate Order. It’s the first release on Walters’ brand new label – D.O.T. Record and follows his Awakening’ LP. Implicate Order sees Walters combining spiritual and eastern jazz moods with West African rhythms and a fusion of electronics. It features frequent collaborators and close musical friends like Rebecca Nash, Ed Cawthorne, Aidan Shepherd and Sam Healy, to name a few. We won’t say anything else, just press play and enjoy!

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Binker & Moses – Escape The Flames

Returning with another compelling clash of sax and drums, Binker Golding and Moses Boyd return with Escape The Flames. This 6-track recording, taken from their Journey to the Mountain of Forever album launch at the iconic Total Refreshment Centre back in 2017, has us harking back to sweaty live shows and darkened basements. Outstanding mini-collection from two of today’s finest jazz musicians. 

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The Invisible Session – Echoes Of Africa

The Invisible Session are back! Returning after a lengthy hiatus their new album reflects their deep appreciation of African music – particularly Afrobeat, the recordings of Africa 70, and Tony Allen’s drumming. ‘Echoes Of Africa’ features some heavyweight jazz talent including kora player Jalimansa Haruna Kuyateh, guitarist Riccardo Onori, singer Joyce Elaine Yuille, drummer & percussionist Abdissa “Mamba” Assefa, and bassist Jukka” Jukkis” Kiviniemi to name a few. The first track ‘From Lagos To Addis Ababa – Intro’ sets the tone for this whole project, groovy and infectious. Beautiful work.

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Sitka Sun – All The Way West

Led by bassist Patrick Murphy, Oakland-based jazz outfit Sitka Sun returns with their second album, ‘All The Way West’. With a mix of cosmic jazz, psychedelic grooves, and rhythmic prowess it’s a calm yet driving album. Highlights include recent singles’ Presence’, the uplifting ‘Dauntless’, and the meditative piano-led intricacy of ‘Last Shadow’. To be fair, every track is an audio journey.

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BLUNDETTO – Good Good Dub

A new album from Max Guiget aka Blundetto is always cause for celebration, and Good Good Dub is no exception. Remodelling his 2020 LP Good Good Things, Guiget creates 25 minutes of dubby vibrations with plenty of echo and reverb to provide a relaxing escape from all that’s going on in our world. A must-have for the riddim lovers!

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Madlib – Sound Ancestors

Otis Jackson Jr. aka Madlib working with Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet – what’s not to like? The Beat Konducta sent Hebden various beats, loops, and sound experiments which the producer arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish. Brilliant, every cut is just brilliant! Props to Madlib and Four Tet for this fantastic collaboration.

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 maassai – With The Shifts

Brooklyn MC maassai is back with another incredible array of rhymes and beats. Producers Laron, Contour and Nelson Bandela lay down the soundtrack for maassai to bless with her lyrical thoughts. Go pick this up!!

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Navy Blue – Song of Sage: Post Panic!

Released late last year comes this immersive collection from Brooklyn rapper/ producer Sage Elsesser aka Navy Blue. Following up on his debut Àdá Irin, which won him rave reviewsSong of Sage: Post Panic! ventures more in-depth into the kind of abstract hip hop territory that made its predecessor so distinct, while still retaining the reflective, introspective qualities to boot. I think you need to hear this album.

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Compilations

Various Artists – Indaba Is

Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings showcases contemporary South African jazz and improvised music on ‘Indaba Is’. Curated by pianist/songwriter Thandi Nthuli and The Brother Moves On bandleader Siyabonga Mthembu the project features eight expansive tracks from the likes of Bokani Dyer, Lwanda Gogwana, The Wretched, Sibusile Xaba, and more. This a beautiful dip into the SA creative well. It’s the latest in a fine run of comps from Brownwoods that included 2019’s Sunny Side Up and 2018’s We Out Here.

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CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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