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. Each week we select new records, from across the musical soundscape, that require your attention. Happy listening – and don’t forget to hit the links and support the artists. 

Coma World – Coma World

Coma World is a new project featuring drummer Maxwell Hallett (The Comet Is Coming & Soccer96) and Pete Bennie (Speaker’s Corner Quartet). The inspiration for their self-titled debut album come about after a friend recollected being in a coma. The result is a spontaneous collection of fifteen tracks with the duo entwining jazz, dub and experimental electronics – an album for those whose tastes drift towards the dance diverse.

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Tamil Rogeon – Son of Nyx

Melbourne-based, jazz violist/violinist and orchestral composer, Tamil Rogeon, returns to his jazz roots on his dazzling new album, Son Of Nyx – it features stars of Melbourne’s thriving and acclaimed jazz scene (Allysha Joy, Sam Anning et al.) channelling the cosmic energy of Yusef Lateef, Herbie Hancock and the like. Two tracks ‘Bad Sandals’ and Horns no Eyes are among my favourites of the year so far! Trust me you need this album!

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 Meril Wubslin – Alors Quoi

With their third album Swiss trio, Meril Wubslin banishes their amps to pursue a more intimate and low key vibe. Tambourines and maracas replace drums kit, and they also enlist a group of friends to form a small amateur, female choir bringing a richness and colour to proceedings. Do yourself a favour and listen now.

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Lion’s Drums – Kagabas

This new album by Marseilles-based producer, Harold Boué aka Lion’s Drums, is utterly brilliant from start to finish. Kagabas takes its name from the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Santa Marta, Colombia. The seven-track project offers a glimpse into a Kogi (Kagabas village), which are steeped in the aural tradition, where writing doesn’t exist. It’s profoundly respectful work that aims to compliment the Kagabas People’s core self-belief as ‘Guardians of the Earth’. 100% of the project’s revenues will be donated to Colombian charity Nativa, dedicated to overcoming the environmental challenges, such as logging and deforestation, that the Kagabas People precariously navigate. Great music, great cause. What more could you ask for?

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Robohands – Shapes

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Baxter aka Robohands returns with his third album. His inspiration for the LP was 70s library music, and composers like Piero Umiliani, David Axelrod, and Brian Bennett. Titled, ‘Shapes’ the LP blends jazz and dreamy ambient textures with mellow hip-hop beats, all recorded on vintage gear at Baxter’s home studio in London. Pure listening pleasure!

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GILA – Energy Demonstration

Following on from a slew of EPs over the past few years Denver-based electronic producer GILA drops his debut album. ‘Energy Demonstration’ showcases his hard-edged sound, blending ambient and downtempo, rendered in his detailed production style. An album that gets better with every listen. For fans of Parris, Call Super and Al Wooton.

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Misc – Partager l’ambulance

What a treat: Montreal trio Misc, follow up their 2016 self-titled LP, with the stunning Partager l’ambulance. If you are a sucker for big, bold, progressive and forward-thinking jazz, this should hit the spot. If you’re new to Misc than this is as good as any a place to begin your discovery.

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EP’s

K15 – Feel More

For anyone seeking beautiful, soothing music that mixes warm jazz, soulful ambience, electronic boobery, and hip-hop beats look no further than this new four-tracker from K15. If you want to hear, the full release cop the vinyl as the digital stream only contains snippets, but they’re enough to give you a good idea of what’s on offer!

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson – Rise Up

Cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson comes through with a new EP. The three-track offering moves through classical, reggae, and soul music, celebrating black history, culture, and identity. Assisted by rapper Akala and Cleveland Watkiss who switches effortlessly from vocals to beatboxing, Witter-Johnson gives you the perfect soundtrack to rid you of any negative energy.

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Singles

The Vernon Spring – SK1

The Vernon Spring gives us a glimpse of his forthcoming debut album ‘A Plane Over Woods’. Taking its name from the sampler, SK1 features a loop of The Vernon Spring riffing on the piano, recorded with the internal mic on the sampler, and layered with gorgeous piano improvisation. The album can’t come soon enough!

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CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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