Between The Cracks: Essential Releases From Across The Musical Landscape

 

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.

Albums

KALEIIDO – VOYAGE

K A L E II D O is a new project from guitarist Anna Roemer and saxophonist Cecilie Strange. The duo pushes the boundaries of improvised music as they stroll through jazz, electronic and ambient sounds. It is very mellow, it is beautiful from beginning to end, and deserves your earbuds! Joining them on their maiden voyage is Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Stine Steendorph (vocals), Anders Christensen (bass) and Jakob Høyer (drums). One to get lost in!

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Sam Gendel – Fresh Bread

We shared this release previously when it quietly dropped before quickly disappearing via the 2020 pandemic-obscured Fresh Bread website. The 52-track genre-hopping Sam Gendel anthology showcases unreleased tracks collected from Gendel’s archive of home recordings and public performances spanning from 2012-2020. Comprising mostly solo works, guest players on select tracks include Carlos Niño, Jamire Williams, Daniel Aged, Gabe Noel, and Philippe Melanson. A huge album that demonstrates Gendel’s willingness to explore new musical frontiers.

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MAST – Battle Hymns of the Republic

Los Angeles-based producer and electronic musician MAST returns with Battle Hymns of the Republic, a “dissident’s brew of critical environmental and socio-political issues of the day.” On this new project, jazz, orchestral arrangements, spoken word, electronic beats and samples fuse to form beautiful soundworlds. MAST invites Dan Rosenboom, Artyom Manukyan, Betamax, Luis Mascaro, Dwight Trible, Jimetta Rose and more to help guide you through this adventurous deep listening experience. There is much here to please the ears of those who enjoy their jazz with a political edge.

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Time Binding Ensemble – Nothing New Under The Sun

Glasgow-based musician Kay Logan aka Time Binding Ensemble, joins Kit Records for the labels latest release. ‘Nothing New Under The Sun’ features twenty-four pieces of equal length; the collection moves through each musical scale key before returning to its starting point. Beautifully crafted, this is a hypnotisingly-meditative and crazily good album. ‘Nothing New Under The Sun’ marks a magnificent debut; we can’t wait to hear what else Time Binding Ensemble has in store for us, for now, though – click play!

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EP’s

Duke Hugh – Common Ground EP

It’s been a while since we last heard from Duke Hugh, but the Netherlands producer has broken the silence with his stunning new EP. Common Ground moves through many layers of adventurous and floor ready music taking in broken beat, jazz, house and soul! Click play and get ready to bust some major moves. Check out the EP below.

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Nicola Cruz – Subtropique

Another winner from Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section as the London-based label welcome Ecuadorian artist Nicola Cruz to the family. With his new EP, Cruz strips back his setup to produce at home, using fewer elements. On Subtropique, he marries hypnotic percussive rhythms with contemporary club sounds. Well worth your time and attention, so pick up a digital copy below.

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Cody Currie – Moves EP

Cody Currie resurfaced on Toy Tonics earlier this month with Moves EP, a dazzling return from the talented producer. Effortlessly connecting jazz, soul, house, broken beats and futuristic elements, there is much here to please the ears of those who enjoy rich chords, catchy hooks and hard-hitting rhythms—a more than welcome return.

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Singles

Alder Ego – November Ghost

Helsinki quartet Alder Ego, led by drummer/composer Joonas Leppänen, returns with their new album ‘III’ on 9th April via We Jazz Records.’ November Ghost’ is the first glimpse of the LP. Get a little taste of what’s to come below.

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Florence Adooni – Mam Pe’ela Su’ure

Ghanaian singer Florence Adooni recently shared her debut single ‘Mam Pe’ela Su’ure’ via Philophon. A member of Guy One’s band and Alogte Oho’s Sounds Of Joy, the singer has collaborated with Jimi Tenor and is a locally renowned Frafra-Gospel artist. Enjoy the vibrant track below, and look out for her full-length LP coming this year.

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Caravela – Mar Pretu

London-based Afro-Brazilian ensemble Caravela returns with a new track ‘Mar Pretu’ lifted from their upcoming (out tomorrow) debut LP ‘Orla’. ‘Mar Pretu’ is a lovely song highlighting the suffering in fishing villages caused by oil pollution at sea that affects both Brazil and Cape Verde, two countries that share an ocean as well as a deep connection, both spiritually and musically.

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CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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