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 requires your attention. Happy listening – and don’t forget to hit the links and support the artists.
Georgia Anne Muldrow – VWETO III
The third instalment of Georgia Anne Muldrow’s VWETO series has arrived! This latest album of astral instrumentals continues her journey through West Coast funk, jazzy Afrofuturism, soul, and psychedelic beats. Designed to be “played when you birth yourself back outside after a long introspective period to get the things you need,” VWETO III take the listener deep into her unique musical world. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Critical Resistance charity.
Jaimie Branch – FLY or DIE LIVE
Jaimie Branch and her Fly or Die quartet’s LIVE album documents what the band feels is their best performance ever captured. The album was recorded at Moods, Switzerland, early last year; the performance combines music from both Fly or Die and Fly or Die 2: bird dogs of paradise. I strongly recommend that you invest some time with this album as it takes her music to another level. I simply can not stop listening to this album!
Mathias Modica – Sonic Rohstoff
Sonic Rohstoff is the latest gem crafted by Mathias Modica. This is Modica’s first album under his own name, following three albums under his monikers Kapote and Munk. Across the albums, ten tracks, Modica journey’s through abstract downtempo vibes, lo-fi jazz and futuristic electronica. All instruments are performed by Modica himself, embellished by guest musicians from the buzzing Berlin jazz scene. This guy is seriously one to watch!
Graham Costello – Second Lives
Glasgow drummer and composer Graham Costello returns with his second STRATA album, ‘Second Lives’. The eleven-track album spans Reichian minimalism, semi-free jazz à la Binker and Moses, polyrhythmic math rock, and reflective, cinematic ambience. Take a listen below, this one’s special!
Twospeak – Reflector
If you like your jazz to blend an array of different elements and for an album to have a sound and style very much in its own musical lane, then the debut album from London-based ensemble Twospeak is an absolute must-listen. This album is full of great compositions and superb musicianship, drifting effortlessly between jazz, rock, indie and electronic. Hopefully, it will amass a broader appreciation for the band.
Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor – Time No Changes
Armed with both 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, a Moog synthesiser, Hammond organ, drum, and mbira Chris Schlarb and Chad Taylor craft a 41-minute LP of improvised music that moves gracefully between various musical styles from folk to jazz and beyond. You need this album in your collection!
Sofie Birch – Whisper Fold Brush
Copenhagen-based artist and musician Sofie Birch’s new album contains two beautiful and evocative pieces of experimental electronic music. Whisper Fold Brush was created initially for an ASMR performance piece of the same name, in collaboration with SLØR Visual Performance / My Lambertsen. The album sees Birch focus on the music composed for the performance, moving the ASMR sounds into the background. Slow music for unhurried people – blissful and essential.
Colleen – The Tunnel And The Clearing
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Colleen, aka Cécile Schott, looks to the creativity of African and Jamaican music for her new album. The Tunnel And The Clearing, Schott, restricted herself to using minimal analogue instruments, a Yamaha organ keyboard and Moog effects. This limited instrument selection was inspired by years of listening to Jamaican and African recordings, where musicians were pushed to maximize their creativity with limited tools. The music she creates is no less intriguing despite the scarcity of resources.
STANLÆY – p=arallel u=niverse
And now for something completely different. p=arallel u=niverse is STANLÆY’s new EP of solo music written, recorded and produced during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. A thoroughly seductive and enchanting journey into parallel realities and twilight heartache from STANLÆY, who is helped by a few others by way of saxophone and drum samples. Her musical headspace explores experimental, electrical soundworlds -exciting music for open-minded listeners.
Da Lata – Jungle Kitten / Asking Eyes
We shared one of the tracks earlier this week in our Spotify playlist, but we’re giving the full essential release some extra love! Led by Chris Franck and Patrick Forge, Da Lata return with new renditions of two classic Brazilian jazz fusion tracks. A simple idea executed brilliantly!