Hey folks, welcome to your new Between The Cracks selection. As always, 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.
CoN & KwAkE – Eyes In The Tower
The second release from Shabaka Hutchings’ Native Rebel Recordings and it’s a heavy one. London duo CoN & KwAkE have made a solid album combining hip-hop and jazz. ‘Eyes In The Tower’ features CoN rapping over an array of KwAkE’s jazzy soundscapes. Highlights include the enthralling title track, the head-nod inducing and funky ‘15 Minutes’ and the pensive ‘C.N.S. (City Never Stops)’. Together, the two friends make a superb album that gels perfectly.
John Carroll Kirby – Dance Ancestral
Dance Ancestral is John Carroll Kirby’s fifth studio album. The majority of the record was self-produced with the help of Canadian artist Yu Su. Kirby’s jazz and New Age roots remain despite the new record heading more electronically. Throughout the album, the quality is impeccable.
Healing Force Project – Drifted Entities Vol. 1
Some deep adventurous experiments from the wonderfully named Healing Force Project with Drifted Entities Vol. 1. Fresh and experimental interpretations of jazz, dub, dnb, and cosmic funk fill the album. As different and unconventional as ever, this is another brilliant work from HFP. Don’t miss this one!
Buttering Trio – Foursome
The gentle souls from Tel Aviv are back with a new album full of deep, soulful sounds. The Buttering Trio, now a quartet with Amir Bresler added to the collective, continues to create spontaneously with no agenda and expectations. They wrote, arranged and recorded every sound live, blossoming spontaneously from jamming then condensing into songs. Enjoy twelve dreamy and danceable sticky-sweet tracks, smoke-filled and full of grooves.
Run Child Run – ANEW
Ian Sims created the new Run Child Run album as music meditations to assist listeners in their healing practices. The need to be still, find balance, and restore is more critical than ever. Hopefully, these meditations will help you maintain that space. The perfect music to lose yourself in this crazy world.
Auntie Flo and Sarathy Korwar – Shruti Dances
The album’s release day slipped under our radar in June despite us playing the lead track on our radio show and adding another to a recent playlist. In collaboration with Sarathy Korwar, Auntie Flo has created an album that is a beautiful fusion of pulsating electronic production and richly layered Indian classical percussion and is well worth your time.
Ayala (IT) – Views
The debut full-length album from Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ Ayala (IT) showcases his passion for African music, from Afrobeat to disco. Ayala doesn’t disappoint in his first full-length release, combing his musical roots and devotion with an underground Italian club sensibility. Another stellar release from the Batov Records crew.
Lorenzo Morresi & Tenderlonious – COSMICA ITALIANA
An excellent collaboration between Lorenzo Morresi and Tenderlonious, taking inspiration from Italian jazz funk and Italian library sound. Their approach to Italian instrumental music is fresh and forward-looking, and we know you’ll love it, too.
V/A – Pierre Barouh and the Saravah Sound
Wewantsounds’ latest release, “Pierre Barouh and the Saravah Sound”, focuses on the cult French producer Pierre Barouh and his legendary Paris-based label Saravah in the late 60s and 70s. Presented with liner notes from Benjamin Barouh and Jacques Denis, the tracklisting includes songs from Brigitte Fontaine, Jacques Higelin, and Alfred Panou to Baroque Jazz Trio and Michel Roques.
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Juçara Marçal – EPDEB
Metá Metá singer Juçara Marçal returns with a new 4-track EP. The fiercely experimental Brazilian artist carries on where last year’s album left off. EPDEB is full of the same raw, powerful and impassioned music that made Delta Estácio Blues such a great listen from beginning to end.