Between The Cracks: Essential Music From Across The Board

 

Welcome to our latest ‘Between The Cracks’. You can read a bit about each album and play it on the website via the Bandcamp player. As always, please support the artists by purchasing their music. We hope you enjoy reading and listening!

Albums

Andrew Wasylyk – Hearing The Water Before Seeing The Falls

A charming combination of grandiose spiritual soundscapes and rich instrumental passages enhanced by Alabaster DePlume (sax), Gordon Maclean (piano) and Pete Harvey (strings) is the latest album by Scottish composer Andrew Wasylyk, released on Clay Pipe Music. As part of his creative process for ‘Hearing The Water Before Seeing The Falls,’ he visited the Firth of Forth to learn about contemporary American landscape photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper who also narrates on one of the tracks. Brilliant from start to finish, this forward-thinking artist continues to push the boundaries with this impressive release. Highly recommended!

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Y Bülbül, Yumurta – Not One, Not Two

Second album by this London-based musician and producer. What began with the avant-garde pop projections of Yiğit Bülbül’s debut album soon took a dubby turn with a two-track EP and now lands in deep ambient, dub and kosmische waters. Accompanied by Yumurta, a percussionist from Istanbul, Y Bülbül lays down ten tracks that have such a groove you can’t help but move. The album’s psychedelic swirl is wonderfully balanced by Yumurta’s enticing percussion to give it that hypnotic aesthetic. Great stuff.

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Uusi Aika – Uusi Aika

The latest release from the immaculate We Jazz Records is from a new musical ensemble from Finland consisting of creative multi-instrumentalists Otto Eskelinen, Tapani Varis, Johannes Sarjasto and Amanda Blomqvist. Introspective and meditative, the quartet’s music slowly unfolds and sometimes brings to mind some deep abstract electronic music or experimental dub explorations. You will be captivated by this album’s seven splendid and utterly beautiful instrumentals.

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Mali Obomsawin – Sweet Tooth

Once you click play on Odanak First Nation artist Mali Obomsawin’s ‘Sweet Tooth’, you won’t want to stop listening – it’s that stunning! Turning folk music on its head Obomsawin challenges what folk music is and how diverse the genre can be if you open your mind. Obomsawin explores colonialism and Indigenous lineage through six songs, with a blend of folk songs and modern sounds steeped in improvised jazz tradition. Topped off by Obomsawin’s spellbinding and passionate vocals, this is a late contender for album of the year, no question! 

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Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek – Dost 2 

‘Dost 2’ is the second of a two-part album release from Turkish singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım and Anatolian band Grup Şimşek, following on from the first half in 2021. With its genre-defying blend of Anatolian folk, 1970s Turkish rock, psychedelia, pop, and jazz, and its exploration of their lives and personal experiences. The inventiveness and inspiration of DOST 2 make it stand out. 

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Surya Botofasina – Everyone’s Children

Keyboardist and composer Surya Botofasina shares his debut LP ‘Everyone’s Children’. Surya was taught in the tradition of Alice Coltrane, by Swamini Turiyasangitananda herself, in her Ashram in California, where he grew up. On the album, Surya combines deep jazz excursions with expansive synth passages, and intimate piano turns to create a hypnotic, meditative and devotionally expressive suite that soothes, enriches and uplifts the soul.

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Julie Campiche Quartet – You Matter

Julie Campiche Quartet returns with their sophomore album ‘You Matter’. Across seven epic tracks, the quartet, comprised of Campiche, Manu Hagmann (bass), Clemens Kuratle (drums) and Leo Fumagalli (saxophone), have developed as one voice into new, visionary, conceptual, yet intimate territory, with electronic effects, heightened orchestral arrangements, more expressive instrumentation and ever more complex musical and harmonic structures. The new album is cohesive in its concept and takes the listener on a meaningful sonic journey.

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Greg Foat – Blue Focus

The classic Greg Foat Group line-up returns with special guests Art Themen on soprano saxophone and Morgan Simpson (Black Midi) on drums. Heavy synth and percussive grooves. A fresh and exciting musical experience.

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EP’s

cktrl – yield

This new EP by cktrl has so much variety it’s impossible to pin down. Yes, it harks back to the pure modal jazz of the Fifties. However, the ethereal classical and baroque influences lend it a truly distinctive sound, as do the heavenly vocals of Ophie. Refreshingly original and completely absorbing.

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Sheldon Agwu – Seeds of Sanctum, Vol. 2 

Hailing from London, beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Agwu’s new EP displays true eclecticism. With no need for overly long tracks, Agwu drops seven vignettes with a runtime of just 14 minutes to tell his story. His music combines hip-hop, electronica, jazz and his distinctive, expressive guitar playing in an exciting blend without sounding derivative. A great project full of incredible ideas and impressive execution.

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