There’s exciting news from the Squama Recordings crew. They have today announced the release of a new single and album from Germany-based Mongolian artist Enji. Her previous album Ursgal released in 2021, was one of the year’s highlights, and we’ve eagerly awaited the follow-up. As per her previous record, Enji enlisted guitarist Paul Brändle and bass player Munguntovch Tsolmonbayar. She also recruited renowned jazz drummer Mariá Portugal and experimental clarinet player Joana Queiroz. “They have such deep feelings and such deep love of music,” Enji says of the group.
The new album titled ‘Ulaan’ is set to be released on July 28th and features a mix of traditional Mongolian and jazz music with a modern twist. You can stream the magical title track below.
If the single doesn’t whet your appetite, check out her brilliant session for COLORS in Berlin, performing a beautiful acoustic rendition of ‘Uzegdel’, another track that will feature on her forthcoming album.
Fans can expect to be dazzled by Enji’s unique blend of musical styles.
Enji has gifted us with a playlist featuring tunes that inspired and influenced her music. These tunes range from classic vocal jazz from Shirley Horn to delicate acoustic guitar melodies from label-mate Jonathan Bockelmann, plus some killer bossanova and samba tracks.
Shirley Horn – Here is to Life
Arthur Brown III – Doxology
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Whutering Heights
Jonathan Bockelmann – Opus
Tsendsuren – The Warm River of Spring (Live)
Mira Lu Kovacs – Stay A Little Longer
Joana Queiroz – Tempo Sem Tempo
Ray Charles & Betty Carter – You And I
Martin Zenker Quartet – That’s Because I Am
Elis Regina & Antônio Carlos Jobim – Águas De Março
Leny Andrade – Velho Piano
Little Jimmy Scott – All the way