We’re back with another Between The Cracks selection to soundtrack your weekend. We only write a few words about each record as you’re here to listen to the amazing music, so we cut out the waffle! You can check out our mini-guide below, and if you like what you hear, click the links to support the artists. Enjoy reading and listening.
Iseul Kim’s Two Voices – EVOLVING
Evolving is the latest album from Iseul Kim, a composer, pianist, singer and world traveller based in NYC and Seoul. Her music mixes jazz, classical, and world music. It’s a delight to explore Kim’s signature sound, which always has improvisation and experimentation at its core. Traditional Korean instruments like Haegeums, daegeums, and janggus move in step with piano, flute, bass, and drums, while violins and cellos accompany them. Highlights include the epic ‘Hunoni’, the enchanting ‘Two Voices’ and the sublime title track.
Ben van Gelder – MANIFLOD
Ben van Gelder’s latest record is a mind-blowing homage to the intricacies of human nature. Manifold, performed by an impressive international octet, combines a wide range of musical styles. This captivating music is influenced by a deep admiration for the church organ played by the brilliant Kit Downes. Prepare yourself for 40 minutes of music that will leave you captivated and in awe of the way it captures the complexity of our existence.
Irreversible Entanglements – Protect Your Light
Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light is a powerful album that captures the spirit of resistance and resilience in the face of adversity and injustice. The songs are politically charged and full of emotion, anger, and hope as Moor Mother’s poetry explores the black experience against a soundbed of dark, light and hypnotic-free jazz soundscapes.
Kofi Flexxx – Flowers In The Dark
Native Rebel Recordings is building up a catalogue of heavyweight releases. The latest blessing from the label is Kofi Flexxx, who dropped their debut album, Flowers In The Dark, via Shabaka Hutchings’ imprint. The London-based creative enticed us with two singles: ‘ Apothecary’, which features US underground rapper Billy Woods, and ‘By Now (Accused Of Magic)’, featuring Trinidad-born London-based poet Anthony Joseph. Wrap your ears around the two singles as these decidedly distant tracks, one a dense and murky rap number and the other an upbeat spoken word jazz offering, will set you up nicely for this rhythmic, propulsive, spiritual, and hypnotic record.
Cleo Sol – Heaven
A thoroughly chilled and soothing journey into the inner mind and soul of Cleo Sol, who is helped by Inflo, through his sublime production skills. This is the ideal accompaniment to a night snuggled up on the sofa and your fave tipple on tap. Unwind and let the wondrous creations of Sol and Inflo seep into your mind.
Flaer – Preludes
The name Realf Heygate is probably unfamiliar to most of you, but he is a fine painter and musician. While lurking in rural Leicestershire in early 2020, he quietly recorded on a 4-track tape using acoustic instruments – cello, piano and acoustic guitar – the collection of which formed Preludes, his debut album under the guise of Flaer with Odda Recordings. If you enjoy adventurous, forward-looking, folk-based music, this album is for you!
Chip Wickham – Love & Life
This short, tranquil, and superb four-tracker from Gondwana Records comes filled with evocative spiritual jazz vibes, dreamy soul-jazz, and hints of post-bop anchored by Chip Wickham’s crisp flute notes. Press play and let Wickham serenade you with his dreamy jazz sounds.
Sofia Grant – Extinction
On Sofia Grant’s debut EP, she raises issues on thought-provoking topics, including climate change, ecological collapse, and our relationship to nature in a 5-track set of beautifully crafted, flawlessly performed folk-jazz. Musically, the EP is awash with lush vocal harmonies and airy, light production. Highly recommended.