Now That I Know
Remote Control Records
Seven years since their last release, and you might expect Space Invadas to ease back into things with a solid, albeit unremarkable single. F*%k that! They are back and there’s no half stepping. Speaking directly to the memory of soul royalty like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and The Temptations, its brass and string laden sample source has been flipped to perfection by Katalyst. Add Spacek’s wonderful vocal, and ‘Now That I Know’ strides confidently into future classic territory.
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Having been a long time Grizzly Bear fan, I am ashamed and somewhat embarrassed to say that it’s only just recently I have finally got around to properly checking out both his solo work and his releases with Department Of Eagles. More fool me. Needless to say, its tender, emotive and majestic glory had me hooked on first listen. And this Beatles/Lennon/Bolan-tinged single serves as a timely reminder of exactly why I won’t make that same mistake again.
Great to hear another tough jazz act come through into public view. And props to Big Dada too, for continuing to blur the lines between various forms of ‘urban’ music. Coming off with more than a touch of Yusef Lateef, the collective show off their wares in spiritual style. Live and direct from NYC, Onyx Collective are a product of their (recording) environment, and share the jazz ethos of freeform experimentation. Raw, unfettered and over here supporting Kamasi Washington, which gives you a clue as to their pedigree.
More outstanding music from Norway’s excellent Smalltown Supersound. This time, it’s improvised electronics, featuring the drifting vocals of Jenny Hval, who narrates over a minimal percussive backdrop that builds in tension with synth washes and downbeat drums. Reminiscent of Annette Peacock and Laurie Anderson all rolled into one.
Son Of Sam
'Fighting Talk EP'
Tea Sea Records
Given its genre-traversing nature, this new track from UK collective Son Of Sam is the kind of record that could easily fall between the (review page) gaps. With that in mind, it only feels right that we should give you the heads up. Featuring seasoned soulman Lifford Shillingford and Chicago rapper Blaise B, the lead track is certainly more than the sum of its parts: stepping sweetly through hip-hop, jazz, soul and dubwise downbeat. There are a host of lovely versions and reworks on there too.
'Miles Away '
Another shining example of contemporary and electronically kissed jazz from this hotly tipped outfit. Lifted from their debut LP ‘Murmuration’, ‘Miles Away’ is a slo-mo sunset jam — however, check out the extended dub version, that drifts in and out of consciousness in horizontal fashion, while picking out the key motifs from the original. Re-imagined by the keys player in the band, Dave Koor, it’s a thing of suspended beauty that trips the light fantastic for a heady eight-and-a-half minutes. Enjoy.
'Quantum Connection/My Mind Will Travel '
For those that know, Jimi Tenor stands tall as an influential and revered, yet strangely enigmatic figure within modern music, able to turn his hand to multiple genres with unassuming ease and authenticity. And yet, he still remains something of an underrated force? Offering those remaining sceptics or doubters yet more food for thought, Tenor delivers another beauty here. Lead track ‘Quantum Connection’ is the one; a raw, faithful, funky and absolutely on-point slice of Afrobeat. Job done, Mr Tenor!
We love a record with a good story, and ’Turnmills’ is no exception. Centred around the legendary Turnmills club (R.I.P 2008), it’s a classic tale of post club studio inspiration. Capturing the 4am sunrise aesthetic, ‘Turnmills’ marries strings, shuffling breaks, and an arpeggiating bass synth line. Full of texture and warmth, and melding the electronic and organic in perfect unison, you can almost smell this coming through the speakers. Fans of Bonobo will be all over it.