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Album Review: Spaza – s/t [Mushroom Hour/Half Hour; June 2019]
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Album Review: Spaza – s/t [Mushroom Hour/Half Hour; June 2019]

Cementing Johannesburg as the third point in the triangle of modern jazz, this album transcends the traditional boundaries of genres to create something captivating, original and outstanding. Released in 2019, this album joins a year of supreme albums that merge genres and eras, taking modern jazz to new heights. In...
Album Review: Ruby Rushton – Ironside [22a; April 2019]
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Album Review: Ruby Rushton – Ironside [22a; April 2019]

The same old Ruby Rushton..? Not this time. Ruby Rushton have released their fourth studio album. Led by Tenderlonius, but including the likes of Nick Walters and Aiden Shepard, they have a history of creating albums that bring together their diverse influences of jazz, spiritual music, hip-hop and international sounds....

Playlists & Mixes

Playlist: Awalé (June 2019)

Playlist: Awalé (June 2019)

Since 2009, Awalé represents one of the best embodiments of London’s cultural diversity and richness. But it’s in the last two years, through the collaboration between Senegalese singer Biram Seck and French guitarist Thibaut Remy, that the seven-piece band has strengthened its characteristic sound built on Pan-African styles like afrobeat, Ethio-funk, soukous and desert...
Interview: Prince Fatty – The Upbeat Goes On (May 2019)

Interview: Prince Fatty – The Upbeat Goes On (May 2019)

As a producer, Prince Fatty is eclectic, working across the board; his collaborations read like a who’s who from the mid-90s to now. However, perhaps Prince Fatty is best known for his presence in the Jamaican diaspora music scene. Still churning records out now, the latest release Be Thankful For...
Interview: Q&A with Altin Gün – Delighted by Turkey (April 2019)

Interview: Q&A with Altin Gün – Delighted by Turkey (April 2019)

Some musicians, so positively obsessed with the traditions, styles and cultural seasons of decades past, will sometimes eventually outclass the original creators. This is the case with Altin Gün, the Amsterdam-based sextet. These musicians fell so deeply in love with the psychedelic rock of Turkey in the seventies that their...
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