Chaz Bundick meets The Mattson 2 “Star Stuff” is the kind of record that only comes about every once in a blue moon. It slips into existence by the merest margins at the very edge of universal consciousness and then expands to fill a vacuum that we didn’t know needed filling until it appeared full right before us.
“Sleep Is The Cousin Of Death” is the latest release from hip-hop collective Don’t Sleep Records. The project features Virginia’s own Awon & Dephlow on the mic and producer Phoniks on the boards, recreating the chemistry from their 2014 debut “Dephacation” that received over 4.3 million streams online. Dephlow’s booming mic presence is complimented by Awon’s slick, smooth delivery as the two emcee’s weave in-and-out through a compilation of Phoniks turntable cuts and somber boom-bap instrumentals. Without a skip-track in sight the trio proves that they haven’t missed a beat since their debut and are once again ready to prove their status among the underground elite.
Just made available on Spotify, Locations: Poland, the 7th volume in the Locations series continues igniting the flames of jazz passion. Sampling Polish jazz, the Jazz Jousters led by Gadget, embarked on a journey to deliver us a whole project dedicated to one geographical area. Yes, The Jazz Jousters are the first ones to produce a pure album on Poland.
Daryl Donald’s Solitude is music for the spirit. Transcending musical boundaries, Solitude offers us a genuine perspective on how to casually readjust our life’s focus. Many people spend time alone – whether it’s at home, work, a “third place” or in transportation, Solitude provides us the soundtrack to the blissful moments.
Music for Adverts is Lack of Afro’s fourth studio album on Freestyle Records. Lack of Afro is a multi-instrumentalist who has a knack for pushing the boundaries of music genres. Starting off as an alternative dance producer, Music for Adverts showcases his inner Isaac Hayes (production). The album features wonderful collaborations with Jack Tyson-Charles, Wax & Herbal T, EOM and Juliette Ashby, all of who layer the album with their own distinct brand of soul.
“In a time where America appears to be divided more than ever, it would sometimes seem as if the people as a whole have absolutely nothing in common. But the one thing that all creeds and colors can relate to is hardship. All cultures and social economic groups can feel a kinship in the reality that there is no escaping tribulation. While some focus solely on the trial, Nomis offers us an alternative. A reminder that its always darkest before the dawn. A mantra professing that our past choices and current predicaments do not define our future. A slogan we can all latch on to. “When it hurts and its doomed for disaster, Our story ain’t done time to write a new chapter.””
“Within “Mora Tuga”, RUMTUM creates an experience of deep textured beats using himself as the sample source. Using haunting chants, woodwinds, percussion, guitars and synthesizers he layers sounds that conjure a sort of fog that lingers somewhere off in the distance. Welcome to the rainforest on another planet, where beautifully emotive instrumental compositions head-knod as easy as they thought provoke. Much like his print making and illustration work, RUMTUM’s music can be revisited again and again to find new moments of interest and inspiration.”
Sohn’s Rennen takes you a very beautiful, feel-good place. It’s perfect for that day at the office, your drive to home/work, or just relaxing after a long day.
“Harmonies is the new long player from underground super-producer Lord Echo. The new album solidifies his already distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz. In other words, the Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers. Eat of the bread of life and enjoy access to his crazy World of Sound.”
“West coast jazz music is alive and well, with many entities in the movement breaking open doors with magnetic force and luminous brilliance. From Kamasi Washington to Terrace Martin and Esperanza Spalding to Miguel Atwood Ferguson, the west coast is bubbling with new energy in the jazz idiom. The voices creating the next wave of timeless music is here and the melting pot of composers leading the charge continues to expand by the year.”