Best albums of 2016: 20 to 11

In my penultimate 2016 albums post we have David Bowie’s final album, crisp hip hop from Kano and Common, Bat for Lashes’s latest art piece, Kate Tempest’s thunderous spoken word epic, plus we two of best hidden gems in the form of Tall Black Guy’s second LP and the debut album from London jazz-hip hop collective, Fur.

20. David Bowie – Blackstar
19. Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers
18. Common – Black America Again
17. Fur – Soon at the Latest
16. Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take a Trip
15. Bat for Lashes – The Bride
14. Kano – Made in the Manor
13. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
12. White Denim – Stiff
11. BadBadNotGood – IV
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Fur – Soon at the Latest review

Fur group, photo, Nov 17, 2012 (1440x810)It took them a while, but they made it in the end. And they’ve done good.

Soon at the Latest is the debut album from Fur, an eight-piece hip hop-jazz collective from east London. Similar to the music of BadBadNotGood or El Michels Affair, this an album cramped with verdant instrumentals for late nights and crosstown journeys. It’s cheeky, it’s charming and it’s wildly refreshing. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Fur – Free

Fur - Free single (v2) (600x338)It’s been a long time since we heard anything from rootsy hip hop-jazz ensemble, Fur. Over two years to be precise. So what a thrill to discover that the eight-piece London outfit have returned with a new single, ‘Free’, which they say is the first cut from their forthcoming debut album. Continue reading

Ruby and the Vines & Fur @ the Vortex Jazz Club

Ruby and the Vines, Vortex Jazz Cafe, Mar 23, 2013 by Aaron LeeBass players don’t get enough props. And female bass players get even less.

It’s the likes of Shingai Shoniwa (Noisette), Lindsey ‘Lyn-Z’ Way (Mindless Self Indulgence) and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads) who’ve had club goers and rock fans shaking to the beat.

Binisa Bonner (pictured above) is another name to add to that list. As Ruby and the Vines, she and her band shook up the place at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston on Saturday night. Continue reading