BadBadNotGood – IV review

BadBadNotGood are four friends from Canada who have been make progressive jazz. Building steam after their well-received third album and 2015 collaboration with Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul, the band’s latest album, IV, pushes their appeal further still. Continue reading

Kaytranada – 99.9% review

Kaytranada is only 24 years young, but already this Canadian whiz kid has been become one of the most sought-after producers of the moment. His debut album, 99.9%, includes features from GoldLink, AlunaGeorge, Syd tha Kyd, Anderson Paak, Vic Mensa and others. It’s a moreish album held back by some slight, but noticeable, structural flaws. Continue reading

Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take a Trip review

Tall Black Guy profile photo (630x350)If Terrel Wallace made clothes he would be creating crisp, tailored suits made from all natural materials. They’d come in a range of colours like those worn by the Four Tops and the Temptations during Motown’s golden years. And the words frequently attached to wearing one of his suits would be: suave, sophisticated and timeless.

Terrel Wallace does not make suits. He makes music. But those same words apply. Continue reading

Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – Happiness in Every Style review

Nicole Willis, promo photo 2015, 01, by Jimi Tenor (1920x1080)You can’t make a case for the classic soul album in 2015 without mentioning Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators. The Brooklyn-born singer and the Finnish soul purveyors have now released three studio albums together in the last 10 years. Their latest effort, Happiness in Every Style, is overflowing with luminous textures and smooth sounds that underscore this segment of music’s influence and its endless ability to enchant. Continue reading

Masayoshi Fujita – Apologues review

Masayoshi Fujita, by Alexander Schneider (01/06/2015), 02 colour (1920x1080)Japanese vibraphone player, Masayoshi Fujita, may not be using traditional Japanese instruments on his second studio album under his own name, but his music nonetheless feels connected to the culture and traditions of his home nation. Apologues is a porthole to the palace of the mind. An instrumental album of subtle grace that requests your presence, rather than demands it. Continue reading

I Speak Machine – The Silence review

Tara Busch, I Speak Machine - Silence live, 02 (944x559)The Silence is not an album to listen to while walking around your house in the dead of night – unless, of course, you enjoy giving yourself a good scare. This moody, instrumental affair comes from LA-based synthesizer enthusiast, Tara Busch, who, along with filmmaker, Maf Lewis, goes by the name of I Speak Machine, and has been produced as an extended soundtrack to their short film of the same name. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Tall Black Guy – Solar Coaster for the People

Things Leave the House, RSD 2015 special promo, First Word (1773x656)Backlash against Record Store Day has grown more public this year. And even I myself have admitted I’m “tired of the rat race”. But it’s worth remembering two things: Firstly, RSD is still independent stores’ biggest day of the year, and secondly, lesser-known artists and labels continue to put out releases worthy of attention from music enthusiasts. Continue reading