Category archive: Jazz

Nafsi
21.04.15

Hussein Ibn Faraji has been working long and hard on the Faraji Heritage Experiment master debut album entitled “Nafsi“. It is finally out and is a true work of art which fuses multiple genres such as Jazz, Soul, Electronica and for this reason I decided to call this project Jazz Fusion.

The “A/R/T” experiment blew us away back in 2012 and now we get further blown to bits by an incredible new album from the Moroccan composer. I rarely have a hard time choosing the best songs, but this time around the entire project was so divers that it was hard for me to pick. Really love tracks like “Indecision”, “Love & Compromise” and “Ode To Wattstax” (which we premiered a little over a week ago).

Like we said before Nafsi means soul or being in Swahili and trust me this album gets to your soul. Very happy Cosmonostro is putting this out and we hope that one day this can be pressed on vinyl, for it deserves to be available on black gold. Please support good music and purchase Nafsi right here.

Farnell Newton
16.04.15

On our previous show in February we played Farnell Newton’s first single “Peace + Love” featuring Jarrod Lawson & Tony Ozier of his new “Ready to Roll” album.

The trumpeter out of Portland has been touring around the world with renowned artists like Bootsy Collins and Jill Scott, but some how found time to work on this solo project as well. There’s some additional vocals on here by Ashley Jayy, Donyea Goodman and Cleveland P Jones. We decided to pick out our favorite two tracks, Peace + Love and “You Gotta Move”, and stream them below for your listening pleasure.

Farnell Newton’s soulful eleven track Jazz album is available in its entirely on iTunes now, so act accordingly.

Nafsi
12.04.15

Those who have been following us for a while, might remember Faraji Heritage Experiment‘s “A/R/T” project from 2012.

The Bandcamp demo was a mere taste of greater things to come and the time for this coming is upon us. The Moroccan composer is back on the set with a brand new project, entitled “Nafsi“, which means soul or being in Swahili. Hussein Ibn Faraji discovered his grandfather’s name was not Arabic, but Swahili. This inspired him to bring together musicians of various backgrounds and have them use swahili nicknames. The same way Herbie Hancock and other Jazz men did back in in the seventies.

It also might be the best fusion of contemporary Jazz-Funk and Soul on one album albums to come out this year! Much respect to Cosmonostro for releasing this April 20th and for giving us the opportunity to premiere this amazing “Ode To Wattstax” track. Pre-orders available here!

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31.03.15

Masego is a modern day one man band. He fuses the styles of Trap, Electronic and Jazz to create a unique sound. He utilizes looping to create on the fly grooves which tend to create lasting impressions on whoever’s in the crowd. He combines Djing with his live instrumentation in a way you’ve never experienced. He is the leader of the Trap House Jazz Band full of the world’s best musicians and creatives. Read through our interview, he’s an incredibly passionate and well spoken dude.

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Kirkis
19.03.15

The sensational group known as Kirkis is headed by bassist slash producer slash writer slash painter Matthew Kirkis. Good news…the band out of Melbourne uploaded some brand new material to their Soundcloud page entitled “Hypno“.

Such astounding and hypnotizing melodies lurk hidden inside these three minutes of wonderful. This perplex array of funkiness takes us on a psychedelic ride into a far galaxy, yet to be discovered by mankind.

I remember Kirkis was supposed to release his “Liverbleach” album on Eglo Records last year, but I think the release has been postponed. Still looking forward to hearing new material and who knows we might even be able to catch a performance next year.

Idesia Golden Dreams
25.02.15

In case you love that new classic Soul sound from back in the days, like me. You are most likely going to love Idesia.

This USC Thornton School of Music educated band from Los Angeles is the next generation in Soul music. Their inspiring mix of contemporary Soul and Jazz music will satisfy the music needs of Jill Scott fans, but also wide audience of music lovers worldwide.

Miss Sophie Dimitroff’s mesmerizing voice makes their “Golden Dreams” EP a winner in my book. Best tune for me personally is “April Love“…what’s yours? Available on iTunes in case you were wondering.

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Candid Music Group Fam Volume 1
05.02.15

Candid Music Group (founded by Brooklyn natives JNTHNSTEIN & Ivan Jackson) released their very first compilation ever a week and a half ago.

The duo operates out of a studio in Willamsburg, Brooklyn where they gathered quite some interesting artists like Penthouse Penthouse, BrassTracks, Mr. Carmack, S’natra, Alexander Lewis and of course Candid Music Group founders JNTHNSTEIN and Ivan Jackson themselves. The eleven track “Fam Volume One” release is a compilation of tracks from their extremely talented extended musical family. And hopefully the first of many more to come.

It is available for free download and we suggest you show it the love and appreciation it deserves!

TAJ The Astral Journey
15.01.15

Did you know Singapore’s best kept secret goes by the name of TAJ? Tim De Cotta (bass/vocals), Audrey Tengkey (piano, keys and synth) and Teo Jia Rong (drums) form the exciting contemporary Jazz trio TAJ.

Their forthcoming “The Astral Journey” EP will be released with local independent record label, Darker Than Wax. It’s a cross pollination of beats, psychedelia, post-rock, breaks and everything it takes to please the discerning ears of contemporary jazz fans. We gratefully premiere the title track, which is by far the most organic piece of music on the EP. If you like Robert Glasper, you need to feast your ears on this fasho!

The EP will hit the streets January 30th and mark my words, it will them hit hard. No wonder with remixes included from Jaël and Cosa Nostra.

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Brandon Williams XII
02.01.15

Believe it or not our first post of 2015 is about something I missed. Eversince we discovered Brandon Williams, we have been waiting for his breathtaking album, entitled “XII“, to drop. Can’t remember how often I asked him about it, but today I came to discover it was released mid November.

In hindsight Brandon Williams album would have been in our top 5 list of favorite albums of 2014. Brandon has had the privilege to produce many successful songs for other artists and thought it was time for him to debut his work as a producer and musician. The Detroit musician has built meaningful relationships with extablised artists and on asked a lot of them to lend a helping hand on XII.

Special guests on this album include Don Blackman (RIP), Bernard Wright, Frank McComb, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Amp Fiddler, Geno Young, Derrick Hodge, Jean Baylor (of Zhane), Pharoahe Monch, Choklate, Casey Benjamin, Moonchild, Deborah Bond, Jesse Boykins III and more.

The way Brandon Williams flawlessly blends that Detroit Soul sound with modern day Jazz is simply wonderful and refreshing. Don’t even think twice and buy this album…it’s well worth your money, trust me!

Swarvy Scotch
04.12.14

So with Swarvy‘s debut “Scotch” album finally out, we now bring you wonderful news of Devonwho‘s amazing flip of “Carried Away”.

Last week we premiered “Kittylitter”, but this trust me when I say this album packs a lot of extra delicious grooves. Now it’s only right we do another post on this wonderful Swarvy release, for the simple fact that the Devonwho flip of “Carried Away” is astounding. Almost equally great is Mndsgn’s remix of the track “Scotchious”. Like I said before, best to purchase the limited edition vinyl if you’re into good music. If you are all you need to do is visit the Feelin’ Music shop.