Category archive: Jazz

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.

Swarvy Scotch
27.11.14

Upon hearing the first few seconds of Swarvy‘s tremendous track “Carried Away” (freebie alert) this week, we knew we had to get a hold of his forthcoming album as soon as possible.

We have no trouble at all calling this guy Philadelphia’s best kept secret. For this musician slash genius delivers nothing but craziness on his “Scotch” album. For Swarvy’s official debut venture, he links up with bassist Jerry Thompson III and band mate Ryan McKenney. Everything on here is original, sample-free music with heavy 70′s Jazz and Funk influences. FYI..it will be released tomorrow on Chief’s Feelin’ Music imprint.

We’re super excited to exclusive premiere the first track of the album entitled “Kittylitter”. Pre-order now and don’t sleep on the limited (300 copies) vinyl version, which comes with a download card. As if this wasn’t enough, the album contains mind-blowing remixes by MNDSGN (Stones Throw) and Devonwho (All City).

B. Bravo Soprano
02.11.14

If you didn’t know any better, one would almost think it’s B. Bravo week here. What a bunch of flavorful tracks have been flowing our way. We love it!

His brand new freebie “Soprano has nothing to do with mobsters or gangsters though. This one is for his pops who got Adam into music way back when. I’m proud to say I met pops (and the rest of the fam) back in 2010 and what a nice guy he is. He wanted to show off some martial arts skills and I’m sure he would’ve thrown me to the floor if I would’ve let him.

Not many of you know that B. Bravo also plays a little saxophone, but in combination with the DX7 and those 808′s it sounds so jazzy and laid back. Get ya sexy on to this one fellas and snatch a free download right here.

JNTHN Stein Brasstracks Laced Up
21.10.14

Many times I get the urge to hop on a plane to the old US of A. Simply because there is so much talent to be found there and sir JNTHN STEIN is one of those cats.

You may remember our favorite track, “Last Stop“, from L.A.’s Penthouse Penthouse featuring JNTHN STEIN. For his solo track “Laced Up” the Brooklyn-based producer teams up with fellow Brooklynite Brasstracks. Together they create some low down dirty and Jazzy instrumental, that blows (not only horns) but minds. We are looking forward to many more incredible collaborations like this in the future.

For now head over to JNTHN Stein’s Bandcamp page and peep some of his previous work.

Flying Lotus You're Dead!
06.10.14

It will not have gone unnoticed. Flying Lotus his new album “You’re Dead!” can now be streamed on FlyLo’s website (sign up.

Perhaps his most DMT-influenced album as of yet. Kind of Alice in Wonderland-ish and personally I would’ve found the title ‘Descent Into Madness’ more fitting. Drop some acid and float down the rabit hole my friend! He describes the album himself as ‘a psychedelic death trip’.

Coming out tomorrow on Warp Records, this might be one of the most highly anticipated albums this year. Flying Lotus and Thundercat really get into it together and it almost sounds like a jazz jam session at times. We picked out the most down to earth track “Eyes Above” for you to enjoy.

Chris McClenney Peace Visual Vibez Selfless
15.09.14

Chris McClenney is at it again. This time he ‘Selflessly’ donates the track “Peace” for Visual Vibez‘s non-profit project. Earlier today Chris announced his goal to move out to Los Angeles before July 15th next year. And I’m very sure young Chris McClenney will reach his goal for the world is his oyster.

Two weeks ago Singularis (aka Frank de Bruin) from the Netherlands dropped his track “Shadows“, which is also on the “Selfless” project. I wrote a nice piece on Okayfuture in case you would like to read more about that.

Please make sure you make a donation to support art & music. This time all proceeds go to Playing for Change Foundation.

Night Marks Electric Trio EP
06.08.14

Night Marks Electric Trio is a Poland- based trio on whom we have been keeping a close look. Jazz music graduates Marek Pędziwiatr (keys & vocals) and Adam Kabaciński (bass & keys) teamed up with Spisek Jednego (productional chops) in order to create their unique sound. A mix of Hip Hop, Jazz and Electronic music is what flows from their minds and into our ears.

The debut self-titled Night Marks Electric Trio EP is a work of love and features vocalists like AB, Raashan Ahmad, Archeo and comes with a fat remix from IAMNOBODI. Straight bangin’ my head to “High Ground“, which in my opinion is a no brainer neck breaker. The song “Breakfast” reminds me of a seventies Jazz Fusion flute player getting lost in a modern day world. Becoming overwhelmed by all sorts of new rhythms and mysterious sounds, but eventually finding her way back again.

Today marks the digital release on U Know Me Records, with vinyl copies to follow in September. The Night Marks Electric Trio EP also features incredible hand-painted artwork from Radek Drutis, an artist known for his work for Stones Throw and Eglo Records.

daniel crawford the awakening jazz
11.07.14

Daniel Crawford is an experienced jazz musician/producer out of Los Angeles who’s been playing the piano since the age of 6. He has played and toured with the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Angie Stone, Lalah Hathaway, Mary J Blige, Warren G, Rahsaan Patterson, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, The Brothers Johnson and many more. Very impressive!

As a producer Daniel has released several tribute mixtapes to honor Michael Jackson, J Dilla and Fela Kuti. In 2012 he released his first official jazz album entitled “Red Pill” and in May he released the second album in a planned trilogy called “The Awakening“. Joining Daniel Crawford and lending their talents are Amp Fiddler, Vikter Duplaix, Cleveland Jones and Monet.

My apologies for almost forgetting about this album…it was collecting dust on my HD. As they say, better late than never right?! I do have a little extra for you in the form of Daniel’s brand new freebie remix of Usher’s “Good Kisser“. Shout out to Blue for hooking me up and Daniel thanks for hitting us up on Twitter today.

Richard Spaven - Whole Other*
30.06.14

Proficient drummer Richard Spaven is almost ready to release his first full-length album, “Whole Other*“, on Fine Line Records. It continues where the previous “5ive” EP’s on Jazz Refreshed left off. A lot has happened since then. The track “1759 Outro” of his last EP was picked by FlyLo and was featured in the best selling video game ‘Grand Theft Auto V’. For those that don’t know, Spaven has supplied the drums for artists such as Flying Lotus, José James and Gregory Porter on stage and in the studio.

His new Whole Other* album is rich and genre defying. It showcases the drumming artistry many of us associate with Spaven, combined with his own productions in a realm somewhere between jazz and electronica. Blue Note’s rising son Takuya Kuroda appears playing the trumpet soulfully, while The Hics join Spaven (last minute) on the albums title track.

Our top choice was “SideIISide” featuring Sharlene Hector on vocals and Grant Windsor on rhodes. To us this is a perfect example of how musicians translate soulful jazz into bass-heavy electronic music with the most ridiculous neckbreaking drum patterns. Richard Spaven somehow manages to bridge the gap between two worlds using his drum sticks. We’re honored to exclusively premiere this song and in keeping with Spaven’s passion for the club scene – “Whole Other” will be followed by remixes from Mala (DMZ), Ital Tek (Planet Mu), Falty DL (Ninja Tune) & Frederic Robinson (Blue Mar Ten).

On July 7th Richard Spaven’s Whole Other* will be available digitally, on vinyl and CD via Kudos.

Billie Black I Don't Need Another Lover
30.06.14

Truly happy to have stumbled upon ThisIsRealMusic.com who introduced me to 19 year old jazz singer/songwriter Billie Black from London. Her second song “I Don’t Need Another Lover” was produced by Imposters and deserves some likes and reposts if you ask me.

She began singing at an early age after hearing reggae, soul and disco records at her mom’s family parties. At age 13 miss Billie Black joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, starting a love affair with jazz that led all the way to a place on the Guildhall jazz degree (where she is now). At 14 Billie went to the Brit School, where she was exposed to a wide variety of music and it was towards the end of her time there she started listening to James Blake, Jessie Ware, Sampha and Kwabs; acts who combine classic vocals with electronic production.

From that point on Billie started writing her own music, putting together a band and working with producers Imposters & John Calvert on a sound that combined her roots in jazz with the bass and dance sounds of the moment. Billie Black will be releasing a first EP this summer and if you want to hear what she has in store just visit her debut show at Electrowerkz July 15th.