Bartosz Kruczynski ‘Baltic Beat II’

Three years after ‘Baltic Beat’, Polish musician Bartosz Kruczyński is back with a follow up of more pastoral, Balearic, Reich-esque, ambient lushness on an audio adventure through the meadows and forests of his native land.

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Ishmael Ensemble ‘A State Of Flow’

Bristolian musician and producer Pete Cunningham has swung from jazz-inflected house to house inflected-jazz since his long player ‘Sometimes In Space’ as Ishmael was released by Church in 2015. Having been fully Ensemble-d up for the past few years, the band pierces the lines of jazz with electronic flourishes and ready-for-action grooves. ‘A State Of Flow’ also features collaborators in the shape of vocalists Holysseus Fly and Yama Warashi, and acclaimed horn player Yazz Ahmed.

Listen to Ishmael Ensemble’s International Tribe mix for WWFM.

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The Mauskovic Dance Band ‘The Mauskovic Dance Band’

Amsterdam five piece The Mauskovic Dance Band fuse no-wave dance punk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and space disco on their eponymous debut album, out on Soundway now. The Mauskovic Dance Band reiterate their favourite elements of the 70s-80s legacy of the Afro-Latin psychedelic music of Colombia and Peru, interpreting it through the context of modern day Amsterdam.  

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Greg Foat ‘The Mage’

Downtempo folkscapes, free jazz, notes of hip-hop and soul make up Greg Foat’s 9th album ‘The Mage’. Contributions from jazz/library/soundtrack legends – Duncan Lamont, Art Themen, Ray Russell, Clark Tracey – and modern contemporaries – Moses Boyd, and Heliocentric’s drummer Malcolm Catto – joins the dots between the past and future of British jazz. Trinidadian songstress Kathy Garcia joins on a re-imagining of ‘Of My Hands’, 45 years after she recorded it as a young girl. 

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Shafiq Husayn ‘The Loop’

‘The Loop’ is the new LP by Los Angeles based Shafiq Husayn and includes collaborations with Erykah Badu, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Bilal, Anderson Paak, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Kamasi Washington.

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