‘Sonkei’ is the debut album by Ronin Arkestra, a group made up of some of Japan’s finest jazz and electronic musicians. Led by Mark de Clive Lowe, it includes members of Kyoto Jazz Sextet, WONK, Cro-Magnon, Root Soul, Sleepwalker, Sauce81, and Kyoto Jazz Massive.
‘Be Known Ancient/Future/Music’ is an album of beautiful spiritual and Afro-futuristic jazz by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Led by legendary Chicago percussionist Kahil El’Zabar on multi-percussion & vocals, the band is completed with Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Alex Harding on baritone sax and Ian Maksin on cello. Go on, shell out for the deluxe gatefold double vinyl, you know you want to.
Swizz producer Melodiesinfonie joins jazz, broken house and hip hop instrumentals on new album ‘A Journey To You’, out now on Jakarta Records.
Aura Safari are a group of musicians, DJs and producers who met through their local scene at Umbria Jazz Festival and the Red Zone Club in Perugia, Italy. Their s/t debut album, out now on Church, is the union of various musical eras and influences such as jazz funk and fusion, 80’s boogie, Italo house and Balearic beats.
‘The Healing’ is the new LP by BCUC, a seven piece group from Soweto who combine a fierce combination of traditional South African instruments, punk, jazz and rock with unrelenting determination and unwavering honesty. Check out their stunning appearance from Glastonbury this year.