‘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.
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.
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.
‘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.
Black Peaches come from a musical point halfway between the swamp and the tropics – a psychotropic stew of country boogie, spiritual jazz and funk. ‘Fire In the Hole’ is the follow up to their 2016 debut ‘Get Down You Dirty Rascals’.
Read an interview with the band’s leader Rob Smoughton at The Quietus.