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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Black Peaches ‘Fire In The Hole’

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.

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Prins Thomas ‘Ambitions’

‘Ambitions’ is Prins Thomas’ 6th album and his second solo album for Smalltown Supersound (plus two duo albums with Bjørn Torske and Bugge Wesseltoft). ‘Ambitions’ picks up from where he left off with ‘Principe Del Norte’ – still ambitious, but the tracks are shorter, more melodic and more concise.

“The sun rises, the sun sets. This collection of new songs wasn’t intended as an album at first. It gathers up loose ideas sketched down on my computer or hummed into my handheld recorder in the last 2 years with a shifting work environment, from hotel rooms in San Francisco, backstage in Osaka, on a plane from Miami to Chicago, my garden patio, and finally my B15 Studios in Asker.

The common thread was found later during overdubbing and reworking these sketches under the critical ears of label boss Joakim Haugland. Most of the tracks were finalized in the studio at the same time as my previous collaborative album with Bugge Wesseltoft. Bugge even kindly joins in on the album’s closing track “Sakral”.

Ambitions is my 6th album and I would like to thank the following people for their direct inspiration: Jon Christensen, Jaki Liebezeit, Haroumi Hosono, Daniel Lanois, Eberhard Weber, Shinichi Atobe and Ricardo Villalobos
Prins Thomas, February 2019

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