Posted on September 11 2020
Take a seat, light up another Gitanes and wrap your ears round these groovers.
Artemis – Artemis (Blue Note)
A debut from this all female supergroup collective named after the Greek goddess. Call here for drop dead cool vibes with confident players producing rollers and heartbreakers. The finest in contemporary jazz.
Stanley Turrentine - That's Where It's At (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
The Tone Poet series is producing some superb re-issues, audiophile pressings of outstanding quality. Proof why music on vinyl is so special, important records heard as they should be in an analogue setting. From 1962 Stanley Turrentine and his quartet featuring Les McCann on piano send us on a blues trip to feed our soul. Blows hard, accessible but masterful jazz.
Bobby Hutcherson - The Kicker (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
More Tone Poet business, this time vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson recorded in 1963. Cool confident hard bop and sophisticated jazz movers on this release. Just ace.
Jordan Rakei / Alfa Mist - Wind Parade / Galaxy (Blue Note)
It has been all about Blue Note so far and next up is a 7” single which is part of the ‘Blue Note
Re:imagined’ series where young ‘uns rework some of the legendary label classics. Jordan Rakei makes a valiant attempt at re-imagining the iconic Donald Byrd track, an almost impossible task, whilst Alfa Mist takes Eddie Henderson’s jazz funk classic and slows it down to a cool as …. groove to start with before propelling it into orbit, you need this.
Various Artists – Breaking The Beats (Z Records)
Another top notch compilation from Dave Lee (aka Joey Negro) this time with Will Fox. ‘A personal selection of West London Sounds’ is the tag line for this comp which tracks the London broken beat scene from the end of the 90’s, a sound clash of Jazz, House, Afro Beat, Disco and Electro-Funk which produced some outstanding tunes that have aged well, this is Carnival in a bottle.
The Isley Brothers / Brenda Holloway - Why When Love Is Gone / Can't Hold The Feeling Back (Deptford Northern Soul Club Records)
Deptford Northern Soul Club have quietly been releasing some great records over the last year and this release just adds to their roster. Two stompers for the Northern fans, purists may not like re-issues but for me it’s all about the music on vinyl, playable and sounding sharp.
The Flaming Lips – American Head (Bella Union)
A glorious return to form for Wayne Coyne and his acolytes, a melancholic psych pop masterpiece? I don’t know yet but their best since ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ for sure.
Richard & Linda Thompson - Hard Luck Stories (1972 - 1982) (UMC/Island)
An extensive and lavish compilation box set of 8 CD’s chronicling the six albums from the pair plus a slew of unreleased recordings, demos and live concerts. Probably not the best starting point for the uninitiated but a comprehensive, fabulously packaged treat for fans and completists so count me in.
Also released this week we have the new Doves long player ‘The Universal Want’ in Vinyl LP and box set format and a debut 7” single from Wigan upstarts The Lathums.
Film recommendation of the week: ‘Koko-Di, Koko-Da’, available on BFI player, a freaky deaky ‘Groundhog Day,’ trippy nightmare nursery tale of grief. Yes that good.
Okay that is it for this week, must go, the Speedway Grand Prix is back on and starts in the next half hour! Don’t be sad, good times are ahead.
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