RACHAEL DADD | ASHLEY HENRY | YAATRI | PYJÆN | TAWIAH
Hello again friends, freaks and fans of future-jazz.
In the week that a list of the most popular names for dogs in the UK unveiled the ‘amazing’ fact that we’re increasingly naming our furry friends after Disney and Marvel characters, 45 RPM brings you five slices of new music that are, simply put, bitchin’.
Pouncing into action like a puppy with an unsuspecting postman in its line-of-sight is Rachael Dadd. The Bristolian folk musician’s single Cut My Roots may sound like a lot of fun but its bark contains a fair bit of bite. That’s your Charm Offensive this week.
Adding a bit of extra growl is jazz prodigy Ashley Henry who, along with MC Sparkz and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, has in Between the Lines, created an intriguing new take on the jazz/hip-hop genre. That’s your Military Coup.
Your Peaceful Protest choice this week comes in the form of Yaatri’s Waiting on the Sun. The emerging Leeds-based world / jazz crossover act show that, no matter how many years of heritage jazz has behind it, there are still new tricks that can be brought to the mix.
Your penultimate track comes from London-based afrobeat/jazz collective PYJÆN. Their track ‘Nah’ is like the musical equivalent of chasing your own tail for hours on end… in trhe most fun way, obviously. And that’s why it’s your Guerrilla Warfare selection.
Finally, your Quiet Riot this week comes from singer-songwriter Tawiah. Her single Don’t Hold Your Breath is like one of those bloody big mountain dogs you get – imposing but usually completely composed.
So, if any of that gets your tail wagging, by all means, hear more here…
RACHAEL DADD: CUT MY ROOTS
ASHLEY HENRY: BETWEEN THE LINES
YAATRI: WAITING ON THE SUN
TAWIAH: DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –