THE FUTURE-JAZZ DIGEST | 22 NOVEMBER 2019

J.LAMOTTA | TONI SAUNA | Y LA BAMBA | STEAM DOWN | MICHAEL KIWANUKA

Hello again friends, freaks and fans of future-jazz.

In the week in which some famous – if not very popular – people were watched by millions putting a load of horrible shit in their mouths, while a few more famous – if even less popular – people were watched by millions spouting a load of horrible shite from theirs, 45 RPM brings you five selections of only the finest new music that are guaranteed to leave a pleasant taste in the pie-hole.

Providing an amuse bouche to tickle and tantalise the taste-buds is neo-soul renegade J.Lamotta. The Isreali-born singer’s track Back in Town is cool and kooky and that’s why it’s your Charm Offensive.

Moving on to the next course with an offering that’s big on flavour and packing a punch is Toni Sauna. The Ohio-born, self-styled “anti-testosterone” rapper serves up your Military Coup in the form of debut single Trippin’.

Your Peaceful Protest choice this week comes in the form of Y La Bamba’s Gabriel. Light and frothy but with some complex undertones, the track provides a sort of between-courses palate cleanser that could easily be the highlight of the meal.

Desserts are typically nutty, indulgent and full of all the sugary stuff that makes kids go a bit mental and so it is with Steam Down. The London afrobeat collective have released Free My Skin – one of the most energising and effusive tracks of the year, and that is why it is your Guerrilla Warfare selection.

Finally, like a post-meal, warming cup of something hot, your Quiet Riot this week comes from singer-songwriter, Michael Kiwanuka. His track Light is the final original track I’ll review this year as I move into my 2019 Top Fives from next week and it seems like a fitting way to see out 2019.

So, if any of that leaves you hungry for more, by all means, hear more here…

J.LAMOTTA: BACK IN TOWN
TONI SAUNA: TRIPPIN’
Y LA BAMBA: GABRIEL
STEAM DOWN: FREE MY SKIN
MICHAEL KIWANUKA: LIGHT

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 –

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