JAX BEATS + BLK OZWALD + ROSIE P | MEDHANE | ÖSTERGREN STRÖMKVIST TRIO | ⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ | JAZZAGENTUREN
Hello again friends, freaks and fans of Future Jazz.
In the week that the Daily Mail brought us the all-important news that singer Rainey Qualley has made a questionable fashion statement by “purposely leaving the fly of her jeans unbuttoned and exposing her underwear” when out and about, 45 RPM returns with five slices of Future Jazz that always look good on.
Making the sort of instant impression usually reserved for a colourful pair of Crocs are the UK trio Jax Beats, Blk Ozwald and Rosie P. Their quarantine-recorded debut track Chills combines hip-hop beats with thought-provoking lyrics and a hint of jazz. That’s your Charm Offensive.
Flexing his double-hard credentials like a double denim outfit is Brooklyn rapper Medhane. His horn-sampling latest single I’m Deadass is woozy jazz-rap at its best. It’s also your Military Coup selection.
This week’s Peaceful Protest comes courtesy of Sweden’s Östergren Strömkvist Trio. Bringing all the colour and mysticism of a tie-dyed T-shirt, their track Liam’s Labyrinth is your Peaceful Protest.
Four Tet releases another EP under the painfully stupid moniker ⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ. Thankfully, the wackiness is justified by a track that is as zany as a good pair of flared jeans. That’s your Guerilla Warfare choice.
And finally, providing all the comfort of a knitted sweater around the neck, is Stockholm-based Jazzagenturen. The live-music collective came together during lockdown (different rules in Sweden, apparently) to record a 12-hour jam session. The first single from that recording Långfredag is your Quiet Riot for this week.
And so, my friends, if you feel like trying any of those on for size, by all means, hear more here…
JAX BEATS + BLK OZWALD + ROSIE P: CHILLS
MEDHANE: I’M DEADASS
ÖSTERGREN STRÖMKVIST TRIO: LIAM’S LABYRINTH
⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ: ࿃ूੂ࿃ूੂੂ࿃ूੂOOOOOOOOOOOO ̟̞̝̜̙̘̗̖҉̵̴̨̧̢̡̼̻̺̹̳̲̱̰̯̮̭̬̫̪̩̦̥̤̣̠҈͈͇͉͍͎͓͔͕͖͙͚͜͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢ͅ ooooooooo
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the Future Jazz Playlist on Spotify itself.
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Until next time, love and noise.
– SV –