Hello again friends, freaks and fans of Future Jazz.
On the night that Liverpool FC – my team – became both the earliest and the latest winners of the English Premier League title in history, 45 RPM is landing at just the right time with five tracks that are sure to gegenpress their way into your Spotify playlists.
Kung Fu-kicking us off with a ‘Bobby’ dazzler is Teyana Taylor. Her nu-soul track Made It oozes sass and self-confidence in equal measure and that’s why it’s your Charm Offensive choice.
Smashing through like a Fabinho thunderbastard from 30 yards is Belgian psych-jazz outfit Compro Oro. Their new album, Simurg is a collaboration with Turkish folk loony Murat Ertel and opening track Ben is big and beefy and bloody beautiful. That’s your Military Coup.
Keeping a sense of Big Virg chill through the spine is Gia Margaret. Her track For Zoya in China is symbolic of the singer’s personal triumph over the loss of her voice (30 years without silverware seems almost trivial compared to that, eh?). That’s your Peaceful Protest.
As mad as a bag of broken biscuits – and certainly anything but boring – is your Guerrilla Warfare selection. Keleketla!’s Future Toyi Toyi is a magical mix of South African spice and London jazz cool.
And finally, doing the Jordan Henderson signature ‘seagull stomp’ over the line are Angela Turone and Chris Platt. Their cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s A Felicidade is a blast of breezy Brazilian jazz.
And so, my friends, if any of that turns you from a doubter to a believer, feel free to…
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And so we reach a cease-fire for this week.
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.
And, as a special treat, you can find these five selections featured on the wonderful Jazzfuel New Jazz Releases playlist. Find out more about founder Matt Fripp and the site he set up to support and celebrate the global jazz community at https://jazzfuel.com/
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Until next time, love and noise.
– SV –