TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS | CLAP! CLAP! | DANIEL CASIMIR + TESS HIRST | HUMMUCIDE | KANSAS SMITTY’S | KAMAAL WILLIAMS | JAGA JAZZIST | KEFAYA + ELAHA SOROOR | LARAAJI | RONIN ARKESTRA | JAMILA WOODS | MIKE CASEY
Hello again friends, freaks and fans of Future Jazz.
In the week that some doctor bloke went around telling us we’ll be more hygienic if we DON’T shower, 45 RPM returns with 12 tracks that’ll make you feel dirty in all the best ways.
In this week’s Future Jazz Offensive we’ve got new music from Jaga Jazzist, Kamaal Williams, Jamila Woods, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Ronin Arkestra.
We’ve also got some stuff you might not have heard from a Kiwi funk band whose name sounds like the slaughter of millions of innocent chick-peas, an Italian producer whose world-infused dance tunes are so sexy, they’ll give you the clap… twice, and a frankly wild cover of a Kanye West and Jay Z track. Make sure you listen right to the end for that.
Have a listen to the whole show below and, if you like what you hear, please make sure you subscribe on Apple Podcasts here.
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TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS – BROCKLEY
FROM THE EP: I CAN HEAR THE BIRDS
OUT NOW, SELF-RELEASED
The opening track from the British electronic musician’s aptly titled new EP, I Can Hear The Birds sounds like heaven… provided heaven is Waddesdon aviary in Aylesbury.
If you like this try my review of For Zoya in China by Gia Margaret.
– 04:36 –
CLAP! CLAP! – BLUE FLOWER
FROM THE ALBUM: LIQUID PORTRAITS
OUT NOW THROUGH BLACK ACRE
To describe Cristiano Crisci as an ‘electronic music producer’ is to do him a massive disservice. His new album Liquid Portraits may just be the best electronic album you hear this year. But it could be the best World music record or the best ambient record. Music to drift off to sleep to; music to get you going in the morning, this is the album you’ve always wanted Bonobo to make.
If you like this try my review of Future Toyi Toyi by Keleketla!
– 08:15 –
DANIEL CASIMIR + TESS HIRST – TELL ME WHEN
FROM THE ALBUM: THESE DAYS IN THESE WAYS
OUT NOW THROUGH JAZZ RE:FRESHED
Last year, bass player Daniel Casimir and singer Tess Hirst wanted to get you shaking your heads at the surveillance society we live in. Now, they turn their attention back to getting you to shake your hips.
If you like this try my review of Security, also by Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst.
– 14:03 –
HUMMUCIDE – REACHER
FROM A FORTHCOMING ALBUM
DUE OUT LATER THIS YEAR
New Zealand may be back on the COVID list but by far the most infectious Kiwi-culture you’ll come across right now is HUMMUCIDE’s Reacher. The four-piece are yet to release a record so get in there before news of their funky grooves spread like a pandemic.
If you like this try my review of Hope by 44th Move and Takuya Kuroda.
– 18:28 –
KAMAAL WILLIAMS – TOULOUSE
FROM THE ALBUM: WU HEN
OUT NOW THROUGH BLACK FOCUS
One half of one of the best duos in new jazz (Yussef Kamaal) producer Kamaal Williams bestows upon us a track that’s lifted by lush strings, emotional melodies and breezy summer vibes.
If you like this try my review of Endless Summer in Peckham by Reykjavik606.
– 21:15 –
JAGA JAZZIST – APEX
FROM THE EP: PYRAMID
OUT NOW THROUGH BRAINFEEDER
The Norwegian eight-piece electronic-jazz overlords return with a track that’s one large scoop of Giorgio Moroder, another sizeable helping of Todd Terje and topped off with lashings of sunglasses-at-night-sized cool.
If you like this try my review of Floating Through The Universe by Abekejser.
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KEFAYA + ELAHA SOROOR – CHARSI (WONKY LOGIC REJIG)
ORIGINAL TRACK FROM THE ALBUM: SONGS OF OUR MOTHERS (2019)
RELEASED THROUGH BELLA UNION
Elaha Soroor’s songs about the joy, pain and resilience of women in her native Afghanistan gave us a glimpse of another world on last year’s full-length, Songs of Our Mothers. Here, teamed with the ‘futuristic crunk’ of producer Wonky Logic, they go inter-planetary.
If you like this try my review of Jama Narenji by Elaha Soroor and Kefaya.
– 33:29 –
KANSAS SMITTY’S – SUNNYLAND
FROM THE ALBUM: THINGS HAPPENED HERE
OUT NOW THROUGH EVER RECORDS
London bar band Kansas Smitty’s drop their third studio album while their resident drinking establishment remains closed due to COVID. Go buy their record so that beats (rather than beer) can help keep the business going!
If you like this try my review of Keep Your Head Up by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
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LARAAJI – TEMPLE OF NEW LIGHT
FROM THE ALBUM: SUN PIANO
OUT NOW THROUGH ALL SAINTS RECORDS
American ambient musician, mystic and founder of Laughter Meditation Workshops, Laraaji sprinkles a little of his light. Presumably you have to go to his other records for the joke-telling.
If you like this try my review of Eden by Hania Rani.
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RONIN ARKESTRA – ONKOCHISHIN (LOW LEAF REMIX)
ORIGINAL TRACK FROM THE ALBUM: SONKEI (2019)
RELEASED THROUGH ALBERT’S FAVOURITES
Harpist, pianist, guitarist and producer Low Leaf wrestles Mark de Clive Lowe and friends’ glorious chaos into something slightly more focused… but no less fascinating.
If you like this try my review of Cosmic Collisions by Ronin Arkestra.
– 45:55 –
JAMILA WOODS – SULA (PAPERBACK)
A dose of tenderness from the Chicago native, following the fire she unleashed on last year’s seminal full-length LEGACY! LEGACY!
If you like this try my review of Jamila Woods’ collaboration with “Saba” Tahj Malik Chandler, BASQUIAT.
– 51:10 –
MIKE CASEY – NO CHURCH IN THE WILD (RADIO EDIT)
FROM A FORTHCOMING ALBUM
DUE OUT IN OCTOBER
Jay Z and Kanye West’s ode to threesomes, cocaine and “sunglasses and Advil” gets a heavy-metal jazz make-over. Mercifully, we’re spared the shit lyrics.
If you like this try my review of Derrick Hodge’s Color of Noize
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 –