THE FUTURE-JAZZ OFFENSIVE | 20 AUGUST 2020

HEDRUN | OSCAR JEROME | ARTEMIS | DONNY MCCASLIN | PARADISE CINEMA | RIVAL CONSOLES | GROUPE RTD | LAUREN LEE | NUBYA GARCIA | SCRIMSHIRE

Hello again friends, freaks and fans of Future Jazz.

In the week that the British government made an almighty balls-up of releasing exam results, 45 RPM returns with 10 tracks that all achieve top marks… at least they did until the algorithm knocked them all down a grade.

As such, this week’s Future Jazz Offensive contains new music from ScrimshirF, Donny MDCBslin, OscBr JFromF and NuCyB GBrDiB.

We’ve also got new music from – amongst others – a group from Djibouti that’ll have you shaking ya’booty, folk tunes from a Rajasthani revolutionary and a band named after the Greek goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity.

So, if any of that has got you excited to start swotting up, 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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RECONNAISANCE

– 00:00 –

HEDRUN – VULNERABLE IN BIHAG

NEW SINGLE
OUT NOW, SELF-RELEASED

A new musician from Mumbai, India. Palash Kothari’s track Vulnerable in Bihag mixes mystical Rajasthani folk music with subtle but all-consuming electronics.

If you like this read my review of Waiting on the Sun by Yaatri and Zuheb Ahmed Khan.

– 04:04 –

OSCAR JEROME – GIVE BACK WHAT U STOLE FROM ME

FROM THE ALBUM: BREATHE DEEP
OUT NOW (SELF-RELEASED)

The guitar virtuoso of KOKOROKO fame is back and this time he’s pissed off. Which is weird cos, with new album Breathe Deep, he’s finally (rightfully) being heralded as one of the kings of London’s world-leading Future Jazz scene.

If you like this read my review of Oscar Jerome’s previously-released single, Gravitate.

– 08:31 –

ARTEMIS – GODDESS OF THE HUNT

FROM A FORTHCOMING ALBUM
TO BE RELEASED BY BLUE NOTE

An all-new, all-female jazz supergroup from Blue Note records releases their debut single. The ‘Goddesses’ here include pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller, and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.

If you like this read my review of Right Back Round Again by Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade and Christian McBride.

– 15:41 –

DONNY MCCASLIN – RECKONING

NEW SINGLE
OUT NOW THROUGH UNITED FOR OPPORTUNITY

The saxophonist and erstwhile David Bowie collaborator returns with probably the raunchiest single track you’ll have heard since the Starman’s own Breaking Glass. Don’t let your wife listen to him; she might fall pregnant through the airwaves!

If you like this read my review of Donny McCaslin’s collaboration with Sun Kil Moon, The Opener.

– 18:50 –

PARADISE CINEMA – POSSIBLE FUTURES

NEW SINGLE
OUT NOW THROUGH GONDWANA RECORDS

Multi-instrumentalist Jack Wyllie teams up with Khadim Mbaye & Tons Sambe for a project that combines the relentless energy of Senegalese music with the eery atmospherics of Wyllie’s previous projects, Portico Quartet and Szun Waves.

If you like this try my review of Mark de Clive-Lowe’s O-Edo Nihonbashi.

– 24:57 –

RIVAL CONSOLES – FORWARADISM

FROM THE ALBUM: ARTICULATION
OUT NOW THROUGH ERASED TAPES

The very first musician to ever be signed to the excellent Erased Tapes label, London-based producer Rival Consoles (known to his Mum as Ryan Lee West) released a new album this week, which the author has described as an “exploration of mathematical structures – patterns and shapes having a conversation”. I love the way that this track’s motorick aesthetic disguises what is essentially an old-school, trad-jazz 12/8 swing beat.

If you like this try last week’s featured track from Jaga Jazzist, Apex.

– 30:31 –

GROUPE RTD – RAANI (QUEEN)

FROM THE ALBUM: THE DANCING DEVILS OF DJIBOUTI
OUT NOW THROUGH OSTINATO

True rebels in every sense of the word, the ‘Dancing Devils of Djibouti’ Groupe RTD create the big, funky jams you hear on Raani (Queen) in their spare time! All music in the small, young African country is state-sponsored and, after the fascinating World Music label Ostinato became the first foreign entity to be granted full access to the national radio’s archives, label head Vik Sohonie heard the band in the next room rehearsing. He promptly set about recording them instead and this album is the raucous, rambunctious, remarkable result.

If you like this read my review of Isaac Birituro’s Yesu Yan Yan.

– 37:39 –

LAUREN LEE – FINE AND GOOD

NEW SINGLE
OUT NOW, SELF-RELEASED

New York-based vocalist and prodigious envelope-pusher, Lauren Lee has a thing for windows… her last album was entitled Windowsill and this latest single references our transparent, glazed friends once again. With tracks like Fine and Good, what is clearest to see is that her future is extremely bright.

If you like this read my review of Green Eyes by Jazzmeia Horn.

– 41:27 –

NUBYA GARCIA – SOURCE

FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM: SOURCE
OUT NOW THROUGH CONCORD JAZZ

Saxophonist Nubya Garcia unleashes the dub-inspired first single from an album (released today) of the same name. With a backing band that includes Daniel Casimir and Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones as well as support, here, from Cassie Kinoshi amongst others, you’d better buckle up for the ultimate display of power from London’s all-conquering jazz scene.

If you like this read my review of Nubya Garcia’s Pace.

– 53:27 –

SCRIMSHIRE – ANADWO (TONITE)

FROM AN AS-YET UNNAMED NEW ALBUM
OUT LATER THIS YEAR THROUGH ALBERT’S FAVOURITES

The curator-in-chief at labels, Wah Wah 45s and Albert’s Favourites, Scrimshire previews his fifth record with a sweet, soulful collaboration with Ghanaian artist K.O.G. that absolutely radiates Summer vibes.

If you like this read my review of Scrimshire’s The Socials.

CEASE-FIRE

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.

If you like what you hear (or even if you don’t), please engage in dialogue with me @45rpm_Reviews on Twitter. And, if you’d like to receive updates weekly, please subscribe to the email list to get these recommendations sent to your inbox weekly.

Until next time, love and noise.

– SV –

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