THE FUTURE-JAZZ OFFENSIVE | 27 AUGUST 2020

DANALOGUE + SARATHY KORWAR | WALDO’S GIFT | MckNASTY + KOJEY RADICAL + LAUDABLE | ELSA HEWITT | MACHINEDRUM | NIMBUS SEXTET | VELVET BLOOM | GORDON KOANG | DUVAL TIMOTHY + VEGYN | WYNTON MARSALIS

Hello again friends, freaks and fans of Future Jazz.

In the week that the greatest football player – possibly ever – Lionel Messi handed in a transfer request at Barcelona, 45 RPM returns with 10 tracks that you’ll never want to say goodbye to.

That’s right, this week’s Future Jazz Offensive contains new music from Wynton Marsalis, Machinedrum and Sarathy Korwar (with The Comet is Coming’s Danalogue).

We’ve also got some stuff you might not have heard from a Sudanese legend living in exile, a cross-continental commentary on Black Lives Matter and a few lads from Bristol who’ve fallen down a wormhole.

So, if any of that has got you a little ‘messy’ in your undercrackers, 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 –

DANALOGUE + SARATHY KORWAR – INNER SPACE

FROM THE EP: EQUINOX
OUT NOW, SELF-RELEASED

Mad professors, Danalogue (The Comet is Coming) and Sarathy Korwar jump into the lab together, flexing their considerable combined experimental muscles to cook up something pretty cosmic.

If you like this try Tremendoce by Otis Sandsjö.

– 04:07 –

WALDO’S GIFT – BERGSON

FROM THE COMPILATION ALBUM, “NEW HORIZONS; A BRISTOL JAZZ SOUND”
DUE OUT ON 4 SEPTEMBER THROUGH WORM DISCS

Aphex Twin-reworking, all-organic Bristol trio Waldo’s Gift’s new single jerks and tingles with all the frantic, kinetic energy of an acid trip at Glastonbury Festival’s notorious ‘Wormhole’ stage. Which, not coincidentally, was the one previously curated by Waldo’s Gift’s exciting new label, Worm Discs.

If you like this try TED by Village of the Sun

– 09:13 –

MckNASTY + KOJEY RADICAL + LAUDABLE – NOT NICE

NEW SINGLE
OUT NOW THROUGH FIREBALL MUSIC

A raw, bolshy new track that communicates its cross-continental political message powerfully and with precision. You would expect nothing less from the mind behind Kwame Nkrumah (UK rapper Kojey Radical) and his new collaborators, South African MC Laudable and producer MckNasty.

If you like this try Can’t Go Back by Kojey Radical.

– 14:10 –

ELSA HEWITT – MASSIVE CHARADE

FROM THE ALBUM: GHOSTCATS
OUT NOW THROUGH ERH
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London ‘conceptronica’ artist, Elsa Hewitt’s new album Ghostcats provides the perfect soundtrack to the most essential, most elated moments in life. She describes the album as an ‘opener’ to a full length called Lupa due out later in the year.

If you like this try Tiny Dancer by Elsa Hewitt.

– 16:52 –

MACHINEDRUM – UR2YUNG

FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM “A VIEW OF U”
OUT 9 OCTOBER THROUGH NINJA TUNE

Machinedrum is gearing up to unleash a new album, A View of U and, from the sounds of its guest-list, it’s going to be pretty epic. Tigran Hamasyan, Mono/Poly and Freddie Gibbs all feature but, on album closer Ur2Yung, the L.A. Producer and Ninja Tune stalwart goes it alone to celestial effect.

If you like this try Fantasy by Against All Logic.

– 20:17 –

NIMBUS SEXTET – TRAP DOOR

FROM THE UPCOMING NEW ALBUM ‘DREAMS FULFILLED’
OUT 23 OCTOBER THROUGH ACID JAZZ

Acid Jazz know me too well. When the legendary label’s PR team originally messaged me about Nimbus Sextet, they namechecked Herbie Hancock, Gil Scott-Heron, The Roots and Robert Glasper and, well, with a set-up like that how could I not be intrigued? Spearheaded by pianist Joe Nichols, Trap Door is the effusive, ebullient debut single from the affable Glaswegian outfit and a mouthwatering appetizer for what is to come.

If you like this check out Blossoming by Yakul.

– 26:56 –

VELVET BLOOM – DM ME

SINGLE
OUT NOW, SELF-RELEASED

If my wife could see the provocatively-attired press shot of Velvet Bloom singer Maddy Herbert that accompanies this release… and then knew that I’d been enjoying her seductively asking me to ‘DM’ her, I think I might be banned from listening to this cheeky new band from the neo-soul capital of the world, Melbourne altogether. Thank goodness the Mrs. pays absolutely no attention to this site, eh?

If you like this try Capillary by Human Bloom.

– 31:23 –

GORDON KOANG – SOUTH SUDAN

FROM THE ALBUM: UNITY
OUT NOW THROUGH MUSIC IN EXILE

Gordon Koang (pronounced “tuhm”) is a prolific and hugely popular Sudanese musician, now living in Australia having sought asylum there in 2014. He hasn’t released any new music ever since. Until now. His new album Unity has been released through the Music in Exile label – a nonprofit that links refugee musicians with Australia’s music infrastructure. And South Sudan is the album’s first cut. Like much of the album, it confronts the issues he’s faced in his life head-on but, despite the hardship he’s faced, is resolutely joyous and uplifting throughout.

If you like this try Raani (Queen) by Groupe RTD.

– 39:20 –

DUVAL TIMOTHY + VEGYN – LIKE

FROM THE ALBUM: HELP
RELEASED THROUGH CARRYING COLOUR

Duval Timothy’s new album, Help has been haunting my dreams. The single, Slave followed me from algorithm to algorithm until I was forced to give it the attention it richly deserves. And thank God I did. The album is one of the most experimental and ear-catching of the year without doubt, and this track – produced in consort with similarly fascinating London musician Vegyn – is an absolute highlight.

If you like this try Moth by Cassowary.

– 43:17 –

WYNTON MARSALIS – CONSIDER THIS ‘BOUT THE FILTH WE LOVE

FROM THE ALBUM: THE EVER FONKY LOWDOWN
SELF RELEASED

The ever-compelling, ever-provocative, all conquering jazz hero that is Wynton Marsalis returns with his latest offering, a 53-track opus entitled The Ever Fonky Lowdown, released in collaboration with his own Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The piece as a whole is an acerbic take on modern life (written in 2018 but with messages that resonate just as much – if not more – now). So don’t be fooled by Consider This…’s playfulness, it packs all of the trumpeter’s famously powerful punch.

If you like this try Route One by Chip Wickham.

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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