Almost five years ago to the day, I was lucky to be at one of the most frantic, mad and incredible live shows I’d ever been to. Playing a support slot at The Luminaire, Bristol based quartet Zun Zun Egui stole the show beginning with lead singer and guitarist Kushal Gaya out of the blue breaking out into a bonkers multilingual tribal chanting right in the middle of the audience. From there, they’ve won everyone over with their fast-paced tropical and funky wall of sound.
We’ve been keeping tabs on what they’ve been up to ever since, and Zun Zun Egui have just announced the release of Shackle’s Gift. which follows their 2011 debut Katang. The album. recorded in London and produced by Fuck Button’s Andrew Hung, drops on January 26th via Bella Union.
Kushal described Shackle’s Gift as a “British rock record made by a British group” and the first track to be unveiled, ‘I Want You to Know’, serves as a taste off it. Here it is.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey‘s 26th album, Worker, dropped earlier this month. The now trio have shared an animated video for two tracks from the album, ‘Bounce’ and ‘Betamax’, conceived and animated by Joe Cappa. Watch it below.
Worker is out now via Royal Potato Family.
We’re excitingly close to the release of Poppy Ackroyd‘s new album. Entitled Feathers, the effort follows her magnificent 2012 debut Escapement and it drops on November 14th via Denovali. In support of the new album, Poppy has announced a string of live dates in the UK and Europe kicking off on November 19th in Opwijk, Belgium and closing gloriously on December 20th at Cafe Oto in London as part of a tremendous bill also featuring Carlos Cipa and Piano Interrupted. Head over here to check all the dates and more info.
Ahead of the album release, the imaginative and talented composer and musician is enticing us with a sublime track off it, ‘Roads’. Enjoy.
Chicago rap experimentalist David Cohn aka Serengeti has a new album coming out. Comes November 11th, the man will unveil the continued saga of his alter-ego Kenny Dennis with the release of Kenny Dennis III. If you’re not familiar with the character, he’s “a cross between Ron Swanson, a Bill Swerski superfan, and the best Golden Age rapper that you never heard”, as the press release describes. “Kenny Dennis is the most whimsical, hilarious, and strangely poignant fictional character in hip-hop history—a true blue collar hero of modernity.”
Serengeti first brought Kenny Dennis to life in 2006 and years on, the upcoming album sees Kenny Dennis going through a mid-life crisis. At the same time, he forms a rap group, Perfecto, with long-time rap partner, Ders (Anders Holm from Workaholics) who narrates their tales across the Midwest.
The record was produced by Odd Nosdam and it’s coming out via Joyful Noise Recordings.
‘No Beginner’ serves as an excellent taste of what Serengeti is throwing our way. Listen to it below.
GoGo Penguin released an outstanding second album earlier this year, v2.0, which gained them a nomination for this year’s Mercury Prize. In celebration of this nomination, the tremendously talented trio have just released a Deluxe digital edition of v2.0 featuring three brand new tracks recorded during the original album sessions. We had already heard one of these new tracks, the glorious ‘Break‘. With only one week to go for the Mercury Prize ceremony to take place, and to keep us excited, GoGo Penguin are offering a beautiful animated video for another new track, the gentle and majestic ‘Wash’. The video is by Antony Barkworth-Knight. Here it is.
San Francisco based collective SFJAZZ Collective have been performing and crafting marvellous jazz compositions for a decade now. Currently comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Obed Calvaire, the collective are celebrating their tenth anniversary with a new album, SFJAZZ Collective: 10. The album, set to be released tomorrow, was recorded live during the SFJAZZ Collective’s four-night residency on the SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage a year ago. Known for their unique approach to musical creation, that sees the eight members arrange a composition by a modern jazz master as well as writing new pieces each year, SFJAZZ Collective: 10 “highlights the best of the SFJAZZ Collective, from the fresh arrangements of the music of Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Stevie Wonder, to their own stimulating compositions”, as the press release describes.
To get us enticed, SFJAZZ Collective have shared Eric Harland’s ‘Union’. Listen to it below.
Head over here to grab SFJAZZ Collective: 10.