Yazz Ahmed shares first single from upcoming album Polyhymnia

British-Bahraini trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed had our full attention back in June when she teased her upcoming third album Polyhymnia. Releasing next month through Ropeadope Records, Polyhymnia is a suite of music inspired and celebrating the life of six female role-models, from Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to civil rights activist Rosa Parks. The good news is that Ahmed has now shared the album’s first spellbinding single, ‘Lahan al​-​Mansour’, dedicated to Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female film director. Take a listen below.

Kneebody announce new album Chapters

Adventurous American collective Kneebody are set to release their new album Chapters on October 18th through Edition Records. The album, which was mixed and mastered by the band´s drummer Nate Wood at his New York Kerseboom Studio, features 10 tracks and includes guest appearances from Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Michael Mayo and Josh Dion. With a new line-up marking a new chapter, the band continue to defy pigeonholing and charge through 2019. The brilliant and blistering lead single ‘Spectra’ is proof of that.

The Utopia Strong set to release self-titled debut album in September

Photo: Al Overdrive

The Utopia Strong is the exciting new synth project that brings together Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo), Michael J. York (Coil/ Teleplasmiste/Guapo) and former Snooker champion Steve Davis. With musical tastes in common, the three first got together in 2017 at Glastonbury festival, and as Steve Davis explained, “once we’d jammed together and listened back to the improvising – the music felt pretty euphoric and otherworldly. It was very psychedelic but also strangely wonky”.

Next month will see The Utopia Strong release their self-titled debut album, and the trio had previously shared the epic and hypnotic first single ‘Brainsurgeons 3’, clocking in at over 10 minutes in length. They have followed it with the extraordinary kosmiche track ‘Konta Chorus’. Both come with accompanying videos, the latter made by John O’Carroll. Here they are.

The Utopia Strong is out on September 13th through Rocket Recordings.

Aki Rissanen’s new album Art in Motion out next month

Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen is set to release a new album with his long-lasting trio featuring bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Teppo Mäkynen. Entitled Art in Motion, the upcoming album takes its name from a word play with the initials of Aki Rissanen Trio and “the influence of art music from the European repertoire”, as Rissanen explains in the liner notes. On the word motion, he explains they are “a rhythmically intense band inspired by the aesthetics of electronic dance music”, adding that they, “as jazz musicians, are in constant motion because our form of art doesn’t ever stand still!”.

Following the release of ‘Aeropeans’, Rissanen has shared a second single from the record called ‘Cantus Arcticus, Melancholy’, an orchestral composition written by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Listen to both singles below and grab the album when it´s out on September 13th through Edition Records.