As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2021.
We're big fans of Run Logan Run, the adventurous duo of Andrew Neil Hayes (saxophones and FX) and Matt Brown (drums and percussion). Based in Bristol and born out of a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavier experimental music, they are versatile and talented musicians who push the boundaries of jazz. Their upcoming and much anticipated third album, For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers, captures perfectly their energy and their intense, inventive, intricate and exhilarating sound. We asked them to put together a mix of some of the artists and bands that inspire them and we're thrilled to start September with this superb selection of tracks. So be sure to grab their new album when it comes out later this month, and right now, press play and enjoy the ride!
- Yacine Boularès, Vincent Ségal & Nasheet Waits – Dar Shems – The House of The Sun
- The Meters – (The World Is A Bit Under The Weather) Doodle-Oop
- Cochemea – Tukaria
- Tortoise – TNT [Thrill Jockey / City Slang]
- Soccer96 feat. Alabaster DePlume – Children Will Dance
[Moshi Moshi Records]
- Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal (Happa remix)
- Tonbruket – Vinegar Heart
- M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade Feat. Laurie Anderson – O Superman (Matt John Remix)
[Get Physical Music]
- John Pope Quintet – Plato
[New Jazz And Improvised Music Recordings]
- Tin Hat Trio – Bill (Nebraska Soundtrack)
- Johnny Dyani Quartet – Angolian Cry
Following the buoyant and boisterous ‘Screaming With The Light On’ and the heady ‘A Brief Moment’, Run Logan Run keep the surprises coming. The drum-and-sax duo have let loose ‘Shout Song’, the third single lifted from For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers. Speaking about the track, the pair comments:
“Shout Song is really a folk song. We were trying to combine a simple and direct lyrical line on the saxophone with a feeling of multiple melodic percussion parts being played on the drum kit. It’s a joyful noise for people to shake their body to.”
Take a listen now.
For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers is out on September 17th through Worm Discs.
For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers, the upcoming third album from drum-and-sax duo Run Logan Run, arrives next month. We had already heard the buoyant and boisterous lead single ‘Screaming With The Light On’ and now they are offering a heady new brew called ‘A Brief Moment’. “I think moments are all we ever have because the past is gone and the future never comes, so our lives are in reality just constant movement from one moment to the next,” the pair comments. “Except that this moment is recorded so you can keep going back to it.” Listen to ‘A Brief Moment’ again and again and make sure you grab the album when it’s out on September 17th through Worm Discs.
Bristolian adventurous drum-and-sax duo Run Logan Run will release their third album, For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers, on September 17th through Worm Discs. Recorded in lockdown, following a period of intense jamming, the eight-track record finds them embracing a new direction, with the collaboration of producer Riaan Vosloo (Nostalgia 77). For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers “bolsters the dynamic improvised sound of the group with expansive synth soundscapes that add depth, warmth and emotional heft to the duo’s uniquely committed style of spiritualised jazz”, as the press release describes.
Speaking about the album title, which refers to the pandemic, saxophonist Andrew Neil Hayes explained that “for the first time in quite some time, society was together inside a collective moment”. Hayes added, ‘It didn’t last for long, and it was definitely ugly, but it was also definitely beautiful. We’re working from our intuition and our music is a reflection of the world we inhabit. It’s ugly, but it’s also beautiful, and it’s beautiful, but it’s also ugly.”
Ahead of the album release, Run Logan Run have shared ‘Screaming With The Light On’, a buoyant and boisterous track, marked by a sense of visceral energy and pure joy. Take a listen below.