Earlier this year Ghent based trio Dishwasher_ announced the release of their eponymous debut album and alongside it shared the first single, ‘Blue Bridge’. Leading up to the album’s full release on April 14th through Sdban Ultra, they have unleashed a phenomenal new cut called ‘Buraq’ boldly encompassing various genres, including jazz, hip-hop, jungle, UK bass and electronic influences. Utterly groovy and slightly melancholic, ‘Buraq’ perfectly exemplifies the dynamic of the trio’s sound. Take a listen below.
Grandbrothers have a new album on the way, Late Reflections, recorded in the iconic Cologne Cathedral. Last month they shared the grand and gripping lead single ‘Infinite’, and now have let loose another track from the album called ‘Daybreak’. Speaking about it, pianist Erol Sarp had this to say:
“During the recording process, we found ourselves in a highly shifted rhythm. We worked exclusively at night until early morning. When we packed up our things around 6 a.m., the windows began to shine and the cathedral seemed to awaken. This visual transformation was central symbol of the recording process for us, that’s why ‘Daybreak’ is the album’s opener”.
‘Daybreak’ is offered with a video accompaniment made by filmmaker Manfred Borsch. The duo’s Lukas Vogel offered some insight about it:
“Manfred has been with us for a very long time, and as a Cologne native, he naturally has a close relationship with the cathedral. Richter, after all, left the arrangement of the colors he chose to a random generator; he wanted to avoid any representationalism. Manfred follows a similar path, he abstracts and deconstructs the window cinematically once again.”
Watch the video below and watch out for the release of Late Reflections on April 14th through City Slang.
With 12 albums and high-profile collaborations tohisname, including Grammy award-winning albums such as David Bowie’s Blackstar (2016), Donny McCaslin has been forging a trailblazing career in music for a long time. The ingenious artist, saxophonist and composer has announced the release of a new album. Entitled I Want More, the album “is a monumental and vital addition to the jazz canon”, as the press release describes, “elevating the genre to a new dimension and smashing conventional perceptions of what a jazz album can be.”
I Want More is set for release on June 16th through Edition Records and ahead of it we can already hear the brilliant and blistering lead single ‘Body Blow’. The single comes accompanied by a video directed by Douglas Sloan and you can watch it below.
London-based, Tel Aviv-raised keyboardist and producer Yoni Mayraz has announced the release of his debut album, Dybbuk Tse!. The title is culled from Jewish folklore, referring to a practice to remove malevolent wandering spirits (the Dybbuk) from the body of a person. “I wanted to write something with a dark atmosphere,” Mayraz explained, “this album represents both my cultural background and musical influences, it’s a constant dialogue between the old and the new, ancient and modern. It represents me and where I am right now”.
Dybbuk Tse! was mixed and mastered by beat maker Eric Lau (Mansur Brown), and hip hop engineer Chris Athens (Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu), and it fuses influences aplenty, including punk, garage, hip hop, club music and Middle Eastern music. As the press release describes, it “successfully broadens jazz’s sonic palette while respecting its traditions”.
We’ll have to wait until June 2nd for the album to arrive through Astigmatic Records but we can already hear the lead single ‘The Master Wore a White Robe’. Speaking about it, Mayraz explained “it’s a flashback to a blurry chain of events that occurred to the writer and his Master, suggestively a female, in some sort of spiritual practice.” Here it is.
Amplifesthave shared the first name to grace their 9th edition taking place in Porto on 23rd and 24th of September. A heavyweight band, SUNN O))) will perform in Porto’s Hard Club, the festival’s home, giving lucky attendees the chance to experience the band’s massive sound. Having built a catalogue brimming with bold modern experimental and extreme music since forming in 1998, the outfit of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson are as powerful on record as they are onstage, settingthebar high for the festival.
As in previous editions, Amplifest radiates with possibilities, and there will be loads more on offer, including talks and documentaries. Many more artists will be announced over the next few months and tickets are now available and can be found here.
Ursa Major Moving Group is the solo project of London based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer Ursula Russell, who’s been around for a while drumming with the likes of Snapped Ankles, Alabaster Deplume, Yama Warashi, Bas Jan and Clementine March. She has announced the release of her self-titled debut album, arriving on June 9th through Faith & Industry Records. On the new record, Russell plays all instruments herself, showcasing her instrumental virtuosity and unbridled inventiveness in a range of divergent styles. The forthcoming Ursa Major Moving Group is described as “an intense, dynamic and intimate musical journal that shifts between delicate folk, stirring indie rock, flamboyant chamber pop and angular post-punk styles.”
‘Welcome To The Noosphere’ is the first stunning single to emerge from the album. Inspired by José Argüelles’ book Time and the Technosphere, the track “is a modern-day protest song about a ravaged planet, induced by countless hours of listening to Bob Dylan and watching Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire”. Listen to it now.