Fellas preview debut EP, ‘NDONTI, with new single ‘Sillage’

Hailing from Toulouse, Fellas is a five-piece Nu Jazz outfit flawlessly blending contemporary jazz, Hip-Hop, and Italian-American cinema influences to create something altogether fresh, vibrant and with an undeniable groove throughout. Piloted by saxophonist Charlie Burg, the quintet was formed in 2022 and also comprises Robin Espagnet (guitar),  Leo Colman (piano, synths), Seraphin Vergniot (bass) and Robin Safaru (drums).

Fellas are gearing up to release their debut EP, ‘NDONTI, on August 9th through DeepMatter Records and this week they’ve offered a glimpse at what to expect with new single ‘Sillage’. The track “situates listeners within the frames of Sergio Leone’s crime epic ‘Once Upon A Time In America’”, as the press release describes, “seeking to capture the odour of the films opium dens in hazy musical form”. Listen to it below.

Listen to Ali Dada’s second single ‘federici’

Last month, Swiss trio Ali Dada announced the release of their new album, SUM, and shared the groovy lead single ‘tone print’. Ahead of the album’s release on September 15th through DIY label YNFND, they are teasing the record again with new single ‘federici’, named after feminist activist, writer and political theorist Silvia Federici. Take a listen now.

Asher Gamedze announces new LP, Constitution, with his new 10-piece ensemble The Black Lungs

Photo: Lungiswa Gqunta

We first fell under Asher Gamedze‘s spell when he released his debut album, Dialectic Soul, in 2020. He followed it up with Turbulence and Pulse last year, both absolute masterpieces that made it to our Album Picks of the Year, and remain huge favourites today. So we’re over the moon to know that the visionary and virtuosic South African drummer, composer, writer and activist is gifting the world with new music. Gamedze announced today the release of Constitution, an album he brought to life with his new 10-piece ensemble The Black Lungs, featuring Ru Slayen (percussion), Sean Sanby (bass), Nobuhle Ashanti (piano),  Tumi Pheko (cornet), Garth Erasmus (alto saxophone), Jed Petersen (tenor saxophone), Tina Mene (vocals), Athi Ngcaba (trombone) and Fred Moten (words). Collectively they “explore and deconstruct the conceptual, tonal and atonal possibilities of themes which are at once of old and new dreams”, as the press release describes. Gamedze offers some context:

“The Black Lungs is inspired by the revolutionary thought and practice of the Black Consciousness Movement. In particular, the relationship between antagonism – constituting a united front of all the oppressed against white supremacy and racial capitalism – and the possibilities for resistance and elaboration – the creative militant capacities of those assembled – enabled and unleashed by that process of constitution.”

Constitution will see the light of day on August 30th through International Anthem. Ahead of it he has shared the extraordinarily powerful and striking album opener ‘Find Each Other’ and it’s after your ears.

Meridian Brothers’s new album, Mi Latinoam​é​rica Sufre, out now

Meridian Brothers, the project of adventurous composer, multi-instrumentalist and electronics geek Eblis Álvarez, released yesterday a brand new album. Entitled Mi Latinoam​é​rica Sufre, it sees Álvarez journey beyond Colombian and Latin American musical traditions and tap into African highlife and soukous traditions. As the press release describes, “the result is a collection of intricate compositions weaving elements of cumbia, champeta, soukous, Brazilian tropicalia, and underground psychedelic rock within the Afro-Latino guitar band format”.

Keeping the usual Meridian Brothers’ humorous tone, Mi Latinoamérica Sufre is a concept album, exploring themes of self-discovery and identity. Enhanced with visual narratives from Colombian artist Mateo Rivano, the album portrays psychological states of disorientation, self-pity, enlightenment, and optimism.

For a taster of what’s on offer, check out a couple of tracks from the album, ‘Mandala’ and ‘Sé que estoy cambiando’. Both tracks are offered with video accompaniments, the latter directed by Álvarez and ‘Mandala’ directed by Mateo Rudas & Santiago Rudas.

Mi Latinoam​é​rica Sufre is out now through Ansonia Records and Bongo Joe.

FOUDRE! to release new album, Voltæ (Chthulucene), in October

Photo: Marie Mauve

October 25th will see the release of FOUDRE!‘s sixth album, Voltæ (Chthulucene), through Nahal Recordings and ZamZam Rec. The trio of Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête), Romain Barbot (Saåad), and Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf) crafted a wistful and powerful “tribute to electricity and telluric forces”, as the press release describes, “a complete celebration of life, a symbiosis for an epistemic shift.” On the new album, FOUDRE!’s sound takes a post-techno turn, blending English rave, punk urgency, and electronica with traditional sounds.

Recorded in the studio for the first time, Voltæ (Chthulucene) is an electronic feat produced by sound engineer Camille Jamain. The album’s richly layered and evocative 8 tracks lead us through soundscapes that explore themes of coexistence and renewal, painting a psychedelic futuristic vision “where hybrid characters of  human / machine / vegetable could start to dance, mutate, and merge within everything around them.”

The fierce and mesmeric  ‘Visions from Zūrūtetsu’ is the first track to emerge from the album and you can listen to it below.

Colin Stetson shares second single, ‘The Six’, from upcoming The love it took to leave you LP

Back in May, sax superhero Colin Stetson announced the release of his new solo album, The love it took to leave you, and enticed us with its magnificent title track. The Canadian-American saxophonist, multireedist, and composer is teasing the upcoming album again with an absolute beast of a new track called ‘The Six’. “One of the first songs I wrote for this record, ‘The Six’ is a vengeful strut”, Stetson comments. “Played on solo bass saxophone, this one’s big and mean with long arms and a toothy grin.”

‘The Six’ is offered with an accompanying video directed by Derrick Belcham and you can watch it now.

The love it took to leave you is out on September 13th through Invada Records and Envision Records.