Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Time Grove - "Sir Blunt"

So last summer, I mentioned in a post about Nitai Hershkovits that Wah Wah 45s were teasing a forthcoming album from jazz act Time Grove.

Well, that forthcoming album is much more imminent. Mark your calendar for January 25 because that's the day More Than One Thing is set to drop.

There are only two tracks streaming on the Bandcamp in advance of the release including "Sir Blunt" below but if this and "Roy the King" aren't enough to whet your appetite and get you excited then I'm not sure how you landed on this post. Folks who follow RR know I'm big into the UK jazz scene and potent combos and this makes a circle of the venn diagram.

There's a nice fat synthy bass-line supporting "Sir Blunt" that undergirds some great keyboard work from Hershkovits here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

ll nøthing ll - higeki

Man, I needed a discovery like this. My life has been anything but chill as of late, so to stumble across this brief slice of vaporwave from Houston, TX act ||nothing|| I got a quarter-hour's respite as it bathed me in beats and ambient instrumentation.

I know it's the New Year and some people are coming out the gate full force, but if you need to press pause, put on higeki.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My Top 20 Albums of 2018

So now that the countdown show on New Year's Eve has come and gone and the loyal UMFM listeners got to hear it spoiler-free, I can finally post my Top 20 Albums of 2018.

20 Zhen Chen and Lin Ma - On & Between [Navona]

19 Leila Abdul-Rauf - Dimunition [Malignant]

18 Ben Pirani - How Do I Talk To My Brother [Colemine]

17 Witch Prophet - The Golden Octave [Independent]

16 Safia Nolin - Dans le noir [Bonsound]

15 Khalab - Black Noise 2084 [On the Corner]

14 Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose [Domino]

13 Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen [Fat Possum]

12 Zaki Ibrahim - The Secret Life of Planets [Independent]

11 Molly Burch - First Flower [Captured Tracks]

10 Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth [Young Turks]

09 Bear Grass - LEFT [Five Kill]

08 GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star [Blue Note]

07 V.V. Lightbody - Bathing Peach [Independent]

06 Maribou State - Kingdoms in Colour [Counter]

05 Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo [Fat Possum]

04 Renata Zeiguer - Old Ghost [Northern Spy]

03 Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings [International Anthem]

02 Rhye - Blood [Last Gang]

01 Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa [Independent]

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Year End Longlist, Part 9

Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu [Awesome Tapes From Africa]

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests [Three Lobed]

The White Blinds - Get To Steppin' [F-Spot Records]

Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes [Carpark]

Snail Mail - Lush [Matador]

Us, Today - Computant []

Uniting of Opposites - Ancient Lights [Tru Thoughts]

Hollie Cook - Vessel of Love [Merge]

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Close But No Cigar [Colemine]

Chip Wickham - Shamal Wind [Lovemonk]

Scolari / Cavalca / Scolari - Natural Impulse [Principal Records]

Lucy Dacus - Historian [Matador]

Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On [Matador]

Robyn - Honey [Konichiwa]

Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Year End Longlist, Part 8

The Sorority - Pledge [The Sorority Sound]

Victime - la femme taupe [Michel Records]

Dan Weiss - Starebaby [Pi Recordings]

Foxwarren - Foxwarren [Anti- / Arts & Crafts]

The Beths - Future Me Hates Me [Carpark]

Beach House - 7 [Sub Pop]

Balun - Prisma Tropical [Good Child Music]

Mary Melford's Snowy Egret - The Other Side Of Air [Firehouse 12]

Kutiman - Don't Hold Onto The Clouds [Siyal]

Hearts & Minds - Eletrordiance [Astral Spirits]

Quin Kirchner - The Other Side Of Time [Astral Spirits]

The Young Pixels - Fever of Becoming [Independent]

serpentwithfeet - Soil [Tri Angle]

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Overload [Brainfeeder]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018 Year End Longlist, Part 7

Dowdelin - Carnaval Odyssey [Underdog]

Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers - Magic Polaroid [Agogo]

Lea Bertucci - Metal Aether [NNA]

Fjer - You Again [Quintic]

Joseph Shabason - Anne [Independent]

Christine Fellows - Roses on the Vine [Vivat Virtute]

June West - June West [Broken Circles]

Joey Dosik - Inside Voice [Secretly Canadian]

Caoilfhionn Rose - Awaken [Gondwana]

Astral Swans - Strange Prison [Saved By Vinyl]

Beatchild & the Slakadeliqs - Heavy Rockin' Steady [BBE]

Bernice - Puff LP: In the Air Without A Shape [Arts & Crafts]

Birthday Boy & Trish - Joseph [Bastard Jazz]

Bonjay - Lush Life [Mysteries of Trade]

Freak Heat Waves - Beyond XXXL [Telephone Explosion]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018 Year End Longlist, Part 6

Wild Nothing - Indigo [SEE Music]

Neighborhood of Make Believe - Two Nighttimes [Five Kill]

Phosphorescent - C'est La Vie [Dead Oceans]

Tommy Guerrero - The Road to Nowhere [Too Good]

Thabang Tabane - Matjale [Mushroom Hour Half Hour]

Daniel Crawford - Revolution [Independent]

Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horse [Sargent House]

Jake Mason Trio - Stranger in the Mirror [Soul Messin']

Wayne Horvitz - The Snowghost Sessions [Songlines]

Fatima - And Yet It's All Love [Eglo Records]

Sister Sparrow - Gold [Thirty Tigers]

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - Naming & Blaming [HopeSt. Recordings]

Charles Bradley - Black Velvet [Dunham/Daptone]

Vivian Leva - Time Is Everything [Free Dirt]

Julien Dyne - Teal [Soundway]