Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cosmic Analog Ensemble - "Phoenician Rose"

I had saved a draft of this post on August 21st and just totally flaked on posting it back then, but while you would have had to wait nearly three months for the release of Une Vie Cent Détours had I posted it back then, now it's only a few weeks away from being available. There's still time to pre-order the digital or vinyl version of this hot jazz/funk album before it drops October 21st and as of October 4th, there are still 2 of 4 copies of the test pressing available. Can't remember how I landed on the Comsic Analog Ensemble's music back in August, but "Phoenician Rose" grabbed me instantly with its bumpin' strut and the turntable flourishes that brought me back to Mo'Wax releases from my youth. CAE are like a live-breaks group and the cut below is a tight under-3-minute gem.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Joseph Shabason - "Forest Run"

New Jazz Winnipeg Marketing and Communications Director Victoria King just selected the last record from Toronto multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason as part of the festival's Speakeasy blog Staff Selections. Great timing as Shabason is set to release a new record, Anne, on November 16th. There's only one track streaming on the Bandcamp page, but "Forest Run" is a lovely soundscape sure to please fans of his prior album Aytche.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Overload"

Not sure what transpired that this isn't coming out on Mello Music Group, but their loss is Brainfeeder's gain as Overload is set to come out October 26th on the same label that has recently seen LPs from the likes of Dorian Concept, Thundercat, Flying Lotus and more.

The title-track opens with what may or may not be calliope and then some real boom-bap drums before Muldrow's layered vocals. This one percolates and like a fresh cup of coffee, it is HOT.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Salim El Baroudi - "Fatouma"

Earlier this year, Belgian label Radio Martiko reissued an album I'm somewhat obsessed with  - Hany Mehanna's The Miracle of the Seven Dances. If I included reissues in my Year End list considerations, it would be WAY up there. Now comes another RM release that challenges my strictures as I don't include compilations either. Zamaan Ya Sukkar chronicles the 1960s Cairo scene. And based on the four songs streaming it was quite the nightlife.

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Lewis Express - "Love Can Turn A Man"

I'm waffling on ordering the full-length LP from Leeds act The Lewis Express on spec since there's only this one track from the group featuring members of The Socerers, The Magnificent Tape Band
and other acts.


George Cooper's piano has a Henri-Pierre Noel vibe and those backing horns are so frigging supple. I've listened to this track a half-dozen times since it landed in my inbox this morning and I've been calculating GBP to CDN exchange rates ever since.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Caoifhionn Rose - "Awaken"

It's pronounced Keelin as Rose's Bandcamp bio helpfully mentions. Only the title-track / lead-off song is streaming at the moment in advance of the full-length release on Gondwana Records on October 12th so I can't say for certain that the rest of it isn't drastically different and more in line with the jazz stuff label head Matthew Halsall is responsible for, but it was certainly not what I was expecting. "Awaken" is a pleasant surprise and a gauzy folk-rock number with beautifully reverbed guitars and Rose's supple voice. If you've enjoyed recent stuff from Jen Cloher or Julien Baker, add Caoifhionn Rose to your playlists.

hana vu - "Shallow"

Not sure why I didn't post this track when I created the entry in late June, but some other recent Luminelle Recordings acts put this great album back on my radar. First getting into songwriting at age TWELVE, hana vu is now 17 so y'know what did the rest of us do with our youth?! If I wasn't so smitten with the music, I'd be more jealous of the talent. My love of "Shallow" runs deep.