New Music \\ Eight tracks to get you through February
This month we’ve selected eight tracks, many of them unreleased and a handful of them are dope sessions worthy of not just your ears but your eyes, too. UK heavy, here are the tunes that will get you through February.
Werkha \\ Glass Games ft Bryony Jarmon-Pinto
Tru Thoughts artists Werkha and Bryony Jarmon-Pinto regularly show us what they can do together—we loved Shakedown Radio in 2017. With his latest EP For All Hands came another chance for the duo to collab. The result is Glass Games and a fresh video to accompany. The track trickles with neo-soul droplets over cosmic beds.
Poppy Ajudha \\ Spilling Into You ft Kojey Radical (Majestic Casual)
Poppy Ajudha‘s rise has been a digital story. Before she even played her first headline show towards the end of 2017—at Peckham Liberal Club with magazine Gal Dem—she had features in I-D Magazine and several plays on BBC radio.
We coined her as an artist to watch in 2017. Looks like the rest of the internet has sat up to pay attention; Poppy Ajudha will be unstoppable in 2018.
Puma Blue \\ Soft Porn (COLORS)
Vocalist and guitarist Puma Blue has been picking up serious attention since his supporting Jordan Rakai on his recent UK tour. He channels a melancholic dissonance not far removed from Jeff Buckley. His fresh COLORS session revisits one of the first tracks he dropped online, Soft Porn. We’ve put it here for you to save you tainting your Google search history.
Peggy Gou \\ It Makes You Forget
Since her Boiler Room debut in the Summer of 2017, Berlin based DJ Peggy Gou has been busier and more creative than ever before, returning with a carnival attitude on It Makes You Forget. Her upcoming EP Once is released via Ninja Tune on 2 March.
KOKOROKO \\ Abusey Junction (Brownswood Basement)
Lead by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, KOKOROKO are a band that you’ll be most likely to discover live. Their Afrobeat rhythms and incredible enthusiasm have made them a popular live act in London. Abusey Junction, written by band member Oscar Jerome, appears on Brownswood‘s We Out Here compilation, a monumental time capsule for London Jazz. It’s also the first track of theirs that you can download to call your own—we await an EP or album from the band excitedly. Until then, their Brownswood Basement session will warm our souls.
Tom Misch \\ Water Baby ft Loyle Carner
At 21 year old, Tom Misch has already developed his niche; the sonic scene around him makes this collaboration between Misch and rapper Loyle Carner a perfect fit. Sit tight—new album Geography drops 6 April.
Contrast Trio \\ Cuckoo Flying
Contrast Trio are the youngest winners in the history of Hesse Jazz prize. For Cuckoo Flying from their third album Letila Zozulya, the Frankfurt trio travelled to Kiev to record with a Ukrainian choir. The track itself moves through multiple sections, drawing on folk influenced vocals and strings, electronics and motifs from each of the band members.
Collocutor \\ Everywhere (EZH)
Vinyl orders for Collocutor‘s striking album The Search are now shipping from label On The Corner. They’re celebrating after winning Label of the Year at the Worldwide Awards by offering a discount on all orders—but it ends tonight (31 January). Shop here. We’re revisiting our session filmed with the band at East London night Church Of Sound.
EZH | Tina Edwards