New Music \\ Five tracks to get you through December
Don’t get too reflective yet. Amongst the ‘best albums of 2017’ lists—don’t fret, ours is dropping soon—there’s still a serious amount of new music that needs your attention. Here’s five of our favourites to take you through December.
Oscar Jerome \\ Subdued
With the announcement of his second EP out on 26 January comes Oscar Jerome‘s new track, Subdued. His Sunday afternoon vocals and spacious guitar licks present another catchy chorus, set against the North Norfolk coastline in his new video. Look out for appearances from Moses Boyd and Poppy Ajudha in his upcoming Subdued EP. Listen to our interview with Oscar, recorded at The Great Escape, here.
Onyx Collective \\ From Air
Onyx Collective are putting some punk-attitude into the New York Jazz scene. Their EP, Lower East Suite Part Two, was recorded in a small shop in Manhattan on an iphone—car horns and passing phone conversations stitch the tracks together. Their two EPs and upcoming album have been much awaited by their live circuit following. If you liked the thrashing cymbals and relentless pace of Antonio Sanchez‘ score for Birdman, you’ll have some feelings for From Air.
Guy One \\ Estree
German label Philophon have been supporting Ghanian artist Guy One since his 2015 release Suro Yuama / A Me Bayela Do Me. With new his 7″ available from January 2018, Guy One interprets Etheopian influences with soul, elevated further by alluring vocalist Florence Adooni of Frafra-Gospel.
Radio Citizen \\ Sarasong
Radio Citizen release their new album Silent Guide on Berlin label Sonar Kollektiv. Sarasong travels through various moods with industrial drums and stretchy synths.
Blue Lab Beats \\ Dome (Feat. OthaSoul & Daniel Taylor)
Of London’s current scene, Blue Lab Beats perhaps connect the most dots between Jazz and hiphop. Influences from Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper ride throughout Dome, which features OthaSoul and Daniel Taylor. The “Let me be your medicine” phrase rolls through a vocoder over glitching electronic snaps.
EZH | Tina Edwards