Nu-Jazz Round Up
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Tons of amazing new jazz and, em, “nu-jazz” releases are flowing like cars down the turnpike this summer and fall. Lets look at what’s new in broken, future soul and electrojazz business.
Off the top: Tom Middleton, Zeb, King Britt, and Mark de Clive-Lowe take on vintage soundtracks for Six Degree’s new project: Cinematic: Classic Film Music Remixed (September 11). Choice cuts are Britt’s take on the theme to They Call Me Mr. Tibbs (classic Sidney Portier flick) and UK act Bent psyching-out with Fellini’s Roma.
XLR8R exclusive: Six Degrees has just revealed that it will be releasing Tom Middleton’s new album Life Tracks in October! Middleton is known for previous work with Global Communication and Jedi Knights.
Mark de Clive-Lowe
The aforementioned and always-busy de Clive-Lowe. His Antipodean Records imprint, along with Milan Records US, has released The Politik's (CD/2LP/digital) self-titled, debut album. The Politik is singer Bembe Segue and de Clive-Lowe on production, and also features Bahamadia, Blu, replife, Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers/Bling47), Daz I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic), and Jason Yarde. De Clive-Lowe and Philly’s Lady Alma also have a dope new digital download single, “Pressure,” out now.
Speaking of EP’s and 12” singles: Seattle’s Suntzu Sound presents “EP 02” (out as a digital download now), featuring massive remixes of their debut EP by West London’s finest–Blakai (Bugz in the Attic’s Mark Force and Kaidi Tatham) and Domu, who rework tracks by AC Lewis and 1Luv.
Meanwhile, fellow West Coast label Ubiquity will release their second Choices EP on September 11, 2007, featuring Radio Citizen/Hudson Mohawke, Ohmega Watts, and Milez Benjiman. The Choices series features exclusive tracks, one-off collaborations, and sneak peaks at future Ubiquity albums. Benjiman hails from the 4Lux crew out of Belgium, Watts reps Portland, OR, while Radio Citizen and Mohawke are German and Scottish souls, respectively.
Broken/garage innovator Zed Bias is finally back after a few years’ absence, with both a fantastic remix of Soil & Pimp Sessions’ “Sahara” (out now) and his new EP, “Biasphere,” on Sick Trumpet, which drops this Friday, August 3.
Here’s a brief look at other major nu-jazz releases the next few months:
08/06: Seiji Seiji DJ Tools (Sonar Kollektiv)
08/06: Zeep (Chris Franck & Nina Miranda) Zeep (Far Out)
08/13: Eva Be Moving Without Traveling (Sonar Kollektiv/Best Seven)
09/04 Bitter:Sweet The Remix Game (Quango)
09/24: Flevans Unfabulous (Jack to Phono)
09/24: Quasimode Oneself & Likeness (Freestyle)
09/25: Heliocentrics Out There (Stones Throw)
10/01: Heavy Jazz Money$$ (BBE)
10/01: Deela Mano Mano (Switchstance)
10/08: Trickski Members Of The Trick'(Sonar Kollektiv)
10/15: Clara Hill’s Folkwaves-Sideways (Sonar Kollektiv)
10/15: Kon & Amir Off Track Volume 1: The Bronx (BBE)
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