Mammal Hands "Floa" is a Hypnotic Fusion of Jazz, Folk and Electronica

Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart piano, Jesse Barrett drums and tabla, and Jordan Smart saxophones. Floa is their second album for Gondwana Records and in the 18 months since their debut, Animalia, they have carved out a growing following both here and abroad for their hypnotic fusion of jazz, folk and electronica: winning fans from Bonobo and Gilles Peterson to … Continue reading Mammal Hands "Floa" is a Hypnotic Fusion of Jazz, Folk and Electronica

New Jazz and World Releases from Terakaft, St Germain, Quantic, Matthew Halsall, Gilles Peterson Presents Sun Ra Orchestra

Terakaft Alone The Sahara desert looks endless: Shifting plains of sand with a huge sea of burning blue skies above. But the empty land holds echoes of a time that tried to take hope from the people of the sand, the Tuareg, who make it their home. Their crisis is at the heart of Terakaft’s fifth album, Alone (release: September 11, 2015 on OutHere Records). … Continue reading New Jazz and World Releases from Terakaft, St Germain, Quantic, Matthew Halsall, Gilles Peterson Presents Sun Ra Orchestra

British Spiritual Jazz Master Matthew Halsall Releases "Into Forever", Featuring Vocalist Josephine Oniyama

Over the course of five albums, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall has carved out a niche for himself on the UK music scene as one of it’s brightest talents. His languid, soulful music has won friends from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM and Mojo as well as an ever-growing international following. His new album Into Forever, puts the … Continue reading British Spiritual Jazz Master Matthew Halsall Releases "Into Forever", Featuring Vocalist Josephine Oniyama

British Spiritual Jazz Master Matthew Halsall Releases "Into Forever", Featuring Vocalist Josephine Oniyama

Over the course of five albums, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall has carved out a niche for himself on the UK music scene as one of it’s brightest talents. His languid, soulful music has won friends from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM and Mojo as well as an ever-growing international following. His new album Into Forever, puts the … Continue reading British Spiritual Jazz Master Matthew Halsall Releases "Into Forever", Featuring Vocalist Josephine Oniyama

UK Rap Pioneer Roots Manuva's "Bleeds" is Out in October, Listen to First Single 'One Thing'

Not only one of Britain’s greatest musical artists, but one of the greatest lyricists full stop, Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, ‘Bleeds’. Past collaborations with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield to Coldcut to the Cinematic Orchestra, Rodney Smith’s influence can be heard right across the musical landscape. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most … Continue reading UK Rap Pioneer Roots Manuva's "Bleeds" is Out in October, Listen to First Single 'One Thing'

UK Rap Pioneer Roots Manuva's "Bleeds" is Out in October, Listen to First Single 'One Thing'

Not only one of Britain’s greatest musical artists, but one of the greatest lyricists full stop, Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, ‘Bleeds’. Past collaborations with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield to Coldcut to the Cinematic Orchestra, Rodney Smith’s influence can be heard right across the musical landscape. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most … Continue reading UK Rap Pioneer Roots Manuva's "Bleeds" is Out in October, Listen to First Single 'One Thing'

Asheville Concert Forecast: What's Ahead in Electronic, Roots and Urban Music

No BS Brass Band at the Mothlight No BS! Brass, based in Richmond, VA, takes the New Orleans brass band into uncharted territory; fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound. Trained in the conservatory and hardened in the garage, No BS! Brass has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Festival of New … Continue reading Asheville Concert Forecast: What's Ahead in Electronic, Roots and Urban Music

France's Housse de Racket Releasing "The Tourist" October 30

French duo Housse De Racket will unleash their third album, The Tourist, through Kuskus Records. Two years in the making – “two full years of contemplation, joy and doubt,” state the band – the LP consolidates the band’s dense sound and vast influences into something which is very much their own. The band’s previous album, 2011’s Alesia, was their first to feature lyrics in English, … Continue reading France's Housse de Racket Releasing "The Tourist" October 30