Multidisciplinary artist Duval Timothy has re-released (and made available on streaming) a reconfigured version of his 2016 album ‘Brown Loop’. Recorded in his NYC apartment for solo piano its an atmospheric album full of space and the warm sounds of the instrument.
Full of minimalist repeating lines and lush harmonies the whole LP is an exercise in slowly turning repeating patterns and expansive themes inside out and reassembling them.
Check out ‘Older Than We Used To Be’ for a repeating bass line that unfurls into a beautifully disjointed waltz. Perfect for a rainy afternoon
Easing things into the week with this beautiful track from South Londoner Poppy Ajudha. She first came to my attention through a Tom Misch Remix of ‘David’s Song’.
Her latest track ‘Peace Of Mind’ is a wonderful bit of modern jazz indebted to everyone from Nina Simone to Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato. You can hear both the old and the new in this soulful number. Ajudha draws influences from all over the place with a real lightness of touch. Vocal layering and ad-libs soar around a building texture of delicate guitar, glockenspiel synths and spinning organ. A lovely combination.
Give it a listen and keep an ear open for her name. One to watch.
I’m not the first person to say it and I definitely won’t be the last but the new Blood Orange album is stunning. Its a beautifully interlaced work. Like an immense chorale cantata but pieced together from misty jazz, hip-hop and soul. I’ve had it on constant repeat since Wednesday but at 17 tracks long I always hear something new. Highly recommend that you stick this on over the weekend.
Going in this morning with a jazzy vibe from Haile. This one is actually produced by the hyped Brasstracks. Even though I am not a massive fan of autotune, I think this is used quite well in context. Jazz/funk/RnB for you on this gloomy Thursday! Em
Brooklyn-bred MC born Shayna McHale is bring us the vibes with this track ‘Somebody’ that was released late last year from the album ‘Pregnant With Success’. I found this through Shy Guy‘s SoundCloud, who produced it alongside Matt Parad. Loving the jazz samples in the background. Em