Poppy Ajudha // Peace Of Mind

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.

Ollie

Blood Orange // Augustine

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.

Wallace // Negroni Eyes

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Neo-soul songstress Wallace has absolutely taken it to the next level with Negroni Eyes. Inspired by her love of jazz, Godriguez has chopped up the silky smooth Miles Davis classic ‘Nardis’ into a hard hitting future soul groover.

Deep beats cut up with angular string lines and rippling piano forms the perfect base for Wallace’s unique voice. Nai Palm meets Jill Scott. Perfect combination. Really excited to hear what the rest of the year holds for Wallace.

Ollie