• www.thewickedsound.com Pyjaen Blue Lab Beats Sage Secrets
    Electronic,  Featured releases,  Fresh sounds,  Jazz,  News

    Pyjaen and Blue Lab Beats on “Sage Secrets”

    Pyjaen teamed up with Blue Lab Beats on new track “Sage Secrets”. Pyjaen is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with the vision of pushing music forward in new directions. Dylan Jones (of EZRA Collective), Ben Vize, Daniele Diodato, Benjamin Crane and Charlie Hutchinson, all met at Trinity Laban College of music. The collective has the shared goal of exploring life through musical expression and perfecting their art. More than a quintet, Pyjaen is the unified expression of the emotions, journeys and influences that comprise its diverse members. The group melds funk, afro-beat and contemporary sounds with nods to hip-hop and disco.…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Kokoroko Carry Me Home
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    KOKOROKO came back with “Carry Me Home”

    London’s afrobeat sensation KOKOROKO shared a new song called “Carry Me Home”. This beautiful song reminds us of every positive thing from the band’s debut EP. It’s rhythmic, peaceful, harmonic, uplifting, soulful and melodic. This slow-rolling track has some brass-heavy accents which brings to mind Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa”. “Carry Me Home” is inspired by the wonderful Dele Sosimi, a Nigerian-British musician, keyboard player, and member of both Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force band. The track was inspired by conversations with the Dele Sosimi, whose technical ability in bridging the gap between the West African afrobeat sound of his roots, and the London energy of his…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Nerija
    Fresh sounds,  News

    Nérija – London’s jazz all-star collective – release debut album ‘Blume’

    Nerija features some of the top players in London’s rising jazz scene. Every member of the band has its own side project: Nubya Garcia (Nubiya’s 5ive, Maisha), Sheila Maurice-Grey (Kokoroko), Cassie Kinoshi (SEED Ensemble, Kokoroko), Rosie Turton (Rosie’s 5ive), Shirley Tetteh (Maisha), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (SEED Ensemble). Nerija is based on friendship and there is enough room within the band for each musician to demonstrate their skills and musical ideas Some of the tracks have been written collectively, but each member of Nerija brings one own song showing different influences from afrobeat, hip hop to even gospel. Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style…

  • thewickedsound.com Seed Ensemble Driftglass Mercury Prize 2019
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    Seed Ensemble’s debut album ‘Driftglass’ shortlisted for the Mercury Prize Album Of The Year 2019

    SEED Ensemble’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Driftglass’ was few days ago shortlisted for the prestigious 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year. Released earlier this year via contemporary music/arts movement and record label jazz re:freshed, the ten-piece collective is led by composer, arranger and alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi. On her nomination Kinoshi proudly added, “I am extremely honoured to have been shortlisted for a Mercury Prize. Thank you for your belief in both mine and my bands’ work. It means a lot to have our first release celebrated and share our message with you.” Across ‘Driftglass’, Kinoshi embraces styles both past and present to create something that we can…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-Yakul-Komedia
    Concert,  Funk,  Jazz,  Soul

    Brighton based neo-soul band Yakul will headline tomorrow show at Komedia

    With core influences from the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, Brighton based four-piece Yakul put a unique spin on the music they’ve grown up with. Marrying together thoughtful, soulful lyrics with deep grooves and jazz infused progressions, Yakul seamlessly blend genres to create something fresh and original.   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFrDLcB5IkY[/embedyt] Yakul have just played a storming set at Love Supreme Festival, were the highlight of Red Bull Polyrhythm events in London and Brighton, as well as ONBlackheath Festival. They have supported Erykah Badu’s backing band RC & The Gritz at Ronnie Scott’s, coming back again in August to support Bluey’s from Incognito project Citrus Sun, as well as…