• www.thewickedsound.com Josh Johnson Nerf Day
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    Josh Johnson unveils his new single promoting his debut LP Freedom Exercise

    Josh Johnson unveils his new singles “Western Ave” and “Nerf Day”,  promoting his debut LP “Freedom Exercise” on Northern Spy Records. Josh is a saxophonist, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has performed extensively with the likes of Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Kiefer, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Marquis Hill, and Leon Bridges.  Johnson can be heard on such amazing records Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” and “Universal Beings E&F Sides”, Chicago Underground Quartet “Good Days”, Jeff Parker “Suite for Max Brown” and “The New Breed”, Joshua Crumbly “Rise”, Jeremy Cunningham “The Weather Up There”, Marquis Hill “Love Tape” and “Modern Flows Vol 2”, Nate Mercerau “Joy Techniques” and Mark de Clive-Lowe “Heritage” and “Heritage…

  • SOUL 2020 albums recommended by The Wicked Sound
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    SOUL 2020 albums recommended by The Wicked Sound

    Adrian Younge presents Angela Munoz Introspection by Angela Munoz Rose in the Dark by Cleo Sol Honey For Wounds by Ego Ella May Our Dear Metropolis by Gallowstreet How The Mighty Fall by Izo FitzRoy No Beginning No End 2 by José James UNTITLED (Black Is) by SAULT UNTITLED (Rise) by SAULT aloha by Son Little Morning Matters by Yazmin Lacey Songs Of An Unknown Tongue by Zara McFarlane

  • FUNK 2020 albums recommended by The Wicked Sound
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    FUNK 2020 albums recommended by The Wicked Sound

    Say The Word by The Allergies Fragments Of The Soul by Badge and Talkalot Elevator Music for an Elevated Mood by Cory Wong Lowdown by Crowd Company My Life at 45 by Dr Rubberfunk Adult Themes by El Michels Affair Whole Again Hooligan by J-Felix Mordechai by Khruangbin I'm Here Now by Lack of Afro Mutation by Les Frères Smith OFFICIEL Lexplosion II by Lexsoul Dancemachine Man From the Future by Polyrhythmics Our Kind of Movement by Speedometer The Fearless Flyers by The Fearless Flyers Como De Allstars by The Greyboy Allstars Stand Up For Love by The Haggis Horns Electric Dream: Live at Red Rocks by The Motet Live…

  • JAZZ 2020 albums recommended by The Wicked Sound
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    JAZZ 2020 albums recommended by The Wicked Sound

    Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man by Aaron Parks To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 by Alabaster DePlume Dialectic Soul by Asher Gamedze AuB by AuB Against Empire (24 bit) by Bill Laswell Runway by Bob Reynolds Cassowary by CASSOWARY Blue to Red by Chip Wickham Continuation by Collocutor Ugh by Ebi Soda Gary Bartz & Maisha - Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions by Gary Bartz & Maisha Symphonie Pacifique by Greg Foat Suite for Max Brown by Jeff Parker MORE COMING SOON

  • www.thewickedsound.com Naia Heatwave
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    It’s sadly the end of summer, but London’s Naia brings us some funky “Heatwave”.

    It's sadly the end of summer, but London’s Naia brings us some funky “Heatwave”. Latino flavored funky track with a groovy bassline, energetic horns, kicking solos and sweet vocals it’s all that we need for a proper (end of) summer banger, and Naia delivered it all. The heat is on. I hope Naia will keep the temperature hot with the new releases. Naia are a sensational four-piece band, emerging onto the London jazz scene. An eclectic fusion of Latin, funk and neo-soul defines their sound, with live performances that never fail to get the audience up and moving.   Watch below a video to Naia new song “Heatwave”: Having members…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Jerk Some Cosmic Shift
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    Jerk, Brooklyn producer releases his new album “Some Cosmic Shift” on DeepMatter Records

    Jerk, Brooklyn producer releases his new album “Some Cosmic Shift” on DeepMatter Records. Jerk is the brainchild of composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kinney. The project is an exploration of the connection between jazz and hip-hop with compositions blurring the lines between hip hop beats and instrumental jazz compositions. As a band, Jerk is Joshua Kinney on Saxophone, Carey Ozmun on Trumpet, Jean Matthieu Carvin on Keyboards, Mikey Migliore on Bass, and Martine Wade on Drums. Jerk’s releases include a trio of EPs (Pink, Yellow, and Green), a full-length beat tape entitled “Pressing On”, and his forthcoming live jazz album entitled ‘Some Cosmic Shift’, releasing August 14th via DeepMatter Records.…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Terrace Martin Kamashi Washington Denzel Curry Racism on Trial.
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    Terrace Martin shares his Three Part Music Series “Racism on Trial” Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Denzel Curry.

    Terrace Martin shares his Three Part Music Series "Racism on Trial" with Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Denzel Curry. In early June 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, Terrace Martin team up with Kamasi Washington, Denzel Curry, G Perico and Daylyt to make angry and energetic Protest Song “PIG FEET”.   “Someone asked, how do I feel? I told them hurt, fearless, angry, aware and fully ready to protect me, my family & my people at all cost. I got together with Black men that felt the same way and created a work of truth. PIG FEET”, Martin said about the track.   Musicians teamed up again for the…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Alabaster dePlume Visit Croatia The Good Vine
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    Alabaster dePlume releases new mini EP called “Visit Croatia”.

    Alabaster dePlume releases a new mini EP called “Visit Croatia”. Back in February he released one of the best albums this year, “To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1” through International Anthem (Chicago) Lost Map (Eigg) and Total Refreshment Centre (London). It is a compilation of instrumentals, taken from early releases, re-mastered, with new some material. "Visit Croatia" from that album was later prominently sampled by Bon Iver on "PDLIF". Today, he released that song as a single with two previously unreleased B-sides: "Black Drifts" and "The Good Wine".   From our Blog: Danalogue, Sarathy Korwar and Alabaster dePlume unite on a new song “Amoeba’s Dream”.   Watch the video below to Alabaster…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Steam Down Afronaut Zu Etcetera Wayne Shorter Blue Note
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    Steam Down featuring Afronaut Zu released their interpretation of Wayne Shorter’s “Etcetera.”

    Steam Down featuring Afronaut Zu released their interpretation of Wayne Shorter’s “Etcetera”. It’s a characteristically cool combination, which features afro-swing, grime, jazz and future soul. “Etcetera” was the title track from revered jazz saxophonist Shorter’s 1965 Blue Note album. “Wayne Shorter has long been my favourite saxophonist and composer in jazz. Reworking Etcetera from his legendary Blue Note catalogue is a childhood dream come true”, said Ahnanse from Steam Down. Steam Down has quickly established a growing fan base in the UK and abroad. Their every performance is a co-creative experience between musicians and audience where everyone's participation matters, regardless of language, background or nationality.   Watch the video below…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Nubya Garcia Pace
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    Nubya Garcia announces her debut album “Source” with two powerful new singles “Pace” and “Source”.

    Nubya Garcia announces her debut album “Source” with two powerful new singles “Pace” and “Source”. Her debut album “Source” on Concorde Jazz is a deeply personal collection of sonic mantras to live by offering in which Garcia maps cartographies around the coordinate points of her identity, her family histories, grief, afro-diasporic connections and collectivism.  It's about a realization of personal and collective power: the evolution of the saxophonist’s values as she re-connects with herself, her roots and her community. Garcia digs deep to present an album with a global outlook: from London to Bogota, Caura to Georgetown, it's a record drawing inspiration from the many places Garcia calls home. The…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Makaya McCraven Universal Beings
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    Makaya McCraven shares “Mak Attack” and “Beat Science” from his new album “Universal Beings E&F Sides”

    Makaya McCraven shares two new singles “Mak Attack” and “Beat Science” from his forthcoming album “Universal Beings E&F Sides” on International Anthem. It’s Makaya follow up to his critically-acclaimed 2018 release “Universal Beings”. New LP presents fourteen new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions, prepared and produced by Makaya as a soundtrack to the “Universal Beings” documentary film, directed by Mark Pallman. 26 minutes long “making off” documentary follows Makaya to Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City for a behind the scenes look into the making of the artists breakthrough album, taking the viewer through the story of Makaya's life, his process and the…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Michael Kiwanuka Mercury Prize Light
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    Michael Kiwanuka Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year, and also shared a new video to the song “Light”.

    Michael Kiwanuka Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year for his third album “Kiwanuka”, it’s the third time in his career following nominations for “Home Again” and “Love & Hate”. He has been already nominated for numerous honors, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC's Sound of 2012. He also shared recently a new video to the song “Light (Edit)”, it's shorter version of the song from his self titled third album produced by Inflo (Saul, Little Simz) and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Black Keys). “It still feels just as amazing as the first (nomination). The…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Moses Boyd Dark Matter Mercury Prize
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    Moses Boyd Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year, and also shared a new video to the song “Stranger Than Fiction”.

    Moses Boyd Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year for his debut album “Dark Matter’”. He also shared a new video to the song “Stranger Than Fiction”, the first single from that album. Moses is a drummer, composer, producer and bandleader, one of the central figures in the London jazz scene. He is mostly known as half of Binker & Moses, project made with saxophonist Binker Golding, their three albums won one MOBO Award, two Jazz FM Awards and a Parliamentary Jazz Award. His self-titled jazz band Moses Boyd Exodus (also known as the Exodus), released several mixtapes in the mid-2010s and together have recorded most of Boyd's solo…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Takuya Kuroda Change Fly Moon Die Soon
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    Takuya Kuroda announces a new album “’Fly Moon Die Soon” and shares his first single “Change” with Corey King.

    Takuya Kuroda announces a new album “'Fly Moon Die Soon” and shares his first single “Change” with Corey King. Takuya Kuroda is a  highly-respected trumpeter, is a forward-thinking musician that has developed a unique hybrid sound, blending classic groovy hard-bop, post-bop, soulful jazz, contemporary funk, fusion and hip hop music. The album consists of nine tracks, seven original compositions, and two classics Ohio Players “Sweet Sticky Thing” featuring Alina Engibaryan on vocals, and Herbie Hancock “Tell Me A Bedtime Story”. For this record Takuya Kuroda freed himself from the constraints of standard tracking with a live band and made hearty use of beats, sampling, overdubs, and other studio magic while also inviting musicians into the…

  • Danalogue, Sarathy Korwar and Alabaster dePlume unite on a new song “Amoeba's Dream”.
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    Danalogue, Sarathy Korwar and Alabaster dePlume unite on a new song “Amoeba’s Dream”.

    Danalogue, Sarathy Korwar, and Alabaster dePlume unite on a new song “Amoeba's Dream” from Danalogue & Sarathy Korwar collaborative debut EP “Equinox”. London-based synthesizer player and producer Dan Leavers aka Danalogue has been astral traveling through multiple sonic dimensions for the past few years, notably, his critically acclaimed work producing and performing in Mercury-nominated trio The Comet is Coming (with Betamax and Shabaka Hutchings) and Soccer96 (with Betamax). Dan with Max Hallett aka Betamax released in June new EP "Tactics" with Alabaster dePlume on vocals. Listen below to Soccer96 with Alabaster dePlume new song “Buy It”, from their forthcoming debut EP “Tactics”: Tactics EP by Soccer96 He also produced for other artists like…