• www.thewickedsound.com Nikitch Kuna Maze
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    French duo Nikitch & Kuna Maze dropped a dancefloor jazz banger “Hey, This Must Be Deep”

    French duo Nikitch & Kuna Maze dropped a dancefloor jazz banger “Hey, This Must Be Deep”, and announced the first full-length debut album “Débuts”. The song oscillates between jazz, funk, Brazilan music, house, and broken beat. Nikitch & Kuna Maze is the collaboration project between two emerging young artists from France. Nicolas Morant aka Nikitch is Lyon based classically trained musician, who becomes a footwork and trap producer and has developed influences amid various jazz, electro and trip-hop bands. Edouard Gilbert aka Kuna Maze is a young producer from also from Lyon and now based in Brussel. Training trumpetist, his music is a hypnotic and melodic beat-driven style that touches on…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-The-Free-Nationals-Anderson-Paak-Tiny-Desk-Concert
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    The Free Nationals featuring Anderson Paak & Chronixx returned to NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”

    The Free Nationals featuring Anderson Paak & Chronixx returned to NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”. They played at NPR Tiny Desk before in 2016 as an Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals. That video of that concert was the most popular in the history of the long-running series (since 2008!), with over 48 million views on YouTube. Ron Avant, keyboardist of The Free Nationals, thanks to NPR for the invitation: "I'm grateful that the Tiny Desk has made my face recognizable around the globe".   Watch their first Tiny Desk performance below: They started with Daniel Caesar's "Beauty & Essex" featuring India Shawn. She used to play and recording with the band…

  • www.thewickedsound.com 44th Move Alfa Mist Richard Spaven
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    Alfa Mist and Richard Spaven released debut EP of their enigmatic project 44th Move

    Alfa Mist and Richard Spaven released debut EP of their enigmatic project 44th Move. The pair are two of London's top young innovative jazz players. Alfa Mist is a self-taught piano player, jazz producer and rapper. His early album "Antiphon" become an international fan-driven success, received more than 6 million streams on YouTube alone. He dropped full-length album “Structuralism” in 2019, followed by the solo piano EP “On My Ones” in February 2020. Richard Spaven is a jazz drummer and music producer, he debuted with his “Spaven’s 5” on Jazz Re:freshed. His last album is the acclaimed “Real Time” LP on Fine Line. He was working with The Cinematic Orchestra,…

  • www.thewickedsound.com-Damon-Locks-Black-Monument-Ensemble
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    Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble share new song, “Stay Beautiful”, a love letter to his hometown

    Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble share new song, “Stay Beautiful”, a love letter to his hometown. The new track was recorded live at Chicago’s Red Bull Music Festival in late 2018 at Garfield Park Conservatory, and was released alongside a video which features that performance plus behind-the-scenes preparation. Black Monument Ensemble started as a solo sound collage project by Chicago-based sound & visual artist Damon Locks piece, where artist used samples from Civil Rights era speeches and recordings to create an improvisational pallet for performance on his drum machine. Over 4 years the project has turned into his 15-piece Black Monument Ensemble – featuring musicians (including Angel Bat Dawid…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Aub Alex Hitchcock Tom Barford
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    AuB “Not Jazz” is the new collaboration between the two young saxophonists, Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock.

    AuB “Not Jazz” is the new collaboration between the two young saxophonists, Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock. AuB is the London based quartet, masterminded by Barford and Hitchcock, musicians who are making huge waves as part of the next generation of virtuosic instrumentalists in the UK. Barford released highly successful solo release, “Bloomer”, in 2018. Alex Hitchcock released last year two albums, his debut “All Good Things” and an EP “Outside In”. AUB, pronounced ORB, refers to the meeting and unity of two musical minds and instrumental sounds melded into one group sound. Together with bassist Fergus Ireland and drummer James Maddren, AUB melds contemporary Jazz sounds, an adventurous and…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Pyjaen Blue Lab Beats Sage Secrets
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    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 Greentea Peng Ghost Town
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    Greentea Peng put out “Ghost Town” with a powerful message.

    Greentea Peng put out new her single “Ghost Town” with a powerful message about modern-day life in a big city. The song is inspired by The Specials’ track of the same name. The song is a mellow dub-infused soul-jazz track, with some extremely important and powerful message about the negative impact that gentrification is having on the working class in London. Greentea Peng has lived in many, very different places – London, Hastings, Mexico, but London in her own words “It’s the most diverse city I’ve ever been to. Growing up I very much loved London, my Dad brought me up very ‘yeah London town, the best town in the…

  • 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 Pyjaen
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    Pyjaen will present their debut album live tonight in Brighton

    Headed up by Dylan Jones (of EZRA Collective), Ben Vize, Daniele Diodato, Benjamin Crane and Charlie Hutchinson, PYJÆN is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with vision of pushing music forward in new directions. Having all met at Trinity Laban College of music, the collective has the shared goal of exploring life through musical expression and perfecting their art. With their debut album dropping this September we can’t wait to hear the tracks live in the intimate and scantly clad setting of Patterns’ upstairs room. Dance can be triggered by improvised Jazz, classic four to the floor or whatever it is that…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Barnacles
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    The Wicked Sound premiere: you can stream now debut album from new Brighton’s jazz outfit Barnacles!

    Incredible power of horns. Another great band on the musical map of Brighton. Barnacles are lead by Leroy Horns from UK dub collective The Resonators. The music of the band is very melodic, heavy and danceable at the same time. Fans of Shabaka Hutchings, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Ill Considered shouldn’t be disappointed.  They launch their debut album tomorrow 10th of October at The Rose Hill in Brighton. This five-piece UK Jazz band, consisting of just horn section and drums, combine the energy and intensity of dance music with the spontaneity and freedom of a live group. Having no chordal instrument, results in a no safety net, nowhere to…