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Fresh sounds: Levitation Orchestra – Life Is Suffering/Send And Receive Love Only

London's collective Levitation Orchestra released a new single Life Is Suffering/Send And Receive Love Only from the band forthcoming album Illusions & Realities.

Levitation Orchestra presents one of the most adventurous albums to bless our ears in 2021, bringing together multiple inspirations ranging across spiritual jazz, classical, electronica, soul, spoken word, M-Base, and no-holds-barred free improvisation. With trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Cykada, Gary Bartz) as musical director, the collective comprises some of London's most promising young musicians, who together play in or with the likes of Alabaster de Plume, Shunaji, Nihilism, PYJÆN, and Nardedey.

Lluis Domenech Plana on flute, James Akers on tenor saxophone, and Ayodeji Ijishakin (Xvngo) on tenor saxophone complete the horn section, with Saskia Horton on violin, Beatriz Rola on violin, and Emma Barnaby on cello making up the strings. Rhythm is available in handfuls from Hamish Nockles-Moore on double bass and Harry Ling on drums, complemented by Roella Oloro on keys, Maria Osuchowska on harp, and Paris Charles on guitar, with last but not least, Plumm and Dilara Aydin-Corbett on vocals.

 

Listen to Levitation Orchestra new single Life Is Suffering/Send And Receive Love Only from the band's forthcoming album Illusions & Realities:

Levitation Orchestra as a true collective, each member is vital, contributing equally to the whole in terms of playing and writing. Compositions formed out of group discussions, which in the case of Illusions & Realities, delved into childhood, stoicism, astrophysical theories, and neurological delusions, all interweaving and circling the point where truth and reality enter the realm of illusion. The result is a record that manages to channels the energy of Sun Ra's Arkestra, the spiritual ambiance of Alice Coltrane, and the harmonic subtleties of Debussy, whilst ultimately producing something tantalizingly original. The album is set for global release on October 29th via Gearbox Records.

 

Watch below Levitation Orchestra new single Life Is Suffering/Send And Receive Love Only from the band's forthcoming album Illusions & Realities:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:

 

Lumison, Matt Carmichael - Last Place

Soul Supreme - Feelin' Good / Officially in Love / Still Shining

Theon Cross - We Go Again

Mammoth - Ourglass

30/70 - Tastes Like Freedom

Don't Problem - King Kong

Nils Petter Molvær - Median

Thijsenterprise - Three Houses

Levitation Orchestra - Life is Suffering / Send and Receive Love Only

Brandee Younger - Reclamation

Miguel Muziq, Yelfris Valdés - Havana to Cyprus

Marcelo Monteiro - Deyeh

Barton Think, Dynamite MC - My Last Album

Brasstracks - Welcome Back

Mumu Fresh - Queen of Culture

Janelle Monáe - Stronger (from the Netflix Series We The People)

Common, PJ - Imagine

Swindle, Loyle Carner, Kojey Radical & JNR Williams - LOST

Nas, Cordae, Freddie Gibbs - Life is Like a Dice Game - Spotify Singles

Steam Down, Afronaut Zu, TINYMAN, Ahnansé - Empower (Live at Tate Modern, 2021)

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