• 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 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 Steam-Down
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    Today Steam Down and Pyjaen will play EFG London Jazz Festival Royal Docks Weekender

    The EFG London Jazz Festival is back this November, brightening this chilly month with ambitious and exciting shows that showcase the very best in jazz. This year, we’re thrilled to be hosting a special festival-within-a-festival in the Royal Docks. On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, the EFG London Jazz Festival are taking over spaces and venues around the Royal Docks for a weekend filled with live performances, installations, workshops, and more: the Royal Docks Weekender. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZOJCR71JV0[/embedyt]   Programme, Saturday 23 November Erica McKoy (DJ set) 2pm at The Good Hotel The best in exciting and promising new music with inspiration from around the world. Tomorrow’s Warriors Takeover 3pm-7pm at The Crystal Be the first…

  • 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…