• www,thewickedsound.com EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 Launch
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    EFG London Jazz Festival Launch 2020

    EFG London Jazz Festival Launch 2020 Thursday 24 September | 8pm   This year the EFG London Jazz Festival will be an event that is both live and digital - Living in Two Worlds - and will run from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 November 2020. The London Jazz Festival is a music festival held every November since 1992, as  EFG London Jazz Festival since 2013. It takes place in London venues such as the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall and in smaller jazz clubs, such as Ronnie Scott's and the Vortex Jazz Club. It is produced by Serious. The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 have meant we have had to rethink how music is experienced to create a Festival that is accessible to a wide audience and…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Nubya Garcia NPR Tiny Desk
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    Nubya Garcia with her band performed at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert series

    Nubya Garcia with her band performed at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert series. Nubya performed songs from her new album, "Source", for the latest installment of NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series. With her band, the saxophonist performed "Source", "Pace", and "Boundless Beings" on the vast, swaying boat that houses Soup Studios. Watch it happen below. Watch below a video of Nubya Garcia performs her new compositions for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series: “Source” was produced by Garcia and renowned producer Kwes (Nérija, Bobby Womack, Solange), and features Garcia’s hard-touring band of keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones, bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Sam Jones.  LP feautures guest appearances…

  • 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 Yussef Dayes Blackfriars Patta
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    Yussef Dayes released the drum-only “Blackfriars” EP in collaboration with clothing company Patta

    Yussef Dayes released drum-only Blackfriars EP in collaboration with clothing company Patta. The collaboration, which releases Friday, September 18th, consists of a Patta x Yussef Dayes Panel Relaxed Tracksuit, sold as a pack together with a single-sided 12-inch vinyl, containing five drum-only riddims. Having been influenced by many different genres - with Senegalese drum music being one of them - Jamaican/ English Yussef Dayes is a drummer and producer pushing beyond genre restrictions. While Yussef always keeps a small circle while working on his projects, this project is five tracks of only drums. With Yussef being the sole musician, the Blackfriars fully showcases all that he can do. The video for Blackfriars…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Kokoroko BBC Proms
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    Kokoroko deliver an exceptional show at the BBC Proms

    London Afrobeat eight-piece group Kokoroko led by trumpet player Sheila Maurice-Grey delivers an exceptional show to the Royal Albert Hall stage for their BBC Proms debut broadcast, live-streamed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer.   From our Blog: KOKOROKO came back with “Carry Me Home” and also From our Blog: Nubya Garcia announces her debut album “Source” with two powerful new singles “Pace” and “Source” including KOKOROKO horn players Cassie Kinoshi (alto sax), Richie Seivwright (trombone), and Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet)   Watch below a video to Kokoroko performing the song “Carry Me Home” at BBC Proms: The band’s name is an Orobo – a Nigerian tribe and language –…

  • Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”.
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    Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”.

    Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”, performed live with Alabaster dePlume on sax, Betamax on drums and Neil Charles on double bass. The 6th of August 2020 marks 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 135,000 people. Stop the War commemorate the occasion with a special performance from jazz revolutionary Shabaka Hutchings. Hutchings, a Mercury Prize-nominated saxophonist and bandleader is one of the leading figures in the current flowering of the UK jazz scene. He is an integral part of three unique and groundbreaking bands (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors), each of whom have…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Mammal Hands Chaser
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    Mammal Hands release a new single “Chaser” from their forthcoming fourth album “Captured Spirits”

    Mammal Hands release a new single “Chaser” from their forthcoming fourth album “Captured Spirits” via Gondwana Records. The bans formed in Norwich in 2012, by brothers Nick Smart (piano) and Jordan Smart (sax) along with Jesse Barrett (drums and table). Mammal Hands take their in influences from electronic music, contemporary classical, world, folk and jazz music, including their heroes Pharoah Sanders, Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Sirishkumar Manji. All three members of the band contribute equally to the writing process: one that favors the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos. “I think with this record, there was a strong and renewed sense of collective enjoyment…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Emma Jean Thackray Um Yang.
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    Emma-Jean Thackray announces a new release “Um Yang” and shares two remixes

    Emma-Jean Thackray announces a new release “Um Yang” and shares some new remixes. The new long-dreamed project is straight-to-disc record dedicated to the Taoist philosophy of duality and harmony, of balancing melody and rhythm, groove and free improvisation, the cerebral and physical. The album was recorded and cut direct-to-disk at Artone Studio in Haarlem, Holland, the same way as the previous Night Dreamer releases. The two-track project features Thackray on trumpet, vocals and percussion, alongside Soweto Kinch on sax, Lyle Barton (Golden Mean) on rhodes, Ben Kelly (Paradox Ensemble) on sousaphone, Dwayne Kilvington (Wonky Logic, Steam Down, Bryony Jarman Pinto) on percussion, Crispin Robinson (Galliano) on congas, and Dougal Taylor…

  • www.thewickedsound.com Tenderlonious Quarantena 22a new album
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    Tenderlonious announced a new LP “Quarantena” with the same-titled first single.

    Tenderlonious announced a new LP “Quarantena” with the same-titled first single. London’s multi-instrumentalist and prolific producer spend his time during the lockdown in his home studio playing his vast collection of synths, drum machines, and instruments he’s built up over the past twenty years. Armed with an arsenal of hardware and inspired by sci-fi & fantasy movies, he has delivered a soundtrack to his quarantine. “When COVID-19 hit the UK back in March this year the music game changed almost overnight - no more gigs, no more studio sessions with the band, many music stores and outlets shutting up shop. This drastic change offered plenty of time for reflection, opening…