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Electronic Jazz

Nick Tello brings his stunning, ambitious signature with ‘The Artist’

‘The Artist’ is six minutes fifty-two seconds of jazzy, (initially) lounge-bar piano-led (mostly-) instrumental composition, part musical movement, part art piece, rotating its way through guitars, samples, and orchestral instrumentation and percussion, always with the same repeating melody-line. It’s freeform, experimental, and hugely ambitious, with multiple layered tracks compounding that repetitive ostinato phrase; apparently three years in the making and a month to mix, with ambient background-chatter samples, reverb-soaked drums, strings, and that constant piano, programmed TR-808 patterns and electronic instrumentation, and even the smash of a glass. There’s twists and turns, rests and pauses, pitch-shifts and tempo and timbre-changes, classical finger-picked guitar mixing with engineered notes and sampled speech, but always a return to the familiar, beautiful piano refrain. It’s an absolute work of art, delicate, potent, and powerful, and a definite labour of love. A stunning, sublime achievement.

You can hear ‘The Artist’ on Spotify. Follow Nick Tello on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Kenta Insense – Turntable: Blissfully Sun-Soaked Jazz-Infused Instrumental Hip Hop

https://soundcloud.com/kentainsense/turntable

For many, Summer 2020 may feel cancelled. Yet, as long as we have blissfully sun-soaked vibing mixes such as Kenta Insense’s recently released single “Turntable”, it’s impossible to feel totally pessimistic about the season.

The Brooklyn-based DJ and producer prepared an indulgent cocktail of transcendence with Turntable. There’s a vitality amidst the ambience of the soundscape and effortless ease within the structure of the naturally flowing mix which you will definitely want to add to your playlists to get a repeat dose of tranquillity.

You can check out Kenta Insense’s latest single Turntable along with their other recent releases for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Wade C. Long – Norm’s Place: Arcanely Constructed Alt Jazz

https://soundcloud.com/wade-long/norms-place

Up and coming LA artist Wade C. Long’s mesmeric blend of RnB, Jazz, House, and Gospel has made him one of the most distinctive artists we’ve heard in quite some time.

Their recently released single “Norm’s Place” is arcanely stunning. Yet rather than just offering a pleasant aural delight to lose yourself within, you’ll be hooked into each progression as you come to appreciate the ingenuity of Wade C. Long’s improvisational style. He found the perfect balance between chaos and catharsis in Norm’s Place. Dare I say David Lynch wouldn’t be able to orchestrate a soundscape as mind-melting as this?

With the usual time signatures safely out of the window, the jarring stabbing notes cut through the concordance of the lucid instrumental harmonies and efficaciously invite you into an aurally altered state.

You can check out Wade C. Long’s single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast