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Jazz Infusion

Ash Morse has relaunched his solo career with the solid slice of funk-pop ‘Change My Number’

Ash Morse relaunched his solo career by serving up a soul-filling slice of funk-pop with his single, ‘Change My Number’, featuring The Kids Are Alright on April 30th. After touring the globe, featuring on ABC and national radio, Morse proved with Change My Number that he’s lost none of his performative flair, his ability to enliven and uplift with his jazzy tones is still right on the money.

If Maroon 5 used more synths and took plenty of influence from the Jackson 5, the aural result would undoubtedly be reminiscent of what you will find in the ardently electric single, Change My Number.

The eccentricity and the eclecticism of his style put him in good stead for the rest of his solo career; if he continues to bring fiery feel-good tracks to the airwaves in the same vein as Change My Number, it won’t be long until he sees his names in lights.

Change My Number is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Gully has brought optimism with him into the new year with their single ‘Carpe Diem’

Seizing the moment may be harder than usual in 2021, unless that means grabbing the fanciest biscuits in Tesco, but it’s still possible to indulge in unforgettable experiences, such as hitting play on ‘Carpe Diem’, the latest single  released by UK Indie Jazz artist, Gully.

After gaining plenty of traction on the radio waves, thanks to Radio Bristol and BBC introducing, with his debut EP,  ‘Student Blues’, Gully, and his 6-piece band, teamed up with producer Jax Beats to create a mix as timeless as it is fresh. The contemporary Indie inclinations weave amongst the roots-deep flowing Jazz licks with such natural ease, it becomes impossible not to melt into the cathartic grooves of the shimmering soundscape.

If your soul melted at The Arctic Monkeys’ cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good’, Carpe Diem will undoubtedly have the same evocative impact.

You can check out Carpe Diem for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Embrace the ferocity in Miss Emily’s fiercely tantalising Blues track “The Sellout”

Need a live music Fix? Sensationally talented award-winning Blues artist Miss Emily has treated her ardent fans to a live rendition to one of her most soulfully imploring singles, The Sellout.

Finding artists with a voice which crawls under your skin and into your soul is no easy feat, but it is hard to ignore Miss Emily and the evocatively ethereal tones which she can command as she verses the scathingly alluring vocals. The passion and level of conviction in her projection of the pitch-perfect notes allows the empowered vibes to stay with you long after the track has faded to a quiescent close.

If someone took you by the shoulders and attempted to shake the naivety out of you, the effect would be less visceral than if you hit play on The Sellout. Her band leave plenty of room for her vocals to utterly dominate the track, but you’ll still get to drink in plenty of rhythmically enticing alchemy which bleeds through the smooth blues grooves.

You can check out the video of Miss Emily performing Live at the Isabel by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast  

JEF P – Pull Up: An Ardently Intoxicating Jazz Infusion

If you think that the artwork to JEF P’s single Pull Up is archaic, just wait until you hear the ardently intoxicating levels of old-school soul in the RnB track.

Pull Up resonates as more than music, you can tell that the Washington-based artist’s audiophilic tendencies heavily influenced the soundscape, but there’s sticky-sweet meta poetry breathing through the melodic verses which swing in perfect tempo with the Jazz-laden instrumentals.

I don’t bound the term ‘masterful’ around lightly, but with Pull Up, it’s impossible to find a more apt adjective for the dreamy, hazy, contemporary vibes.

Pull Up is available to stream via all major platforms through this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dion Kerr showcases their experimentalism with “Cosmos”

https://bacerecords.bandcamp.com/track/cosmos

Kicking in with some proper old style TR808 drum sounds before a set of mildly discordant piano and brass chords, ‘Cosmos’ by Dion Kerr is nine minutes of jazzy instrumental, a series of repeating motifs, moving through arrangements and phrases, alternating saxophone and experimental guitar courtesy of collaborator Jeff Parker.

Here using an original composition from his days at the Manhattan School Of Music, Kerr deconstructs and recasts the piece into an improvisational modern big band arrangement, marrying old school drum machine beats, cassette tape saturation, and experimental modern jazz.

‘Cosmos’ is from Kerr’s new album ‘Ivy’, available to preorder from his Bandcamp page.

Review by Alex Holmes.

Marvin Muoneke offers deep rounded resonance with “How About You”

Marvin Muoneké

‘How About You’ starts simply enough, a few measures of descending piano riff and Muonoke’s vocal before the full-on ‘brushes and hi-hats’ rhythm section kick, and we’re treated to the rich pleasure of Muoneke’s outstanding vocal.

This is full, old-school combo swing-time jazz a la Gershwin, Basie, or Woody Herman, or the best of West End show-tunes, the piano riffing alongside upright bass and a perfectly phrased trumpet interlude, Muoneke’s voice deep, rounded, and resonant throughout. The timbre and tone of his mellow baritone a perfect counterpoint to the band beneath; Muoneke describes himself as ‘the young man with the old soul’, and on ‘How About You’ he’s not wrong, the song instantly transporting us back to a 1940’s pre-Bebop era of smoky jazz clubs, expressive, strong, and vibrant, Muoneke’s lyrics a canny mix of old school (‘Lady Ella’s voice’) and new (‘Some roti curry goat, rice, and peas’), self-aware but never jarring or incongruous.

A masterclass of swing, Muoneke’s debut album is available to pre-save via his Facebook page.

Review by Alex Holmes

Yoni Mayraz – I used to think about God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoO5AdMi4pc&ab_channel=YoniMayraz

Starting off with a subtle piano-and-drum part before the pulled back distorted vocals and mellow saxophone kick in, Yoni Mayraz’s ‘I used to think about God’ is a chilled-out, jazzy deep-cuts style wander through anger and acceptance, a cry to revisit a simpler, more peaceful time when the beauty of home and comfort had yet to be superseded by the fear and confusion of the last few months.

Noam Darvish’s vocal is pulled masterfully back in the mix, the track carried instead by Matan Vardi’s freeform jazzy sax, a three-minute paean to love and acceptance, the lead single from Mayraz’s new ‘Rough Cuts’ EP.

You can hear the full EP on YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

Dangerbirds – Red Tea: Kaleidoscopically Entrancing Melodic Jazz

‘Immersive’ isn’t usually the first adjective which comes to mind to describe a standout track from Jazz ensemble but discernibly, the Leeds-lauded Jazz outfit Dangerbirds are anything but archetypal.

After forming in 2018, Dangerbirds took their time crafting their transcendently warm album “Shapes”. Part Ambient Jaz and Part Progressive Melodic Instrumental Rock, the album is a deluge of complexity weaved into trustable rhythms. The standout track is undoubtedly Red Tea, it may not use typical time signatures, yet, you’ll want to surrender your pulses to the alchemy weaved by virtuoso-level composer and guitarist Sam Horan regardless.

Never let it be said that Jazz can’t be accessible and fit for contemporary airwaves.

You can check out Red Tea along with the rest of Dangerbirds debut album Shapes via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kwonrad – Vanilla & Honey: A Dreamy Melodious Debut from a Trailblazing US Duo

Tracks such as the debut single from San Francisco-based artist Kwonrad remind you just how powerful dreamy melodious music can be.

Vanilla & Honey” feels like an act of pure indulgence when you hit play. The immersive gravity starts with delicately light and warmly textured notes which trickle under Hunter Conrad’s soul-soothing vocals. The accordance carved on the guitar is equally as hypnotic. Finishing off the soundscape is the rhythmically intoxicating prowess of Alec Kwo (keyboards, synths, bass, engineering).

Any fans of improvisation offering artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Stevie Wonder, and Vulfpeck will definitely want to hit play and drink in the delectable infusion of Soul, Jazz, Indie, Rock and Folk.

You can check out Kwonrad’s single Vanilla & Honey for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Fernando Peters has made their intriguingly exploratory debut with the album “Living Low”

Fernando Peters may not be a household name, but the artists who he has composed for and played as a session artist with are.

The Brazilian artist has kicked off their solo career with the intriguingly explorative album “Living Low”. The tracks it contains may not fall neatly into any genre category, but they safely fall into the realm of cathartic ingenuity.

The best introduction to their indulgently transcendent style is “Island Inside”. With smooth licks of Jazz within the ambient soundscape along with undefinable artfully intimate textures, it’s no great stretch to say that you’ve never heard anything like this before.

The vocals which resonate as ethereal whispers slide in at the mid-point in the progressive soundscape which may be unpredictable at every evolution, but you’re safe in the deftly experienced hands of Fernando Peters.

You can check out Island Inside along with the rest of the album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast