Here’s some news to help everyone countdown the days until spring time. The Reds, Pinks and Purples are due to deliver a new album ‘Uncommon Weather’ on April 9th via Slumberland Records. It will be the third full release from the ‘band’ after 2019’s ‘Anxiety Art’ first revealed itself, before the shimmering, reflective song collection …

At times it’s hard to keep tabs on the overflowing treasure chest of re-issues from the ever-giving seventies African rock and funk scenes. But here is one gem that shouldn’t be missed- it’s got pedigree, it’s got provenance but more importantly it’s a blast. Originally released in 1977 Ngozi Family’s ’45,000 Volts’ was a sharp …

Warm, natural, humorous, gentle, empathic ….all words that justifiably get bandied about in the scrabble to describe James Yorkston’s music. What’s often overlooked is his continued pursuit of different pathways around the songwriting landscape. He’s worked with Kieran Hebden, Simon Raymonde, Rustin Man and Alexis Taylor over two decades of record making and most recently …

For a musician who usually takes a studious approach to making records, Casper Clausen’s new album ‘Better Way’ (available via City Slang from January 9th) could almost be seen as a rush release. As one of the core members of Efterklang, the Danish experimental pop explorers, he was last heard just over a year ago …

Founded by the Berlin band Jazzanova, the Sonar Kollectiv label has been steadily releasing enticing music of the nu-jazz/dance/electronica blend for over 20 years now. So any new name that they sign is always worth a sneak. Cue Milo Tomasovic (a.k.a Mylow) a young DJ, producer and electronic musician from Amsterdam who releases his EP …

You may have picked up on Benjamin Lazar Davis from his 2018 debut ‘Nothing Matters’, an impressively carefree collection of contemporary song-writing, rhythmic heartbeats and lush musical landscapes. Or maybe you latched onto the surging electronic soul pop of his earlier ‘Let it be You’ collaboration with Joan Wasser (Joan As A Policewoman). Or you …

It fits that Lindsay Olsen, aka. Salami Rose Joe Louis, used to be a scientist. Her music commits to questions and experiments, probing the possibilities of out-there pop with a Stereolab-like dedication. You may not have caught her 2019 debut for Brainfeeder, ‘Zdenka 2080’, a spiralling, trippy fizz of dream pop, jazz hints, broken beats …

One of the quirky things about reviewing live streams for BSM during the London Jazz Festival week is that it has actually begun to feel that I’ve been going to different places- The Barbican, King’s Place, The Green Note, Café Oto, The Total Refreshment Centre and tonight it’s off to renowned jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock’s …

FOREVER associated with folklore whimsy, celestial mystery and the delicate songstress, maybe the harp will always have an image problem? Of course in jazz there have inevitably been those who have been able to shove this immovable object away from its own clichés – think the improvisational drive of Dorothy Ashby or spiritual lift of …

So the last night of the London Jazz festival and you can imagine what might have been in the unrestricted freedom of pre-COVID times. Tenderlonious and chums playing a selection of earthy, energetic jazz funk from across the 22a catalogue to a jumping crowd rammed into the grand Victoriana of Shoreditch Town Hall. Sadly for …