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EP: Montreal’s Busty and the Bass release the groove of ‘The ET Suite’

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Bassist and Composer Dave Manington has teamed up with singer-songwriter Lara Eidi to produce a new track, ‘Look to the horizon’, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia today. Recorded remotely during lockdown in Athens and London, ‘Look to the Horizon’ is a wistful, psychedelic and nostalgic ballad about …

WE SWOONED for “Metal Man”, a dusky tale of yearning from former Clayhill quiet songwriting genius Ted Barnes featuring the vocal talents of Brighton folkie Kristin McClement a month back now when we premiered it; and now Ted’s lovely album 17 Postcards is out in the world, he’s offered that track up for a remix …

CALIFORNIAN artist Mike Alias today releases his new single, “Drift”, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere it right here today on Backseat Mafia. Born into a musical family, Mike took inspiration from the hiphop and R&B roots of the Bay Area, using his guitar and music production skills to create his unique soundscapes. …

IF LOCKDOWN releases and remote recordings are anything to go by, especially when you’re a jazz ensemble, then you best take example from The ET Suite– a reimagined expansion of Montreal jazz-funk collective Busty and the Bass’s album track, “ET”. They’re already receiving high praise for their second album, Eddie, from Mojo Magazine, Echoes, Complex …

Leeds singer-songwriter George Bloomfield is gearing up for the release of his debut EP ‘Why Didn’t You?’ on May 7th, and ahead of it he’s releasing the title track from it, which we’re delighted to be able to premiere on Backseat Mafia today. On recording the EP, George explains “As the pandemic continually hindered my …

Taken from his new album ‘McGoldrick’, out February 26th via Infrequent Seams, ‘Ing Right I’, is the new song from Colin Cannon, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere it on Backseat Mafia today. As with the previous track from the album Cannon released, Get Up, it travels through Jazz, fusion, post-rock, electronica to …

Arnan Raz, member of the ‘The Side Project’, and acclaimed Saxopohonist, has drafted in an eclectic band made up of Saxophonist Eyal Hai (NY/Israel) trumpet player Hillel Salem (NY/Israel), Percussionists Kofi Hunter (U.S.A) and Joel Mateo (Puerto Rico), and bass player Scott Colberg (U.S.A) for his third foray into solo recordings. The result is 7 …

Taken from his recently released debut album ‘Bread & Circuses’, Glaswegian songwriter Crawford Mack has released new visuals for the track ‘Turning’ taken from the album, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere them right here on Backseat Mafia this morning. Crawford says of the track “I wrote the track initially about being reminded …

Glaswegian Jazz / Noise / Experimental band AKU! which features members of corto.alto and & Graham Costello’s STRATA are releasing a second single ‘Clawing The Earth Apart’ from their new LP Blind Fury out now on Worm Discs, and we’re delighted to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia today. Blasting into life with these …

When two guitar legends combine, sparks fly. Or at least that’s what we’ve gleaned from listening to this brand new track, One Sky, from American fusion legend Al Di Meola and former slinger for 70’s prog-poppers Pooh Battaglia. It’s out today on 7” vinyl and streaming and we’re delighted to be premiering it this morning …