Genevieve Artadi Joins Brainfeeder
Genevieve Artadi, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist best-known for her role in KNOWER alongside Louis Cole, has become the latest artist to sign with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. The Los Angeles-based artist announced the news on social media earlier this week, teasing the imminent arrival of new music. She joins a roster that includes Thundercat (whose forthcoming project includes a cut entitled I Love Louis Cole), PBDY, Georgia Anne Muldrow and many others. While we await the new goodness from Genevieve and Thundercat, we recommend diving into the fantastic Brainfeeder X compilation here.
Repeat Listen: JZ Replacement – Disrespectful
Intensity is about much more than speed, and while saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland) and drummer Jamie Murray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer) often play with breathtaking pace on their new album, Disrespectful, it is the accuracy and dynamic control they display in those moments, contrasted by the tension of slower, contemplative melodic sections around them, that make their breakneck beats and open blowing so enthralling.
Joined by bassist Tim Lefebvre (Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana), they craft a real masterpiece — almost an album in microcosm — with the record’s opening track, Displacement. Beginning as a drum/sax duo, Strigalev and Murray display insane synchronicity through a succession of challenging flourishes and rests, packing ideas in tightly, with no four bars sounding identical. When Lefebvre joins with strong, Flea-like attack on a relatively clean-sounding electric bass, the resultant blend is immense. As the track progresses, a dub-like passage sets up a final section with choppy, DnB-esque breaks, each section rolling freely into the next.
Tubuka, by contrast, is slower and more spacious, with a sweet groove that develops as their parts lock together and then seperate. The eccentric, mind-boggling Five Cymbals for Jamie is almost too expansive for words; each musician following their own path, playing rich and interesting phrases, yet somehow staying latched to a feel that binds the piece together. The track captures that delightful craziness one might associated with late sixties and early seventies Zappa and jazz-informed prog-rock records, albeit with an economy and technical command that may’ve been beyond some of those groups.
If you dig the hard-grooving, high-octane sounds of Sons of Kemet, Petter Eldh’s Koma Saxo, Moon Hooch and Too Many Zooz, but equally appreciate freer, more avant-garde jazz and could envisage them blending, then this album is a must-hear for you!
New Sounds and Visuals
Based between Manchester, London, and Brussels, Handle combine abstract, urgent poetry with gritty punk bass lines and propulsive, colourful percussion. A perfect entry point for first-time listeners is album cut Life’s Work, with its sweeping, atmospheric, guitar-like keys, high-energy electric bass, and repetitive vocal phrasing. Essential post-punk for these times of agitation.
Strong strains of ‘80s boogie run through the new Smoove & Turrell cut Do It, with funky slap bass and envelope-sculpted synth chords two immediately noticeable features. As always, the guys have crafted an earworm of a chorus hook, that’s sure to hear the tune blasted over club sound systems for years to come.
With its New Order-esque drum and synth programming, snarling bass, and distorted vocals, Working Men’s Club’s new single, A.A.A.A., packs an almighty, post-industrial punch. While it seems that the band may be contemplating bleak modernity, or rueing our emotional detachment in the twenty-first century, the percussive lyrics function as a compelling instrument regardless of the lyrical sentiment.
Following her fine solo piano album, Esja, and a handful of scores for independent films, Hania Rani returns with a new single from her forthcoming album, Home. For the first time, we hear her delicate, enveloping voice, leading a song which is beautifully paced and subtly arranged. Reflecting on the role of the voice, Rani states, “The human voice has a real magic, nothing carries emotions as easily and powerfully as the voice, and I think being able to bring this atmosphere on stage opens up new possibilities of expression for me.”
The new video for Yorkston/Thorne/Khan’s Sukhe Phool centres around the art of dance. Directed by Jack Barraclough and starring Choreographer/Dancer Kali Chandrasegaram alongside Parbati Chaudhury, it sees the pair moving skilfully and independently in response to the naturally-evolving composition, coming face to face at the end of the piece but never making contact.
Nottingham’s Three Body have released a tasty new EP on their Running Circle label, channel Balearic come-down, new age and nu-jazz textures through each finely constructed piece. Opening cut Palm Leaf tells you all you need to know about its absorbing vibe.