Thursday 12 April 2018

5 free projects you should've downloaded already...

'Manj' by Joomanji
All credit for this recent discovery goes to the incredible musical tastes of our Twitter homie @LoreVille609 who put us onto this one.  The group actually have two projects available for free download including the self-titled six-track release from 2012 and then the project in question, 'Manj', released in 2013.  Comprising of Jonah Christian, Amir Oosman and Robert Finucane, and with guests littered throughout, this is an excellent project that deserves your attention.  For your own benefit however, please pay special attention to the two Lindsay Olsen assisted tracks ('Spread Too Thin' and 'Where Are You') which are exquisite.

'Lady Day - 100 Years of Billie Holiday' - v/a
Several projects were released in 2015 marking what would have been the iconic singer's 100th birthday and aside from 'Yesterday I Had The Blues' by Jose James and 'Coming Forth By Day' by Cassandra Wilson, there was also a fantastic project presented by the London-based label, Millenium Jazz Music.  Featuring a variety of contributors the songs here range from covers to tributes and samples uniquely showcased over a variety of styles.

'Laura Mvula Chopped' by Kay & Luke of The Foundation
The incredible Laura Mvula receives the prestigious "Chopped" treatment from Kay & Luke of The Foundation in an inspired take of her live performance with the Metropole Orkest recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Hip-hop-style beats respectfully married to Mvula's beautiful vocals make this a real find from the excellent FWML's Rappers I Know label!

'Welcome To A New Welcome' by Maisha
While London rides high on its current wave of emerging young talent in jazz, here's the band that will shortly steam ahead to the front of the most-talked-about queue.  Jazz re:freshed deliver a fantastic teaser of amazing things to come from London-based jazz collective whose sound is fully immersed in the spiritual jazz stylings of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane and Idris Muhammad.

'The Renditions' by Marie Dahlstrom
Here's a great project from Danish soul singer Marie Dahlstrom who released an EP of covers in 2013 using a pool of incredibly diverse originals but all brilliantly reimagined with her own elegant sound and style.  Bon Iver's 'Perth' and Little Dragon's 'Twice' score high as does the beautiful live version of her own number 'Search'.

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