The Catch Up

Where does all the time go? Fear not, that was a rhetorical question. Alas today’s blog entry is a culmination of info I think you need to receive. Hence: The Catch Up…

Legendary jazz label Blue Note have released four new CDs celebrating their rich history via the music of; Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, and Thelonious Monk. I was lucky enough to receive the latter two. For anyone either too young to remember these fine artists, or just not familiar with the particulars of jazz, Blue Note is still going strong and currently holds Robert Glasper (amazing pianist) and a little lady called Norah Jones on their roster. But back in the hey-day of jazz, Blue Note was king and these artists were their proverbial princes. Each of the CDs in this Finest In Jazz series contains seven amazing classics. The artwork on the CD cases is really something too, plus the same designs are available on shirts, so make sure you check those out. If you have a moderate interest in jazz and want to delve a bit deeper, or even if you just want to be aurally reminded of these jazz greats, you’d be wise to check these releases. I’ll give you a small taster…

Jimmy Smith – I Got a Woman
>> download track
>> buy The Finest In Jazz @ Giant Step
This download link will expire on 17th June.

I think it is quite plain to see that Diplo is fascinated with Brazil and its music. But now things are progressing and the artists that he has previously worked with are getting their chance to shine. Up steps Bonde Do Role. This trio are a bit crazy, that has to be said. However, their fusion of baile funk, hip-hop, and punk’esque electro rock is nothing short of addictive. Bonde Do Role’s debut album (outside of Brazil, anyway) has just dropped and it is called With Lasers. You may have caught one of the tracks on the Just Like Music podcast, but here is another for good measure…

Bonde Do Role – Marina Do Bairro
>> download track
>> buy With Lasers @ Amazon UK / Amazon US
This download link will expire on 17th June.

Any regular readers will know I like a bit of funk, and what should turn up on my doorstep just recently? The latest album from The New Mastersounds. The funky fellas from Leeds bring us their 5th album, 102%. I’ve been loving the funk resurgence of late, but their is something special bout this album. It starts with the high energy funk you’d expect, then even goes into a cool cover of Witness by Roots Manuva, but as I listened to this album it seemed to mature and thicken in substance. This is no funk-by-numbers effort. It’s not 14 tracks long, it’s 14 tracks strong – 102% has depth that needs to be heard to be believed. Here is the Roots Manuva cover I was talking about…

The New Mastersounds – Witness
>> download track
>> buy 102% @ Amazon UK / Amazon US
This download link will expire on 17th June.

In other brief news

The upcoming Pharoahe Monch album, Desire, is a bit of a let down – might be one for the Monch fanatics only.

The new UNKLE album, War Stories, tries hard, but it seemed a tad bland to me – best track is the first single, Burn My Shadow, check out the video on YouTube.

The new Beastie Boys album, The Mix Up, is fantastic. Strictly instrumental as they warned, this is indeed closer to Paul’s Boutique than any of their other releases. This one should appeal to anyone, so as long as you don’t hate instrumentals. I also feel like it could be a bit of a grower, so if it doesn’t get you first time round… don’t give up on it. It is tight as hell, they’ve done a brilliant job. Official drop date is 25th June, but you can take a sneaky listen here…

Beastie Boys – Freaky Hijiki
>> download track
>> pre-order The Mix Up @ Amazon UK / Amazon US
This download link will expire on 17th June.

That lot should keep you in check for a while. Also be sure to subscribe to the Just Like Music podcast (feed url is in the right hand bar of this page), that’s the quickest way to listen to what I’ve been listening to recently. Look out for more interviews on the blog soon and perhaps some other interesting new features, we shall see!

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    Beastie boys are great,lov their work”.

  • http://aveng5vt3.musicpro.hop.clickbank.net/ Aaron

    Beastie boys are great,lov their work”.