Starts Again is Tawiah’s creative reset of-sorts. Her debut album, a decade on from her first EP, is a triumphant 10-piece composition of avant-garde soul music, blending the artist’s sensibilities with low-slung beats and layered harmonies.
The third instalment in the series, Future Bubblers 3.0, dropped last week, once again introducing us to promising musical projects, always at the forefront of cutting-edge music. Just like the previous albums successfully achieved, Future Bubblers 3.0 continues the tradition of wonky electronica, soulful rhythms and jazz infused bops.
After meeting in London, back in 2016, the multinational duo started working on She right away. Three years gone and Bluestaeb’s soulful approach to beatmaking perfectly complements Harleighblu’s performance, as she stakes her claim on the neo soul and hip hop territory she always identified with as an artist.
After establishing himself in London, at the end of the 90’s, Simbad became deeply involved in the city’s musical culture. Collections Volume One represent his work of 10-15 years - never released before - taking us for a ride in his distinctive, warm, bruk-indebted & jazz-infused sound.
Ancient Mahogany Gold is Catherine Harris-White’s latest work as SassyBlack to arrive during her restless creative streak, and it splits the difference between personal, of-the-moment expressions and long-term vision.
Musicians that we’ve been writing about for years, with their immense talent and vision. Confirmations from some of the avant-garde names on today’s contemporary music - crossing a vast sort of genres. New ones that will, surely, keep surprising us. All in an eclectic 50-track selection.
London soul queen, Ego Ella May, drops tomorrow the album So Far, via Tru Thoughts. Compiling everything she has recorded in her career, through self-releases dating back to 2013, this project is an anthology of her artistic vision - exploring the importance of honesty and speaking from the heart.
The visionary musical output of Dego has had an immeasurable influence on the UK dance and electronica music scene, spanning the 90s and early 00s. His new album, Too Much, is the proof that he continues to push boundaries within his signature sound.
Beyond her fantastic creamy voice, Emmavie’s productions on her long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, Honeymoon, make it one of the killer projects of 2019 - a near flawless record. Emmavie reaches a wider public in style, via Fresh Selects.
Led by the renowned hip hop producer Dr. Dundiff, SGJAZZ is a neo-soul/jazz group from Louisville debuting with their eponymous album, via Jakarta Records. Recorded in Dr. Dundiff’s studio room in 2018, SGJAZZ was made analog-to-digital.
After a two week hiatus, o sótão recaps on some of the best projects released during the month - and spirit - that ended yesterday. With no shortage of exciting music, the playlist of August contains 50 tracks focusing on artists we talked about and others that deserve a special note.
The highly anticipated debut album from singer-songwriter Bryony Jarman-Pinto is due to come out by the end of this week. Cage & Aviary was written over the course of three years, connecting personal reflection to wider social issues. An intimate insight in to what it means to come of age in today’s world.
IV MERIN is a deep exploration, a deep introspective collection, a deep dive into eight tracks by one of the most original contemporary artists hailing from the UK: Alxndr London. The project is an ode to the singer-songwriter’s heritage: with “Merin” translating to “four” in Yoruba andIV Merinbeing his fourth musical project.
Jakarta Records is one of the prominent independent record labels in Europe. Based in Berlin/Cologne, Germany, they’ve been responsible for the release of countless breakthrough acts since 2005. Rooted in Hip Hop, Neo Soul, R&B genres their output has been influencing a generation that breathes music outside the mainstream lights.
There was too much music being released by the highest karat underground artists and labels, so hard choices had to be made. Selecting fifty plus tracks, in a month like this one, is an invitation for everyone reading to go deeper.
After six years of relearning and development in the studio, Adam Scrimshire searched for a more focused sound on his latest project: Listeners, released last week via Albert’s Favourites, featuring a host of esteemed guest vocalists and musicians
Like a deep sea voyage, Ash Walker’s third album, Aquamarine, is a projection and culmination of all he’s absorbed. Rhythm. Vibes. Sounds discovered in the grooves of thousands of records, united in one.
Sunny Side Up takes a snapshot of the eclectic Melbourne musical movement - ready to boil over. Comprised of nine tracks, Brownswood Recordings joins a diverse lineup, compiling a powerful document of the city’s new generation of young, independent musicians.
June breezes through the rhythms of jazz, electronic, instrumental hip hop and music from the world. There’s always that impending feeling of discovery every day that makes us move deeper into genres, movements, artists.
On three tracks, the Blacks & Blues project is faithful to the highest standards defined by the 2000Black label, in charge of the release. Wonderfully written and performed by Obenewa, accompanied by the absolute groove of instrumentals and production from Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
HONEYCOMB is Jitwam’s second album and one of the defining releases of this year, on the underground rotations. Hitting the sweet spot between his work in dance music and efforts as a bandleader, connecting people in-studio and on-stage, the record encapsulates his incredible journey leading him to this project.
Continuing the incredible amount of brilliant releases from March, this month’s playlist carries on a eclectic note. Our favorite songs from every artist that we showcased during April are included, making this playlist another personal journey through what we’ve been into.
Scheme’s debut project hits us straight onto our soul. The all-star team of arrangers, composers and writers from Montreal navigates through free jazz, hip hop soul and broken beats with no compromises.
C.Tappin has come to our attention in September of last year, collaborating in the mesmerizing Uhuru album with Summers Sons duo (Turt and Slim.). As a pianist/singer, based in South-London, he is leading for the first time a project of his own.
The Swiss producer built a reputation of his own. His third album, A Journey To You, is about to drop on Jakarta Records - an incredibly smooth 12-track project that takes Melodiesinfonie art to another level.
Recorded across the world that is Berlin, involving an array musicians from all around the globe, J.Lamotta’s new album sees her expanding her production repertoire by crafting a warm body of sound. There’s a live feeling to it like it’s playing near us.
March is typically a month, in which, an overwhelming amount of great music is released. As the great work of independent artists and labels further spans worldwide, it is truly remarkable the amount of original, creative and groovy inputs we are constantly receiving at o sótão.
Shafiq Husayn sonic identity has always consisted on importing sounds and genres into his pothole of creative madness, always rooting back to the hip hop beats‐and‐rhymes basis. The Loop is the new LP by this LA-based polymath - an epic project which saw its inception in 2012.
Syrup, B. Cool-Aid’s new seven-track EP, is one of the finest and smoothest hip hop records of the year so far. Following BRWN, released in 2017, Ahwlee (on the beats) and Pink Siifu (on the lyrics) partnered once again to create a cohesive record, that manages to feel expansive despite its brief runtime.