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.
Co-producing the influential Hiatus Kaiyote collective, Clever Austin (born Perrin Moss) has his debut album released through Touching Bass. Pareidolia is a genre-bending sonic and emotive trip with virtuosic, percussive groove at its core.
February was rich in anthems that we will hear far beyond this month. We composed a playlist of 50 tracks to summarize the best ingredients we were able to use on this special cocktail. Eclectic as always: jazz, electronic, hip hop and soul music from all over the world.
The works on Te’Amir Sweeney’s & Professor H’s Circle began in early 2016, as they visualized the project while sitting and listening to beats. They dreamed of bringing together a community of musicians working towards a common goal – a live hip hop album that reflected the cultural fabric of the city of L.A.
January went by like a dream with an eclectic soundtrack, suited for different parts of this month’s plot. The BPM’s changed through 50 tracks and with them the vibes flowed up and down in a frenzy way. Just like those escalators in the picture, full of people, crossing Hong Kong, a world away from here.
Athletic Progression are responsible for one of the surprises in this beginning of 2019, embracing the rhythms of hip hop, with colors and tones of jazz and soul music. Dark Smoke is the debut album from this danish Hip Hop & Jazz outfit, comprising nine tracks.
Tyler Daley and Konny Kon follow up July’s acclaimedTravel Light album with a new project that dropped on christmas eve. The Winter Tape raises the question of its composition: whether its been made up of unreleased material they had lying around or was intentionally created as an album isn’t obvious at all.
The best we've heard and wrote about during this month. December brought us the electronic vibes of Prequel, Kamaal Williams, Contours, Kaidi Tatham Mark de Clive-Lowe or Vertiqua. We felt that jazz never left them and they keep driving us to it in modern forms.
Originally released as a 5 track EP in early 2011, Mark de Clive-Lowe reissuesLeaving this Planetas a full length compilation. Collaborations, one-offs, B-sides, remixes and other bonuses from the LA-based renowned producer.
Otis and Dundiff are both from Louisville, Kentucky. Cool is their second album, following up 2017’s Hemispheres. Sometimes musicians take their time to find a formula, to carve out a way in which they create. Not these two. A creative connection was instantly born.
A cold November went by under the hundreds of warm sounds that trembled through our walls. Picking the best photographs after a month’s hiatus, we also carefully selected 70 tracks reviewing the best we've showcased in here during this month.
Illa J is dropping tomorrow his second album through Jakarta Records, following the successful Home project from last year. John Yancey is also the second part of the collaboration with LA-based producer Calvin Valentine, who once again produces the entire LP.