Albums of the Month - August 2019

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Nerija - Blume

Rough Trade Exclusive neon orange double vinyl with etched D-side. Includes bonus disc. Limited ton 1200 copies.

A stellar cast of London's finest female jazz stars create a feel good summer hit that shines bright and beautifully. Nerija's vibrant and vivacious debut grabs you by the hand and pulls you from one party to the next. Strength in collaboration is the theme, as the septet skip you through a diversity of influence from cool jazz to dub to surf rock to bebop. A significant addition to the ever-growing tapestry that is London-bred jazz.

Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. One of the recording aims was to channel the feel of Teo Macero and Stanley Tonkel’s records with Miles Davis during his Columbia years, thinking “forward” as they did but for this band, capturing the controlled chaos and frame it with a timeless elegance.

Albums of the Month

2. Kit Sebastian - Mantra Moderne

3. Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo

4. Chali 2na and Krafty Kuts - Adventures of a Reluctant Super Hero

5. Cross Record - Cross Record

6. Sarathy Korwar - More Arriving

7. Gramme - Disco Lovers

9. Native Harrow - Happier Now

10. Francis Lung - A Dream Is U