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London jazz festival: this year's must-see gigs

The Floacist presents Maisha and Triforce This will be spiritual! Sometimes you have to go a little off the beaten track to get the good stuff. I love what Natalie "Floacist" Stewart did with Floetry - great to see her supporting up and coming artists. I also only recently discovered Maisha, led by the brilliant young drummer Jake Long after he did a session with me for 6 Music. Think spiritual jazz meets west African Afrobeat. The talented saxophonist Nubya Garcia also plays with them. Lastly, Triforce mix jazz-fusion, hip-hop and neo-soul. Another young band making waves - they had a release on Jazz Refreshed last year.

Read more - Yesterday

The best of Crate Diggers 2018

Inside the record collections of our favourite DJs, producers and musicians. Crate Diggers is our monthly series taking you inside the collections of some of our favourite artists. Using their records as a starting point, these in-depth interviews hope to tell a more intimate story of their lives in music, from childhood experiences to formative records and recent discoveries. From New York, London and Berlin, we spent the year tracking down these global collections and sharing a little of the magic held within.

Read more - 3 days ago

The top vinyl news stories of 2018

Following our end of of year round-ups, which have featured all manner of records, reissues, books and technology, we turn our attention to the format itself, looking back at some of the year’s definitive news stories.

Read more - 5 days ago

A guide to UK jazz in 2018

Featuring 29 records from a prolific year. There have been few more energised movements in the UK this year than that of jazz-influenced music.

While this wasn’t necessary new, what made 2018 special was the number of artists who released debut albums or break-through EPs in the last 12 months.

Read more - 2 weeks ago


A Brief History of the Picture Disc From this collector’s point of view, one of the more fascinating areas of recorded music is that of picture discs.

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in 2018

The vinyl revival soared to new heights in 2017, with over 4 million records sold on the format within a year for the first time since 1991. To quote pop legends Aqua: life in plastic, it's fantastic. With sales on the up, many new albums and singles are getting a vinyl release, classic LPs are being re-issued on the format or being pressed on wax for the first time. Check out the latest Official Vinyl Albums and Singles Charts here. Below is a round-up of the must-have vinyl releases still to come in 2018. Richard Ashcroft Albums by The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft are popular on vinyl, so expect the same for his new album Natural Rebel.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

Jazz re:freshed announces new 5ive EP with trombonist Rosie Turton

“Exploring jazz, hip-hop and Indian classical music.”

Jazz re:freshed is releasing its latest 5ive EP, by London-based trombonist and producer Rosie Turton this January.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

P-Funk legend Bernie Worrell's Pieces of Woo: The Other Side gets first vinyl release

Hammond-drenched jazz, poetry and avant-noise from the original Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist and Talking Heads collaborator.

Bernie Worrell’s 1993 album Pieces Of Woo: The Other Side is being released on double vinyl this January, via Tidal Waves Music.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

10 essential piano-driven UK rave records from 1990-1994

When I was first getting involved in dance music, the piano-heavy rave tunes of the early 1990s were a huge influence on me. I was too young to be raving when a lot of these records came out, but my older sister was into dance music, so tracks like this would sometimes float around the house on dubbed cassette tapes from her friends.

Read more - 4 weeks ago

Life Has A Way: The Smith & Mighty story

The music world is full of so-called 'unsung pioneers' - artists who helped shape musical directions and never received the dues their work deserved. Whether or not Smith & Mighty fit this bill is a matter of opinion. But for those in the know, the duo laid the foundations for the Bristol sound that would make superstars of Massive Attack and bring bass into UK dance music like never before. With a new appraisal out now collecting previously unreleased recordings from their spiritual home on Ashley Road, Smith & Mighty met Oli Warwick for a stroll through St Pauls to reflect on the twists and turns of their life in music. There's an awkward moment near the end of my interview with Rob Smith and Ray Mighty about their 30-plus-years in music.

Read more - 5 weeks ago

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