\\ Eight tracks to get you through April

From new releases to Jazz Standard long-time favourites, here are the tracks you need to soundtrack your month. 

Nick Hakim \\ Green Twins

Green Twins is the title track from Nick Hakim‘s debut LP which he aspired to create something that sounded like a RZA x Portishead collaboration. Teasing us with the single’s smooth blending of genres, Green Twins is due out 19 May.

Poppy Ajudha \\ Love Falls Down

A gentle pace and nostalgia-inducing lyrics accompany dream-like portraits of South London in the video for Poppy Ajudha’s recent single, Love Falls Down. Hazy spring-time soul. 

Anderson .Paak \\ Heart Don’t Stand a Chance

From Anderson .Paak‘s Grammy-nominated 2016 album Malibu, we’ve pulled a Jazz Standard favourite out in anticipation of his upcoming headline show in London this month.

The Dream Jazz Collective \\ Angela  

Angela begins with a wobbly bass reminiscent of Thundercat‘s Them Changes, whilst the vocal style evokes the relaxed psychedelia of Esperanza Spalding. Inspired by Angela Davis, this is a protest song unlike any other you’ve heard this year. 

Leifur James \\ Time

Time is the first single from London-born Leifur James. A multi-instrumentalist by the time he was a teenager, James’ skills are more than apparent in his debut. 

Little Dragon \\ High

Little Dragon describe their music as “dreamy, rhythmical, shifting, moody rainbow sounds” and High embodies this completely. Nothing less is expected from their next album, due for release on 14 April.

Louis VI \\ Space Dust

One half of North London hiphop outfit OthaSoul, Louis VI‘s Space Dust is a reflective prose with spacious chords and floating beats. Head to his Facebook page to watch his first New York performance, filmed in Bilal‘s studio.

Kendrick Lamar \\ Humble

In the video for Humble, K Lamar pelts a golf ball from the same dried out water reservoir that twelve other CA bands have filmed in; maybe that’s his way of staying humble. According to FACT, guests on the upcoming album include James Blake, BadBadNotGood, 9th Wonder, The Alchemist and U2. Yes, we double checked that.

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JS | Jodie Yates

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