\\ Six tracks to get you through March

March marks some long awaited releases and Jazz Standard‘s double activity at SXSW. Here’s six essential tracks to get you through the month.

Christian Scott \\ Diaspora

This year, Christian Scott releases 3 EPs. The first of the trilogy, Ruler.Rebel, drops 31st March. Our favourite track from it, Diaspora, marks some new inspirations for the trumpeter, with a heavy emphasis on beats. It’s glorious, and it opens the latest episode of Jazz Standard on Mixcloud. Christian appears on our SXSW panel this month, Jazz in the Digital Age.

Phil France \\ The Swimmer

A key to some of Cinematic Orchestra‘s most beautiful compositions, Phil France’s debut album The Swimmer is blissful. He’s just signed a three album deal with Matthew Halsall’s UK label Gondwana (who were the first to release GoGo Penguin). With that comes a re-release of an album that deserves more attention second time around.

Bastien Keb \\ Pick Up

With a video that outlines the tale of a woman who really doesn’t feel like picking up the phone, Bastien Keb‘s Pick Up is one of the hookiest tunes to come out of First Words Records. Album 22.02.85 is out now.

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Collocutor \\ Everywhere

London-based band Collocutor have just released their second album, The Search. Melodies that encourage trance-like states and creative percussion draw you into Everywhere gently – but it ends very differently to how it begins. Watch them perform the track in an East London church.

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All The People \\ Drum

South London three piece All The People release their debut album R-TOGETHER in May. Expect sultry vocals from Curtis Dennie and rugged drum pads. These guys have a cult following on London’s live scene. Check out their track Drum, which you can read more about here.

Yussef Kamaal \\ Strings Of Light

Yussef Kamaal are about to make their debut at SXSW, and their album, released on Brownswood, is still sounding as fresh as it did when released six months ago. Follow our coverage across socials to catch YK activity.

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JS | Tina Edwards

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