\\ Six tracks to get you through May

We’ve compiled the essential tracks that you need to survive the month of May.

Nubya Garcia \\ Lost Kingdoms 

Saxophonist, composer and DJ, Nubya Garcia is the next big name on the London jazz scene. Lost Kingdoms gives us no doubt that her debut album Nubya’s 5ive will be on constant repeat. 

Jaimie Branch \\ Theme 002

Brooklyn trumpeter Jaimie Branch has released a fearless and potent record; Fly Or Die. Expect a sound that is sparse but impactful. On the album are three fellow head-turners; Tomeka Reid (cello), Jason Ajemian (bass) Chad Taylor (drums). Check out the release’s accompanying documentary here.

Morgan Guerin \\ Lk02

New York producer and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin is playing future-jazz ‘call and response’ with LA. His track Lk02 is the first taste of his second album The Saga II which is released in June. Live instrumentation take this floating, beatsy track somewhere mystical; we eagerly await the album.

Alice Coltrane \\ Om Shanti 

Alice Coltrane is a natural staple of any playlist at JS HQ. May sees the release of World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitanada. A welcome excuse to listen to the magical musings of Mrs Coltrane. Read our album review here.

Lando Chill \\ Break Them Shackles

Break Them Shackles is the first song to drop from Lando Chill’s upcoming album The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind. Set for release on 23 June, the album from the Arizonan artist is described ‘as reminiscent of James Blake and Bon Iver as it is of Frank Ocean or Kendrick Lamar’.

Yussef Kamaal \\ Black Focus

On the day of their biggest headline show in London to date, Yussef Kamaal, core members Kamaal Williams (AKA Henry Wu) and Yussef Dayes announced they would no longer be playing together. We’re nodding to the title track of Black Focus – their only album to date – which is one of the stand out releases of the UK’s new jazz scene.

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JS | Jodie Yates

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