Hip-hop’s links with jazz reach back to Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets, but does jazz love hip-hop back? Badbadnotgood certainly do: the instrumental trio scored work with Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator and RZA after their Odd Future cover during a performance exam at jazz college failed to wow the assembled panel of judges but succeeded in wowing the internet. Sounds like the plot to every bad ‘street dancing’ film ever, but new album ‘III’ is a fluid, inventive affair. Shades of post-rock make the whole feel oddly conservative in parts, but ‘Can’t Leave The Night’ sounds like a trap DJ Shadow, and ‘Hedron’ boasts imagination to match the band’s spectacular musicianship.
In Underground / DIY circles the band RADARE (formerly ACTRESS) are no longer unknown. Only two albums were released, with four years between the last album "Hyrule" and the current work "In Argen".
The development this band has made in this time seems unbelievable. From hard and fast elements they have now fully adopted and expanded the sound range to Fender Rhodes, trombone, clarinet and piano. The result is a deeply gloomy, morbid doomjazz. The band is strongly oriented on the same model as Bohren & der Club of Gore.
The atmosphere and the tension are profoundly overwhelming and compelling. The band remains focused on clever details and subtleties and convinces with depth and brilliance. This could easily be a perfect new soundtrack for "Twin Peaks" or "Mulholland Drive."
Culcha Vulcha is Snarky Puppy's first true studio record in many years, with no studio audience or guest-star collaborators. Given their work ethic, it's hard to imagine that League and the "family" would commit such a document to tape haphazardly; it certainly sounds more post-produced than their typical live-to-tape recordings.
Nikos Veliotis was an initial involvement in the Athens pop/electronic scene during the late 80s as a founding member of In Trance 95, Veliotis later turned to the experimental field (working primarily with cello & video). Xavier Charles is an active clarinetist in the world of improvised music, known from a variety of constellations and ensembles like ‘Dans les arbres’ and ‘Contest of Pleasures’.