Review: For their latest must-check full length, Swiss ambient and jazz enthusiasts WRWTFWW have offered up a timely reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa's previously Japan-only 1982 album "Still Way". In some quarters it's considered a triumph of Japanese minimalism - an ambient set that was equally as inspired by Erik Satie as Brian Eno. The sounds are sparse, atmospheric and alluring, with simple harp, vibraphone, piano and flute motifs taking it in turns to rise and fall across the soundspace. It's intricate, soft-focus and hugely poignant, evoking memories of similarly lauded sets by Ashikawa's countrymen Hiroshi Yoshimura and Midori Takada. In other words, it's sublime.
Review: If timeless warehouse music and bass-heavy rave revivalism is your thing, there's a fair chance you already own some Soundbwoy Killah records. Whether you do or not, we'd heartily recommend checking the shadowy producer's debut album, "Halcyon Daze". It's little less than a breathless, saucer-eyed romp through heady fusions of dreamy UK garage, melodious jazzy jungle, loved-up breakbeat hardcore, African-influenced tribal percussion and gargantuan low-end pressure. It's all arguably a little more relaxed and sunrise-ready than some of his 12" singles - this is an album, after all - but that's not a criticism: in fact, the album's sporadic ambient moments are uniformly excellent, sounding like long lost early 90s classics.
Review: It has been three years since we had an album from the mighty New Model Army. Plenty has changed about the world since- much of it not for the better. Reassuringly, though, this is equally if not more powerful an outing than its predecessor. In many ways, it's one of their strongest in some time, making intentions clear from the off with the loud, layered and textured tension builder "Passing Through" recalling acclaimed early albums. The outfit apparently quipped that for all their differences they share commonality in a love of bleak, cold, rugged landscapes typified by snow, rock and water. These influences can be clearly heard here. Even in quieter moments, such as "Hard Way", things couldn't feel more removed from a warm fire and comfortable room. It's a wild, almost primitive soundtrack to an adventure across a new yet familiar wilderness, with Justin Sullivan's vocals and compositions as a guide.
Review: Church founder Seb Wildblood may only be six years into his production career, but he already has an impressive slew of EPs and singles under his belt. "Sketches Of Transition", is the South London producer, DJ and label boss' long-awaited debut album and arguably his most musically expansive and on-point set to date. Largely warm, gentle, summery and sunrise-ready, it sees Wildblood drift between sumptuous Balearic grooves ("Twenty Eight"), sumptuous neo-soul ("Thought For Food"), liquid deep house ("Small Talk"), dusty-but-toasty workouts ("Bahn"), ultra-deep synth-pop (the Andras & Oscar style goodness of "Amelia") and impeccable ambient tracks capable of making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end ("One For Malcolm").
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Review: You'd be forgiven for not knowing the story behind Phrydderichs Phaelda - after all, the short-lived band only ever released one album in 1981, and that was a ridiculously limited, private-press affair. To fill you in, the jazz-fusion/jazz-rock four-piece was the brainchild of West German schoolteacher Friedrich Schepers, who roped in fellow teachers and students to play alongside him. Reissued here for the first time, "Bruchstuecke" is an extraordinary collection of tracks - a breezy, positive and hugely entertaining romp through loose-limbed fusions of off-kilter jazz rhythms, fizzing double bass, Pat Metheny style guitar solos and excitable electric piano lines. In other words, this is an essential new edition of one of jazz's most obscure buried treasures.
Review: In 2016, Family Groove Records released a 12" of previously unheard 1979 demo recordings by Webster Station, a boogie-funk band from Dayton, Ohio whose studio efforts were initially binned by Warner Brothers for not being commercial enough. Demand for Family Groove's limited 12" of their recordings has remained high, so the label has decided to do a reissue. There's much to admire throughout, from the high-octane thrills of opener "Are You For Real" and the spacey warmth of the super-soulful "Can You Feel My Love", to the sugary sweetness of the Latin tinged ballad "Lady" and righteous closer "If You Feel Like Dancing", a killer combination of spacey synths, crunchy drums, urgent vocals and killer Clavinet lines.
Review: Like many veteran jazz artists, American pianist Keith Jarrett has amassed a vast discography. The 92 solo and collaborative albums he's notched up since 1968 cover many styles of jazz, making it tricky for newcomers to know where to start. We'd suggest beginning with this 1999 album, which is as pure as you'll get. Made up entirely of solo piano pieces - mostly covers, with a sprinkling of Jarrett's own compositions - "The Melody At Night With You" not only offers a brilliant introduction to Jarrett's trademark playing style, but also the breadth of material he's covered. More importantly, the whole collection is hugely entertaining and enjoyable, with Jarrett putting his own twist on everything from Duke Ellington classics and Oscar Hammerstein show tunes, to Gershwin ballads and traditional favourites.