Much, if not most, modern music has its roots in Africa, but the twelve-piece ensemble Hoodna Orchestra aim to make that explicit by studying these traces back to their original source while simultaneously fusing these sounds together. They do so with tremendous precision and expertise, as demonstrated throughout the entirety of 2018s ‘OFEL’.
What do you get if you cross a Matti with a Matti? Answer - a mattimatti. This Swedish-German meeting-of-Matt’s conjure a sound world on tomrum that lives up to its atmospheric cover artwork. These gently lilting instrumental numbers draw from drone, new age music and contemporary classical composition in a manner that makes you wonder what Olafur Arnalds could do if he wasn’t always chasing the next big payday. tomrum is out on Agogo (Blay Ambolley, Sola Rosa).
This Nautilus isn't the electronic artist we used to know and love but a trio of music aficionados who use bass, keys and drums to fashion a sophisticated blend of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop. The cooly cover Suzanne Vega's 'Tom's Diner' and mix this up with their own blend of rare groove compositions.