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Portico Quartet
We Welcome Tomorrow

Following their fifth studio album Memory Streams late last year, Mercury Prize-nominated jazzers Portico Quartet deliver a limited-edition three-track EP as an accompaniment. We Welcome Tomorrow explores more ambient territory than its parent album, showcasing a different side to the band’s writing, with the title track featuring Fran & Flora on strings. 
  • Vinyl 12" (GONDEP036)
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Matthew Halsall
Salute to the Sun

'Salute To The Sun' is the 8th album by trumpeter, composer and Gondwana Records boss Matthew Halsall. He has a new band behind him on this one made up from some of Manchester’s best young jazz musicians, although Halsall's long-time aide Gavin Barras features again on bass. The album balances playfulness and earthiness, inspired by ambient field recordings of jungles and rainforests - represented here by various percussion instruments.

Paradise Cinema
Paradise Cinema

Recorded in the Senegalese capital of Dakar with percussionists Khadim Mbaye and Tons Sambe, 'Paradise Cinema' is the eponymous debut album from the new project by former Portico Quartet and Szun Waves musician Jack Wyllie. An impressionistic sonic patchwork inspired by the sounds of the city’s night-time life, it’s an engrossing listen that hovers on the edge of drone, fourth-world and contemporary classical styles.

Hania Rani
Esja

After operating under different guises, with other collaborators and performing in prestigious venues around the world, pianist and composer Hania Rani presents her first album under her own name. Esja sees her fully focus on her lifelong fascination with the piano as an instrument - “just me, as I am”, as Rani explains about the project. 

Mammal Hands
Captured Spirits

Mammal Hands are a Jordan Smart on Saxophone, his brother Nick on piano and Jesse Barrett on drum and tabla. Captured Spirits is a multi-genre blend of music encapsulating jazz, folk, classical, world and electronic sounds inspired by the likes of  Pharoah Sanders, Steve Reich, Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley and Sirishkumar Manji. Giles Peterson is a fan and they have had favourable write-ups in The Guardian. On Gondwana Records.

Hania Rani
Home

According to Polish pianist and composer Hania Rani, her new album Home is the second half of the story she began on her album, Esja. This album sees her expanding her use of instruments and sound from the piano-focused Esja. She adds electronics, vocals, bass and drums and reaches for a more widescreen sound. It was mastered by Zino Mikorey, who has, in the past, worked with Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm.

Sunda Arc
Tides

Brothers Nick & Jordan Smart have stepped out of their parent band, the minimal jazz / folk troupe Mammal Hands, to become Sunda Arc. Here they take inspiration from electronic favourites such as Jon Hopkins, Rival Consoles and Moderat whilst keeping things minimal a la Nils Frahm. Tides is their debut album.
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Matthew Halsall
Colour Yes (Special Edition)

A special expanded edition of Colour Yes, the 2009 sophomore album from Manchester-based trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall. Along with its predecessor Sending My Love the previous year, it put a modern twist on more traditional British jazz influences, winning support from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Here, it’s presented in remastered form with bonus tracks and new artwork. 

Matthew Halsall
Sending My Love (Special Edition)

A special expanded edition of Sending My Love, the 2008 debut album from Manchester-based trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall. Along with its successor Colour Yes the following year, it put a modern twist on more traditional British jazz influences, winning support from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Here, it’s presented in remastered form with bonus tracks and new artwork. 

Portico Quartet
Memory Streams

Former Mercury Prize nominees Portico Quartet deliver their fifth studio album. While the London band have always strived to differentiate their sound from record to record, 'Memory Streams' may represent the most dramatic sonic shift yet, embracing ambient and electronic influences into their minimalistic jazz approach. 

Matthew Halsall
Oneness

Matthew Halsall is a multi-talented jazz musician, composer, producer and founder of the independent jazz label Gondwana Records. The Manchester-based pioneer here releases ''Oneness' - a collection of beautifully composed pieces designed to, as he explains, "document the coming together of lots of different musicians in a wonderfully organic soulful way to make egoless music".

Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

London's Portico Quartet, here with 'Untitled, Art in the Age of Automation #2', weave together jazz, electronica, ambient and minimalism in an addictive sound that journeys through textures, acoustic arrangements and grooving, widescreen minimalism. A hard-hitting record that's well worth the listen.

Phil France
Circle

Electric piano arpeggiator Phil France, known from suave jazz outfit Cinematic Orchestra, releases his second. Circle, like predecessor the Swimmer, is filled with spacious, calm, and soothing notes. A lot of notes. Get on it if you’ve always wanted to hear a collaboration between Emeralds and Philip Glass.

Noya Rao
Icaros

Icaros is the debut album by Leeds quartet Noya Rao. The group are headed up by Tom Henry, who, as a producer has worked with Cosima and Yellow Days. Taking their influences from jazz, hip-hop and electronic music, they blend all three with dub to make dreamy, soulful, bass-heavy electronica that will allow you to dance if you should so wish.

Portico Quartet
Art in the Age of Automation

Rejoice! The trio that was once Portico have realised that their previous iteration sucked and have added the 'Quartet' again as well as past member Keir Vine on the hang. What's more, they've also done a U-turn on the sound of last album Living Fields, returning to the electronica / jazz fusion that they struck gold with on their 2012 self-titled.

GoGo Penguin
Fanfares

Gondwana Records press GoGOpenguin’s nu-jazz debut Fanfares. The Manchester unit combines jazz composition and percussion with elements borrowed from electronica and ambient music. Delicate neoclassical piano is framed by strange arrangements and super tight drumming. At a stretch we could compare them to Portico Quartet, but GoGoPenguin are making something unique.

Matthew Halsall
Joyful Spirits of the Universe

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GoGo Penguin
Last Words / Fanfares (Alternate Versions)

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Portico Quartet
Endless / Undercurrent

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GoGo Penguin
Garden Dog Barbecue / Hopopono

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Mammal Hands
Chaser / Prism

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Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
Badder Weather / As I Walk (feat. Josephine Oniyama)

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GoGo Penguin
v2.0

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