70s French Jazz Mix by Magical Mystery Mix

Just over an hour of underground 70s French jazz from the likes of Michel Sardaby, Brigitte Fontaine, Jean Luc Ponty, and Henri Texier. I’ll dive into anything jazz related, especially when it’s prefixed with a country. Japanese jazz is a particular favourite and Magical Mystery Mix have given us a few mixes of that variety. Now it’s the turn of France and 63 minutes of…

Blue Note Records and Don Was To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Jazz FM Awards have announced the iconic jazz label and its president will be presented with the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony. Blue Note Records will celebrate their 80th birthday in style with a lifetime achievement award for themselves and their president, Don Was. The label is home to the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock and one of the greatest of all…

Sampleface Five: Kenny G Samples

Kenny G straddles the line between popularity and infamy. Here are five samples from the controversial saxophonist. I don’t like Kenny G. That sounds like an odd admission when I’m about to write about the man but I have reasons. And those reasons are because of you. Well, not necessarily *you* but readers in general. You see, as part of our content strategy, I check…

Thijsenterprise – Smoetsie

The Dutch beat maestro is back with Smoetsie, his third release. (No pun intended!) It’s not been that long since we discovered Thijsenterprise and his sophomore release, Stepbacks & Setbacks. It’s actually been 6 months between that album and his latest offering which is a long time in an age of Bandcamp hip hop. This one is called Smoetsie (Dutch slang for “smutty) and it’s a concept…

Relive 1959, The Golden Year of Jazz, In A New Photoblog Project

Jazz fan Natalie Weiner launched a blog called The 1959 Project with day-to-day looks at the genre’s most famous year. When researching for my final year dissertation, Ted Gioia’s The History of Jazz was a valuable tome and it helped (I got a First for the dissertation). Jazz history is fascinating and enriching when you travel through every decade of progression. But one year stands out…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.3

78 minutes of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Magical Mystery Mix is back with the third volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix. There isn’t a tracklist for this one but there are still some incredible jazz numbers from the Land of the Rising Sun. And the same diverse range of genres are covered: rare groove, jazz-funk, fusion, and…

VIDEO: Emma-Jean Thackray – Make Do

Emma-Jean Thackray premieres the first video from her new EP. I listened through Emma-Jean Thackray’s EP Ley Lines a couple of Sundays ago and it was time well spent. Accentuating that is the first video from the EP for Make Do. Isolde Penwarden directed the visuals with an all-female team starring actress and choreographer Mela Murder. It’s shot in a single take with choreography from Murder and a…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.2

A whole hour of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Samplefiends rejoice! Magical Mystery Mix have uploaded the second volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix on YouTube and it’s a stonker. There are only 10 tracks on this but each one is packed with jazz goodness from a great transition period in jazz. What’s more, it comes from…

Kaytranada to release joint EP with Robert Glasper

The ArtScience Remixes will feature 8 reworks from Glasper’s 2016 album ArtScience. I haven’t been having any Kaytranada withdrawal symptoms as I still have 99.9% on heavy rotation and his tracks for Talib Kweli and Lou Phelps quenched my thirst for new music. On that note (pun intended), I’m happy to hear the Montreal musician has teamed up with Robert Glasper for a joint EP…