Nautilus: Japanese jazz-funk trio’s slick cover of Roy Ayers’ We Live in Brooklyn Baby

Classic Roy Ayers tune We Live in Brooklyn Baby gets a new treatment courtesy of the Japanese jazz-funk trio, Nautilus. Nautilus’s slick production of We Live in Brooklyn Baby would do the legendary vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers proud, with its modern rare groove spin. Nautilus is a Japanese trio comprised of drummer Toshiyuki Sasaki, keyboardist Daisuke Takeuchi, and bassist Shigeki Umezawa. We Live in Brooklyn … Continue reading Nautilus: Japanese jazz-funk trio’s slick cover of Roy Ayers’ We Live in Brooklyn Baby

Sofar Sounds: Championing musicians playing gigs in a front room near you

Sofar Sounds, the music movement bringing musicians into people’s living rooms and spaces in city’s around the world, is cultivating intimacy, an appreciation for musicians and fans alike, and bringing back a sense of community into the world of gigs. The grassroots “back to basics” approach sees Sofar (Songs From A Room) Sounds host small and intimate shows from people’s homes. Anyone keen to host a … Continue reading Sofar Sounds: Championing musicians playing gigs in a front room near you

Coachella: Festival goers guide to recycling and supporting the planet

California’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival kick starts its 2017 offerings over two long weekends from this Thursday – 14-16 April and 21-23 April. Global Inheritance is on hand once again to jazz up the site with its artistic and creative experiences designed to encourage festival goers to recycle and do their bit to support the environment. If you’re heading to the festival, here’s some … Continue reading Coachella: Festival goers guide to recycling and supporting the planet

Tom Misch’s 5 Day Mischon: 5 Days, 5 Artists, 5 soulful tracks

Producer, Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch has created a soul-filled, soulful EP, 5 Day Mischon, featuring five tracks recorded over five days and featuring five artists. With Tom Misch on guitar, violin, keys and on the production front, the five track EP features Carmody, Novelist, Will Heard, Kaidi Akinnibi, and Tobie Tripp. The 5 Day Mischon EP boasts different soundscapes crossing soul, neo soul, jazz breaks and … Continue reading Tom Misch’s 5 Day Mischon: 5 Days, 5 Artists, 5 soulful tracks

Drummer Richard Spaven teams up with Jordan Rakei on new single, The Self

Drummer and producer Richard Spaven has teamed up with soulful vocalist Jordan Rakei on his latest track, The Self. Drawing on dubstep drums and a sweet melody, The Self is a perfect partnership between a pair of musicians keeping it about the music first and foremost as the low key video reveals. The Self is the title track from Richard Spaven’s forthcoming album of the same … Continue reading Drummer Richard Spaven teams up with Jordan Rakei on new single, The Self

Blue Lab Beats release Keep Moving single from forthcoming Freedom EP

Blue Lab Beats team up with saxophone player Nubiya Garcia to create some jazz, beats and blues vibes. The track, Keep Moving, will feature on the London production duo’s forthcoming Freedom EP. Blue Lab Beats Keep Moving featuring Nubya Garcia is out now. Blue Lab Beats’s Freedom EP is available to pre-order now Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in … Continue reading Blue Lab Beats release Keep Moving single from forthcoming Freedom EP

Jazz with a tropical tinge: Arema Arega’s Miro y te Veo

Mixing jazz with a tropical tinge, Cuban singer and songwriter Arema Arega’s sounds are unique and beautiful. As the Barcelona-based singer herself describes: “There’s Blues with Son, Bossa with Jazz, Folk with Funk and ChaChaCha.” Check out her latest tune Miro y te Veo, now available on Bandcamp, which is a dreamy jazz track with Spanish vocals and soundbytes of Arema Arega’s Cuban musical heritage. … Continue reading Jazz with a tropical tinge: Arema Arega’s Miro y te Veo

Far Out Recordings: Independently staying strong

“I’ll never forget. I know the date: it was December 12, 1993,” recalled Joyce Moreno, in a 2009 interview. The singer-songwriter, a living legend in her native Brazil, was already a musical veteran and a substantial success at home. Swept up in the bossa nova revolution of the early 1960s, she began teaching herself guitar at […] via How Far Out Brought Brazilian Sounds to Britain … Continue reading Far Out Recordings: Independently staying strong

Gilles Peterson’s Clyde Stubblefield Tribute Mix honours the “funky drummer” legend

Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, the man behind the drums on the classic Funky Drummer track, played drums for James Brown for six years and inspired a wave of hip hop artists, among others, who sampled his rhythms. Gilles Peterson’s Clyde Stubblefield Tribute Mix pays tribute to the talented drummer, who recently passed away on 18 February. The tribute mix features classics from Public Enemy. Rosalind Medea is … Continue reading Gilles Peterson’s Clyde Stubblefield Tribute Mix honours the “funky drummer” legend