Kamasi Washington Uses Exquisite Tension To Tackle Internal Struggle On Heaven And Earth

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Heaven. Earth. One we know. The other we don’t. One we experience. The other is only believed in. But to many, one is just as real as the other. That is the crux of Kamasi Washington’s latest album, and Washington knows a lot about believing something into existence. More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

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Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »

Everything Is Recorded – “She Said” (Feat. Obongjayar & Kamasi Washington) Video

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Everything-Is-Recorded-She-Said-videoEarlier this year, the XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell released the debut album from his solo project Everything Is Recorded. The album was absolutely stuffed with guests, many of whom have some connection to Russell’s label: Damon Albarn, Sampha, Ibeyi, people like that. And yet the album managed not to sound like … More »

Kamasi Washington – “Street Fighter Mas”

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Kamasi-WashingtonNext month, the young jazz hero Kamasi Washington will release the massive two-and-a-half-hour double album Heaven And Earth — a massive undertaking for just about any artist, but maybe not for one who first made a splash with the monster triple album The Epic. Washington has already shared two tracks from the album, … More »

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – April 2018

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Sons Of KemetCecil Taylor died on April 5, less than two weeks after his 89th birthday. It would be impossible to condense his artistry into this intro, so I’m gonna talk about the time I personally spent with him. More »

Kamasi Washington – “Space Travelers Lullaby” & “Fists Of Fury”

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Just yesterday, Kamasi Washington announced that he’d be releasing a new double album later this year called Heaven And Earth, the follow-up to last year’s Harmony Of Difference EP and 2015’s The Epic triple album. Today, he’s revealed two songs from the forthcoming double LP, the opening tracks from both the Heaven … More »

Everything Is Recorded Announces Debut Album Feat. Sampha, Damon Albarn, Kamasi Washington, Owen Pallett

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Last year, XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell gave us a taste of his collaborative project Everything Is Recorded with the impeccably produced Close But Not Quite EP, which included features from Sampha, Warren Ellis, Giggs, and Obongjayar. Today, he announced the release date for the project’s self-titled debut album, from which … More »

25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

St. Vincent – “Pills”

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St. Vincent’s new album MASSEDUCTION comes out on Friday. She’s already shared studio versions of “New York” and “Los Ageless” and performed the entirety of the LP live, and now she’s shared another song. The carnivalesque medication mantra “Pills” features Annie Clark’s ex Cara Delevingne (aka “Kid Monkey“) and Jenny … More »

Stream Kamasi Washington Harmony Of Difference EP

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Back in 2015, Kamasi Washington released The Epic and quickly became modern jazz’s biggest crossover star. He’s following that up with a new EP, Harmony Of Difference, which was covered in the most recent edition of our monthly jazz column, Ugly Beauty. You can listen to the EP in full below. More »