Flow 2018 Offers A Diverse, Gratifying Answer At The End Of Festival Season

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There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by the time we get to early August. Stateside, we have two remaining primary ones, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the former of which usually has one of the more straightforward lineups … More »

Brandon Coleman – “Giant Feelings” (Feat. Patrice Quinn & Techdizzle) Video

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Brandon ColemanBrandon Coleman, aka “Professor Boogie,” plays in Kamasi Washington’s band, and beyond that, he’s worked with everyone from Flying Lotus to Childish Gambino to Shuggie Otis to Babyface to Ciara to Mulatu Astatke. The keyboardist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, and self-described “astral traveller” has a new album called Resistance coming out on Brainfeeder in the … More »

Stream Kamasi Washington’s Heaven & Earth Bonus Disc The Choice

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The ChoiceMany of us first met Kamasi Washington through The Epic, a massive, three-hour triple album of truly epic jazz that looked to the genre’s past and charted a possible course for its future. So, by his standards, Heaven And Earth, the sweeping, monumental, two-and-a-half-hour double album that Washington put out last week, was actually … More »

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – June 2018

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John ColtraneI had been planning to attend the Vision Festival, which had an absolutely amazing lineup this year, in Brooklyn last month, but had to abandon that idea when I was invited to fly to Bergen, Norway for Nutshell and Nattjazz. Nutshell is an annual jazz showcase for arts promoters and a few journalists, put on … More »

Stream Kamasi Washington’s New Album Heaven And Earth

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“I appreciate being considered an important part of a [jazz] lineage that I really believe in, and beyond that I don’t get too caught up in whatever title or praise someone gives out,” Kamasi Washington said when we interviewed him last week. Well, regardless of how little he pays attention to the press, Washington’s … More »

Kamasi Washington – “Street Fighter Mas” Video

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Kamasi-Washington-Street-Fighter-Mas-videoOn Friday, the young jazz great Kamasi Washington will release his massive, sweeping double album Heaven And Earth. It is tremendous, and you should absolutely hear it as soon as you get a chance. And today, Washington has shared his new video for “Street Fighter Mas,” the warm and expansive instrumental that he … More »

Jamie xx co-produces Florence + The Machine’s new single, ‘Big God’

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Jamie xx

Jamie xx and fellow Young Turks artist, the modern jazz maestro Kamasi Washington, have co-produced Florence + The Machine’s new single, “Big God.”

Enveloping and soulful, led by Florence Welch’s billowing vocals, “Big God’s” production is joyfully simplistic. With a driving piano at its heart, “Big God” is a congregation of sounds in the trio’s own sonic house of worship. Stripped of most of Jamie xx’s characteristic electronic tendencies, save for subtle drum padding, Washington’s jazz accents and Welch’s anthemic soul shine brightest on the new collaboration.

Of course, this production doesn’t mark the first time Jamie xx has taken on a tune outside of his electronic wheelhouse. Celebrated for his work with The xx, as well as his unique revising of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love,” as well as inventive takes on Adele, Jack Peñate, Glasser, and more.

Florence + The Machine will drop their impending new album, the highly anticipated High As Hope, on June 29. The record features credits from Emile Haynie — known for his work with Kanye West and Kid Cudi — as well as Sampha, Andrew Wyatt, and others.

Jamie xx co-wrote Florence + The Machine’s new single, ‘Big God’

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Jamie xx

Jamie xx and fellow Young Turks artist, the modern jazz maestro Kamasi Washington, have teamed up for Florence + The Machine’s new single, “Big God,” which Jamie xx co-wrote.

Enveloping and soulful, led by Florence Welch’s billowing vocals, “Big God’s” production is joyfully simplistic. With a driving piano at its heart, “Big God” is a congregation of sounds in the trio’s own sonic house of worship. Stripped of most of Jamie xx’s characteristic electronic tendencies, save for subtle drum padding, Washington’s jazz accents and Welch’s anthemic soul shine brightest on the new collaboration.

Of course, this production doesn’t mark the first time Jamie xx has taken on a tune outside of his electronic wheelhouse. Celebrated for his work with The xx, as well as his unique revising of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love,” as well as inventive takes on Adele, Jack Peñate, Glasser, and more.

Florence + The Machine will drop their impending new album, the highly anticipated High As Hope, on June 29. The record features credits from Emile Haynie — known for his work with Kanye West and Kid Cudi — as well as Sampha, Andrew Wyatt, and others.

Premature Evaluation: Kamasi Washington Heaven And Earth

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For decades, a small subset of jazz musicians has mistakenly believed that chasing R&B and pop trends represents a path to commercial success. In reality, it’s rarely worked that way. For every hit like Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” or smooth jazz radio staple like Miles Davis’ “Time After Time,” there are literally hundreds of albums of … More »

Florence + The Machine – “Big God”

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"Big God"Florence + The Machine have a new album, High As Hope, coming out out at the end of the month. We’ve already heard two songs from it, “Sky Full Of Song” and “Hunger,” and Florence Welch has been performing the hell out of those on late-night shows and debuting moreMore »