I don’t know if I have slept on a group more than Abstract Orchestra! The UK hiphop big band out of Leeds gives hiphop a new dimension with their live performance and live instrumentation. The group just dropped a new album which pays homage to the late great J Dilla. Abstract Orchestra’s J Dilla renditions are some of the best I have heard, they are able to play the classic sounds at the same time creating their own layered sounds. Jay Dee would approve of Abstract Orchestra, go cop the album!
It has been a long minute since I last posted on the site, but I am back on the musical tip. I was blown away by listening to the two singles from Shibaka and the Ancestors. They are an 8 piece jazz group out of the UK that is melding jazz with the traditional sounds of South Africa. They recorded the album Wisdom Of Elders in Johannesburg incorporating the traditional sounds with classic jazz. The two singles Mzwandile and Joyous blew me away with the richness of sound and rhythms. I don’t think I have been so pumped for an album to drop after just listening to two tracks. Go listen to the two singles and the album will drop September 16th. Highly Recommended!!
I am still on the UK soul tip, that scene is really pumping out some dope releases that are really pushing the bounds. Salute out of Brighton is one of these cats, his voice is so smooth. I have been listening to this cover of Rihanna’s Work and I can honestly say, I enjoy his version much more. Salute’s next release One More Chance has a more uptempo production but his voice still shines. Go check him out!
Lately, I have been giving all the attention to the UK songstress, but I am not going to discriminate. The males have been hustling as well to bring some dope soul to your ears. Tom Bailey, based out of London, just dropped musical medley bomb yesterday. He combines the sounds of D’Angelo and Prince. Tom Bailey’s voice is on point, just go listen to the track.
The new and upcoming UK songstress Nao dropped a new single, Girlfriend and she is ready to drop her debut album For All We Know. The album should be dropping at the end of July. Nao’s sound is reminiscent of some classic 90s RnB mixed with some current updated electro rhythms. Nao’s voice is always on point and I can’t wait for the album.
Little Simz has been touring North America promoting her new album A Curious Tale Of Trials & Persons which she dropped in late 2015. In all the busyness, she was able to drop a new freestyle over Kanye’s Heard Em Say. As usually, Little Simz’s flow is on point with some quick delivery and smooth rhyming. Definitely on heavy rotation!
The UK Rnb Soul is back in effect, NAO the UK songstress just dropped her new single Fool To Love on the Little Tokyo Imprint. The production style reminds me of some classic 90s Rnb, and NAO’s voice is on point, it is like a modern Brandy, Monica Hybrid. I can’t wait to hear more from NAO, go check this track out!!