The musicians who came together as the live band for the London run of Fela! The Musical have joined forces again to form The Fontanelles. The group has just released an amazing album of Afrobeat called Horns of Freedom. Elements of funk, reggae, and Ethio-jazz add to the flavor of the record. But the massive Afrobeat rhythms will move you, and the horns will blow you away, particularly on songs like “Gaia’s Revenge,” “Afrocat,” and the title track “Horns of Freedom.”
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Ross McHenry composes modern Jazz music, and sets it to the just-behind-the-beat, post-Dilla rhythms of the Los Angeles beat scene. And on Distant Oceans McHenry he does it with an all-star collective, which he calls his Future Ensemble.
The ensemble features one of the most exciting and in demand producers and keyboardists in the world today, Mark de Clive-Lowe, the rhythmic foundation of renowned NZ ensemble Electric Wire Hustle, Myele Manzanza, multi-instrumentalist and composer Adam Page and leading Australian instrumentalists Dylan Marshall, Jon Hunt and Luca Spiler.
While Distant Oceans is his debut solo album, Ross McHenry is not a newcomer. The ARIA nominated composer, producer, and bass player performed worldwide with the Shaolin Afronaughts, and took part in the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy. But Distant Oceans may be McHenry’s most exciting project yet as he brings together his Future Ensemble, and takes Nu Jazz into new territory.
Imagine John Coltrane meeting the Brainfeeder collective and you’re somewhere close to the sound of Distant Oceans.
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Three years ago Mark de Clive-Lowe started Church, a live music event described as “equal parts jazz club, live remix experiment, and dance party – part acoustic, part electronic; part planned, part improvised.” Now Mark is preparing to make Church, the album, and he wants your help. In between shows, Mark answered a few questions for me about the album. Read more below, hear some music from Mark, and learn how you can be a part of the project.
DNA is the massive new album from Reggie B, and it’s filled with galactic future funk. Heavy beats hold down the grooves behind deep and spacey synths and wobbly bass-lines while the melodies are driven by neo soul vocals. The lead-off track, “Do You Wanna Ride” is a California-style joint with B. Bravo all over it. And the funkadelic sound meets Khemetic lyrics as Reggie B explores some lofty ideas, space-travel-meets-ancient-Egypt themes, which he revisits in songs such as “Martian Man” featuring DJ Spinna. But DNA isn’t all fantasy and philosophy: this record has emotion too with standout songs like the Prince-esque “Just Enough,” and the sweet electro soul ballad “Your Ways.”
Listen to a preview of DNA by Reggie B below.
Tony Momrelle, whom you know from his work with Incognito and Reel People, has a brand new and entirely solo EP on the way called Fly. The seven song release is all Momrelle – pure Soul and Jazz Funk music – but house heads can also look forward to a deep remix from Reel People. Check out the promo video below.