This is the sound of Nu Jazz. In particular, if you like Cinematic Orchestra or Skalpel, then you’ll enjoy Ambient Jazz Ensemble. Colin Baldry composes music for film, television, and advertising; his side project is the Ambient Jazz Ensemble, which consists of a full band, a string section, and a horn section. The sound is a combination of the electronic and the orchestral with a cinematic feel. Baldry and the Ensemble recently composed two songs for the new James McAvoy film, Filth. This track is called “Jazz Face,” and comes with remixes by Simbad and Kirk Degiorgio.
Marc Mac is bringing back his Nu Era persona for an album of vintage techno colliding with 4hero-style soul, and it’s called The Third Adam. Very much an electronic release, Mac relied on a laptop, vintage drum machines, and analog keyboards for composition and recording. But Nu Era is still Marc Mac so The Third Adam is filled with Future Soul, Funk, and Nu Jazz. The album is out on May 20, but you can pre-order now.
With +FE Music: The Reworks, the Foreign Exchange family has released an album of beautifully progressive soul music. The release features remixes of past tracks – actually the word “remix” doesn’t quite capture the record’s adventurous sounds. These songs truly are reworks, most of them jumping into entirely different sub-genres from their original versions. And, while many remix albums are usually bonus projects or holdovers to satiate fans while they wait for the next real album, The Reworks stands on its own as a composition. In fact, it shines.
Mark de Clive-Lowe is collaborating with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra to deliver a big band album called Take The Space Trane. As a preview, Mark has shared the title track. He says the song “is a melding of the ‘60s Coltrane and McCoy Tyner feel with a UK brukstep rhythm – the avant-garde aspects of the jazz tradition head to head with the driving pulse of the beats… The title is a play on Duke Ellington’s big band classic ‘Take The A Train,’ but with the modal jazz influences a la John Coltrane and undercurrent of beats and electronic elements, it just made sense to be ‘Take The Space Trane!’”
“Future Ancestors” is the newest single from Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, and it comes from the group’s second album, Towards Other Worlds. The 7-piece Arkestra from the UK lay down a foundation of Afrobeat, and then heat it up even further with jazzy brass parts on “Future Ancestors” and funk/soul guitar and organ on “Get on the Floor”.