Whether you call it Nu Jazz, Future Jazz, Future Soul or Broken Beat, it’s all great music. But it can be hard sometimes to track down information on artists, their new releases, or where they’re touring. Below is a list of my favorite resources on the web for the music I like to call the New Jazz.
Back in 2000, IG Culture, Dego, Afronaught & Mark Force, Demus, and Phil Asher started the Co-Op club. Co-Op live sessions have since featured the best in Broken Beat with performances by everyone from Bugz in the Attic to 4Hero to Mark de Clive-Lowe to Likwid Biskit. The list is huge. In 2007, Bopstar and Afronaut set up the Coopr8 web site as an extension of the Co-Op club. Coopr8 is a social networking site, and probably the best resource on the web for all things Broken.
Beyondjazz is the premier online community for Future Jazz. The site features loads of interviews, profiles, reviews, playlists, and charts. Make sure to check out the forum where there are over 2700 registered members discussing the music you love.
The Basic Soul web site is home to Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul Show (broadcast across the globe) and Nu-World DJ mixes (broadcast on Samurai FM). Both feature the best in Soul, Jazz, Nu Jazz, Broken Beat, House, Drum and Bass, Funk, Hip Hop, and just about every style in between. The site also includes music reviews, features, and interviews.
If you’re interested in learning more about Simon Harrison, make sure to check out my interview with him right here.
Properly Chilled is all about Downtempo music and culture. According to the site, “Downtempo is so much more than a simple genre label. It’s a word that describes an attitude and a way of living that’s complemented and personified by a wildly varied, but closely knit family of musical genres that form a soundtrack to our lives.” If you agree, and you love Downtempo music, make sure to visit Properly Chilled. And while you’re there, check out this review of my album.
Tetsuo’s Nutriot is my favorite (relatively) new blog, and it’s a great site for finding out about new Broken Beat and Future Soul releases from artists such as Dorian Concept and Domu.
Norman Mayers’ New-Soul Magazine is all about bridging “the gap between the world of R&B/soul and the underground vibes of electronica, the common factor being a grounding in funk, soul and urban lifestyle.” The site includes articles, reviews and interviews with artists who make soul influenced music.
By the way, Norman shared some of his thoughts on the concept of “New Jazz” with Leisure Lab back in November ’08, and you can read that article here.
This list includes some of my favorite “New Jazz” web sites, but of course it’s not comprehensive. So who did I miss? Let me know in the comments.
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