Whysowhite – Whysowhite (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1]

Whysowhite – Whysowhite (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:57 minutes | 625 MB | Genre: Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

Whysowhite’s eponymous album combines hip-hop inspired lyrical flows with some super funky bass guitar riffs, while changing things up with the reggae-influenced track “too much” and the epic rock ballad “∞”. If you were drunk enough, you might just think that an equally inebriated funk band in New Orleans had swum its way up the Mississippi, somersaulted onto the shores of Lake Michigan and recorded this album with whatever bourbon was still bouncing through its bloodstream. One can’t help but think that this is a band you’re meant to witness live from the cramped back room of a dingy bar in Chicago…or, for that matter, the French Quarter.

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Riot Jazz Brass Band – Sousamaphone (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1]

Riot Jazz Brass Band – Sousamaphone (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:04 minutes | 426 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover | © First Word Records

Riot Jazz’s brass-heavy jazz combo pack a hefty punch. Following on from their storming debut single in May, Riot Jazz Brass Band are back with a full-length album of horn-fuelled dancefloor heaters. The Manchester-based group have been making waves for 5 years now, blowing away audiences across Europe with their infectious live shows. Based around the creative nucleus of Nick Walters (Trumpet) and Steve Pycroft (Drums) they take their influences from the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, adding an unmistakably Mancunian twist.

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Duett – Horizon (2014) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1]

Duett – Horizon (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 41:20 minutes | 480 MB | Genre:  Synth-pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Front Cover | © Modal Recordings

Modal Recordings presents the debut LP from Duett. With influences ranging from synth-engulfed soundtracks of the 80s, to early electronica albums, staying cool in tropical climes. ‘Horizons’ is reminiscent of glorious, life-affirming 80s electronica, and invites us to turn up the heat.

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The Young Mothers – A Mothers Work Is Never Done (2014) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1]

The Young Mothers – A Mothers Work Is Never Done (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:13 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover | © Tektite Records

The Young Mothers is the coolest sound to come out of Austin since the 80s. One of the best rhythm sections in 21st century free jazz provides the platform for adventurous cross-genre improvisation, with threads of Houston hip hop, Austin indie rock, and North Texas heavy metal vibraphone. Tektite Records has incubated a new Texas noise scene founded on first rate musicianship, and The Young Mothers are the vanguard.

The Young Mothers – featuring a super group of heavy-hitters who have helped steer the direction of creative music in New York, Chicago, Texas, and Scandinavia – mean business.

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Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine – Cocktails with Santa (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1]

Richard Cheese – Cocktails with Santa (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 27:25 minutes | 278 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Digital booklet

America’s loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin’ Vegas versions of Rock and Rap songs, “swankifying” popular Top 40 hits into Retro Vocal standards. Imagine Sinatra singing Radiohead, and you’ve got Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine… Since 2000, Cheese has released 15 albums and sold more than 200,000 CDs.

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Jean Louis – Uranus (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1 ]

Jean Louis – Uranus (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:42 minutes | 431 MB | Genre: Jazz, Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

Be sure that Jean Louis is one of the most innovative and surprising RIO bands of the last years. Their debut was really shocking and powerful, full of enjoyable sections that mixes the most wild RIO of the new century, Avant-Prog, Jazzy moods, some chamber Rock and freaky syncopated rhythms. With their next releases, Jean Louis just confirm the superb talent of their musicians when they create that singular kind of music.

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Harrison Bankhead – Velvet Blue (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/96 ]

Harrison Bankhead – Velvet Blue (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:07 minutes | 1,36 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover | © Engine Studios

The Chicago-based jazz bassist Harrison Bankhead is an avant-garde-leaning musician with a journeyman’s ability to fit within an array of jazz styles from straight-ahead to free jazz. A native of Waukegan, Illinois, Bankhead has performed with a variety of artist including Oliver Lake, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Thompson, Hamid Drake, and others.

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Warren Smith – Natural / Cultural Forces (2007) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/96]

Warren Smith – Natural / Cultural Forces (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:47 minutes | 997 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover
Jazz avant-garde / Creative improvised music / Free Jazz New York

Natural/Cultural Forces is a musical representation of visual locations and situations. For the opener Pyramid Warren instructed the three other members of the quartet to imagine what it would sound like to be on the inside a pyramid building up. Hence the crescendos for the grand size of the pyramid and the intimate small playing describing the small interior of a such a large structure.

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Slowly Rolling Camera – Slowly Rolling Camera (2014) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/48]

Slowly Rolling Camera – Slowly Rolling Camera (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 60:08 minutes | 729 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

Slowly Rolling Camera, teams up composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett & drummer Elliot Bennett. Their music has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra & 4Hero combining double bass led grooves, with shifting rhythms & arresting harmonies all skilfully performed by some of the best jazz musicians in the UK.

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Andrew Lamb and Warren Smith – The Dogon Duo (2005/2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/96]

Andrew Lamb & Warren Smith – The Dogon Duo (2005/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 63:09 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover | © Engine Studios

Tenor saxophonist Andrew Lamb is capable of screaming like a full-blooded free jazzer, but more often than not he prefers to work a high-energy middle ground between bop and the avant-garde, in terms of both tone and harmony.

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