Radars had been buzzing since the discovery of Los Ángeles (2017), a debut album produced by Raül Refree, which featured flamenco and R&B imagery from the CANADA collective's videos.
The French saxophonist Jérôme Sabbagh and the Australian guitarist Greg Tuohey seem built to complement each other. It is easy to misinterpret No Filter at first; there is a sense of familiarity – of a certain strain of perfectionism that is rooted in jazz tradition. But that fades quickly, giving way to delightful finesse as the writing unfolds with more subtlety than it first seemed to contain.
The pairing of Edan’s beats with Homeboy Sandman’s rhymes is a good hip-hop combination. Over the seven tracks of this Stones Throw EP, the New York City-based duo put faith in a blend of gritty, abrasive drum loops, psychedelic sample flourishes, and smartly-recited flows.
For The Seasons, the American saxophonist Ben Wendel has chosen to play in a quintet. This is his fourth album in a solo career that runs alongside his jazz-fusion outfit Kneebody. It takes us through the seasonal calendar in a musical journey inspired by Tchaikovsky’s piano suite and a painting by Lee Krasner.