Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The book opens with Snowboy’s definition of jazz dance: “Not the ‘jazz dance’ of the 1930s in the US,” he explains, “It is a scene that was created here in the UK by innovative DJs daring to play jazz fusion next to the disco, funk, soul and jazz funk releases of the time – inspired (and probably cajoled, in some instances) to play harder grooves and faster tempos by the dancers.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Roots - How I Got Over (2010)

Above everything else that defines them, the Roots are capital-P Professionals. That's why they're perfect for their "Late Night" job. They don't fit there because, as critics would say, they're easily digestible; they fit because they're versatile and consistently operate at a high level. They're encyclopedic music scholars who're proud of their chops but don't flash them at the expense of an accessible hook. They never compromise, ..............

The Roots - How I Got Over

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics - Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (2010)

Following tremendous praise for supporting Ethio-jazz master Mulatu Astatke on the Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 collaboration last year, U.K. collective The Heliocentrics are back with a similarly minded but differently executed album backing multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Lloyd Miller. Like last year, they accentuate what makes their collaborative partner so interesting. The Astatke collaboration was funky in the way it channeled African rhythms; this is funky in the way you can taste Miller’s Pan-Asian studies.

Unlike Astatke, who at least had the Broken Flowers soundtrack and enthusiastic support of a growing fanbase founded on Soundway compilations and blogs like Awesome Tapes From Africa, Miller’s momentum from this album is generated ...............

Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (2010)

With Mr. Scruff, Flying Lotus and Theo Parrish all having enlisted her services recently, Andreya Triana is currently challenging Alice Russell as the go-to girl for leftfield beats producers searching for a female vocal. The Russell comparison actually doesn’t bear much weight beyond the company they keep – Triana’s voice being a more languid instrument than Russell’s booming pipes – yet it’s enough to have presented her with a similar problem to her fellow Brighton-based soul sister. Namely, how to make the transition from valued guest to fully-fledged solo star.

It’s a dilemma Lost Where I Belong nearly resolves. ................