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Review of Zara McFarlane: Songs of an Unknown Tongue

Zara McFarlane: Songs of an Unknown Tongue

Zara McFarlane

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Brownswood

Rating: ★★★★

Musically, lyrically, conceptually, in any number of ways Zara McFarlane's fourth studio album Songs of an Unknown Tongue is a...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: August/2020

Review of Various Artists: Gilles Peterson Presents: MV4

Various Artists: Gilles Peterson Presents: MV4

Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones | Fatima | Nubya Garcia | Hak Baker | Pete Cunningham | James Mollison | Mutale Chashi | Ishmael Ensemble | Dylan Jones | Marijus Aleksa

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★

A Gilles Peterson radio session at the BBC's Maida Vale studio went past its broadcast remit in 2018, as a...

Reviewed by Nick Hasted in issue: July/2020

Review of Kassa Overall: I Think I'm Good

Kassa Overall: I Think I'm Good

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★

If you crossed Thundercat and Robert Wyatt it might sound something like Kassa Overall, an inventive Brooklyn-based rapper/ vocalist/drummer/producer grappling...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: May/2020

Review of Maisha: There Is A Place

Maisha: There Is A Place

Yahael Camara-Onono | Amané Suganami | Johanna Burnheart | Nubya Garcia | Shirley Tetteh | Maria Zofia Osuchowska | Axel Kaner-Lindstrom | Tim Doyle | Jake Long | Tom Oldfield

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★★

Maisha brings together some of the stars of the young London jazz scene under the leadership of drummer and composer...

Reviewed by Thomas Rees in issue: November/2018

Review of Various Artists: We Out Here

Various Artists: We Out Here

Nubya Garcia | Ezra Collective | Theon Cross | Triforce | Moses Boyd | Featuring Maisha | Kokoroko | Shabaka Hutchings | Joe Armon-Jones

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★

A timely overview of the part of the young London jazz scene grown through channels such as Tomorrow’s Warriors and...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: March/2018

Review of Zara McFarlane: Arise

Zara McFarlane: Arise

Zara McFarlane | Moses Boyd | Shabaka Hutchings | Peter Edwards

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★

Heavily inspired by a trip to Jamaica, home of her parents, this album marks another key stage in McFarlane's artistic...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: October/2017

Review of Various Artists: Brownswood 10 Versions

Various Artists: Brownswood 10 Versions

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★

This anthology celebrating a decade of Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label is a vinyl-only offering that includes covers by label star...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: June/2017

Review of Daymé Arocena: Cubafonia

Daymé Arocena: Cubafonia

Dayme Arocena

Brownswood

Rating: ★★

The strum of a tres. A crash of cymbals. Swelling horns. Spoken-word incantations. A revving rhythm section, soaring massed-voice choir...

Reviewed by Jane Cornwell in issue: April/2017

Review of Shabaka & The Ancestors: Wisdom Of Elders

Shabaka & The Ancestors: Wisdom Of Elders

Mandla Mlangeni | Siyabonga Mthembu | Gontse Makhene | Mthunzi | Nduduzo Makhathini | Shabaka Hutchings | Ariel Zomonsky

Brownswood

Rating: ★★★★

Given the substantial amount of time he spends in South Africa it was inevitable that British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings would...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: Dec/Jan/2016/2017

Review of Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus

Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus

Yussef Dayes | Henry Williams

Brownswood

Rating: ★★

South Londoners Yussef Dayes and Henry Williams draw inspiration from 1970s fusion trademarked by the likes of Herbie, Zawinul and...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: Dec/Jan/2016/2017

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