London’s own Soulpersona, after hearing of the passing of be-bop legend Hubbard, decided to rework his classic ‘Neo Terra’ from his Windjammer album in tribute. This subtle remix passes on using the signature trumpet solos of the original and focuses on the hard bass line groove with the addition of  some highlighted strings. It sounds like it could have been an early 4Hero reworking circa 2001 and that works for me. Keep it locked on Soulpersona’s soundcloud for more reworkings of classic OG’s.

Having made a name for themselves covering Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, Flying Lotus, Slum Village among others – Jazz-fusion band BadBadNotGood unleash an all-original composition set to feature on their upcoming BBNG2 album. ‘Vices’ the LP’s first single is an intoxicated amalgamation of styles that BBNG fans will surely understand and appreciate. Different from their covers, it’s a telling insight into where their sound is going…

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Monday night saw a world music double header at the Barbican. Buena Vista Social Club prodigy and Havana Cultura star Roberto Fonseca accompanied by full band, coupled with London’s own Ayanna Witter-Johnson as support, made for a truly complete evening. Read my review after the jump.

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Submotion Orchestra’s debut album Finest Hour was one of the best to be released last year. Quite possibly one of the best British albums from a band in a few years. Their amalgamation of styles across Jazz, Soul, Bass, Electronica and 2-Step is composed so wonderfully, so precisely and with such groove – it’s impossible not to be seduced.

Last month we posted up their new single ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ – a track only listenable via worthy speakers/headphones – taken off their upcoming (as yet untitled) second album. In true SubMo style this one steadily builds into an undeniable jam – just wait for that drop.

‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ is available to pre-order now.

Wednesday night saw Portico Quartet take to the stage at York Hall in Bethnal Green. Having never seen a gig at the renowned boxing arena before I was keen to see how the ‘school hall’ venue would deal. The answer – very well. Very well indeed. Read the review after the jump…

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Real music is crash protected. Second visual offering from the Experiment’s Black Radio album which is justifiably getting amazing press this week after it’s release. Like the first it’s a text driven beauty featuring the Mighty Mos/Bey and Glasper’s keys are the driving force on this, the title track. Make sure you check out what happened when the Experiment, Lupe and Bilal hit the Letterman Show. Black Radio is already my album of the year. Enough said.

A meeting of true musicianship: one of the greatest keys players in the world (Glasper), his band (Experiment), one of mod Soul’s bravest outsiders (Bilal), and one of mainstream rap’s few genuine lyricists (Lupe). All star cast. Wait for Robert on the grand – effortless mastery.

Robert Glasper Experiment’s massively acclaimed album Black Radio that pretty much features the who’s who of respected revivalist figures from Erykah and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def for those still miffed) to more recently lauded Shafiq Husayn and KING. It’s out now, put your plastic towards unequivocal artistry here.

“That makes me want to start drinking again…”- Letterman

Brand new from the Leeds 7-piece who in 2011 gave us one of the top soulful UK Bass releases in recent years with Finest Hour. They’re back though with a sophomore on the horizon, and mean business. Upgrading their electronica whilst still pushing that deep rooted live band musicology, this air-conditioned slice of jazzy 2-Step and cute Todd Edwards’esque vocal injections courtesy of front-woman Ruby Wood are just what the mid-week vibes doctor ordered. Hit ‘em up with that trumpet skank.

It’s also highly recommended you check this band out in the instrumental flesh. They’ve a semi-sold out tour in March including a date at XOYO. Peep dates and grab tickets quick-time here.

A  cosy space and a one shot take brings about this brand new Alice Russell track entitled ‘Look Around the Corner’. The song was originally recorded and cut live to vinyl in Hackney back in August, during the London riots – it’s the first track off Russell’s (much needed) new album.

Check the video up top and pre-order the album (due out April 5th via Tru Thoughts) - Look Around The Corner here. The single is out now.

BADBADNOTGOOD have inked quite the impression on us since we featured their BBNGLIVE 1 LP back in November. Reconstructing the very premise of what ‘modern Jazz’ can sound like; Their interpretations of songs from the likes of Wacka Flaka Flame, Flying Lotus, ODB & Slum Village (to name a few) quickly established the Toronto based trio as an innovative, boundaries-pushing ensemble. And who could forget their Tyler, the Creator reworking…?

In January the band were invited to perform at Giles Peterson’s World Wide Awards in London and during their set they debuted these two majestic James Blake covers. Transmutating ‘CMYK’ and ‘Limit To Your Love’ into Jazz soaked complexities – with improvised piano riffs, energetically clashing percussives and gorgeous bass sections they once again reinstate their position as instrumental dons. Their foresight is impressive enough, but their technical adeptness is most outstanding. Listen as they reveal layer upon layer of Blake’s original composition, adding their own eccentricities along the way.

Both songs come of the bands new BBNGLIVE 2 EP – available for free download here.

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