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.

I’ve always felt ‘Futile Devices‘ was one of Sufjan Steven’s most beautiful records, falling somewhere between the final flakes of winter and spring’s first rays. Full on emosh overload every time the first two bars of piano hit the back of the neck hairs and Steven’s woodland whisper creeps in.

Now, Michigan’s Shigeto is one of those producers that’s risen well out of the overflowing international beat scene, gaining respect as an electronic musician in all the right publications over the last year. His recent Aaliyah remix was superb at honing groove, but take a listen to his edit of the more dainty ‘Futile Devices’ – the harmony between sub bass expulsions escorted into upright bass, handled with the care such a delicate piece of audio needs. It’s more Sunday morn that Saturday night, but when the party’s over later and you’re at the bottom of the bottle, pop this one on.

Shigeto’s mini-LP Lineage is out now on Ghostly.

Matthew Halsall’s cover of Alice Coltrane’s track ‘Blue Nile’ is nothing short of beautiful. From her album Ptah The El Daoud released on Impulse! Records back in 1970 this cover captures the original vibe nicely. Alice herself played piano and harp on the original recording, and here Matthew Halsall adds his expressive and spiritually tonal trumpet playing to enhance some wonderful harp and flute playing from Rachael Gladwin and Lisa Mallett. I strongly suggest you check out his back catalogue and check out his live date at the Pizza Express Jazz club.

Bay Area rhythm section The Park have come both visually and musically correct on this new single from their recently released 3-track EP, also called These Are The Days (a harddrive necessity). They have provided backing for the likes of BIG K.R.I.T., Alice Russell and Jesse Boykins III.  This song brings a guitar-driven, vocoder-saturated meltdown accompanied by a kaleidoscopic visual explosion. Smash O’clock.

First featured on PinBoard back in August last year, Brownswood signed Zara McFarlane has a new single coming out called ‘More Than Mine’ taken off her debut album Until Tomorrow (out now). The minimalistic Jazz track puts spotlight on McFarlane’s clean, stylized voice before seeping into an improvised instrumental. Sophistication is the order of the day here…

First ‘Fish’ then ‘Seven’, now young Toronto swag Jazz fusionists BADBADNOTGOOD absolutely, unequivocally annihilate the groove on this killer live re-work of Gucci Mane’s ‘Lemonade’. That original bassline did always have mad potential…

With Tyler bugging out on the mic and gradually going on to do his best studio thug clowning, the chemistry between the trio and Wolf stays tight.

On February 27th, Robert Glasper will release his awe-inspiring new album Black Radio into the world. The 12 track accomplished body of work will feature an array of sensation collaborations from the likes of Erykah Badu, Bilal, Mos Def, Musiq, Lalay Hathaway, Lupe Fiasco, Meshell Ndegeocello and more.

On May 14th, Glasper will being his Experiment to London, specifically to the Barbican, to celebrate his new LP. He will be joined by collaborator Bilal along with a host of other “special guests” – and if my sources hold true (which they will), the artists taking part will drop some jaws (and/or drawers).

Tickets are priced £10-£25 and are on sale now.

Another enchanting cut from Zach Saginaw aka Shigeto. The American born producer gave us the title track ‘Lineage’, a soulful mid tempo number at the back end of last year. With this second offering from the mini LP, Shigeto explores a jazzier sound with swelling snare work and timely positioned claps, effectively growing bigger as the seconds elapse. Ironically the producer hijaked his stage name from his Japanese grandfather, which literally means “to grow bigger”.

Expecting good things from the final product which is out 31st January via Ghostly.

Led by Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey & others (including members of the Dap Kings) perform the Jazz spirited ‘A La Modeliste’ in a classic New Orleans club for the official video of their contribution to the “RE:GENERATION” project.

Presented by Hyundai Veloster, “RE:GENERATION” is a documentary film that follows Mark Ronson, DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, Skrillex and more as they “remix, recreate and re-imagine” 5 traditional styles of music. Head over here for more information.

As if anticipation for Robert Glasper’s new album Black Radio wasn’t high enough, now he offers a sneak peak look at how the LP was put together. He discusses the relationships he has with the artists involved in the project, the common thread that connects them all, why he wanted to put the album together and more.

If ‘Afro Blue’ featuring Erykah Badu and ‘Ah Yeah’ featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele are anything to go by, this is already shaping up to be a big contender in 2012.

Black Radio is due out on February 28th 2012.

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