Ten 2020 releases that might have flown under your radar
Aaron Taylor - Icarus
Debut full-length from promising South London neo-soul singer. A deeply and unapologetically romantic and sensual album, it delivers on the promise hinted at by his trio of preceding EPs.
FFO D’Angelo, Lalah Hathaway, Jose James
John Carroll Kirby - My Garden
Pianist, composer and producer with an all-star CV put his musical sketchings down on record. Imagine Herbie Hancock putting some instrumental tracks together for a Frank Ocean album.
FFO Herbie Hancock, Frank Ocean, Harry Styles
Ego Ella May - Honey For Wounds
A beautiful collection of heart-on-sleeve vignettes from a promising new vocalist. Restrained in a way that invites the listener in, honest in a way that compels them to listen further.
FFO Solange, Poppy Ajudha, Emily King
Tenderlonious - Quarentena
South London stalwart Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne wears many hats on this release. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and record label owner, Cawthorne created and released this album entirely during lockdown which informs the dystopian synths and dance-floor ready beats..
FFO Yusef Lateef, Leon Vynehall, Emma-Jean Thackray
Charlotte Dos Santos - Harvest Time
A more delicate and esoteric proposition than her 2017 debut album ‘Cleo’. Voice and instrument weave a beautifully textured tapestry of melodies and harmonies that reveal themselves further with repeat listens.
FFO Lykki Li, Kadjha Bonet, Moses Sumney
Jaga Jazzist - Pyramid
Back after a five-year break between albums, legendary Norwegian future-jazz collective Jaga Jazzist’s 7th album is their most organic to date. Recorded over a period of three week the albums four pieces traverse styles but never lose focus.
Dinner Party - Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, 9th Wonder
Debut release from this collective made up of some of the most prolific and compelling artists. Jazz and R&B blend seamlessly across these seven tracks that compel you to nod your head while opening your eyes.
FFO Kaytranada, Common, The Free Nationals
Sarathy Kowar + Danalogue - Equinox
A textured and restrained 4 track ep from producer Danalogue (The Comet Is Coming, Soccer96) and Sarathy Korwar. 70’s sci-fi synths build to skyscraping crescendos all augmented by Korwar’s distinctive approach to percussion.
FFO Oneohtrix Point Never, Sun Ra, Julianna Barwick
Yazmin Lacey - Morning Matters
Effortless cool from one of the UK jazz scenes preeminent vocalists. With production straight from the 90’s neo-soul playbook augmented by modern jazz flourishes, we’re eagerly awaiting her debut full-length album.
FFO Jill Scott, Jose James, Jordan Rakei
Mansur Brown - Tesuto
Following up his sublime 2018 debut ‘Shiroi’, this three-track EP is another exhibition of Brown’s virtuoso guitar playing. Through texture and effects, the ex-Triforce member takes the guitar to a grittier, clubbier place.