Otis Brown III – The Thought of You

Otis Brown III’s debut is a tight, tasteful jazz offering.

Mick Jenkins – “Jazz”

Husky-voiced Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins drops a moving and metaphorical video for his upcoming project titled The Water[s]. It’s officially out August 12th.

“Jazz” features a beautiful, minimal beat that’s guided by what I think are some gleaming vibraphone melodies. I love the way the chorus swells, and Mick’s hook is laid back, but monstrous! Like usual, his bars are thoughtful and interesting.

I can’t wait for the 12th!

i.o – Edit Architect

Get ready for a challenging listen on this one! This i.o album titled Edit Architect is a dense, tangled web of multi-tracked guitars, relentless drums, and whatever other glitches this Victoria-based bedroom recording project manages to throw into the works.

It’s like a fusion of free jazz, math rock, and the avant-garde. Give a listen and enjoy!

The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper

Digging on some fiery jazz rock from this new Daniel Rosenboom Quintet album, Fire Keeper. The kinetic energy in the performances on this thing is m-a-s-s-i-v-e. The production is a little flat at times, but the performances are just stellar throughout.

Shivers – Self-Titled

Dark ambient, jazz, noise, and a strong sense of uncontrollable fear come together on this new, self-titled Shivers album. The trio features the musical input of Rutger Zuydervelt, Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek. They’ve collaborated before, but this is the first time they’re doing so under this particular name. The final result, a.k.a. this album, is challenging, but surprisingly brief in its length. It would seem these guys wanna get straight to the heart of what these noisy, drone-jazz fusions are all about.

Look for this album on Miasmah.

Courageous Endeavors – Prototype

Courageous Endeavors is a modern jazz quartet from Minneapolis whose members fancy themselves “the Twin Cities’ answer to the relevance of jazz in the 21st century.” I’d say with this debut album of theirs, Prototype, they live up to that. If you’re looking for some powerful modern jazz (besides BBNG), absolutely give this thing a listen. The playing is tight throughout, and the group is capable of delivering some breathtaking climaxes, perhaps the highlight being “Legends,” whose music video you can watch here. Check it out above - you’re bound to get the feels!

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – “SIX DEGREES” ft. Danny Brown

Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, and the Toronto jazz fusion trio BADBADNOTGOOD all on the same track? Legendary. Just legendary!

This track is basically a new 10″ single that’s being released by Lex Records. Also, make sure you’re caught up on the new BADBADNOTGOOD record.

Blitz the Ambassador – Afropolitan Dreams

Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Blitz the Ambassador has a new album out called Afropolitan Dreams that you should absolutely check out if you like your rap with a world music zest. The record is out now via Berlin’s Jakarta Records, and its 12 tracks boast a mix of afro-beat, jazz, and highlife sounds that is sure to satisfy lovers of worldbeat. Enjoy!

If you dig this, I direct you to his sophomore full-length Native Sun, as well.

Merkabah – Moloch

Noise, progressive rock, and jazz come together on this new Merkabah album, Moloch. I’m just starting to listen to this thing, and am pretty stunned by how tight, twisted, and volatile these songs are. There’s some serious excitement in these tracks. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

DVA – NIPOMO

Stream this nearly indescribable album from Czech music duo DVA titled NIPOMO. It seems to mix elements of jazz, noise, and indie pop with and a general sense of absurdity that makes this collection of tracks a fun listen. And as over-the-top as they may be, I find the vocals really cute at points. It’s like DVA has been able to embrace the quaintness of Belle & Sebasian or kawaii j-pop without losing sight of adventure. Enjoy!