Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits

Synthesis of the greats like Grover Washington, Bob James, David Axelrod, Smoke (everything), Isaac Hayes (Black Moses), Curtis in this latest joint from musician Terrace Martin.

As a player, he brings a subtle, unencumbered style. Playing for the song.

This album really showcases Martin as an accomplished arranger.

Composition, form and style.

Wait till you get to “Push” oh man that track is liquid fire.

My new favorite.

“Terrace Martin on sax, Curly Martin on drums, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight on Keys, Velvet Portraits also features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Thundercat, Rose Gold, Tiffany Gouche, Marlon Williams and more.”

Pick up the LP from Ropeadope at https://ropeadope99.bandcamp.com/album/velvet-portraits



Mutoid Man “Kiss of Death” – Video

Mutoid Man‘s powerhouse three-piece Stephen Brodsky, Benjamin Koller (drums), Nicholas Cageao (bass) have just released “Kiss of Death” their latest single from the forthcoming LP War Moans (June 2 from Sargent House). The performance video was taken during sessions at God City Studios. The musical DNA of this latest Brodsky project goes deep–thrash, hardcore, punk and all the sexyness of Thin Lizzy. IDK.

As always, enjoy responsibly. Preferably loud and uninterrupted.

Mary Bell: France’s Best New Export

Aside from a liberal approach to sexuality, cheese and other pseudo stereotypical idioms, France has often trafficked in some wicked underground music.

Most recently, Parisian punk band, Mary Bell.

Kind of wish they’d sing in French but I suppose there’s the Imperium of the Exceptional that pushes our punk brothers and sisters to make ‘universal’ their art.

Oxbow – Other People

Somewhere between Neurosis/Mr. Bungle and Curtis Mayfield and Pharoah Sanders lies Oxbow.

After a decade, they return via the resurrected Hydra Head Industries label with an LP that will defy excretatations, WIN end of year lists and be promptly forgotten by the neck-bearded masses for another decade as the band goes into hybernatation in MW job-landia.

Forget the band of the minute wankers, johnny on the spot assholes.

Whatever. I like what I hear.


“OTHER PEOPLE” the second video from OXBOW’s new album THIN BLACK DUKE, out May 5, 2017, on HYDRA HEAD INDUSTRIES.”

Alfa Mist – Antiphon

UK-based composer/producer Alfa Mist’s latest LP, Antiphon is a labyrinth of sound. Turning and twisting down melancholy jazz breaks flavored by Bill Evans best, and Coltrane’s Naima (one of my favorite records of all time).

But he’s a young cat. Draws strength and energy from hip hop, soul, R&B. Discourse and conversation.

Dreamy and vibrant.

A *Taarradhin record.

*Noun. From Arabic. “A happy situation for all parties involved.”