Tag Archives: Jazz

Divus Julius presents: Daniele Luppi

Italian-born film composer Daniele Luppi grew up listening to the groovy lounge sounds of Italian pop music in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Used in advertising, film, television and radio, this musical style became so much a part of Luppi’s life that he could not help but draw on its influence for his first full album, An Italian Story. Here, Luppi not only pays homage to the genre of his youth, but he takes it one very classy step further: he employed those musicians who originally brought the music to life to make his modern version of it shine. Born and raised in Rome, Luppi was classically trained on piano and also learned to play jazz organ, becoming a master of the Hammond B-3.

Daniele Luppi has worked with some artists, ranging from his 2011 Rome project – which included Danger Mouse and Jack White – to his 2017 recordings with Parquet Courts and Karen O.

His new EP finds the studio boffin pivoting once more, with Daniele Luppi combining with Cigarettes After Sex figure Greg Gonzalez. The incoming project is titled ‘Charm Of Pleasure’, and it merges two very distinct artists.

Hit of The Week: Sunni Colón “UNIVERSE 4 TWO”

American/Nigerian singer/songwriter Sunni Colón has just unveiled his latest single “UNIVERSE 4 TWO” off of his ten track third album JúJú & The Flowerbug. The genre-defying artist seamlessly blends soul, afrobeat, samba, pop and jazz for a unique and whimsical sonic concoction with “UNIVERSE 4 TWO” being no exception.

The muses of La Musa: Maria Chiara Argirò

Maria Chiara Argirò has been quietly weaving her way around the UK jazz, classical and electronic worlds since she moved to London from Rome 11 years ago. A pianist from the age of nine and a key player in the capital’s multi-national jazz scene, she’s lent her skills to indie band These New Puritans, lush jazz troupe Kinkajous and, more recently, collaborations with Jamie Leeming – their 2020 album Flow was nominated for one of the albums of the year in the Jazz Revelations Awards.

But with her new album, Forest City, she finds a glistening thread between these movements: it marks her out as an exciting rising electronic artist, where jazz meets Kelly Lee Owens, Jon Hopkins and Radiohead. It’s a concept record, about the “duality of nature and city”, and where organic sounds and textures seem to flow above the urban sprawl. 

Introducing…Marcoca

In a time of made up genres and increasingly entwined music, Marcoca is not even trying to put themselves in to a specific category. Generally they consist of four individual musicians with various tastes and backgrounds, that enjoy their differences and don’t worry too much about the outcome.

The second project of the German band, ‘Cosmic Blunder“ originated out of the urge to merge new psychedelic sounds with elements of funk, jazz and surf rock, while keeping the stuff that worked on the first record in place. The result is a reverb soaked ride through songs that cover the ups and downs of life and all the questions that come along with it. While some of the songs had been previously arranged, some instrumental parts developed during the recording process in order to preserve the natural flow of the music.

The muses of La Musa: Crystal Murray

Crystal Murray‘s work acts as a form of resistance toward predictability. The Paris based singer has found a way to seamlessly intertwine jazz, pulsating trap beats, and buttery smooth vocals to create an enchanting body of work that truly scrapes out such a distinguished lane for herself. 

On top of that, the 19-year old unites her French cool-girl demeanor with her knowledge and biological background of African American soul to create an uncommon cadence.

With her new EP ‘Twisted Bases’ arriving in February, Crystal Murray is getting is hyped with new track ‘Too Much To Taste’.

The muses of La Musa: Amber Mark


Amber Mark
 knows how to make music that goes the distance. Born out of a love of music and travel Amber Mark‘s sound knows no bounds. After her 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album Amber got right back to work, determined to keep pushing full speed ahead. Amber Mark isn’t affraid to push the boundaries of her music. Blending R&B sounds, with Gospel samples, and just a pinch of Bosso Nova, this album has something for everyone and then some.

Almost four years after the release of her second EP Conexão, New York-based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark has announced her debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, out Jan. 28, 2022, via PMR/Interscope.

Divus Julius presents: Rolo Tomassi

 Rolo Tomassi  are very hard to pigeonhole, who almost destroy the word genre completely, with their blend of punk, metal, jazz, art rock and to some extent classical music. They are named after the fictional character in the film LA Confidential.

They have returned with a new single, titled Cloaked, and share news of their signing to the entertainment company eOne. 

Cloaked features sporadic stretches of unrestrained aggression in the form of chaotic riffs and unruly percussion, framed between choruses of light and airy vocal lines.