Tag Archives: Jazz

The muses of La Musa: Gaye Su Akyol

Born and raised in Istanbul, Gaye Su Akyol is well aware of the city’s clichéd position of being where East meets West, and she uses that cultural inflection point to her advantage when it comes to adopting the symbol of the dragon. 

 Her music is steeped in the classical Turkish music she grew to love through her mother and grandmother, the Turkish pop and jazz favoured by her dad, and the Anatolian psychedelia that her uncle was a fan of. But what sets Akyol apart from others is her willingness – her insistence, even – to shock people out of their comfort zones.

Divus Julius presents: James Brandon Lewis 

American saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has shared new song ‘The Blues Still Blossoms’.

The instrumentalist seems to tap into the pan-generational spirits that guide Black American art, while still pursuing doggedly individual goals. Lauded by everyone from Sonny Rollins to Thurston Moore, his new album ‘Eye Of I’ lands on February 3rd.

Trance-inducing new song ‘The Blues Still Blossoms’ has a profoundly lyrical quality, coupled with a desire to break beyond the rules. Avant garde while still profoundly melodic, the song has a deeply mediative quality, with its cyclical framework returning again and again to that anchor-point.

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.

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’.