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7 Eclectic (July/August 2021)

7 Eclectic (July/August 2021)

7 eclectic is our new playlist addition this year on Spotify. Updated bi-monthly by our Editor-in-chief, Niki!

Tracks to listen to – even every day or hour of the week.

Flickering Lights is filled up with gorgeous bossa/samba sincerity and coolness. It’s an original composition of the multi-talented artist and composer Michelle Welchons. With a spiraling acoustic beauty full of jazzy tenderness it truly mends souls. Gabrielle Cavassa’s luxurious vocals are supported by an amazing string section. The track also features West African guitar lines and a soaring piano solo. Find more here:

Todd Brozman just released the “New Magic” EP, and the above is the opening track. It found me at night-time, close to the works of Brian Eno & Peter Schwalm. Letting you breathe into all sorts of silent (troubled) and atmospheric fumes, the end is much cathartic to the mind. The quiet stillness exaggerates and lures the listener into a magnificent perspective of hope as seconds pass by. When someone turns your music feelings around I believe it is some sort of a genius act. Thanks, mate.

You all know The American Dollar, if you love this blog! The cinematic duo from NYC is back with a new album Lofi Dimensions 2 and just spin the teaser!

Georgia Cécile is at the helm of an exciting new wave of UK female jazz talents, however, her new single ‘He Knew How To Love‘ sees her explore a broader pop sound. The track comes with a beautifully crafted music video by Rianne White as the two pair up with PRS Women Make Music Foundation (to increase the profile of women, trans and non-binary artists who are creating new music in the UK). This November she will be opening the prestigious London Jazz Festival, off the back of dropping her debut album in September. It’s a reflective listening experience with zen-jazz clarity and we will be sticking around!

Najad is probably the most personal project to date for Austrian bass player and producer Christoph Schweiger. He tells his life’s story in both an intimate and honest way, creatively wrapping it in sound. After spinning some Kollektiv Turmstrasse albums, Ruuhn came up on my headphones. The chills were instant. The journey was clearer than ever. Sometimes we have to connect with our inner self with so much going on these days. Let it breathe under you or over you. It will clear the air through its basslines and mystagogy.

This is so yummy-licious! The dynamic instrumental recording duo, Hot Mustard, just released their debut album, Mother Sauce, on Eddie Robert’s (New Mastersounds) Color Red label. Drawing influence from the late 1960s and early 1970s funk and soul, the building blocks of first-generation boom-bap hip-hop, multimedia artist and guitarist/producer Jack Powell and bassist Nick Carusos, have accomplished the rarest of triumphs with Mother Sauce by creating a new twist on a classic recipe. Spice it up and spin it loud! Time to swim in waves of nu-jazz happiness!

*featuring Grammy-nominated Antibalas trumpeter Jordan McLean and TV on the Radio trombonist Dave ‘Smoota’ Smith.

We love these guys since 2018. I feel so happy as rocomoco will be releasing a debut album named Into The Blue during the next month! Their lo-fi tempo aesthetics have ruled the nowadays picturesque scene reminding us of the good old 90s vibes (Kruder and Dorfmeister, Rockers Hifi, etc.).

In their words: One of the samples contains the shout-out “Keep it warm flicker” which leads to the main topic of the track. Warm Flicker sentimentally looks back to real live moments when the flame of a candle and a good friend by your side had been enough to make you feel at home in the world. Today the computer screens have replaced the candles. Even tho it is a cold type of light, LED monitors are able to evoke cozy illusions of social participation. They are keeping us entertained and they are holding us back from asking and overthinking too much.


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