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Album of the Week 13-17 April ‐ Worldwide FM
  • Album of the Week 13-17 April

    Various Artists – Isolation Therapy [Stamp The Wax] Our album of the week is Stamp The Wax‘s ‘Isolation Therapy‘ compilation, made for these hard times. With the world in Covid-19 lockdown and the events industry stopped in its tracks, artists and online media like ourselves have been left financially vulnerable and, well…pretty bored. In an…

    Various Artists – Isolation Therapy [Stamp The Wax]

    Our album of the week is Stamp The Wax‘s ‘Isolation Therapy‘ compilation, made for these hard times.

    With the world in Covid-19 lockdown and the events industry stopped in its tracks, artists and online media like ourselves have been left financially vulnerable and, well…pretty bored.

    In an effort to alleviate both, Stamp The Wax launches Isolation Therapy, an emergency compilation built from scratch at lightning speed. We reached out to as many friends of the site as we could who may need a hand, and gave them three days to make a track from scratch in isolation. 27 artists rose to the challenge.

    For the artwork, illustrator Jess Ebsworth has depicted the comfort represented by collective isolation as the music industry rallies together to face its biggest challenge in a generation.

    In order to provide artists with financial support as quickly as possible, royalty splits have been increased and accounting periods have been reduced to fortnightly during Coronavirus restrictions. Isolation Therapy will also provides much-needed funds for STW, having been hit heavily by the collapse of the events industry and postponement of all our media partnerships. If you can afford to buy the album, even if you don’t like every track, it will be a massive support for independent journalism and go a long way to help us fight through this lockdown.⁣⁣

    Tracklist:

    1. Olsvangèr – 2120
    2. The Head (Joseph Shabason & Thom Gill) – All The Things I Am
    3. Hector Plimmer – Precipice
    4. Lily Haz – No Mo Dinin’
    5. Nikki Nair – Time Enough For
    6. Alek Lee – Put Your Hand On That Television
    7. MYKI – Genesis
    8. Manuel Darquart – It’s A Dub
    9. Bayetë & Probably Sean – Corona Theresa
    10. Hysteric – Tomorrow
    11. Prequel – The World Is Love
    12. Aleqs Notal – Blessing
    13. Generation Next – We Own The Night
    14. Super Drama feat. Reece Spooner – Never Stop
    15. Tom Blip feat. James Ocen – Pineapple Boosts Your Melatonin
    16. Pletnev – Linear Algebra
    17. Niklas Wandt – Totemic Rite
    18. Modula – The Memory Of A Little Child
    19. Abcès – Amor Amor
    20. Panorama Channel x Kayron – Noelia
    21. Philou Louzolo – Artificial Combat
    22. Matisa – Scream Freedom
    23. Desert Sound Colony – Mary Monkhausen
    24. Tom VR – SUN2314
    25. Winters – The Breathing Earth
    26. Autarkic – Shangri-La
    27. Anna Wall – Solitude

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  • Steve Reid Fundraiser Day on Worldwide FM

    Steve Reid Foundation x Worldwide FM Fundraiser Day Click here to get involved! During these uncertain times, many of us turn to art to provide comfort, insight or just to keep us occupied. The Steve Reid Foundation, set up by Gilles Peterson, aims to support musicians far and wide through times of trouble, especially in…

    Steve Reid Foundation x Worldwide FM Fundraiser Day

    Click here to get involved!

    During these uncertain times, many of us turn to art to provide comfort, insight or just to keep us occupied. The Steve Reid Foundation, set up by Gilles Peterson, aims to support musicians far and wide through times of trouble, especially in terms of healthcare, disability and life-altering illness. It’s the perfect time to shed a light on what we can do to help the people we rely upon to soundtrack our lives – and so Worldwide FM is teaming up with The Steve Reid Foundation to present a day of programming dedicated to the organisation in order to fundraise and spread some good energy.

    We want all our listeners to get involved. We’ll be running a Jazz Jukebox with all proceeds going to Help Musicians (UK) and Jazz Foundation (NYC) to help musicians whose work/livelihoods are affected by the Coronavirus crisis. Regular jazz tracks will cost £5, rarer tracks on independent labels will cost £10 and any track Steve Reid as a featured artist will accrue a donation of £20.

    With your help on the selections, the day is sure to bring many a tantalising musical nugget! Programming for the day will include shows provided by a line-up of Worldwide FM DJs and friends of the station. You can expect to hear from the following:

    Morning Mari*
    Gilles Peterson
    Bex Burch
    Emanative
    Nubya Garcia
    Charlie Dark
    Kieran Hebden
    Fay Milton
    Tommaso Cappellato
    Sarathy Korwar
    Daniel Brandt
    Ola Szmidt

    Join us from 8:45 AM this Bank Holiday Monday to bask in the glory of shows specially curated to help us all through this period of isolation, throw in a request to help musicians in need and spread the good vibes! All requests can be made here.

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  • Worldwide Rotations: April

    We’ve updated our regular Worldwide FM playlist with upfront and reissued music from around the world. Listen throughout the month on air, or to enjoy on the move, subscribe or follow the playlist on Spotify and Soundcloud. Astral Travel – Tomorrow’s Destiny [Hyperjazz] Becker & Mukai – The Double [Sounds and Songs] Charlotte Dos Santos –…

    We’ve updated our regular Worldwide FM playlist with upfront and reissued music from around the world. Listen throughout the month on air, or to enjoy on the move, subscribe or follow the playlist on Spotify and Soundcloud.

    Astral Travel – Tomorrow’s Destiny [Hyperjazz]
    Becker & Mukai – The Double [Sounds and Songs]
    Charlotte Dos Santos – The Snow Dance [Because Music]
    Jockstrap – Acid [Warp]
    L’Eclair – Dallas [Bongo Joe]
    Princess Nokia – I am Free [Self Released]
    Shy One – House Party [Rhythm Section]
    Ultraista – Tin King [Partisan]
    Yazmin Lacey – Morning Matters [Own Your Own]
    Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – River Run Deep [The Jazz Diarys]
    Roza Terenzi – Spiral [Planet Euphorique]
    Chris Montague – Irish Handcuffs [Whirlwind Recordings]
    Deerhoof – Future Teenage Cave Artists [Joyful Noise]
    Y-Bayani & Baby Naa And The Band of Enlightenment, Reason & Love – Zooba Maka [Philophon]
    Romaal Kultan – Everlasting Romance [Tiffs Joints]
    Asher Gamedze – Siyabulela [On The Corner]
    Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – Enter Exit [Phantasy]
    DJ Lycox – Jam [Príncipe]
    Alex Attias – I Wanna Know [Visions]
    Amia – Ecosex (Ibo Love) [Unreleased]
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Quick Trick [Bluenote]
    Atmosfear – DiOS 2020 [Unreleased]
    Bullion – O Vermona [Deek]
    Butcher Brown – Tidal Wave [Concord Jazz]
    caroline – Dark Blue [Rough Trade]
    Chapelier Fou – La vie de Cocagne [Ici d’ailleurs]
    Chekov – Swerl (33’d) [Peach Discs]
    Christian McBride – The Movement Revisited [Mack Avenue Records]
    Cleo Sol – When I’m in Your Arms [Forever Living]
    Collocutor – Deep Peace [On The Corner]
    D.A.N. – #takeyourtime [SSWB / Bayron Production]
    Deyah – Planet X [Unreleased]
    Fatima & Joe Armon-Jones Band – Only (Live from Maida Vale) [Brownswood]
    Favourite People – Shell Island [Selva]
    Fess Grandiose – RMG (The Flower Of Life) [ETC]
    Footshooter – Lay (ft. Natty Wylah) [Dance Regular]
    Gary Bartz & Maisha – Leta’s Dance [Night Dreamer]
    Gaye Su Akyol – Anlasana Sana Aşığım (Doğu Çivicik’s Schnell Schnell Remix) [Vesverse]
    George Posse – Touch a Four Leaf Clover (feat. Toyin Adekale) [Athens of The North]
    Gogo Penguin – Atomised [Decca]
    Green-House – Chysis [Leaving Records]
    Greg Fox – From the Cessation of What [RVNG Intl]
    Marihiko Hara – Passion [Beat Records]
    Havazelet Ron – El Warda [Todres Records]
    Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft – In Spite Of Everything [Sunday Music]
    Heroes are Gang Leaders – Hurt Cult [Ropeadope]
    Hodge – Lanacut [Houndstooth]
    Irreversible Entanglements – Bread Out Of Stone [International Anthem]
    Isayahh Wuddha – Elephant Wave [WotNot Music]
    J Rick – Short [Warner]
    Jadasea – Laments [Matters Research]
    Jay Electronica – Fruits Of The Spirit [Roc Nation]
    Jeanette N’Diaye – Makom Ma Bobe (Mendel Edit) [Kalita]
    JK Group – Lennie [La Sape]
    Jujju Music – Rainbow Moon [unknown]
    K Frimpong And Super Complex – Ahyewa Special [Hot Casa Music]
    Kamaal Wiliams – Suttin [Black Focus]
    Kate NV – Sayonara [RVNG Intl]
    Kelly Moran – Sodalis [Temporary Residence]
    Lafawndah – Deep See [Concordia]
    Lamont Butler – Ungodly War [Ungodly War]
    Laneous – Elsewhere [Soul Has No Tempo]
    Lay-Far – All Massive [Eureka]
    Les Amazones d’Afrique – Queens [Real World Records]
    Little Dragon – Rush [Ninja Tune]
    LNDFK – Don’t Know I’m Dead or Not [Unknown]
    Lorenzo Senni – Canone Infinito [Warp]
    Los Bitchos – Pista [Los Bitchos]
    Lunch Money Life – Truth Serum [Scenic Route]
    Maajo – Aamuapoltan [Queen Nanny]
    Marlon Hunter – Did You Forget My Number [Favorite Recordings]
    Martín Buscaglia – Me Enamoré [Montevideo]
    Maurice Fulton – One Itself [Gudu Records]
    Minor Science – Spoken And Unspoken [Whities]
    Molchat Doma – ‹ˇ‹° ‹‰‹∏‹µ
    Moses Sumney – Cut Me [Jagjaguar]
    Muriel Grossmann – Your Pace [self-released]
    Nicolás Jaar – Faith Made of Silk [Other People]
    Nils Frahm – No Step On Wing [Erased Tapes]
    Noah Howard – Kanpai [Sconsolato Records]
    Ohmme – 3 2 4 3 [Joyful Noise]
    Ojerime – Empty [Fang]
    Oscar Jerome – Sun For Someone [Self released]
    Pa Salieu – Frontline (Yussef Days Remix) [Warner]
    Phenomenal Handclap Band – Skyline [Toy Tonics]
    Photay – Warmth In The Coldest Acre [Mexican Summer]
    Pluralist & Rex Domino – Pandemic [Manuka]
    Rabii Harnoune & VB Kuhl – Traveller [Tru Thoughts]
    Ranil – Las Oladas [Analog Africa]
    Rejoicer – Aura Sight [Stones Throw]
    Ricardo Richaid – O Velho Cai [Far Out]
    Santrofi – Kwabena amoah [Outhere Records]
    Sarathy Korwar – Birthright (feat. Zia Ahmed, Mirande & Swadesi) [The Leaf Label]
    Stalawa ft Ponchita Peligros – Lovers Connection [Self Relased]
    Tenderlonious – Trenton Place [Jazz Detective]
    The Maghreban & Idris Rahman – Lion Of Judah [Unreleased]
    Thiago Nassif – Soar Estranho [Unreleased]
    Thundercat – Fair Chance feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B [Brainfeeder]
    TOKiMONSTA – Renter’s Anthem [Self Released]
    Vula Viel – My Own Skin [Self Released]
    Wilma Archer – Cheater featuring Sudan Archives [Domino]
    Yaeji – Waking Up Down [Self Released]
    Yakul – Streetlight [Self Released]
    YJA – La Serena [Self Released]
    Yves Tumor – Gospel For A New Country [Warp]

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  • Album of the Week 6-10 April

    Okumu, Herbert, Skinner – Undone: Live at the Crypt [The Vinyl Factory] Our album of the week is coming from Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert (The Invisible) & Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet/Hello Skinny) as they join forces on a live album for Undone: Live at the Crypt out on The Vinyl Factory in November 2019….

    Okumu, Herbert, Skinner – Undone: Live at the Crypt [The Vinyl Factory]

    Our album of the week is coming from Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert (The Invisible) & Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet/Hello Skinny) as they join forces on a live album for Undone: Live at the Crypt out on The Vinyl Factory in November 2019.

    On the night of 15th June 2018, three friends, Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Tom Skinner came together to perform a selection of deconstructed compositions in an improvisatory format at The Crypt in Camberwell, south-east London. Their shared history as musicians stretches back to their formative teenage years when they would congregate to learn how to play the music which had impacted so heavily on their lives, resulting in a distillation of funk, soul, pop, metal, classical, punk, hip hop, dance, folk, electronic and world music, filtered through the prism of the endlessly resourceful, inventive and expressive language of jazz.

    Their individual and collective journeys have woven them into the fabric of contemporary music through their work with artists as diverse as Adele, Grace Jones, Anna Calvi, Amy Winehouse, Sons Of Kemet, Kano, Lianne La Havas, Zero 7, Ed O’Brien, Jack De Johnette, Jessie Ware, Yoko Ono and Polar Bear. Their personal visions have come to fruition via their own projects, namely Okumu and Herbert’s Mercury-nominated The Invisible and Skinner’s solo outing as Hello Skinny.

    Somehow, that informal night in Camberwell would represent the closing of a circle and the beginning of a new chapter for these three musicians.

    You can also listen back to the OHS Trio and Shabaka Hutchings performing live together here.

    Tracklist:

    A1 – Timeless Pt.1
    A2 – Timeless Pt.2
    A3 – Undo
    B1 – Landcruisin’
    B2 – Sunrise
    B3 – Miles Beyond
    C1 – No More
    C2 – Billy Preston/Spiral
    D1 – So What
    D2 – Lucian
    D3 – Lying
    D4 – One For Charles

    Credits:

    *Includes live versions of tracks by John Abercrombie, Björk, Miles Davis and more, alongside Okumu, Herbert, Skinner originals.
    * Recorded live at The Crypt, Camberwell, London on Friday June 15th, 2018
    * Recorded by Winston Skerritt
    * Edited and Mixed by Tom Skinner
    * Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering
    * Artwork and design by Paul Camo
    * Photography by George Nelson
    * Limited edition of 1000
    * Release date: 08/11/2019

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  • Album of the Week 30 March – 3 April

    We’re New Again – A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven [XL Recordings] Our album of the week is a celebration of beautiful music and Gil Scott-Heron’s birthday (April 1st, 1949), ‘We’re New Again – A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven‘, out on XL Recordings. In February 2010, the late, legendary musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron released…

    We’re New Again – A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven [XL Recordings]

    Our album of the week is a celebration of beautiful music and Gil Scott-Heron’s birthday (April 1st, 1949), ‘We’re New Again – A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven‘, out on XL Recordings.

    In February 2010, the late, legendary musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron released his thirteenth, and last, studio album. First conceptualised in 2005, and ultimately produced by XL Recordings head Richard Russell during New York recording sessions that commenced in January 2008, I’m New Here was Scott-Heron’s first album in thirteen years and found him sounding as vital and insightful as ever before. It was, and still is, a record that reveals something unexpected at every turn; one that found Scott-Heron pushing, probing and testing the limits just as he always had; always looking forward, still challenging conventions and expectations.

    To mark the tenth anniversary of I’m New Here’s release, XL Recordings will release a unique reimagining of the album by the acclaimed Chicago-based musician Makaya McCraven, whose work Russell first discovered after hearing McCraven’s “Above & Beyond,” from 2017’s Highly Rare album. Equally renowned and revered as a musician, drummer, sampler, beat-maker and producer, McCraven is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and original voices in modern jazz via a run of records that were at once genre-defying and redefining such as Universal Beings, Highly Rare and Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON mixtape) for the highly influential Chicago label International Anthem. As the New York Times states: “Makaya McCraven has quietly become one of the best arguments for jazz’s vitality.”

    On We’re New Again – recorded and produced in the main at his Chicago home studio with a host of close-knit musicians – McCraven fuses the kind of killer, improvised live musicianship and electronic, sample-based approach to recording he’s renowned for with that vocal – the deep, stop-you-in-your–tracks, worldly-wise voice of Gil Scott-Heron – to enormously powerful effect. The resulting record is a sonically rich, totally original yet deeply respectful accompanying piece to Scott-Heron and Russell’s original work and is the latest stage in the evolution of a record that was previously remixed by Jamie xx in 2011 for the ground-breaking collaborative album We’re New Here.

    Tracklist:

    1. Special Tribute (Broken Home pt.1)
    2. I’m New Here
    3. Running
    4. Blessed Parents
    5. New York is Killing Me
    6. The Patch (Broken Home pt.2)
    7. People of The Light
    8. Being Blessed
    9. Where Did the Night Go
    10. Lily Scott (Broken Home pt.3)
    11. I’ll Take Care of You
    12. I’ve Been Me
    13. This Can’t Be Real.
    14. Piano Player
    15. The Crutch
    16. Guided (Broken Home pt.4)
    17. Certain Bad Things
    18. Me and the Devil

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  • Album of the Week 23-27 March

    Shabaka And The Ancestors – We Are Sent Here By History [Impulse! Records] Our album of the week is coming from a crucial part of our Worldwide FM family, Shabaka And The Ancestors. “We Are Sent Here By History” is out on Impulse! on the 13th of March, 2020. Shabaka & The Ancestors have made…

    Shabaka And The Ancestors – We Are Sent Here By History [Impulse! Records]

    Our album of the week is coming from a crucial part of our Worldwide FM family, Shabaka And The Ancestors. “We Are Sent Here By History” is out on Impulse! on the 13th of March, 2020.

    Shabaka & The Ancestors have made their impulse! Records debut on March 13th with the band’s second studio album We Are Sent Here By History. With their breakout 2016 album, Wisdom of Elders, Shabaka & The Ancestors were established as a sudden force in spiritual jazz. But where that record warned of impending societal collapse, this one unfolds within it. Shabaka Hutchings, tenor saxophonist and clarinettist of the collective, refers to the album as a “meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning.” On the lead single “Go My Heart, Go To Heaven” vocalist Siyabonga pays homage to his father’s favourite church song. The word “hamba” (or “go”) is repeated, and within the context of this track, it’s “about the point where one gives in and wants out of this world,” Siyabonga says. “But in times of darkness is a call to the light and the heart.”

    Shabaka & The Ancestors formed in 2016. Shabaka had been flying to Johannesburg to play with trumpeter and bandleader Mandla Mlangeni, who connected him to a group of South African jazz musicians that Hutchings admired. After several sessions, their first album Wisdom of Elders was made. This follow-up record reunites the group, who recorded again in Johannesburg and Cape Town last year (2019). This album is more urgent, more unrelenting, darker and energetic, and presents a major social commentary in the context of ancient traditions. Shabaka explains this is “what happens after that point when life as we know it can’t continue.”

    We Are Sent Here By History explores African and Afro-Caribbean traditions. The album takes the concept of the griot – the living archive of a historical narrative, the storyteller and contextualizer, and presents the album as the modern-day griot. An integral aspect to the project is the accompanying text to the album: South African performance artist Siyabonga Mthembu chants and sings on this record and composed lyrics for the album. Shabaka then chose song titles from the lyrics and composed poems around each title, based on Siyabonga’s lyrics. On the aptly titled “We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood),” Siyabonga sings a poem in Zulu that, when translated to English, shuns the archaic pillars of virility. From childhood, young boys are trained to suppress their emotions and suffer in silence. “This song sings from the point of the toxic masculine,” Siyabonga says. “It repeats the sentences they tell to their boys—to not cry, to not grieve and to not hurt.”

    Hutchings has three primary projects – Shabaka And The Ancestors, Sons Of Kemet and The Comet is Coming – with a substantial number of awards and nominations between them, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ (2015), ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’ (2017) and ‘Jazz Innovation of the Year’ (2018), and Mercury Music Prize-nominations in 2016 and 2018.

    Tracklist:

    1. They Who Must Die (10:10)
    2. You’ve Been Called (6:29)
    3. Go My Heart, Go To Heaven (6:41)
    4. Behold, The Deceiver (6:01)
    5. Run, The Darkness Will Pass (4:09)
    6. The Coming Of The Strange Ones (6:28)
    7. Beast Too Spoke Of Suffering (2:58)
    8. We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood) (5:24)
    9. ’Til The Freedom Comes Home (7:06)
    10. Finally, The Man Cried (5:48)
    11. Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable (2:46)

    Credits:

    Shabaka Hutchings – Tenor Sax and clarinet
    Mthunzi Mvubu – Alto Sax
    Siyabonga Mthembu – Vocals
    Ariel Zamonsky – Double bass
    Gontse Makhene – Percussion
    Tumi Mogorosi – Drums
    Nduduzo Makhathini (Fender Rhodes), Thandi Ntuli (piano),Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet) on select tracks

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