They’re new in that they have debuted with an album or haven’t even done that. They’ve often picked up good reviews, impressed live, or have that extra distinctive touch that makes them stand out from the crowd. There’s no science involved in picking them, it’s just a gut feeling. They may change their line-ups, break up acrimoniously in the years to come, last as long as the Rolling Stones, or simply vanish without a trace by breakfast. They’re the lifeblood of the scene, though, and they’re bands, not groups, and nope not ensembles either.

Sons of Kemet

Unbeatable energy from Shabaka and the two-tubs tuba turbanauts


Dice Factory

Are you going to go my way? Maths jazz par excellence from mystery man George Fogel and co


Laura Jurd Quartet
Trumpeter’s sensational debut


World Service Project
They matched, it fused

Tingvall Trio

The new melodic straight out of Hamburg


Black Top

Flexible resourceful improvising: Steve Williamson in his element with Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson with Cleveland Watkiss on some gigs



Finnish futurists


Opalińska & Whates

Distant echoes of Komeda and Roman Dylag 

Dice Factory, top and Tingvall Trio above