Blue Lab Beats, Motherland Journey, Blue Note ***

A lot of jazztronica and nu jazz can leave you cold or just seem like pop. There's always an exception and that's Blue Lab Beats who have in a short period of years somehow patented through deft production and a fantastic sense of harmony a sunny …

Published: 27 Feb 2022. Updated: 11 months.

A lot of jazztronica and nu jazz can leave you cold or just seem like pop. There's always an exception and that's Blue Lab Beats who have in a short period of years somehow patented through deft production and a fantastic sense of harmony a sunny production style that is full of instrumental detail and sheer momentum. Sampling Fela Kuti along the way, grooving ferociously on 'Gotta Go Fast' producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist David Mkrakpor have come up with something very accessible that nonetheless hooks you in and wanting more. Go for the instrumentals above all on an album that will put a smile on your face and skip in your step.

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Bill Frisell, Tord Gustavsen and Yazz Ahmed are among the line-up for Ireland's Bray jazz festival this spring

Ireland's Bray jazz festival has come up with a fine line-up for its return with Bill Frisell, above, Tord Gustavsen and Yazz Ahmed among the line-up. Also heading to Bray are Origin Story, Umbra, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Claire Antonini, the Conor …

Published: 26 Feb 2022. Updated: 11 months.

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Ireland's Bray jazz festival has come up with a fine line-up for its return with Bill Frisell, above, Tord Gustavsen and Yazz Ahmed among the line-up. Also heading to Bray are Origin Story, Umbra, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Claire Antonini, the Conor Guilfoyle octet, the Randy Ingram trio, the Ariel Bart trio, Carole Nelson trio and the Ilaria Capalbo quintet. Dates are 29 April-1 May and the festival website is here