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Calling England Home *****

Gorgeous this from a 7 May release, bouncing on an aching introductory instrumental vamp that leads into a brooding Anthony Joseph spoken word poetic testament of a radical vision, a scathing, oblique lament straddling despair at the absence of …

Published: 30 Mar 2021. Updated: 18 days.

Gorgeous this from a 7 May release, bouncing on an aching introductory instrumental vamp that leads into a brooding Anthony Joseph spoken word poetic testament of a radical vision, a scathing, oblique lament straddling despair at the absence of being accepted to truly belong and the unique perspective of an outsider from the Caribbean coming to London both tracking back to the late-1940s and more recently to the end of the 1980s.

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Outside the night came in and we had moved so far away from calling England home

(From the poem at the centre of 'Calling England Home')

Recorded last summer, players on The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness) include saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde, who produces.

Tracks include a homage to the late Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite. The title is drawn from C. L. R. James' 1938 book The Black Jacobins. SG

Anthony Joseph photo via Heavenly Sweetness

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Krononaut, Scratch Test ***

Krononaut crunch back into action and it's far tighter than their debut. Three tracks: on this EP from guitarist Leo Abrahams, drummer Martin France and saxophonist Matana Roberts the best tracks are definitely 'Scratch Test' (the one above all) and …

Published: 30 Mar 2021. Updated: 23 days.

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Krononaut crunch back into action and it's far tighter than their debut. Three tracks: on this EP from guitarist Leo Abrahams, drummer Martin France and saxophonist Matana Roberts the best tracks are definitely 'Scratch Test' (the one above all) and sharing a sense of continuum 'Loam'. ('Trypography' with an overdub from trumpeter Arve Henriksen isn't half as good. If you want choice Henriksen at the moment make Uma Elmo instead your immediate destination.) France on 'Scratch Test' sounds a bit like Seb Rochford whose band Pulled by Magnets coincidentally are also on issuing label Tak:Til/Glitterbeat. Roberts, enjoyed by this blog on last year's The Truth supplies the edge and free improv-flavoured incisiveness whereas Abrahams injects a supercool slice of dystopian conceptual space.

Out on 31 March