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Change of label for Enemy - first track from upcoming album The Betrayal streams

Last year's Vermillion from the Enemy trio - Kit Downes, Petter Eldh, James Maddren - was one of the the albums we enjoyed most of all that year. Issued on the ECM label the trio now switch to the avant-garde Finnish label WeJazz for their next …

Published: 20 Aug 2023. Updated: 9 months.

Last year's Vermillion from the Enemy trio - Kit Downes, Petter Eldh, James Maddren - was one of the the albums we enjoyed most of all that year. Issued on the ECM label the trio now switch to the avant-garde Finnish label WeJazz for their next album The Betrayal to be issued on 22 September. Opener the ruggedly compelling 'Hollywood Bypass' is streaming. The Betrayal features original material by Downes and Eldh and was recorded in a Berlin studio last year. Enemy are back in the UK with dates at Cafe Oto in London on 25 October and Eastside, Birmingham next night.

Petter Eldh, above left, James Maddren, Kit Downes, photo: press

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Saturday morning listen: Get the Blessing, 'Oscillation Ochre'

A welcome return from one of those bands who still remain impossible to categorise, Get the Blessing. Once a high profile fixture on the UK jazz circuit but not heard of much over the past five years the band are strong on groove as they prove here …

Published: 19 Aug 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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A welcome return from one of those bands who still remain impossible to categorise, Get the Blessing. Once a high profile fixture on the UK jazz circuit but not heard of much over the past five years the band are strong on groove as they prove here once again with Jim Barr's bass lines prominent. Woozy sax and trumpet lines courtesy of Jake McMurchie and Pete Judge add a certain noirish atmosphere against Clive Deamer's steady drum line. 'Oscillation Ochre' is from Pallett to be released in October. It's good to have them back again.