Marlbank's favourite new artist in 2021 is David Mrakpor whose piano-playing certainly reminds us of Robert Glasper. It all spwaned from hearing him live back in June at a spot called the Post Bar in Tottenham which made it into our gigs of the year selection. There's a lot to his work (he is a fine vibist, writer, and guitarist as well) and if you heard Blue Lab Beats' We Will Rise this year you will know that there is another side to Mrakpor's personality within that duo. The Londoner is a jazz superstar in the wings waiting to be anointed surely.
'My Life' is fundamentally shaped around a very elongated vamp within a lush orchestrated coating which is certainly Glasper-ish. And it is in his signature twist here pretty melodic and not demanding, the emphasis on positivity and grooving harnessing call and response from riff to repeated single note, that proves a catalyst. There is quite a loose improvisational hinting-at feel which lifts it from being just trite. Coleman's vocals are very sunny and more about atmospherics than elaborate song statement. The net result is a song that is perfect for radio play and I'll bet that London station Jazz FM, who usually go for non avant-garde tracks for their daytime play selections, will be more than keen on the track. This could cue up a credible new genre of ''daytime jazz'' within a suite of lounge sounds careeering down the slipway under lick wizard Mrakpor's own considerable steam and motion.