Skeltr, Dorje

In duo Sam Healey (keys, sax, vocals) and Craig Hanson (drums) as Skeltr are a blast of fresh air. Opener 'Cheef Beef' is polyphonic, positive, and in terms of the multitracked vocals Afrojazz-sounding; 'Braila' has chunky bass; 'Siren' begins like …

Published: 14 Oct 2020. Updated: 41 days.

In duo Sam Healey (keys, sax, vocals) and Craig Hanson (drums) as Skeltr are a blast of fresh air. Opener 'Cheef Beef' is polyphonic, positive, and in terms of the multitracked vocals Afrojazz-sounding; 'Braila' has chunky bass; 'Siren' begins like a ballad, the nurtured audio sound quality of the synth strings warm and attractive (a lot of interesting production work has gone into the album); 'Kinkai's Question' ought to appeal to grime fans most. 'Fjord' lingers behind the beat; 'Nesodden' is more cosmic with its Rhodesy swell. The ecstatic saxophone passages often illuminate the overall sound when they occur. Out now. On Ubuntu

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Track of the day: Thelonigus

'Thelonigus' is drawn from For Such a Time as This by Eric Reed. In the swinging, retrobop idiom it doesn't get much better than the Reed sound, here at ease, classic, and yet playful. Out on Smoke Sessions Records in November.

Published: 14 Oct 2020. Updated: 42 days.

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'Thelonigus' is drawn from For Such a Time as This by Eric Reed. In the swinging, retrobop idiom it doesn't get much better than the Reed sound, here at ease, classic, and yet playful. Out on Smoke Sessions Records in November.