Mahalia: Sober Produced by Maths Time Joy, "Sober" is Leicester-born, Birmingham-based singer/songwriter Mahalia's most recent release and it's beautifully sleek and fluid. A little more R&B and boom-bap than her previous releases, it's a smooth and...
Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds: Mama D/Leimert Park
From the lush record Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, by Terrace Martin's supergroup The Pollyseeds, comes "Mama D/Leimert Park"—on which Martin (who produced Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly) plays all the instruments, as well as the vocoder-aided vocals...
The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
The profound, transcendental music Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda composed at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California has become available to the wider public, with help from NYC-based (and world-music-embracing) label Luaka Bop. Originally, the...
Kamasi Washington: Truth
Just released by the very talented jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington (who has performed with Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and more), "Truth" is the beautifully transcendent sixth movement from his...
FKA Twigs: Good to Love Resembling something a closer to a ballad than we're used to from her, FKA Twigs' brand new song "Good to Love" is her most intimate yet. With a close-up, personal (yet exquisitely stylized, like every Twigs production) black...
Snarky Puppy feat. Laura Mvula + Michelle Willis: Sing to the Moon
Versatile music ensemble Snarky Puppy (who just won their second Grammy this past Monday) turns the spotlight again onto guest instrumentalists and vocalists for the album Family Dinner, Volume 2. Recorded live in New Orleans' Esplanade Studios (save...
Kamasi Washington: The Epic Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has performed with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Lauryn Hill and many more renowned acts (his first national tour was with Snoop Dogg); recently, he was a key collaborator on Kendrick...
Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote's "Molasses" Live in Paris
In a time when hyper-manufactured hits created in multimillion dollar studios dominate the airwaves, Melbourne-based quartet Hiatus Kaiyote have been stoking a different kind of fire with their DIY approach built on raw energy, creativity and most...
Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1
We've long been supporters of Sonos, watching their evolution over the past 10 years—we even teamed up with lighting designer Lindsey Adelman to create a one-off Soundalier during NYCxDESIGN week in 2012. That said, the HiFi audio-obsessed brand...
Word of Mouth: Addis Ababa
by Jenny Miller Addis Ababa is a capital on the up-and-up. As the gateway to the rest of Ethiopia and its beguiling landscape, Addis is a city of almost constant sunshine and, in recent years, construction dust. Countless hotels, a light rail system...
BADBADNOTGOOD + Ghostface Killah: Ray Gun ft. DOOM
On paper, a partnership between a Toronto-based jazz trio, a prominent member of Wu Tang Clan and one of hip-hop's more mysterious MCs might not sound like the most natural of unions. However "Ray Gun" sees Ghostface Killah and DOOM spitting verses...
Re/ly: Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake cover)
The debut album Bilateral from modern jazz duo Re/ly demonstrates not only the technical skills of keyboardist and vocalist Bryn Bliska and drummer Jamie Fried, but their ear for original composition. The two met while playing in various jazz combos...
Kind of Blue Signed LP
In two studio sessions in the spring of 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind of Blue, which would quickly solidify itself as the best jazz album of all time. A year later, in 1960, he signed a copy of the record for a fan—something he evidently never did...
Playing for the Benefit of the Band
Lee Friedlander's seminole 1992 monograph, "The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band," has been re-released in an expanded edition available through Fraenkel Gallery. With more than 200 photographs in the new version, some...
Small Black feat. Frankie Rose: Lines of Latitude
Brooklyn-based band Small Black add a little more sombreness to their dreamy synth-pop sound with their new track "Lines of Latitude," from of their upcoming EP Real People. Harmonies with fellow Brooklynite Frankie Rose's ethereal voice gives this...
Ajukaja & Andrevski: Rare Birds
The Estonians have infiltrated the realm of deep house—duo Raul “Ajukaja” Saaremets ("Aju" meaning brain and "Kaja" meaning echo) and longtime friend Andrevski composed analog jams on hand-built equipment in their studio located in the country's capital...
Beaty Heart: Kanute's Comin' Round
Colorful, theatrical and existing in a minimal psychedelic world all its own, the video for Beaty Heart's latest release is new ground even for this experimental South London outfit. "Kanute's Comin' Round," finds two masked and costumed dancers drawing...
Molly Ringwald's Jazz Favorites
In honor of the '80s teen star's birthday and recent interview, AnOther Magazine featured an unlikely rundown of Molly Ringwald's favorite jazz tracks. As the interview implies, Ringwald hasn't exactly followed the traditional post-Hollywood path;...
In light of Cape Town's Design Indaba, this week's #PrivateJam comes from Craig Durrant, drummer of South African indie-rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus. Calling on hectic tour experiences in Japan, Durrant opted for the electro ballad "Borderline...
Ajukaja & Andrevski: Rare Birds The Estonians have infiltrated the realm of deep house—duo Raul “Ajukaja” Saaremets ("Aju" meaning brain and "Kaja" meaning echo) and longtime friend Andrevski composed analog jams on hand-built equipment in their...
A never-before-released audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at Paris' Salle Pleyel is finally available from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young...
Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972
At first glance, this art book looks out-of-date with its 1970s desaturated colors, as if salvaged from a garage sale. Co-published this year by PictureBox and art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey to offer a glimpse into the hazy world of radical and...
Shaken or Stirred
Advertorial content: As we reach the final days of summer the breeze picks up and the air cools down, making it the perfect time to unwind with a group of friends with a well-deserved Tanqueray cocktail in hand. No party is complete without some...
Cool Hunting's Harvest Playlist
Fall is all about motivation, preparing for the season ahead by taking stock of summer's bounty. While melancholy at times—Bon Iver's childhood memory "Michicant," "Harvest Breed by Nick Drake—there's plenty here to get you going too...