You’d be hard-pressed to think back on a more scene-defining septet than London’s Nérija. The group composed of trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Rosie Turton, saxophonists Cassie Kinoshi and Nubya Garcia, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Inga Eichler on double bass and drummer Lizy Exell have compiled an expansive mix displaying influences from London jazz, Ethiojazz, middle-eastern funk, afrobeat, R&B and more. The mix has been compiled by the producer of their debut album 'Blume': Kwes.
Ronnie Laws - From Ronnie With Love
Andrae Crouch & Disciples - I'll Still Love You
black midi - Speedway
Polar Bear - Be Free
Duendita - September
Sun Ra - Springtime Again
Phronesis, Jasper Høiby - Abraham’s New Gift
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Great Blacks
Slakah The Beatchild - Byram’s Groove (Cut A Rug)
Khruangbin - Evan Finds The Third Room
Onda - Cassiano
Basa Basa - Homowo
Rema - Dumebi
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Uncrown Her
Little Simz - Venom
Snowpoet - The Therapist
RURA - Lust
Gigi - Guramayle
Makaya McCraven feat. Junius Paul, Tomeka Reid, Shabaka Hutchings - Inner Flight
Kongo Dia Ntotila - 360°
Fela Kuti - Monday Morning In Lagos
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It’s easy to argue that jazz is once again having its moment in the sun, but for those who know where to look, its solidity as one of the 20th century’s defining art forms extends well into the 21st. As for the future, you’d be hard-pressed to think back on a more scene-defining septet than London’s Nérija, even with the city’s years-strong, zero-shortage pool of talent. What’s more, Nérija’s LP Blume, a ten-fold expansion on their scintillating Domino self-titled debut EP, might just go the length to cement their legacy.
Helmed at London’s Soup Studios by producer Kwes, Blume luxuriates in the distinctly vintage, whilst keeping its eyes firmly forward. It savours big band vivacity, even as it maintains a firm grasp on the spontaneity and jagged lyricisms of moderns like Pharaoh Sanders. The fireside warmth of saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Cassie Kinoshi, Rosie Turton’s trombone and Sheila Maurice-Grey’s trumpet is best relished with ‘Riverfest’, and strangely alluring on ‘Equanimous’. The magnitude of the group’s rhythm section upholds throughout; Lizy Exell’s drumming veers from a gentle simmer to an explosive thunderclap, making for a defining guide through the hazy atmospherics of ‘EU (Emotionally Unavailable)’, while Rio Kai’s double bass exhales from burly to tender at a moment’s notice. Guitarist Shirley Tetteh deepens the album’s overall mood, pinging on the audio canvas like the slightest crucial detail.
The emotions here are opaque, but Nérija aren’t a group concerned with simple binaries of feeling so much as their ambiguity. What is crying but a sort of laughter? With Blume, the question is this: how can we console difference, and feel as one?
- 1 Nascence 6:59 Nérija Buy
- 2 Riverfest 5:37 Nérija Buy
- 3 Last Straw 6:32 Nérija Buy
- 4 Partner Girlfriend Lover 5:15 Nérija Buy
- 5 EU (Emotionally Unavailable) 7:15 Nérija Buy
- 6 Blume 2:46 Nérija Buy
- 7 Equanimous 7:26 Nérija Buy
- 8 Swift 6:07 Nérija Buy
- 9 Unbound 5:51 Nérija Buy
- 10 Blume II 1:39 Nérija Buy