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GQ’s Jazz Giants Portraits Prove You’re Not Cool

We mean what we say in that title: these boys flexing fits like you never bopped, son. The shame.

Ron Carter

Charles Lloyd

Wayne Shorter

Herbie Hancock

Chick Corea

Roy Ayers

McCoy Turner

See the full list at GQ



Album Review: The Stepkids – Troubadour

Once, on a grey day in a London office, I was reading an article in that great San Fran magazine The Believer. I remember Peter Coviello incisively discussing the “million-petaled flower of Steely Dan‘s uncoolness”.  I was struck by this phrase. Not only because it is a completely …



New Track: Nadine Shah – “Cry Me a River”

Nadine Shah began her professional career as a jazz singer. These influences are evident in her own music, but nothing she’s done can be classified exclusively as jazz. There’s something much more biting and edgy about Shah’s songs. She made waves with her 2012 EP Aching Bones debuting her distinct …



Introducing: SZA

Alt-R&B singer/songwriter SZA released her debut EP last Autumn. See.SZA.Run showed just what the gorgeously soulful St. Louis-born SZA could do; her unique melange of silky vocals and dreamy melodies revealed an eclectic range of influences including jazz, hip hop and R&B.

Produced by Felix Snow and Patrick Lukens, SZA’s …


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Tips For 2013 Advent #4: Kilo Kish

Kilo Kish (Lakisha Robinson) has been described mostly by critics as something similar to  future-RnB-slash-spacey-jazz-funk – these are the words that people on the internet tend to overuse when writing about the emerging artist.

What makes Kilo Kish different is that she doesn’t really rap – rather, her slack spoken …



BOTW Playlist: Hey Sholay

Our current BOTW – Sheffield’s Hey Sholay, who we introduced you to yesterday – put together a playlist taking us through a mix of their influences, past and present. It’s an eclectic collection; veering between the dizzying jazz of Miles Davis and Chet Baker to classic cuts from Bowie, …



BOTW Album Review: Sonnymoon – Sonnymoon

Sonnymoon is a crank concept album about existential energy: its rise and fall, and the unity to be found in opposition. The group – long-term project of Dane Orr and Anna Wise – declare on their website that their mission is to represent in musical arrangement the collision between Earth …



Sam Sparro: The Meaning Of Pop

An incredible, classic photo-story with a man who makes incredible, classic pop music: SAM SPARRO returns with his second album and, in conversation with Seb Law, unpicks the meaning of the music we call pop. Taken from Notion Magazine Issue 58.

Pop music, it’s the elixir of musical life: …


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Introducing: Frankie Jax

Frankie Jax is a rising 16 year old Kenyan born rapper hailing from London. Inspired by Kendrick Lamar and Gangstarr, he has just released his first mixtape Cloud 9 Flow including his amazing track ‘Still Waiting’ and is one of the youngest and most anticipated UK rappers to rise in …



Interview – Grande Dame

London’s illustrations community is a tight-knit web of talented creatives who lead the way in the global illustrator sphere (if indeed there is such a thing). But when we encountered the work of Tiff McGinnis (AKA Grande Dame), we were struck by the way she covers so many disciplines from