Check out new music from Oscar Jerome, Lisa Redford and Edith.
South London’s Oscar Jerome is one of the new wave of musicians taking the capital’s jazz scene to exciting places, blending it with soul and funk and coming up with something shimmering and exuberant. Fresh from supporting Kamasi Washington on his UK tour, and a super cool gig with IAMDDB at the Jazz Cafe, Jerome has released a new single Gravitate.
It’s his first release since signing to Caroline International and features Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective) on piano and several of his fellow band-members from the afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko.
Jerome says of the track: “This pays homage to a lot of the pioneers of the British broken beats genre as well as a lot of my soul, jazz and rock influences. The subject matter is both cosmic and personal. I reference a lot of imagery of the early life of a star in space as well as ideas of individuality and self-acceptance.”
If you like the sound of it, you can catch Jerome on the festival circuit this summer, or at his headline gig at Heaven on 19 November.
Singer songwriter Lisa Redford gathered a host of fine musicians in a Cold War bunker in rural Norfolk to record her latest EP Edge of Love. Produced by José McGill from award-winning group The Vagaband, the EP includes five beautiful songs.
The band of trusty musicians who helped her create the EP were: pedal steel player Alan Cook (My Darling Clementine, Chris Hillman of The Byrds), Noel Dashwood of folk trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, acclaimed blues guitarist Mark Howes, cellist Ivan McCready (The Pretenders, Blur, George Michael) and drummer Mikey Shaw.
The EP features the radio-friendly Anything But Easy and the bittersweet acoustic ballad I Just Can’t Forget.
London-based singer songwriter Edith has enlisted the help of The Sonic Crew (Idris Elba/ Diplo/ Lethal Bizzle) to help her achieve her pop ambitions.
She collaborated with them on her new, self-titled EP, a release that explores intricate electronic elements within the realm of contemporary pop.
Born in Romania, Edith relocated to London while still at school and used songwriting as a way to express her pent up emotions.
She says: “My parents bought me my first guitar when I was 12 and ever since then it has been my favourite thing to do. I love writing songs.”
Check it out Edith’s latest single Don’t Wanna Think.