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Sunny Side Up by Various Artists
Following on from their 2018 ‘We Out Here’ compilation of up-and-coming London jazz musicians, Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings are back again, this time with a celebration of Melbourne’s flourishing future-jazz and neo-soul scene. As a city without a great deal of jazz heritage, here are artists that have few footsteps to follow in, and are free to draw on diverse influences and craft a new sound.
Comprised of nine tracks attributed to nine different artists, in reality there is more crossover on the record than on paper. The compilation largely focuses on two groups of musicians – 30/70 Collective and Mandarin Dreams – and those musicians hop between one another’s recordings, resulting in a mixed and vibrant output that has a unified feel to it. That collaborative and close-knit feel has undoubtedly helped propel their sound forwards.
Melbourne’s most famous export from this scene to date is Hiatus Kaiyote, and dig a little deeper and they’re present on this record too: it was recorded at The Grove where the band records music, engineered by their sound engineer Nick Herrera, and their bassist Paul Bender plays on ‘Eternal / Internal Peace’. Highlights are Phil Stroud’s dreamy, spiritual opener ‘Banksia’, and the brilliantly named Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange’s funky ‘Powers 2 (The People)’
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