July music: Flamingosis, Rejjie Snow, Jaubi + more ๐Ÿ”ˆ

Here are some of my favorite albums from the month of July.

Here is a list of my favorite albums from the past month. Enjoy!

Are these lists for you? My musical tastes vary widely, but you’ll always find hip-hop, jazz, funk, or a blend each in the selections, along with the occasional country, rock, and reggae record. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like. Of course, I’m always looking for new (and old) music, so any recommendations are welcome!

For more, check out all of my 2021 music pics ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ September, August, July, June, May, April, March, and Jan/Feb.

Also, you can find a playlist of tracks that I love on my Right About Now playlist. ๐ŸŽง

Flamingosis

Daymaker

Love this for any time of day. My beat tape instrumental groove pick of the month.

While Daymaker is inherently a solo project, the album includes collaborations with giants in the electronic and funk realm, with contributors ranging from keyboardist Borahm Lee [Pretty Lights], Jeff Franca [Thievery Corporation], Hunter Roberts and hip-hop funk duo Recess and Mike Tallman [Euforquestra].

Album Review: Flamingosis – Daymaker: https://www.magneticmag.com/2021/06/album-review-flamingosis-daymaker/

Rejjie Snow

Baw Baw Black Sheep

My hip-hop pick of the month. Reminds me of Mike Jenkins how it moves between styles and feelings.

Irish rapper creates a trippy companion soundtrack to his favourite childhood film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Huh? ๐Ÿค” Just listen, I promise.

Rejjie Snow โ€“ โ€˜Baw Baw Black Sheepโ€™ review: a world of pure imagination: https://www.nme.com/reviews/album/rejjie-snow-baw-baw-black-sheep-review-2988768

Jaubi

Nafs at Peace

My jazz pick of the month (ok, maybe one of two jazz picks)

The album takes its title from the Qurโ€™anโ€™s evocation of โ€œnafsโ€, meaning the ego or self. The holy text describes three levels of nafs: the soul inclined to evil (an ego-dominated existence, serving temptation), the self-reproaching soul (an internal battle from sin to repentance), and the tranquil soul (the state of serenity, transcending sin). Across seven tracks, Jaubi effectively convey this journey of the self via shifts in musical character โ€“ from a hip-hop swing to classical ragas and ferocious jazz improvisations โ€“ and a subtle increase in pace and intensity.

Jaubi: Nafs at Peace review โ€“ Pakistani band battle ego with improv: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/apr/30/jaubi-nafs-at-peace-review-battling-the-ego-with-improv

Faye Webster

I Know I’m Funny hahah

Something different in the form of some sad/beautiful country songs. This one grew on me.

There is so much depth to Faye Websterโ€™s dazzling fourth album. It strikes a perfect balance between classic country stoicism and the sound of the saddest person you follow on social media.

Faye Webster I Know Iโ€™m Funny haha: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/faye-webster-i-know-im-funny-haha/

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Bad Boys of Jazz

Afrobeats, jazz, and funk. Sign. Me. Up. ๐Ÿฅ

Even before clocking the Hypnotic Brass Ensembleโ€™s origin story, itโ€™s hard to shake its music, a collection of roiling big-band horn harmonies, hip-hop inflected rhythms, Afrobeat-styled percussion accents and wiry wah-wah guitar accompaniment. Itโ€™s almost the perfect summation of the past 70 years of brass and dance music.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Bad Boys Of Jazz Review: https://downbeat.com/reviews/detail/bad-boys-of-jazz

Honorable mentions โœŒ๏ธ

Vince Staples new album has a great bounce (“I’m a real beach boy, come around my way”). I’ve been discovering the beat tapes from Damu the Fudgemunk (see How it should sound vol 5). I’ve also been listening to Ahmad Jamal’s classic Poinciana after coming across the following performance:


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