It’s A Jungle Run Out There
Image by: Blue Laybourne
Welcome to the new music review where we connect you with some of the best new music from around the world. Read on, click through to our Spotify playlist and enjoy it all on 2SER!
The Beasts – Still Here (FEATURE ALBUM)
Nubiyan Twist – Jungle Run
The Lemonheads – Varshons 2
Theon Cross – Fyah
Methyl Ethel – Triage
Blood Blossoms – 2003
Anemone – Beat My Distance
‘Jungle Run’ is the latest album from London based collective Nubiyan Twist, who effortlessly serves up an invigorating melange of jazz, soul, hip hop, African styles, Latin, dub, and electronics. Find powerful vocals weaving through fiery rhythm arrangements, and groove driven melodies, with a loud and proud mission for equality and seeking the truth. Still not sold? Godfather of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, and Afrobeat maestro Tony Allen guest across the album, so you’ve got their tick of approval.
Apologies to any fans of The Lemonheads that are still eagerly waiting for a new album of originals. Instead, the Boston outfit led by Evan Dando have followed up their 2009 ‘Varshons’ covers album with another collection of eclectic reworks, titled ‘Varshons 2. Mostly slow burners here with a sweet, honey-eyed lens, Dando is just one of those singers that has the unique ability to make covers wholly their own.
And closer to home, Sydney’s Blood Blossoms have returned with ‘2003’, a twelve track album with each song named after the months in a year. A big vision project, Blood Blossoms yet again enlists the help from Director and Concertmaster of the Sydney Lyric Orchestra, Adrian Keating for some gorgeous string arrangements here. There’s a folk streak throughout, with a widescreen complexity that also remains catchy.
Plus new singles from Canberra / Sydney outfit Honey 2 Honey, Bibio, Jenny Lewis, Little May, Chris Cohen, and Budos Band.