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Ezra Collective. Photo: Adama Jalloh.

London's Bright, Young Jazz Scene Is Highlighted In This New Compilation

Listen to our premiere of Ezra Collective's "Pure Shade" off the upcoming We Out Here compilation from Brownswood Recordings.

It's no secret that London jazz is killing it right now.

And We Out Herean upcoming compilation from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label—is here to show you the cream of the crop coming out of this burgeoning scene.

The nine-track compilation, for which saxophonist Shabaka Hutching (Sons of Kemet, Shabaka and the Ancestors) served as musical director, takes a hypnotizing excursion through the constantly fluid sounds coming out of London's contemporary jazz scene.

There's no real genre markers to define the diverse music coming out of London's underground jazz circles—though several of the its brightest bands are taking cues from afrobeat and other West African sounds to create their vibrant compositions.

One of those bands is Ezra Collective, who mold afrobeat, hip-hop, and reggae influences into something completely unique in "Pure Shade," a track from We Out Here that we're premiering here today.

Get into "Pure Shade" and look out for We Out Here, which will feature songs from Shabaka Hutchings, Kokoroko, Nubya Garcia and more, due February 9 from Brownwood Recordings.



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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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