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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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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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