10. Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes – Heritage of the Invisible II
This is a heavy record in every sense. Aquiles Navarro’s synths are so guttural they rattle the listener’s teeth, while Tcheser Holmes’s drumming is by turns textural and pummelling. The combination makes for a cathartic scream of improvised Afro-Caribbean and Latin jazz – a mind-cleansing and immersive sound.
9. Hailu Mergia – Yene Mircha
Ethiopian jazz multi-instrumentalist Hailu Mergia has a knack for turning what might seem like a kitsch collection of sparkling synths, twanging accordions and electronic drum pads into a swinging and joyous listen. On his second solo record, he meanders through soul and references to Stevie Wonder, dub and organ funk in just 35 minutes.
Read the feature in the Guardian.
[This piece was published on 23/12/20]