JOSH MILAN – 6.9.69
We have a waited a long time for the Honeycomb Music release of Josh Milan’s first solo album 6.9.69. He has spent over 3 years producing and developing this exquisite 24-song collection. A nod to his day of birth, “6.9.69” represents Josh’s musical journey, fusing influences from some of the giants of music (i.e., Quincy Jones, Pat Matheny et al.) and creating an incredibly crafted debut LP. Josh’s lyrics explore topics of politics, identity, race, relationships and love while his music explores his life-long love of live music. This album is simply inspiring and innovative on every level. Even to describe his work in these terms understates the magic that Josh Milan brings to his debut. “6.9.69” is the kind of album you play all the way through without stopping – a masterful masterpiece! Far too many stand out cuts to list. Just have a listen and make up your own mind. Please don’t sleep on this one!
MOONCHILD - VOYAGER
Voyager’ is the third full-length album from LA’s Moonchild, whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Since 2014 they have dedicated their time and energy into honing dreamlike and ethereal compositions which explore the intricacies of relationships with emotional nuance. Since cementing themselves into the vibrant LA soul scene, Moonchild have released two albums and collaborated or toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) and more. Along the way, Moonchild have accumulated a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, and Jose James.
IZZI DUNN – RECYCLE LOVE
Cellist, singer and songwriter Izzi Dunn returns with a powerhouse new album in the form of ‘Recycle Love’. ‘Our Time’ is a forceful, tough edged funker, ‘Look Up In The Sky’ has an Omar feel – that unique brand of London Town funk edged Jazz with some lovely orchestration running throughout – while ‘Lady’ is a sumptuous slab of boogie that starts off with Izzi’s Cello and slides into a solid dance floor banger! The angular groove of ‘Control’ is another big dancer that has a super catchy melody while the laid back, cosmic soul of ‘Love Interrupted’ is another highlight. ‘Devices’ shows yet another side to Izzi’s musical mind on a dark throwback soul mid tempo effort that shines a light on her strong vocals. Very good album.