DEVA MAHAL – RUN DEEP
Soul and R&B songstress Deva Mahal steps into the spotlight with her debut single "Run Deep". A rare combination of masterful songwriting and breathtaking vocal talent, Deva offers an introductory glimpse of her brand of pulse-pounding indie R&B. Her self-titled debut EP drops Oct 27, featuring two original tracks and a powerful cover of a 1970s Carole King penned hit. Upcoming appearances includes: 13th November - Jaxxdock - Prague, CZ; 15th November - The Pheasantry (London Jazz Festival) - London, UK; 18th November - Jazz Unterfahrt - Munich, DE; 19th November - Kulturhuset - Stockholm, SE; 21st November - Duc des Lombards - Paris, FR; 22nd November - Duc des Lombards - Paris, FR; and 23rd November - Municipal Theater - Fontainebleau, FR.
MARIA JOAO – POESIA DE ALDIR BLANC
A sensitive tribute to the music of Aldir Blanc – the sublime Brazilian songwriter whose 70s collaborations with Joao Bosco helped elevate the music to a whole new level – and whose words really take on new sort of beauty here, thanks to very unusual handling by Maria Joao! Joao's always been one of the more interesting Brazilian female singers – equally skilled in jazz, and also open to more freely creative modes – which she really embraces here, as most tunes just feature one other instrument for accompaniment, leaving Maria's voice to handle a lot of the other elements of the songs. This doesn't mean that Joao just sings gently alongside a guitar or piano – instead, it means that Maria's expressiveness is pushed even further, to embrace the full scope of the songs, and make them come alive with her voice – as she does here on songs that include Aldir Blanc collaborations with Joao Bosco, Carlos Paredes, and Guinga. Titles include "O Coco Do Coco", "Sede E Morte", "O Bebado E A Equilibrista", "Linha De Passe", "Lendas Brasileiras", and "O Sonho". ~ Dusty Groove
NINA MIRANDA – FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
You might remember Nina Miranda for her great work with Da Lata years ago – but since that time, she's only evolved even more as an artist – to a point where she's really finding her voice here in a freshly creative way! The record's got a very compelling mix of acoustic and electric elements – some of the beats you might expect, but also mixed with more live percussion, and even some field recordings and other elements that really create a deeper texture of sound next to Nina's lovely vocals. The record also features help from some great talents from the underground – including Kassin, Chris Franck, Xaver Fischer, and others who've helped bridge the gap between Brazilian roots and 21st Century expression. Titles include "Marsh Mellow Dreams", "Whole Of London", "Megalopolis", "The Cage", "Silken Horse", "Capoeira 2020", "Play", "Amazonia Amor", "Soundtrack To Venus Night Boat", and "The Surfer". ~ Dusty Groove