Free your mind and your jazz will follow. Four outstanding new artists, pushing the boundaries of experimental music, jazz, electronica, hip-hop, funk and soul, take to the stage at Band on the Wall next month. Entry is free and you’re guaranteed to hear something inspiring, so sign up here and get to know each of October’s artists below.
Hunrosa is the moniker of electronic producer Sam Vicary, whose music evokes images of coastal landscapes; ‘capturing the wild organic senses of his Cornish childhood and anchoring it with a glitchy 2am undercurrent.’ Vicary is also an in-demand jazz bassist, who accompanied Ashley Henry on his beautiful jazz:refreshed EP 5ive in 2016 and plays with future soul outfit DJM Trio, who you may’ve heard covering some classic hip-hop instrumentals on their Cave Art project. Hunrosa recently released a new single, which features vocal contributions from Diving Station’s Anna McLuckie and mesmerising percussionist Manu Delago, who we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing at Band on the Wall on numerous occasions.
Artephis supported Chip Wickham at Band on the Wall earlier in the year and collaborate frequently with The Untold Orchestra. The group’s members met at the RNCM in 2014 and released their debut album last year, featuring compositions from their diverse guitarist James Girling and horn player Aaron Wood. Their sound takes root in jazz, but with chunky rock rhythms, vibrant keyboards and electronic, the ascendant quintet realise a attitude and intensity.
The deep and atmospheric EP Godless, praised when premiered by Electronic Groove back in July, is a perfect introduction to the sound of Ova. It’s city-at-night synth pop will appeal to fans of Chromatics and Gabi, and the trio’s live set will contain those same hushed vocals and drifting synths. Check out their EP below and the First Light records collective to which they belong, here.
Like Ova, Andchunk released their debut EP back in July. The self-recorded, self-produced effort is a minimal affair, with compositions taking shape around Jack March’s explorative, post-rock and fusion jazz guitar work. The sound they achieve with the simplicity of their setup is testament to their ability as composers and performers and the dedication they maintained since an early age to develop their craft. Earlier this year, they spoke with MJF, naming some of their favourite artists: Avishai Cohen Trio, Bill Frisell and E.S.T. among others.