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Ivo Neame - "Vegetarians" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Pianist Ivo Neame always brings incredibly dope music, particularly with the piano-bass-drum trio Phronesis. However, his solo work is certainly worthy of talk and some space on your hard drives. This looks to be true for his upcoming new album, Moksha, dropping in March on Edition Records. The first single, "Vegetarians", has a different sort of energy here, less perfectly crafted while still extremely emotive. Perhaps it's something in George Crowley's tenor saxophone that gives this extra kick. Maybe it's this mix with Tom Farmer on bass and James Maddren on drums. Maybe it's the season. You be the judge and check out the video for "Vegetarians" after the jump.

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GoGo Penguin - "Bardo"

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” These words, excerpted from Carl Sagan’s 1980 TV Show Cosmos, are the inspiration behind GoGo Penguin’s latest outing aptly named A Humdrum Star. Set to drop February 9th on Blue Note Records, the band’s sophomore release on the prestigious American label sees the UK electro-acoustic trio exploring new musical universes. “We started with this idea of ‘inner and outer’, and opposing things that are essentially the same,” says Rob Turner, drummer for the band. “A lot of the textures and sounds do come from the electronic writing, but co-producer Brendan Williams also wanted everything to be made as organically as possible.” Bassist Nick Blacka adds: “I think we felt even more liberated on this album—and I think there’s more of each of us on it.” Check out “Bardo” below, the new single from GoGo Penguin’s A Humdrum Star coming February 9th to your friendly neighborhood record store and your favorite not-so-friendly online retailer.

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Esperanza Spalding - 'Exposure'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

Lately Esperanza Spalding seems to be in the business of doing things her fans don't expect. Considering the music of the more R&B-influenced Radio Music Society, her last album, Emily's D+Evolution, was a sharp left turn. Spalding had returned with a fantastic record that lies somewhere in whatever one would call an amalgamation of rock, pop and jazz fusion elements. The abrupt change in style may have caught some fans by surprise, but D+Evolution, contains some of the musicians best songs. With the epic "One", pop-sized fusion of "Judas" and Joni Mitchell-esque tracks like "Noble Nobles", it is arguably the best record of her discography.

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Butcher Brown Live at Paste Studio NYC

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Our favorite band out of Richmond, VA, Butcher Brown, are back at it again with a new studio session from Paste's studio in Manhattan. With a short set of songs, some brand new and some from their latest release, Live at Vagabond, watch the group kill it as expected after the jump below.

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The Line-Up for 12 January 2018

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I didn't have any ideas arriving at the studio last week so I cobbled together this hour in a flash. I like the range.

The Line-Up for 12 January 2018