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Portico Quartet - "Endless" (Video)

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

They're back. The difficult to pin down London band with the baddest hang in the game have seemingly returned to a jazzier inclination once more with their upcoming new album, Art in the Age of Automation. At least if that's what their first single, "Endless", can lead us to believe. Check out the video with its collage of assorted images after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 23 June 2017

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

I was really excited about a bunch of new things I got in and others I recently wrote up. It was a good week last week and this was the capstone.

The Line-Up for 23 June 2017

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Dan Tepfer - 'Eleven Cages'

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

There's a certain kind of irony in making music so undeniably playful while insisting that the thematic element behind the music itself is cages. It's hard to be playful in a cage. Sure, there's playfulness in exploring boundaries, but one doesn't typically find joy in the boundaries themselves. Yet, this pianist Dan Tepfer plays in this irony, bouncing off the walls with his trio members, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Nate Wood, finding so much room between the bars of Tepfer's Eleven Cages, out now on Sunnyside.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Centennial Trilogy: Diaspora'

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

Diaspora, the second album of trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Centennial Trilogy of albums he's releasing this year, is softer than its predecessor, Ruler Rebel. It's warmer, more somber, more spacey a collection of songs, as if these songs and the extra time between notes, a less is more approach here, is meant to depict the actual African Diaspora, a dispersal of sounds as much as a people. Nevertheless, it's a more chill kind of album, if the dynamic Ruler Rebel is a textured shot of mescal, Diaspora is the perfectly made michelada that follows it, and you're going to want to have a couple more micheladas.

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Nate Wood's fOUR - "sides" (video)

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

The multi-talented drummer for Kneebody, Nate Wood, (whose work on Dan Tepfer's new album, Eleven Cages, I have been gushing about and will do so here at the site soon) has been releasing videos the last few months under the moniker fOUR. He's composing songs to play multiple instruments on his own, driven mainly through the midi capabilities in the bass, with no overdubs or pre-recorded backing tracks. They're one shot bits of brilliance, each one going equally as hard. Check out the latest song, "sides", after the jump.