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Woolly Mammals - "Voicemail"

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

Brooklyn collective Woolly Mammals is a daring exploration of the intersection between alternative indie rock and jazz fusion blending the expressive vocabulary of Robert Glasper and Snarky Puppy with a singular robotic grunge by way of bass vocoder. Woolly Mammals, namely Andrew Koehler on keyboard and synth, Kyle McCarter on drums and projections, Noah Ross on guitar and sub guitar, and Will Sacks on bass vocoder (Facebass) have a video EP in the works entitled When You Get This slated for January 19th of the coming year. But in the meantime, make sure to check out their newest single “Voicemail” below, an experiment in humanizing the machine, talking tenderly about love rather than Daft Punk's almost authoritarian robotic lyrics. Because pushing the boundaries of weirdness and blurring the lines between genres is always a good thing in our own humble opinion.

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Psychic Temple - "Dream Dictionary" (Video)

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

One of the bands in which we delight around here, Psychic Temple, that most chill, ecclectic, hard to define group led by guitarist Chris Schlarb, has been celebrating their latest release, IV, which is quite exceptional if I do say so myself. To keep the whole feeling going, Schlarb has just released a new music video for the song "Dream Dictionary" featuring Terry Reid on vocals, some primo slow panning, and a myriad of alternate personalities. Check it out after the jump.

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Delfeayo Marsalis - "Sesame Street Theme"

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

A second single has emerged from Delfeayo Marsalis’ new live album Kalamazoo, which we wrote about last week. For a little nostalgia, check out Marsalis’ swinging rendition of childhood favorite the “Sesame Street Theme”, featuring Ellis Marsalis on piano, Reginald Veal on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums.

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Walter Smith III - "Ask Me Now"

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

Saxophonist Walter Smith III has a new album on the horizon. TWIO to be released February 9 on Whirlwind Recordings, features Smith’s trio comprised of bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Eric Harland with guest appearances by Joshua Redman and Christian McBride. “For this album, out of around twenty recorded songs, I chose nine pieces that I have a particular relationship with and have always loved playing, including some which are maybe less frequently heard,” says Smith. You can stream the first single from the album, the trio’s take on Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now”, below.

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Nextbop Radio Hour (Ep. 3)

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

Back this week with a new radio show. Kept it really fresh with brand new Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & Vic Mensa, GoGo Penguin, MAE SUN, Keyon Harrold, Kamasi Washington, Alex Stuart, Mammal Hands, Ryan Keberle & Frank Woeste, and Marquis Hill.