The Return of Jack Splash
PLANTLIFE ARE the missing link between hip-hop and funk, caught somewhere between Sly and the Family Stone, Prince and Outcast.
The bass and drum tracks are set off brilliantly against Jack Splash’s falsetto vocals. Songs of longing, lost love, drugs and Los Angeles life may seem familiar territory but the album is packed with unpredictable elements.
All Kind of Black and Blue
Nik Turner's Kubanno Kickasso
ANYONE WHO likes excellent jazz, stomping rock latino rhythms spiced with punk, ska and spacey waves of sound will love this album. This is Kubanno Kickasso’s first album. It is great to hear music that crosses all boundaries and celebrates the diverse wealth of music. Recommended.
Nicola Conte, Blue Note Records
CLOSE YOUR eyes while you listen to this album and be prepared to be transported. Conte and his ten-piece band paint musical pictures that are reminiscent of 1960s European film. As well as being a writer and producer Conte is also a club DJ in his native Rome, and so makes jazz accessible and that is great for dancing. My favourite track is “Kind of Sunshine” featuring the vocals of Lucia Minetti—be prepared to be blown away.