Kibrom Birhane
Here And There (2022)

excellent, modern ethiopian jazz record
deep grooves rooted in spiritual jazz, with some light funk sounds here & there. a great album from start to finish !

[...] Here And There is a conscious exploration and deep dive into the waters of life; complex yet harmonious soundscapes stem from a diverse range of influences across a broad spectrum, ranging from the sacred and profane, to the pioneering and contemporary.
Having absorbed thousand year old Ethiopian orthodox chanting as a child, while expertly acquainting himself with the traditional instruments of the region, Kibrom has focused his diverse musical talents studying past Ethiopian Jazz legends from the 1970s with modern day contemporaries while continuing to reach new depths and discovery.

favorite tracks: merkato, pendulum

similar to: mulatu astatke, arat kilo, black flower, gétatchèw mèkurya, heliocentrics...

The Blaxound
El Maravilloso Sonido Instrumental (2022)

aptly named groovy instrumental funk/soul record

The Blaxound come from Barcelona and are the project around the insanely talented Marta Roman, who writes all songs herself, produces them in her own home studio and finishes them with the help of great musicians from the local music scene.
Especially hooked on the soundtracks of the Blaxploitation movies of the 60's and 70's she creates her sound and relies on high quality arrangements. The good feeling immediately floats over to you and leaves traces in your auditory canal. With nine mature tracks on their instrumental album The Blaxound shoots itself into the hearts of friends of instrumental funk and soul music.

favorite tracks: mai tai, caimán, la reina del baile

similar to: delvon lamarr organ trio, the true loves, el michels affair...