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Signs of Life by Zoöphyte

Label: Howlin' Werewolf
Released: 2020
Track listing: Los Retablos; Füsun; Stone Cold Killah; House on the Corner; Olive, Butterfly & Stork; (Feel Like I'm) Chained to a Rock; The Caribou; What's Your Favourite Planet?; My Dreams Are All in Black and White; Füsun (alt take)

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Zoöphyte: Signs Of Life

Read "Signs Of Life" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A zoophyte is the ancient Greek term for an invertebrate animal resembling a plant. So, an odd name for a band, perhaps. Mythical zoophytes, like the plant that grew sheep as its fruit, were commonplace in Medieval herbals--tomes describing the culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, and magical qualities of plants. These were, in less scientific times, attempts ...

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Lokkhi Terra meets Dele Sosimi: Cubafrobeat

Read "Cubafrobeat" reviewed by Chris May

A younger version of London's Grand Union Orchestra, founded by world-jazz pioneer Tony Haynes in 1982, Lokkhi Terra was put together by keyboard player Kishon Khan in 2005. Both ensembles have made a specialism of jazz / South Asian fusion, with Lokkhi Terra also giving as much attention to music from Cuba, where Bangladeshi-born, London-based Khan ...

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Wild Card: Life Stories

Read "Life Stories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When British youth started picking up on the music coming out of America in the Fifties and Sixties their tastes were widespread. While some kids loved the early rock & roll of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly or the blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, others grabbed onto the jazz played by the likes of ...

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Wild Card: Life Stories

Read "Life Stories" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Two things I'll readily admit about Clement Regert's Wild Card and its new offering, Life Stories are: 1--wild isn't the right adjective. A more fitting descriptor is fearless, because this feverish ensemble isn't afraid to bring on the funk, the bop, the pop, the swing or Afro-Blue when they want to; and 2--the spoken word “Intro," ...

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Wild Card: Life Stories

Read "Life Stories" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Wild Card is, at its heart, an organ trio--guitarist and composer Clément Régert, organist Andrew Noble and drummer Sophie Alloway-- joined on Life Stories by a series of guests including trumpeter Graeme Flowers who was also an ever-present guest on the band's previous album, Organic Riot (Top End Records, 2015). Life Stories boasts a similar mix ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

ALA.NI: You & I

Read "You & I" reviewed by James Nadal

Romantic poetry set to music can never go out of style, for it describes fundamental human emotions in a creative fashion. With the conceptual collection You & I, vocalist and composer ALA.NI presents a beautiful blend of chanson inspired lyrical rhythm, laced with vintage American jazz. Able to capture the essence of love in song, she ...

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Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project: Rumba Con Flores

Read "Rumba Con Flores" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Short--at just 32 minutes and eight tracks--and straight to the point, Rumba Con Flores is an assured debut from Eliane Correa. The young keyboardist, composer and arranger recorded the album in Havana and London over a three year period (then mixed and mastered it in Madrid), working with a fine array of musicians who prove themselves ...

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Wild Card: Organic Riot

Read "Organic Riot" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Music can signal rebellion, initiate change, influence the thoughts of an entire generation. Or it can cause thousands of disparate individuals to get up and dance and generally have a good time. Organic Riot, the third album from London-based funksters Wild Card, may not signal incipient revolution but it's certainly got the good-time, get up and ...


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