The Big Dada office was a bit quite on Thursday as the surprise winner on this years’ Mercury prize was their very own Speech Debelle.
I’m just dropping off to sleep a minute into the first track of Led Bib’s latest album – all dirgy and ponderous bass and piano and a touch of whispery sax – and wondering why I’m bothering, when all hell breaks loose and I realise I’ve been drawn into the false sense of security of a first time log flume rider.
Get The Blessing’s debut album, All Is Yes picked up Best Album at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards and the Bristol-based quartet have come back with the follow-up Bugs In Amber that’s even better!
No jazz fan worthy of the description wears sensible shoes and the music on this album is the antithesis of the concept of sensible shoes; this is Led Bib’s finest hour!
There’s a new riot of sound coming straight out of East London. It’s beautifully noisy and breaks rules, both musically and culturally. Call it the new ‘alternative’ — in the original sense when the word actually referred to music bristling with ideas, rebellion and youth-powered energy rather than the conveyor belt of insipid indie kids playing over-familiar tunes and chords