Seeing the sun through a rift in the clouds, as rain still lashes down. This fresh and creative approach to music is the rainbow that comes out after. That’s how I would share my first token of the laidback storytellings of jazz rap.

Some of the best collectives pulled from the archives …
Abstract Orchestra’s recent release of Fantastic 2020, Vol. 2 (2019)

The mellow, nonchalant pout of soulful piano and brass mixed with sultry hip-hop is a brilliant combination and exploration that has brought about such creativity for UK music.

As always. It is a mighty feat to find such a rare and exquisite catalogue within jazz rap too, finding those golden nuggets within the genre makes it all that more exciting.

Ever since we were thrown into panic again at the start of this year, I have decided to sway from my usual music collection and dive straight into new. And out I came with jazz rap. It is no wonder that this genre is an untapped source of happiness, especially with Loyle Carner’s Let it Go and Damselfly leading the pack in bringing the alternative to hip-hop. I just know his million or so followers on several music streaming platforms are screaming at me for being so idle with my music searching – to be honest, I am too. His honest and languid vocal delivery has brought him instant attention in the scene, as the pioneer in this crate-digging genre.

Carner’s critically acclaimed second album, Not Waving, But Drowning (2019)

Other archived songs range from Future Utopia‘s Future of the Internet, Fruits by The Silhouettes Project and the raw anatomy of Anything by Revolutionary Rhythm.

Artwork from their EP From The Soul (2019)

All in aid to raise awareness for underground hip-hop, jazz and soul music in the UK and overseas, they are making their efforts upon collaboration with collaboration with other like-minded and able-bodied artists to make this happen. Rest assured, I will certainly be spreading the word, too. How have I missed out on such an inviolable stage in music for so long?

Time to step up and get learnin’.

2 responses to “The Art of Jazz Rap”

  1. Freddy Hall avatar
    Freddy Hall

    These are great! Please keep us updated on your discoveries.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. manvmusic avatar

      Ah lovely stuff! Thank you muchly for your kind words.


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