The gentle jazzy “Like a Dog” sees Otis Mensah at his most melodic. The second installment in season two of #OtisMensahExists brings Mensah questioning if changes in his personality are for better or worse. He drowns in the hurt like the howl of a dog.
fika returns with another lesson in love on “Don’t Say I Don’t.” The stripped back goodness is fika doing what they do they do best. Jazzy lo-fi instrumentation and songwriting that cuts straight to the heart. Find your yourself longing for love you didn’t know you were missing.
Through the hypnotic and funk-inspired “Breathe Easy,” Quintin Copper and Nas Mellow free us of the stress of daily life and inspire us to surrender control.
A lyrical exercise that doubles as a triumphant return, “Altitude” shows heady Brooklyn emcee Chukwu cutting loose with a swathe of believably braggadocios bars. A crisp jazz loop underpins the track with tones reminiscent of MF DOOM.
Rather than a list of our objectively “best” albums of 2020, CentralSauce would like to present you with something more personal. These are the albums that kept each one of our writers hanging on to their sanity throughout a particularly difficult year.
A trans-Pacific jazz outfit based in Beijing, The Spice Cabinet has more moving parts than most, but you can hardly tell. “Bittersweet” is a compositional testament to the collaborative power of musicians in the internet age. The track was literally assembled around the world.
The five piece band, LYRAS, crafts a dreamlike backdrop of jazzy contemporary R&B on “Don’t Keep Me Awake.” Lead vocalist Ada Francis describe a casual hook-up motivated more by boredom than by lust. The freedom of expression is as refreshing as the instrumental flare.
“Pour” is the jazzy debut of Cameron and the Slumberkinghts. The group has put together a soundscape that revolves around the rap singing of frontman, Cameron Donald, but excels in the small touches and subtle textures of the whole picture when put together.