Blue Note Records Releases Second Single From Transmissions from Total Refreshment Centre
Listen to “Eloquence” by Matters Unknown ft. Miryam Solomon
Eclectic New Compilation From London’s Vibrant Jazz Scene Will Be Released on February 17
January 27, 2023: Blue Note Records released “Eloquence” by Matters Unknown featuring Miryam Solomon, the second single from Transmissions from Total Refreshment Centre (out February 17th). The eclectic new collection features a wide range of artists who are part of London’s vibrant Total Refreshment Centre community including Byron Wallen, Jake Long, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, Neue Grafik, Resavoir, and Soccer96, whose song “Visions” featuring Kieron Boothe was released earlier this month. The album is available for pre-order now on vinyl, CD, or download.
All the best music has a community underneath it, and the extended family around TRC—a music venue and recording studio founded by Lex Blondel that serves as a vital hub in London’s jazz scene—connects continents and generations, creating the rich relationships that are in full effect on Transmissions From Total Refreshment Centre. The collection draws from new school jazz, hip hop, dub, soul, funk, and drill: sounds you’ll hear trailing out of cars as they spin up the Kingsland Road or spiraling out of doorways like so much smoke. Turn it up loud to hear the widescreen young cousins of Guru’s landmark Jazzmatazz in full effect: top players from London, Chicago, and Melbourne seeking out new collaborations, new ways of working, or just new tunes, always coming back to that central truth – that we all need each other.
Matters Unknown is the debut project from multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonny Enser (Nubiyan Twist). He has put together an ensemble that features some of the most powerful forces exploring jazz in the UK, each with different languages for conversing with his compositions, drawing musicians from Nerija, Werkha, COLECTIVA and beyond. Matters Unknown opens “Eloquence” with warmth, casting a form for featured artist Miryam Solomon to glide amongst the forces at play. The vocals seamlessly blend and amplify the song, latching onto percussive hooks while remaining poetically understated and complimentary. You can feel resounding influences from New Orleans Brass, Latin percussion, and West African grooves.
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