Nubiyan Twist - Jungle Run
Now one of the leading lights in the UK’s new generation of soulful, genre-fluid artists, the Leeds-born and now London-based 12-piece collective Nubiyan Twist have created their finest recordings to date, effortlessly weaving together elements of jazz, soul, hip hop, African styles, Latin, dub, hip hop and electronics in a flow of thought-provoking and life-affirming music.
Recorded at the band’s own self-built Henwood Studio in rural Oxfordshire, the album effortlessly moves through different voices from the band’s circle. The inimitable, timeless vocals of Nubiya Brandon lead the way on the album’s title track about breaking preconceptions and promoting equality, “Where you from? I’m from wherever I be.”
Saxophonist Nick Richards vocals the killer first single from the album about inner turmoil and a search for the truth, ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’ while rising Ghanaian star K.O.G. appears on the Afro jams ‘Basa Basa’ and ‘They Talk’. Percussionist Pilo Adami (Nina Miranda / Afrosamba) voices the infectious bossa-jazz jam ‘Borders’.
The band also draft in two African legends for guest duties with the original Afrobeat maestro Tony Allen on ‘Ghosts’ and Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke contributing vibes on the sinuous ‘Addis To London’. “The depth of talent and ideas that every member of this group has brought to the table for this album is incredible,” says producer and orchestrator Tom Excell. “Conceptually, ‘Jungle Run’ is all about connecting different people and cultures whilst exploring the journey of individuals.
This album is the pinnacle of everything we have done to date and to collaborate with the godfathers of Afrobeat and Ethio Jazz and celebrate their music in a modern context was very humbling.”
1. Tell It To Me Slowly Feat. Nick Richards
2. Jungle Run Feat. Nubiya Brandon
3. Basa Basa Feat. K.O.G.
4. Brother Feat. Nubiya Brandon
5. Borders Feat. Pilo Adami
6. Permission Feat. Nubiya Brandon
7. Addis To London Feat. Mulatu Astatke
8. Ghosts Feat. Nick Richards
9. They Talk Feat. K.O.G.
10. Sugar Cane Feat. Nubiya Brandon
Artist: Nubiyan Twist
Genre: Funk, Soul & Disco
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: STRUT298LP
Released: 15 February 2019