Katalyst, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - JID013

Since the launch of their Jazz is Dead label in 2020, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have provided a space for older jazz musicians to get back in the studio and record new original material. In that time, we’ve gotten releases from Roy Ayers to Azymuth to Brian Jackson to most recently, Jean Carne. Now they are switching gears with their latest release, working a relatively new group, Katalyst, for JID013.

Femme Deadly Venoms - Femmenomenon

Femme Deadly Venoms is a group from Oakland consisting of emcees Aima the Dreamer, Breathless, Dakini, and deejay/producer/vocalist Lady Fingaz. They released their first EP in 2013, and then followed that up with their first album, Planet Femme, in 2015. Since that time, they’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, working on different projects, but now they have come together like Voltron to deliver their best work to date, Femmenomenon.

Myka 9 - My Kaleidoscope

Myka 9 is a legend of the Los Angeles underground, with a career spanning over thirty years. He’s been part of scenes like The Good Life and Project Blowed, and he’s been in groundbreaking groups like Freestyle Fellowship and Haiku D’etat, as well as maintaining a long and fruitful solo career. Now he gets to add one more feather in his cap as Parker Pubs Press releases his book, My Kaleidoscope.

Moor Mother - Jazz Codes

Moor Mother is an artist who emerged in the mid-2010s out of Philadelphia, only to hit the ground running with a distinct and unique artistic voice. She did so with an amazing run of albums on Don Giovanni before signing with Anti-. She released her first album with them last year, Black Encyclopedia of Air. Earlier this year, she teamed up with DJ Haram to release the second 700 Bliss album, Nothing to Declare.

mejiwahn - Beanna

mejiwahn is a producer from Oakland who used to record under the name Art Vandelay before switching over to his current moniker in the mid 2010s. Over the years, he’s worked with everyone from Melanie Charles to FlySiifu, as well as maintaining his solo career. His most recent solo project came in 2018, when he dropped Lúil Ó Fadó. Now he’s back with a new project, Beanna. For this album, mejiwahn is handling electronics, acoustic bass, guitar, rhythm king, vocals, percussion, synths, and Casio SK-1.

Wordburglar - Burgonomic

Wordburglar is an emcee originally from Halifax but based in Toronto. He’s been releasing music for nearly twenty years, both as a solo artist and as part of the massive Canadian hip hop collective known as Backburner. While we heard him on the most recent Backburner album, Continuum, and we got a best-of vinyl release in The MacGuffin Device LP, it’s actually been three years since we got a proper all new full-length album from Wordburglar.

Sankofa - KofaSoCalfragilistic

Sankofa is an emcee from Fort Wayne who has been releasing music at a steady pace for the better part of two decades. We last heard from him back in March, when he released the album Legacy Materials. Now he’s come right back with a new EP, KofaSoCalfragilistic. The title of the EP comes from the fact that this project is being done in collaboration with producer SoCal, who is from (you guessed it) Southern California, specifically from Los Angeles.

Memphis Reigns & QM - Reign Clouds

Memphis Reigns is an emcee from The Bay Area who has been releasing music for the past two decades, sometimes as part of the group Mind Mechanics, other times collaborating with the likes of Kuartz or Sankofa. His latest project is an EP with another Bay Area artist, producer QM, called Reign Clouds. QM is a producer who was formerly known as Cumulus, and he’s been part of groups like the Moonies and ON TILT.

The Difference Machine - Unmasking the Spirit Fakers

The Difference Machine is a hip hop duo from Atlanta, consisting of Day Tripper and Dr. Conspiracy, who have been releasing music for the past decade. While we’ve recently gotten some instrumental releases and a mix tape from Day Tripper, it’s actually been five years since their last release as a group, Triangle Schemes. Now they are back with a concept album, Unmasking the Spirit Fakers. The concept of Unmasking the Spirit Fakers comes from the work of none other than Harry Houdini.

Mandy Moorehol & Sketch the cataclysm - Hella Kafkaesque Vol .3

Sketch the cataclysm is an emcee from Connecticut who has been releasing music since the late 2000s, often as a solo artist, but also working in various collaborative projects as well. In 2020, he teamed up with producer Mandy Moorehol to release a project called Hella Kafkaesque Vol. 1 & 2. Now, two years later, they’ve gotten back together for another round, Hella Kafkaesque Vol. 3. The first thing that hit me when listening to this EP was the energy.