Entering into his Masters year at Durham University, Tristan frequently sacks off the Engineering curriculum and turns to the kit to create sweet sweet beats. He can be heard with upcoming jazz group from the North East Group Theory, Durham University Big Band, function band The Invitations and occasionally jockeys the odd disk or two at events across the country.
Ledisi – I Tried
Big fan of the percussion in this one, brings the groove along with the bass. Ledisi’s melodic and rhythmic vocal lines just make you want to dance.
Nate Smith + Kinfolk – Bounce (Live)
Nate Smith displaying his computer-like rhythmic tolerance. Maybe he is in fact a robot? What does it for me is the underlying simplicity to the track executed to the highest of quality. Solos aren’t bad either.
Marvin Sapp – Be It Unto Me
Ever since I discovered Israel & New Breed through one of my favourite drummers Chris Coleman, I have well and truly been on the large scale gospel music train. I love this track because it’s punchy, unashamedly over the top, and a demonstration of some great orchestration, playing and singing. Also, look how happy he is!
NAO – Inhale Exhale
NAO’s tangy, spicy vocal tone is one I have only been introduced to recently. What a tone it is. I feel strongly that a huge jalfrezi curry accompanied with mango chutney is a fitting gastronomic equivalent to this track with its thick and meaty groove production.
Elizabeth Joy Roe – Nocturne No.7 in A Major, H.14 – John Field
Something completely different! I have a soft spot for melodic piano writing that sings. John Field’s nocturnes hit the spot. Here’s my favourite nocturne from the collection.
Moonchild – Think Back
Had to give these guys a slot in this JP picks. Love the juicy, moogy EP lines in this number, alongside the sumptuous vocals from Amber Navran, dreamy flute backings and, of course, the mark tree.
AstroLogical – Behind You (feat. Kapok)
The oscillatory, panned strings enmesh you into a spacey soundscape right off the bat. This effect continues right through the EP lines. Combined with the laggy beat and Kapok’s sharp vocal tone, this has to be one of my favourite hip-hop finds.
Tom Misch – Wake Up This Day (feat. Jordan Rakei)
Really catchy series of hooks in this. The distant backing vocals and beat that sits right on the back of the pocket shape this chilled Tom Misch number nicely.
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