This week's mix comes from contemporary jazz innovators RocketNumberNine.
Having worked with a host of legendary artists, including Four Tet and Neneh Cherry, it is on their own mainly improvised recordings where they truly shine. The two brothers have just released an explosive 12”, Two Ways, on James Holden’s label, Border Community, marrying afro-rhythms with free jazz to create an incredible tapestry of sounds.
RN9's mix is not only relevant for its eclectic and interesting selections, but also for its comment on the current socio-political state of affairs. An inspiring speech by Bertrand Russell, an ardent social activist, pacifist and outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament, narrates us through a range of tunes thematically selected to inspire peace, goodwill and unity. Ranging from the epic Pharoah Sanders to the groove of Psychemagik, and finally into the pensive Bill Evans.
This is more than just a mix; it’s a call for humanity and co-operation, and is sure to make you sit back, chill and think.
Bertrand Russell talks to CND 1959
Popol Vuh - Aguirre (L'acrime di rei)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody - (Psychemagik Edit)
Pharoah Sanders- Love is Everywhere
Wayne Shorter - Dindi
Emeralds - Alive in the Sea of Information
Edgar Froese - A Dali-Esque Sleep Fuse
Devadip Carlos Santana and Turiya Alice Coltrane - Bliss: The Eternal Now
Bill Evans - Peace Piece