Joe Armon Jones, Icey Roads (Stacked) 10” Single, Brownswood Recordings
Brownswood Recordings & Arc Records – is the independent record label founded by DJ, record collector and broadcaster Gilles Peterson. Founded in 2006, it’s a platform for new artists to grow, and a space for established acts to break with tradition. An outlet for the eclectic breadths of Gilles’ taste as a DJ and collector, its early output broached new orchestral arrangements, full-throttle Japanese jazz and club-rooted soul music. Over a decade later, that inclusive attitude continues. Its output spans the new jazz messengers of the UK underground, fresh tangents in hip-hop-tipped-beatmaking, and snapshots of Havana’s burgeoning club culture.
Arc Records is Gilles new label founded in 2019. Selecting reissues from his personal archive (some 50,000 plus records) shines a light on these magnificent records and the stories that brought them to us.
Gilles is the source of so many of our musical influences and memorable restaurant moments. His long search for the elusive Tam Tam Tam album ended at Brawn after Egon & Madlib hand delivered a copy they had found on a recent digging trip to São Paulo. He has been a huge support to us and we have collaborated on a number of projects from the ‘Brawnswood’ tent at the inaugural We Out Here Festival to 2 editions of the Ricci festival in Catania, Sicily.
Joe Armon Jones, Icey Roads (Stacked)
Wildly talented keys player Joe Armon-Jones is back with new single ‘Icy Roads (Stacked)’, a head-spinning blend of luminous jazz-funk synths, off-kilter drums and a languorous, ear-worm bassline. Featuring in-demand kit man KwAkE bAsS (who’s worked with Kate Tempest, Sampha and Joey Bada$$) and bassist Mutale Chashi (part of KOKOROKO), this is a tight trio hitting all the right notes. It features killer artwork nodding to Thrust-era Herbie Hancock. Plus the vinyl comes backed with an exclusive b-side, the gloriously loose and languid ‘Aquarius’.
It follows celebrated 2018 debut album “Starting Today”, praised by Pitchfork, Loud & Quiet and The Wire, the latter describing it as “bass-rich music hustle straight out of the London soul-jazz-dance lineage.” He’s performed on Boiler Room, Worldwide FM and toured across the UK and Europe, including a sold out hometown show at London’s Village Underground. Away from his solo project, he’s a co-founder of Ezra Collective, regularly plays with London peers like Nubya Garcia, and has toured with the likes of Ata Kak, and Pharoah Monch
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