- Words Cal McIntyre
Ahead of the release of his album 'Turn To Clear View' on the 20th of September, we get Joe Armon-Jones to give us the 10Trax that set his soul alight.
Between Joe’s influential solo career and his work with the now legendary Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones has been at the centre of the London underground scene for quite some time now. Already having made his mark, the release of ‘Turn To Clear View’ will be nothing short of excellence.
Always one to push his boundaries as an artist – ‘Turn To Clear View’ will see Joe effortlessly blend and merge bass-heavy dub, contemporary club culture and his background as a pioneering force in the modern jazz scene. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Joe Armon-Jones album without the flourishes of R&B, hip-hop and p-funk.
It’s lead single ‘Yellow Dandelion’ features soaring vocals from the neo-soul visionary Georgia Anne Muldrow with Armon-Jones’s flair for intricacies and dynamics provides its substance. From powerful crescendos to his irresistible keyboard solos, ‘Yellow Dandelion’ pushes the fundamentals of funk firmly into 2019. Proving that Joe Armon-Jones is continually paving the way for himself and the sound he is crafting by hand.
‘Turn To Clear View’ also features his regular bandmates Oscar Jerome, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia whose uncompromising yet accessible sax on ‘You Didn’t Care’ stands out as a highlight.
As we wait patiently for the 20th of September, dig into the tracks that Joe Armon-Jones can’t get out of his head.
"Just Begun" by Reflection Eternal
"This got released on Christmas Day ages ago, jay electronica’s verse is mad beautiful and descriptive."
"Crime Pays" by Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
"Dope partnership, sample is also wicked."
"BlackBerry Molasses" by Mista
"My brother put me onto this, never heard this kinda RnB with that kind of drum beat so yeah, was into it."
"I’ll Be With You" by Bernie Worrell
"First heard this as a Madlib sample, song is so crazy they didn’t even have to do much with it, just let doom spit over the top. Original is mad and they just jam out for ages."
"Don’t Let Me Down" by Charlotte Dada
"Madmad mad beautiful Beatles cover, completely different and I like it more than the original tbh. Shouts to Anja N’Gozi for showing me that one."
"True Experience" by Prince Lincoln & The Royal Rasses
"Nobody sounds like prince Lincoln, one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices I’ve ever heard."
"When I Fall In Love (dub mix)" by J Da Flex
"Big up Maxwell Owin for showing me this, always bangs but you need a good system to listen on cause the bass frequencies are LOWWWWW."
"Storm Is Coming" by Junior Delgado
"Asheber sang this with us at boomtown when the real actual storm was raging all around us, was a mad experience I’ll never forget."
"Deliverance" by Jah Shakahttps://youtu.be/iKJkblJIaVA
"Shaka is the king."
"Right On Time" by Little Brother
"Little brother are back!!! And the album is incredible, this is my favourite tune off it, produced by one of the greatest, Nottz."