LP - Limited Edition Ecomix Vinyl
Following a banner year for Pete Cunningham — best known as dextrous saxophonist Ishmael and leader of the namesake Ishmael Ensemble – 2019 now brings debut album A State of Flow. This new long player builds on Cunningham’s work as proud protector of Bristolian heritage, sketching loving sonic pictures of the South West in his Bristol-inspired Severn Songs series, whilst also incubating local visual and musical talent, within the Ensemble.
It touches on various styles of jazz, stirring ambient invocations, club-ready percussive workouts, spiralling grooves and hazy psychedelic electronica. This would be a confusing melange, but for Cunningham’s excursions as a genre-agnostic DJ – something evident in the real house shuffle of Lapwing – which evokes walking into a smoky after hours haunt and finding a session in full, forward motion or the organic garage beats of Full Circle and classic trip hop style Waterfall fuelled by Holysseus Fly’s honey toned and evocative vocals.
1. The Chapel
2. Full Circle (feat. Holysseus Fly)
5. Yellow House (feat. Yama Warashi)
1. The River (feat Yazz Ahmed)
2. First Light
3. Waterfall (feat. Holysseus Fly)