Here’s a brief introduction to my new project Kumaka. We will be playing our debut show as support to Archie Shepp at Festival Sons D’Hiver in Paris on Feb 6, bringing pure Caribbean vibrations. See you there!

Engines: New Album with Brzzvll out now














I met the Brzzvll in Antwerp, at one of Mourad Bekkour’s Nuff Said events where they are the house band. They are an incredible band who have worked together for many years, developing an almost telephatic interaction which is as soulful as it is technically brilliant. Is that Jazz? It is. About 18 months ago, after a few more collaborations, we went into their studio in Antwerp and recorded this album, in a one day improvisational session. You can hear this sense of freedom, this searching quality in the music, none of which had been written prior to the session. The poems were chosen on the spot, some improvised, some pulled together from disparate sources. They even got me to sing! I’m really proud of this album, my second of 2014! There is an honesty to it, some raw emotions in there, and the band swing very hard. I’m especially in love with ‘Liverpool Highlands’, a poem I wrote for my grandfather on his death, but which also addresses the resonance of slavery.

The album ‘Engines’ is out now, on vinyl, CD and download. You can listen to the whole album at www.brzzvll.com

Here are a couple vids:

BRZZVLL feat. ANTHONY JOSEPH – MIND IS A JUNGLE from jochem baelus on Vimeo.

Liverpool Highlands – Brzzvll featuring Anthony Joseph from BRZZVLL on Vimeo.

New Video: ‘Mind is a Jungle’ Brzzvll fat. Anthony Joseph

Here’s the new video from my collaboration with Brzzvll. Some electro punk funk. Hope you enjoy it.

BRZZVLL feat. ANTHONY JOSEPH – MIND IS A JUNGLE from jochem baelus on Vimeo.

Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Engines’ by Brzzvll featuring Anthony Joseph, out soon on Vynilla and Zephyrus Records.
video by Jochem Baelus
camera/dop:Hadewych Cocquyt

A poet, a man. Rest in peace brother Spaceape

When we met for tea a couple months ago, Stephen was full of hope, humble and resilient. We were making plans to meet again in the coming weeks. I will always cherish my memories of performing Ghost Town with him in Jerry Dammer’s Spatial AKA, and of our chats, in which he would speak openly and bravely of his illness. His was a singular talent, one not given to many. He was a poet, a man, a comrade. My love to his family. I will miss him terribly.

New EP ‘Botanique’ out now!

The new Ep is out on digital and vinyl now! Features Osunlade’s spiritually uplifting take on Botanique, plus some truly inspired mixes by Patchworks and Jukebox Champions.

Download from itunes or order vinyl from Heavenly Sweetness

Botanique (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Mix)
Kezi (Patchworks Mix)
Hustle to Live (Jukebox Champions Mix)

You can listen to the other mixes at my youtube channel