Smooth and silky future jazz that isn't afraid to throw some weird textures and timbres at you. The whole thing will keep you on your toes rhythmically, but is easy enough to just listen while doing other work.
Favorite track: Godzilla.
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In 2017, Vels Trio entered the UK jazz-fusion echelons with breakout EP Yellow Ochre on TRC. Conjuring the spirit of old greats and modern innovators like Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper, the trio captured the underground audience whilst inaugurating themselves into the headsier jazz foray. With a feature from the mighty Shabaka Hutchings bolstering the EP to a broader audience, and astonishing live performances, the record led to sold out shows across Europe in 2018.
Since then the band have been busy on-hire for other prominent artists within international soulful jazz scenes, backing for the likes of Charlotte dos Santos and Poppy Ajudha. Their individual journeys involve drummer Dougal Taylor working with Emma-Jean Thackray and Neue Grafik Ensemble on critically acclaimed EPs, bassist Cameron Dawson signing to Ubiquity with Mamas Gun, and keyboard virtuoso Jack Stephenson Oliver creating dancefloor magic with our very own SAUL and Nigerian composer Etuk Ubong.
Fast forward to 2020, with follow-up single ‘The Wad’ conquering the Spotify jazz playlists, the band have an album in the works for 2021, dropping on your doorstep via Rhythm Section INTL.
In advance of our signing of the bands new album, we're most excited to re- release the classic "Yellow Ochre".
Originally released by the now legendary Total Refreshment Centre - the press has long been out of circulation - garnering silly prices on Discogs.
Our re-issue will be an upgrade - getting pressed on 180gsm heavyweight audiophile vinyl, available in balck & ltd edition yellow ochre.
The reissue also includes a breakbeat ‘n’ cuica remix of Yellow Ochre Pt. 1 from the ever-reliable beatmaker extraordinaire Footshooter (Dance Regular, YAM Records), ready for living room dancefloors **insert dub siren here** on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
Reissue date: 30th October 2020 on Rhythm Section INTL
released October 30, 2020
All tracks written by Vels Trio
Yellow Ochre pt. 1 & pt. 2 produced by Oli Barton-Wood
Produced by Danalogue & Vels Trio
Engineered by Kristian Craig Robinson & Danalogue
Mixed by Danalogue
Recorded at Total Refreshment Studios
Artwork & Photography by Raimund Wong
Mastering and re-cut by Frank @ The Carvery
Vels Trio are:
Cameron Dawson - Bass Guitar
Jack Stephenson Oliver - Keyboards & Synthesizers
Dougal Taylor - Drums