Track of the Week: Nubya Garcia – ‘Lost Kingdoms’

This week we bring you the opening track off Nubya Garcia’s phenomenal debut album ‘Nubya 5ive’. To be honest, we’d like to choose all six tracks, but that’s not how this works. . .

London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of jazz’s leading lights. She features alongside the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Yussef Kammal and the Ezra Collective when it comes to delivering jazz-influenced sounds to the UK music scene. Her work to date has seen her perform alongside jungle legend Congo Natty, neo-soul artist Poppy Ajudha and many, many more.

Raised by Caribbean parents in a highly musical family, she recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her talent for jazz has already translated into a number of pursuits in addition to her solo work, as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet. With a self-confessed love for modal jazz harmony and hip-hop influences, she’s bang on where we want to be. Get to know her better here.

The track, ‘Lost Kingdoms’ is a testament to all that makes Garcia special. To a backdrop of shimmering keys, tumbling drums and experimental breaks, she demonstrates a saxophone masterclass. The delectably smooth sounds of her saxophone layered with Sheila Maurice-Grey’s trumpet-work is truly innovative and blissful, in equal measure.

Oh and you wondered why those drums sounded so good? They’re played by none other than the MOBO Award-winning Moses Boyd. Check out one of our favourite ever Boiler Room sets for more of this man.

‘Nubja 5ive’ is an opulent milestone in jazz’s resurgence in the UK, buy the album on Bandcamp here.

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