Collocutor is the brainchild of one Tamar Osborn, busy with so many other projects it makes it even more impressive she’s written one of the standout jazz debuts of 2014. Before we get into that though, a little more about Tamar, to establish her musical credentials…a member of Emanative, The Fontanelles and the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, she is also part of Kelis’ live band and Africa Express and a host of other projects. Not a bad footing to launch your own journey in jazz.
The idea of the collective’s name expands on the literal definition of their name – ‘a person or people taking part in a conversation’ – and with Instead, Tamar presents a dialogue in spiritual jazz, with production help from Emanative’s Nick Woodmansey. Supported by Gilles Peterson, Wah Wah 45s, Matthew Halsall, Lefto and Sounds of the Universe, we’re not the only ones getting excited about them, so we’re delighted to premiere and host exclusively a remix from the LP by one of our favourite new producers at the moment. If you’re a reader of STW and don’t recognise Al Dobson Jr, then we can’t be doing our job properly because we’ve banged on about him enough this year! With his Indica mix of Agama, he adds some of that characteristic groove and strong percussive elements that we’ve grown to love in his work, taking the original towards an early evening dancefloor.
Instead LP is out 6th October via On The Corner Records. Grab the digital or 180gm, silk screen printed, hand-stamped vinyl on pre-order from Bandcamp. Collocutor will also be performing live for the first time at their album launch – 29th Sep at The Forge, London. Tickets and info here.
For more Al Dobson Jr, check out his Stamp Mix for us.