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Jeff Miers' Playlist: R+R=NOW, Kenneth Whalum, Spirtualized, Johnny Marr, Nas

R+R=NOW, "Collagically Speaking"

A super-group of jazz and r&b musicians, featuring Robert Glasper, Terace Martin, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin and Justin Tyson. Funky, beautiful neo-soul and future-jazz.

Kenneth Whalum, "Make It Out Alive"

Nephew of jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and erstwhile Frank Ocean collaborator makes haunting, often ethereal jazz-informed neo-soul.

 

Spiritualized, "A Perfect Miracle/I'm Your Man"

The first hint of what's to come when new album "And Nothing Hurt" drops in September. Stripped-back by Spiritualized standards, but still dreamily grandiose and soul-stirring.

Johnny Marr, "Call the Comet"

The legend returns with what is surely his strongest post-Smiths solo work. Can't wait for his October show at the Town Ballroom.

Nas, "Nasir"

I'm still not sure if I like this Kanye West-produced mess, but I can’t stop listening to it to find out.

 

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