derek muro – cues – toucan sounds

The simple yet direct title of the album gives the impression of beginning and end but cues takes it inspiration from far beyond those points. What happens in-between is magical and awe-inspiring. Resolutely musical in nature, though radically departing from previous decades the emotional depth on display grabs your psyche turning it upside down. That’s not to say avant-garde because the sounds are so richly human that they tease out emotions in spades charging your memory with regret, your heart with expectation in happy/ sad ways like holidays in the sun. Not afraid of the voice either as New York City’s House Of Yes, Daisy Press appears in sky-reaching, blissful provocations on, rove (below). But never one for easy options you arrive at a more blistering ramble2 complete with rocky drumming and soaring saxophones. Leaving, root to take to stereo in rolling, quietly observant ways that will make your soul shatter. A perfect reflection…

Release: April 9


Brandon Markell Holmes – Museum of R&B (toucan sounds Edit) – toucan sounds

This a notable piece of music. Not only does it suggest that history is present and correct, coursing throughout the timeline of sound, but as Brandon Markell Holmes’ smouldering voice ignites such emotional turmoil it also connects pain to loss and redemption. I guess the clue is discovered within the title, which is also acts as the name of his recent album. This version exists as an edit by members of toucan sounds assembling all the important sources of inspiration from the previous century touching upon Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, House and beyond. A life assuring production which you can’t help but fall for.

Release: October 20

Listen to the album: Brandon Markell Holmes – Museum of R&B