“A beautiful blend of groovy dub with uplifting horns and soulful vocals” The Guardian
"They recognise no borders" Mojo
A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to create a unique, infectious sound drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music - expect ultra-tight musicianship and a powerful 10 piece, big band sound.
Nubiyan Twist will release their new album 'Freedom Fables' on Strut Records on 5 February 2021, the follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Jungle Run’ from Spring 2019. First single ’24-7’ has been added to the BBC 6Music playlist and sees the band join forces with Ego Ella May on a reflective, soul-searching jam.
The new album is the most accomplished yet by the Leeds / London collective, effortlessly fusing different soul, jazz and global styles with great musicianship and lyrics. "Freedom Fables reflects on the power of narratives. Each vocalist on this record explores their own memoirs, a freedom of expression underpinning our belief that music is the ultimate narrative for unity," explains Tom Excell. “The record references a lot of music that we all loved during our formative years; you can hear touches of broken beat, blunted hip hop, highlife, Latin, jazz and UK soul running through the tracks."
Since the release of their debut, they've amassed an army of fans including Mary Ann Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, The Independent, Songlines, Financial Times, Afropunk., SBTV – and also David Byrne who chose the band to perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the South Bank’s Meltdown festival.
They sold out their entire 2019 UK tour including EartH in London and Trinity in Bristol, and have rocked festival stages from Glastonbury to Wilderness and Love Supreme, Boomtown to Edinburgh Jazz Festival in the UK. In Europe they've toured twice and played at Supersonic Jazz Festival in Holland, Soundwave in Croatia as well as supporting legends such as Tony Allen and Ebo Taylor.
“Nubiyan Twist explore oppressive mindsets while maintaining danceable momentum.” Jazzwise
“Energy, rhythm, youthfulness, madness, precision and multiple influences.” Rolling Stone
"Vibrant and vivacious" BBC Music
“Jazztastic Afro-kissed funk.” NARC