Aside from they respective solo projects, Che Ahmed and Aly Jamal make some pretty unmissable forms of stratospheric jazz as Darkhouse Family, a moniker which instils us with confidence each and every time we see it popping up on our charts. The duo return to First Word Records with The Offering, a smoky, elegant eleven tunes spanning the entire jazz framework, incorporating headsy hip-hop beats with majestic horns and spoken word. "The Offering" itself is the perfect opener, bold and full of streetwise charm, but the beats mould and evolve further, taking tunes like "Elements Of Life" or "Journey To Love" onto much vaster, more ethereal landscapes. Hip-hop is very much part of the equation, however, and if you're into the Madlib strain of the stuff, then these two will be a welcomed - and tipped - addition to your catalogue. Delight, all round...
Earl Jeffers and Don Leisure's Darkhouse Family project is without a shadow of a doubt one of our favourite new entries over the last decade and, although they haven't put out a huge volume of music, it is all about the quality over the quantity. Their 2017 album, The Offering, is remixed here, and also released via First World, with the dup indeed offering a marvel of jazz-dance and all of its associated sub-styles. The remixers are class, of course, with the likes of Kaidi Tatham, Alfie Swan Andromeda Jones all smashing out some killer broken beats. The highlights, for us, are top-boy DJ Spinna's reinterpretations, with the producer dropping two ice-cold cuts - one house version and another slo-mo hip-hop groove for added texture. Sublime.