Inner City Life - Hackney Colliery Band

from the single Inner City Life (2013)

I find it interesting that jazz music is becoming a prominent element of the London indie record scene.  When you couple the ability of London to put out the most compelling popular music in the western hemisphere with the quality and complexity of jazz, the potential is limitless.

Inner City Life is a recent release on the Wah Wah 45 label that I have been digging a lot lately.

This song has the feel of an old Duke Ellington soundtrack, such as Anatomy Of A Murder.  It places you in a mysterious cityscape.  The chord progression is uneasy but predictable, giving you a sense of pending doom.  This is accented by the mad drumming and blaring horns.  I particularly find the drumming on this record superb.

The other thing I really dig about this song is watching the music video.  The music is so well suited for the video of a man walking with a brief case thru the city, building a sense of anticipation, before the bizarre climax.

London Jazz.  There are infinite possibilities here.  Can't wait to see what happens.

Click Here for the official music video.  Stick with it until the end.