In 2021, long after their tenure as the house band of a south London open-mic night, Speakers Corner Quartet reunited for a show at the venerable Barbican venue, joined by a who’s who of the English capital’s experimental pop, R&B, and jazz worlds. Sampha, Tirzah, Mica Levi, Shabaka Hutchings, and Kae Tempest were among them, and those artists and more return with the quartet on its debut album, a swirl of jazz and hip-hop uniquely imprinted by each rotating guest.
The Stools: R U Saved? [Feel It]
The Stools are a punk band from Detroit made up of childhood friends Will Lorenz (vocals/guitar), Charles Stahl (drums), and Krystian Quint (bass/vocals). The trio formed in 2016, recording to tape on an old boombox. After issuing a string of EPs, split records, and singles, the Stools are releasing their first proper full-length, R U Saved? The album fuses grimy blues riffs with high-octane rock’n’roll, clocking in at a brisk 23 minutes.