Have a listen to the moving lead-off track from Hypermetros, out in late-September. Cult status suits Oddarrang well. Looks like the legend will grow that bit bigger, listening to this. SG 

From In Need of Love which will be released by Elektra/Warners in September. 

Laura Mvula

Birmingham City University has awarded singer Laura Mvula an honorary doctorate.

An alumna of the university where she studied composition, she will receive the honour from the university’s Chancellor actor Sir Lenny Henry on 23 July. 

“I'm humbled and delighted to be receiving such an immense honour. From primary school through to Conservatoire studies, Birmingham — with its richness and diversity — was the soil in which the seeds of my formative years of music were sown. The Conservatoire gave me the tools and confidence to experiment and express myself. It’s incredible to think that from this wonderfully inspiring place, so many amazing opportunities have been mine and I have developed into the artist I am today — and am still growing. I’m so grateful,” she said in response to the news. 

In the autumn Laura’s song ‘Sing to the Moon’ will feature in the 2019 Last Night of the Proms live TV broadcast concert, with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Barb Jungr, big on the cabaret circuit and who has a strong jazz element to her work particularly evident, above, has a new album Bob, Brel & Me to be released on 6 September via Kristalyn/Absolute. From it the cracking single ‘Rise and Shine’, she has co-written with Level 42’s Mike Lindup and boisterously arranged with brassy support, has just come out. Yep: it flies.  

Edition Records are to release five Julian Argüelles back catalogue albums next week, amounting to one of the most significant UK jazz reissue projects this year, most of these are unavailable right now and include his classic Babel period. The albums are: 

Phaedrus (Ah Um 1990) Personnel: Julian Argüelles - tenor/soprano, John Taylor - piano, Mick Hutton - bass, Martin France - drums.  

Home Truths  (Babel label 1995) Personnel: Julian Argüelles - tenor/soprano, Mike Walker - guitar, Martin France - drums, Steve Swallow - electric bass. 

Scapes (Babel label 1996) Personnel: Julian Argüelles - saxes, clarinets, recorders, keyboards and handclaps Steve Argüelles - percussion and drums.

Skull View (Babel label 1997) Personnel: Django Bates - tenor horn, Ian Dixon - bass clarinet, tenor sax, Mark Bassey - trombone, Mario Laginha - piano, Mike Walker - electric, acoustic guitars, Steve Watts - double bass, Martin France - drums.

Inner Voices (TOAP 2009) Personnel:  Julian Argüelles soprano, tenor, baritone and contrabass saxophones; clarinet and bass clarinet; piccolo, flute and alto flute; mouth harp, saxophone percussion, prepared piano and voice. 

Check out a sunny lead off track from the accessible soul-funk-jazz outfit Souljazz Orchestra who return with a new studio album Chaos Theories to be issued by Strut on 13 September before playing Jazz Cafe, London on 16 October and Sugar Club, Dublin on 17 October. If you like Was (Not Was) this might make your day.