Listen: Vertaal's playlist of inspirations and influences

Innovative jazz duo Vertaal compile some top tunes for us in their Spotify playlist - listen now...


Featuring Bmus (Hons) Popular Music Performance student Ajit Gill and Theo Howarth, Vertaal are a progressive, jazz-funk duo, dealing in abstract and out there sounds. 

Ahead of their Jazz Re:Freshed gig tonight (26th April), we asked Ajit to compile this selection of inspirations as a Spotify playlist. Read our recent interview and dig into their choices below.

Kamaal Williams – ‘Salaam’

The latest track from Kamaal Williams. ‘Black Focus’ opened my eyes to approaching music and performance in a different way to ones I have been used to. It’s great to hear the evolution of sound from Kamaal since the last record on this track. 

Mahavishnu Orchestra – ‘You Know, You Know’

One of my all time favourite tracks, ever! The energy captured on this record inspires me for future Vertaal records. I feel like I’m in the room when listening to this record.

The Cinematic Orchestra – ‘Flite’

Luke Flowers on drums, killer feel and groove.

BadBadNotGood - ‘In Your Eyes’

Charlotte Day Wilson's connection with the rest of the band makes this tune really stand out.

Herbie Hancock - ‘Chameleon’  

Herbie Hancock… no explanation needed! Definitely a big inspiration for me, writing and pushing boundaries. This track is one of my favourites.

Portico Quartet - ‘A Luminous Beam’

Reminds me of deep London underground drum and bass from the nineties. Intense and moody vibes.

Robert Glasper Experiment - ‘Afro Blue’ feat. Erykah Badu

Love the old school hip hop vibes crossed with neo soul/RnB vocal.

Theo Crocker - ‘The Right Time’

I have a serious love for this record. The track reminds me of a jumped up electronic Miles Davis.

Theo Crocker - ‘Transcend’

Production, arrangement and execution of this track is just hands down amazing.

Alfa Mist - ‘Breathe’

Another incredibly inspiring London artist, especially love the floaty vocal on this track, a proper chill out tune.

Nate Smith - ‘Skip Step’

Legendary drummer crossing funky grooves with odd metres, so cool!

Hiatus Kaiyote, Taylor McFerrin- ‘Laputa’ (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson Pakk)

This track features three artists we love. I love the production on this track - Props to McFerrin…

Yussef Kamaal - ‘Strings of Light’  

The most influencial song in my opinion that changed the way I wanted to create and play music.

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by ICMP staff writer
April 25, 2018
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