Adult Swim has unveiled New Jazz Century, a 15-track digital compilation of tracks from contemporary jazz artists including Sons of Kemet, Makaya McCraven and Colin Stetson.
Adult Swim is best known as the late-night programming block of Cartoon Network and the home of shows like Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken. But it has also partnered with numerous independent music labels over the years, and for many years released artist’s music via the Adult Swim Singles program.
Last year, it released two compilations: Metal Swim 2 and HyperSwim, the latter being a collaboration with electronic music label Hyperdub. Now it has put out New Jazz Century, which was spearheaded by Adult Swim writer and producer Luke Rhodes.
“Jazz is an influence that’s always been in the background of the sorts of music we play on Adult Swim,” he said in a statement, per Pitchfork. “But we’ve only recently started bringing that influence into the foreground. A compilation seemed like an opportunity to bring jazz more into the spotlight, as well as to introduce our audience to some modern currents in the jazz scene. We tried to narrow it down to a group that showed how much diversity is in the genre today, both in terms of who is playing jazz and what they’re doing with the form.”
Listen to previously unreleased material by Angel Bat Dawid, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Matana Roberts, Yazz Ahmed, Sarathy Korwar and more via New Jazz Century below: