Freedom Fables

Nubiyan Twist - Freedom Fables
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #334 / 514
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2021 Ratings: #209
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Gigwise

Freedom Fables, with its explosive blend of cultural differences and styles, embodies the fantastic power of unity.

80
Loud and Quiet

There is no suggestion that the group have softened their edges or muted their ambitions; on the contrary, this would seem to be the record that has unlocked their most potent weapon, which is storytelling.

80
Record Collector

Freedom Fables is a cauldron of energy that bubbles with invention and also features some impressive guest cameos.

70
Uncut

Stacked with features ... it's an elegant yet earthy hybrid ofjazz, UK soul and highlife, with a broad mood range.

70
Crack Magazine

Not a groundbreaking record but one that is deeply satisfying and accessible nonetheless.

70
Clash

‘Freedom Fables’ is a blissful mix of latin, soul, jazz and highlife – a fusion of musical styles that provides a timely reminder for us all to unify.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Nubiyan Twist and their cast of collaborators are so adept at what they do. Bouncing off each other, and melding genres while still always feeling like a Nubiyan Twist record. Creating an album that’s satisfying in it’s playful and oh so funky breadth, if not it’s depth.

70
AllMusic

As a whole, Freedom Fables is a beautifully integrated, physical approach to song and narrative; it's a musical adventure as substantive structurally as it is enjoyable viscerally.

60
Mojo

While showcasing a further surfeit of talents ... could make Freedom Fables feel like a compilation, a wide streak of jazz connects the dots.

avernannes
81
ALBUM OF THE MONTH: March 2021

★★★★★★★★☆☆
8.1/10

Another position in this year’s hall of fame, this time the album that totally caught me by surprise, and I’m so glad I have stumbled upon it.

“Freedom Fables” is a combination of jazz-fusion, funk, and afrobeat, serving you grooves so hard they make your face melt. If the opening track “Morning Light” doesn’t convince you with its smooth, but well-known funk/R&B sound, give ... read more
DareG
80
Lively fusion of afrobeat, jazz, and funk. Strongest tracks tend towards the afrobeat side with a few veer a bit too much into pop for my taste.

Standouts: Tittle Tattle, Ma Wonka, Keeper, If I Know

Dropouts: none
Lumdogmillionai
75
Country: UK

Genre: Nu-Jazz

For fans of: Keleketla!, Onipa, Joe Armon-Jones

10 piece Leeds-based jazz collective Nubiyan Twist have come out with a hugely eclectic yet refined 9 tracks on Freedom Fables. Drawing upon sounds from a huge range of places, each track is based around a different musical style; from groovy funk and hip-hop beats on Buckle Up, to RnB on the track Flow and sparse but satisfying moments of a freeier jazzier style such as on the track Keeper.

No one sound dominates ... read more
El_Bark
65
I saw the picture of the group on Spotify and thought it was a glitch, I googled it later and nah thats actually them, look bro I aint trying to gatekeep music but can they just change their name? The diaspora can't have shit

Outside of the name and just looking at the music objectively its still solid, some nice nu jazz rhythms and all, but just because of who's behind the music in not gonna listen to this again
prets
51
Morning Light (featuring Ria Moran) 7.4/10
Tittle Tattle (featuring Cherise) 7/10
Ma Wonka (featuring Pat Thomas) 6/10
Buckle Up (featuring Soweto Kinch) 5.7/10
Keeper (featuring Cherise)5/10
If I Know (featuring K.O.G) 4/10
Flow (featuring Cherise) 4/10
24-7 (featuring Ego Ella May) 4/10
Wipe Away Tears (featuring Nick Richards) 3/10
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Track List

  1. Morning Light (featuring Ria Moran)
  2. Tittle Tattle (featuring Cherise)
  3. Ma Wonka (featuring Pat Thomas)
  4. Buckle Up (featuring Soweto Kinch)
  5. Keeper (featuring Cherise)
  6. If I Know (featuring K.O.G)
  7. Flow (featuring Cherise)
  8. 24-7 (featuring Ego Ella May)
  9. Wipe Away Tears (featuring Nick Richards)
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Added on: October 5, 2020