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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British jazz collective was produced by Kwes.
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  1. Aug 2, 2019
    80
    What's particularly compelling about Nérija's take on cross-pollinated jazz is that it never sounds like they are trying to imitate one particular sound or era. Instead, they offer a set of contemporary tracks that feel connected to their diverse London-roots.
  2. Aug 5, 2019
    80
    At this stage of their career Nérija are a solid and virtuosic group, who have delivered two pretty flawless releases in less than three years. If this is what they are capable of now, imagine them when it comes time to make their next album. And that’s something to get very excited about.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 2, 2019
    80
    This is a broad, swaggering definition of jazz that touches on Nigerian afrobeat, Ghanaian high-life, grungy post-rock and vocal-led astral soul. Non-jazz fans might be drawn to Nerija's astonishing guitarist Shirley Tetteh. [Sep 2019, p.30]
  4. Q Magazine
    Aug 2, 2019
    80
    It never tries to blow the house down. Rather, the soloists take turns to dance around each other, creating a supple and mellifluous air. [Sep 2019, p.115]
  5. Mojo
    Aug 2, 2019
    80
    Sprawling yet rewarding, Blume is a sprightly, athletic consolidation of the journey so far. [Sep 2019, p.93]
  6. Aug 6, 2019
    73
    At its best, Blume is a testament to the rich aesthetic diversity of London’s jazz scene.
  7. 60
    For all the variety, no single track stands out; Nérija rarely stray from the comfortable territory of mid-tempo, mid-dynamic improvisation.
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