Building a bridge between jazz and experimental dance music, Brotherly were one of the most creative bands to emerge from Britain in the mid-2000s, a collection of their standout tracks is now issued for the first time on limited edition double gatefold coloured vinyl (180 gram), with insert-poster, complete with lyrics for all tracks and liner notes by journalist Kevin Le Gendre, and CD as Analects. With an eye catching list of guest artists including Kaidi Tatham, Ty, Eska and Donny McCaslin.
Vocalist-pianist Anna Stubbs and multi-instrumentalist Rob Mullarkey studied jazz at the Leeds College of Music and Guildhall School of Music, and then became immersed in London's club culture, particularly the broken beat scene that grew around nights such as Co-Op. Brotherly's 2005 debut single Put It Out reflected that influence, and in 2007 the duo released a full length album, One Sweet Life, followed in 2010 by Find First Light.
It has one previously unreleased track, The Code, and three reworked tracks with new guests Donny McCaslin, Kaidi Tatham and Jason Rebello. The stellar cast list for the material written by Anna and Rob makes it clear that the duo has always had an interest in many rather than one school. Keyboardist Tatham and vocalist Eska were key fixtures in broken beat, pianist Rebello has been a major name in British jazz since the mid '80s, rapper Ty, who smartly sidestepped lyrical and musical cliché, was a fearless trailblazer of UK hip-hop, and McCaslin is a versatile, dynamic American saxophonist known for his work with Maria Schneider and David Bowie among others.
At the heart of Analects is Anna and Rob's fine compositions and production. The vocabulary they developed had all the intricacy one would expect of musicians with a background in improvisation, but they were still mindful of how a song could be transformed by the kind of outré sequencing, engineering and mixing that had raised the temperature at clubs.