If you haven't heard of Nubya Garcia yet, I'm not mad at you. Hell - we 're just learning how to pronounce her name too (Noobia? Newbuyer?). Fortunately, this is what we do know; the 26-year-old London-native is the latest jazz beat saxophonist on the block, and she's about to blow.

London's jazz scene has really taken off in recent years with albums like Yussef Kamaal's Black Thought, drummer-producer Moses Boyd's Time and Space, and The Comet is Coming's Channel the Spirits all borrowing elements of afrobeat, electronica, and even psychedelia to create a bumpin' new Jazz-rooted sound.

Garcia's fusion is soulful, groove-driven, and dotted with colourful offbeats pulled from her Afro-Caribbean descent. On her upcoming solo project entitled Nubya's 5ive, Garcia aims to explore the common ground between progressive jazz and hip hop. With the next wave of jazz artists citing Kano, Ghetts and J Dilla as inspirations (see Blue Lab Beats' short documentary 'Blue Skies' on YouTube), 2017 could very well be the year of the jazz banger - whatever that sounds like.

Garcia's first solo project Nubya's 5ive is set to drop on May 9th, with lead release 'Lost Kingdoms' available to stream now via Bandcamp.