Another record showcasing the comeback of nu jazz. Smooth and easy.
Overlook – Lost Souls Club EP
This is unexpected. I haven’t heard of Overlook before and this music is so much up my alley that it’s like the literal avenue in my city center. Jazzy moods and urban sounds with drum & bass. It’s like DJ Krush but instead of triphop blues having some more tempo to breakbeat and onwards. This is so not 2022, but it’s so amazing.
Nightmares On Wax – Shout Out! To Freedom…
Nu jazz sound, chilled, relaxing, smooth. Shape The Future was a huge Nightmares on Wax come-back in my life. This one is not as strong but a fair follow-up.
Flanger – Lollopy Dripper
I had a hard time decoding this record with its extremes ranging from experimental IDM to cool blue jazz. Just thinking about the aspect of this being some weirdly unique and altered jazz sound, gave me associations of The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble or even Brandt Brauer Frick. But this was something different still. And then I read this was a duo of Bernd Friedmann and Uwe Schmidt (Atom™) and it all clicked into place. It’s amazing how two artists can blend into one music in a way that you can see who brought what to the table so clearly.
In full honesty though, my favorite track here is Sweet Silence, which has no electrnics to it, but the film noir atmosphere is just irresistible.
Abstract Orchestra – Madvillain Vol. 1
This has been my soulful positive energy music for the past few weeks. It delivers instant Saturday vibe on any day of the week.
dZihan & Kamien – IV
After Kruder & Dorfmeister’s new release here’s a new album by dZihan & Kamien. Alright, so what’s going on? Is nu jazz making a comeback or what? In any case this is a totally fine album, as good as any Couch Records release from back in the day. I’ll be instered to see whether this series continues or even someone tries something new with the future jazz angle. Maybe even Jazzanova produces something new AND worth listening to?
Long Arm – Silent Opera
This is a quintessential trip hop record. Hip hop beats with blue moods and jazzy instruments. Lamentation on life withouth words.
Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Patchouli Blue
Moody ambient jazz and the occasional romantisches saxophone.
DJ Yoda – Homecooking
Very laidback, very smooth, very relaxing, very laying around on a terrace in summer. Hiphop and Jazz and soul and funk.
Brandt Brauer Frick – Echo
That jazz techno, on the level I expected. Apparently acoustic techno is a thing on last.fm and the top artist is Brandt Brauer Frick. (The second one is Dawn of Midi, so now I’m intrigued.)