The Last Bohemian (Alternate Take) - (4:35) 126 BPM
One For Toshi - (6:24) 120 BPM
Blow - (4:59) 100 BPM
Waltz Of The Fellaheen - (5:00) 150 BPM
Virgo Nocturna - (1:30) 133 BPM
Canadian retro/contemporary jazz guy Afternoons In Stereo now acquires official veteran status with the release of this career-spanning collection. Label boss Angelos Stoumpos has selected and remastered an odyssey through the musician's jazzier output, which now stretches back over a decade. Also included is new unreleased track "Eames In Dub" and more previously unheard alternate studio mixes.
Bonobo's North Borders album just keeps on giving... Here we find one of its many highlights, "Ten Tigers", getting a floor-minded rework by Bonobo himself. Retaining most of the original aspects, he's added a slightly heavier dynamic that's idea for all floors. Also on a remix-flex is UK starlet Maya Jane Coles who flips "First Fires" into a treacle-thick, bass heavy house driver. And if that's not quite enough, Bonobo has also given us a brand new track... "Duals" is a bright, breezy and skippy broken beat affair that's laced with myriad uplifting textures and counter melodies. In a word? Dreamy. Ten (tigers) out of ten.
Mist (Afro Nu Jazz instrumental Style) - (5:09) 62 BPM
Cushijazz is a producer from South Africa who incorporates elements of nu jazz, broken beat and jazzy house into his burgeoning repertoire. Here he delivers a slice of brooding nocturnal loose-collar jazz-house in the form of "Mist", the title of which evokes the track's seductive haziness. Also included are instrumental and dub versions, the latter featuring some seriously sassy sax soloing.
Time to dust down your zoot suit (come on, we all know you've got a really loud one lurking somewhere in your closet) and get your jive on as the man who DJs with a gramophone as a prop, DJ Dunya, is back with Xyloswing. The title track is your proper crowd-pleasing electro-swing complete with vintage guitar strumming, gregarious vocals and even a xylophone thrown in for good measure. The Jazzotron mix is tech-ier with a subtle arpeggio in there for extra groove. Finally "Upside Down" features raucous trumpet, a jazzy female purr and a big electro-house bassline. Slick!
Some producers go very retro with their swing productions and some go very hard on the electro side. Here DJ Mibor delivers two slices of uber slick, housed-up swing that are both subtle and yet not shy on hitting the dancefloor either. After much deliberation we've decided that our favourite here is the clicky fizz of the Louis-Prima-in-Ibiza vibes of "Alkaline", but it was a tough call.