Review: Originally a DnB act in the 90s, the duo of Roberto Adani & Daniel Wolf have progressed into a much more interesting musical beast in the decades since. If you've felt it a bit quiet from their end recently though, that's because they've signed a big juicy deal with ChinChin Records and have had their heads down in the studio conjuring up this, their much toiled-over new LP, The Irresistible Dust On The Floor. Featured are ten future-vintage sounding tracks that aim to provide 'a musical statement of understanding, respect and patience' in dark times. Dance away the blues!
Review: Long-player #7 here from Dutch duo Adani & Wolf, AKA Roberto Gaasterland and Daniel Testas - two self-styled "groove musketeers" who've been "supplying the globe's most luxurious places with the better dance, lounge and exotica music for many years". Fans will know what to expect already, then, but for the uninitiated: think the full-band funk and soul of, say, Fat Freddy's Drop, Kraak & Smaak or Smoove & Turrell, cross it with hints (in places) of deep, soulful and progressive/melodic house, and you've got the general idea. It's all a bit polite for club play, but it makes for 49 minutes of pleasant listening all the same.
Review: Swedish-German nu-jazz singer Anna Luca has made a name for herself as singer with Club Des Belugas but goes out on a solo limb here with the intimate and smooth Listen And Wait album. Gently brushed live drums, soft acoustic guitars and chiming mallets feature heavily on songs such as "Beautiful Dawn" while the string-laden title tune suggests a rootsier Bjork mixed with Laura Marling. Fans of her CDB work will still have much to love to - such as the gentle chanson-jazz of "Someone Who Moves My Feet".
Review: Perhaps known best for their lounge-tastic cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are", the Bebo Best Orchestra are masters of the soft shuffling art of gentle bossa and '60s exotica. There are covers on this full-length LP too - Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love" gets a pleasingly Brazilian makeover for example - but it's originals like "Teu Corpo", "Samba Wonder" and "La Fleur De La Musique" that really stick out. The Lord Sitar-recalling "Beat Conductor" sees big-beat drums come out to shine while classic '70s funk is represented handsomely on "Bass 70".
Review: A nu-jazz take on an evergreen jazz classic by Bebo Best, who reinterprets Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing" with samples and beats on this new release from Chinchin. Perfect for fans of electro-swing, this bouncy and bassy reworking sees Best in fine form vocally, while the distinctive horns of the original are melted perfectly into the mix. The accompanying Koko Chanel mix ups the tempo to create a brilliant battle weapon for DJs working on a house vibe.
Review: You could be forgiven for feeling that electro-swing may have lost its 'schwing', but in fact it's been given a whole new lease of life by Italian band Bomba Titinka. That's certainly how Chinchin see it, proudly presenting their debut release, Bicycle. There are five originals here, all of which display a classy sheen with a fuss-free organic feel due to the lack of brash samples and thumping kicks found on most tunes in this genre now. Molto bravo!
Pa-Pade Swing (Koko Chanel club mix) - (4:04) 120 BPM
Dancing All Night - (3:59) 62 BPM
All the Time In The World - (3:57) 60 BPM
La Diva - (4:16) 109 BPM
Ninety Nine 'N A Half - (3:56) 60 BPM
U Don't Love Me (I Don't Care) - (4:56) 120 BPM
And You Know How - (3:59) 124 BPM
Review: Over the years, Brenda Boykin has developed a worldwide reputation as a leader in jazz and blues vocal interpretation. This is chiefly due to her 'jump up style', which she defines as being a combination of 'bourbon and cornbread'. Album opener "Feel Me" is almost funky house but with added jazz trumpet and percussive embellishments. Beyond this "Mambo Jambo" is a Latino workout, "This Maybe Game" visits the jazzy side of the swinging 60s, "Where Is It Written" explores a vintage Nina Simone sound and "Stone Mad" is an up-tempo bluesy mambo hybrid. Also included is a pumping house remix of "Pa-Pade Swing" by Koko Chanel.
Review: German nu-jazz project Club Des Belugas drop their sixth album, Forward, with a host of guest singers on board for this silky smooth voyage through jazz hooks and downtempo beats. "Straight To Memphis" for example sees main men Maxim Illion and Kitty The Bill explore a Nina Simone-esque swing, while "Peanut Vendor" evokes the big band bop of exotica artists like Esquivel mixed with a South American bounce. A very enjoyable mix of songs that take in everything from lounge jazz to rootsy, bluesy stomps.
Review: Taken from their new album Forward, German nu-jazzers and electro swing crew Club Des Belugas' latest single is a slow, piano-driven soul beauty featuring a sultry and strident vocal from Ester Radu. With bass-following brass hits and studio drum hits slowly joining in on the fun, CDB prove their expertise at creating jazz-flecked modern soul beauties.
Review: DJ Farrapo is an eclectic Italian DJ whose sets range from bossa nova to D&B. His 2017 'Nu Swing Experience' album did exactly what it said on the tin, but here four tracks from the album are treated to quite radical remixes. Morru's rerub of 'The Dream Becomes Dirty', for instance, blends dancehall and calypso influences, while DJ Martiotta & Drumgenius rework 'Good Life To You' into a Latin funk workout with hip-hop vocals. Abraham Licorne's take on the same track maintains the electro-swing feel but ups the tempo and beefs up the beats, while finally Sound Nomaden take 'It's Getting Late' to the house floors.