Given his love of all things jazzy, it's perhaps no surprise to find that the latest Motor City Drum Ensemble label release (via parent company Faces France) is a modern re-boot of fluid jazz-house. "Cosmic Cart" itself is delightful, a spacious, flowing composition that fuses the looseness and organic grooves of jazz with the comforting pulse of high grade deep house. If Moodymann relocated to Moldova and necked copious amounts of tranquilizers, it would probably sound something like this. Soulphiction provides a suitably odd, slightly darker house take (think acid, wonky 4/4 beats and long, drawn-out chords), while Laroye turns it into a piano-laden jazz-house anthem (St Germain dragged kicking and screaming into 2012, if you will). Terrific stuff, all told.
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