Review: Jerker Kluge and Florian Reidl's Hi Fly Orchestra first popped up in 2005, and ever since has quietly impressed with its breezy, occasionally summery takes on classic, swingtime-era jazz (and, on occasions, Latin jazz). This third full-length, their first since 2008, continues their explorations into Blue Note-inspired territory. There's enough variety to impress - contrast the sun-bright samba of "Sambinha" and baggy big band soul of "I Got Hop" with the intricate flutes of "Forro" and fluid "How Beautiful" - while the playing is, naturally, impeccable throughout. It's got an old-fashioned feel, all right, but that's the point; this is the sort of thing that will transport you back to a bygone age of jazz.
Review: Jerker Kluge and Florian Riedl's Hi-Fly Orchestra have earned a strong reputation for all-acoustic jazz, Latin and samba based shows. Here on the Love EP they want to show their soft side, and so we get their own takes of four pop classics. Lenny Kravitz's debut "Let Love Rule" get given a fruity vintage soul makeover, "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye sounds like it was recorded in the 70s, "Purple Rain" by Prince appears to visit Herb Alpert on Ipanema beach in 1967 and lastly, Madonna's "Like A Virgin" becomes a brassy, swaggering lounge boogie.
Review: Jungle Cakes always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of soul, reggae, jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. This is a monster album curated by Aries and Kelvin 373, who have taken tracks both old and new to form a banging compilation. Bou nails it on 'Music Takes Me Higher', a rustic revisit to classic jungle sounds; Aries and Nicky Blackmarket roll things out in a tight way on 'Champion'; and Chimpo slams the brakes on 'DidDieDoThat'. We don't know the answer to that, but we do know this is fat. Big ups.