There’s something uniquely magical about the way Rhodes can translate human emotion into a celebration of the conflict between happiness and sadness. The opening bars of Soul Spectral testify to that very point as depths are reached by the pressing of keys. Followed by the shuffle of Laroye’s soulful percussion and the punctuation of organ stabs, accompanied by Greg Paulus’ haunting trumpet, this is a masterclass in realisation. The dancefloor flavour of Sanguine then greets you via funky drums which are quickly offset by a much deeper, probing set of synthesisers, perhaps making the music more about thought than dance (which is just as important in my book). The elegant keys which again infuse the closing number, Think Of You Always play out in evocative ways as the serene sense of Jazz compounds the sounds in all sorts of imaginary ways. After all, music doesn’t get much better…
Did Virgo ft. Joanna
Come to my Galaxy
La Dame Noir Records
Marseille’s La Dame Noir is not only a record label but also a club, blog and bar which most of all means that they have the nerve to release music like this. It’s not too often you get to hear something that actually says something different to you. It’s usually: let’s get high, love each other, isn’t the sunset lovely etc etc all of which is very good (of course) although tackling, as in this case, the left field can be as equally rewarding. And so to my pick of the week (even though it doesn’t really exist) the very excellent Work Addict. Dangerous, sassy and words like that do this some justice – listen below, you may agree. The title track then eases the tempo down to reveal more deepness, while Where is She proceeds to get deliciously moody again with Javi Redondo’s first rate remix feeling much tougher via an Acid twist.
Greg Paulus, John Camp, Brian Derdiarian
Scenes from our Classic Future
If you think that the title sounds picturesque just wait until you hear the music. Released just in time for summer playlists the downtempo gorgeousness of Remo captures the spirit of what’s hopefully over the horizon. From the classy vocal delivery by Greg Paulus to the laid back jazzy trumpet and occasional percussion this is simply lush. The tasty Tanner Ross Radio Edit slightly shortens the experience but adds bigger beats to the equation while retaining all the necessary ethereal qualities. Next track, Fire In The Sky goes Balearic in full swing with the aptly beautifull Surf Song returning to ambient climes to finish by augmenting twangy guitar and smooth 80’s kicks. Excellence.
release: June 14
If you haven’t yet encountered Helmut Ebritsch then please do so immediately. Souls Transmitting, is an album full of outstanding music for all scenario’s and occasions from the title tracks darkly, brooding landscape to the uplifting chord sequences of Revelations this crosses all the relevant T’s. There is the odd splash of heavy sounding Techno on route although even in this context it works well, but back to the beginning with Melodies of Power and its sinister yet spectacular atmospheres that are hard to beat…
release: June 2
Been very much looking forward to spending time with this ace collection of Jazz via the legendary Paul Murphy. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now but as a lot of the music emanates from the 1950’s and there abouts’ that doesn’t feel like too much of an inconvenience. Anyway, the selection is per excellence with music from Sonny Rollins, the proto-rap of Eddie Jefferson (from 1968!), plus the heavy-swing of Flying Home by Arnett Cobb so believe me you are in for a treat. It’s amazing how just how vibrant the music still sounds and you still get that sense of heady excitement by listening, which is precisely why this Return is so significant. Tempted to buy the vinyl version too partly because as you can see the cover is so damn cool!