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Various - Sonar Kollectiv
Joining the current Jazzanova compilation, The Remixes (1997 - 2000), available on cd or 5-vinyl box set, is the Sonar Kollectiv, serving as a proper companion, further exhibiting the band's finely tuned jazzy sensibilities in producing, as well as spotting talented acts with the same sensibility.

Sonar is for jazz lovers who are tired of the stale contemporary scene of the genre and having to run to the record store and keep buying reissues of Monk, Miles, or Sun Ra to find good, sincere jazz -- not the watered down, cleaned and polished for suburbia much that is destroying the scene.

The artists and producers on Sonar have a subtle yet intense sound that really takes you somewhere.  Though these various musicians have been molded to the Jazzanova aesthetic, they all bring something unique to the table.

Moon's "Twisted Soul" is more folky than the others but still holds its own.  Fleck's "Tears" is a reminder of what makes jazz jazz, a hard driving, hypnotic bassline that loops into oblivion.  The synthetic violins and harmonica are a nice touch too.  The cd also takes it up a notch with Meitz's "Mayibuye" and Ras' "Exit Routine," adding a more house-influenced touch.

While you may not instantly fall in love with every track (case in point: Justine Electra's "I Feel Like Crying" is a tad too melancholy, a la Portishead without the well-layered beats and originality), the songs that do grab your attention more than make up for the rest.

 

Copyright 2001 Akinbo Akinnuoye. All rights reserved.

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Released 2001 on Dialor Records

Selected Tracks:

Micatone - Run 
Soul Quality Quartet - I'm Not Here
Ras - Exit Routine
Pathless - Goddess

 

 

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