Record of the week: Various Artists - Sunny Side Up (Brownswood Recordings)
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What started w/ the critically acclaimed UK jazz compilation WE OUT HERE, initiated by @gillespeterson
on his legendary label @brownswood
is now being continued w/ the Australian follow-up project SUNNY SIDE UP that follows the same concept - 9 tracks givin you a status quo of the rising nujazz scene from Melbourne. The music may come from the other side of the world but this sampler is in no way inferior to its British predecessor.
The gatefold 2LP couldn't have a better opening tune than BANKSIA by drummer @philip_stroud
- a captivating, dreamy & spiritual journey that offers the listener goose bumps & deep meditating moments.
While the 1st part of @jbdufresne
PICK UP/GALAXY is a 2min broken beat incl. 80's synth sounds, fast percussions & uplifting horn melodies, the 2nd part starts like the Shaft score & then turns into a funky 70's disco soul stomper.
aka Kuzich thought THERE IS NO TIME & conjured a decelerated masterstroke that impresses w/ its wonderful arrangement & harmonies. The voice in the chorus may not be for everyone but hey... it's jazz folks.
On BLEEDING HEARTS @audreypowne fascinates w/ fantastic vocals & great trumpet lines, beautifully embedded in a this jazzy composition.
POWER 2 (THE PEOPLE) is the contribution of Ziggy Zeitgeist's side project @z_f_e_x , showing his rousing vision of brukjazz, full of heavy flute lines, sick drumming & a portion on 70's jazz-funk.
@laneous ' influence of D'Angelo on NICE TO SEE YOU is undeniable, but even the grandmaster of neo-soul wouldn't do it this way - uptempo drums hit swingin basslines & a soulful head voice in a shifted 5/4 rhythm.
@nap.king.cole aka Silentjay convinces w/ beneficial saxophone melodies & a tasty composition of this bossa nova long ride ETERNAL/INTERNAL PLACE.
Detroit house meets live jazz on THE WAKE-UP by bassist/producer @horatio.luna that puts you in a good mood & your body in motion.
Singer/keyboardist @allysha_joy beautifully ends this trip down under w/ her unique soulful voice that leaves you floating sky high into her ORBIT.
Favorite track: PICK UP/GALAXY