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  • 02/22/2007

Radioactive Beats


From nuclear jazz to foley-room soundtracks, the next few months will see the nu-jazz, electronic, and downtempo scenes’ biggest artists unleash awesome full-length projects. But first, some singles to whet your appetite: The Stance Brothers is an alias of Finnish drummer Teppo "Teddy Rok" Makynen of Five Corners Quintet. His “Steve McQueen” 7” on Ricki-Tick Records (available domestically through Groove Dis) is as good as live club jazz gets. And on the deep funk tip comes New Zealand’s Open Souls. This nine-piece ensemble gets nasty on four super-raw JBs-style cuts for Mukatsuku Records. Find this one at Goya Distribution.

Now that you’ve cut a rug to some hot singles, cool down with a trio of forthcoming long-players. Well, maybe not too cool, if the radiation escapes from Uwe “Senor Coconut” Schmidt’s and Burnt Friedman’s Flanger project. Their new album, Nuclear Jazz, is set to drop April 3, although “new” is somewhat of a misnomer here. Seems the atomic duo has chosen to edit and re-master two previous albums, Templates (1999) and Midnight Sound (2000), into a tight, 79-minute electro-space-jazz excursion. Seeing as these guys are always about a decade ahead of us, this disc should make for perfect listening now. 

So will two anticipated full-lengths from the U.K.’s Ninja Tune imprint. Foley Room, a movie sound-effect inspired album from Amon Tobin (pictured above), drops May 3, while Ninja labelmate The Cinematic Orchestra’s Ma Fleur epic is unleashed May 7. XLR8R.com has been lucky enough to preview both albums and we’re happy to report they won’t disappoint longtime fans.

Tobin’s sprawling, audio-DVD set is a twilight journey into Bladerunner back-alleys, where android jazz bands drunkenly bleat out a feverish machine-code swing. The title, Foley Room, is a reference to the recording studio where movie sound effects are made, and such creative sound experimentation informs Tobin’s opus.

Less dense but equally enthralling, The Cinematic Orchestra (pictured above) explores organic themes on an uncluttered, ballad-friendly recording. Listen for the album’s first single, “To Build a Home”; six gorgeous minutes of piano-led English folk. So whether you’re looking to put on your shoes and hit the dancefloor, or hit the couch sans leather uppers, the next few months bode well for your ears.

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