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Beanfield Seek

On a quest to produce an album entirely without samples, German duo Beanfield returned to the roots of soul by recording their third album the hard way-live. The medium fits these Beans well: their downtempo style is an elegant mish-mosh cut evenly with Latin, funk, soul, African rhythms and jazz (think horns a-plenty). Fans might recognize the throaty voice of Bajka (from their gorgeous track "Season") on Seek, as well as new-age references to age-old clich»s about life and spirituality. Despite ditching founding member Tobi Meggle, percussive tracks like "Cargo" remain quintessentially Beanfield: lovely, soothing melodies that keep pace with a steady, human pulse.

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