Jaga Jazzist The Stix
- Words: Matt Fisher
- Label: Ninja Tune
With track titles like "I Could Have Killed Him in the Sauna," it's clear that whatever their aim, Jaga Jazzist aren't taking themselves too seriously. Part freeform jazz, part electronic groove, part cinematic ambience, the album's pieces evoke an ephemeral sense of nostalgia. Propelled by breakbeat-style drum kits and upright bass rhythms, saxophone and bass clarinet riffs are interspersed with Aphex Twin-like electronic clicks, vibraphone and a range of electronic atmospherics. At times like a Miles Davis free jam, at others like the lost score of Coppola's The Conversation, the result is something distinctly modern but at the same time full of wistful references to a past you can't quite place.
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