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Skalpel Skalpel

Do we really need more sample-based dark jazz records? We might if they were all this good. Skalpel is a duo from Wroclaw, Poland who passes over America's strip-mined jazz labels and instead samples the massive backlog of dusty wax from Poland's Cold War jazz scene. The tunes that Skalpel creates feel familiar yet alien; modern yet rooted in an intriguingly slanted vintage sensibility. "Quiz" rocks upright bass underneath a breezy organ solo that speaks the language of funk-jazz in defiance of the Iron Curtain. Skalpel is a pertinent reminder that there's still half a world to crate-dig through.

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