Review: Jazz & Milk label boss Dusty fires up the anticipation machine with this fruity four piece from his forthcoming album. "Mood Matters" bangs with jazz house attitude. Establishing a rock-solid groove, Dusty lets the trumpets loose as they scribble all over his tight beat work. "Danse Macabre" is a co-lab with his live act Bad Jazz Troupe who live up their name with a whole cavalcade of rhythm switches and psychedelic melodic patterns. "Seventy Three" is heads south for a lesson in horn-heaved Afrofunk while "Longing Lingers" finishes on a sultry, soul-jazz boogie note thanks to the sexy vocals of Carla Vallet. Yummy.
Review: Label boss Dusty's second full-length for Jazz & Milk offers a CD-length summary of the imprint's eclectic, jazz-minded approach. Summery and sun-flecked from start to finish, it variously touches on trumpet-laden hip-hop soul ("Longing Lingers"), carnival-friendly Latin jazzdance ("It's Time", "Mood Matters", "Lost In Adalusia"), smooth organic soul ("All There Is"), hustlin' afro-funk jams ("Mozafrique") and even a touch of jazz-flecked deep house ("Reascend"). As you'd perhaps expect, it hangs together really well, sounding like a logical fusion of similarly minded styles rather than a piecemeal trawl through Dusty's various influences. It's also impeccably produced, with just the right balance between live playing, sample digging and contemporary production techniques.
Review: Dusting off the "12 Inch Jams" project for its first edition since Sam Irl's session last October, Jazz & Milk's Dusty takes on the series solo for the first time. "Brick" sets the pace. A deep-chug acid disco affair laced with a gutsy but minimally appointed soul vocal, it sucks you right into its underbelly without you even realising. "Don't You Worry" gives fitting uplift; rising synths, a late 80s NYC house rhythmic vocal clip and percussion that rattles you down to the soul, it's another sterling slice of disco from the milky jazz maestro.
Review: Jazz & Milk come through with Broken Chords For Broken People, a wonderful debut mini album from the unheralded GTA Hoffman, neither a new computer game, nor a novelist, but a tight Jazz formation of three musicians. Beni Brachtel, aka Bartellow (guitar), Lukas Rabe (keys) and Gabriel Hahn (drums) combine, offering a taut take on the live jazz sound that's poised at a hip swaying 120BPMs and touches on earthy R'n'B grooves, wooden house and analogue elevator-minimalism. "Levitate" is a bonafide dusty house gem that could easily find a home on Theo Parrish's new Wildheart Recordings and the fact it's followed by the low slung funk rock of "Kleine Mausestory" and "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog" demonstrates the diversity on offer here.
Review: Bavaria via Vienna's Sam IRL is back with more dusty deep house and disco antics on Raw Land. This is highly recommended for anyone into Motor City Drum Ensemble's Raw Cuts series or Glenn Astro and Max Graef's Money $ex dirty MPC driven vibes. There's some great stuff on here such as the sexy late night deep groove of the title track, the crusty hip-hop of "Day Break", "Small Things" and its classic midwest vibe reminiscent of old Terrence Parker and closer "Tea & Jay" whose swirling Rhodes and syncopated rhythm checks the smooth vibes of KDJ off the list too. Impressive!
You Don't Feel Enough (Session Victim remix) (5:02)
Review: When the admirable Jazz & Milk label launched its 12" Jams series last month, it was with an EP that brought together label boss Dusty and long-time pal Sam IRL. For volume two, the latter has gone solo. In many ways, "You Don't Feel Enough" is an echo from the past, featuring as it does skipping, West London style broken beats, raw analogue bass and some killer jazz-funk instrumentation. Yet that style has been making a comeback in recent times, and the track has a similar vibe to recent EPs from Kaidi Tatham, Dego and the rest of the 2000 Black crew. On the flipside, German heavyweights Session Victim deliver their interpretation, which re-casts the track as a drowsy and jazzy chunk of wavy deep house.
Review: Jazz & Milk pay homage to the dancefloor with the a brand new series that covets 12" muscles made to flex on the finest of systems. No airs, graces or bold sentiments - just straight up, heads-down grooves. Jazz & Milk bossman Dusty and the unstoppable Sam IRL lead by example with two fine examples of classic deep house. There's a wry Chicago air to "Pick Up The Pieces" with a bubbling analogue bass, roaming percussive shakes and timeless keys. "Drift" takes us deeper into the zone with its cascading warm chords and incessant funk groove. Complete with silk screen printed sleeve.
Review: In its original form, lead track "I Dream Of Bahia" is a breezy blast of humid summer air - a snappy fusion of Latin-tinged grooves, Portuguese vocals and cocktail-sporting jazz guitars. It's joined by a decent remix by Dusty & Bartellow, who turn it into a slo-mo house groove laden with sweaty Brazilian percussion and bowel-bothering sub-bass pulses. "Love Me Good", meanwhile, offers an Afro-tinged take on bumpin' soul, with a strong female vocal and more delicious guitar solos. Scene stalwart Simbad remixes, offers a remix that sits somewhere between Latin-tinged broken beat and classic US garage - all bouncy organs, skippy beats and hissing hi-hats.
Todd Simon & the Angel City All Star Brass Band - "Sidama de Cali"
Dusty - "Cosmic Path"
Lay-Far - "A Good Old Holiday Groove"
Karl Hector & The Malcouns - "Who's Foolin' Who?"
Review: German jazz and soul enthusiasts Jazz & Milk are set to release a new compilation series that represent the label's broadest colours by way of previously unreleased exclusives from their ever developing roster. Consistent contrast is in full effect as we jump from vibe to vibe... From the UKG style bass bumps of Sam Irl's "Time" to the spell-binding Ethio horn heaves of Todd Simon & The Angel City All Strar Brass Band's "Sidama de Cali" by way of label boss Dusty's deep, smouldering jazz house gem "Cosmic Path", Jazz & Milk have left footprints over every corner of the dance... And beyond. We can't wait for the full album!