“I don’t ask for perfection. All I ask for is goose pimples.”

“I don’t ask for perfection. All I ask for is goose pimples.”

Duke Ellington

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Hector Plimmer – Let’s Stay

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Hector Plimmer is an electronic producer from South London. His latest record, Sunshine, is an exploration of trippy synths and jazz drums. “It represents (in no particular order) my musical journey over the past 4 or so years, some of which may never have seen the light of day,” says the musician.

The opening track ‘Let’s Stay’ is a sublime mix of dreamy keys laced to a head-nodding drum kicks. It’s no surprise his influences range from Flying Lotus, Portishead, to Theo Parrish.

Download the album on Amazon

STUFF – Strata

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STUFF is a five piece instrumental band from Antwerp, Belgium. ‘Strata’ is the first track from the band’s second album old dreams new planets due out April 28th.

The song vacillates from broken jazz before weaving into a funky, electronic jungle. Says the quintet’s SoundCloud page, “it makes you doubt whether you’re at a rave or at a fusion jazz concert in some late 80’s basement.”

If you like the cross-genre hybrid, peep Christian Scott or The Peter Franks Group.

Christian Scott – The Reckoning

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Christian Scott is a jazz musician from New Orleans who along with his ensemble make up the Christian Scott Quintet. The band’s forthcoming album Ruler Rebel is album one of The Centennial Trilogy.

Listen to the lead single ‘The Reckoning,’ then do yourself a favor and listen to the group’s Stretch Music LP if you haven’t yet. Notable tracks: TWIN, Of a New Cool, and Sunrise in Beijing.

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Sarathy Korwar – Bhajan

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Sarathy Korwar is an American-Indian producer and drummer. While born in the United States, he spent most of his childhood growing up India where he listened to American jazz records in local record shops.

‘Bhajan’ is the first song on his debut album, Day To Day, which weaves together both Indian folk and jazz music into a unique sound that Korwar can call his own.

’Day To Day’ is an exceptional debut by this multi-percussive artist fusing jazz, electronic and Indian harmonics.” — Gilles Peterson

Experience Duplication

Listen to Jazz while working through New York? Listen to Reggae while chilling out on the beach?

Sometimes we want to duplicate the experience. We want to match the soundtrack with the environment. But sometimes we want to differentiate the experience so we level out the stimulation. We may listen to Reggae while walking through New York and Jazz when relaxing on the beach.

Music is so powerful it has the ability to add to or subtract from the experience. When we remove the music we’re at the mercy of nature and man-made distractions.

“The title describes what I think is good improvisation: those moments when I manage to let loose, just let the music play itself, almost from the spine. I decided to try to make another album in the exact same way as last time, but with clearer, almost symphonic tunes. And I feel that at least some of the music in my head made it to the recording that day in Sofienberg church in February this year.” – Håkon Kornstad

Beautiful.