Koop – Summer Sun

Artist: Koop
Title: Summer Sun / Tonight / Summer Sun (Carlito Remix)
Cat No: JCR 044-2
Format: CD

Quotes: a wonderful though hopelessly romantic record.  Mixmag / a strong album. bursting with summery energy. Music Week / Modern jazz doesn’t get much better than this. a brilliant debut. DJ Mag

Info: Perceiving jazz as rhythm and form rather than the orthodox idea of jazz being merely improvisation, double Awardwinners, Swedish duo Koop, Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson, manages to escape the staleness of both, programmed music`s lack of variety and the dead end fixation with clean sound on some contemporary jazz recordings. Cited by legendary radio jazzman Gilles Peterson as one of two songs that really get him happy (the other one was a tune by someone called Stevie Wonder), “Summer Sun” is the brightest, most euphoric thing we´ve heard in years. The origin of angelic vocals : Hijacked from Gothenburg´s Octagon Session, the then 15-year-old Yukimi Nagano was spotted by the Koop-boys at a jazz talent contest where, while rows of 5-stringed bass-broilers did their university fusion-thing, some real raw emotion suddenly bursted from the stage. Koop eventually enlisted Yukimi for the “Waltz For Koop” album (JCR 021-1/-2). “Tonight” is musically and emotionally darker. Written within fifteen minutes, it´s a classic European jazz tune. Mikael Sundin in the role of the lonesome lover lamenting on his sadness whilst the chord- progressions tune the whole thing bittersweet. Third track, “Summer Sun” in Carlito remix by James Wade will melt the heart of every Drum&Bass lover. And eventually shoo wallflowers on the dancefloor. Also check out  the “Summer Sun” remixes 12” on JCR 022-1 including remixes of Markus Enochson and Dorfmeister.

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