Koop – Waltz For Koop

Artist: Koop
Title: Waltz For Koop
Cat No: JCR 021-1 / JCR 021-2
Format: LP / CD / Download

Quotes: Already a cult item among the jazz dance underground, their second album is a delight………highly infectious… The Observer / ‘‘Waltz for Koop’ is something special and unprecedented: a jazz-meets-electronic-dance-music album that actually sounds like jazz The Independent

Info: Koop means co-operation and come from a universe where Miles Davis never made Bitches Brew, replacing swing with funk, but instead double basses kept walking and jazz kept swinging all the way until the sampler arrived to chop it up. Not electronic music with a touch of jazz, but jazz sparingly laced with electronics. What’s really co-operating in Koop’s music, apart from the core duo of composers / arrangers / producers Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson with their wide range of collaborators, is the sixties vocaljazz-magic of Swedish icon Monica Zetterlund with a producer-focused 2001. Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson, both from Sweden’s main university-town Uppsala, now residing in Stockholm, . . . →

Jazzanova – Days To Come / That Night

Artist: Jazzanova
Title: That Night with Vikter Duplaix / Days To Come
Cat No: JCR 023-1
Format: 12″

Quotes: …One of the best fusions of all the disparate elements of club music yet. Ben Wilcox in Straight No Chaser / … they light a musical tinderbox  The Face / a very fertile musical world  Time Out New York

Info: Yes, the rumour is true. Jazzanova has broken up. This could be the last record. Ok just joking. It’s been a while since the Jazzanova track “Caravelle” hit the dance floor or “Introspection” enchanted your bedroom. This new Jazzanova 12″ might surprise you. Both tracks are undoubtedly made for the dance floor. “That Night” features the vocal artistry of Vikter Duplaix, one of the many players of the Philadelphia story…. goose bumps. The second track “Days To Come” really proves that Jazzanova have been on the road for the last year. So, you always thought that Jazzanova was about the latin hustle and the brazil shuffle. This track definitely . . . →

Koop – Summer Sun

Artist: Koop
Title: Summer Sun / Summer Sun (Markus Enochson Remix) / Relaxin’ At Club F*****n (Dorfmeister vs. Madrid De Los Austrias)
Cat No: JCR 022-1
Format: 12″

Quotes: Koop, Finest Modal Jazz 2001. Groove

Info: Cited by legendary radio jazzman Gilles Peterson as one of the two songs that really make him happy (the other was a tune by someone called Stevie Wonder), “Summer Sun” is the brightest, most euphoric thing we’ve heard in years. The vocal is a story in itself. 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 album, which will be out soon on JCR. Markus Enochson produced the „Summer Sun“ remix. He recently released a highly acclaimed 12” called “Don’t Walk Away” on Sweden’s SVEK Records. His remix of “Summer Sun” is a wonderful house . . . →

Victor Davies – Victor Davies

Artist: Victor Davies
Title: Victor Davies
Cat No: JCR 020-1 / JCR 020-2
Format: 2-LP / CD / Download

Quotes: Davies’ charisma falls between Al Jarreau and Jon Lucien. Marcia Carr / On a sweltering summer day the Latin percussion and consummate guitar work would have even the most grim northerner admitting a passing association with someone from ‘down south’… Update Magazine / …an exquisite slice of summery acoustic soul…’Lady Luck’ confirms Victor Davies as a true talent. Echoes Magazine / All very cool and jazzy and trendy as f**k  Mixmag Magazine / a rising star in Latin Jazz circles  Hitlist Magazine

Info: The music of Victor Davies comprises a multi-coloured patchwork of Latin jazz, folk and heartfelt soul all gelled together with a complete understanding of great songwriting. Born in London’s East End, Victor was signed to his first major publishing deal in the early 90′s on his songwriting ability alone but he quickly found the pressure from his publishers to make commercial dance music was not . . . →

Victor Davies – Sound Of The Samba

Artist: Victor Davies
Title: Sound Of The Samba (Purist Version) / Sound Of The Samba (Afroquartet Version) / Sound Of The Samba (Accoustic Interlude)
Cat No: JCR 018-1
Format: 12″

Quotes: All very cool and jazzy and trendy as f**k  Mixmag Magazine / a rising star in Latin Jazz circles  Hitlist Magazine

Info: The music of Victor Davies comprises a multi-coloured patchwork of Latin jazz, folk and heartfelt soul all gelled together with a complete understanding of great songwriting. Born in London’s East End, Victor was signed to his first major publishing deal in the early 90′s on his songwriting ability alone but he quickly found the pressure from his publishers to make commercial dance music was not a direction he wanted to follow. As a result of a chance listening of some of Victor’s acoustic demos by Mike Slocombe (People Records) ‘Runaway Train’ was released on a People sampler. This acoustic ballad utilising Victor’s unique guitar style and soothing vocals immediately created widespread interest in the singer/songwriter . . . →

The Underwolves – Remix EP

Artist: The Underwolves
Title: In The Picture (Voice Mix) / Shaken (Fauna Flash Timblaes Remix) / Bird Song (Earthbound Remix Slow Version)
Cat No: JCR 017-1
Format: 12″

Quotes: This compilation is a highlight … has to be in every record-collection! The GAP

Info: What a nice little bundle: First of all, there is the fantastic „In The Picture“ from the recent Off-Centre Vol.2 compilation on BBE Records. The track, definitely one of the highlights of the compilation, got a further polish by the boys; they added extra vocals – so the ‘voice mix’ is even more soulful and a bit smoother than the original. Secondly, Fauna Flash come along with their superb Timbales remix of “Shaken”. The Faunas in their new beloved role as tribal house masters once again prove that they are genius producer delivering top class music for the dance floor. Watch out for another Fauna Flash mix in drum & bass style. Track three is a great rework of the masterpiece ballad “Bird Song” . . . →

The Underwolves – So Blue It´s Black

Artist: The Underwolves
Title: So Blue It’s Black / So Blue It’s Black (Heavy Manners Remix) / So Blue It’s Black (Juryman Aberasch To Addis Vox) / So Blue It’s Black (Restless Soul Peaktime Mix)
Cat No: JCR 016-1 / JCR 016-2
Format: 12″ / CD

Quotes: This compilation is a highlight … has to be in every record-collection! The GAP

Info: The fantastic soulful ‘So Blue It’s Black’ in three different great mixes (the CD also contains the Original Version): The Heavy Manners Mix by DJ Pulse and Professor Stretch uses only few vocal samples and puts the main focus on the beats – which are excellent. They will definitely not fail to rock the dancefloor. Headz-stuff. Juryman’s Aberash version is more on a jazzy tip. Breaks & Beats on speed, he spins out a nice mellow soundscape with gentle pulses. Juryman aka Ian Simmonds recently released the highly regarded longplayer “Return To X” on Studio K7. Phil Asher comes up with a superb House version under . . . →