Koop – Alternative Takes EP

Koop – Alternative Takes EP
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Artist: Koop
Title: Modal Mile (2 Banks Of 4 Remix) / In A Hearbeat (Hird Remix) / Baby (D’ Malicious Acoustic Remix) / Never Gonna Let You Go – Live @ Motion Blue, Yokohama, Japan
Cat No: CPT 154-1
Format: 12“

As we learned from their last release, Koop means co-operation. The soundscape – not electronic music with a touch of jazz, but jazz sparingly laced with electronics – known to us as yet is the child of a thriving, cooperative interaction between the core duo of composers/ arrangers/ producers Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson. But the term & idea “co-operation” has now been extended to a form of “external co-operation” that takes shape in a collection of electrifying remixes embedded in an eclectic musical background and compiled on “Waltz For Koop – Alternative Takes” 12”.

Those of you who have had the pleasure of emphasising romantic, layed-back, intimate moments of 2getherness with the help of Koop’s wonderful second album “Waltz for Koop”, now have the perfect release to get your partner out of bed before breakfast. Dancing! Being familiar with Koop’s second album, one has the feeling that its magic mellowness has now been underlayed by a steady, driving, solid fundament that footloosens bodies whilst still allowing those mind-kites to fly. Basically Koop’s “Waltz for Koop – Alternative Takes” 12” is a collection of a few remixers’ individual declaration of love towards the original award-winning album.

Side A

1. Modal Mile (2 Banks Of 4 Remix) breaks up the original double-bass-vibe into smooth up-beat sound-movements that perfectly fill all possible coordinates of hearable panorama. Highly acclaimed Two Banks Of Four (City Watching LP/ Sirkus) replace the original vocals of mystery-character Earl Zinger by Valerie Etienne, whose voice surely contributes to the overall jazz-fueled mood of this felicitous track!

2. In A Heartbeat (Hird Remix) sounds like Terry Callier’s emotionally charged lyrics taking a walk, while telling their story to their most faithful, alert companions (bass, keys and drums), who seem to be treading along. In no time, the listener finds himself mind-walking with the others, only to say “hello” to old electronic mates whistling their melody, while passing by.

Side B

1. Baby (D’Malicious Remix) is sweet melancholy playing its tricks on you and an acoustic guitar. Simply beautiful, how D’Malicious uses this lick to pick up Cecilia Stalin’s vocals, just to lead them through the harmonic ups and downs of this remake. Goose bumps guaranteed!

2. This live-take features everything a classic, but modern jazzpiece needs: a stunning, upright doublebass, frisky vibes, descreet electronics, debonair percussion, candid keys and Yukimi Nagano’s mindblowing voice! All in all, a magnificent performance of Carmen Lundy’s “Never Gonna Let You Go” recorded at Japan’s place2be, Motion Blue.

In 2003 Koop won a Swedish Grammy in the category “best/dance club album”So they have won both the official Grammy and the alternative/underground Grammy.

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