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10 essential Atjazz remixes / Cast your fav!

Atjazz10 essential Atjazz remixes… Around since the end of the nineties, Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson has developped a unique style. Meanwhile usin’ his own imagination as the sole limit. And most likely crafting music with a futuristic approach as a matter of fact. Just the way some prestigious elders of his did at their times. Beginning with Miles Davis. But also Herbie Hancock, if not Norman Whitfield. Then, more recently Carl Craig or Jazzanova for instance. With all of them being as many stylists we highly appreciate the work of here on IDMW.

In gastronomy, one might speak about modern cooking. Meanwhile in architecture, this could appear as a form of Bauhaus. In other words, the art which is his to come up with the perfect blend and balance. And this regardless the nature of the ingredients he may use at the end. And however he uses them. With this suggesting a perfect asismilation of his countless influences as a matter of fact. From Jazz to African music. But also Classic and Soul. Not to mention Funk, Chill and whatsoever. As his reworks pretty much reflect this thereafter.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive at the end. With a Part 2 of the likes most likely due to see the light someday. Nevertheless, you should already find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of jams as to what our man is about…

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

10 essential Atjazz remixes / DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz, Sheila Ford & Marc Evans – I Miss U (Atjazz Love Soul Remix) (Code Red)
One of the most vibrant songs ever by the likes of The Muthafunkaz. A Baltimore collective which featured Irvin Madden, Gary Hudgins, DJ Spen and Sheila Ford. But also Marc Evans, Erin Madden and Gary Deane. With Atjazz beautifully enhancing its emotional content. This while inserting aerial string lines over a syncopated rhythm pattern…
10 essential Atjazz remixes / Boddhi Satva feat Athenai & C Robert Walker – Who Am I (Atjazz Love Soul Remix) (Vega Records)
“One of a kind” is without a single doubt the first expression comin’ to mind when givin’ a listen to this masterpiece dating back from 2010. From its message saying it all as to how we’re more than outer outer appearance. In other words, an image as displayed on the social networks… To its interpretation. With spoken word artist Athenai takin’ the lead along with smooth chorus courtesy of C Robert Walker. Not to mention the musical surroundings. Atjazz givin’ it a delicate and somehow cinematic feel. Meanwhile introducing vibrant string lines over a swinging bass-driven groove. And, as a result, delivering here one of his best remixes ever…
10 essential Atjazz remixes / Jazzanova – Dance The Dance (Atjazz Remix)(Sonar Kollektiv)
Among the very rare compositions speakin’ of which superlatives are missin’. By the likes of Berlin-based Jazzanova. A collective of DJ’s/Producers who, for almost 20 years now, have crafted a one of a kind reputation for themselves. This while putting out some of the most fascinating futuristic jams one can think of as a matter o fact. Some would speak about Nu-Jazz. Others about Future Jazz, when not Broken Beat. But who cares at the end?

One of the highlights of their 2002 ‘In Between’ album on Jazzanova/Compost Records. With Tampa-based drummer/percussionist/singer Doug Hammond vibrantly givin’ all their dimension to its uplifting lyrics on an atmospheric cinematic jazzy feel.A jam that would receive the remix treatment courtesy of Atjazz nine years later as a part of the ‘Upside Down’ album on Sonar Kollektiv. With the latter expanding its futuristic feel. Meanwhile delivering an incredible blend of fragments of Classical, Jazz, cinematic, and House vibes. With the whole over a devastating funky bassline. Somehow reminding of Roy Ayers‘s ‘Run, Run, Run’. A rare and timless concept one can’t simply miss at the end [More…]

10 essential Atjazz remixes / Leon Ware – On The Beach (Atjazz Love Soul Remix) (Expansion House)
The contribution of Leon Ware has no comparison. Be it as a composer, songwriter and eventually a producer. Remembered for his work on the Marvin Gaye‘s classic ‘I Want You’, his so to say client list includes many luminiaries. From Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. To The Isley Brothers and Donny Hathaway. Not to mention Maxwell whom he helped producing his 1996 ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite’ album. An opus standing as one of the landmarks album in the said Neo-Soul genre.
Strangely released as the flipside of ‘Step By Step’, a single which he dropped back in 2011 on Ralph Tee‘s Expansion Records label… This absolute jewel that we heavily championed on our Facebook page back then received the expert remix treatment by the likes of Atjazz. The latter, although remaining respectful with the original atmosphere of the song, givin’ it a modern groove twist with absolute class…
10 essential Atjazz remixes / Mi Casa – La Vida (Atjazz Remix) (Soul Candi)
By the likes of the first ever live House Music act in South Africa. In other words, Mi Casa! And from their 2011 ‘Mi Casa Music’ album on Soul Candi… Another brilliant remix by the likes of you’ve guessed it… Atjazz! Our man adding much to the vibrant vocal performance of Portugal native band member J’Something. Here we have another definitive piece of (he)art as far as Lusofonia is concerned as a matter of fact. But not only…
10 essential Atjazz remixes / Incognito – Freedom To Love (Atjazz Remix) (Reel People Music)
Co-written by Incognito‘s mastermind Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick with long time collaborator Dominic Ski Oakenfull… ‘Freedom To Love’ saw the light as a part of their 2008 ‘Tales From The Beach’ album on Dôme Records. A pretty much inspiring message delivered by the instantly recognizable Tony Momrelle, leavin’ the door open for those who try. Reel People Music gave it a new life 4 years after. This via with 2 remix packages, respectively by the likes of Reel People themselves and Atjazz. No doubt as to how you don’t wanna miss this one neither. Do you?
10 essential Atjazz remixes / The Layabouts feat. Shea Soul – Perfectly (AtJazz Vocal Mix) (Reel People Music)
‘Perfectly’ originally saw the light as a single back in 2010. This before featuring on The Layabouts‘ ‘Future Retro’ album two years later.
Subtly retouched by Atjazz but how could it ever be different at the end? The latter ideally leavin’ the necessary space to Shea Soul‘s one of a kind vocal performance. With words missing here as well to pay real props to the result. Don’t you think?
10 essential Atjazz remixes / Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Orisa feat. Dreiser & Sexto Sentido (Atjazz Lovesoul Remix) (Brownswood)
A global initiative which Havana Club International (producer of Havana Club, the authentic Cuban rum) developped. This with the aim to give a unique platform to today’s Cuban artists from all disciplines. With 2009 marking the beginning of Gilles Peterson‘s partnership with the Havana Cultura project. This, following his travel to the Cuban capital to carry out initial explorations of the Cuban underground. And eventually record an album: ‘Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound’.
From a remix pack which appeared back in May 2012 with Atjazz opening the ball. And this in a smooth jazzy vein. Meanwhile using what sounds like a Brazilian influenced rhythm pattern close to Bossa over a rumblin’ bassline…
10 essential Atjazz remixes / Clara Hill – Nowhere (I Can Go) (Clara Hill Meets Atjazz)
Coming from a singer-songwriter / Acid Jazz / Electronica background… Berlin native Clara Hill never ceased discovering and exploring new musical ways. Therefore makin’ proof of an undeniable diversity.
No doubt as to how her meeting with Atjazz was like a natural process. Meanwhile leading to regular collaborations. Including this aerial smooth joint from her 2009 ‘Best Of Three’ album. Both of them reaching the Holy Grail on this absolute smoothie…
10 must have Atjazz remixes / EnaWadan – Forever (Atjazz Astro Remix) (Ocha Records)
A young South African born musician, EnaWadan describes himself as an undoubted hard worker. And also as a person who firmly believes in the unlimited ability of oneself. To him, reality is an infinite canvas where the self realized self expresses self. “Life is art…” A statement to which Atjazz obviously subscribes. Eventually givin’ this jam a Techno/Jazz twist back in 2013. This with that sense of aesthetics which is his…

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