Friday, August 18, 2017

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, with his own imagination as the sole limit. Therefore crafting music with a futurist and therefore fresh approach. In gastronomy, one would definitely talk about modern cooking. In other words, the art which is his to come up with the perfect blend. Whatever ingredients he may use and however he uses them. Which means he has perfectly assimiltated his countless influences. From Jazz to African music, Classic and Soul. But also Funk, Chill and whatsoever, as his reworks pretty much illustrate this thereafter.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should 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. Not to mention Marc Evans, Erin Madden and Gary Deane. With Atjazz beautifully enhancing its emotional content 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 whenever given 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 (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 somehow delicate and cinematic feel with the introduction of vibrant string lines over a swinging bass-driven groove. And therefore 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 established their reputation while putting out some of the most fascinating futuristic jams one can think of. 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 9 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. This, over a devastating funky bassline somehow reminding of Roy Ayers‘s ‘Run, Run, Run’. A rare and timless concept one can’t simply miss…

10 essential Atjazz remixes / Leon Ware – On The Beach (Atjazz Love Soul Remix) (Expansion House)
The contribution of Leon Ware, as a composer, songwriter and eventually producer is one of a kind. 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…

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