Various Artists

Future Jazz: The Sounds of Synchrovision 1.0

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For those trying to keep up with the kaleidoscopically shifting international electronica scene and the equally complicated nomenclature that describes it, the tracks compiled on this disc are all examples of a dance music subgenre called jazz'n'tronic ("a mixture of filmic strings'n'beats, warm acoustic vibes, layers of voices, live soloing, and neo-fusion"). Got it? No? Well, basically, this seems to mean is that the beats are funky and often sample- or loop-based, electric piano and acoustic bass are part of the mix more often than not, and sax solos should not be ruled out. But unlike acid jazz, jazz'n'tronic seems to pay as much attention to groove as to texture, which makes it much more fun and interesting. The artists on this collection are all apparently fixtures of the Swiss underground scene; they include Stade (whose "Snipper" leads the program and provides its best moment), Ianeq (whose "La Mandarine" provides the album's best guitar solo), and Aloan (whose "Azimut" nicely combines bass clarinet with Middle Eastern female vocals). Things occasionally swing just a bit too gently, but there are more great tracks than mediocre ones.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:48
2
7:12
3
5:39
4
Goo
5:30
5 5:59
6
3:20
7
2:13
8
Goo
7:13
9 4:47
10 5:40
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