Julio Black / Bruno Evin / Djamel Hammadi

Man Ray, Vol. 2

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Man Ray, Vol. 2 gathers 17 tracks from a variety of sources, aptly displaying the wondrous results of creative licensing and a compiling sense that goes beyond subgenres to discover a set of tracks that simply work well together. From contemporary jazz to new age, electronica to world music (with a hip-hop track thrown in for good measure), Man Ray, Vol. 2 revels in deep breaks, earthy solos, and an impressionistic atmosphere. Jazz fans dipping a toe may be fascinated at the maturity of what electronica producers 4hero or Atjazz can do, while electronica fans may find a few jazz and groove musicians who have good production ideas as well. At times, however, it's a bit overly evocative for anything except perhaps a masseuse's waiting room. Highlights include "Baby" by Swedish duo Koop, "Think Twice" by Detroiter Jay Dee, and the groovy house number "Beloved" by New York's Osunlade. Also contributing are wide-ranging individualists Huong Thanh, Nitin Sawhney, Mychael Danna, and Deepak Ram.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Jessica
0:48
2
feat: 4hero
4:57
3
feat: Koop
3:46
4 4:29
5
feat: Streamer
3:08
6
feat: Huong Thanh
1:15
7
feat: Jay Dee
3:18
8
feat: Pete Belasco
4:20
9
feat: Axel Krygier
1:39
10 4:46
11
feat: Mato / 26 Pinel
4:47
12
feat: Atjazz / Dawne B
6:48
13
feat: Osunlade
4:33
14
feat: Projections
5:37
15
feat: Doug Willis
3:57
16 7:52
17 11:21
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