Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mop Mop's Isle of Magic

Not sure exactly how to describe this hybrid of jazz, funk, afro-beat, soul and electronica -- and probably don't have the grounding to review it, but I have been really enjoying Isle of Magic from the Berlin DJ known as Mop Mop.

The album, out March 4 on Agogo Records, balances the heat of polyrhythmic, polytonal percussion with the cool, cool chill of American jazz and soul. I am particularly liking the instrumental "Phantom of the Panther" which reminds me a lot of certain Mulatu Astlake cuts ("Boogaloo"?) in the way its vibraphone shivers over a smouldery sort of beat. I also have been quite taken with Sara Sayed's Sade-ish turn on "Loa Chant". There's a sampler at the bandcamp, check it out.

Also this video

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