Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an even starker sound overall, as core acoustic percussion bits are worked into contemporary rhythm programs – then topped with some of the crackling electric touches that you'd expect – often with a warmer sound than other projects of this nature, but a groove that's plenty driving overall. Titles include "Babilonia", "Morro Da Formiga", "Dende", "Borel", "Vidigal", "Rocinha", "Prazeres", and "Complexo Do Alemao" – plus remixes "Babilonia (Rick Wilhite dub)", "Borel (Jonas Kopp my vision of samba rmx)", and "Borel (Nxi rmx)". CD
A fantastic compilation of jazzy and soulful grooves from Scandinavia – one that features lots of previously unissued tracks! The package was put together by the Raw Fusion team from Stockholm, but it does a good job of pulling together bits from all over the Scandinavian scene – with a special ear for tracks that are steeped in the older jazz and fusion traditions of the north, surfacing again in some of the best new music of recent years. The whole thing's great – a really really mighty package of grooves that grabs us like the best on Compost these days – and titles include "Raw" by Beatfanatic, "Little Things" by Lindberg Hemmer Foundation with Mark Murphy, "Million Ways" by Povo, "Superpower" by Damn, "Close Your Eyes" by Jan Lundgren Trio, "Late Night Junction" by Stockholm Cyclo, "Zodiac" by 3 Foot People, and "Tudo Esta Previsto" by A Bossa Eletrica. CD