David Versace —
Okra ... LP LaSape (Australia), 2022. New Copy ...
A great mix of jazz instrumentation and contemporary rhythms from David Versace – an Australian musician who comes across here with the warmth of some of our favorite European projects from years back – such as classic records on labels like Schema or Compost! There's definitely lots of live instrumentation at the core – keyboards and saxophones especially – blended with rhythms that are both live and mixed, and always delivered with a current of warmth that matches the other instrumentation on the set! This isn't stiff jazz remix work, nor the too-beaty territory of some nujazz records – but instead a thoughtful blend of well-crafted elements, on titles that include "45 Minutes", "Heat Rays", "KP Cruisin", "Summer Party", "Awake For You", and "The More We Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Bassist/guitarist Horatio Luna heads up the Psychedelic Freaks here – group that's as funky as they are jazzy, and maybe only a bit psychedelic overall! Yet there's still plenty of fuzz and electricity in the music – nice processing on some of Luna's guitar lines, set up nice to plenty of keyboards and electronics that create some trippy 70s fusion vibes – spurred on by drums that are often heavy enough to really keep things moving, and prevent the electric elements from ever getting their wires crossed! Titles include "The Chosen Path", "To The Funk Valley", "I See Absolute", "Passing Through The Doorways Of Your Mind", and "Illuminated Waterfalls". LP, Vinyl record album