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Oban / Oban (Todd Terje Remix) by Jaga Jazzist

A new album from Jaga Jazzist is on the way, and to whet our appetites, here is Oban, a nice little preview track pressed to transparent vinyl in a eye-scratching cover. But the real treat is the re-working from Todd Terje, which drives on and on into serious groove-town, Jazzist’s near-orchestral activities hovering beneath. 12” on Ninja Tune.

Vinyl 12" £7.49 ZEN12415

Transparent vinyl 12" on Ninja Tune.

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Oban / Oban (Todd Terje Remix) by Jaga Jazzist
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8/10 Andrew 9th June 2015

I came for the Todd Terje remix, I stayed for the original version. A big fan of the cosmic viking sound, as soon as I saw there was a remix by Terje I was sold, and to be fair he has put in a cracking effort. He takes the grooves, the spacey electronics and free jazz (ish) sprawl of the original and gives it a big kick up the arse turning it into a Morodor esque hypnotic bomb, rolling high hats adding a bit of drama, synths adding emotion and giving it that melancholic/euphoric blend that he, Lindstrom and Thomas have been doing for years that some seem to think is an innovation by Jamie XX. Perfect dance floor action for the discerning movers and shakers.

So, the original? Well the remix is superb, but the original is epic, its 11 odd minutes takes a few turns and twists, it has complexity and simple hooks. Not as immediate as the Terje version, I can see myself coming back to this time and again. It really rewards repeat listens and shoukd go down well with fans of Flying Lotus to Black Jazz or Stratus jazz aficionados, not to mention any jazz embracing balearic types. A great record, a track for now/night a track for later/sunday chin stroking. Why just 8/10? Well thats me being bitter because it was pressed on black rather than the promised transparent vinyl which would have been appropriate for this music (though I do understand pointless and supposedly less audiophile).

That said as a fan of gimmicks their album cover is a treat, so, I bought that too.


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