Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint is constantly upping the ante when it comes to fusing deep electronic production and the freedom of jazz playing. Here Jazz quintet Kneebody pair up with equally face-paced and ever changing producer Daedelus. Aptly titled Kneedleus their two worlds collide, with a high energy burst, where you can’t really tell which is taking the lead… if, infact, any of them are!
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Sometimes Daedelus records are just too...you know... Daedelus for mass consumption but here in collaboration with instrumental quintet Kneebody he may have just come up with the jazz tronic grooves to catapult him towards the Fly Lo's and Kam-Wash's of this world. I'm just listening to a couple of slices of this opus and 'Platforming' has the right summer jazz chops you'd expect from Brainfeeder, the live band really helping to move the thing on and it includes the most horrific endless sax skronk that will be 'music' to the ears of our Robin. Elsewhere 'Drum Battles' is a marvellous vibes and drum off living up to the albums promise of blending together live playing and computer wizardry. It's like Weather Report as re-imagined by Prefuse 73.
This idea of live playing music that often is produced by one man, a laptop and a load of old soul and jazz samples has also been covered recently by Badbadnotgood which some of this record reminds me off but it also goes waaaaay further into crazed 70s styled fusion. The only caveat is watch out there's a sax about but on initial plays this sounds like the kind of wild ride that will appeal to jazz nodders and electronic heads alike.
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