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Jazztronik - Samurai
USA 12" ( New)
Heavy support from Gilles Peterson, Danny Krivit and David Love Jones( www.africanrhythmsradio.com)
Samurai - Album Mix
Samurai - 12" Mix
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NYC's fine Chez Music imprint. Originally a Japan-only release, "Samurai is a piano-driven stormer which skillfully straddles the line between West London broken beat and house with a shuffling beat that constantly keeps you guessing, and great vocals highlighted by an electrifying breakdown. The track also gets a sneakily gorgeous vibe from the soaring keyboard arrangement that develops patiently over its twelve-plus epic minutes, winding its way through a series of changes that avoid sounding forced or indulgent. It's been getting play from the likes of Gilles Peterson, and should appeal to everyone from Bugz In The Attic fans to deep house heads, as well as open-minded dancefloors of any stripe. I've been playing out the white label to great reactions over the past few months. To give you an idea of just how good this track is, Danny Krivit actually declined to do an edit of it when offered the chance because he thought there was nothing he could do to improve on it! Includes album and extended 12" mixes. Recommended.
There are many enchanting places in the world. Most of us will live a lifetime without seeing a fraction of them; some of us are lucky enough to glimpse a few. For many of us, music serves as a vehicle to take us to those places. Jazztronik's new LP "Samurai" is one such vehicle, transporting us off to tranquil Japanese gardens on the wheels of accomplished pianist Ryota Nazaki.
Nazaki's classical training is evident