– THE CHARM OFFENSIVE –
Influences are funny things aren’t they? We all like Herbie Hancock, Daft Punk and Robert Glasper but very few of us would know where to start if asked to create a record that sounded a bit like all of them.
And yet, that’s exactly what Danish “danceable disco jazz” quintet Abekejser have managed to do on their debut full-length Floating Through the Universe.
The title track – and third single – is undoubtedly the Daft-est track of them all, awash with vocodered lead vocals.
But underneath are Chromeo-crunching guitars and four-to-the-dance-floor drums which should be sold as a cure for haemorrhoids – so effective are they at stopping one from being able to sit down for too long.
My personal highlight is the trippy synthy breakdown just over a minute in (the bit that, weirdly, corresponds with the start of the ‘battle’ scene in the accompanying video – above). It kinda makes me want to close my eyes and pretend I’m at Pacha in the 90s…. then again, maybe not.
Floating Through the Universe is out now through JazzFuel.
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– SV –