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Parov Stelar

Marcus Füreder a.k.a. Parov Stelar lives and works in Linz, Austria. The freedom of jazz combined with the groove of ho...

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{"key":"9303","name":"Parov Stelar","bio":"Marcus F\u00fcreder a.k.a. Parov Stelar lives and works in Linz, Austria. The freedom of jazz combined with the groove of house and breakbeat describes the character of Parov Stelar. Parov's productions address the DJ at the club as well as the listener in his easy chair.After DJ-ing in clubs in the 1990's Marcus started making music in 1998. He used his real name and the pseudonym Plasma. In 2004 he started producing under the name Parov Stelar. He founded his own record label Etage Noir Recordings the same year.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/9303_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Submotion Orchestra

Submotion Orchestra is a live 7-piece project from Leeds, incorporating deep bass-driven grooves and dense textures in t...

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{"key":"98371","name":"Submotion Orchestra","bio":"Submotion Orchestra is a live 7-piece project from Leeds, incorporating deep bass-driven grooves and dense textures in their progressive live dubstep sound.Leaving crowds inspired and often open-mouthed in their wake, this is not live dubstep to be taken lightly. The members have all cut their teeth on live dub, funk, reggae, jazz and even grime bands previously, so are no strangers to complex rhythm or rootical bass. Having been formed in early 2009 as an experimental live project, the band have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting up-and-coming acts this year.Expect to hear blissful tones and weighty sub-bass, interwoven with tight rhythmic intensity from this incredibly talented outfit.\u00a9 Submotion 2010(2) The seven-piece electronic\/jazz ensemble Submotion Orchestra combined an eclectic mix of bass, soul, ambient electronica, jazz, and dub, which was complemented by the sultry vocals of singer Ruby Wood. The project began at the request of York Arts Council, when they asked founding members Tommy Evans (Gentleman's Dub Club) and Dom \"Ruckspin\" Howard (Author) to compose a classical\/dub crossover piece to be performed at York Minster in 2009. After the success of that particular show, Evans and Howard returned to their hometown of Leeds, U.K., with a new musical vision and enough contacts to assemble the right musicians for the job. Submotion Orchestra were revered for their energetic live shows, first on a local level at their weekly residency at Leeds bar Hukaz. They soon hit the U.K. festival trail, where their music and the feel-good atmosphere they promoted made them a firm festival favorite. By 2011 they had released their debut album, Finest Hour, via Ranking Records, gaining the support of BBC Radio 6 DJ Gilles Peterson, who would continue to endorse their music for many years to come. The second album, Fragments, was released only a year later. After its release, Ninja Tune offshoot label Counter Records approached the band about releasing future material, leading to third album Alium (2014) and fourth album Colour Theory (2016). ~ Liam Martin","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/98371_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

De-Phazz

De Phazz is a downtempo jazz ensemble integrating modern turntablism and elements of soul, Latin, trip hop and drum and ...

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{"key":"15051","name":"De-Phazz","bio":"De Phazz is a downtempo jazz ensemble integrating modern turntablism and elements of soul, Latin, trip hop and drum and bass into a lounge music sound. De Phazz is led by Pit Baumgartner, a German producer who changes his crew for every new album. Some of the more permanent members are Karl Frierson and Pat Appleton. Since the release of Detunized Gravity and Godsdog, De Phazz have appeared on the radar of listeners of equally innovative and sample-driven jazz by the likes of Amon Tobin and The Cinematic Orchestra. The band has released records on Mole Listening Pearls and Universal Jazz Germany along with single releases on Edel Records and United Recordings, and also remixes existing material.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15051_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Koop

Koop is the Swedish electronic jazz duo of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson from Uppsala, Sweden, formed in 1995. Tho...

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{"key":"15033","name":"Koop","bio":"Koop is the Swedish electronic jazz duo of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson from Uppsala, Sweden, formed in 1995. Though the music may sound as if it is played by a tight jazz group, it is actually sample-based. Thousands of small clips of drums, strings, horns, and choirs are taken from old records and puzzled together into new songs. This time consuming production process is one of the reasons Koop's albums are released 4-5 years apart. The group's 3 albums all feature guest vocalists. On their latest, \"Koop Islands\", the singers are Yukimi Nagano, Ane Brun, Hilde Louise Asbjornsen, Rob Gallagher and Mikael Sundin. Also contributing to the percussion, solos, and bass are Mattias St\u00e5hl, Magnus Lindgren, Karl Frid, Nils Berg, Martin H\u00f6per, Ola Bothz\u00e9n, Dan Berglund and Mats Lindfors.Live, Koop transforms into a 7-9 piece swing orchestra including 1-3 singers. The lineup varies from time to time.Koop prefers to label their music \"romantic swingtronica\".","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15033_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

4hero

4hero are a UK act based in Dollis Hill, North-West London. The main members of this group are Dennis 'Dego' McFarlane a...

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{"key":"8665","name":"4hero","bio":"4hero are a UK act based in Dollis Hill, North-West London. The main members of this group are Dennis 'Dego' McFarlane and Mark 'Marc Mac' Clair. As well as being a recording artists, they also run the Reinforced record label.They are renowned as pioneers and frontrunners in jungle and drum and bass, and the group obtained a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their 1998 album Two Pages. Their style was initially uptempo breakbeat house and techno, and has progressed to hardcore, jungle, and drum 'n' bass. Comparisons have been drawn between them and East London band Shut Up and Dance, with both bands evolving in the early 1990s as a rapprochement between the breakbeat-driven African-diasporic musical structures of hip-hop and reggae, and the dark, European reconstruction of the techno sound popularised by the likes of Joey Beltram, CJ Bolland, and Mundo Muzique. 4hero both embraced the dynamics of populist rave culture, and maintained an avant-garde status as innovative and experimental producers. They trail blazed genre-crossing studio techniques like timestretching and pitch-shifting.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/8665_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Nicola Conte

Nicola Conte is a DJ and producer from Bari, Italy known for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorpora...

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{"key":"17486","name":"Nicola Conte","bio":"Nicola Conte is a DJ and producer from Bari, Italy known for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorporates bossa nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960's, easy listening themes, and ethnic Indian music.Conte, a classically-trained musician, is mastermind of a collective of acid jazz revivalists, \"The Fez collective\" (and originally a member of the group Fez Combo), based in the Italian town of Bari, and the Schema label, their record label for promoting their distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz.Conte's first album was Jet Sounds of 2000. The single \"Bossa Per Due\" gained international recognition and was an underground hit. It was used almost immediately for a prime-time commercial for Acura automobiles. The album was licensed for American distribution by Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label in the summer of 2001 as Bossa Per Due, and was slightly reconfigured version of the Italian Jet Sounds album. This was followed by the Jet Sounds Revisited remix album in late 2002. Two years later, Blue Note's French subsidiary released Conte's next album Other Directions.Conte also produced albums by other artists such as Paolo Achenza Trio.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17486_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jazzamor

Jazzamor is a German musical duo which consists of Bettina Mischke and Roland Grosch. Their music combines elements of l...

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{"key":"17492","name":"Jazzamor","bio":"Jazzamor is a German musical duo which consists of Bettina Mischke and Roland Grosch. Their music combines elements of lounge music, jazz and bossanova.When singer Bettina Mischke and keyboard player Roland Grosch decided to found Jazzamor in 2001 they perhaps did not imagine that their minimalistic lounge arrangements would take off so quickly. Two albums in three years have highlighted their productivity as they firm out their smoothe 60s jazzy sounds in Europe's main languages. The albums' commercial success have decided the pair on plunging into the live circuit with the same passion they brought to their recordings.In 2006 they released their third studio album \"Travel\u2026 (In Order Not To Arrive)\". A trip around the world in music. Each song is placed at a special setting in the world. Sometimes it's the language, other times it's an instrument, a rhythm or a story that brings us on a journey to a distant country or a city. Sometimes it's just a wishful dream, other times tales of being there.Links:Wikipedia: Jazzamor","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17492_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Micatone

German electronic/jazz band: Boris Meinhold (guitar, synth), Tim Kroker (drums), Sebastian 'Hagen' Demmin (keyboards; wo...

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{"key":"17564","name":"Micatone","bio":"German electronic\/jazz band: Boris Meinhold (guitar, synth), Tim Kroker (drums), Sebastian 'Hagen' Demmin (keyboards; worked as a live keyboarder with Daft Punk), Lisa Bassenge (vocals), Stefan Rogall (programming) and Paul Kleber (kontrabass).After the splendid albums \"Nine Songs\" and \"Is You Is\", Micatone present their third album \"Nomad Songs\" on Sonarkollektiv. Their first two albums were more electronically influenced and showed their studio production abilities. For \"Nomad Songs\", Micatone aims to present songs that work either plugged in or unplugged.For further information (in German): http:\/\/www.micatone.de","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17564_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Bugge Wesseltoft

PHOTO: #cfwesenberg Bugge Wesseltoft (born February 1, 1964) is a Norwegian jazz musician, pianist, composer and produ...

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{"key":"17566","name":"Bugge Wesseltoft","bio":"PHOTO: #cfwesenberg Bugge Wesseltoft (born February 1, 1964) is a Norwegian jazz musician, pianist, composer and producer. Played in the band New Conception of Jazz, but he is only doing solo concerts now. He has his own label named Jazzland Records. In the 1990s, Bugge has made a transition from Nordic jazz traditions exemplified by the ECM record label to a style sometimes referred to as \"future jazz\" or nu jazz. He has played with Jan Garbarek.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17566_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Ladi6

Ladi6 is one of New Zealand's premier vocalists and MCs.Starting her musical career in Christchurch, New Zealand, Ladi6 ...

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{"key":"128500","name":"Ladi6","bio":"Ladi6 is one of New Zealand's premier vocalists and MCs.Starting her musical career in Christchurch, New Zealand, Ladi6 was part of the all-girl hip-hop group Sheelahroc. Sheelahroc had the hit track \"If I Gave You The Mic\" and Ladi6 was nominated for Best Vocalist\/MC at the 2003 bNet music awards.Ladi6 then moved to Auckland with her band Verse Two who quickly gained a reputation as a top New Zealand live soul\/hip-hop group. They won the bNet best new act award in 2004, toured New Zealand with packed shows and supported international acts such as The Roots and De La Soul.Ladi6's vocals feature on stand-out tracks by some of Aotearoa's finest talent, including Shapeshifter, Scribe, Fat Freddys Drop and 50 Hz.Ladi6 is currently recording her debut solo album with Mu from Fat Freddy's Drop and Parks.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/128500_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Beady Belle

Beady Belle is a result of collaboration between Beate S. Lech and Marius Reksjø which began at the University of Oslo....

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{"key":"17926","name":"Beady Belle","bio":"Beady Belle is a result of collaboration between Beate S. Lech and Marius Reksj\u00f8 which began at the University of Oslo. As music students the two started playing together in bands such as \u201cInsertcoin\u201d and Folk & R\u00f8vere, a project where Beate was the lead singer up until their third album (1999).In 1999 Beate was asked by Bugge Wesseltoft to make a record for Jazzland rec. He gave her freedom to make the record she wanted. Beate meant that the best way to really make a record of her own was to make it completely by herself - composing, arranging, text writing, programming, recording and producing. Since she had a studio at home, she would do as much as possible there, on her own Macintosh computer.After a while Marius contributed more to the creation of the record. Dividing up the labour, Marius took care of the groove elements and Beate was in charge of the melodies, harmonies and lyrics, with some exceptions both ways. Since the work was done in private surroundings, the record was entitled \u201cHome\u201d. Most of the recordings were done in Beate\u2019s 6 meters flat in Oslo except for the strings, vibraphone and drums, which were done in Bugge\u2019s room (Bugge Wesseltoft's studio).Because of the co-operation between Beate and Marius, the project name \u201cBeate S. Lech\u201d was abandoned and \u201cBeady Belle\u201d was created. Beady Belle worked solidly on this record for one and a half years.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17926_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote are a 4-piece independent future soul group based in Melbourne, performing on occasion with 3 additional ...

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{"key":"27387","name":"Hiatus Kaiyote","bio":"Hiatus Kaiyote are a 4-piece independent future soul group based in Melbourne, performing on occasion with 3 additional backing singers.Their sound is a fusion of future beats, hip-hop and soul with subtler influences of Latin, dubstep and opera. Since forming in mid 2011, Hiatus Kaiyote have already shared the bill with such acts as Stones Throw Record\u2019s Taylor McFerrin, Warp legends Chris Clark and Harmonic 313 and sound genius Robin Fox, Brainfeeder\u2019s Lapalux and oOoOO as well as playing bills at Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and headlined at stage at the final The Bohemian Masquerade Ball.Hiatus Kaiyote's chief songwriter is Nai Palm, who pens intricate compositions, rich with colour and mystery, that are well beyond her 23 years of age . With her unique honey-velvet voice, she is supported by three of Melbourne's finest and most versatile musician\/producers. Keyboardist Simon Mavin, who has graced the stage with such bands such as Australia\u2019s premier soul outfit The Bamboos, rock jazz freakout crew Whitesploitation, reggae masters The Red Eyes and funk heavyweights The Firemen. Paul Bender on bass, laptop and guitar is a graduate of Miami Florida's indie, experimental and improvised music scenes, but with a passion for stank-funk basslines. Drummer Perrin Moss is a powerhouse of beats both jilted and slick and an experienced MC, producer, percussionist and turntabilist and is the former frontman of ten piece Blue Mountains hip-hop band Jumbledat, Perrin has collaborated with other crews such as Thundamentals.In their short time as a band they have fused a unique sound held together by Nai Palm's smoke drenched vocals and innovative melodies, Simon Mavin\u2019s hands on knowledge of synthesizers, keyboards, Latin and jazz structures, Perrin Moss's slippery drum beats and soul clap rhythms and Paul Benders waterfall thumbs of bass guitar and sample wizardry.Their first residency, held on Tuesdays at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy Melbourne was extended from 4 weeks to four months due to popular demand. They sold out The Northcote Social Club for their EP launch (April 5th 2012) and received strong turnouts at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane and Goodgod Small Club in Sydney as part of their debut tour in aid of the release.They will be performing at SXSW in 2013, and have launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for the trip.Nai Palm - vocals, guitar, keysPerrin Moss - drums, percussion, electronicsPaul Bender - bass, electronicsSimon Mavin - keys, synths, electronicshttp:\/\/hiatuskaiyote.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/27387_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Kyoto Jazz Massive

Kyoto Jazz Massive is a musical project specialising in broken beat and electronic styles, consisting of the two brother...

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{"key":"17113","name":"Kyoto Jazz Massive","bio":"Kyoto Jazz Massive is a musical project specialising in broken beat and electronic styles, consisting of the two brothers Okino Shuya (\u6c96\u91ce\u4fee\u4e5f) and Okino Yoshihiro (\u6c96\u91ce\u597d\u6d0b). Although the brothers have been DJ's since the late 1980's, they have been remixing and composing as far back as the early 1990's.Since they formed Kyoto Jazz Massive as a DJ unit in the beginning of 90's, they have built a Japanese Jazz Crossover Music scene in Japan and also succesfully built a following overseas. In 1994 they released their first production; a compilation CD entitled \"Kyoto Jazz Massive V.A\". After that, they contracted with Compost Records in Germany in 2000 and released their first single \"Eclipse \/Silent Messenger\" from that label. After releasing it, this track won first place on the BBC Radio One Chart and was evaluated highly worldwide. In the same year, they released their second single \"Substream\" successively. In 2002, they finally released their first album \"Spirit Of The Sun\" which was received to widespread global acclaim. As well as their own works and compositions, they have also released a steady flow of remixes which have helped solidify their reputation as highly sought after producers. As DJ's, they have been playing regularly not only in Japan but all over the world including England, Germany, Italy, France, America and so on. Their unique sound and live performances continue to amaze and attract new fans from people all over the world.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17113_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Kammerflimmer Kollektief is a German musical group, founded by Thomas Weber, consisting of Heike Aumüller, Johannes Fri...

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{"key":"17932","name":"Kammerflimmer Kollektief","bio":"Kammerflimmer Kollektief is a German musical group, founded by Thomas Weber, consisting of Heike Aum\u00fcller, Johannes Frisch. They play a mixture of jazz, noise, electronic music, free jazz and experimental music. Formed in 1996 in Karlsruhe, Germany (then with following members: Thomas Weber, Heike Aum\u00fcller, Johannes Frisch, Christopher Brunner, Heike Wendelin, and D. Wurm), they have released to date nine albums and have appeared on many jazz and electronic compilation albums.http:\/\/www.kammerflimmer.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17932_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Clutchy Hopkins

Clutchy Hopkins is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, covered in tape hiss, and deep-fried in a pot of melted funk.Clutchy ...

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{"key":"13519","name":"Clutchy Hopkins","bio":"Clutchy Hopkins is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, covered in tape hiss, and deep-fried in a pot of melted funk.Clutchy Hopkins is the son of a Motown recording engineer. As a young man, Clutchy traveled the globe exploring exotic music, rhythms, and mysticism. He worked at recording studios in Bombay to Cairo and studied musical techniques of the Cahuilla Indians, Rinzai Zen monks in Japan, and tribal drummers in Ethiopia. Returning to the U.S. in the \u201990s, Clutchy worked as a session musician on obscure funk and jazz records; he was rumored to have collaborated with Moondog.Clutchy recorded most of the music he created throughout his journeys, but never attempted to release it. He refused to be credited for his session gigs and only accepted cash payments for his work. There are practically no records of his existence. Sometime during the late 20th century, Clutchy Hopkins disappeared without a trace. His last known whereabouts were in Hawthorne, California.In 2005, a crate of reel-to-reel tapes was discovered amid boxes of old, home-made musical instruments and electronics at a flea market outside Los Angeles. The trail from these tapes led to a woman named Kelly Hopkins: Clutchy\u2019s daughter, the only person still in contact with him. Kelly obtained his permission to release some music and even persuaded him to collaborate with young new artists. Clutchy\u2019s exact whereabouts remain a mystery. According to Kelly, he currently resides in a cave somewhere in the Mojave Desert.In 2006 Clutchy Hopkins released his solo debut album titled The Life Of Clutchy Hopkins. Five albums have been released on Ubiquity Records, including two solo albums titled, Walking Backwards, and The Story Teller, two collaborative albums with Shawn Lee, titled Clutch of the Tiger, and Fascinating Fingers, and one collaborative album with Lord Kenjamin, titled Music Is My Medicine The Life of Clutchy Hopkins has two sister projects available through underground channels, including the 2004 album by Misled Children titled People's Market and the 2006 album titled MF Doom Meets Clutchy Hopkins. (2) Who exactly is Clutchy Hopkins? That's the million-dollar question that became a favorite topic on various Internet chat boards when a dozen undeniably funky and up-to-date instrumental beat tracks, each one titled only by its running time, appeared as The Life of Clutchy Hopkins in 2006 from the Misled Children imprint. Hopkins, it appeared, was either a clever media creation or actually an aging revolutionary savant effortlessly in touch with the music of the 21st century. A mystery man dressed up as a stylish enigma, he really seemed too good to be true. The \"official\" bio for Hopkins seemed preposterous at best, telling the story of the son of a Motown recording engineer who traveled to Japan in his twenties to study with Rinzai monks, then to India to study Raja yoga, and from there Hopkins, so the story goes, journeyed to Nigeria to study percussion, becoming as well a gun-runner and revolutionary. Returning to the U.S., Hopkins reportedly recorded with numerous jazz, funk, and avant combos from the early '70s through the late '90s, always refusing to have his name cited on any of the projects. Tapes of his own music were supposedly uncovered at a swap meet in the Mojave Desert on reels simply marked C. Hopkins and accompanied by a handwritten autobiographical manuscript. Hopkins is now, so the story continues, either a busking beach hobo in Southern California or a recluse living in a cave in the Mojave Desert. All of this was understandably difficult to swallow, and theories about Hopkins' actual identity have ranged from MF Doom to DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, or one of or all of the Beastie Boys moonlighting and pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. The one clear thing is that the music on The Life of Clutchy Hopkins is a marvelously concocted and amazingly fresh and contemporary mesh of funk, hip-hop, jazz, and straight-out weird orchestral psychedelia (Hopkins reportedly played all the instruments, which include drums, bass, guitar, organ, flute, melodica, and assorted percussion, himself) that suggests Mr. Hopkins must have had a pretty good Internet connection in that Mojave cave. The Clutchy Hopkins legend continued when Ubiquity Records released the set Walking Backwards (a CD of music and a DVD of supposed \"confessionals\" from folks who reportedly knew or met Hopkins) in 2008. Music Is My Medicine, attributed to Hopkins and Lord Kenjamin, appeared in 2009, again from Ubiquity Records. The story continued in 2010 with The Storyteller, which was reported delivered to Ubiquity on a banged-up iPod complete with a spoken word reading of the history of the recording done in ten different languages. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/13519_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

United Future Organization

Pioneers of the Japanese acid-jazz sound, the United Future Organization comprised Tokyo club DJs Tadashi Yabe, Toshio M...

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{"key":"16840","name":"United Future Organization","bio":"Pioneers of the Japanese acid-jazz sound, the United Future Organization comprised Tokyo club DJs Tadashi Yabe, Toshio Matsuura and French expatriate Raphael Sebbag. Joining forces in 1990, the trio quickly emerged as a leading force on the Tokyo underground club scene, making their recorded debut the next year with the 12-inch \"I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Jazz); \" \"Loud Minority\/Moon Dance\" followed in mid-1992, becoming a cult favorite on club circuits ranging from London to Hamburg to New York City. UFO's debut LP Jazzin' 91-93 appeared that September, the same month the trio made their triumphant British debut at London's Fridge club; an American record deal was not forthcoming until 1994, however, with a self-titled collection appearing on Verve Forecast. No Sound Is Too Taboo followed in 1995, with United Future Organization resurfacing in 1997 with 3rd Perspective. In 2000 the trio returned with the album, Bon Voyage on Instinct.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16840_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Metropolitan Jazz Affair

Metropolitan Jazz Affair is a Lyon France based jazz band created in 2002 with :Eric "Mr Day" Duperray : vocals, guitarS...

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{"key":"17482","name":"Metropolitan Jazz Affair","bio":"Metropolitan Jazz Affair is a Lyon France based jazz band created in 2002 with :Eric \"Mr Day\" Duperray : vocals, guitarSt\u00e9phane Ronget : flugehorn, trumpet, trombone and back vocalsBenjamin Devigne : grand piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organBruno \"Patchworks\" Hovart : bass, doublebass, programmings\"MJA\" tends to make the connnection between jazz and soul music, with various influences, from the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas or more actual sounds like the Roots, Roy Ayers\u2026.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17482_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

S-Tone Inc.

S-Tone Inc. has been for over ten years the primary music project of Stefano Tirone, musician from Milan, whose first mu...

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{"key":"17588","name":"S-Tone Inc.","bio":"S-Tone Inc. has been for over ten years the primary music project of Stefano Tirone, musician from Milan, whose first music experiences date back to the early 80\u2019s, during the new wave era (with tracks included into \"Gathered\" and \"Body Section\", two compilations released by the magazine Rockerilla), but who, as a producer, starts working in the early 90\u2019s, alternating house production to funky productions.The influence of the British acid jazz scene of the early 90\u2019s and his deep love for the 70\u2019s soul and jazz music are the foundations of the S-Tone Inc. project, that starts in 1992 with the track Get Freaky Now, the received great appreciation in the UK and represents one of the earliest examples of made in Italy acid jazz music. His debut album was released in 1996 on the Milano 2000\/Ishtar label under the title Love Unlimited and contains the track Ainda Sonhar, a composition that as the forerunner of the nu bossa genre and that got included into tens of compilations all over the world.In 1997 he releases under the name Cosmorama a monothematic drum and bass project entitled \"Space Odyssey\". Mainly through the third album under the name S-Tone Inc., released in 2002 on Schema\/Ishtar and entitled Sobrenatural, he refines his style, made of Brazilian, soul and jazz influences, without forgetting the experiences that he\u2019d made with various Italian and British DJ\u2019s in the house music scene. He worked with Italian and British labels, such as Schema, Irma, Acid Jazz, Centrestage. In 2004, he produced Toco, a Brazilian artist, with the aim to revive the bossa nova tradition of the 60\u2019 with an updated taste. Both Sobrenatural and Instala\u00e7\u00e3o Do Samba by Toco were released in France on the label Bonsa\u00ef Music. During 2004, he produced his new album Luz Y Sombra with the participation of various musicians from the Milan jazz scene and Brazil, with the intention to take a more acoustic direction than he had in the past, making a more discreet and minimal use of electronic.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17588_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Moodorama

Founded 1998, their first Trip-Hop/Downbeat Album "Basement Music" was released and received rave reviews from Labels li...

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{"key":"17595","name":"Moodorama","bio":"Founded 1998, their first Trip-Hop\/Downbeat Album \"Basement Music\" was released and received rave reviews from Labels like Compost Records and Stereo Deluxe. For the highly acclaimed follow-up album \"Music for collapsing people\" with bangin' tracks like \"Sinzing Sunset Boulevard\" or \"Viama\", Moodorama teamed up with the famous Label Stereo Deluxe rec. In 2002, Audiopharm\/SPV contacted the Moodorama-crew. Both parties decided to work together and consequently two albums were dropped out: \"Listen\", a smart and homogenous concept album, and \"Mystery in a cup of tea\", an unusual discussion between material and music, more sharp-edged than the earlier album but nevertheless a suitable companion for all walks of life. Despite this versatility the album nevertheless pursues the characteristic style of Moodorama. In addition to that, countless Licensing agreements for well-known Compilations like - Caf\u00e9 del Mar, brazilectro, Hugo Boss Complete Cool, Supperclub, The Karma Collection, Chillen & Grillen, The white room or the Erotic Lounge - were chosen.Their latest album is called \"My Name Is Madness\", released in 2006 under the label Mole Listening Pearls.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17595_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Benny Sings

Benny Sings - Art (2011)Benny Sings has finally graduated. With his new album Art, which was released on 27 May 2011, th...

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{"key":"16353","name":"Benny Sings","bio":"Benny Sings - Art (2011)Benny Sings has finally graduated. With his new album Art, which was released on 27 May 2011, the multifaceted producer\/composer\/singer feels that it has all come together. \u2018Making albums is a learning process. After every album I felt as if I completed another year at the Benny Sings Music University. And Art is my graduation project. It\u2019s the finale to my ten years of toil. I now have my diploma. It represents my first work as a mature artist \u2013 my first real \u201cwork of art\u2019\u2019.\u2019With Art, Benny Sings believes that he has properly applied all his ideas around composition, his philosophy of music and his experience as a producer. But he was also able to let go of all of this baggage \u2013 since process should always remain elusive. \u2018Sometimes a good text, a good composition and good production come together to make an okay song. It works but nothing more than that. Meanwhile, sometimes a bad text, a bad arrangement and bad production can fuse into something really amazing. Somehow the song becomes greater than its parts. It has that something extra \u2013 it\u2019s magical. You can never predict when this will happen. Sometimes it occurs when you break all the rules, and other times it happens when you just follow them. Either way, it\u2019s always a surprise. For this album I wanted to focus less on production and song writing and more on that one magic moment.\u2019By focusing on those special moments, Benny came up with a collection of seemingly warm and carefree songs. Listeners will soon find themselves singing or humming along. And this is exactly how Benny lures you in. But those already familiar with his music also know that his light-footedness comes packed with much pain, sadness, life lessons and reflections. The music and melodies may act to make it all sound as fresh and breezy as a summer dress, but that does not mean it\u2019s all happy-go-lucky. In fact the opposite is true: nothing is what it seems. And it\u2019s this contrast that makes his songs so strong and compelling. His work can be compared to Burt Bacharach, who elevates his saddest love songs with catchy melodies and a sing-a-long so that they have the lightness of a sunrise and the atmosphere of class, style, beauty and good taste. At first, listeners may not notice a song\u2019s actual subject or the displayed musical virtuosity but when the penny drops, and it all comes together, it becomes a true work of art.This is particularly true with Benny Sing's Art. The music has depth and layering but you will have to dig for it. Either you love Benny or you don\u2019t. You will understand it or you won\u2019t. Benny Sings is too outspoken, deep, eccentric and difficult for there to be a middle road. Those who really listen and get absorbed by these little artworks by this Amsterdam multi-instrumentalist will be taken to a new universe that will settle deeply into their heads. This is Benny\u2019s familiar modus operandi, which may come based on a hip hop or disco beat, and always with an ever changing array of instruments.Benny Sings before ArtSince his first album Champagne People (2003), Benny Sings has deeply impressed press and public alike. Universally acclaimed by reviewers ('rare and innovative', 'a revelation!'), this debut immediately put Benny Sings on the musical map. He played large festivals and won prizes, including the 2004 Essent Award. The album also received good reviews outside his native Netherlands and was released on vinyl internationally via Kindred Spirits\/Rush Hour. His second album I Love You (2005) was also warmly received around the world. The famous BBC DJ Gilles Peterson became a fan and Benny\u2019s song \u2018Little Donna\u2019 became a hit in France on Radio Nova. A small tour through Europe followed, and he also made headway into Japan. With his third album Benny\u2026 at Home (2007), Benny was already an established name and rave reviews started to come out of the US, including a front page piece on www.okayplayer.com (which as the website of Questlove and The Roots rates as busiest hip hop site on the planet).And now there\u2019s Art. It\u2019s a shame that the term \u2018Pop Art\u2019 already exists. It could have been the perfect name for the genre that Benny Sings has unconsciously invented.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16353_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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