New label Dub Forest impress with their latest release
Russian label Dub Forest only launched this year, but even after just a handful of promos their name on an email is enough to get this reviewer's musical tastebuds tingling. This, their second release, is just one example of why.
It's a two-track affair. On the A, Modern Jazz starts out sounding like a playable but fairly standard issue deep, soulful house groove, predicated around shuffling percussion and a nagging, plangent one-note piano riff, joined as the track progresses by a mournful sax line. But then at least four different vocal lines come in: a soulful male one saying "bringing me...", a female voice laughing, a second female one saying "ye-ea-eah" and a spoken, 1950s radio announcer-type one saying "modern jazz". It's the interplay between these vocal snips and a now further developed piano part that make Modern Jazz something truly special. That's the cake; the icing is the B's Necessary Motive, a collaboration with Mangaka that's just as deep and sumptuous as the A, but packs a little more welly in the bottom end, as well as a full soul vocal.
If deep, soulful house is your bag, then trust me - this is way beyond "standard issue". Go seek.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 15 April
Review Score: 9