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Friday, May 23 2003 | 16:01

Hailing from Sweden Andreas Saag’s productions always hit the spot. As Stateless, Swell Session or Samuel L Sessions, Saag’s music has appeared on labels like Freerange, Compost, and Hollow and there is massive demand for his remix skills.

The brand new Stateless ‘Art Of No State’ album on Ubiquity is a deep and soulful featuring the likes of fellow Gothenburg residents Yukimi Nagano (of Koop), Elsa Hedberg and Jonatan Backelie. Tracks such as ‘All Of A Sudden’ and ‘Too Late’ draw on the traditions of Scandinavian jazz music pulling them into the 21st century by fusing sublime songwriting and vocals with fat breaks and bass lines that will not fail to make you move.

‘Art Of No State’ is a deep and soulful album that features the likes of fellow Gothenburg residents Yukimi Nagano (Koop), Elsa Hedberg and Jonatan Backelie. This predominantly song-based album oozes with good vibes and a depth that belies his age. Tracks such as ‘All Of A Sudden’ and ‘Too Late’ draw on the traditions of Scandinavian jazz music whilst pulling them kicking and screaming into the 21st century by fusing sublime songwriting and vocals with fat breaks and bass lines that move you. ‘Bringin’ Me down’ and a track this is a perfect blend of latin, jazz, funk, soul and broken beat ‘Falling Into’ (now established as a classic at the UK “Co-op” club) show far more of a soulful side to Saag productions. He can be minimal and funky enough to move the dancefloor but keeps enough melody and harmony to entice even the most jaded of music lovers out there.

Saag was influenced by his father’s love of electronic music. Artists such as Brian Eno and 60’s soundtrack experimentalist David Axelrod were inspiration to create progressive and original tracks. Another major influence is jazz legend Herbie Hancock, who was the motivation to master improvisation skills on his first instrument, the keyboard. Saag started playing the piano at the age of six and discovered techno and other experimental music when he was 14. Today Saag is involved in several projects and never one to be confined to a particular style, he records techno for Samuel L. Sessions’ SLS label as Fleebite as well as experimental pop with his vocal partner Jonatan Backelie. On top of all this, Andreas Saag also manages to find the time for some globe trotting DJ antics with recent gigs taking him all around Europe as well as a tour of Japan and a US tour scheduled this year. He’s also been asked to prepare a mix CD for Gilles Peterson’s worldwide show on Radio 1 and syndicated out across the world.

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