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On his new album prolific producer Ben Lamdin aka Nostalgia 77 explores new territory. Unlike Ben’s previous instrumental works, “Everything Under The Sun” is a song-based collection.

Lamdin explains: “I wanted to continue developing the ideas I’ve explored in the other records, to take the emotional moods that are there and to vocalise them. I wanted to write lyrics that reflected them.”

His new album “Everything Under The Sun” is a new example of lush, atmospheric, funky jazz. The album features vocalist Lizzy Parks on the opening track “Widflower” which was picked out by Gilles Peterson as a favorite cut stating that Nostalgia 77 and Lizzy Parks were “two of my favorite acts of 2006 teaming up”. The LP also features vocalist Beth Rowley who hails from Bristol. Lamdin says he knew she was right for the project just one verse in at an impromptu audition. The use of vocalists helps create a beautiful cosmic-tinged jazz album that sounds as much classic, spiritual, and Impulse-influenced, as it does Cinematic Orchestra and Koop.

“It’s like Portishead meets Charles Mingus!” says Lamdin.

On “Everything Under The Sun” Lamdin explains that he “wanted to make welcoming music”, and “music that is open to everyone”. “Before jazz was a technical music it was an emotional and popular music, it is this kind of music we should be nostalgic for.”

“Everything Under The Sun” was engineered by Mike Pelanconi whose production credits include Graham Coxon and most recently Lily Allen’s debut LP.

More About Nostalgia 77

Ben Lamdin’s creations range from heavy funk, to hip-hop based beats mixed with dusty old jazz, obscuro funk and psych bits and pieces.

Nostalgia 77 aka Ben Lamdin first burst onto the scene with his heavy, new funk based sound in 2002. In 2004 he moved away from the distinctive raw funk of his previous singles and he branched out to explore a more downtempo and jazz infused style. Nostalgia’s sound moved to hip-hop based beats fused with dusty old jazz; obscuro funk and psych bits and pieces, repolishing and rearranging them for modern day headphone junkies.

The success of this composition lead Ben to a style he describes as “a combination of soul and jazz composition with computer based production techniques”. Coming from producing hip hop style beats he had always heard snippets of jazz tracks he loved, so the fuller musical expression of actually making his own jazz music was inevitable.

His cover version of Seven Nation Army with Alice Russell has also helped bring his “Jazz Jihad” mission to a wider audience! Aiming for an edgy sound whilst continuing to search for a more personal expression, Nostalgia 77’s influences include free and spiritual jazz as well as 60’s funk and soul and Afro sounds.

In January 2007 Nostalgia 77’s “Borderlands” won ‘Jazz Album Of The Year’ at the BBC Radio One Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, and was runner up in the ‘Session of the Year’ category.

The album Nostalgia 77Everything Under The Sun” (Tru Thoughts) has been released March 16, 2007.

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