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With “Electrified” [re:jazz] present their second collection of electronic edits. Most tracks are previously unreleased and related to originals from the 2008 studio album “Nipponized”. There are also some edits of older titles from earlier albums on this CD, previously only available on vinyl or digitally. The spectrum of mixes ranges from house to reggae, and the participating artists are coming from different countries and genres. This is showing the success [re:jazz] has had with previous albums which were always inspiring artists of different genres and led to collaborations. The idea stems from recent gigs with [re:jazz] trying to play older pieces from their 2003 remix album live. The idea was to release a completely new album with remixes, and contrary to previous concerts, the live program will be adapted accordingly, thus presented with Fender Rhodes on stage rather than a grand piano. Just a bit more electrified and performed close to the remix versions of their repertoire. An intriguing approach and a challenge for all who have experienced [re:jazz] live before, since they can re-experience the pieces anew.

The line-up starts with Kiki Navarro from Pacha club Mallorca, who reinterprets and turns the secret hit from 2006 album “Expansions” into a Balearic pearl with Gabrielle. The album features his bonus reprise mix as well, a reduced version sans beats, but fully concentrating on Alice Russell’s incredibly soulful voice. Shur-I-Kan is a British producer and friend of Matthias Vogt, head behind [re:jazz]. His touch turns “MG44BB” into a hypnotic uptempo club tune refusing to be categorized into a certain style, but definitely soaring into different spheres, borrowing slightly from trance. Hailing from the UK as well, producer Atjazz treads broken beat paths with a bow towards 70s style boogie elements on “Written In The Stars”, a composition by Matthias Vogt and Inga Lühning, without even slightly sounding the least retro. “Skin Against Skin”, edited by Budapest producer team Savages Y Suefo, is a relaxed downtempo tune based on rolling hip hop beats, giving you the feeling it could just groove on through the rest of the night. Mop Mop from Italy are creating a cheek-to-cheek dance house tune. ‘Slo-mo’ house so to speak – how does that work? Well, listen for yourself.

They additionally refine their mix with a vibe track by Italian star vibe player Pasquella Mirra. Munich based Radio Utopia, who are releasing their own debut album on INFRACom! this spring, are responsible for the label’s pop appeal. “You’ll See”, actually the classic ballad of “Nipponized” and also a composition by Vogt and Lühning, turns into an electronic pop gem under their producers’ hands. Once again, our man from Gonkyburg in Sweden, Mr Andreas Saag aka Swell Session, did it. After his fantastic remix of “Release Your Mind” for the first [re:jazz] “(re-mix)” album the new Swell Session Remix of “Donaueschingen” (taken from the 2004 release “Point Of View”) is a fine British style hip hop track with a cool bossa feel. He transformed an instrumental into a full vocal meltdown of sophisticated beats and jazz featuring Atraidis on the mic.

Dusty, who has founded the young and successful Jazz & Milk label in Munich about three years ago, delivers a real jazz-not-jazz freestyle version of “Rita”, just like his exotic DJ sets that electrify with ambitious jazz melodies and heavy percussive beats. His mix is one of the highlights on the album as it shows how one can combine both worlds of electronic and real jazz in one tune without any compromises and both work perfectly together … also on the dancefloor! The original big band album cut of “People Hold On” from the 2006 release “Expansion” is transferred into a gorgeous 60’s soul-jazz influenced remix from classy French outfit Metropolitan Jazz Affair (aka Patchworks and Mr Day), featuring an elegant trumpet solo by Stephane Ronget which adds even more grace to the song. It was a great honor and pleasure for [re:jazz] that they were able to win over well know Japanese jazz singer Akiko for the recording of “Twiggy Twiggy”. Akiko is the first Japanese female singer to release on Verve (Universal Japan). With The Dynamics [re:jazz] found the perfect remixer for this tune as the crew from Lyon does something very similar with their soul/reggae cover versions as [re:jazz] does in the jazz field.


01. Star Chasers
02. Gabrielle feat. Alice Russell (Kiko Navarro Main Mix – Edit)
03. MG4BB (Shur-I-Kan Remix)
04. Written In The Stars (Atjazz Remix)
05. Skin Against Skin (Against Savages Y Suefo)
06. Luv Connection (Mop Mop Remix)
07. You’ll See (Radio Utopia Remix)
08. Donaueschingen (Swell Session Remake feat. Atradies)
09. Rita (Dusty Remix)
10. People Hold On (Metropolitan Jazz Affair Remix)
11. Twiggy Twiggy feat. Akiko (The Dynamics Remix)
12. Gabrielle feat. Alice Russell (Kiko Navarro Reprise Mix)

The album Re:jazzElectrified” (INFRACom!) is going to be released March 12, 2010.

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