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Sampling bad compilations....
on 17 September 2012
I was aimlessly picking out cheap compilations of electronic music on Amazon the other day and either I'd heard all the tracks (or already owned them) and ones I didn't know, I played the short sample MP3's.
I was hoping to find something unusual and magical and as soon as the jazzy, 'Moby'-like Rose Rouge played, with its busy percussion and deep-south jazz vocals, I knew that I had to own a proper album with it on.
I'd never heard of St Germain and was encouraged by both the large body of work available and the number of positive reviews, here on Amazon. Sampling as many MP3's as I could, to try and narrow down which single album had the most of the ones I liked, it was this 'Tourist'.
I love jazz but it usually was recorded yonks ago and is mono and just not 'with it' enough. Mixing funky and hip-hop sort of rhythmic overtones to the jazz makes for an infectious, modern take that is universal and extremely listenable. You can either play it intently - totally immersed via headphones or loud on a hifi or have it tinkling along in the background.