Wednesday 23 August 2023

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : , ,

Fans of Atjazz will know that there's never going to be a moment when a new release from him or Atjazz Record Company isn't going to be of the highest quality; but even then, new EPs like Mr OFFBeat show's that he/they can excel themselves.

So, you're going say, who's Mr OFFBeat? Well, it's brand new sound of Xabier 'Javi' Garayalde who previously has been known as 50% of Kyodai and 50% of Wagon Cookin' (along with his brother).

Luckily for us, it's no just his brother that he collaborated with as not only can he count on own skills as a multi-instrumentalist talents for the jazz-funk side of this project, there's his Dad on sax ready to help out.

And, dare I say it, I suspect it's Dad's input that make these four tracks, 'Zezen', 'SPXParticle', 'Synthony' and 'Synthony (alt. version) full of 70s funk-disco without sounding old or dated; even the full synthed versions of 'Synthony' (did you see what they did there?) are ready for the dancefloor and remind me of the Bear Funk collective as they had the happy knack of being able to combine disco, funk, jazz, house and more.

Particular enjoy the title track as it's got a OST/Latin vibe to it but it's all great as 'SPXParticle' will have the flute gang more than excited in a post-broken way; remember Javi has form in this area, remember Wagon Cookin's 'Passion Flute'?  Or even 'Lua' on the Compost compilation Glücklich V (co-incidence that Glücklich VI has only just been released? (see review HERE).

I prefer the instrumental Zezen style that the Garayalde family have now got going at Atjazz and I recommend it's all good for your dancing zen.

Artist: Mr OFFBeat

Title: ZEZEN

Release date: 25th August, 2023

Label : Atjazz Record Company

Catalog Number : ARC228SD Digital / Bandcamp


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