BOOZOO BAJOU: 4: CD

Boozoo Bajou - 4

It’s been more than twelve years since the duo of Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth put out their  first record, and sixteen years since they got together. This album also features the guitar of Frank Zeidler, the violin and viola and mbira thumb piano of Stefan Pötzsch, the flugelhorn of Markus Stockhausen, and the Armenian duduk of Frank Freitag, as well as the synth playing of Max Loderbauer.

This is not a dance floor shaker of an album, it’s more of an album to put on at night when you come home from work or clubbing. Turn the lights down, grab a glass of wine, or brandy, sit near the fireplace, look out the window at the rain or snow, plug-in the headphones and let the sounds wash over you. The relaxed feeling on this album really takes you away from the crap that life can throw at you and get your mind into a clearer place. Track after track of layered sounds take control of your ears and set a course for pleasure, all except the first track “Jan Mayen” which reminded me of a Herb Alpert track with the horn playing, but I can always skip that one. I can use the word lush for the sounds on this album of interesting and well done instrumentals.

I really enjoyed this album, and will let my wife listen to it, as she has started to have a love affair with ambient music. This makes me glad that there are still people out there doing more than the minimum amount of work to create music, and succeeding so very well at the hard work that they have put in.

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ANTON ZAP: Water: 12″

 

Anton Zap’s new album entitled Water is a mix of three new and four re-released songs. This artist from Moscow, Russia has a back catalogue stretching back to 2007 and a DJing career that goes back a decade further.

Kicking off with the epic, ten-minutes-plus “Water”, combining deep, brooding chords with nice atmospherics, the song flows into “Road Trip Sound” and it’s the perfect gateway into the world of Zap’s music. “Road Trip Sound” is a lot more dance floor oriented than the previous song and then we go into the ambient “Fade To What?”. A song that takes you on a nice mellow journey. “Funky Man” has a great beat and gets things moving along again, “Captain Storm” is right back into the club mode and tears things up with the more industrial “Miles And More”. “Miniature” ends off the album with another great atmospheric piece.

A very interesting album that doesn’t just mine one style of electronic music, but gives the listener a chance to explore a few genres easily. With excellent and pristine production and interesting songs, this is a great chance to catch up on his music and garner new fans.

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