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Light as a feather and colorful as the autumn and spring: the new album of Kuniyuki Takahashi, sometimes known as Koss, is an affair of the heart. It spreads love while revealing that the man from Tokyo is one of the finest Japanese producers at the frontier of classic , ambient, electronic, jazz and house songwriting. He is also a man of collaborations and already worked together with such one off a kind artists like Innervisions jazz house icon Henrik Schwarz .
Under his second nom de plume Koss he also produced beside lots of albums and EPs a jazz infiltrated ambient trip together with the Swedish Minilogue boys Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert. His new album features guests like Bugge Wesseltoft, New Wave legend Anne Clark, Henrik Schwarz – just to name a few.
The album opens with „Before Creation“ – a slow ambient intro enriched with a sweet piano phrase, strings, and a clandestine loop driven rhythm. Then comes “Inner Groove“ a composition in which Norway’s terrific jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft jams playful to an airy rhythm arrangement that reminds partly on Herbie Hancocks spiritual “Rain Dance“ and that grooves with a Jaco Pastorius funk bass coolness.
Thereon Kuniyuki travels to Africa, drops an earthly rhythm and let the singer Sona Diabaté from the West African Republic of Guinea hum soulful together with a wild but noble touching African guitar melody. All those who are familiar with Kuniyuki’s work know about his passion for house music made by such heroes like José “Cochise“ Claussell. With the track “Shout” he assures this love while using electrifying percussion beats that dance around deep melancholic saxophone melodies played by Tetsuro Kawashima, one of Japan’s most famous saxophone players.
Then follows the guitar mojo ambient composition “The Big Wall“ which functions like a little bridge that ease the listener before entering the second part of the album. This starts with the dancefloor bomb “The Session 2“ – which Kuniyuki produced with his longtime buddy Henrik Schwarz. A house track full of stirring jazz flute madness and rhodes driven chords that got everything it takes to put a smile on the lips of dancers who like to enjoy jazzy mood experiments.
|1||Before Creation||Add to Playlist||Play|
|2||Inner Groove (feat Bugge Wesseltoft)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|3||Africa Univers (feat Sona Diabate)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|4||Shout (feat Tetsuro Kawashima)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|5||The Big Wall||Add to Playlist||Play|
|6||The Session 2 (feat Henrik Schwarz)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|7||Between Shadow & Lights (feat Anne Clark)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|8||Get Up With You (feat Fumio Itabashi)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|9||After Creation||Add to Playlist||Play|
|10||Forest Song (feat Joyce Bowden)||Add to Playlist||Play|
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