2020 Jan 10     
2 Bit Thugs

It's only the second release from Michele Chiavarini's SPRY Records label

"Take care of the music and the music will take care of you," says the spoken vocal here. And with The Jazzcodes comprised of a bunch of acclaimed session musicians who've worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter and Ricky Martin, all under the watchful eye of Italian producer, multi-instrumentalist, Sunburst Band alumnus and label boss Michele Chiavarini, take care of the music they certainly have.

There are five mixes on the EP, though only three that really count as the last two are simple Radio Edits of the first two. Up first is the lead Jazz IQ Mix, a lively little rumpshaker replete with Hammonds, jazz-funk guitar, parping horns and the inevitable soaraway saxophone. That's followed by the stripped-back Take Care Of The Dub, and then the Mo' Jazzy Dub, a looped-up, club-friendly pass with a fat-ass slap bassline and sampled, spoken vocal all of its own.

If you're not a fan of jazz-house – and not everyone is – this is unlikely to be the EP to change your mind. But if you are, the sheer quality of the musicianship makes it unmissable. 

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 10 January (Traxsource) / 24 January (general release)



Review Score: 9




Tags: The Jazzcodes, Michele Chiavarini, SPRY Records, jazz, house, jazz-house, jazzy house, nu jazz, nu-jazz