Monday, February 15, 2010

Cobblestone Jazz - The Modern Deep Left Quartet

Two and a half years after their debut LP, 23 Seconds dazzled critics and lit up dance floors worldwide, Cobblestone Jazz are back with a powerhouse new album that captures their live-in-the-studio energy like never before. A mixture of heady, jazz-inspired house grooves and below-the-belt analog funk, it raises the bar for electronic dance music in 2010.
Titled The Modern Deep Left Quartet, the record marks an important addition to the Cobblestone Jazz lineup, as the trio of Mathew Jonson, Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula brings aboard Colin de la Plante (aka the Mole). De la Plante is no newcomer to the Cobblestone crew: the four musicians have been playing together for nearly 15 years, since their first performances in small-town Victoria, British Columbia, and they've all shared the stage as the Modern Deep Left Quartet. (In 2005, they also recorded an EP for the band's Wagon Repair label, which is also responsible for the vinyl release of The Modern Deep Left Quartet.) Now, using the moniker as their new album title, the band officially anoints de la Plante a full-time member of the studio lineup.
The sound of The Modern Deep Left Quartet is unusually fluid, open and nuanced. In marked contrast to today's hypercompressed, digitalist dance music, this is a sound that breathes like no other. The more deeply you listen, the more hidden details you'll hear. Album opener "Chance Dub" sets the record's tone with gently cycling chords, trim drum programming and heavy sub-bass: a seductive take on modern house, with an almost Zen-like sense of calm.

Cobblestone Jazz - Chance Dub


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