Snazzback - In The Place
Catalogue No.: WDSCS8LP
Release Date: 23rd July 2021
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New wave dancefloor instrumentalists Snazzback release stunning secondalbum on new label from Bristol’s cultural instigators, Worm Disco Club. Bristolseven-piece Snazzback bring the sound of reopened dancefloors, of communalrelease, and of the joyful sound of dancing outside in the sunshine to live music.Their second album ‘In The Place’ overflows with deep grooves and loose,lolloping rhythms that tease and play, sometimes languid and carefree, othertimes energy spiralling upwards – and taking the listener with them, each andevery time. Their music is soaked in great black american dancefloor music,whether that’s the sound we call ‘jazz’ or hip hop. They also bring other flavours– interlocking Afro-Latin rhythms, electronica and hypnotic rock, all marinated inBristol’s long musical histories.
The album rests on the band’s hypnotic, rolling musicality and inventive bringing-together of sounds, evident in their phenomenal live performances which werehoned in legendary city centre busking sessions and locally-famous venueresidency. They’re mad tight and heavily dextrous, a band who are tuned intoeach other and into the extended family of their audiences. Tracks like ‘Reading’suggest a smoked-out Ezra Collective or Moses Boyd, whilst ‘Triangle’ bringspowerfully scuzzed-out guitar sounds into the mix.
Vocalists join them on a few tracks: Solomon OB, Soss and STANLÆY (on thedigital release). Vocalist China Bowls appears four times, including opening track‘Alice’, a sun-blessed deep jam that swoops and dives around the beautifullyearth-bound rhythm section and which evokes Little Dragon gone groove-deep,and at the end, on closing track ‘B.S.T’. The track began life as a spin-off from ajam on their debut album ‘Hedge’ which captured their live performances in fullglory. Over time, it absorbed gorgeous new harmonies and is a perfect end pointfor this colour-saturated snapshot of Snazzback’s musical universe.
‘In The Place’ was recorded in their tiny self-built studio. They wrote together,improvising sounds into a sonic scrapbook, with more production, electronicsand ambient sounds than their previous live recordings. The album was fed bythe band’s deep community connections in the city, but also by the music theplayers listen to: Portico Quartet, Hendrix, Rip Rig + Panic, Azymuth and iconicsax player Shabaka Hutchings to name just a few. There’s an openness tocollaboration, experimentation with unconventional sounds, and an explorationof genres outside of an immediately obvious palette.
Jazzwise feature + review (confirmed)
Mojo feature (awaiting confirmation)
Features published in Beat Caffeine (interview)
UK Vibe feature forthcoming
Rimas e Batidas (Portugal) interview forthcoming
London Jazz News feature forthcoming
All about Jazz feature forthcoming
Bandcamp interview CONFIRMED with Andrew Jervis
Gilles Peterson Premiere for single 1 on BBC Radio 6
Jamie Cullum Premiere for single 2 on BBC Radio 2
Additional plays from Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 6 and Selector UK
Specialist radio plays from Colin Curtis, Papaoul, Poly-Ritmo amongst others
Radio support on Antennae 3 in Portugal
Toshio Matsuura in Tokyo forthcoming
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