Recycling Records - The Best Of Polish Smooth Jazz... Ever!
In the recent past I’ve been listening to a lot of electronic music. So much so that I’ve been kind of tapped out on the genre all together for a while now. Fortunately though, an album was placed in my lap for review that has brought me out of my funk and back into an electronic mood; Recycling Records’ 2008 release, The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz… Ever! There hasn’t been much lately in electronic music that has really made me stand at attention until this release peaked my interest in a huge way.
The entire album plays on a downbeat mood. I feel like much more time and effort was spent on artistic value within the album rather than trying to make an album that people want to dance to. Thus, a very intelligent album was created in The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz… Ever! I found myself becoming extremely relaxed while listening to the tracks and didn’t feel overwhelmed with a multitude of sampling complexity. Though I’m sure much of what they’ve done is complex, it never feels like you need to rack your brain for answers. Most of the songs start off vamping on a single note or interval that resonates throughout the entire song while subtle melodies play in the background accompanied by clever drum fills. The complexity of the album is in what is sampled rather than the album’s actual sound. Recycling Records actually deconstructs songs such as a pop-rock ballad and from those deconstructed files, he creates the ambient sounds that you hear on the record. The mood of the album is also extremely unique to any electronic album I’ve ever given my attention to. Though other artists such as Bonobo or Amon Tobin have a lot of slow-paced songs of their own, especially the former of the two, neither of them pay as much attention to the ambient noise like Recycling Records does.
If you’re into electronic music, The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz… Ever! is definitely a must-have in your music collection. It would even be interesting for a pop-rock fan to get their hands on to try and figure out what songs have been deconstructed. Recycling Records truly has done something entirely unique with The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz… Ever! and for once the listeners are able to feel the difference rather than having to listen intently for it. This album is released on April 1st, 2008 and on that day I expect all of you, the readers, to be lining up to buy it.
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