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Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses
himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook. 

Alfred was born in Santa Monica in 1977 to an artist mother and professor father. Musical from very early on, as a child he was classically and jazz-trained in a number of instruments, but his interests were broad and varied – less a prodigy than a renaissance boy whose obsessions ranged from Greek legend to the mountains of Wales. As a 15 year old he finally persuaded his parents to take him to the Principality. Whilst in a YWCA in London he flipped the radio dial, found a pirate radio station and taped some UK rave and hardcore. “It was my first ‘Eureka!’ moment in music,” he says. 

Back in the US he joined local rock bands, jazz bands and ska bands, which he enjoyed but felt limited by, too. At home he was listening to Warp, Ninja and your harder electronic stuff. He started DJing out the more leftfield side of drum & bass and making his own rudimentary productions. They were meant to fit the d&b template but they kept turning out different and from his outsider’s experiments his own style was born. He chose the name Daedelus as he had a childhood obsession with invention, and what was he doing, after all, if not tinkering and fiddling and experimenting like the “gentleman inventors” of old? 

In 1999 he started DJing on Dublab.com for his 'Entropy Sessions' and began dropping in his own early demo productions. Carlos Nino (of Ammoncontact) had the show after him and usually pushed Alfred out the studio as quickly as possible as he was not so enamoured with Alfred’s leftfield-electronic DJ style, but when he heard a tranquil Daedelus production he took Daedelus and introduced him to the LA scene. Nino placed Daedelus tracks on two influential compilations and then Plug Research released his debut album, 'Invention' in 2002. Remixers included Madlib, who later took Daedelus' accordion parts and used them on 2004's Madvillain record. 

In 2003, he was booked to play a show in San Diego by Brian Crabtree and Peter Siegerstrong and the pair asked him to test out an early prototype of the Monome. "It’s a Non-traditional electronic instrument,” Daedelus explains. “Basically it allows for massive improvisation." Since then Daedelus has continued to use this revolutionary controller, bringing much genuine liveness to the sometimes static world of performed electronic/dance music. 

In 2003 he did 'The Weather' album with Busdriver and Radioinactive and the remix album 'Rethinking the Weather' on Mush records. 2004 saw the release of 'Of Snowdonia' on Plug Research, the album with which Daedelus says he first “felt true artistic confidence, finding a true voice. I was finally in the right zone.” 

There was certainly no let up in his creativity. Also in 2004 he released the concept album 'A Gent Agent' on micro-label Laboratory Instinct. The 2005 album 'Exquisite Corpse' on Mush featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd and MF DOOM. Ninja signed Daedelus for UK/Europe (a relationship which reached its full expression on 2008's 'Love To Make Music To', his first album for the label worldwide and put together with the help of their team).

In 2006 'Denies the Day's Demise' came out, a record showcasing his love of Brazilian music. Last year he released his first live album, 'Live At Low End Theory', and 'Fairweather Friends EP'. Later that year came the release of his collaboration with his wife, Laura Darling, as the pastoral 'The Long Lost'. 

Since his last album 'Love To Make Music To' for Ninja there has been no let up in Daedelus’ productivity. He has remixed or been remixed by and produced with all of his LA scene peers including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, The Gaslamp Killer, Baths, and countless others from further afield. In addition, singles and EPs under his own name have come out with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw. And all the while his reputation has grown internationally, his place in the LA scene has also solidified as a musician that many of the hottest names in the city turn to for everything from bass clarinet licks to advice on obscure electronics; all the while with a continuous string of tour dates across North America, Asia, Europe, the UK, and beyond. 

2011 starts not only with his new album but the meticulous planning of a huge tour featuring guest vocalists from his 'Bespoke' LP and with a spectacular visual show curated in part by Emmanuel Baird (of Manchester's Warehouse Project and Hoya Hoya nights) which will feature a top secret new invention codenamed ARCHIMEDES, promising to yet again re-invent live electronic performance.

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Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses
himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook. 

Alfred was born in Santa Monica in 1977 to an artist mother and professor father. Musical from very early on, as a child he was classically and jazz-trained in a number of instruments, but his interests were broad and varied – less a prodigy than a renaissance boy whose obsessions ranged from Greek legend to the mountains of Wales. As a 15 year old he finally persuaded his parents to take him to the Principality. Whilst in a YWCA in London he flipped the radio dial, found a pirate radio station and taped some UK rave and hardcore. “It was my first ‘Eureka!’ moment in music,” he says. 

Back in the US he joined local rock bands, jazz bands and ska bands, which he enjoyed but felt limited by, too. At home he was listening to Warp, Ninja and your harder electronic stuff. He started DJing out the more leftfield side of drum & bass and making his own rudimentary productions. They were meant to fit the d&b template but they kept turning out different and from his outsider’s experiments his own style was born. He chose the name Daedelus as he had a childhood obsession with invention, and what was he doing, after all, if not tinkering and fiddling and experimenting like the “gentleman inventors” of old? 

In 1999 he started DJing on Dublab.com for his 'Entropy Sessions' and began dropping in his own early demo productions. Carlos Nino (of Ammoncontact) had the show after him and usually pushed Alfred out the studio as quickly as possible as he was not so enamoured with Alfred’s leftfield-electronic DJ style, but when he heard a tranquil Daedelus production he took Daedelus and introduced him to the LA scene. Nino placed Daedelus tracks on two influential compilations and then Plug Research released his debut album, 'Invention' in 2002. Remixers included Madlib, who later took Daedelus' accordion parts and used them on 2004's Madvillain record. 

In 2003, he was booked to play a show in San Diego by Brian Crabtree and Peter Siegerstrong and the pair asked him to test out an early prototype of the Monome. "It’s a Non-traditional electronic instrument,” Daedelus explains. “Basically it allows for massive improvisation." Since then Daedelus has continued to use this revolutionary controller, bringing much genuine liveness to the sometimes static world of performed electronic/dance music. 

In 2003 he did 'The Weather' album with Busdriver and Radioinactive and the remix album 'Rethinking the Weather' on Mush records. 2004 saw the release of 'Of Snowdonia' on Plug Research, the album with which Daedelus says he first “felt true artistic confidence, finding a true voice. I was finally in the right zone.” 

There was certainly no let up in his creativity. Also in 2004 he released the concept album 'A Gent Agent' on micro-label Laboratory Instinct. The 2005 album 'Exquisite Corpse' on Mush featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd and MF DOOM. Ninja signed Daedelus for UK/Europe (a relationship which reached its full expression on 2008's 'Love To Make Music To', his first album for the label worldwide and put together with the help of their team).

In 2006 'Denies the Day's Demise' came out, a record showcasing his love of Brazilian music. Last year he released his first live album, 'Live At Low End Theory', and 'Fairweather Friends EP'. Later that year came the release of his collaboration with his wife, Laura Darling, as the pastoral 'The Long Lost'. 

Since his last album 'Love To Make Music To' for Ninja there has been no let up in Daedelus’ productivity. He has remixed or been remixed by and produced with all of his LA scene peers including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, The Gaslamp Killer, Baths, and countless others from further afield. In addition, singles and EPs under his own name have come out with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw. And all the while his reputation has grown internationally, his place in the LA scene has also solidified as a musician that many of the hottest names in the city turn to for everything from bass clarinet licks to advice on obscure electronics; all the while with a continuous string of tour dates across North America, Asia, Europe, the UK, and beyond. 

2011 starts not only with his new album but the meticulous planning of a huge tour featuring guest vocalists from his 'Bespoke' LP and with a spectacular visual show curated in part by Emmanuel Baird (of Manchester's Warehouse Project and Hoya Hoya nights) which will feature a top secret new invention codenamed ARCHIMEDES, promising to yet again re-invent live electronic performance.

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Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his powers. His 2013 album The North Borders was the high watermark of his career to date: a masterful record, marrying Green's inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.

An artist that constantly pushes himself outside of his musical comfort zone, Bonobo’s ranging personal tastes and regularly expanding range of synthesizers and instruments continue to take his productions to new levels. This outlook has earned him a reputation as one of the most pioneering figures in electronic music, in both his solo DJ sets and 12-piece live band shows.

All this comes as the result of over ten years hard work, and five albums that have honed Green's skills. A born musician, Green - like many artists - expresses himself most articulately via his music. The result is that his work is always keenly felt, and always feels imperative. There are no wasted moments, and myriad great ones.

It's tempting to relate Green's yearning, emotive aesthetic to his upbringing in rural Hampshire. His move to Brighton is also an influence; his skill at drum programming perhaps harking back to his days DJing and producing in the small, musically fertile town. Under the initial guidance of Tru Thoughts' Rob Luis and at nights such as Phonic:hoop, Bonobo found an early education in music.

His first album - 2000's Animal Magic - was released via Tru Thoughts before being picked up by Ninja Tune. It announced him as a serious talent; able to bring a true musician's edge to electronic music, with all the freedom that skill allowed. His subsequent albums for Ninja, Dial M for Monkey and Days to Come, developed his sensibility, won him fans across the globe, and saw him develop his live show into a mesmeric re-working of his records.

He also worked hard as a DJ, a part of Green's arsenal that perhaps truly came into its own at the same time as 2010’s Black Sands. 2012 saw him take the uptempo, club re-edits of Black Sands from a seminal Boiler Room performance in London to dance floors across the world, and unveil a new light show that further enhanced the impact of these stunning songs. A remix album was released featuring reworkings by fans and peers such as Machinedrum, Floating Points, Mark Pitchard, Lapalux and FaltyDL.

Later the same year, he finally settled down in his New York studio to write his fifth album. The North Borders was another long stride forward - both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it's a thrillingly coherent statement piece. With vocal features from no less than Erykah Badu, as well as Grey Reverend (Cinematic Orchestra) and Cornelia (Portico Quartet) it's another finely balanced body of work, leaving room for the beautiful, rich productions themselves to breathe and shine.

Bonobo has a long history of unearthing new talent (Andreya Triana, Bajka) and The North Borders saw him do so once again. The startling vocals of new collaborator Szjerdene are sprinkled across the album, and Green has yet again found the perfect voice to express where he's at.

Since the album’s release, Green has gone on play over 140 sold out shows across four continents and 25 countries, selling over 500,000 tickets and wowing audiences with the hypnotic, extended live versions of his songs. He performed sold out shows at The Sydney Opera House and Brixton Academy, and his very own, day long festival at London’s Roundhouse. 2014 will see him and his band play both the iconic Coachella festival, and his largest UK show to date at Alexandra Palace in November…

It’s a full schedule and then some, but one that’s constantly rewarding for his fans, and perhaps proves that Bonobo is not only one of the world’s hardest working artists in electronic music, but also one of its best.

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Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his powers. His 2013 album The North Borders was the high watermark of his career to date: a masterful record, marrying Green's inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.

An artist that constantly pushes himself outside of his musical comfort zone, Bonobo’s ranging personal tastes and regularly expanding range of synthesizers and instruments continue to take his productions to new levels. This outlook has earned him a reputation as one of the most pioneering figures in electronic music, in both his solo DJ sets and 12-piece live band shows.

All this comes as the result of over ten years hard work, and five albums that have honed Green's skills. A born musician, Green - like many artists - expresses himself most articulately via his music. The result is that his work is always keenly felt, and always feels imperative. There are no wasted moments, and myriad great ones.

It's tempting to relate Green's yearning, emotive aesthetic to his upbringing in rural Hampshire. His move to Brighton is also an influence; his skill at drum programming perhaps harking back to his days DJing and producing in the small, musically fertile town. Under the initial guidance of Tru Thoughts' Rob Luis and at nights such as Phonic:hoop, Bonobo found an early education in music.

His first album - 2000's Animal Magic - was released via Tru Thoughts before being picked up by Ninja Tune. It announced him as a serious talent; able to bring a true musician's edge to electronic music, with all the freedom that skill allowed. His subsequent albums for Ninja, Dial M for Monkey and Days to Come, developed his sensibility, won him fans across the globe, and saw him develop his live show into a mesmeric re-working of his records.

He also worked hard as a DJ, a part of Green's arsenal that perhaps truly came into its own at the same time as 2010’s Black Sands. 2012 saw him take the uptempo, club re-edits of Black Sands from a seminal Boiler Room performance in London to dance floors across the world, and unveil a new light show that further enhanced the impact of these stunning songs. A remix album was released featuring reworkings by fans and peers such as Machinedrum, Floating Points, Mark Pitchard, Lapalux and FaltyDL.

Later the same year, he finally settled down in his New York studio to write his fifth album. The North Borders was another long stride forward - both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it's a thrillingly coherent statement piece. With vocal features from no less than Erykah Badu, as well as Grey Reverend (Cinematic Orchestra) and Cornelia (Portico Quartet) it's another finely balanced body of work, leaving room for the beautiful, rich productions themselves to breathe and shine.

Bonobo has a long history of unearthing new talent (Andreya Triana, Bajka) and The North Borders saw him do so once again. The startling vocals of new collaborator Szjerdene are sprinkled across the album, and Green has yet again found the perfect voice to express where he's at.

Since the album’s release, Green has gone on play over 140 sold out shows across four continents and 25 countries, selling over 500,000 tickets and wowing audiences with the hypnotic, extended live versions of his songs. He performed sold out shows at The Sydney Opera House and Brixton Academy, and his very own, day long festival at London’s Roundhouse. 2014 will see him and his band play both the iconic Coachella festival, and his largest UK show to date at Alexandra Palace in November…

It’s a full schedule and then some, but one that’s constantly rewarding for his fans, and perhaps proves that Bonobo is not only one of the world’s hardest working artists in electronic music, but also one of its best.

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Grey  Reverend  is  the solo project of songwriter  L.D.  Brown.  He began the project  in  2005 while living in Philadelphia P.A,  focusing  on guitar  and  voice as a primary means of expression.  Raised  on  a variety of musical genres,  L.D. began playing the saxophone at age 9, but didn't discover the guitar until the age of 22 ,when he moved into an apartment where someone had serendipitously left one behind.  While living in Philadelphia, Brown was also fortunate enough to meet and study music under the instruction and guidance of his mentor and jazz guitar legend, Pat Martino. Soon  enough,  he  was  performing  in  various jazz, rock,  and  blues  outfits  throughout  the City of Brotherly Love. He immersed himself in  the  complex  language  of  music  theory  and jazz improvisation, though a few years into his burgeoning career, he mysteriously began  experiencing  problems  with  his  hands while performing and practicing. This setback obscured his aspirations of becoming a Jazz guitar soloist, in the realm of such legends as Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. Alas, he vowed not to give up the instrument that he had grown to love so dearly. 

Diagnosed  with  focal  dystonia, a neurological disorder that effects fine motor skills,  L.D.  was forced to cope  with  the  loss  of  dexterity  in his  hands  and slowly found himself  drawn  towards more subtle and simplistic  folk  and  blues  compositions of songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, John Fahey, Terry Calier and Mississippi John Hurt.  The  desire to  write and sing his  own  material combined  with  the  knowledge  of musicology  prompted  L.D.  to begin crafting  subversive  and  unique chord structures  for  his deeply visceral compositions.  Using  a stream-­of-­consciousness  style  of writing,  L.D.   also found inspiration in creating  sincere, yet accessible  lyrics about life, love,and loss. 

In  2006,  Brown  left  Philadelphia  for  New  York  City.  Shortly  after settling  in  Brooklyn,  where  he  currently resides,  he  began  to  meet and  collaborate  with  different  artists  and  songwriters  in  his neighborhood. This  manifested  into  a  friendship  with  Jason Swinscoe, the  founding  member  and leader  of  The  Cinematic  Orchestra. Swinscoe  incorporated  L.D.  into  his  musical  outfit, after he was commissioned to cover the now classic TCO song "To Build a Home".  He has  toured  with  TCO  in  support  of  the  group's  2006  studio  album Ma  Fleur,  and  has  been  a contributing  member of the group for nearly  6  years.  Also while in New York L.D.  began  busking  in the subways,  helping  him  to  develop  his  voice  and  performance skills  and inevitably catching  the  eye  of  many  record  labels  and producers. 

In  2011  Grey  Reverend was signed to Ninja Tune/Motion  Audio Records and released  his  first  international  LP  titled  "Of  The  Days".  L.D  has toured  the  U.K  and  Europe  in  support  of  this  album,  and has  been a  featured artist  on  NPR's  All  Things  Considered,  in  the  U.S. Grey Reverend's music has also been showcased on MTV, ABC ,NBC, HBO ,BBC and other networks worldwide, since the aforementioned release. 

Besides working with The Cinematic Orchestra, he has been collaborating with a wide range of artist around the world. He has worked with Bonobo, Fink, Lou Rhodes of Lamb, members of Wilco, Lizz Wright, Tortoise and many others along his journeys, and claims music to be his means of connecting with the rest of the world. 

David Garland of WNYC radio in New York put it eloquently when he said "As Grey Reverend, LD Brown makes compelling songs with reverence for the grey, undefined areas of style, and without concern for standard musical, or social expectations." 

A modern bluesman…if you will... 

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Grey  Reverend  is  the solo project of songwriter  L.D.  Brown.  He began the project  in  2005 while living in Philadelphia P.A,  focusing  on guitar  and  voice as a primary means of expression.  Raised  on  a variety of musical genres,  L.D. began playing the saxophone at age 9, but didn't discover the guitar until the age of 22 ,when he moved into an apartment where someone had serendipitously left one behind.  While living in Philadelphia, Brown was also fortunate enough to meet and study music under the instruction and guidance of his mentor and jazz guitar legend, Pat Martino. Soon  enough,  he  was  performing  in  various jazz, rock,  and  blues  outfits  throughout  the City of Brotherly Love. He immersed himself in  the  complex  language  of  music  theory  and jazz improvisation, though a few years into his burgeoning career, he mysteriously began  experiencing  problems  with  his  hands while performing and practicing. This setback obscured his aspirations of becoming a Jazz guitar soloist, in the realm of such legends as Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. Alas, he vowed not to give up the instrument that he had grown to love so dearly. 

Diagnosed  with  focal  dystonia, a neurological disorder that effects fine motor skills,  L.D.  was forced to cope  with  the  loss  of  dexterity  in his  hands  and slowly found himself  drawn  towards more subtle and simplistic  folk  and  blues  compositions of songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, John Fahey, Terry Calier and Mississippi John Hurt.  The  desire to  write and sing his  own  material combined  with  the  knowledge  of musicology  prompted  L.D.  to begin crafting  subversive  and  unique chord structures  for  his deeply visceral compositions.  Using  a stream-­of-­consciousness  style  of writing,  L.D.   also found inspiration in creating  sincere, yet accessible  lyrics about life, love,and loss. 

In  2006,  Brown  left  Philadelphia  for  New  York  City.  Shortly  after settling  in  Brooklyn,  where  he  currently resides,  he  began  to  meet and  collaborate  with  different  artists  and  songwriters  in  his neighborhood. This  manifested  into  a  friendship  with  Jason Swinscoe, the  founding  member  and leader  of  The  Cinematic  Orchestra. Swinscoe  incorporated  L.D.  into  his  musical  outfit, after he was commissioned to cover the now classic TCO song "To Build a Home".  He has  toured  with  TCO  in  support  of  the  group's  2006  studio  album Ma  Fleur,  and  has  been  a contributing  member of the group for nearly  6  years.  Also while in New York L.D.  began  busking  in the subways,  helping  him  to  develop  his  voice  and  performance skills  and inevitably catching  the  eye  of  many  record  labels  and producers. 

In  2011  Grey  Reverend was signed to Ninja Tune/Motion  Audio Records and released  his  first  international  LP  titled  "Of  The  Days".  L.D  has toured  the  U.K  and  Europe  in  support  of  this  album,  and has  been a  featured artist  on  NPR's  All  Things  Considered,  in  the  U.S. Grey Reverend's music has also been showcased on MTV, ABC ,NBC, HBO ,BBC and other networks worldwide, since the aforementioned release. 

Besides working with The Cinematic Orchestra, he has been collaborating with a wide range of artist around the world. He has worked with Bonobo, Fink, Lou Rhodes of Lamb, members of Wilco, Lizz Wright, Tortoise and many others along his journeys, and claims music to be his means of connecting with the rest of the world. 

David Garland of WNYC radio in New York put it eloquently when he said "As Grey Reverend, LD Brown makes compelling songs with reverence for the grey, undefined areas of style, and without concern for standard musical, or social expectations." 

A modern bluesman…if you will... 

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Jaga Jazzist have become something of a musical phenomenon in Norway since they started 19 years ago. Not only is this 9 piece instrumental band regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative in Norway, the members are all involved in other musical projects and have in one way or another contributed to almost every significant recording to come out of that part of the world in the last few years. It has been this strong involvement with different projects and musical styles which is the key to the unique sound of Jaga Jazzist. With no boundaries and an arsenal that includes trumpet, trombone, electric guitars, bass, tuba, bass clarinet, saxes, keyboards, vibraphone and a rack of electronics, Jaga Jazzist create timeless music; melodic, hypnotizing, delicate and subtle.

Jaga Jazzist started out in Tonsberg (a small town outside Oslo) in 1994 at which time Lars Horntveth (the main songwriter in Jaga) was only 14 years old! In 2001 they released their debut album 'A Livingroom Hush' on Warner in Scandinavia to massive critical acclaim and great sales (the album sold over 15000 copies in Norway alone...) Throughout 2002 the band shocked fans and critics alike with their blistering live shows, the buzz resulting in sold out dates all over Europe and bringing the band to the attention of Ninja Tune.

At the same time that their debut album was gaining more and more international success, Jaga recorded the follow up titled 'The Stix', their first release for Ninja. As with their first album it was produced by Norwegian superproducer Jørgen Træen, the man behind Duper Studios in Bergen (home of Røyksopp, Kings of Convenience, Sondre Lerche et al), but this time Jaga wanted to push their musical limits even further and really create a sound they could genuinely call 'Jaga Jazzist'. It was the perfect balance between (hu)man and machine, and it never lost the organic nature of a live 10 piece band.

After heavy touring next came their most radical album, 'What We Must', the result of the band going into an isolated studio out in the Norwegian woods and recording the demo now known as the 'Spydeberg Session'. Put down in one take in one day, it was a breakthrough moment for the group, a sound that was closer to their live sound than ever before. It was their rock album, but Jaga's own kaleidoscopic take on a rock album; rolling from early 90s British shoegazer guitar pop to 70s prog rock, all shot through with Jaga's own unique logic.

And now this takes us to their 6th album, "One Armed Bandit", released in January 2010. Lars Horntveth began writing the music in early 2008; alongside two new band members, Øystein Moen-keys and Stian Westerhus-Guitar, Jaga rented a house in the Swedish forest to rehearse new material. It could be said that this material was a reaction to their previous release, as whilst it does include the rock stylings of 'What We Must' and the electronics of 'The Stix', it is still very much looking forward with a new sound. The breakthrough moment was the track "One Armed Bandit", the first single title track from the album. Taking influence from the afro-beat stylings of Fela Kuti but funneled through Wagner-esque fanfares and arpeggios, this sound became a theme of the album.

In December 2008 the band went to Cabin Recorders to record the album with Jørgen Træen, a man who had been a big factor in forming Jaga´s music since 'A Livingroom Hush' and 'The Stix'. Unfortunately, after 3 weeks Træen got tinnitus, leading Jaga to quickly think about John McEntire, of Tortoise fame. He was enthusiastic about working with the band and in April 2009, 3 members of the band went to Soma Studio in Chicago to mix the album.

At heart of this collective is a restless soul, going in many directions at the same time, but always going forward - fast. The band are always pushing their boundaries, both personal and musical, and this is why they are impossible to categorize. And why they're special. Jaga is something natural and beautiful; a necessity. For both them and us.

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Jaga Jazzist have become something of a musical phenomenon in Norway since they started 19 years ago. Not only is this 9 piece instrumental band regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative in Norway, the members are all involved in other musical projects and have in one way or another contributed to almost every significant recording to come out of that part of the world in the last few years. It has been this strong involvement with different projects and musical styles which is the key to the unique sound of Jaga Jazzist. With no boundaries and an arsenal that includes trumpet, trombone, electric guitars, bass, tuba, bass clarinet, saxes, keyboards, vibraphone and a rack of electronics, Jaga Jazzist create timeless music; melodic, hypnotizing, delicate and subtle.

Jaga Jazzist started out in Tonsberg (a small town outside Oslo) in 1994 at which time Lars Horntveth (the main songwriter in Jaga) was only 14 years old! In 2001 they released their debut album 'A Livingroom Hush' on Warner in Scandinavia to massive critical acclaim and great sales (the album sold over 15000 copies in Norway alone...) Throughout 2002 the band shocked fans and critics alike with their blistering live shows, the buzz resulting in sold out dates all over Europe and bringing the band to the attention of Ninja Tune.

At the same time that their debut album was gaining more and more international success, Jaga recorded the follow up titled 'The Stix', their first release for Ninja. As with their first album it was produced by Norwegian superproducer Jørgen Træen, the man behind Duper Studios in Bergen (home of Røyksopp, Kings of Convenience, Sondre Lerche et al), but this time Jaga wanted to push their musical limits even further and really create a sound they could genuinely call 'Jaga Jazzist'. It was the perfect balance between (hu)man and machine, and it never lost the organic nature of a live 10 piece band.

After heavy touring next came their most radical album, 'What We Must', the result of the band going into an isolated studio out in the Norwegian woods and recording the demo now known as the 'Spydeberg Session'. Put down in one take in one day, it was a breakthrough moment for the group, a sound that was closer to their live sound than ever before. It was their rock album, but Jaga's own kaleidoscopic take on a rock album; rolling from early 90s British shoegazer guitar pop to 70s prog rock, all shot through with Jaga's own unique logic.

And now this takes us to their 6th album, "One Armed Bandit", released in January 2010. Lars Horntveth began writing the music in early 2008; alongside two new band members, Øystein Moen-keys and Stian Westerhus-Guitar, Jaga rented a house in the Swedish forest to rehearse new material. It could be said that this material was a reaction to their previous release, as whilst it does include the rock stylings of 'What We Must' and the electronics of 'The Stix', it is still very much looking forward with a new sound. The breakthrough moment was the track "One Armed Bandit", the first single title track from the album. Taking influence from the afro-beat stylings of Fela Kuti but funneled through Wagner-esque fanfares and arpeggios, this sound became a theme of the album.

In December 2008 the band went to Cabin Recorders to record the album with Jørgen Træen, a man who had been a big factor in forming Jaga´s music since 'A Livingroom Hush' and 'The Stix'. Unfortunately, after 3 weeks Træen got tinnitus, leading Jaga to quickly think about John McEntire, of Tortoise fame. He was enthusiastic about working with the band and in April 2009, 3 members of the band went to Soma Studio in Chicago to mix the album.

At heart of this collective is a restless soul, going in many directions at the same time, but always going forward - fast. The band are always pushing their boundaries, both personal and musical, and this is why they are impossible to categorize. And why they're special. Jaga is something natural and beautiful; a necessity. For both them and us.

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