Several years after his successful debut album "Keep It Raw," Dusty hits home with this ecelectic 4 track EP which represents a foretaste of his second album "Mood Matters". The Jazz&Milk label founder consistantly straddles the line between tradition and modernity and proves that an album need not simply commit itself to a genre or two; and in the process ups the ante considerably by featuring a broad spectrum of musical styles, bringing together Dusty's favourite leanings such as Jazz, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat, Latin, percussive Beats and Deep House rhythms, while seeking a natural balance between accoustic, electronic and traditional sounds through the prism of a club-music oriented approach.
This fusion is brilliantly demonstrated on the title track "Mood Matters" which meshes forward-driven house beats with organic instrumentation - a big Jazz banger for the dancefloor! "Danse Macabre" features Dusty's live band project "Bad Jazz Troupe" taking you on a wild trip between massive horn sections, heavy beats and deep basslines. On the B-side you'll find the strong Afro-Funk piece "Seventy Three" with its sweeping horns, charming Afrobeat guitars and mighty drumbeats and let's not forget the soulful beauty of "Longing Lingers", featuring the heavenly voice of Carla Vallet ,as well as one of Munich's most talented producers, Bartellow.
Catch the video for the title track "Mood Matters". Paper drum- and tape machines are brought to life through elaborately generated stop-motion sequences which can also be found on the cover artwork - handmade and directed by the artist himself.
I quite like the 'Seventy Three' tune, really nice twist on afrobeat.. - Mr ScruffNinja Tune
Feeeeeeelin the afro-beat vibes on this ! DOPE cover too ;-) - SimbadBrownswood / Hyperdub
straight up killer production! love the versatility on there! BIG UP! - Swede:artTokyo Dawn Records
So tasteful. The live players and of course, those Dusty drums. A sureshot throughout! - Jeremy SoleKCRW, theLIFT, Musaics - LA
In times when many of my idols have become house monsters I get goosebumps by the fact that Dusty make no compromise, musical directions are so diverse but always have that soulful common sense. Wonderful. - m:path:iqStrut / We Are…
Brilliant stuff - Nik WestonMukatsuku
Dusty and Jazz&Milk have always come correct. With one eye/ear open to the past, the other set to the future, makes this another Dusty Classic. 7 out of 5 stars ;) - RomanowskiTrouser Trout
DEFINITELY something for everyone on this EP. Tastefully done. 8/10. - Mike StukesMystic Vybes / WHCR 90.3 FM NY
Massive! Loving the textures and arrangements on the tracks. A 2013 winner! - Ray LugoKokolo
After the first listening the sun schine and the life is more beautiful. Really quality work and amazing good vibes here. - AzaxxTru Thoughts
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