COMMUNITY - 15 Years of Jazz & Milk

A 6 track deep house album (28m 44s) — released November 27th 2020 on Jazz & Milk

2020 sees Jazz & Milk celebrating its 15th anniversary! Since 2005 the label, founded by Dusty, offers an experimental playground for international artists that share a passion for organic and soulful dance music. Many legendary club nights and over 30 releases later, Jazz & Milk has become a household name amongst the eclectic music imprints. The focus has always been to transcend genres, including a broad spectrum of styles ranging from jazz, soul, brazil, afrobeat to house, broken beat and electronic music.

Jazz & Milk continuously provides a global platform for new international talents alongside established artists, friends and worldwide family. For this very special occasion, the label presents four exclusive tracks (plus two digital bonus versions) by the likes of Steve Spacek, Sam Irl, Feater and Bongani GiveThanks.

With this compilation project, Jazz & Milk is not only celebrating an illustrious 15 years of operation. The label also wants to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of 'community', at a time when racism, greed, injustice and a deadly pandemic are jeopardizing our ability to harmoniously exist with one another. Music has enormous individual and social health benefits, the potential to empower whole communities and build cultural bridges. Thus, Dusty's vision was to invite artists coming from completely different corners of the world - from South Africa to Europe and Australia. Each one of these featured producers is representing their local music culture and individual influences, as well as sharing their current emotions during the lockdown, through music.

The compilation starts off with Bongani GiveThanks. The musician from Pretoria (South Africa) addresses the issue of gender-based violence in his song "Indoda (African Repraise)". Consisting mainly of rich vocal chants on top of heavy ritual drumming, clapping and melodic improvisation, the song represents an open conversation between men about toxic masculinity and mental health... "That's how we conduct or communicate our talks in our villages and communities, we do it with a song and drumming", Bongani states.

Sam Irl is a long time member of the Jazz & Milk family. The Vienna based dj, producer and sound engineer developed quite a trademark sound with his MPC and sample-/synth driven production style. His contribution "Changes" is based on a minimalist approach, working with subtle developments in the arrangement and intertwining warm chords, chopped up slap-bass samples, a deep bassline and a stepping beat into a tight and captivating groove.

There's no need to introduce the legendary Steve Spacek. With his epic projects ranging from Spacek to Afrika Hitech and Space Invadas, this man continuously redefines the sound of modern music with his futuristic approach. While most producers are in need of a studio environment full of equipment to create music, Steve Spacek is currently shaping the sound of tomorrow entirely on an iOS based mobile phone. "Do U Want My Lov" is a progressive and bass heavy, yet very soulful track thanks to Steve's highly distinctive vocals.

Hailing from Vienna and having made a name for himself as a trustworthy and skilled studio equipment dealer and working closely with producer and studio engineer Sam Irl, Feater has a knack for turning yesterday into today. His two last albums on Gerd Janson's "Running Back Incantations", plus his debut being released on his own imprint "International Major Label", are the result of some magical and effortless sessions featuring the voice of Vilja Larjosto from Finland and Ghana's Eric Owusu (Pat Thomas, Ebo Taylor, Africaine 808) on percussion. "Cosmic Dust" sounds like the perfect, hypnotic 4am club anthem, instantly pulling you in with its West African polyrhythmic percussions and Vilja's smooth and silky vocal layers.

The wonderful cover artwork comes from no other than Tim Schmitt, who joined the label as a graphic designer in the very beginning and is responsible for a vast amount of highly creative flyer and sleeve designs ever since. Make sure to head over to our bandcamp page to check out a limited edition of apparel and poster prints featuring the classy "Community" logo (all silk-screen printed by hand):

We'd like to thank each and everyone for supporting Jazz & Milk and vinyl music culture throughout the years! Furthermore we'd like to once more remind you how important it is to get together and cultivate inclusive communities in these turbulent times. While the term "social distancing" is still widely used at the moment, it may be sending the wrong message and contributing to social isolation. More than ever before in our history, we have ways to remain social, while maintaining "physical distance". Staying in touch with people feeds the human connection we all need to thrive daily! Let's appreciate our differences and celebrate our similarities. Let's help each other to stay healthy and sane in these crazy times! And what tool could be better for all of this than music.

Peace, Love & (Comm)Unity!

I really like this 12 - Mr Scruff Ninja Tune

wicked wicked compilation. gonna be bumping this one for a while. - Alexander Nut Eglo

congrats on the release and 15 years!! loving the vibe! - Mark de Clive-Lowe Mashibeats

Sounds like a really lovely release! Perfect listening during lockdown 2.0. - Jimpster Freerange / Delusions Of Grandeur

sounding beautiful - Errol Anderson Touching Bass / NTS

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