Jungle Blue

by Etienne de la Sayette

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Thomas Studdy
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Thomas Studdy Nice Afro Jazz music from a fantastic label that has been pushing this sound for years. The A-side is the more uptempo of the two while the B-side is the deeper more spiritual side. Great stuff. Favorite track: Jungle Blue.
Yiannis Nova Dorakis
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Yiannis Nova Dorakis This time, on his second EP, the French music (image) maker is travelling us on Afro jazz pathways but insists to close the story with a vintage exotic melody. He is in a productive period and i'm sure an exceptional complete album will come shortly... Favorite track: Jungle Blue.
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Emile 'Han Gang' - It's deep and mysterious in that bright, swampy, achingly beautiful way. Favorite track: Han Gang.
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Following up on his first single, 'I'm So Cool In Seoul/Lord Bougainvilard', composer/arranger/producer/multi-instrumentalist Etienne de la Sayette is back with a new deep jazz two-tracker for thoughtful moods. Still blending afro and jazz vibes with Gugak - traditional Korean music - Etienne proves once again he's a master of the after-hours atmosphere.

Opener 'Jungle Blue' is a racing short story told by the dynamic drumming of Arnaud Lechantre, with a baritone sax and a small family of vintage keyboards as the main characters. Groovy, cool and soundtrack-ish, the tune is also an indirect tribute to the 'Tarzan' rip-off 'Rey Del Amazonas', an hybrid exploitation B-movie from 1978 also known as 'Jungle Blue'. Think jungle craze from the late 70s, think crime thriller music, think of explorers hunting for fortune in the deep forest, getting lost by mind-altering Ayahuasca into a drug-induced dream…

Minimal and intense B-side 'Han Gang' could have been extracted from the sound recording of a macabre motion picture. Its desperate mood is build on small "moktaks" polyrhythms. The moktak is a wooden percussion instrument that creates one of the most natural sounds, mainly used in Buddhist temples, either for summoning the monks to the rituals or to keep the rhythm during sutra chanting. Etienne de la Sayette is sophisticly calm here, digesting music from the preceding generations of various continents into a dreamy soundscape unheard before.


released February 12, 2015

Drums - Arnaud Lechantre on 'Jungle Blue'
All other instruments by Etienne de la Sayette
Mixed by Cristian Sotomayor
Mastered by Fabien Girard
Composed, arranged and recorded by Etienne de la Sayette
Published by Alter-K
© 2015 Etienne de la Sayette / Paris DJs


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