Jazzanova are back with their first album in a decade

Acclaimed music collective Jazzanova release their brand new single ‘Rain Makes The River’ and announce their new album ‘The Pool’, out on Sonar Kollektiv on 29 June 2018. Featuring the haunting vocals of Scottish singer Rachel Sermanni, the propulsive track offers an intriguing snapshot of the band’s musical developments since the release of their last original album 10 years ago.

The collaboration with Rachel came about after she had spent time in the Jazzanova studio recording with Axel Reinemer, one of the Jazzanova members and co-producers of Rachel’s upcoming album. Says Reinemer: “I was enchanted by her voice. I knew immediately I had to introduce her to the guys and see if we could get her to sing on our new album as well. On ‘Rain Makes The River’ her angelic vocals and haunting performance add another dimension to our dirty sample basslines & heavy beats.”

“I haven’t done a lot of co-writes in my career,” says Sermanni about the collaboration. “Sometimes I get nervous about it. But writing and recording ‘Rain Makes The River’ illuminated that it only takes good, patient, and trusting company to create something that feels real and full of spirit. I’m really excited to be part of the new Jazzanova album and honoured and grateful that ‘Rain Makes The River’ is going to be the first single.”

This most emotive of singles begins with moody drums and coarse hits that set a sombre mood. Heavy piano chords join the fray and add to a sense of forlornness. Then Sermanni’s crystal clear vocals cut through it all; soft and delicate they create an honest intimacy – singing about staying with your loved one through tough times. And suddenly the absorbing downbeat stops sounding so heavy and becomes the solid foundation for a united strength, accentuated with bright musical touches that leave a lasting impression.

The single is accompanied by an animated video by directors Dan & Abe from ThirdEyeDeer, released exclusively to Apple Music. It’s a Burton-esque fairy tale of two lovers ending up being each other’s saviours in adversity.

Over the past decade the German group, consisting of the three DJs Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, Jürgen von Knoblauch and the writer/producer team Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer, have worked on a multitude of projects. They’ve toured live with the band, hosted radio shows, DJed, remixed tracks by Hugh Masekela, Joe Bataan, Common, Aron Ottignon, Malika Ayane (and many more), curated their labels Sonar Kollektiv and Notes On A Journey and recorded a live studio sessions album of some of their most beloved work. It’s been 23 years since they first got together, and this new album draws from all those years of experience while exploring new territories. The whole makes a brilliant teaser of what we can expect from the forthcoming album.

Jazzanova – Rain Makes The River feat. Rachel Sermanni
Release date: Out Now!
Cat No: SK341
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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are travel, wine, and eating too much good food!