Artist: SHAZZer Project
Title: The “S” EP
Label: Electronic Griot/ Battignolles Square
Remixers: D’Julz, Satoshi Tomiie, Agrume
Release date: 01/06/2018
Legendary French producer Shazz born Didier Delesalle, is a record producer and remixer from France and is an alias for Soulful House and Jazz. The latest upcoming music – The ‘S’ EP along-side D’Julz, Satoshi Tomiie and Agrume, where all three musicians pay homage to three much loved classics providing a fresh take on some of Shazz’s most revered work from back in the day, all of it is telling as re-works of Shazz’s past catalogue of work signals a touch of nostalgia whilst also offering a reminder of their continued influence on today’s scene.
Since signing to F-Com in 94’ – Shazz has built a special place in the French music scene, from composing and collaborating with Laurent Garnier & Ludovic Navarre (St Germain) to moving on and signing with Sony/Columbia. He is slated to collaborate with live musicians, allowing him to extend the range of sounds in his compositions to feature Trumpet, Bass, Saxophone and Piano.
Getting back to the EP; it’s great to see D’Julz in the thick of things with his 5 a.m Dub version of Back To Manhattan is gentle yet robust in its body, the frothy vocal dabs give things a propulsion and a Housey coolness, even though the track has straightness through and through its beats, for once it’s not boring, cause of its soothing face and should do well with all the lovers of this style at hand.
Another global great who has been kind of quiet, Japanese music maker Satoshi Tomiie rears his head in this pack and reminds me of how good he is with his remix of – Leave Me, which has enough jackin grooves to give you a floor filler, the chirpiness withstanding, the dubby bass line gives you a sway and bop that is remarkable and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is picked by every DJ this summer as their weapon of choice.
Lastly the vocal reinterpretation of – Hold Me by La Reunion based Agrume tempers the chocolate down and gets away from being cheesy by the warm timbres of the electronics in play and as well as the straightness of the bass line and rhythm flows in, which altogether makes that summery impact.