The Stance Brothers, Duktus, WeJazz ***1/2

Pretty flowing lounge jazz here from Finnish drummer producer Teppo Mäkynen with super finessed production to deliver a crunchy 1970s-like keys and drum honed groove. While guest voices from Dika Javi, Byron Breaks, Black Kofi are sprinkled …

Published: 28 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

Pretty flowing lounge jazz here from Finnish drummer producer Teppo Mäkynen with super finessed production to deliver a crunchy 1970s-like keys and drum honed groove. While guest voices from Dika Javi, Byron Breaks, Black Kofi are sprinkled throughtout it's really the instrumental groove that wins through. Duktus is not at all a demanding listen given the tunefulness of what's here and the lapping motion of repeated vamps and generous licks skilfully weaved together. And certainly faster tracks like 'Futuristic Earth' are even dance floor friendly. DJs will have plenty of fun feeding this all into their sets as it all has a malleable non-generic veneer. Mäkynen's cool credentials are certainly still completely intact.

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Track of the week: Ian Shaw and Matt Kent, 'Years'

The poignant ‘Years’ is a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Ian Shaw's latest album Greek Street Friday - read a review of it here. The song was inspired when Ian chanced upon a show Matt was playing, “I was walking home from Soho when I spotted …

Published: 27 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

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The poignant ‘Years’ is a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Ian Shaw's latest album Greek Street Friday - read a review of it here. The song was inspired when Ian chanced upon a show Matt was playing, “I was walking home from Soho when I spotted a friend having a cigarette outside Gerry’s in Dean Street. He immediately told me to go inside and check out this young American guy who had a basement chock-full of drunk Friday people completely enraptured. I was hooked. Later, Matt and I got talking and I resolved to write a song for us to duet on. When the Greek Street Friday album was under way, a song about music, memory and a deep conversation between two singers, generations apart was a must.”