One of !K7 Records' latest roster additions, Boozoo Bajou, have been dominating our playlists recently with their forthcoming, soothing atmospheric LP, Grains (out March 3). The Nuernberg, Germany duo takes the innate aesthetics of down-tempo jams and melds it with aquatic shimmers, world music rhythms (particularly of the Latin American variety), and occasional dance floor beats.
The guys put together a special mix for us that sort of parallels the tone of Grains in that it's all at once a calming, especially composed compilation of songs and a perfect reason to get on the floor and dance! They commented on three of their favorite tunes from the mix as well to explain what exactly makes them tick. Also, grab the tracklist right here.
Nick Chacona, “Oh Snap! (Greg Wilson Remix)”
I love basically all of Greg Wilson's remixes. There is always a bit of a b-boy attitude in the background in his work, especially in this one. You can see your homies bouncing heavy to this tune on the floor, which is a twist that I miss in many boring productions.
Laughing Light of Plenty, “The Rose”
For me, this was the dance tune of 2008; a very well-made piece of music. The piano sounds incredibly fat, the guitar keeps the tune moving and holds it tight at the surface, which I really like. And it doesn't escalate too early. The vocals are haunting and at the end, all of the different electronic sounds build together nicely. A very tasteful track.
Elvis Presley, “Crawfish (Pilooski Edit)”
I never would have thought that someone would be able to make a quality, cheese-less Elvis Presley edit/remix. Everything is done exactly right here. “Crawfish” comes from the 1958 movie King Creole where Elvis is howling this song in New Orleans, and gets a lifting here from Frenchman Pilooski, who adds some four-on-the-floor beats, percussion, and sound effects. Looped in the right way, the track betrays its hidden trance character and shows a submerged beauty.
01 Boozoo Bajou – Tonschraube
02 Yaw – Where Would You Be
03 Pawnshop – My Shade
04 Mugwump – Miseridub
05 Dolle Jolle – Balearic Incarnation
06 Laughing Light Of Plenty – The Rose
07 Boozoo Bajou – Same Sun (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
08 Nick Chacona – Oh Snap! (Greg Wilson Remix)
09 Elivs Presley – Crawfish (Pilooski Edit)
10 Bill Withers – Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz Edit)
11 Jaqueline Taieb – Sept Heures du Martin
12 Boozoo Bajou – Fuersattel
13 Black Pocket – U're a Sta (Martyn Remix)