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Jet Sounds

Nicola Conte

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Album Review

Italian producer and label-boss Nicola Conte had zero problems drafting a lineup of producers for the remix album following on from his debut Jet Sounds (or Bossa per Due, in its American reissue). Stateside financiers Thievery Corporation balance the bossa with a little hip-hop for their redo of his breakout "Bossa per Due," while Japan's Kyoto Jazz Massive delivers with a sprightful post-production of "The In Samba" and Koop re-imagine "Fuoco Fatuo" as a sweaty lounge workout. Others contributing creative covers include Finland's Nuspirit Helsinki and Bavarian favorites Les Gammas, but Conte also adds a trio of bracing new tracks to satisfy fans.

Biography

Born: Bari, Italy

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Italian DJ/producer Nicola Conte's loungey brand of acid jazz relies extensively on bossa nova, but is also heavily influenced by the swinging soundtracks of Italian films in the '60s and '70s, plus touches of ethnic music and easy listening kitsch reminiscent of Japan's Pizzicato Five. Part of the loose-knit Fez collective of artsy acid jazz revivalists centered in the Italian town of Bari, Conte was a classically trained musician who instead moved into production and DJing, working with artists...
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