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Editors’ Notes

Blending big band swing, lounge-y downtempo, and noirish vocals, Koop's third album adds loads of live instrumentation to the acid jazz template the Swedish duo forged in the late '90s. The resulting organic energy thrives on tunes like “Forces… Darling”—with its snake-charming clarinet solo and coy duet between Earl Zinger and Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano—and “Koop Island Blues,” which pairs Ane Brun's velveteen vocals with fluttering marimba and mandolin. By making arrangements the priority, Koop churn out blue mood and breezy, electronics-assisted exotica as ageless as it is forward-looking.

Customer Reviews


From start to finish this is the perfect album for jazz fans and newcomers.Koop has totally deleivered on this album and anyone who has ever heard of Koop will enjoy this album, from begining to end.

Come to Me: A Retro Gem

I found Koop by a happy accident, and am all the happier for it. Come to Me is the only song I bought from this album (I never buy entire albums) and I am enjoying the song immensly. The beat is catchy and fun, but also rich with unexpected instrumental combinations. Although the lyrics are not especially creative, Yukimi Nagano's gorgeous voice makes up for them, and they still have strong power and appeal, working perfectly with the song. The song seems to be a blend of 20's and 40's rhythm and instuments (so does the music video). A great buy.


THis is a spectacular album! Everyone should get it!!!


Formed: 1995 in Uppsala, Sweden

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson are responsible for the groundbreaking music that appears under the name Koop. Inspired mainly by jazz musicians, but also learning from the work of hip-hop and dance artists, Zingmark and Simonsson formed the group in the midst of the fertile Swedish jazz scene. After meeting in Uppsala, the pair moved to Stockholm and began working with a series of collaborators, releasing their debut full-length in 1997. Sons of Koop inaugurated a new sound for Swedish jazz...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Bop, Electronic, Downtempo
  • Released: Jun 05, 2007

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