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​Kyoto Jazz Massive album tracks brilliantly reworked by Kaidi Tatham and Da Lata

Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers’ stunning appearance on ‘Get Up’ caps an essential set

  • Patrizio Cavaliere
  • 7 March 2023
​Kyoto Jazz Massive album tracks brilliantly reworked by Kaidi Tatham and Da Lata

A pair of tracks from Kyoto Jazz Massive’s most recent LP have been granted the rework treatment by a duo of nu-jazz luminaries on the ‘Get Up’ remixes EP.

Drafted in to provide their respective sonic stamps are broken beat maestro, Kaidi Tatham, alongside the pairing of Patrick Forge and Christian Franck under their La Data alias. The chosen tracks were both highlights from Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino’s acclaimed 2022 album‘Messages From A New Dawn’ — recorded under their familiar Kyoto Jazz Massive alias. Adding a contemporary sheen to the lavish instrumentation of the originals, the remix package amounts to essential listening for fans of future jazz and soul-rich organic dance.

First up, Tatham takes on the sublime sounds of ‘Get Up’ — featuring a guest performance from jazz-funk royalty, Roy Ayers. Here, the West London maverick weaves the burnished instrumentation over a trademark scattered rhythm, his broken drums propelling the densely orchestrated blend of Ayers’ agile vibraphone, sumptuous piano, feel-good vocals and more. Da Lata’s take on ‘This Feeling’ is a more spacey affair, with fluid synth lead meandering over a soothing bed of Brazilian-led instrumentation as the optimistic vocal powerfully lifts the spirits. Instrumental versions of both interpretations are included for a subtly more subdued mood, with each standing up rather well despite the absence of the forceful vocal leads.

You can listen to Kaidi Tatham’s remix of ‘Get Up (feat Roy Ayers)' here:

Kyoto Jazz Massive 'Get Up Remixes' is out now on HMV Japan, you can buy it here

Patrizio Cavaliere is Mixmag Asia's Music Editor, follow him on Instagram

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