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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… United Future Organization January 22, 2011

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Nujazz… an ugly ugly word that covers a multitude. Mind you, so is the term acid jazz. Though I’m not sure I can recommend this highly enough – United Future Organization, Franco-Japanese remixing, trip-hop, dance, electronica, yes, and nujazz, trio (later duo) who in the 1990s and early 2000s produced a range of albums which were roped in with ‘nujazz’ but locked directly into jazz and dance while managing to eschew much of the chic but glib formalism of lounge and acid jazz.
It’s not like they’re entirely unknown, and influential in their own way, but they’re sort of slipping off radars which seems a pity.

I particularly like the first four albums, 1992’s Jazzin’, 1993’s eponymous album, 1994’s No Sound Is Too Taboo and 1996’s 3rd Perspective.

So, most the selections below are taken from those. The most impressive tracks? Perhaps the none more 1960s spy movie ‘The Planet Plan’, the hugely evocative ‘Poetry and All that Jazz’ and the quite lovely ‘My Foolish Dream’. It’s a shame though the rather creepy – perhaps unintentionally – ballad “I’ll bet you thought I’d never find you” isn’t on YouTube. I’ve thrown in ‘Loud Minority’ instead from Jazzin’.

Like a lot of jazz related music it tends to function of a nostalgic level, unsurprising in this case since many of their tracks sample dialogue and reflections on the 1950s jazz scene in New York, not least with a snippet of Jack Kerouac reading from On the road on ‘Poetry and All That Jazz’. Of course. But that is not to deny it’s power, or simply how enjoyable it can be.

It’s really good stuff, well worth digging out if you can find it here or there.

Enjoy.

Poetry and All that Jazz [I have no idea if this is intentional, but erm… it’s literally chin stroking for the first few seconds on the video – which by the way is wondrous in its own way for having a completely early 1990s ambience what with the computer generated type etcetera]

My Foolish Dream

His Name Is

The Planet Plan

United Future Airlines (nice bit of scat sampled there).

From the later album V, No Problem

And the excellent…

Loud Minority

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