Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo plunder the rich jazz-tinged heritage of their Polish homeland and combine it with a consummate love of all things breaks to land a sound which revels in an after-hours, smoke imbued vibe.
Label: Ninja Tune
Adopting the UNKLE approach to lexicography, Skalpel release 'Konfusion' having enjoyed a remix royalty bonanza from their eponymous debut LP's honey-trap of source material (many of which are included on a special edition bonus disk). Ranging from the Herbaliser-esque Funk+Hammond excursions of 'Flying Officer' through to the Shadow delineated breaks of 'Test Drive', Skalpel are laid-back to the MAX; not once breaking into anything more strenuous than a stroll. If such slow-motion music is likely to aggravate, 'Konfusion' is certainly not for you, but if you can see the benefits of taking a breather from the bustle of 21st Century life, you might just enjoy the company. Over on the remix side, Amalgamation of Soundz take clotted atmospherics, towering strings and a hypnotic drum break then combine them in a noir-gilded package ('Low') before Jeremy Joshua follows with 'Break In (J's Remix)' clattering you to attention with a drum crunching intro worthy of Aesop Rock before mellowing out a tad to deliver a Röyksopp flavoured shot of pepped up, break laden electronica. Confused? You will be, you will be.
About the artist
Skalpel are Polish nu jazz DJs, musicians and record producers, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło, from Wrocław, Poland. Their musical style is a distinctive blend of hip hop beats, laced with samples lifted from the rich seam of Polish jazz records of the 1960s and 1970s.
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