Abstract Breaks from the Jungles of Switzerland

Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland and a self proclaimed ‘Junglist’ since day one, it didn’t take long for Dser to find himself behind the decks and in the studio mixing and chopping up some his own breakbeat creations. After buying his first pair of decks in early 2000 he quickly became a resident at Geneva’s famed “Le Zoo” (L'Usine) club and became the driving force behind the regular “Back to Jungle” event series, hosting scene heavyweights like Dillinja, Fabio & Grooverider and Nicky Blackmarket.

But it wasn’t until 2019, when his slower paced, abstract break-driven side productions caught the attention of Swiss electronic label Diffract Records. The label was naturally attracted to this rought-cut and spontaneous sound and worked together with Dser to release his 6 track album ‘Arithmetic Progression’ which dropped just last month both digitally and on 12” vinyl.

Utilizing a variety of old-skool analog samplers and instruments, the album brings with it certain notes of nostalgia akin to early Bonobo, Ninjatune and Mowax productions. From the crunchy drums of the opening track ‘Earth from Space’ to the jungle jazz rhythms of ‘Rise Up’ the album serves as a diverse and varied breakbeat buffet destined to swoon even the most hardcore of amen addicts.

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Serenity now with London's Sleepless

The classic downtempo, acid jazz sound is alive and thriving throughout Sleepless's 4th album, Serene.

While there isn't much info to be found on the man behind the beats, the music speaks for itself. It harks back to a simple time of bass heavy, laid back bobbers, with crisp snare snaps and the odd jazzy instrumental. I've been missing music like this. Sleepless recalls genre pioneers like DJ Cam, Dilla, Amon Tobin and more.

Serene, which dropped late last week is Sleepless's fourth album in five years. Each of his releases provide the lo-fi vibes which drew many of us into acid jazz and instrumental hip hop from the beginning. Serene, as an album is a pleasure. It's filled with smokey, back room sizzlers to help us fade into the night and early morning risers to bring us back. In our hard pounding, technological, unrelenting world, a little serenity is necessary to keep sane amidst the daily madness.

Stand outs from the 16 track album include 'Process' which features guitar work from Rax Beheshti, 'Don't Forget' which features smooth muted horns and the dreamy 'Where You At?'.

Don’t sleep on this release, go grab Serene on Bandcamp now.

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