Having given us one of the most successful album releases in the Wah Wah catalogue with their eponymous debut over 18 months ago now, Bristol siblings in jazz the Colman Brothers have finally succumbed to the remix project we’ve all been waiting for, and what a project it is!
The brothers’ sophisticated style and penchant for 60s latin influenced jazz by the likes of Horace Silver and Francy Bolland has been brought right up-to-date by some of the most heavyweight producers around, and a few new names to watch.
Up and coming beat-maker from Caracas, Venezula, Jimmy Flamante kicks things off in a low slung style akin to producer of the moment Tall Black Guy, who also features with his typically laid back re-working of one of the original album’s highlights. Elsewhere, latin specialist Sunlightsquare drops a 4/4 version of “Some Other Wonder” that’s aimed strictly at the dance floor, as does the mysterious Bman, and newcomers Skinshape impress with a dubbed out take of the very cheeky “Momo”.
Look out for Herma Puma’sre-imagination of “The Chief”, taking it directly back to its B-Movie roots, as well as the popular interpretation by our very own Part-Time Heroes. And don’t forget label mate/boss Scrimshire who also weighs in with a sultry remix of “She Who Dares” and beat heads Frameworks, whose version of “El Nino” will keep lovers of both hip hop and jazz happy in equal measure.
Add to that sublime mixes from UK legends Easy Access Orchestra and The Herbaliser, NYC’s Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, Hamburg’s Renegades Of Jazz and of course, Bristol’s very own Colman Brothers themselves, and you’ve got an international selection of the highest order!
“Tall Black Guy is the remix I like the best so I’ll be giving this a spin all the various Flomotion shows!” Nick Luscombe (Flomotion, BBC Radio 3, UK)
“Good one ! Wonder how it sounds at the club. Thx !” Rogall (Micatone, Sonar Kollektiv, Germany)
“Love this! (Sunlightsquare Remix)” Dr. Rubberfunk (UK)
“Cool collection.” Josef Sedlon (Radio 1, Czech Republic)
“Love the Tall Black Guy remix from the tracks I hear. Great selection!! Putting it in my next DJ mix & show!!” Diesler (UK)
“Remember some of these cuts previously, good to hear again and also to hear the new ones. Played the Scrimshire remix on the show last night. Sounding great!” Jason Pulaski (KUCI FM, Ubiquity Records, USA)
“Lots of great re-works for every eclectic DJ set! Easy Access Orchestra, Tall Black Guy, Sunlightsquare and Renegades of Jazz did marvelous work!” Cesare Cera (Mighty Black Wax / Irma Records, Italy)
“I like Frameworks, TBG and Herma Puma mixes Renegades of Jazz and Scrimmers ones are both lovely too!” DJ Gilla (First Word, UK)
“Wow… Wonderful music and different of course, which is what I expect from your guys!! Loving ‘On A Better Day’ – Tall Black Guy rmx, ‘She Who Dares’- Scrimshire rmx and of course ‘Some Other Wonder’ – Sunlightsquare rmx.” Johnny Reckless (Colourful Radio, UK)
“Fresher than fresh, lovin’ it!” Georgios Paroglou (It’s just music, Greece)
“Top album – right up my street. My immediate favorites are the El Nino tracks but will be playing it all in the coming weeks. Started with the Greenwood cut of El Nino last week” John Cush (Generation Radio, UK)
“Massive package….Tall Black Guy and Herma Puma for the win !!!” Markus Milz (Further in Fusion, Germany)
“Excellent remixes here, looking forward to spinning them on air!” DJ Mark Reynolds (Fresh927, Australia)
“Great album guys. Liking all the “El Nino” remixes and also “Some Other Wonder”. DJ Abbo (Starpoint Radio, UK)
“Overall the release flowed really well and it is a good listen. I like the collection of remixes chosen (nice variety of styles in there while not losing that jazzy feel) and how it’s arranged (flows well). Excellent release. I look forward to supporting some of these on future shows.” DJ Nelson Ramalho (UK)
Radio support from Andrej Tschitschil, Byte.fm (PTH remix); David Bassin (Freefallradio.com, USA); Markus Milz (Radio Corax, Germany)