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Jimpster ~ Selected Remixes 2000-2003

This review’s being written in scorching London sunshine. It’s summertime – at least for today - and Jimpster’s Remixes complement the gorgeous weather perfectly. There’s nothing too stressful or demanding here: just languorous beats and gentle melodies, floating Fender Rhodes and tender harmonies. Jimpster is Jamie Odell, son of Roger, Shakatak’s drummer. He’s also the most recent recruit to The Bays, a group who refuse to release cds or sign to a label, preferring instead to solely play their improvised dance music live and direct.

Remixes 2000-2004 is for clubheads who like their dance/soul music laced with just a dash of jazz. The beats are mostly sculpted house and gentle breakbeats with occasional twists of Brazil. Think Roy Ayers, Jazzanova, Compost. And if autumn’s arrived and the nights are drawing in by the time this review appears in Jazzwise? This might just keep you warm and mellow ‘til next summer.
Colin Buttimer
August 2004
Published by Jazzwise magazine