As a member of now-disbanded nu jazz pioneers Jazzanova, the German DJ-producer-composer Roskow Kretchsmann aka Kosma comes with impeccable credentials in the genre and this - the last and best of his Kosma albums - is really quite stunning.

artist:
Kosma

country of origin:
Germany

style(s):
Nu jazz, nu lounge, trip hop

decades active:
2000's

essential releases:

  • New Aspects (2005, Infracom)

Reviewed by Mike G

Back in the 1970's jazz fusion had a not wholly undeserved reputation for tunelessness, bombast and horrible self indulgence. In the 90's and beyond, however, nu jazz acts have redefined eclectic jazz with the help of hip hop and electronica, creating something more accessible without sacrificing intelligence or innovation.

As a member of now-disbanded nu jazz pioneers Jazzanova, the German DJ-producer-composer Roskow Kretchsmann aka Kosma comes with impeccable credentials in the genre and this - the last and best of his Kosma albums - is really quite stunning. New Aspects (2005) is broad and globetrotting but in a very different way to the world music fusions that many chill fans would be familiar with. Only a hip hop enthusiast could create such thick, meaty beats as heard here, upon which he builds a variety of tunes, grooves and improvised detours. Due in large part to his brilliant drum programming/playing/sampling this is a downtempo album with enormous weight: the physical undertow of the music and sheer density of the drum sounds is nearly overwhelming at times. Forget all the lightweight compilations you often find filed under nu jazz: this is the real thing.

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