So, we continue with the Mono211 sublabel tradition of releasing 'good, but unclassifiable' material that takes both breaks and chillout influences on-board. And this time, we were delighted to get "Aze", an unexpected submission from the mysterious Izmar, and a whole album of delightfully groovy, beautifully programmed jazzy techno/chillout.
Right from the slow build of "Aze-01", it's clear that there's something different going on here, with possible comparisons to the divine Fila Brazillia and a little of the new-wave UK chill-out of Lemon Jelly or Zero 7. Other highlights include the super-jazzy funk of "Aze-03", the haunting melodies drifting around "Aze-05", and the beautiful flute-led groove of the album-closer, "Aze-08", alongside the wonderful improvised keyboard riffs flecked sumptuously all over the album.
And with another recent Mono211 artist in the same vein getting major-label interest, seems like hazing over with "Aze" is a great alternative to too much bleep in your diet for our 'breath of fresh air' sublabel. Better don your headphones and prepare to be enchanted.
Izmar's official homepage: www.izmarmusic.com
February 2, 2004 Subject:
A stunning example of the Ambient/Chillout genre (DJ Krush, Kyoto Jazz Massive), this album soared beyond my expectations! Each track has its own unique tempo and flavour and that's what makes Aze worth listening to over and over again. One of Monotonik's best relases so far and a must for fans of the genre!
January 26, 2004 Subject:
Perfect - This download is a must!
This is electronica at it's best! Izmar presents an absolutely professionell mixture of chill-out/lounge/breakbeat/ambient-style music and sets himself at the #1 position on my personal monotonik211 charts.