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Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Nu Jazz music

Nu Jazz at Aardvark Records is more than just simply easy listening. Smooth, for sure. Easy? No chance. We love the fusion of funk, soul, electronic dance music, and free improvisation that come together in Nu Jazz. Call it what you will - electronic jazz, electro-jazz, e-jazz, jazztronica, jazz house, phusion, neo-jazz, future jazz or jazz-hop - we just love the rich, earthy sounds, the vibe, the real instruments our artists use, the rhythms and the emotion behind the music.

Nu Jazz Videos

Chris Hale

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Chris Hale
Torso
Nu Jazz & Downtempo DJ & Producer Chris Hale was born and raised in L.A. California, and is currently based in Tokyo, Japan where he is an active DJ and producer. His tracks have dominated such global charts as Acid Planet, Broad Jam, and Sound Click. Chris' tracks regularly top the house, tribal house, progressive house, and Detroit charts for weeks to months at a time. His music also gets regular play by club and radio DJ's around the world as well as on underground radio. Chris DJ's at clubs throughout Tokyo, and is the resident DJ at the monthly "Worship" party. He is a veteran re-mixer, mixing tracks for Bitstream Dream (Om, Bedrock). Read the Full Story
Nu Jazz duo Torso is Louis Selvitella and Lee Leffler, two members of the Boston music scene who began making new music in 2004. Combining fretless bass and classical guitar with electronic sounds, Torso's music incorporates styles as varied as Coltrane era jazz to electronic soul, post punk and more.

Taxi.com, describes Torso's sound as "Super cool music... Downtempo jazz (with a real legitimate jazz flavor and playing) ala Izit meets Miles".
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Torso

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Chris Hale
Torso
Nu Jazz & Downtempo DJ & Producer Chris Hale was born and raised in L.A. California, and is currently based in Tokyo, Japan where he is an active DJ and producer. His tracks have dominated such global charts as Acid Planet, Broad Jam, and Sound Click. Chris' tracks regularly top the house, tribal house, progressive house, and Detroit charts for weeks to months at a time. His music also gets regular play by club and radio DJ's around the world as well as on underground radio. Chris DJ's at clubs throughout Tokyo, and is the resident DJ at the monthly "Worship" party. He is a veteran re-mixer, mixing tracks for Bitstream Dream (Om, Bedrock). Read the Full Story
Nu Jazz duo Torso is Louis Selvitella and Lee Leffler, two members of the Boston music scene who began making new music in 2004. Combining fretless bass and classical guitar with electronic sounds, Torso's music incorporates styles as varied as Coltrane era jazz to electronic soul, post punk and more.

Taxi.com, describes Torso's sound as "Super cool music... Downtempo jazz (with a real legitimate jazz flavor and playing) ala Izit meets Miles".
Read the Full Story

Nu Jazz Music News

  • Some great news on a rather grey, wet, wild and stormy Cornish day. The indoor cycling video production company The Sufferfest has just licensed two tracks from Aardvark Records: The lush Ambient track “Big Swell” from Staedler & Waldorf (album: “No Way Home”) and the upbeat Nu Jazz track “At The Sloane" from Torso (album: “naked came the she squid”). [clcik link to read more]

  • The duo's follow up to their 2005 seven-track project "Percolatin' with Lucifer" is more upbeat and is quite accessible. The 12 tracks don't stagnate or merge into one sound. It's a journey to please from start to finish. Overall, the disc is danceable in the right surroundings and comes off as being not at all cheesy mall background filler. I envision this crew continuing to release quality music in the future.

  • Torso however is far more experimental, if Radiohead is the purveyors of experimental rock in the modern era, then Torso are likewise with jazz music. Thats not to say jazz is the only influence on Naked Came the She Squid, there are subtle African beats and flutes that are reminiscent of nature documentaries. Even DJ-esque scratching appears from time to time. ..Torso's effort is perfect for relaxation, a nice car ride through the wilderness or when in the mood for something different but not sure what, then Naked Came the She Squid is perfect.

  • We are very happy to present to you another awesome release from Aardvark Records. Torso's upcoming release Naked Came the She Squid, is one that you will not want to miss. A title like this has to evoke a response - either "eeeuuu" or What the ---??. Regardless, the tight jazzy compositions that Torso delivers will satisfy the most demanding audio appetites whether you are into sea food or not. One of my favorite tracks, Equilibrium, I can't seem to get out of my head and subsequently it has remained on Subsonic's Playlist!

  • One of the best names of an album I've heard in a while also a great sounding jazzy Nicola Conte type release that gets the toes tapping and head bobbing with some trippy sound bending added to keep you guessing.

  • Dark Soul DJ & Nu Jazz / Chillout / Ambient Producer hits #11 on ReverbNation's Dance & Electronica chart for Tokyo.

  • In this follow up album to their equally quirkily named debut PERCOLATIN WITH LUCIFER, this east coast America partnership of bassist Louis Selveitella and guitarist Lee Leffler insightfully and appreciatively burrows from the swing beats of jazz found in the track “IF YOU PREFER...” to the up tempo Latin beats which can be heard in “HERKY” and everything in between.

  • ...just about everything has a mysterious quality that is hard to pin down but is so appealing - a bit of exotica, Eastern music influence, lounge, and minor keys. It's a late night sort of feel with a lot of bongos and a cool title that's well worth a listen.

  • The American Nu jazz duo talk to the Such Cool Stuff! crew about their music...and about how Lee orginally wanted to be a writer and Louis wanted to be James Brown.

  • Nu Jazz & Downtempo DJ/Producer Chris Hale talks to the Such Cool Stuff! crew about life as an American in Tokyo...and how Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" changed his life forever as a child.