Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Intersection: Outerattik

The Intersection is an ongoing feature on JazzWrap that looks at artists that have blended jazz, world and electronica in new and highly creative ways.

Outerattik (electronics)
Attic (Self-produced; 2012)

Jamie Smith, aka Outerattik, is one of those rare finds that you go, "this is too cool, I have to tell all my friends." Well, I'm kinda of gonna do that.

A well focused EP in the form of Attic, introduces us to this Edinburgh, Scotland native. Attic delivers a vibe that is rich in jazztronica but also refreshing in the way that shines with vitality and soul.

"Nineties Man" while referencing the sound of early trip-hop also has a nice slice of 70s funk in form of a hammond B-3 sound layered over the drumbeat. Smith gives the piece some real soul and charm while also providing a calm background for the senses.

"Electro Funk #50" is a space age tingler that uses some great 80s videogame vibes to create a groovy futuristic soul that will have you bobbing your head but also intrigued by the simplicity and effectiveness of piece. This is a more subdued version compared to the original which laid on a heavy bass line that pounds right into chest with verve.

"Attic Faery," probably my favourite piece is the quiet sweeping centerpiece, that while delivering soft encompassing tones, is also quite romantic. It's got the epic qualities of Thievery Corporation blended with elegance of Tosca and soulfulness of Spacek. A standout and highly appropriate closing number.

With Attic, Outerattik have created an album that is raw, soothing and funky. Chilled out? Yes. But it's a downtempo groove that you'll want to keep coming back to. And hopefully a good sign of things to come from this young musician. Worth seeking out.

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