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DOMi & JD Beck - Duo Fusion

By Marc Zisman |

Qobuzissime for the young Franco-American duo who release their first album of jazz funk, where one can expect to come across familiar names such as Anderson .Paak, Herbie Hancock and Thundercat!

Red alert! Red alert! It's time to forget the hype and buzz that surrounded Not Tight, DOMi & JD BECK's debut album, months before its release. There's also no point dwelling too much on the Hollywood cast of guests: Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, Mac DeMarco, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Kurt Rosenwinkel, etc. Because Domitille Degalle and James Denis Beck are far more than just two young virtuosos...

The unheard-of music that the Frenchwoman and the Texan sculpt throughout Not Tight (released on both Blue Note and Apeshit, Anderson .Paak's new label) is unlike any other. It is 70's jazz fusion the light funk that form the centre of their universe, but they also feed on a multitude of other sounds, from drum'n'bass to J Dilla style beats, classical punctuations here, some pop, hip hop, soul or smooth jazz forks there.

Between the hysteria of JD Beck's syncopated rhythms and the fluidity of Domi's melodies, it is in the uniqueness of their musical collages that the duo imposes their difference. The variations between the totally frenetic improvised instrumental sequences (Sniff or the title Not Tight), the mellow interludes (Duke) or the ugly and groovy soul'n'rap nuggets (Pilot with Snoop, Busta and Anderson Paak) can sometimes be confusing. But these changes of scenery don't prevent you from savouring this first Qobuzissime album in one go, as if you were listening to a very personal playlist.

A jazzy funk-drenched trip where everything is possible. Here the heritage of the past is a powerful fuel and not a framework to be religiously respected. A real revelation!


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