Drawing on the influence of post-war Polish jazz, “Trip To Warsaw” sees New Zealand-based electronic music producer and DJ Surly recast the creepy, folkloric aesthetics and harmonics of that cult European jazz tradition into cinematic footwork music also informed by UK bass culture (from jungle to dubstep and beyond), and US hip-hop.

Fittingly released by Loz, Poland-based record label Polish Juke, it’s one of the understated masterworks of 2017. For proof of impact, just check the ballroom ambiance of ‘Thirteen,’ and ‘4Q 510-511,’ simple piano, double bass, brass and woodwind figures bubbling up into vigorous dancefloor workouts for the open-eared and fleet of foot.

This year, Poland’s Astigmatic Records will re-release “Trip To Warsaw: on 12” vinyl.


Stream “Trip To Warsaw” on Bandcamp.

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