Neue Grafik – Soul Conspiracy

Over the last week I’ve been scouring beat-based Electronic music looking at recent House and Techno excursions and one such is the Jazz and Funk drenched ‘Soul Conspiracy’ by Neue Grafik out now on Paris Imprint 22a.

This long playing EP/mini album opens with the sobering ‘Dancing & Drinking Tap Water‘ which is basically a funky rhodes groove riding a Moodymann-esque beat. Radio-length ‘Modern Man‘ pits seemingly live jazz/broken beat drums with DJ Mitsu The Beats style synths and bass that picks up nicely from the opening track. An even shorter piece follows with the percussive ‘Tina’s Mood‘ which recalls Al Dobson Jr’s recent work before the title track sees the return of those funky rhodes. This one kicks a little more with a square House beat moving leisurely alongside some effected vocals and synth warmth. ‘Thanos Interlude‘ plays as a short glitched rhodes-key palette cleanser, with some nice broken beats. The album ends on a particularly high note as Wayne Snow’s soulful vocals are married perfectly to the Neue Grafik sound in ‘We Are Good’.