Influenced by all genres of music as he grew up collecting records and loving everything that hit his ears, by the 1990s Joachim started DJing and began his own journey of musicianship. Its clear that his eclectic taste merged into his own particular style which comes through a heavy hip-hop filter, mainly building a foundation over head bopping beats. From here elements of jazz piano, modern electronic production, R&B and more can be heard throughout his highly popular tracks.
Creating rich ambient surroundings often, this LA based musician clearly has a thing for jazz as well as all things electronic. Combining the complex and often odd timed drum beats of jazz with slow and steady tones and melodies, Elusive is also partial to a saxophone or a trumpet from time to time which really brings in a jazz feel as they hit high over the electric background. For a chilled jazz sound, you can relax to with the sleek rhythms of hip-hop and the comfy depth of ambient chill look no further.
Known for his jazz covers of pop and hip-hop tracks this talented saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist has created some easy to love original songs too. With party hits like Uptown Funk under his belt as well as a heartfelt tribute to the works of ground-breaking producer Dr Dre and even Herbie Hancock it’s easy to see why people initially get attached to his musicianship. Meanwhile his own work includes much of the same enthusiasm without any limitations as the saxophone is accompanied by exotic drums bass and much more in a way that brings jazz into the modern age in style.
The Juju Exchange
This quartet delivers probably what most people expect from a contemporary jazz outfit. Here blaring trumpets and scattering keys fill tracks while electronics twinkle in the back for an almost tropical feel. As the drums pump out uncanny beats and the bass runs up and down scales with great precision its hard not to see these four as a classic jazz band but the samples, effects, synth pads and odd breakdowns beg to differ. What results is a staple of modern jazz that is instantly satisfying.
With highly refined production this fairly elusive duo from the UK have created a chilled sometimes melancholy sometimes optimistic sound that shows the diversity of new electronica. Dabbling in everything from jazz to reggae these musicians don’t tie themselves down with a genre label and instead unleash their creativity one track at a time. With jazz breakbeats saxophone solos and more all laced within a dark digital surround Leaking Shell have wondrous sound perfect for movie scores or simply recreational listening.
Instantly set apart from their peers by their gorgeously soft synths that deliver a delightful sense of playfulness in every song. Here electronics are frequent as the bouncing synth bass carries many tracks with its jazz-like unpredictability meanwhile samples are chopped, dropped and cut without being aggressive for a sound that is constantly fun that wouldn’t be out of place in a Nintendo video game. Jazz lovers will appreciate the wild compositions here meanwhile fans of electronic music will feel at home with every blip and plonk that hits along the way.