When I first became interested in chillout music, I really gravitated towards the nu-jazz sort of sound and St. Germain was the first artist that stuck out to me. I really love anything with jazz instrumentation and a nice slick beat. St. Germain has those qualities, but he hasn’t released anything since 2004 and I haven’t found many other artists that can do nu-jazz as well as him. Well, I recently came across Panaphonic by my following of Funky Juice Records on Facebook, and I believe I have found a very nice compliment to St Germain.
Panaphonic is the brainchild and solo project of Funky Juice founder/DJ/producer Roby J.C. (Roby Colella) from Rome. His main focus is the Barrio Jazz Gang duo, formed in 1997 along with Stefano Micarelli. The idea for Panaphonic came about from his tinkering in the studio with a number of different sounds and released them as more of an experimental solo project. To get a bit of a feel for Panaphonic’s sound, I’ve included the SoundCloud link to a great track called “Jumpclub” from Barrio Jazz Gang right here-
I received a sampler of “Sunrise Light” from the label and really enjoyed “Broken Blues” which was the track that made me want to write this review in the first place. Anything with quick horn ensemble hits a la David Holmes gets me pretty excited, and this track was no exception. It seems like a perfect fit for an Ocean’s 14 Soundtrack. The catchy bassline and foot-tapping beat made it a ton of fun! The track evolves a bit into a “Roaring Twenties” sort of feel with the different horn parts delightfully taking stabs at one another. Roby uses a number of different tastes of musical ingredients on this album. On each of the tracks I sampled there is a wonderfully different style of music. Throughout the music there is the overlying Nu Jazz feel, yet on one track you may hear some reggae or dubstep (“Softnoise Revolution”) influence and the next moment you’ll be surrounded by wonderful electronic synth sounds (“Reflective”). The title track “Sunrise Light” is a delightfully blissful smooth-jazz sounding track with a great groove.
I should probably make sure to do a write up on Barrio Jazz Gang in the future, but Panaphonic was first brought to my attention so I am featuring it here at the Chillout Scene. Please check out Sunrise Light at Funky Juice’s website or the iTunes store link HERE and enjoy some great chillin’ tracks!
01. Sunrise Light
02. Funky Shadowlight
03. Softnoise Revolution
04. The outside view (main mix)
05. My Favourite Things
06. St Denis Ceara
07. Contas Novas
08. Sentimental Journey
09. Afrokraft (Main Cut)
10. Espuma Bossa
11. Broken blues
12. Flying inside
14. Exotic pussy
16. The outside view (remix version)
17. Espuma Bossa (classic version)