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With a wealth of remixes, 12”s and one full-length album under his belt, Martin Iveson has the art of folding jazz into warm house and other electronic beats, down to an art. Labfunk immerses the listener in a graceful nu-jazz world of syncopated bossa beats, and multi-layered harmonies. Iveson’s melodic tinkering gives rise to harmonious textures and organic instrumentation that, as the title suggests, is an ingenious concoction – part studio fabricated, part jazz derived. Clubs, lounges, and your place of dwelling can all groove with equal comfort to the exceptional sounds of Atjazz. The beauty of the album is that you can drop the needle at any point and be assured of a sublime experience. The collaboration with jazz musician Peter Wraight throughout adds an essential dimension, resulting in a sensual meeting between man and machine that defines the Atjazz sound. Plucky basslines are tempered by layers of smooth horns on "All That" and by velvety vocals on "Day 2001", while "Harmony" maintains a delicious groove that allows for soulful vocals to drift over droplets of uplifting sound. Tired of the world? Labfunk transports you into an alternate reality where the inhabitants are friendlier, the climate warmer, and the colors more vivid. Yum.