Four80East is the brainchild of Toronto-based remix producers Tony Grace and Rob DeBoer (collectively known as Boomtang). Inspired by the acid jazz/groove movement that was flourishing in the United Kingdom, they launched their Four80East concept in the late ’90s as a cool, creative side project geared towards a loose, improvisational dance vibe. Over the last decade, as chill music established itself as a genre of its own, their jazz-inflected urban trance music�"first dubbed “trip-jazz, ” now known as “Nu Jazz”�"became a global phenomenon. With En Route, Grace and DeBoer continue on that path.
En Route opens with a moody ambience and slight blues sway on the soulful electronica of “Five By Five.” After the funky dive into “Noodle Soup, ” Four80East heads into the trippy, film score darkness of “The Drop, ” which blends avant-garde jazz guitar and trippy sound effects over a sensual groove