Daniel Maunick – Macumba Quebrada - Far Out Recordings
Earlier in the year, Far Out welcomed Daniel Maunick - son of Incognito's Jean-Paul Maunick - to the label. Since then he's released two 12" singles, both of which offered dancefloor-friendly fusions of house, broken beat, jazz-funk and Brazilian sounds. He expands on this theme on "Macumba Quebrada", an impressive debut album which highlights various mix-up bass music and samba (the weighty title track), deep house and jazz-funk ("Until The End", the warm and synth-laden "One Nite Stand"), jazz and drum & bass ("Red Doves"), samba and dream house ("Fallen Notes"), jazz and hip-hop ("Amnesia Haze"), and ambient and space jazz ("As Light Fades"). It's a mixed-up stylistic blend, for sure, but one that hangs together admirably despite the producer's musical dexterity.