This is one of those gentle tracks that repeats a subtle riff overdubbed with echoing voices and held together by cymbals and congas. Sounds all so simple but this one’s riff really infiltrated me.
Minus 8 is in fact a Swiss producer called Robert Jan Meyer whose jazz-fusion sound might be linked to bands like Jazzanova or De Phazz though there’s a Latin feel to his stuff as well. As a musician he is a bass player influenced by funk. Quite a mix! The name Minus 8 refers to his dislike of sped-up dance music of the early 90’s (plus-eight adjustment of turntables) which I guess means downtempo is more his style. Possibly his catchiest hook/pop song is “Forbidden Love” which is a classy disco/dance track and I would expect some of you to have heard stuff on compilations like Café Del Mar or Hotel Costes. All very European, so no surprise that most of his output is through a high profile German label, “Compost.”
Meyer’s passion for movies has also led him into composition for soundtracks including for Apple’s Powerbook and NASA’s film about training astronauts in vast tanks of water to simulate weightlessness.
You can learn more about Minus 8 here:
About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”
6 February 2019
I love it when a musical connection is made! I’ve been banging on about Zero 7 and then their offshoot, Fragile State, on this curation and then what happens? I come across someone new with a name that sounds like I should like them – Ambient Jazz Ensemble – and who’s central to them? None other than Neil Cowley…
30 January 2019
I can barely believe that I’ve let this curation go so long without more than a passing reference to the legend that is Peter Gabriel – though Genesis feature here with “Cinema Show” from “Selling England By The Pound” which has him on lead vocals…
22 January 2019
In keeping with the “world” themes of this curation, Bliss hail from Denmark, though their collective owes as much to influences from Guinea and Sweden! They first appeared in the early 2000’s which really was the halcyon period for ambient chill stuff it seems – a golden age? …