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If we had only four letters to describe “Lost Reflections”, the new EP by Mr.Käfer, we would choose J-A-Z-Z. This could easily mislead to the presumption that the “Lost Reflections” EP is a bunch of Lo-Fi beats with a random Bill Evans loop on top of it, glued together by vinyl crackles sampled from YouTube. Something that you don't necessarily need in your playlist in 2019. As a matter of fact the “Lost Reflections” EP is not such a thing, even though it has beatmaker and jazz written all over it. The beatmaker here – Mr. Käfer – loves jazz. He discovered Mingus, Coltrane and Miles through his love for Pete Rock, Lord Finesse and The Pharcyde. If you listen to his debut album “Travelin” on Postpartum or put on one of his tracks for Chillhop or Hip Dozer you know the deal.
For his new EP the producer from Salzburg, Austria has teamed up with Californian saxophonist Gavin Lord. Together they have recorded 9 dreamy and slightly melancholic pieces of contemporary beatdriven jazz music. Perfect for the cold season.
Here is Gavin's protocol how the EP came about:
„Lost Reflections is a hodge podge of rainy-day jams and musings. It’s the product of a Californian saxophonist and an Austrian beat maker trying to figure out how to make music together one spring in Salzburg. We met by chance in a burger shop, and thought it would be cool to jam. To be honest, at first we didn’t really know what we were doing; I (Gavin) had only played with jazz combos and swing bands. Karim was a beat maker and rapper. It was a bit of a melancholic time for both of us, and we ended up creating an atmosphere that was sometimes smooth and dark, sometimes twisted and barely restrained. At any rate, we preferred to keep it simple. We would start with a rough idea of the mood we wanted to convey, whether that was a feeling or a sample or a riff, and then we would just jam on it until it felt right. Jamming and improvising with a saxophone and a midi-controller was new for both of us, but very cool and natural. After I moved away, we almost forgot about the tracks and they just sat around for a while. We sometimes talked about them, but between us we didn’t have enough time for the project. Releasing the tracks now is a bit of a nostalgic trip, remembering the Salzburg days and the crew of friends who gave their encouragement and support. Although there are things that we would now change, we put too much love into these tracks to sit on them forever.”
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released January 10, 2019
Produced and mixed by Mr. Käfer.
Saxophone on all tracks performed by Gavin Lord.
Mastered by Roe Beardie at The Brewery, Cologne.
Artwork by Rahel Süßkind.
Cat No: MPM 269
Artist: Mr. Käfer
Titel: Lost Reflections
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