Etienne de la Sayette - Jungle Blue / Han Gang (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)
Following up on his first single, 'I'm So Cool In Seoul/Lord Bougainvilard', composer/arranger/producer/multi-instrumentalist Etienne de la Sayette is back with a new deep jazz two-tracker for thoughtful moods. Still blending afro and jazz vibes with Gugak - traditional Korean music - Etienne proves once again he's a master of the after-hours atmosphere.
Opener 'Jungle Blue' is a racing short story told by the dynamic drumming of Arnaud Lechantre, with a baritone sax and a small family of vintage keyboards as the main characters. Groovy, cool and soundtrack-ish, the tune is also an indirect tribute to the 'Tarzan' rip-off 'Rey Del Amazonas', an hybrid exploitation B-movie from 1978 also known as 'Jungle Blue'. Think jungle craze from the late 70s, think crime thriller music, think of explorers hunting for fortune in the deep forest, getting lost by mind-altering Ayahuasca into a drug-induced dream…
Minimal and intense B-side 'Han Gang' could have been extracted from the sound recording of a macabre motion picture. Its desperate mood is build on small "moktaks" polyrhythms. The moktak is a wooden percussion instrument that creates one of the most natural sounds, mainly used in Buddhist temples, either for summoning the monks to the rituals or to keep the rhythm during sutra chanting. Etienne de la Sayette is sophisticly calm here, digesting music from the preceding generations of various continents into a dreamy soundscape unheard before.
Etienne de la Sayette - Jungle Blue / Han Gang
(Digital Single) Paris DJs PARISDJS069-D, 2015-02-12
01. Jungle Blue 3:40
02. Han Gang 4:28
Drums - Arnaud Lechantre on 'Jungle Blue'
All other instruments by Etienne de la Sayette
Mixed by Cristian Sotomayor
Mastered by Fabien Girard
Composed, arranged and recorded by Etienne de la Sayette
Published by Alter-K
© 2015 Etienne de la Sayette / Paris DJs
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