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Janko Nilovic - Vol.1 (3CD boxset & LP reissues, Underdog, 2014)

Janko Nilović is a Montenegrin pianist, poet and composer, a French resident since 1960 and citizen since 1973. He's released more than 30 albums, mostly on library music labels, in all kinds of styles, from classical, jazz and funk to pop, psyche and easy listening. French label Underdog Records has just reissued three of his best works, available on vinyl separately or in a 3CD boxset. The first one, 'Pop Impressions' (1972), is a cool library psych funk album with a poppy edge, killer wah-fuzz guitar by Jean Pierre Alarcen, lots of drums breaks and ready-to-sample basslines. 'Soul Impressions', from 1975, is a classic, with some great club funk tracks and solid instrumental soul jerks. One of the funkiest records ever cut by Janko Nilovic. Breaks galore among fuzzy guitars, funky beats and great horn slabs. 'Super America', from 1976, might be the most Frenchy-sounding of the three, with many styles of funky twisted in always imaginative ways. Vinyl lovers will go for the beautiful limited LP reissues while CD buyers will grab the boxset at a bargain price. None of them will have to pay the hundreds of bucks that the original are worth on the collectable market. (PS : Note that the 'Soul Impressions' reissue on vinyl will only happen early 2015, with a full bandcamp stream too…)

Janko Nilovic Vol 1
Janko Nilovic - Vol.1
(3CD set) Underdog Records UR000642, 2014-11-14

Links :
Buy on bandcamp or juno
Mark Bell Interview with Janko Nilovic on passionweiss
Janko Nilovic : discogs | facebook | wikipedia
Underdog Records : official | bandcamp | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
He is a musician who devotes himself to music, which resulted in a great number of published works, but most of them are on library labels not available for sale. His oeuvre stretches from classical, jazz and funk to pop, psyche and easy listening. Sampled many times by hip-hop artists : JAY-Z, DAFUNIKS, GUTS... JANKO NILOVIC, one of the greatest studio talents of Europe in the 70s.

Janko Nilovic Vol 1

A1 Hippocampus 3:00 / A2 Open Country 1:46 / A3 Crazy Enterprise 2:00 /A4 Soul Impressions 3:22 / A5 Lettre De Mer2:18 A6 Drug Song 3:14 / B1 Man Of Genius 3:07 / B2 Push Push 2:12 / B3 Black Swan Lake 2:12 / B4 Lady Day 2:39 B5 To And Fro 1:57 /B6 Family Tree 2:09

A1 Concerto Pour Piano Compressé 4:25 / A2 Sacha Pacha 3:18 / A3 Trumpet Sketches 1:40 / A4 Pop' Impressions 3:08 A5 Atoma 2:35 / A6 Scratching Machine2:35 / B1 Ballet Dans L'Espace 3:04 / B2 Essai Pop Art 3:10 /B3 Prélude Pour Une Rose Noire 3:18 /B4 Blow Down 4:32 / B5 Pop Avenue 3:30 / B6 Psycho Sound 2:15

A1 Samba Amigo 2:38 / A2 Machine Gun 2:48 / A3 Gipsy Rock 2:20 ./ A4 All Over Sun 2:20 / A5 Mister Woua Woua 2:00 A6 A Man Of The World 2:38 / B1 Super America 2:07 / B2 Lights And Shades 3:10 / B3 Metropolis 2:37 B4 Blue Baby 2:32 / B5 Spirit Of Liberty 2:20 / B6 Trumpet Superstar 2:47


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