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Alexander IV – Musica feat. K’Sou

Musica is something of a surprise summertime special release, following on from the recent Westbound EP by accomplished multi-instrumentalist and producer Alexander IV, otherwise known as Joris Feiertag. This latest sobriquet has allowed the Dutch beatmaker to move away from his more club focused offerings, to explore his hip hop, soul and jazz roots.

The track is a Brasilian flavoured bossa nova beauty that starts sweetly and easily with mellow guitars and drums joined by enchanting South American vocals reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto, Joyce or the much missed Gal Costa. Breezy keys join the soothing mix, giving Musica the feel of an Ipanema classic, before things are turned up a notch, with a heavier samba sensation in the piece’s dying moments.

Alexander IV’s music fuses organic and electronic elements with ease, which isn’t surprising given the artist’s experience not only as a consummate dance music maker, but also as drummer of choice for Dutch superstars Kraak & Smaak. Add to that an extended family of gifted musicians, and you’ve got something brand new yet retro; uncomplicated yet masterful.

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