BongoBeat Kobayashi: Strange Lights and Resolutions

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Kobayashi: Strange Lights and Resolutions Available in stores:
Jun. 14th, 2005 CANADA
August, 2005 USA
Sept, 2005 UK, SPAIN

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UPC: 7-67000-1979-2-4
Catalog number: BB 1979-2


CANADA: This CD is distributed by Outside Music, Toronto.
USA: This CD is distributed by Burnside Distribution, Portland, Oregon.
UK: This CD is distributed by Pinnacle/Nettwerk.
SPAIN: This CD is distributed by DOCK.
JAPAN: we are looking for distribution
AUSTRALIA: we are looking for distribution
ITALY: Available from Venus Dischi (DOCK import)

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Note: This CD can also be ordered for export via Isotope Music, Canada.

Artist Website:
1 Never Was
2 Midnight Ambulances
3 Road Less Travelled
4 2 Cent
5 Narn't
6 Shadows
7 Conversations
8 Shasta
9 Rex Basin

  • 7 piece Montreal underground trip hop cinematic jazz vibe
  • Produced by Kevin Komoda (Rational Youth, Pest 5000, Brave New Waves)

Originally conceived as the jazzman's surrender to the hip-hop beat, Kobayashi's sounds have developed into an amalgamation of electronica, jazz, trip-hop and orchestral undertones. Formed at the crack of the new millennium, this seven-headed monster wasted little time infiltrating Montreal's musical underground, and then setting its sights on the rest of the country. With a musical style set to satisfy the energetic hot-stepper, the head-bopping groove aficionado and the cerebral shadow-lurking jazz musician alike, it is fitting that Kobayashi has been blessed with a loyal and growing fan base

Strange Lights and Resolutions marks the first full-length studio effort from Montreal electro jazz merchants Kobayashi. Recorded on 24-track tape in just under a week, the album infuses mature arrangements with the energy of spontaneity and improvisation. The analog process adds the desired roundness to Kobayashi's sound — a dark blend of jazz, funk, dub and trip-hop. From gripping opener "Never Was", to the intriguing grooves of "Narn't" and the haunting pronouncements in "Shadows", the album strikes a balance between simple and sophisticated, cerebral and soulful, experimental and tasteful.

Special guest on the album is Rosina Kazi, vocalist from Toronto group LAL (voted #1 Soul album in Exclaim 2004 Year in Review).

Telle la conquête du jazz par le beat hip-hop, la musique de Kobayashi évolue en un amalgame de jazz, electronica, hip-hop et tonalités orchestrales. Le début du millénaire marque l'apparition de Kobayashi sur la scène musicale underground de Montréal. Depuis, ce septuor fonce pour se démarquer et faire sa renommée nationale et internationale. Doté d'un style musical à plaire tout autant aux hot-steppers, aux amateurs de groove, qu'aux musiciens de jazz pseudo-intellectuels, c'est avec grand plaisir que Kobayashi se voit suivi par un vaste public, aussi varié qu'accroché.

Strange Lights and Resolutions souligne le premier maxi pour le septuor électro-jazz montréalais Kobayashi. Enregistré sur cassette à 24 pistes en tout juste une semaine, les arrangements sophistiqués sont toutefois pourvus d'une énergie spontanée et marquée d'improvisation. Le procédé analogue donne au son de Kobayashi l'effet velouté désiré: un sombre mélange de jazz, funk, dub et trip-hop. De l'accroche de «Never Was», au jazzissisme de «Narn't», jusqu'aux tonalités hantés de «Shadows», l'album est à la fois simple et sophistiqué, intellectuel et intuitif, ainsi qu'expérimental et abordable.

Rosina Kazi est l'invitée spéciale sur l'album, chanteuse du groupe LAL de Toronto (décrété l'album soul #1 dans le magazine Exclaim! 2004 «Year in review»)


"Premier album en vue pour le groupe qui fait danser les intellos et qui fait réfléchir les danseurs."

— Benoît Brière - ICI Montréal

"It shouldn't be long before Kobayashi rocks larger stages with more epic results."

— Noel Dix - Exclaim!

"Kobayashi: un secret à révéler!"

— Alexandre Vigneault- La Presse

"A disc that affectionately tips its hat to everything from chill-out grooves to be-bop."

— Bernard Pérusse - Montreal Gazette (4 Star Review)

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