Producers: Don Pascal & Fred Spider
Title: Do What (EP)
Genre: Soul/ Funk /Swing/Nu Jazz
Record Label: Jazz & Milk Recordings Vinyl
Release Date: June 26 2011
THE JIVERS is a production duo formed by the two French DJs/producers: Don Pascal and Fred Spider. The EP has six tracks on it. Two original compositions which include a remix of “Do What” which is featured on the Saint Germain des Prés Café and Jazz & Milk Breaks 3 compilations.
The track was redone by DJ Moodz a French DJ and producer. The rest of the EP features four remixes of the new track “Move on Girl”. Two of the remixes are from The Jiver’s French born member Don Pascal.
The song “Do What” which is a warning against the dangers of a relationship reaching a plateau is elegantly delivered by Anqui who is featured in most of the duos musical releases. An interesting fact about the video was shot in two different cities on two different continents Cape Town and Barcelona. The fun thing about the video is the difficulty in spotting which location is which in most of the shots.
The rest of the remixes where put together by Fred Spider, who recently spent a considerable amount of time in Cape Town and has resulted in his compositions on the EP reflecting the influence of the Cape groove, with a distinct Cape Town Nu Jazz swing sound for the aptly titled Cape Town Bossa remix.
The songs in the EP definitely carry a Nu Jazz and Lounge vibe. The melodies are pleasant and are filled with jazzy trumpets and plenty of hand clap inducing percussion. This is especially true for track number six on the EP, the Swing inspired remix. The track is the shortest on the EP but it carries the spirit of Jazz, Samba and Sun worship that is incumbent throughout the EP. The track takes you back to Chicago Jazz clubs of the 1930’s, with huge bandstands and checker- tiled dance floors for the swingers to twirl around on all night.
The World Cup inspired remix of “Move on Girl” from Fred Spider uses plenty of percussion to give it a Brazilian Bossa Nova sound with a little Brazilian Jazz sense. The song is funky, jazzy and fun which is something that you would expect for a remix that is dedicated to what was the biggest celebration this continent has ever seen, The 2010 Soccer World Cup.
This EP is for the more cultured ear and isn’t something that you would expect a DJ to drop in the middle of a peak time club set. But if you’re in the mood for a little arm twirling and partner dipping then this is definitely the sort of music for you.
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