New Podcast with Snowboy Interview

Just discovered a new podcast over at 209 Radio called Beatnik. They are spinning some serious grooves, and as a bonus, they have an exclusive interview with UK Latin legend Snowboy.

From the Jazz Dance scene through to the Acid Jazz/Talkin Loud years, the Latin explosion of the mid-nineties, the albums, the collaborations and the recent tour with Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.

They get the scoop, the lowdown, the backstage info and all the latest news on the forthcoming album from the UK's best Latin percussionist and band leader.

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What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".