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JazzKamikaze - Like Mew with jazz elements.
15. Jun 2010 at 21:59
 
Hey there.
 
A friend made me aware of a Danish/Norwegian band today called Jazzkamikaze. I entered their website and their newest album which was released this year in March I believe, 'Supersonic Revolutions', just started blasting from the stream box. It took me by the biggest surprise. Their sound is very, very, very similar to Mew, almost a bit too similar if you ask me, but, as the name points towards, they've got some elements that Mew hasn't got, which is jazz. Crazy good jazz I might add. It's very dreamy, progressive, poppy and it just comes out so well.
 
For fans of the dreamy atmospheres, compositions and vocals of Mew and ofcourse jazzy elements, I advice you to go listen.
 
www.jazzkamikaze.com
 
 
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Reply #1 - 16. Jun 2010 at 09:46
 
Sounds interesting, need to give a listen to it then Smiley
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yeah, ok, but what does Mew sound like? Smiley
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Reply #3 - 16. Jun 2010 at 16:09
 
Haha, I first searched this band on Spotify and started listening to their 2007 release. I thought that it was pretty good but I was wondering where are the Mew-like elements. It was just this crazy jazz with no vocals or electric guitars or anything, just drums, bass and saxophone (and maybe other jazz instruments). Then I came back to this thread to check out if I started listening to wrong band. Then I decided to open that link you posted and - BANG- the music started playing. Holy sh*t this sounds awesome! I can't believe this is from the same band!!! It's been a while since a was this excited about a band! This definitely has a huge influence from Mew.
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Reply #4 - 16. Jun 2010 at 20:35
 
BTW, Music Is My Heroine kicks ass!
 
 
Quote from Adrian on 16. Jun 2010 at 10:37:
yeah, ok, but what does Mew sound like? Smiley

Mew is a prog/indie pop band, they have a very dreamy and atmospheric sound. Check them out if you haven't yet!
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Reply #5 - 17. Jun 2010 at 09:08
 
so is Radiohead, one could argue. Or Godspeed You! Black Emperor...
anyway - jazz and improv are quite my cup of tea, so might check these guys out...
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Reply #6 - 17. Jun 2010 at 13:28
 
Man, they DO sound like Mew a lot! Shocked
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Reply #7 - 17. Jun 2010 at 15:35
 
Quote from Adrian on 17. Jun 2010 at 09:08:
so is Radiohead, one could argue. Or Godspeed You! Black Emperor...
anyway - jazz and improv are quite my cup of tea, so might check these guys out...

But still they all are very different. That's why I don't like genres very much, you can't describe music accurately with them.
 
I've been listening to this album pretty much all yesterday evening and this day and I have to say I'm completely in love with this gem! Totally mindblowing album! Their singer sounds almost like Mew's singer and some of their songs sound like they could be from a Mew album, but there's also a heavier edge on some of the songs. And there's even one electro song at the end. When these things are added to the memoriable and CATCHY melodies and the jazz bits that are scattered all over the album, we have a complete gem here! This jumps straight to my top5 of the year and at the moment it's pretty close to being my favorite so far, but it's too early to tell that.
 
 
As a final note: Music Is My Heroine kicks ass!
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Reply #8 - 17. Jun 2010 at 15:55
 
Quote from Zoyns on 17. Jun 2010 at 15:35:
As a final note: Music Is My Heroine kicks ass!
 
Gotta give them credit for trying something new! I think that I've heard something that could truly be called jazz metal for the first time, or at the very least, someone building on what King Crimson and others started.  
 
I've heard many songs with jazzy influences, but the way they layered this one is something else. I do wish the vocals were less alternative (Mew like Smiley), but this is good!
 
Thanks for the recommendation!
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ok PimPong, if that's your cup of tea. Go to runegrammofon.com now and listen to snippets of the new album by Puma there. Also Supersilent, Shining and Elephant9 will do you I think; all on the same label...
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Reply #10 - 23. Jun 2010 at 17:36
 
So based on this thread I decided to get their first album, "Mission 1" a try and I'm loving it! Although I don't hear even a tiny bit of Mew in there. If anything, they remind me of Naked City/John Zorn at times (which is a good thing!).
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Reply #11 - 24. Jun 2010 at 08:31
 
I'm checking this out, although with heavy emphasis of Soprano Sax, I'm a little skeptical.
 
The Mew thing makes some sense, although you could say a band like Time of Orchids or Kacica have a strong Mew-element, but it doesn't hurt their sound or make them sound derivative. I hope the same will hold true with this band's new album.
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Quote from Adrian on 18. Jun 2010 at 09:52:
ok PimPong, if that's your cup of tea. Go to runegrammofon.com now and listen to snippets of the new album by Puma there. Also Supersilent, Shining and Elephant9 will do you I think; all on the same label...

Cool, thanks a lot! Some nice stuff there. I've bookmarked the page to explore it more when I get home.  Wink
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along with Erstwhile and Samadhi Sound, Rune Grammofon is the best label in the world at the moment, at least for me... Really nice packaging but nothing extravagant and incredible MUSIC.
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Reply #14 - 07. Jul 2010 at 01:22
 
:thumbs up:
 
I could see the new disc getting addictive, even with the influence/similarities to Mew. The writing is quite good.
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Reply #15 - 07. Jul 2010 at 17:52
 
So I heard Mission I yesterday and although there are a few neat moments in it, it's still quite jazz to my ears, which is a style that never really appealed to me, though I always respected the awesome musicianship of jazz players.
 
On the other hand, I love Mew (not so much their latest release, though, but that's another story). Am I then to understand that JazzKamikaze's latest album is miles away from Mission I and that I will like it because I love Mew?
 
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Reply #16 - 24. Sep 2010 at 19:51
 
I just noticed that they had an update on their facebook page about a month ago that they are recording! So there's a chance that they have a new album coming out next year.
 
 
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Am I then to understand that JazzKamikaze's latest album is miles away from Mission I and that I will like it because I love Mew?

This comes a bit late *cough cough*, but yes, Supersonic Revolutions is miles away from their earlier album from what I've heard. It isn't full on jazz anymore, just uses jazz elements in song parts. They have a much more accessible sound now with Mew-like vocals and pop song structures.
 
 
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Reply #17 - 26. Sep 2010 at 00:30
 
yeah I noticed something on facebook I think it was, just a day or 2 ago. But I don't recall it being about a new record. But if is..I'm interested. More 2011 FTW!
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Quote from Zoyns on 24. Sep 2010 at 19:51:

This comes a bit late *cough cough*, but yes, Supersonic Revolutions is miles away from their earlier album from what I've heard. It isn't full on jazz anymore, just uses jazz elements in song parts. They have a much more accessible sound now with Mew-like vocals and pop song structures.
 
 
Oh, that's pretty disappointing. But I'll probably still check it out, eventually.
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From their facebook:
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JazzKamikaze Back in the studio Wed, Thu, Fri... Finishing up two new songs... Funkier than ever... Softer than ever... Cooler than ever... Hotter than ever...

 
Sounds pretty cool to me! I hope the new songs are for a new album so they could release it in 2011!
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I noticed today that JazzKamikaze has two new songs, Fatine and Rafters, streaming at their myspace page! Sounds pretty good. I have high hopes for their next album.
 
Rafters is a beautiful piano ballad while Fatine is more energetic and catchy. Neither are that "jazzy", I hope there are some jazzier songs on their upcoming album.
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Reply #21 - 21. Jan 2011 at 22:45
 
I hope those are a preview of what they put out soon. So, no word on the next record? I'm working on some stuff for my blog about 2011 records, including what makes sense in the next 5 months, but without anything about the new record specifically, I'm probably going to guess Summer or Fall for the next album.
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Reply #22 - 22. Jan 2011 at 06:01
 
I hope so too! They put those songs up already on Dec 8th, I guess those are the two songs they mentioned in a quote I posted earlier. I haven't read any word on when they're going to release something, but it seems that they've been in studio during the last Fall and they are also working on something right now. I don't know if they started working on the album or just those two songs in the last Fall, but I'd guess Summer or Fall are close to truth. Maybe late Spring at earliest if they really started working on the album during the last years Fall.
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Reply #23 - 24. Jan 2011 at 23:39
 
based on how these things work, I would not expect it until late Summer or after, unless they start updating their facebook/twitter more regularly.
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This sounds pretty good!
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Reply #25 - 28. Jan 2011 at 00:30
 
almost too much like mew for me to want to listen deeper..but as of now i can't stop.
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Reply #26 - 28. Jan 2011 at 09:25
 
I kind of look past the Mew similarities. The songwriting is good enough, it doesn't matter to me. I suppose if their next album sounds a ton like Mew, I might start to wonder what they're trying to do. But Supersonic Revolutions is good enough, the fact they sound like Mew doesn't hurt it much if at all.
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Reply #27 - 02. Feb 2011 at 06:38
 
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=179401992098962&id=30353918 405
 
JazzKamikaze is preparing for new studio recording next month!!! Go to La Fontaine next Tuesday just before midnight to sample a few new songs Smiley
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Oh, so it's more likely that the new album is going to be released in third or fourth quarter. Too bad, I thought that they've been in studio for a while and we'd get a new album maybe during summer.
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Reply #29 - 02. Feb 2011 at 17:34
 
well, unless it's self-released, I mean there's always a window of time it requires after it's finished being mixed/mastered. Even just getting the title, artwork and everything. So if they're recording soon/now, yeah probably Summer or Fall.
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Reply #30 - 02. Feb 2011 at 21:29
 
Many thanks for the tip, this is wonderful music! I never managed to get into Mew so thankfully I don't have to compare this to them all the time Wink Though I'll give Mew another try after discovering this. Then I'll blame Mew for sounding too much like JazzKamikaze  Cool
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Reply #31 - 28. Feb 2011 at 00:10
 
http://www.facebook.com/georgia.cady#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=1015009985568840 6&id=30353918405
 
is having a late night celebration in the studio... Listening to the now-completed record
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That was pretty fast! I think it was Friday when they announced that they're heading into studio and three days later they're done.
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Reply #34 - 01. Apr 2011 at 07:33
 
That sample was much jazzier than I imagined it to be. This should be a quite interesting album.
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Reply #35 - 24. Jan 2012 at 06:52
 
wow, to think the album may have been finished last February, lol.
 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150500999288406&set=a.416313388405. 188900.30353918405&type=1
 
"The Return of Jazzkamikaze" comes out on February 1st
 
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Reply #36 - 26. Jan 2012 at 19:24
 
Yeah I already forgot that it was completed last February.. the post-production took a little longer than we expected! Still, I'm excited to hear this, only few more days!
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http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=176251175817188&id=30353918 405
 
New track from our new album, The Return of JazzKamikaze. Coming late February 2012 on CD, LP and downloads.
 
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Reply #38 - 11. Feb 2012 at 08:31
 
Wow I wasn't expecting that. I remember hearing two other songs from this album and they were really poppy, but this was jazz all the way. I liked it!
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