There is a cosmetic shop in Toronto that bears a block-capitals mural that reads "BEAUTY DOESN'T RINSE OFF." The fact that virtually everything in the store does, in fact, rinse off must surely strike its patrons as ironic, if not flat out Orwellian.
So goes the new double LP from German DJ collective Jazzanova. The group have produced their share of beauty over the years, via original recordings and remixes, but their connection to actual jazz has always been tenuous. They're on the jazz-funk spectrum, certainly, but not at the end ….
Returning from a hiatus of sorts, Jazzanova's first full-length release in 10 years sees the Berlin-based collective doing what they do best: producing mellow, jazz-influenced instrumentals for an array of vocal guests. Former collaborators such as Ben Westbeech and Paul Randolph return to the fold along with fresh faces like rapper Oddisee, who delivers a verse over an updated version of In Between's L.O.V.E. And You & I.