Already being sixteen years old, the album Waltz For Koop by the duo of Swedish electronic DJs known as “Koop” is a record that remains as fresh sounding since its initial release in 2001. The two DJs who produced and wrote all the songs on this album are Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson. This album received a Swedish Grammy Award in 2003 for the”Best Jazz Album” category.
What makes this record so intriguing are the superb vocals provided by Cecilia Stalin, Terry Callier, and Little Dragon’s singer–Yukimi Nagano. Upright bassist Dan Bergland is joined by multi-reed instrumentalist Magnus Lindgren, along with Mattias Ståhl on vibes, and Ola Bothzén on bongos. The integrated dynamics of these singers and the jazz instrumentalists makes this album one of the best “acid jazz” records probably ever created in the last few decades. This record can be described as lounge, neo-soul, jazz, acid jazz, electronic, or jazz fusion because of its eclectic mix of jams on each track of the album.
A few similar artists associated in this same niche of music are Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Tosca, Stereolab, and Pink Martini. I believe this record is a diamond in the rough of the electronic music genre. It is an excellent, standout album once you give it a few listens and soak in its audible exuberance.
I would give this album a 9 1/2 out of 10 rating for its upbeat, jazzy tracks. Waltz For Koop puts you in a chilled out zone that calms your nerves in any given environment. So sit back, relax, and give this record a listen. Enjoy!
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