Karen’s background beats range from Lounge music to Acid Jazz and so many variants in between. To bring this idea to life, inquiries of different producers asking for collaboration were very welcome during the process of the new album. Even though the album is floating along organically, each track is adding new aspects with variations in instrumentation and style. Mats Samuelson of Glam Sam and his Combo from Sweden flavoured his productions with bits of Soul & Funk. The Lemongrassmusic masterminds Roland & Daniel Voss contributed 3 tracks. They do what already worked very well in past collaborations by focusing on melodic Downtempo grooves, leaving space for Karen’s voice to captivate us with her grace. Another 3 outstanding productions come from Nadjib aka DJ Boulaone of BanBella Jazz, widening the boundaries of what modern NuJazz means. On “Wake up” he throws in a very cool scratchy groove, which Massive Attack would be proud of. Johannes Huppertz aka Newton is contributing two productions. One is the beautiful ballad “Destiny in poetry”. Also Karen’s old buddy DJ Hen Boggie has joined once again. Not to forget iëlo from France with a laidback tune, helping to turn “The cool of the day” into a beautiful amalgam. Both live instrumentation and samples got used by all producers, giving the album an organic, soulful appeal. Karen Gibson Roc’s “The cool of the day” sounds fresh and inspiring but at the same time it is evoking the golden age of Acid Jazz with Jazzmatazz, US3, Galliano, Urban Species and others.
Producers from East and West Coast America, Germany and Japan have contributed some truly nice beats for Karen on the released CD “TOUCHING THE SOUL”
This is a remix ep for the single track “The Painted Room” From the album “Touching The Soul”
Recorded Live @ The Whitney Museum NYC
5&2fish is an exploration of the space where Funky Poetics, Jazz, Blues, Soul, and Rock collide!
**Listen to samples of the music via the links!!
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