Kobayashi | Strange Lights And Resolutions

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Strange Lights And Resolutions

by Kobayashi

Acid Jazz with trip hop and bop feel.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Never Was
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2. Midnight Ambulances
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3. Road Less Travelled
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4. 2 Cent
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5. Narn't
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11:02 $0.99
6. Shadows
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7. Conversations
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8. Shasta
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9. Rex Basin
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Album Notes

* 7 piece Montreal underground trip hop cinematic jazz vibe

* Produced by Kevin Komoda (Rational Youth, Brave New Waves)


Originally conceived as the jazzman's surrender to the hip-hop beat, Kobayashi's sounds have developed into an amalgamation of electronica, jazz, trip-hop and orchestral undertones. Formed at the crack of the new millennium, this seven-headed monster wasted little time infiltrating Montreal's musical underground, and then setting its sights on the rest of the country. With a musical style set to satisfy the energetic hot-stepper, the head- bopping groove aficionado and the cerebral shadow-lurking jazz musician alike, it is fitting that Kobayashi has been blessed with a loyal and growing fan base


Strange Lights and Resolutions marks the first full-length studio effort from Montreal electro jazz merchants Kobayashi. Recorded on 24-track tape in just under a week, the album infuses mature arrangements with the energy of spontaneity and improvisation. The analog process adds the desired roundness to Kobayashi's sound - a dark blend of jazz, funk, dub and trip-hop. From gripping opener "Never Was", to the intriguing grooves of "Narn't" and the haunting pronouncements in "Shadows", the album strikes a balance between simple and sophisticated, cerebral and soulful, experimental and tasteful.

Special guest on the album is Rosina Kazi, vocalist from Toronto group LAL (voted #1 Soul album in Exclaim 2004 Year in Review).


"Premier album en vue pour le groupe qui fait danser les intellos et qui fait réfléchir les danseurs." (Benoît Brière - ICI Montréal)

"It shouldn't be long before Kobayashi rocks larger stages with more epic results." (Noel Dix - Exclaim!)

"Kobayashi: un secret à révéler!" (Alexandre Vigneault- La Presse)

"If there's any justice, Kobayashi will be huge."
(Bernard Pérusse - Montreal Gazette)



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Jenny Jen

I never heard anything like it and fell in love instantly. I called the radio st
I was skating along Kelly Drive in Philly and listening to the beats on 91.7 fm. A song came on that I was really grooving, then this girl started singing and I went crazy. I called the station and the DJ said, "I just got it in and yeah, it's unbelievable." Well all I can say is, thanks so much for such incredible stuff. The DJ said her name is Rosina Kazi. I never heard of her of Kobayashi before, but I'm sure I will again. http://www.cdbaby.com/phatsk9trax