Dell and Flugel Superstructure

The whole "jazztronica” thing stills seems to divide itself between those who work with regular beats and those who work with irregular beats. Dell and Flugel split the difference. One of the great hopes with glitch was that it would literally slice up a 4/4 measure into a time that might not be achievable in nature, and in doing so, create freedom or peculiarities within rhythms. One artist who is particularly good at doing so is Jan Jelinek, and this disc is reminiscent of his work at suggesting new balances between regularity and freedom. The first cut "Superstructure” is the most successful in arresting time, and carving rhythm out of 808 rides and backwards effects, wedding some lovely vibes to it. If Gary Burton were to go back to his more groove oriented days, but present it for today’s listening audience, this might be the record he’d make. Really, all of this disc is a series of backing tracks for Christopher Dell’s vibes. These settings range from jeep beats ("Urban Practise”) to generic techno ("A Door Body Cell”). Freer sound designs unlock even better playing from Dell, and the album’s best track is its closer "Dirty Realism.” (Type)