Various Jazz Reworks: The New MPS Sessions

Formed in 1968 in a nestled village in Germany’s Black Forest, MPS has been a source of inspiration for many of the biggest jazz heads working in electronic music today. Famed for it’s catalogue of well sought after jazz pressings by some of the tightest players in both German and American jazz from the late ’60s, MPS was re-discovered by a number of up-and-coming broken beat, nu-jazz and house producers in the mid-’90s, led by none other than the Jazzanova collective. The New MPS Sessions is a swinging collection of re-worked versions of the labels hottest tracks brought out of dark obscurity to be re-examined under the lights of the dance floor. Check out Spacek’s tender cover of George Duke’s "Feel,” slowed down to a familiar spacey R&B groove. Moonstarr takes Hans Koller’s "The Twister” and chops it up into a sizzling broken beat shuffle. King Britt turns the theme for the Opera "Tzania” into a gliding, atmospheric house track. The New MPS Sessions is a sharp record that digs deep into the crates and finds a musical aura that inspired some of the dance floor’s hottest producers. (Universal)