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Ferdi is an emerging saxophonist artist from the Brusselian-Parisian musical scene. Fifteen years after evolving at the conservatory, he decided to develop his artistic career. He surrounded himself with prominent artists of the modern music scene: the rapper Peet, the pianist Sofiane Pamart, his trumpeter mate Bessau, and the king of funk - Dabeull!

Ferdi’s new album "Romance" has been conceived from this artistic exchange. "Romance" offers a romantic, funky moment for two lovers of 80s music. There;s louche sax lines, squelchy boogie bass and gliding vocodered vox a plenty; an absolute sleaze-fest of 80s boogie / funk!  You'll be reaching for your silk pyjamas and fur lined dressing gown in no time! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Knicker-dropping / shirt-lifting modern sex boogie from a big blower from Brussels / Paris. Bit of Dam Funk thrown in there for sure; but he's replaced the keyboards with the saxaphone. Top drawer stuff.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Beach Wear
A2. Something In You
A3. Romance
A4. Love Amour

B1. Cruisin'
B2. Sweet Connection
B3. Seduction
B4. Time

Four years after wowing listeners with his surprise debut album, All One, Ferdi Schuster is back with a similarly inspired sequel. Taking his distinctive, freewheeling approach to its predecessor, Playing Life offers a set of inspired instrumentals full of soft-focus grooves, alluring musical motifs, subtle mood shifts and plenty of intricate musical details. In fact, such is the layered nature of the productions, you’ll still be noticing new things on your fifth or sixth listen.

Those who know Schuster’s story and previous work for Claremont 56 won’t be at all surprised. Arguably the label’s best-kept secret, Schuster ended up on Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy’s label in 2017 after speculatively submitting a demo. Murphy was blown away by the quality of the publicity-shy multi-instrumentalist’s work and asked him to work on an album; two years later, All One appeared in stores and the rest, as they say, is history.

Just as he did on his celebrated debut album, Schuster played every instrument, note, chord and riff on Playing Life, arranging and producing the whole thing at different points between 2020 and 2023. The results are undeniably spellbinding, with the talented artist arguably delivering an even more assured, attractive and entertaining set.

For proof, check opener ‘Dream Quality’, a sumptuous affair in which immersive pads, jazzy guitars, twinkling keys and smooth bass rise above a dubby, minimalistic beat, the steel pan-infused gentle jog towards the dancefloor that is ‘A Step Further’, and the Balearic ambient jazz masterpiece that is ‘Due’. Or, for that matter, the lapping waves and deep, dubbed-out grooves of ‘Playing Life’, and the starry magnificence of ‘Light Minded’, where Ferdi offers a few nods to the great Pat Metheny over twinkling synths and sparse, spaced-out beat.

Everywhere you look across the album, you’ll find a softly spun, exquisitely executed highlight. There’s ‘Moving Forms’, whose instinctive beat pattern and sun-bright jazz guitars enrich the soul, the marimba-sporting sunset wonder of ‘Universal Dance’, the chunky dub disco shuffle of ‘Pulsing’ and the awe-inspiring brilliance of ‘Vastness’, a suitably star-gazing, effects-laden excursion that provides a fittingly impressive conclusion to an album dripping with emotion-rich sonic gold. 

TRACK LISTING

A1. Dream Quality
A2. A Step Further
A3. Playing Life
B1. Due
B2. The Fuzz Version
B3. Osho Again
C1. Light Minded
C2. Moving Forms
C3. Gentle Man
C4. Universal Dance
D1. Pulsing
D2. Lungern
D3. Vastness


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