The once-faceless façade of electronic music is getting made up. Case in point: Germany’s six-piece DJ/production collective, Jazzanova. Since the late 1990s, its live instrumentation and mixing has woven soul, hip-hop, jazz and house into a groove-laden rhythm that flows as smooth as chocolate. Collaborations with artists including Roy Ayers, Incognito, Masters at Work and Ian Pooley have garnered them international acclaim; their renowned brand of chilled-out nu-jazz has earned them even more. As part of the Sonar Kollektive record label (and quasi art collective) Jazzanova has made a habit of whipping up jazzy licks with deep grooves that demand a kick back. It’s Friday night and the time is now. Manchester party boy Elliot Eastwick (Paper Recordings) primes the crowd with house from the underground. (Jenn Danko)
October 27 at Smart Bar.