Melt Music Catalogue
Smadj - New Deal
Jazz - Europe


New Deal

'New Deal'(ELM8027) is his impossibly brilliant second album. Reaching No.4 in the European World Music Charts, 'New Deal' features an Indian violinist playing over a hard Moroccan gnawa rhythm with sirens recorded on the streets of New York. He blends soul-jazz into the Arabic world with a fusion of vocals from Togo in West Africa whilst representing other countries such as Mali, Algeria, India, Turkey, France, Togo, USA, Afghanistan, Italy, Sweden and Cameroon. Both releases feature his Jazz and North African oud playing, exquisitely encircling the breakbeats and electronic music of the contemporary dance culture. Whilst a lot of today’s drum’n’bass is musicians playing on top of DJ’s, Smadj is unique in the fact that he creates the entire sound, the basslines and the acoustic analogue music that enlivens the driving force of the sonic beats. Defining his sound as a breakthrough of electronic jazz and oriental- a move towards jazz/funk in Paris- he says, " I think it's really new. Not a lot of people do Jungle stuff, mixed with Jazz - live with a drummer."
A veritable global mixer, Smadj's acoustic expertise on guitar and oud alongside his professional talents as a programmer make him the perfect person to relate jazz to the rhythmic energy of drum’n’bass. His unique approach to music has been appreciated throughout Europe, as Smadj continues to play at live gigs with Sofi and other musician friends.


Square Window - 10 Songs For Girls & Boys
Vocal Male / Female


10 Songs For Girls & Boys (ELM8002)

Saxophonist and arranger Chris Bowden of Palmskin Productions recieved widespread plaudits for his Time Capsule album - described by i-D magazine as a "journey to the centre of the head". His prior collaboration was with 4Hero, and here he is working with funky drummer and producer Andrew Missingham who was the power behind Barungwa. He also organised the legendary jam sessions at James Lavelle's & Gilles Peterson's club, That's How It Is, and made his name as a producer for the Acid Jazz label. Here they combined the fresh vocal talent of the then 17 year old Nomvula Malinga to make music that can only be categorised loosely as urban dance with a drum and bass sensibility.


Square Window - Don't Walk Just Wander
Vocal Male / Female


Don't Walk Just Wander (ELM8007)

CD single from Square Window featuring a radio edit plus Tormention and PVC remixes



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Thabang Tabane & Mabi Thobejane - TM Africa
World Music


TM Africa - This album is finally available for download

Some five years ago producer and muso Ben Amato gathered two Malombo drummers representing two generations in Cape Town to record an album with music far removed from their usual style. The drummers are no less than the co founder of the original Malombo - Mabi Thobejane and his nephew Thabang Philip Tabane - the son of founder Philip Tabane. Most of the album was recorded and mixed in my house and it was a great privilege to see Uncle Mabi teaching Thabang some of the old songs from the Northern territories of South Africa with Ben Amato mixing it all his own unigue style. Thanks is given to the members of Amampondo and especially Buddy Wells for his great sax playing.



Tribal Ethno Dance ( Tribal Southern Africa)
Drums & Percussion



Creative production by Airto Moreira
Creative sound engineering by Chris Lewis

This is a unique tribal music release presenting ethnic music produced by Airto Moreira who adds his own style and feelings to the field recordings which used simple recording equipment in rural settings.
Robert Trunz


Urs Leimgruber - Behind the Night
Jazz - Europe


Behind the Night





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