Cobblestone Jazz, 23 Seconds

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The future sound of Detroit techno is in… Vancouver? Listening to 23 Seconds, the debut full-length from Cobblestone Jazz, it seems entirely possible. By themselves, Mathew Jonson, Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula are among the genre's most formidable — and playful — producers (see especially Tate's recent Pushcard EP). Together, they create music of tireless delight. Throughout 23 Seconds, the trio piles tangential-seeming instrumental doodads (usually simple, sticky, clacking keyboard motifs, jazz-funk minus the ostentation) into shifting layers that build and ebb like a landscape without ever neglecting the funk-inflected groove.

Electronic jazz trio builds epic landscapes without ever neglecting the funk-inflected groove.

“Lime in da Coconut” builds a head of steam with pointillist-riffing electric pianos spinning themselves dizzy over a lazy organ glide and busily syncopated hi-hat. The keyboards of “23 Seconds” burble and bobble like marbles undulating in olive oil; on “Saturday Night” they slither almost subcutaneously, along with a mysterious, treated human groan lurking in the background, as artificial-sounding handclaps and snare take center stage. Nothing stays in place for long, but 23 Seconds is so beguiling you won't need it to.