Hell Yeah is proud to present the return of Jazz N Palms with a superb new project following the success of his Ses Rodes album. ‘Milano’ as a 7″ with radio and instrumental versions alongside an original video and expressive artwork by Parisian studio Nokko.
Jazz N Palms is a jazz-inspired project from Italian DJ and producer Riccio. He started this project after moving to Ibiza and falling under the spell of its ancestral side, its sweet and slow pace of life and the natural rhythms of the beauty in the north of the island. In summer, he served up his fantastic Ses Rodes double album which was dedicated to the original way of life that had remained almost unchanged till the early 80s party explosion.
This new track came about after Riccio heard Piera Martell’s 1978 soul-jazz track ‘Exotica’ in a mix by Phil Mison. The idea was reimagine the song with new lyrics and set in Milan, in the early days when the town was invaded by unusual and exotic palm trees in Piazza Duomo. The song tells the story of a country teenager who is unsure about heading to a big new city after receiving an invitation. The story will retrieve familiar emotions for many of us who have faced similarly important decisions in our life, but this time married to an escapist groove.
For this release, the original ‘Exotica’ has been fully replayed by contemporary musicians from the multi-genre Italian ensemble 291out, with whom Riccio has worked in the past. It has new lyrics sung in Italian by fellow 291out collaborator Giovanna Lubjan after permission was given by original composer Salvo Ingrassia.
‘Milano’ is a luxurious soul-jazz fusion. It has exotic guitar lines and gently persuasive rhythms topped by the soaring vocal from Lubjan. A steamy sax helps the temperature rise as the track unfolds and traps you under its gorgeous spell.
This is a timeless package of blissed-out brilliance from Jazz N Palms.
DANIELE MOORE/ CRAZY P
This is fucking excellent! Oh my goodness x
ART OF TONES
Very nice track, love the Italian lyrics! Both versions are good but my favourite is original version
Big love for this record.
MAX ESSA/ BONOBO JAPAN
This is fantastic! The Extended Mix and of course the Disco Mix are both absolutely brilliant. I’m sure I’ll be playing these for years to come!
BILL BREWSTER/ DJ HISTORY
Like the Disco Mix
LEE FOSS/ FORRINER
Loving the Disco Instrumental x
HARRI HARRIGAN/ THE SUB CLUB GLASGOW
Very nice indeed.
FISH GO DEEP/ GREG DOWLING
Really into don’t look down will give it a spin on radio show
Disco mix is very nice.
GRAEME PARK/ THE HACIENDA
Is it lazy to say “hell, yeah” to something released on Hell Yeah? Well… I just have. Hell, yeah! This is great and I’m all over the Disco Mix. Questo è assolutamente superbo! (as they might say in Milano).
PONTCHARTRAIN/ WHISKEY DISCO
Wow, that disco mix is fantastic. FANTASTIC job on this mix.
This release is from a proper italian dream team…great production and awesome music
CRAIG SMITH/ 6TH BOROUGH PROJECT
Dig the OG extended mix, the low slung groove wins it for me.
STE HODGE/ KAT RECORDS
Interesting project which I have to say has been firmly nailed and then some…All mixes sound great but the extended mix just oozes class and authenticity to the point whereby this could have been produced waaaay back when. Really really loving this and that vocal – oh my lord ! Killer production by Riccio and mixdown (props to Ben Westbeech). Wonderful stuff
STEFANO TUCCI/ TANGRAM
This one’s something special to me. The disco version is really juicy and super groovy, can’t wait to play it together with the instrumental to enlarge the pleasure.
Loving the Disco mix on this release! Great cocktail bar/ Beach Club vibe. Very sunny!
PHILIP ROSE/ MIDNIGHT RIOT
That disco mix is a bit special !