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Brandt Brauer Frick - Bop

Don't say you've heard everything until you've heard this. Brandt Brauer Frick are a German trio who play jazz-tinged house music using mostly acoustic instruments. Sure, there's an analogue synth buried somewhere in there, but it's truly amazing that the sound they create is made this way. Partly it's masterly production techniques, and partly it's really careful listening. Plenty to admire in the endlessly busy Bop, but my own favourite part is the piano/prepared piano section. It's from their 2010 album You Make Me Real. File this one under orchestral techno.

Brandt Brauer Frick - Bop
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And last year they took experimental avant-garde jazz to post-jazz tinged house on the album Mr. Machine with the trio augmented by a seven orchestra! Particularly good is their interpretation/remix of Emika's 'Pretend'. Let's hope theirs more BBF in 2012.
My problem with them is always the same: whenever the piano isn't up front, I want it to be.