Women in Music 2016

Grand Pianoramax

With its latest release, New York-based ObliqSound remains steadfast in its vision to uncover and release music that knows no boundaries.

With its latest release, New York-based ObliqSound remains steadfast in its vision to uncover and release music that knows no boundaries. "Grand Pianoramax," while decidedly jazz-based, finds Swiss native Leo Tardin (grand piano, Fender Rhodes, Minimoog) and drummers Jojo Mayer and Ferenc Nemeth culling sounds from the genres of electronic, classical and world music. The result is alternative jazz—or nü jazz, if you will, with dancefloor beats mingling with organic, acoustic instrumentation. "The Walk" meanders along with a loping rhythm, while "Freestyle Figures" is intensely kinetic. "Tranquille" gives new meaning to the phrase "chill out." The disc closes with Nuspirit Helsinki's lively remix of "Starlite," which many international club DJs have already embraced.—MP