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Gabin

As spring evolved into summer, Italy-based duo Gabin (bassist Max Bottini and DJ Filippo Clary) discovered that Italians couldn't get enough of its jazzy house track "Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap," which

As spring evolved into summer, Italy-based duo Gabin (bassist Max Bottini and DJ Filippo Clary) discovered that Italians couldn't get enough of its jazzy house track "Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap," which gloriously references Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." A crossover smash in the land of wine and pasta, "Doo Uap" has been embraced by tastemaking club DJs in the U.S.—and it's one of many highlights on the twosome's eponymous full-length debut. Gabin's breezy, sensual sound owes as much to jazz (Bottini has played with many jazz greats, including Dee Dee Bridgewater) as it does to mood-enhancing electronic music (Clary has manned the decks at numerous clubs in Rome), particularly on tracks like "Delire et Passion" (featuring Mano Negra vocalist Ana Carril Obiols) and "La Maison (di Battista's Dream)" (featuring Italian saxophonist Stefano di Battista). Fans of Saint Germain will surely find much to admire here.—MP