Swedish duo Koop—composers/producers/ remixers Oscar Simonsson and Magnus Zingmark—create the kind of sublime jazzy electronic landscapes that sit comfortably alongside offerings from th

Swedish duo Koop—composers/producers/ remixers Oscar Simonsson and Magnus Zingmark—create the kind of sublime jazzy electronic landscapes that sit comfortably alongside offerings from the likes of Zero 7, Nuyorican Soul, and Kruder & Dorfmeister, as well as Donald Byrd. While understated house and soulful left-field elements are heavily featured, the lovely Waltz for Koop., the duo's second album, is also home to big-band and Brazilian flourishes, making it a natural for the many cocktail soirées of summer. Witness the airy "Summer Sun" (featuring the lovely vocals of Yukimi Nagano) and the lazy "Baby," fronted by Cecilia Stalin. "Tonight," with Mikael Sundin, is Blue Note-ready—just the type of track British DJ/tastemaker Gilles Peterson would surely embrace. The cinematic "In a Heartbeat" receives an ample dose of soul, courtesy of featured singer Terry Callier. "Relaxin' at Club F****n" sounds like the soundtrack for a smoky nightclub, say at about closing time. The album is accompanied by a bonus disc (a DVD-EP, actually) containing the video for "Summer Sun," a Richard Dorfmeister remix, and other goodies.—MP

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