Circle of the Sun

New York groove collective Jazzhole offers up another eclectic offering on its fourth set, Circle of the Sun.

New York groove collective Jazzhole offers up another eclectic offering on its fourth set, Circle of the Sun. Founded by Warren Rosenstein, Marlon Saunders, and John Pondel, Jazzhole's ever-changing lineup is what helps keep its sound fresh. On Circle, the group enlists Kaïssa Doumbé, Mark Robohm, and Naren Budhakar, among others, to craft an album that is equal parts soul, electronica, jazz, and ambient. In essence, Jazzhole disregards contemporary R&B conventions in favor of musical landscapes that, while certainly earthy, are also otherworldly. Among its highlights are "A Love Thing" and the inspiring "Love Philosophy." The act's cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" takes the electro-pop classic in a completely different direction, with vocalist Michelle Lewis effortlessly gliding over a lush backdrop. While purists may balk at such a loose, left-of-center cover, it is rather sublime. A feast for the ears.—RH