For the latest instalment in their ongoing "Jazz Series", Funk Night Records has turned to Finnish outfit PLOP, a trio made up of world-renowned musicians Miko Innanen, Ville Herala and Joonas Riippa. With experienced Estonian producer Misha Paniflov at the controls, the trio serves up two fine cuts. A-side "Emu" is thrillingly wild, with free-jazz flute solos clustering around a bustling double bass-line and Tony Allen style Afro-jazz drums. There's a more psychedelic feel to flipside "Ume", a more radical, off-kilter exploration of Afro-funk-fusion rich in fuzzy, lo-fi organ solos, timpani drums and metronomic double bass. It's definitely freestyle in tone and delivery, but all the more alluring for it.
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