Hell Yeah’s next project is to revisit a collection of jazz covers of dance classics. Back To New Roots (Serotonin Fuelled Jazz Covers) was first released in 2011 by 3iO, a band lead by double bassist Manuel Moretti and including Richard Maggioni on piano and Matteo Giordani on drums.
This album, however, which originally stated as a joke to challenge the musicians to do something different and flip dance, alternative and chill out hits from Fat Boy Slim, Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers, Royskopp, Underworld, Spiller and DJ Shadow into new forms, proves what playing skills the group had.
Now presented on special 180g vinyl and with magical art from Andrea Amaducci for the first time, Back To New Roots (Serotonin Fuelled Jazz Covers) has already got support from the likes of Giles Peterson, Chris Coco and Jon Sa Trinxa. ‘Eple’ has also already proved a big download hit, so this release pays dues to some talented musicians who embraced a crazy idea.
Opener ‘Eple’ is all fat bass and wandering keys and oozes an inimitable jazz-funk. ‘Les Nuits’ is a more tender, late night track of sombre chords, and ‘Soul Vibration’ becomes a romantic downtempo classic. ‘Organ Donor’ retains the darkness of the classic original but with a new found jazz energy, and ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) is a nimble, on your toes gem. ‘Right Here, Right Now’ is flipped into a slowed down and plaintive piece, ‘Born Slippy’ lifts the energy levels with splashes of cymbals and superb live drums and ‘Always’ closes on a tender note with dusty snares and tangs of bass.
A new side project from Manuel Moretti may well follow on Hell yeah in the near future, but for now this collection provides plenty of magical moments for a different kind of dance floor.