Nik Weston and his Mukatsuku label are becoming unstoppable. They're picking up tunes to release on vinyl singles at an amazing pace. Afrofunk, Disco, Boogie, Soul, Tropical… they've now launched a new series focusing on dancefloor jazz called 'Two Sides Of Club Jazz' and the first 45 in that collection is now available. A-side is taken from an Italian Jazz album by Marco di Marco on acoustic piano with Charles Saudrais on drums and Jacky Samson on bass. A great and funky piano jazz album recorded live in Paris on 10-12 November 1973 at the Living Room. 'Par Avion', featured here, is indeed superb, with its infectious bass line and supa-funky drumming. You'll be hooked as soon as the piano enters… B-side comes from Japan’s Jazz Collective, in the form of an exclusive version of the melodic mid-tempo tune 'Velvet' originally found on their 2013 album 'Prelude'. Funky and smooth as a cool b-side should be.

Nik Weston presents Two Sides Of Club Jazz
Nik Weston presents Two Sides Of Club Jazz
(Limited 7") Mukatsuku Records MUKAT033, 2014-11-17

Tracklisting :
A. Marco Di Marco - Par Avion

B. Jazz Collective - Velvet (Unreleased Exclusive Version)

Note that two versions are available :
- one is a limited 7" in hand stamped kraft paper sleeve + branded Mukatsuku jacket + sticker + insert + fridge magnet
- the other is has the insert signed, a button badge, a Mukatsuku drinks coaster, a branded tote bag inside a hand-numbered Swifty-screenprinted pizza box

Links :
Buy on Juno the Fridge Magnet Edition or the Luxury Box Set Edition
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Press Release :
Two Sides Of Club Jazz does exactly what it says on the tin. Two club fillers from Italy & Japan. First up it's a moment of funky modal madness from legendary Bologna pianist Marco Di Marco:
"Par Avion" is a seminal jazz classic as championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Nicola Conte & Patrick Forge. Swinging, floor-focussed foot-shoving, between the three elements (slink double bass, subtly brushed drums and Marco's piano narrative) it's a timeless example of jazz's most alluring party guise. For the flipside we fast forward for a lush, lounge-languishing slice of smoky broken beat drama from Jazz Collective via Tokyo Japan with their masterpiece and charismatic "Velvet" with an exclusively recorded version for Mukatsuku Records.

Original post on Paris DJs