The ten-piece collective which is well established on the Norwegian market, recently signed a world-wide deal with renowned UK indie label Ninja Tune. Their latest album, The Stix, was released in Norway on Warner earlier this year to wide critical acclaim. The outfit has toured extensively domestically for the last five years, earning the band a solid following. During the last year, Jaga, its management and label have increased the international focus, and this effort now looks set to bear fruit. The album has been met with very positive reviews in such publications as NME, The Wire, Muzik and The Face. Concert appearances abroad have been equally applauded, The Fertiliser Festival in particular was very successful.



This week saw BBC’s Music department voting The Livingroom Hush album of the week. Says BBC’s reviewer Peter Marsh: If you need any further proof that Europe (and particularly Norway) is the place where all the interesting stuff is happening, look no further than this record. A Livingroom Hush is the debut from Norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist, now given a wider release by Ninja Tune. Jaga Jazzist's grasp of dynamics and structure (whether achieved in real time or through digital cut-up) puts them apart from the usual jazztronica suspects. It's the mix of 21st century texture, intelligent jazz writing and improvisational concision that makes this one of the most enjoyable records of this (or any other) year.

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