Label: Reclaimed Records
Format: Vinyl LP
LP comes pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
On 29th March, Reclaimed Records are proud to present pianist and composer Taz Modi’s elegant debut solo album ‘Reclaimed Goods’, which brings to light his love for contemporary composition – something which may come as a surprise to fans of soulful dance music heavyweights Submotion Orchestra, and jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Orchestra – for both of whom Modi plays keys/piano. Whilst also gaining further demand as a musician, including for A-list studio and live work for funk ‘n’ soul legends Dennis Coffey and Fred Wesley, plus beatmaker heroes DJ Shadow and Mr. Scruff, Modi has been discreetly pursuing an additional passion during down-time for years – and his prolonged, patient crafting shows in the record’s tasteful and beautiful spirit.
Calling to mind the piano music of Cage, Frahm, Hauchska, Sakamoto and Aphex Twin, ‘Reclaimed Goods’ is a graceful affair, in which lush strings and gently pulsing rhythmic flutters sit alongside prepared and plaintive piano, with the tunes ranging from sparse beauty to weightier moments of electronic rhythms. This allows the music to appeal equally to fans of heavier electronic acts such as Cinematic Orchestra and Bonobo, to devotees of ambient and contemporary classical music, as well as those familiar with Modi’s work with both Submotion Orchestra and Matthew Halsall.
Positive review by John Lewis for the Guardian’s contemporary music album of the month section: ‘An even more effective exploration of solo piano territory comes from British pianist Taz Modi; best known for his work in various jazz and funk ensembles, his solo debut Reclaimed Goods features a host of introspective instrumentals that are reminiscent, variously, of Ryuichi Sakamoto (Libra), Nils Frahm (Time to Practise, Crystalline) and Hauschka (Ethical Tourist).
Featured in Music Week’s Tastemaker section, 15th April 2019 with Haydon Spenceley: ‘Listen to it; it’ll lift you high above our care-worn world to a place of safety and grace’.
First single ‘Ethical Tourist’ featured as a premiere on thefourohfive.com, 18 Feb 2019
Second single ‘Crystalline’ premiered on Boiler Room’s 4:3 video channel, 12 Mar 2019
‘A kaleidoscopic album that seductively pulls you in and leaves you curious about the inspiration behind the songs’ – AAA Music