Pass Me The Skalpel

Sometimes I find myself so immersed in a discovery that I forget to share it. It’s not deliberate, and most of the time I’m extremely eager to share, but some I just forget to mention. Many of you with your eclectic ears will be no stranger to Skalpel, but I’m willing to believe that a lot of you think that’s the name of some shady metal band!

Well, they’re actually a Polish jazz duo. They gained a lot of fans in 2000 with their demo Polish Jazz – luckily for them that included in this new batch of fans gained was the label Ninja Tune. Their sound is obviously very jazzy, but it has hints of hip-hop and is often laced with samples. I happen to have a couple of lovely Polish friends, and they’ve ensured that I posses pretty much everything Skalpel have released – although the previously limited Polish release of 1958 Breaks can now be found as a bonus disc with their latest album Konfusion.

Skalpel – Not Too Bad
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As we speak, the Skalpel discography looks like this…

  • Polish Jazz EP (2000)
  • Skalpel (2004)
  • Konfusion (2005)

But it is also worth noting that they released an amazing mixtape in 2000 called Virtual Cuts – I’d urge you to try and source that from somewhere, it contains all the classic trip-hop and electronica tracks. 1958 Breaks, a remix album, was also released, in 2005, and included remixes by such artists as; Backini, Quantic, and Dr Rubberfunk…

Skalpel – Break In [Dr Rubberfunk 'Live @ No.10A' Remix]
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Skalpel mould the sounds of the 60s and 70s Polish jazz with fresh invigoration for the modern day. Naturally it would be handy to already appreciate jazz music, but Skalpel might just surprise you – much in the same way as Cinematic Orchestra or Jaga Jazzist. To be honest, the very fact that these guys are on Ninja Tune should be enough to intice you. I’m yet to see these guys live, that’s still on my to-do list, but I’m assured they put on a fantastic show.

I’ll leave you now with the original and short version of 1958, as featured on the 2004 Zentertainment sampler CD…

Skalpel – 1958
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