Throughout the years, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło have been blending local, traditional jazz inspirations with means of new electronica. This original and now signature approach initially sparked the interest of Ninja Tune, for whom Skalpel recorded two enthusiastically received albums: ‘Skalpel’ and ‘Konfusion’. Both albums brought them particular acclaim in the form of a Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award nomination and excellent reviews in NME, The Wire and DJ Mag, along with a worldwide tour. ‘Transit’, Skalpel’s third album marked a significant shift in their creative technique, a shift from samples to virtual instruments.

From an emerging duo to major acclaim the pair’s new album ‘Highlight’, sees Skalpel take another turn, delivering their most comprehensive body of work to date.

Finding a range of influences from the likes of Miles Davis, leftfield avant-garde, minimal, and the extensive legacy of both Warp and Ninja Tune as always, Skalpel allude to roots in Polish jazz and trip-hop. However, within their creative process Skalpel’s focus remains centered with a contemporary sound coupled with their own autonomy and originality. The forthcoming album ‘Highlight’ is a further extension of this method, existing as a demonstration of joyful, creative explosion and constituting their most rhythmically diverse and harmonically enhanced body of work to date.

Broadening the sonic scope of their creative universe, Skalpel recently toured with a 17-piece band, endeavoring to channel compositional themes into their arrangements, travelling beyond the predominantly electronic realms of previous approaches and inspired by greats such as the influential Canadian Jazz pianist, Gil Evans. Such classical Jazz influences can be heard in the lines of the harmonically charming ‘Escape’ and ‘Distant’, along with the raw drum patterns found in ‘Zorza’. ‘Cold Air’ finds comfort in the realms of influences such as Miles Davis, whilst ‘Pull Closer’ points directly to Skalpel’s hip-hop pedigree.

With their heart and ultimate core lying in the electronic world, the ambient melodic loops of ‘Blow’ and the trance feel of ‘Journey To Satchidananda’ draw upon predominantly electronic components, whilst ‘Quicksilver’ dives into leftfield areas championed by early pioneer, Steve Reich; peppered with raw piano elements and blitzed with frenetic breakbeats.

Exploring textures and moods, ‘Countless’ seeps melancholy with a markedly neon undercurrent, a downtempo experience with wide hallucinogenic soundscapes. ‘Event’ sets a brighter mood, with delicate spring tones and smooth ambient bringing a sense of calm. Posing questions rooted in the contemporary, ‘Arrival’ is a fantasy, asking “what if Boards of Canada were from Tuscany?”.

Set for release on March 20th, ‘HIGHLIGHT’ is to be Skalpel’s most genre-defying album to date.

Tracklist:
01. Blow
02. Cold Air
03. Quicksilver
04. Escape
05. Distant
06. Pull Closer
07. Countless
08. Event
09. Arrival
10. Zorza

Skalpel’s ‘Highlight’ LP will be available 20th March 2020 on NoPaper Records / !K7 Records THE ECLECTIC, SONICALLY IMPRESSIVE ALBUM OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR CAREER, WITH FIRST SINGLE ‘QUICKSILVER’ RELEASED TODAY

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