May 9, 2015
Swedish jazz trumpeter with more globetrotting songs on this follow-up full-length. Taking his Subtropic Arkestra to Turkey, Brazil, North America, Africa and early 70´s Sweden. The Reason Why Vol. 2 finds Goran Kajfeš going even deeper into an eclectic store of musical influences. Where its predecessor reworked tracks by Tame Impala, Soft Machine and Cluster, among others, this second instalment features a slightly more obscure assortment of international artists. Leading an ensemble that includes singer José González and Dungen guitarist Reine Fiske, Kajfeš smoothly grooves through acid-spiked Turkish jazz/pop (Dokuz Seki/Esmerim), head-bobbing afrobeat (Francis Bebey´s New Track) and moustachioed jazz-funk (Yet Again by US indie troupe Grizzly Bear). Also drawing Turkish psych-folk duo Mazhar Ve Fuat, Milton Nascimento´s South American soulfulness and Swedish fusioneers Sevda into the sumptuous mix, the result is a beatuifully-crafted magic carpet ride of a record.