New York-based producer Drew Lustman, AKA FaltyDL, released his latest album ‘Hardcourage’ on Ninja Tune in January. A warm cocoon of house-y, garage-y tunes, the record reflected the long journey he’s been on from the roots of his musical career – roots which happen to be in experimental jazz. Lustman, who played in a jazz quartet as a teenager, has moved his own sound away from the introspective intricacies of the genre and embraced a more accessible, danceable sound – but you can still hear in his tracks the lingering fragments of experimentation and flair that he took his inspiration from, and that define his 10 favourite jazz songs (which you can hear below).
Drew: “Just one resolve after the other for 3 minutes. I’m sorta surprised it came out of his electric period, its almost too tame for that time. But then you hear this whistle in the background and remember every single musician here was off their face on acid while recording this.”
Drew: “I was playing upright bass for years in this funk band and all I was listening to was Stanley Clark. He moves faster on a double bass then most electric players do. And he’s accurate.”