Otis Sandsjö - initiator and mastermind behind the band Y-OTIS - settled in Berlin via Sweden and brings his own special genre-bending, forward-looking liquid jazz sounds. After his esteemed self-titled debut album in 2018, he's now back with Y-OTIS 2. Otis's sound is described as an 'audio mosaic' fusing together a selection of micro moods, inspired as much by hip-hop and electronica as by jazz. The hypnotizing saxophone riffs and fragmented jazz style manage to bring strong melodies and funk beats whilst remaining fluid.
Sandjö's circular sax riffs, the album's rich production touch, and the chopped-up jazz form creates a musical concept which stays melodic and beat-laden while being "free" right to the edge of avant-garde. It's as if the music is sampling itself, constantly keeping ahead of the curve in the musical lineage of jazz.
The underlying rhythmic approach is informed as much by hip-hop and electronica as by jazz, making the music approachable in a very natural way.