I was awfully surprised to learn that the brain behind the throbbing Brazilian-flavored rhythms of Minus 8 is, in fact, Swiss - one Robert Jan Meyer. Although his starting point is the same bossa nova-y beats that Jazzanova, Thievery Corporation, and others have re-popularized, the end result is not one of laid back downtempo lounge as with his peers. Instead, the speedy groove of his album "Elysian Fields" is more about hitting the dance floor. Like French counterparts St. Germain, there's real instrumentation tucked around the electronic beats (sax, flute, and hammond / rhodes keyboard work). Fans of Kruder and Dorfmeister, Rainer Truby, and everyone else I've mentioned thus far should love Minus 8, but be prepared to bop around a bit more. I think all of these shows are DJ dates for Mr. Meyer who will probably spin tunes in a roughly similar vein.
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